The Fiery One left this morning at 5:30 for a week-long work trip. I generally have not done very well all on my own when he has gone on these trips in the past, but this time, I feel confident that I will pull through and possibly even thrive during this particular absence. How is Schmutzie going to pull off this thriving thing while the Fiery One is away for a whole seven days, you ask yourself? You have good reason to ask yourself this, because I have whined during his absences before, I nearly got us evicted due to the squalor I descended into the first time he was away for an extended period, and you truly and deeply care for my well-being. I know you do, because the pixels tell me so.
Firstly, I know I will survive because it is finally Spring. I can barely believe it, but it is finally here. We haven't gotten to the wet part yet, so it is still all dusty and grey-looking, but the sun is up well before noon and I no longer have to weigh myself down with sweaters and scarves and heavy coats and mittens and long johns and thick socks and toques. My winter depression is lifting slowly but surely, and I can feel what it is like to see possibilities in things again. I won't be stuck moping around in the apartment alone feeling locked in by frigid weather. I can take long walks around this city's glorified slough, go second-hand clothes shopping, buy string for my new art project, and drink coffee outside.
Secondly, I know I will survive because of my hair. Now I know that sounds implausible, but it isn't. You see, yesterday I had my hair cut. At 2:45 pm, I decided that I was going to quit the whole just-below-the-ears angled bob thing altogether. I called up my hairdresser and made an appointment for 5:00. Two hours and fifteen minutes later I was in her chair. She grabbed a handful of hair at the crown of my head and chopped it off two inches above my scalp. My face erupted into the great wide grin of giddy glee. There was no going back. I love that no-going-back feeling. It's my form of base jumping. My hair is now less than an inch long on the sides and back and about an inch to an inch-and-a-half on top, which gives me this really stylin' dyke look (which also, thankfully, appeals to the Fiery One). I went out to the pub to meet the Fiery One for a drink after he got off work so we could, of course, celebrate my new hair. I saw several acquaintances there, each of which looked at me like I was someone they might recognize and then looked away like they didn't. For the most part, I didn't bother saying hello, because the anonymity I had while being right out in the open was kind of fun. It's crazy what kind of effect a new hairstyle can have. I feel incredibly aware of my spine and how strong and straight it can be. I want someone to try to rain on my parade so I can shout FUCK at them really loud. I want to buy a knee-length funky skirt and love wearing it even though it makes my calves look thick. This is how my hair will help me to survive the Fiery One's absence. Confidence + hotness = me being happy and creative. It will also help if I do happen to become stupidly depressed in his absence, because it is the kind of hair now that takes no time at all to do and looks good messy, so if I stop bathing, no one will know just by looking at me.
Thirdly, I will survive while the Fiery One is away because I am feeling all crafty. Crafty, craftier, craftiest. I had my first conversation with this really interesting looking woman who lives in my building on the bus this morning. Toulouse is in an interdisciplinary masters of fine arts program at the university. We chatted about making art and crafting, and she told me that she views a lot of what is considered art these days as craft (not in a snobby way but in a she-loves-crafts way), and we talked about stuff we've done and stuff we would like to do. She told me that I was an artist whether I created a lot or not, which of course made me like her even more, but what does she know? We only just started talking. This conversation made me feel even craftier, and I already have a project in mind. It involves a lot of string, tinfoil, stinky chinese ink, acrylic paint (if mine hasn't turned to rock by now), paper, and glue, glue, and more glue. Will it be art? Will it be craft? We'll let Toulouse decide.
Things that may prove to be difficult without the Fiery One around to help me:
This is terrible news. We may be denied the lovable Cheburashka due to ownership disputes!
I like Khalid Al-Tahmazi’s paintings. Look at them.
As I dream about summer coming, an Indian dhaba sounds divine. We have nothing like that here. Small towns will always have their musty Chinese restaurants and truckstop diners with those great wavy fries and lumpy gravy, but we don’t have dhabas.
Just in case you didn’t already know, lay off the Dasani water.
It’s official...for now. It’s legal to share music over the internet in Canada.
What is wrong with this city I live in? It’s like they don’t give a shit about keeping culture alive.
UFO sightings and crashes seem to be quite common in Russia.
Why would anybody keep major evidence of a murder they have committed so close to home, like in the freezer? (I still do love the grisly murders).