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Girl with Dog

I made this quick sketch of Holly and me. It’s inspired by a picture my friend took at the party we had yesterday. I quite like it!

Today I got to have some time to myself, which was nice. I wrote, drank two coffees, got to the post office after it had already closed (oops!), went to the gym and worked out for 45 minutes on an entirely different machine, then in the evening met a friend for two gallery openings. It was nice and yet it was not. At the second gallery we went to I liked the art quite a lot, but nobody seemed to be looking at it. They were all there to talk to each other, which was fine, I suppose, but there was some phenomenal stuff on the walls and everyone was staring at their plastic wine glasses instead of taking it all in, and making small talk. Bla bla bla. Anyway, I looked at all the paintings and loved them and then I walked back to my car on a very pretty street where insects were buzzing in the trees, and I drove home and ate cereal for dinner because I had way too much sushi yesterday and today and I’m never eating salt again.

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A Dream, a Sign, a Shooting Star

Perhaps I had too much fun yesterday, or perhaps too much coffee. I had trouble sleeping last night. I tossed and turned thinking of all kinds of things – some better left in the past – and at some point started wishing my dreams would send me some kind of guidance. Though really I should have just been wishing for sleep. Anyway, I have this theory about searching too hard for signs – generally when that happens we already know the answer, we’re just not ready to accept it.

In more exciting news: Houdini, the Husky from yesterday’s photo op, has already found a home! That makes me so happy! Unfortunately I look like a chipmunk in the picture, but Houdini looks cute as can be!

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What a Day!

The painting is of the festive table at the birthday party I attended this weekend. I felt like painting it today because I was in a very happy mood. It’s overall been quite a day! I got to visit BARC Houston to present them with a donation of $300 which I raised with the help of my wonderful collectors who contributed to the Dog Days of Summer project. I wore a shirt with my dog’s face on it and took a selfie in the bathroom. The official photo, featuring one of the human-less dogs from their shelter will be released soon. I was very nervous about meeting the dog featured in the photo op, because although Biggest Dog in the Universe demands absolute exclusivity, I bond easily with animals and knew I’d be tempted. And tempted I was! They brought out Houdini, a gorgeous two-year-old Husky pup with a glorious coat and a very playful attitude. My dad loves Huskies and jokingly says that’s the kind of dog he’d get if he wanted a dog – he does not actually want a dog and would be quite ill suited for Husky ownership as these are high-energy animals and require lots of exercise and entertainment. Also vigorous brushing. Houdini did nothing to dispel these notions. But he was so adorable I immediately concocted elaborate plans of flying him to Europe for my dad. Of course, I know better. People getting swayed by beauty and ignoring the practicalities of the adoption decision is how Houdini got to the shelter in the first place. Apparently they get a lot of Huskies. Which is sad. But I know Houdini will find a good home and hopefully his next human will be equipped with what it takes to take care of this kind of dog: patience, a back yard, and brushes. Or maybe just enough love.

After the dog shelter excursion, I treated myself to a Vietnamese sandwich and a café sua da (one of my favorite things in the Universe!) and went home to wrap a very special painting that will be shipped to its new home tomorrow. I’m so excited!

I also made a collage for Nancy the English Pointer whose birthday is today – I’m totally loving the energy of this Virgo season, by the way! As to the Biggest Dog in the Universe, I think that although she generally hates dogs, she might be more generously disposed towards the ones who lack humans of their very own, because she didn’t seem too annoyed when I returned from the shelter.