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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Morning on the Mountain

Went for an amazing run this morning on the back of the mountain. The sun was shining...just me and Fernando and the mountain....Loved it. I brought my camera. I need a compact one. I have to bring my giant Rebel with me. It is hard when I run. But, luckily for me I have little girls. My mom gave Pip a fairy princess miniature backpack that fit my camera perfectly. I ran with the tiny lavender fairy pack strapped to my back. Will purchase a compact camera soon..my girls each have a good one but they seldom let me borrow them. Mist is like: Never. Tabs will lend hers on occasion.
Tonight I am going indoor boulder climbing with my big girls. Tabs is home with a tummy ache--will she if she is up for it.

Nothing feels more at home to me than being out in nature, exploring. That is why I love real life adventure stories--I can relate to the protagonist's thirst for outdoor adventure. I rented 127 Hours last night. Difficult to watch. James Franco was great.

Being female, I have the advantage of estrogen. It protects me from doing any really stupidly dangerous stuff. It protects my brain so well in fact, that I get surges of terror at the thought of some dangerous stuff. So I suppose I have the best of both worlds: the thirst for outdoor adventure with the balance of being safe--I have 3 little girls counting on me.

Applied for 2 jobs and an internship (UNESCO) yesterday. I have concocted a schedule for myself. Some days and hours I job search, then I have hours and days for painting and more for writing. I have it all figured out. I'll probably be really shocked when I actually get a job and have to give up my schedule.
Tuesdays I'm going to try open studio at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Sure, I'll have to haul a giant, wet oil canvas back and forth...but it can't be that difficult.
I am going to start my modernist/wildlife series based on my own photos of wildlife. I am driving to a wolf wildlife-sanctuary on the May long weekend--near Golden BC--to photograph wild wolves. I hike through the nature reserve with a guide and can get really close to the pack of wolves that live in the park. My spring and summer spare hours will be spent tramping through wilderness taking wild life photos...I live for this stuff.

As far as writing, I have already started back on the final edit of "Queen of the Godforsaken."
And my painting instructor in France is trying to wrangle a new painting class for me later in the summer so I can attend :)
Things are looking up!

My therapist says I need to find more girl friends.  I agree...but I was raised with 3 sisters. We only ever counted on each other. Sometimes raised on remote acreages. We were like the Bronte sisters: isolated, creative and occasionally crazy.
Girl friends don't come easy for me. I was spoiled with my sisters...we never really needed anyone else in our tight click. But now, we are adults, we definitely need more girlfriends as it's not healthy to only have a sister click...so I am trying. Wish me luck--meeting a couple of old classmates for lunch today.

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Blogger Sandra said...

Good luck Melissa. Check the road report before you drive to Golden. There is still a lot of snow in the mountains and the roads may not be very good. Also check the avalanche threats in that area

March 17, 2011 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

I just reread your blog and noticed that you aren't planning on going to Golden until May. good. I saw a picture of the Rogers Pass highway yesterday and it looked nasty!

March 17, 2011 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Mix Hart said...

Yes, no Golden until May but Seattle very soon and then Merrit after that so I hope the Coquihalla is in good shape.

March 17, 2011 at 5:05 PM  

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