Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…

These days I feel a little like Dory, having to remind myself to just keep swimming. Each day I drag myself out of bed, head to job #1, work on job #2, write the book, and collapse into bed. BUT! By Tuesday of next week, the book will be DONE and in the hands of the publisher. Can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday I was making a list of restaurants I wanted to include, and suddenly, they are all photographed and written up and ready to go (almost).

I am looking forward to lazier days, when I have time and a calm mind, when I can sit at a cafe and write in my journal, when I can read a book or watch a movie or take a nap without feeling guilty for not working on the book. Yes I will still have my other gigs, but the book is this heavy weight that sits on top of all my other duties and activities, and I am so ready to be free of it!

Until then, a few randoms:

Tonight we saw Maria Bamford perform for the Moontower Festival courtesy of our friends Nat and Erin. She cracks me up – but surprisingly, her opening act, Moshe Kasher made me laugh even harder. I’m looking forward to watching more of his standup soon.

I have discovered that for some reason, if I order an iced tall soy mocha from Starbucks, I just can’t finish it. I end up tossing half of it. However, if I order a hot tall soy mocha, I drink it all. This doesn’t make sense to me, but I think it means I should only order hot mochas from now on.

I often have dreams with really elaborate houses. I’m considering making architectural drawings or small-scale models of them (never mind that I can’t draw, sculpt, or really remember the details). There are spaces that stretch from patio to bedroom, winding staircases that lead to game rooms, bedrooms with old vanities and flowered bedspreads, and closets full of the clothes I wore in high school. Very weird.

On Monday, we had dinner and drinks at Contigo with Aimee. She took some lovely photos.

I hope you’re all having a great week! I’ll be back from the dark side soon.

12 responses to “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…”

  1. may i suggest you consider an acupuncture session or two?
    i remember the exact day when i was going home from the doctor’s – it was my brother’s birthday and i had been depressed for a year, the medication hadn’t yet kicked in – and i stumbled upon this acupuncture office that i had never seen before. i had nothing to lose (and i was quite desperate, to be honest), so i went in and he agreed on seeing me after his last patient, in half an hour. it was the best money i spent in years…! it brought me such relief (literally like the world had been lifted off my tired shoulders) and i felt so light and serene that i could attend my brother’s party like this depression thing was a thing of the past.
    i kept on going for weekly sessions for the following few months, not just because i needed the treatment to be consistent, but because i loved it and it made me feel myself again, excited about my life and the future.
    now, i’m not saying you are depressed or anything… but if you’re overwhelmed in any way, or just plain tired, or maybe a bit unmotivated, i highly recommend you see an acupuncturist.
    wish you well (and congrats for book #2, can’t wait to see it!)

    1. You know, I’ve always considered acupuncture, but I’m seriously afraid of needles. Maybe I’ll just go with a blindfold, because several people have told me it has helped them in lots of ways…

      1. they’re hair-thin needles, you can barely feel them – if at all! trust me 🙂

  2. I swear the same thing happens to me with cold drinks from Starbucks!

    Can’t wait to see the book! Any idea of when it will be published?

    1. It should be out in February or March of 2013!

  3. Hang in there! Just a few more days… 🙂

    1. We can do it!! And yes, yummy Houndstooth. 🙂

  4. also… I spy Houndstooth coffee in that photo..

  5. TUESDAY! I can’t believe it’s coming down to it again. I’m so excited for you and know you will feel like a tremendously new (and awesomely accomplished) person in just a couple of days! Not that that probably helps to hear now.

    See you soon!

    1. I can’t wait! (Both for Tuesday and to see you!)

  6. I wrote this big thing about thinking that was me in the red Joan Jett t-shirt and then being sad that it wasn’t because it would mean we had a cortado together at Houndstooth and then I submitted it all wrong somehow because it disappeared but it might have gone through and anyway here’s another comment. <3 u!

    1. It is you in your Joan Jett shirt! Months ago, probably, when we were both relaxed and job-free. 🙂 We should have cortados together SOON.

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