It’s still raining and raining here this morning but the weather’s expected to clear for the weekend. We’re long past tulips but this poem describes the moment pretty well:
by Marge Piercy
The rain that came down last night
in sheets of shaken foil while thunder
trundled over the Bay and crooked
spears of lightning splintered trees
is rising now up stalks, lengthening
leaves that wave their new bright
banners tender as petals, seventeen
shades of green pushing into sun.
The soil feels sweet in my hands
as I push little marigolds in.
Bumblebees stir in the sour cherry
blossoms floating like pieces of moon
down to the red tulips beneath
the smooth barked tree where a red
squirrel chatters at my rescued tabby
who eyes him like a plate of lunch.
We saw Mad Max: Fury Road last night and for me, it lived up to the hype it’s getting. (I was most excited to see a shaved-headed, one-armed Charlize Theron kick ass and she did not disappoint.) There’s a lot being written about how the movie is feminist or how it is but it really isn’t but I thought it was really empowering–kind of like if Kill Bill went to the demolition derby. But with semi trucks. And the apocalypse.
And of course it inspired its own “Feminist Mad Max” Tumblr:
1. Happy birthday to Arthur Conan Doyle today, creator of my fictional boyfriend Sherlock Holmes.
2. Feeling stressed? Watch some TINY KITTENS on a live stream!
3. Delta put out a new safety video and it’s pretty clever. Good for them for making it entertaining and including ALL the internet memes!
This is from The Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett. I haven’t read any Pratchett but maybe I need to start this this one:
The universe is, instant by instant, recreated anew.
Therefore there is in truth no past, only a memory of the past. Blink your eyes, and the world you see next did not exist when you closed them.
Therefore, the only appropriate state of the mind is surprise.
The only appropriate state of the heart is joy.
The sky you see now, you have never seen before.
The perfect moment is now.
Be glad of it.
Hot on the heels of one finished project, here’s another:
I didn’t get a full length shot, but it’s a maxi dress (the Jamie Christina Mission Maxi that I’ve made twice before) and it was a total stunt dress: There’s a bachelorette party for my friend this weekend and it has a theme of “sexy French baking” (we’re going to learn how to make macarons–sexily, I guess). So I wanted something festive but not too dressy but also girly and “French”; once I saw this fabric my plan came together.
I’m always stunned at how fast it is to sew knit dresses, so I’ve ordered even more jersey in bright prints. Hopefully this creative streak will stick around.
1. It’s the birthday of L. Frank Baum, author of the Wonder Wizard of Oz series and hardcore socialist:
“There were no poor people in the land of Oz, because there was no such thing as money, and all property of every sort belonged to the Ruler. Each person was given freely by his neighbours whatever he required for his use, which is as much as anyone may reasonably desire. Every one worked half the time and played half the time, and the people enjoyed the work as much as they did the play, because it is good to be occupied and to have something to do.”
2. This is how I feel about today being Friday: