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November 2010
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if you ask me to

So I just realized that I’ve themed this entire month by the day of the week. I’ve got Music Monday, Wordless Wednesday, Thankful Thursday. All of those I started out with.

However, I quickly realized that heavier posts just didn’t work on Friday or Saturday. I didn’t want to reread them and Linda wouldn’t want to have to settle and make time for them then. Tuesday worked great though. So Tuesdays became the days to have the thoughtful longer posts. Thoughtful Tuesday. Then Saturday, which is like death for blog reading, became the day for silly light posts. Silly Saturday.

I was cool with Friday staying a loner until I was complaining about all of this to Linda and I realized. Freebie Friday. Linda loves it. That’s all that matters.

So anyways, I was having trouble figuring out what to blog today. It’s Silly Saturday. And while I don’t tie myself up into knots the way Linda does about certain things (sketchbook) I did want to try. Then Linda gave me the perfect conversation to share ever in the history of ever. Following is an almost completely unedited bit of chat between us.

Linda: im just saying
i love
the greasy brain of urs?
that sounds gross
Emmy: greasy brain?
Linda: greasy brain!
it moves
Emmy: my brain is NOT Greasy
Linda: lol
Emmy: i wash it
Linda: lmao
no u dont
u dont wash your brain
i know for a fact
Emmy: ……….
i read good stuff
Linda: lol
Emmy: i read stuff that is the equivalent
hydrogen peroxide
Linda: cnn?
Emmy: no
Linda: lol
Emmy: cnn
is like
Linda: i kid
Emmy: a dirty scrubbing brush
Linda: lol

Also in very cool news, netflix streams the 2 seasons of This American Life that aired on Showtime.

Anyone wanna help me figure out what IS the reading equivalent of hydrogen peroxide before Linda realizes I avoided that part of the conversation?

Killer taste.

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

-Ira Glass

I blogged about this and then Linda gave me this quote. I love it. I cannot express how much I love that Ira Glass expressed this so perfectly. Maybe it’s not even that your taste is “killer” but it is exacting and the stuff you make when you first start out will most probably not meet your exacting standards.

Of course, this is me, so I didn’t stop there. I went looking for Ira Glass and found this:

I love Ira Glass now.

try to never give up

  1. for the two dogwoods that exist on our property
  2. that bear started talkin in his sleep about 3 months ago (really cute)
  3. that my bff likes chatting on IM and sending me emails
  4. for google docs
  5. that my brother MUST be working on communication because he’s called me on my shit twice recently
  6. that my brother loves me enough to call me at least a few times a week
  7. that when i say i’m reading, a lot of people actually say, “oh. i’ll talk to you later then.” even though i haven’t been crazy about my reading time since I was a kid
  8. for every single moment bear and i have in our home
  9. for our supported netflix account
  10. that bear never even question my laptop habit
  11. that i was born a woman
  12. that my brother is really really different from me
  13. for every book i’ve ever read
  14. that my husband adores me enough and indulges me enough to FIND anime that actually suits my (very very different from his) taste
  15. that my momma is a bit crazy
  16. that my momma is still actually mostly sane
  17. that my momma always loved hugging us and snuggling us and holding our hands when we were kids (we still get lots and lots of hugs)
  18. that my brother always goes “yeah yeah i love you too” when i tell him i love him
  19. that bear likes to give me a huge hug right when we get home
  20. that all the people in my life are generally pretty good at telling me when i’m being too pushy without trying to change me or let me walk all over them. i try to be strong enough to watch their boundaries for them, but they don’t make me feel abusive when i forget
  21. for the internet, with or without google, reddit, twitter or IM
  22. that i do have IM, google, reddit and twitter
  23. that i was born in a conservative state
  24. that i no longer have to live in that crazy ass conservative state
  25. that i’ve been so blessed that i managed to list 75 things i’m grateful for without even trying very hard

a most wonderful time of the year