Paul and I got up early this morning and drove down to Santa Monica to have breakfast with our favorite business traveler. Nora flew down to promote her auction house at Art LA and meet potential clients and vendors. She is strengthening her networking skills, and literally bumped into Steve Martin while looking at a painting. Fun job, Nora!
We have been besieged by torrential rains and cold weather (at least by Santa Barbara standards) and this morning was a sunny break in the gloom. The drive down to Santa Monica was gorgeous–the ocean and palm trees on one side, and snowy mountains on the other. Amazing to see strawberries growing next to the highway against a background of snow. I'm glad we got a chance to enjoy the sun today...heavy rain is supposed to arrive again tonight.
In keeping with my intention to make 2008 the year of positive choices I focused on physical improvements this week. A physical, an eye exam and a mammogram on the schedule for next week. I'd procrastinated about these appointments for a while, so I'm pleased to have them behind me. Unfortunately, I have some icky follow-up tests...
Just finished Elizabeth Gilbert's book, Eat, Pray, Love. Gilbert's spiritual and emotional journey intrigued me, and her statement that "happiness is the consequence of personal effort" struck home. If I were in the market for a mantra, I think that might be a good one. My recent "personal efforts" include continuing this blog and trying to take pictures to illustrate it. Here is my artful attempt to capture the strange beauty of a Santa Monica parking garage. Art LA should be calling any day now.