Good Morning & Good Night

I love the library. I love that my library is within walking distance of my house, but even when it wasn’t I still loved it. Last Saturday, I was chatting with Abby on text, and told her that I was going to walk up there in the afternoon. It’s funny having a kid who’s eleven now, and really funny as well as a smart conversationalist. I asked her if I should have lunch before or after I went. Without hesitation, the response came back “After lunch, Dad. You’ll be there for a long time.”

So I went to the library, because I wanted to pick up some movies to watch in the evening, a book of Sailors Knots so I can make something for Lucy Bellwood’s Boat Gnome Mercantile project. Living in the mid-west, the best I could hope to be is a river gnome, but honestly I know little more about boats than what I’ve learned canoeing. Book in hand, I went and browsed through the stacks, like I do.

I’m glad that the card catalog exists. Obviously, if you’re looking for something specific, it makes sense that you should be able to find it. Normally though, I kind of browse through the nonfiction section and see what jumps out at me. In addition to my movies and “Sailing for Dummies” book, this book by Lin-Manuel Miranda jumped out at me. “Gmorning, Gnight! little pep talks for me & you” is a collection of illustrated tweets that he posted in the morning and evening each night. What a great idea…I’ve been inspired by the lyrical and sometimes raw instagram posts of Amy Turn Sharp for awhile as well, and before I really realized it I’d blended the two.

I don’t really know what it means to me yet. Or if it’s going to be a thing, or even how long I’ll do it. But for right now, I’m enjoying taking a picture in the morning and stopping to think about my day. I’m enjoying being aware of my world through the day and seeing things that I want to share before bed. I post them on my instagram stories, but also keep them kind of archived on twitter.

I spent a lot of the week in the studio. but I did make it out into the sunshine more than once as well. My best friend, Sandy and I volunteered with the Greenway Network and Missouri Stream Team for their Race for the Rivers festival. I spent an afternoon clearing brush from the yard, followed by a Phil Collins/U2 double feature tribute show. The band was great, but the singer…was mostly just entertaining. laugh

I got to spend some time with the girls on Sunday and Monday and we made plans for this weekend. I got out to skate and spent a ridiculous afternoon shooting and editing a video with Sandy about being an explorer of business solutions. We tromped through the woods and thought about the story she wanted to tell, the video turned out really cute and was so much fun to work on. 

¬†Today was one of those days that I’d meant to talk about the work, but ended up talking about life instead. Other projects are coming along, and I do so enjoy talking to you all about all the little things I’m up to that go together into this weird job that’s hard to describe to anyone. It’s part of having a job that’s also a hobby, and that my life just sort of wraps itself around. I hope you all had a wonderful week and you’re planning on spending the long weekend with people you love. Until next time, take care and be good!

Your friend,

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