On the first leg of the trip I stowed my backpack overhead. I re-read a bit of the Moore/Lyndon book on architecture, “Chambers for a Memory Palace” and dozed twice.
Writing to you especially and posting to this private blog page is such a cool thing. Way better than when I last traveled for months to Europe, and you had to wait to hear from me. Glad you told me that you could not read my writing when I posted this morning.
“This place where you are right now
God circled on a map for you.” Hafiz
“Taking Delta all the way. Pretty good for airport food . . . and pretty healthy. Wrap with hummus lettuce onions. Mik’s “salad” w/ feta, chicken, cabbage. 4 hour layover which I took so we didn’t have to sweat missing the connection. I waited until Mik got back and had time to sketch. Sky blue Korean Air. [Here is the] Obligatory plane [sketch.] Turned out to be a gorgeous color making me want to draw.
Back on the plane, this time I did not put my backpack overhead.
Mik kept me on track w/food. I wanted Popeye’s hot spicy friend chicken but Mik put his foot down. He’s right, of course, and I will feel better if we eat right. Italy will be easier, at least, to commit to non-GMO, because Italy has already committed to transparency / non-GMO.”
From my journal:
“Back on the plane, M fell asleep. Looks like they will serve a meal 8-ish. I may take a sleeping pill. I am just now turning toward our trip. I called Ruthie to check on the guys. . . they were all over her on the sofa. We could not leave them if not for her decision to move to Portland. . . the Universe paved the way for this trip. M & I decided to do our bubbling at meals”
“Glad we ordered kosher meals and shocked I was hungry. I am pretty upset the Lamy pen I bought for Mik is cracked already. So much for Lamy. I’ve abused Preppies w/no downside then this crazy pen is cracked? Crap. When we go tot the pen store in Rome I may buy him another pen. I’m using his pen right now and it is a slow leak. Mik is already asleep again. The man is the opposite of me — able to sleep anywhere. I’m soon going to take a muscle relaxer so I don’t wake in spasm.
Thinking about this trip & how we will balance research & travel & art. I always regretted not drawing more in my months in France/Italy/Spain. I wrote like crazy but didn’t really draw. Now I’m sorry. I intend to on this trip and Mik is excited to see “our” journal! I’m glad I bought him a small moleskin too. Watching him nap I give thanx for our relationship.
Just asked the flight attendant how to say “I love you.” “Ti Amo.” And “Ancho ti amo” is “I love you too.”
10:30 I took my drug. I wish I could have brought tinctures.
I made Mik a teeny card. Glad for the impulse to throw the ACEO cards in my pack. I’ll color it, a lively “grounded heart” telling him I love him. Time to sleep.”
I slipped the heart in his journal before I slept.
Moleskin 8×11 watercolor journal, Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
De Artramentis Document ink, and Daniel Smith, Holbien and QoR watercolors.
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