Tuesday, April 23, 2013: Holland Road.

BEFORE I SAY ANYTHING FURTHER, I NEED TO WISH THE NEWLY ENGAGED RACHELI RUBIN THE BIGGEST MAZAL TOV EVER TO BE WISHED TO ANYONE IN THE WORLD. I AM BEAMING ON YOUR BEHALF. THIS NEWS IS JUST TOO GOOD. TOO GOOD, I TELL YOU. BUT THERE IS NO ONE WHO IS MORE WORTHY OF IT IN THE WORLD. SENDING BIG HUGS AND DAFFODILS YOUR WAY. I WAS WALKING IN A LONDON PARK ON SUNDAY AND THERE WERE DAFFODILS EVERYWHERE AND NATURALLY I THOUGHT OF YOU, SO I TOLD THE STORY OF RACHELI RUBIN TO THE PERSON I WAS WITH, BUT YOU ARE MUCH MORE THAN A WONDERFUL STORY. YOSEF, YOU ARE PROBABLY THE MOST FORTUNATE PERSON TO EVER WALK THIS PLANET. PROPS TO YOU.

I showed up to the Slade late today. Not my best idea. But it was for a good cause. I was skyping with Yael Rus and we hadn’t spoken since before Pesach, so you can understand my reasoning. But Tuesdays are seminar days and yesterday was a seminar day but more importantly there was a meeting before the seminar that went through THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS. I’m feeling much better now, but yesterday was a nerve-racking day mostly due to self imposed worrying. I need to make a new work for 23 May, my final assessment, where I will be giving a 20 minute presentation about my work at the Slade. I can set up the presentation how ever I want. It doesn’t have to be “I made this and then I made this and then I made this and then I struggled with this,” etc. I spoke to Mel Jackson at the end of the day about the rest of term and how the assessment works and my summer plans and the degree show and the fact that Shavuot is like the day before and I won’t be around to help set up and that conversation greatly improved the status of my nerves. I will make something, I always do.

But between the end of the seminar (approx. 1:30 PM) and my chat with Mel (4 PM) I passed the hours by ruminating. So I walked a couple of miles to try to get it out of my system. Not so successful, but definitely enjoyable because it was sunny and bright and 70 degrees. Post Mel chat, I took the long walk home, windowshopped, and decided my favorite London street is Marylebone High Street. When I got home it was still gorgeous out and felt like a furnace in the flat so I decided I needed to go back out and keep walking. I walked to Notting Hill and then I kept walking and figured hey I got this far I should walk to Holland Road and walk the entire length of it. So I did that and I’m pleased I did it but my right leg was hurting and I don’t know why and that was kind of distracting. 3 hours later, I returned home, ate pizza, sent some networking emails (anyone know a NYC based carpenter/woodworker?), watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower out of the corner of my eye because Avi and Dana were watching it in the living room and didn’t really follow because I wasn’t really paying attention. But had I been paying attention I might have liked it. Then the weariness of my day kicked in with full force and I fell asleep to the Once soundtrack.

 

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