Wednesday, June 29, 2005

A New Look

I got my hair cut last week and I LOVE it! My friends have also complimented the cut and the best part about it is that it only cost $13.99!!!! What a bargain!


The owner of the shop was a fellow student in my acting class and he kept hyping it up to everyone:
"It's the best deal in Beverly Hills."
"The people who work there really know how to cut hair. But you better come soon because ladies cuts are going up to twenty dollars."

I finally decided to try it out. I was actually a little scared because who ever heard of a great cut for $13.99? I have been going to expensive salons but only every 6 months because I can't afford to have it done more often. Who would've thought that this has been one of my best cuts in a while?

Anyways, if you live in the LA area, check out Xpert cuts in Beverly Hills.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Desert heat, dehydration, and the bedroom sactuary

I haven't been around because I've had no internet connection and now I do, but it isn't so great. I have a hard time connecting.

A few days ago I went to a full moon gathering out in the desert and it was HOT!!! I barely had any sleep and danced only a little bit in the morning. It just got hotter and hotter as the sun rose in the sky. I thought that I was drinking a lot of water, but obviously not since I experienced some nausea and chills. I was on the verge of heat exhaustion!!

It was torture to just leave your shade structure to go pee. The sun just immediately wicked all of the moisture from the body. I carried a spray bottle full of water and just misted myself wherever I went. My friend said that she checked the temperature at 4 pm and found it to be 117 degrees. WOW! No wonder we were all wilting. We were stupefied and could barely even talk.

Last weekend was the Glastonbury Music Festival and it looked like the participants had a different kind of weather problem: flooding by the rains. No dehydration happening there!

Update on my studio: I am finally liking it (except for the mold situation). Four different friends came by on separate occasions and they all complimented my place. One even said, "Oooh, bedroom sanctuary. I miss that."

I have definitely made a nice space to live in. It is all mine with my energy. I hope to continue having a nice big space to work in when I move in with my significant other someday.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Disconnected! (Eyes are wide with fingertips in mouth)

I don't have any internet access at the moment so that is why I haven't been posting. I will write something as soon as I do which will probably be in another week. The first few days of no internet I felt like there was a big void in my life- I am so disconnected from the world! I am embarrassed to be so dependent on the world wide web. Anyways, aside from not being able to send a few emails, look up recipes, and things to do for a night out, it is a bit nice that I am going cold turkey from my browsing addiction. There is much more to do in this world!

Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Duct Tape

When I first saw my studio space, I thought, "Wow, a giant room to work in and be among other artists in one building!" I was dazzled and even saw past the large water stains on the ceiling. After all, they were going to be painted over and even if the white didn't quite match the original, it was okay. I kept exclaiming to myself, "This is an art studio!"

It was only after I handed over the check did I notice all of the other pitfalls...I smelled a musty/earthy scent when I was taping the edge of the floors in preparation to paint the walls. This is a strong indicator of mold. MOLD!!! I am freaking out. I smell it all of the time now when I am in that corner. (This issue is being addressed and has been brought to the landlord's attention)

The master tenant had mentioned that I could take off the crumbling cottage cheese ceiling if I wish. I looked into it on the internet and found out that it very most likely contains asbestos. Supposedly it is okay as long as it is undisturbed, but my ceiling is peeling! I asked her to spray some paint over the cracks so that they will be a bit sealed. It has been done and I feel better about it.

I once sat alone in the middle of that big, semi-musty room when it was empty and I started to cry. I looked out my window that held a lovely view of the gas station and bus stop. My new neighborhood is full of noise, fumes, and plain old ugly urban desolation. What did I do? Did I do the right thing? I wanted my comfy home by the beach complete with cuddly boyfriend in cozy bed back. Although deep down, I knew I did the right thing. The path towards the truth is not always the easy one.

To top off this oh-so-sorry-for-myself portrait, I'd like to mention what I did today. I bought duct tape. What's so bad about duct tape, you may ask? Well, I don't like the gap that is between the wall and the floor. the gap is a deep and dirt gets in there. I also don't like how there are cracks in the floor where a stinky old building smell rises from them. There is actually a draft coming out of these cracks. I thought about caulk, but it would take 20+ tubes of caulk to do the job and I just don't see myself being that committed to the place to do such a job. So what's the next best alternative?? Duct tape! Not the gray stuff, but white duct tape. It matches the paint just a little better. Such genius! I thought to myself.

So today, I taped up a portion of my room especially where my bed and clothes are and stepped back to assess my job. My shoulders slumped down as I looked at my handiwork. Duct tape. Those two words landed with a thud on top of it all and they keep haunting me. This is where I live? In a duct taped room?? What happened? Well, whatever happened, it's all my doing.

I just keep telling myself that this is temporary. I'll just think of it as that little time in my life when I lived in a little run down art studio. I will make the best of it and create as much as possible while here.

Saturday, June 4, 2005

More Stuff

There was the truckload and now there has been several carloads. There are still loads of books, papers, and computer stuff.

This is a big change.

Thursday, June 2, 2005

Too Much!

I have filled a Uhaul truck full of art and photo supplies to bring to my studio. Too much stuff. I don't like being weighed down by stuff. I'd have a lot less things to clutter my life if it wasn't for the art supplies. How do I pare down? How can I be light?
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