And, In Addition!

Self was strolling up Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park today. It was a bee-yoo-ti-ful day. Not as beautiful as the weather when she was in Central Park a few weeks ago. But not as cold as it’s been here in the San Francisco Bay Area — hence, beautiful.

She passed old stand-by Village Stationers, where she has been purchasing Precise V5 Extra Fine Rolling Ball pens since the days when sole fruit of her loins was attending elementary school in St. Raymond’s. They were having a 50% off sale on all 2016 calendars and planners.

It’s been ages since self bothered to purchase a planner. Because the last four years have been absolutely impossible to plan. Nuts, they’ve been nuts. Self is amazed she is still ambulatory.

Anyhoo, today she actually walked out of Village Stationers with a 2016 Planner called: DO IT LATER! A 2016 NON-PLANNER FOR THE CREATIVE PROCRASTINATOR.

There is an Introduction:

Tired of feeling out of step with the deadline-driven masses? Ready to turn over a new leaf but feeling a tad overwhelmed? Relax. Let the drones of the world dart around with overloaded digital doodads and struggle with trendy time-management strategies.

We’re procrastinators — we get the important stuff done . . .  when we get around to it. To be productive and creative, we first need to engage in critical activities, such as organizing our organizational strategies, staring out the window, creating the perfect playlist, and refilling our coffee. If you specialize in such delay tactics, or know someone who does, take a leisurely browse through the tips, activities, and wisdom sprinkled throughout this planner — for instance: “If there is no time like the present, why would I want to spend it working?” or “Surround yourself with enough doers and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Treat: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Halloween-themed!

Here are self’s ideas of TREATS:

Hot Chocolate and Peanut Butter & Jelly Square, Joaquin Torres, Broadway & 72nd

Hot Chocolate and Peanut Butter & Jelly Square, Jacques Torres Chocolates, Broadway & 72nd

Being surrounded by books: such a treat! Extraordinary. The best form of indulgence:

Borderlands, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookstore, Valencia Street, San Francisco

Borderlands, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookstore, Valencia Street, San Francisco

Finally, watching plays is such a treat. On the same level of pleasure as reading a good book.

Here’s one of her favorite venues: the Bruns Amphitheatre in Orinda, where Cal Shakes presents Shakespeare through the warm months of summer and early fall. The last play she saw here was “King Lear,” with Anthony Heald. Superb!

Bruns Amphitheatre, Orinda, California

Bruns Amphitheatre, Orinda, California

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

(Extra)ordinary 2: Second to the Last Monday of October 2015

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is (Extra)ordinary:

Cheri Lucas Rowlands explains the thinking behind the prompt:

  • I’m drawn to creaky doors and tiled floors. Textured walls and abandoned objects on the street. Things or settings we might overlook at first glance.

And so is self!

Here are some pictures of mundane things.

This morning, self had a wisdom tooth pulled. Hurts now, like heck. Dinner was a smoothie: ice cream, milk, cocoa powder.

Dinner: Ice Cream, Milk, Cocoa Powder

Dinner: Ice Cream, Milk, Cocoa Powder

She does her laundry at a nearby laundromat. Here’s the “kiddie corner” — empty today, since it’s a Monday.

Laundromat on a Monday Afternoon

Laundromat on a Monday Afternoon

On one of the tables was this flyer:

What Does This Say?

What Does This Mean?

There is something so mysterious about this grouping of found objects today, the second to last Monday of October 2015.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Boundaries 5: Mendocino and Elk

Self has always been fascinated by windows. She thinks it is because windows impose a kind of order on a landscape, reducing it to manageable chunks (what is viewed within the window frame).

Early this year, self was in Mendocino. She was teaching a travel writing workshop for the Mendocino Art Center. Self took this shot from the window of the laundry room at the Center:

View From the Laundry Room of the Mendocino Art Center

View From the Laundry Room of the Mendocino Art Center

Here’s another example of BOUNDARY, the railing around the deck of a B & B in Elk, CA (about 17 miles down the coast from Mendocino):

Thanks to Joel Tan, who told self about the spectacular views from the back of the cottages in -- blanking on the name of the inn but she thinks it might be the Greenwood Inn.

