"In the absence of touching and being touched, people of all ages can sicken and grow touch-starved." -- Diane Ackerman
I'm a firm believer of the power of touch, but it's like saying you believe the sky is blue. People need to be touched. Hugs are healing, and all that jazz.
So, we're back from L.A., and we had a great time! How wonderful it is to have an opportunity to see people you love who no longer live a short drive away (even 2.5 hours isn't too long a drive, but it certainly puts a slow on visits).
Photo l.a. was fun. I saw a few interesting photos, but the real fun was in the people watching. A few famous cats were by on Friday -- Robert Downey Jr. and Brandon Fraser -- but they weren't the most entertaining. It was the woman with the cheek implants, the pair of older ladies that must have been the inspiration for Patsy and Edina, and the old man who had the SAME EXACT face as the cartoon of Mr. Burns. I swear, an animator must have done a portrait of this guy and decided to use him for the character of the Simpson's villain. To make sure it wasn't just me, I pointed him out to several people, and all agreed on the uncanny resemblance.
Now we're home, to work work work, and there is much of it I have to do. This morning I'm cranky, maybe I'm tired. Last night I went to the movies with Jen, we had a great time laughing at inappropriate moments during the film. Like we were children again, sitting next to each other in church, unable to contain ourselves as, even at our young age, we picked up on irony, hypocrisy, and the silly ridiculousness of the congregation. So many things are so funny. It's nice when you notice them.
So, to work with me then. I think I need some caffeine and something solid in my belly first. Maybe some Tylenol. Anything to lift my spirits, because sometimes, even when everything is going okay, even when life is good, you still feel like sulking. This is the luxury we have as the upper middle class -- to get pissy over things that don't even matter. Trail mix will help me remember the good in the world and the motivation I have to get my work done today. Good ol' trail mix.