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Unravelling of Expectations

Emotions have been running at high throttle because: 1) My son was physically assaulted at school yesterday (he’s fine, thankfully); 2) My checking account is in the red, for the second time in as many weeks, due to our continued lack of a roommate and my over-dependence on automatic bill pay (convenience vs. getting bitten in the ass now and again); 3) One of my Groupons expired yesterday, for the Aveda Institute (because I kept calling to make an appointment but never got through to a live human); 4) I agreed to take on a freelance/barter project for a non-web savvy client that maybe I shouldn’t have; 5) Our garbage bin is still frozen into a stupid snowbank out front and I can’t extricate it; 6) Annnnnd…I just received an invitation for my 20th high school reunion, which makes me feel unbearably old. Even so, I managed to lower my stress levels tonight. It took some doing. The secret recipe involved venting with friends. Some yoga and cardio. A dinner of aduki bean stew. Sending out some pared down and clear electronic communications to other parties. And, last but not least, playing the math brain/moon rocks multiplication game with my boy. I believe I will sleep well tonight.

Five other good things:

  • Love love love improv everywhere. “For our latest mission we staged an unauthorized autograph signing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art with an actor who bears a striking resemblance to King Philip IV of Spain. Standing in front of the 400-year-old Velázquez painting, the “King” greeted museum patrons and offered free signed 8×10 photos.”
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  • Broken Crow’s Mexican art travelog
  • Vintage Visual Language: The Story of Isotype: In the 1930s, Austrian sociologist, philosopher and curator Otto Neurath and his wife Marie pioneered ISOTYPE — the International System Of TYpographic Picture Education, a new visual language for capturing quantitative information in pictograms, sparking the golden age of infographics in print.
  • The next installment of Perish, the goth night at Kitty Cat Klub, is next Thursday (also St. Patrick’s Day, unfortunately) and my friends’ new band debuts. Listen to Blood Folke here. Coming to see them play is also strongly encouraged.

It’ll be another weekend of woefully dire finances but on the bright side? We have some free art and music happenings to look forward to, and a housewarming party. Very excited about the opening of “Woman as Photographer: Documenting Life as a Woman” at the MPLS Photo Center on Friday. And there are great bands - Daughters of the Sun at The Hexagon and The Something Else line-up at Yeti Records. And the opening party for Tim Carroll’s installation at The Soap Factory. Always something to keep us engaged and entertained in this creative community.

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  1. amanda wrote:

    ugh. i was at the grocery store last night and my debit card was REJECTED due to lack of funds. um, i got paid last friday. i wish i could say i spent all that money on sweet, sweet crack cocaine, but alas, it was all bills and rent. to make matters worse, my boyfriend gave me the stink-eye! i think he thought my money had gone someplace fun. joke’s on him!

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Permalink
  2. Sharyn wrote:

    Yep, I’m in the same boat. Got paid last Friday but all the money went to automatic payments for regular old bills and next payday is looking a long ways off. This weekend I’ll be in “hey, what can I sell?” mode. Wheeeeeeeee.

    Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 9:17 am | Permalink
  3. Sarah wrote:

    Hey — little known fact but Groupons don’t actually expire. They have to honor them for the cash value of what you paid (but not the same deal). I hope things are looking up for you soon.

    Monday, March 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

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