December 23rd, 2008
This will be my first entry in what I hope to be an ongoing process to route out and eradicate unproductive or unwanted habits and hopefully channel new paths to creativity and self realization. I was as slothful as a cat on this day filled with idle staring, intermitten moments of reading interspersed with naps and TV watching of Mr. Bean. My life is now currently in the service of cats, both my own and those of two different residents within my building who have gone away for Christmas. Scooping cat litter is a humbling and present minded experience and does cause one to slow down and pay attention. This may sound absurd but there are so many things within the day that happen without my full attention. Though I dread doing the dishes, I find that it too is an experience that slows me down and gets me present oriented.
I have awaited this lengthy Christmas break with thoughts of all the productive things to be done, namely new art posts for Etsy, looking for a job abroad, reading and more reading. I have been sketching out some ideas for some new drawings and I am looking forward to doing some new watercolor portraits of Isabella my daughter. I also have been reading a really wonderful book called The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and I am enjoying it immensely. I feel pretty timid to write this evening but I am forcing my way through it with hopes that I will get more comfortable writing as I get in the habit. I will close with a picture of one of my cats named Blue who loves licking soap bars.