Thank you, Brian, it has put a much needed smile on my face and Golden is everything I hoped it would be (and fitting with what I've been listening to a lot of lately such as Arrial and Guitar). It will make perfect music for the airplane tomorrow as I fly out early next morning (the book and Jim Cole & Spectral Voices will accompany me as well).
Today I'm packing my suitcase, or more accurately re-packing as I never unpacked it 3 weeks ago and it's a mess now. There was another death in my family (due to a car accident) and I was supposed to meet her 19-year-old son today as he starts his solo European trip in London, but I can't get ahold of him. These 3 weeks have gone by slowly, I can't wait to see my family. Even though less time than usual has passed between visits it feels like the longest time away I've had, perhaps partly due to how much I've been through and changed this year.
I've already written out the posts about my trip through Italy with my dad, but haven't felt in the right mindset to post them. I will when I return from America in two weeks, including a few other things I've been working on. I might even post them from America as there's usually a lot of down time waiting for my mom to get ready in the morning (she has Lupus) and I'll have the laptop. Just realized my journal isn't the happiest thing to read lately, sorry everyone, it will get better when I can put this trip behind me. :)
I took a photo of my dinner because it turned out looking so good (tasted even better), not bad for using up stuff in the fridge before leaving..
warm butter bean salad with watercress, lemony goat's cheese, british vittoria tomatoes,
fresh thyme, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and ground black pepper.
I'm coming, mom, hang in there...
grandmother's crabapple tree
Eastern Washington, November 2005
My condolences on your loss. Her son will no doubt very much appreciate the fact that you will be there to support him.
This is absolutely, positively, THE year of change. The Chinese zodiac did not disappoint.
Beautiful photos, especially the one of your mother. She looks like a radiant soul & I see that a lot of her glow has been passed into the next generation. :) And, thanks to your top photo I am now a fan of Jim Cole. Despite being a passionate fan of ambient music I had never heard his work before. Rhapsody has "The Way Beyond" which I just listened to. Fantastic!
Well-wishes to you & your man from rainy Texas. Geez, even the weather is different this year!
I noticed the smell of the book the moment I opened the package. I spend a lot of time in used bookstores and I'm not sure about Ballantine specifically, but the smell is very evocative.. I'll drink a special bottle of port given to me a few years ago while I read the book. Not sure if I can handle it, might be a sensory overload. ;)
Hopefully this has nothing to do with my friends and family calling me "pixie" recently due to my discovering I'm 2 inches shorter than I thought I was. ;)
Thank you again, the Jim Cole album has become a familiar bedtime lullaby (enjoyed your writeup in the cover too). I read your thoughts on the Marsen Jules album and after repeated listens I agree to an extent. It would be nice to feel pleasantly surprised by him and I don't find Golden as engaging as some of his previous albums, but I can't get too worked up over it, it still has its moments. :)