I don’t remember his laugh. I remember it being a great laugh. I can picture how he looked when he laughed — throwing his head back, his mouth open in laughter — but I don’t remember the actual sound. I would recognize his voice if I heard it, but my brain struggles to conjure up the sound on its own. It pains me to come to terms with the fact that, while I’m not forgetting about him, I’m forgetting the things that made him him — the characteristics, the mannerisms that made him my dad.
So, I’m forgoing “resolutions” and going with “intentions” for 2009. Instead of resolving to do something, I’m intending to do it, so if it doesn’t get done, it’s not a disappointment (because apparently intending isn’t as harsh as resolving). (Yeah, I know it’s kind of the “everyone wins” mentality, but whatever.) I didn’t put too much pressure on myself to get resolutions done in the past, so I don’t think calling them intentions will make me get them done, but oh well, I’m trying.
Now that you have that long-winded explanation, I’ll explain my first intention of ’09: decorate my room! Even though I’ve lived in my apartment for almost a year, my room isn’t much to look at. Well, I take that back, the furniture matches and I love my bed, but my walls are bland white with no decoration – so that’s what I’m doing.
Part of my problem is that I have a black bed frame with a bright red comforter, then throw pillows with red, yellow and blue flowers. Then my dresser, bookcase and rocking chair are white … so I didn’t really know what color to go with … more red and it’d be too red, black is depressing and I have enough white already. So I decided to start with the artwork.
My roommate found a print by an artist name, Nikki McClure.
The moment I saw this print, I fell in love with it. I absolutely love it. It’s hanging in our dining room, which is perfect for the “Congregate” aspect of the piece. (If my roommate and I ever split ways, I’m going to try to pilfer it … or I guess I can just buy one for myself.)
So, I looked up other stuff by this artist and found a site that has a six-pack of 14”x18” posters as well as some note cards by her. I’m not sure how she makes the art, but I think it’s something to do with an x-acto knife and black paper. Anyway, what she creates, in my eyes, is beautiful. It’s simple, profound and lovely. I got the full set at this Web site (www.BuyOlympia.com) but here are the three I’m most likely going to put up in my room:
These are perfect because they have the black and white, along with the red, blue and yellow accents of my comforter and pillows. And again, I think they’re lovely.
I’m really excited for them to come (according to my shipment tracking info, they have shipped and I should have them on Monday). I’ll put them in some matted Ikea frames and be good to go! I’m looking forward to having a space that I’m proud of and that expresses a little bit of who I am.
Once I have it all set up, I’ll have to take a few pictures and post them! (Another intention for ’09 is to get a new camera, so maybe I’ll have that crossed off the list by the time I have it all set up too!)
Luckily, this is not me … Seattle (or at least the parts I go to) are doing well. No flooding to speak of. This picture is in Centralia, Wash., which is about an hour and a half south of where I’m at …
an interesting note though — the only way to get out of the Seattle area right now is to either take a boat (not in the flood waters, but in the ocean) or to fly … all roadways are closed south, north and east.