Thanks to Joel Tan, who told self about the spectacular views from the back of the cottages in — blanking on the name of the inn but she thinks it might be the Greenwood Inn.

The cottage is very WEE. Therefore, when you step through the cottage door, it feels like you're being pitched straight into the ocean (with only a bed in between).

The cottage is very WEE. Therefore, when you step through the cottage door, it feels like you’re being pitched straight into the ocean (with only a bed in between).

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Boundaries 4: Cliffs, Harbors, Bridges

Mendocino Cliffs, on the Way to Elk, CA

Mendocino Cliffs, on the Way to Elk, CA

Benicia Harbor, CA

Benicia Harbor, CA

Heading West Across San Francisco Bay in Stormy Weather

Heading West Across San Francisco Bay in Stormy Weather

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Boundaries 3: Dublin, Annaghmakerrig, Mendocino

Boundaries define shape.

Here’s an example of a square boundary:

Dublin Street Art

Dublin Street Art

And here’s a more run-of-the-mill boundary: a fence. The fence in question is in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig:

The Main Drive, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig

The Main Drive, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig

And yet another fence, this one at the border of a field in the village of Mendocino, California:

Village of Mendocino, Early Spring 2015

Village of Mendocino, Early Spring 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Monochromatic 4: Moody Landscapes

Half Moon Bay, June 2015

Half Moon Bay, June 2015

On the way to Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada: May 2015

On the way to Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada: May 2015

The Trans-Canada Highway, April 2015 (Can you imagine weather like this in April, self can't even)

The Trans-Canada Highway, April 2015 (Can you imagine weather like this in April, self can’t even)

Doors 3: Dublin, Culver City, Golden Gate Park

DOORS is still the theme this week.

Here, a set of doors from various:

B & B, Dublin

B & B, Dublin

Tara’s Himalayan Restaurant in Culver City:

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Finally, the doors leading OUT of the Butterfly Habitat inside the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco:

Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: Butterfly Habitat

Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: Butterfly Habitat

Self is just musing about how interesting it is that she got to appreciate these shots, especially the last two, which she’d never have posted at all if not for The Daily Post Photo Challenge this week.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Intricate 2: Balboa Park, San Diego

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is INTRICATE.

Krista explains:

Visiting the Alhambra is something I’ll never forget. To this day, when I think of the beauty and majesty of that massive palace, I wonder about the people who inhabited this stone fortress high on a hill above Granada, so many centuries ago. I think of the craftsmen who worked magic in stone, in metal, and in tile, in intricate color and texture.

So far, self has been posting mostly about buildings. The San Diego Museum of Man, self thinks, is very rococco. She visited last year, with one of her former classmates from Assumption Convent in Manila. The museum and the California Tower next to it are in Balboa Park.

The California Tower is Next to the San Diego Museum of Man.

The California Tower is Next to the San Diego Museum of Man.

Here’s another view of the California Tower. It is open for public tours.

The tower can be reached through a climb of seven floors. It is open to public tours.

The tower can be reached through a climb of seven floors.

The California Tower's Spanish Colonial Facade was the design of Bertram Goodhue, who was inspired by Spanish churches in Mexico. It was built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

The California Tower’s Spanish Colonial Facade was the design of Bertram Goodhue, who was inspired by Spanish churches in Mexico. It was built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

Dear blog readers can find out more about artchitect Bertram Goodhue here.

“Art pre-existing in Nature, and Nature Is Reproduced in Art.”

(Written above a dormer in Goodhue’s attic room)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.”

Blur: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme is BLUR.

  • Share a photo that’s a blur.

Self has LOTS of those kinds of pictures!

For some reason, her blurred pictures are some of her most emotional. She thinks it’s because they project a sense of evanescence.

Poems Upon Request: IRT-Lexington Subway Line, Uptown on 51st

Poems Upon Request: This enterprising man charged $10 per poem. Encountered on the IRT-Lexington Subway Line Headed Uptown, 51st Street & Lexington Station

San Francisco, Viewed From Point Richmond: February 2015

San Francisco, Viewed From Point Richmond: February 2015

Captured on my Cell Phone: The Pacific Ocean Viewed From Elk, CA

Captured with Self’s Cell Phone: The Pacific Ocean Viewed From Elk, CA: January 2015. Just looking at this picture makes self dizzy.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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