Baby's First Zentangle

You know what's not the best? Sunday anxiety. Sunday has been my one solid anxiety day since I was a little kid of about five years old. Back then it was the stress of tights and church and friends who couldn't come out to play and everything being too quiet. Now it's worrying over design problems rather than solving them and trying to write lines of poetry that go nowhere and my email making snags along the surface of my consciousness. It all wrecks the fine weave of my bliss.

(Don't let me mislead you, though. My bliss has never had a fine weave.)

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The anxiety doesn't always dig in for an all-day visit, but today it did, so I finally hauled out this Zentangle kit I bought three or four years ago. I've been meaning to start a meditation practice, a yoga practice, a stop panicking practice of any kind, really, for a long time, and I'm in the the mood to stop being ridiculous.

I am still colouring as a meditative practice of sorts, but there is only so much colouring I'm interested in doing, plus, with Zentangles I don't necessarily have to lug around an array of markers. I can work it out on the fly in a notebook, on a napkin, in the sand. Also, learning how to draw might be a good thing for me to do.

*cough* I work in design *cough*

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Two Unrelated Items: A Poncho and a Squash

I still can't believe how amazing and long this fall is being here in southern Saskatchewan, but here it is still being warm enough for me to wear my new Bodybag by Jude poncho, which I picked up at Seed Sustainable Style.

Bodybag poncho

I researched sizes and photos of this poncho, and it was both sized and displayed to be worn larger — according to the size chart, I should be wearing a large — but I bought it in a medium, because I like the more tailored effect of having it fit closer above the waist.

I wore said poncho to our friends Gina and Curtis' house where we ate tons of delicious food until we couldn't move, and then we talked entertaining shit with each other, which is one of my favourite pastimes.


They gifted us with a giant squash. I have secretly named it Delilah, which is a name that needs a resurgence. Delilah is looking forward to becoming an integral part of a roasted vegetable medley this week.

I'm writing a post a day in November for BlogHer's NaBloPoMo.

10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: 21–27 November 2015


This is Ursula K. Le Guin accepting the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014:

…I see a lot of us, the producers, who write the books and make the books, accepting this, letting commodity profiteers sell us like deodorant and tell us what to publish and what to write. Books, they’re not just commodities. The profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the “divine right of kings”. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words.


Claire Vaye Watkins' "On Pandering" at Tin House:

…I watched the boys, watched to learn. I wanted to write something Cormac McCarthy would like, something Thomas Pynchon would come out of hiding to endorse, something David Foster Wallace would blurb from beyond the grave.

I have been reenacting in my artmaking the undying pastime of my girlhood: watching boys, emulating them, trying to catch the attention of the ones who have no idea I exist.



"Syrian refugee family to benefit from couple cancelling big wedding" at CBC News:

A Toronto couple cancelled plans for a big, expensive wedding and asked guests at their small city hall ceremony to donate money in lieu of gifts — all to help them raise thousands of dollars to sponsor a family of Syrian refugees.


Lisa Rein's "Never before published photos from Psychedelic Conference II in Santa Barbara, 1983" at Boing Boing:

One of the few major psychedelics conferences during the dark age of the “Just Say No” Reagan regime was the Psychedelics and Spirituality Conference (aka Psychedelic Conference II), held on the campus of UC-Santa Barbara on May 13-14, 1983.


And more Ursula K. Le Guin, because she is amazing:


Jeni Marinucci's "21 Things You Can Totally Wash in a Dishwasher" at, because I already had an unnaturally strong love for my dishwasher before this list deepened it:

Some people would choose "vacuum" or "washing machine" as the best modern household invention, but I'm holding firm at "dishwasher." And really, after reading this list, we may want to consider re-naming it the "almost-anything" washer.



Christopher Jobson's "Majestic Black and White Studio Portraits of Goats and Sheep by Kevin Horan" at Colossal:

…commercial photographer Kevin Horan decided it was high time for an artistically neglected group of barnyard animals to step into the spotlight: goats and sheep. In 2007, Horan moved from Chicago to Whidbey Island, Washington where he approached a neighbor about photographing one of his sheep. The neighbor agreed and his portrait series Chattel was born.

I'm writing a post a day in November for BlogHer's NaBloPoMo.