Today I became the crazy woman who shovels snow in her pajamas and winter coat. The scary thing is I couldn't have cared less what anyone thought! Still, I hope my lifestyle doesn't turn too Grey Gardens.
Tonight I'm unabashedly indulging my superficial self by watching Coyote Ugly and surfing Match.com. Woo hoo! Years ago when I was producing MSN's Dating & Personals channel, I flew to Texas to meet with the bigwigs at Match.com. They were smart and eager to partner with Microsoft. In those days it was pretty heady showing up as Microsoft and it definitely was a blast to travel! I traveled a lot for Microsoft, worked with exciting and famous folks, had tremendous fun and burned out BIGTIME. My honeymoon was combined with a business trip to New York City to produce a live online music show with Luscious Jackson. Bryon and I went to the original Coyote Ugly Saloon which was actually a letdown (no dancers on the bar) except we heard the week before a famous male celebrity got into a fistfight there. We stayed in two swanky hotels: the Soho Grand and the Ritz-Carlton across from Central Park. In those years I stayed at the Soho Grand so often it became a second home. That hotel was featured in another movie (Made) I watched today. Lots of blasts from the past today, but y'know, good memories are really nice. Now I get to make new memories in this new phase of life!
These days not much is happening in my life and I am profoundly grateful. Occasionally I worry about my creative emptiness and lack of motivation, but mostly I accept where I am. I couldn't -- wouldn't -- force myself to be any other way. One reason I chose Spokane is because I can afford to live here comfortably without working my ass off. I couldn't -- wouldn't -- return to a demanding fast-paced lifestyle without sacrificing my health and sanity again. That's not an option. So hurray for rest, simple needs, quiet days and superficiality!