Monday, January 9, 2012

Your Mountain is Waiting

My cousin B and his wife J like to attend the Burning Man festival. This weekend, I saw excited posts on FB regarding upcoming ticket sales and in recent weeks J has found various interesting clothing items to add to her costumery. To me, attending a rave-ish party in a fiery hot, dusty, desert in the summer is a little bit like my personal hell. But for so many, that place is a special once-a-year or once-in-a-lifetime space where they can be free. Where they can be open and expressive and be who they want to be. Or be someone a little bit different for just a few days. I've known a number of people who have attended over the years. While it's not my personal cup of tea, I can fully understand the draw for others.

This past summer a group of Burners put together a great little film which was just released this weekend. It was shared with me by my friend Melanie (who often brings little bits of interestingness into my life). This fabulous film is a version of Dr. Suess' masterpiece Oh, The Places You'll Go. The wacky world of Burning Man is, to me, a very Seussian place. It is built on acceptance and community and creative endeavor. And the people who help to share the words in the film do a remarkeable job. (warning: contains a tiny bit of arty nekkidness)

(If you're unfamiliar with the original or don't have a library where you can look at one, you can see the Seuss artwork with reading by John Lithgow here).

I hope this brings a bit of sunshine to your Monday morning. It did to mine on another dreary, overcast, possibly rainy London day.

Today is your day!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Toast to 2012

Here's to a new year. A year which shall be, hopefully, full of more happiness than sadness, more joy than worry, and more prettiness than ugliness.

The fabulous Neil Gaiman posted the other day about some of his statements to the New Year made in previous years and included this one, which someone poster-fied. I love it:

Last night the boy and I joined some friends and some new acquaintances for New Year's Eve festivities. The company was light, my hair was big, and the drinks were tasty.

requisite new year's eve self-portrait

It was a good night.

For me, 2011 has been a bit of a rough year. I spent about half of it mostly unemployed. There has been stress about my visa situation. My health kept hitting roadblocks to "good." But it was also a year where good things happened. We had some lovely daytrips, I got to spend a few days with my bestie, the boy and I had an amazing US adventure in the summer, I planned and pulled off BlytheCon UK (and made/strengthened many friendships along the way) and everyday I keep falling more in love with my amazing boyfriend. So while 2011 won't be remembered as my favorite year, it's certainly not been the worst thing for me all-around. Character-building, if nothing else!

Here's to 2012!

so. many. cocktails.