Amy told me that before I got to London. I wasn't exactly confident I knew what it meant; I thought maybe it had something to do with the big ocean gap between the US and the UK. Then once I finally got out of the airport and to the train station I saw it painted in bright yellow letters. Mind the gap. They mean literally, the gap between the cement and the train. But, I think it means a little more. Mind, remember, recognize, realize, take note of…the gap, the situation, reality, the now, the moment, life. I think it's a good thing to do; to stop and realize the state your life is in and how you are being and faring.
I'm getting real comfortable here. It was a very interesting start and is continuing to be just as interesting.
This is the street I live on.
Yesterday I went to the V&A.
I walked around wanting to throw up the whole time…in a good way, in a great way actually. HOW DOES SOMEONE HAND EMBROIDER SOMETHING SO INTRICATE-SO PERFECT-SO HUGE and it's used as a tent cover? Actually who cares what it's used for….IT'S HAND EMBROIDERED. And the tapestries?! And the block prints!?!?! WHAT!? It was great. I got real excited.
This isn't the best image. But this is only a detail of a piece that was as large as the wall....And it was a big wall. Embellishment is too easy for us these days.
There were a lot of great trinkets. Like this friendly looking camel.
And this hippo who's trying to eat the little ram's head.
And who wouldn't love this little guy in your pocket?
But my favorite is this guy.
I just wanna cuddle.
I also realized that I have an affinity for figure sculptures that are about a foot tall. There's something about them. One day I'll have a collection.
And then I got to see an Alexander McQueen dress. My jaw dropped. This is a good life.
But wait, it gets better.
I walked to Hyde Park. Oh yeah, it rained all day on my day off…and today…on my other day of. Ah well. Anyway. I walked to Hyde Park, at an expensive sandwich (no that's not it getting better at all) But what's the best is that…I found a tree……. I know I know I know, not hard to do in a park full of trees. But this tree…oh this tree.
She's got a BULBOUS puffy sluggy bottom that sits nicely on the ground. She's got a smoooooth part with thin cracks that crawl up and down and in the middle is another bulbous goose-bumpy belly that has wrinkles above and below. She goes dark and light parts, she's got lichen and fungi. She's got deep veins that curve and wrap around. She's got holes and crevasses and knots. She's got stripes and spots. She's got spiders. She's got a huge green leafy canopy. She's got everything. She's even….the home to an owl……THIS TREE.
Life feels good. so good.