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I usually write throughout the day but tonight I'm just settling in after seeing Tom Robbins speak in Portland. I've seen him in Seattle (more then twice I think), LaConner, Santa Monica and now Portland. This is the first time I haven't been able to talk with him. He read and spoke and answered questions. Andy arrived an hour early in order to score us front row center seats- he's a keeper. Tom was incredibly smart, funny and he reminded me of my Grandma Amelia who passed away a year and a half ago. Hear me out though, I'm serious. His brilliant candor, his one watering eye (just like me and Grandma), his kind wisdom that he delivers like a pro. I'm not sorry to say that he has qualities that make me smile like I do when I'm thinking of her. Enough said.

On to food. My plans were to juice feast a bit today but after yesterdays workout and really wanting to get in cardio today I abandoned the notion and ate well and exercised instead.

*Half a watermelon- a big one!
***treadmill run with sprint and jump rope intervals. High incline and sprints and jumping last five minutes. Handstand finish.
*Green smoothie- 32 ounces of farmer's market spinach, carob, bananas, cherries, tocos and lucuma. Cherries are great for sore muscles and yummy!
*A few Quite cheesy kale chips on the way to Eliot's class.
*Yummy Tummy Thai salad and half of a small avocado on toast.

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When you were younger, did your parents ever send you away for the summer?  What was the experience like?
Brought to you by the movie Georgia Rule.

when i was 15 i went to europe for 5 1/2 weeks with my step-grandmother and brother. we flew from seattle to madrid, stayed in salamanca and took a train to el ferrol. next we flew to london, took a hover craft across the english channel, spent time in france, belguim, amsterdam, germany, austria, switzerland and italy. i felt so lucky. i met beautiful people, got to hang out with my brother, got to see so many things. i certainly felt worldly and a little amazing when i returned. starting 10th grade that fall had seemed like such a big deal before the trip. but upon returning i just felt different. tom robbins said in jitterbug perfume, "perhaps the most terrible (or wonderful) thing that can happen to an imaginative youth, aside from the curse (or blessing) of imagination itself is to be exposed without preparation to the life outside of his or her own sphere- the sudden revelation that there is a there out there." that's what it felt like for me and it was wonderful.

today we went to santa cruz and ate at cafe la vie and got dessert from black china bakery. i wore a tee from threadless, light blue with a puzzle block heart and a norma kamali striped shrug.

eliot kept on saying happy birthday to me today and he once said happy mother's day to daddy. pretty cute!

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If you could write like one fiction author, who would it be?
Submitted by Marilyn.

i'm so predictable, ofcourse i have to answer tom robbins. he's an aquired taste for some but i jumped head first into his cotten candy, mushroom taking, andy warhol collecting, surreal-crazy-smart cloud on the first page of the first tom robbins book i ever read, still life with woodpecker.

side note, eliot cracks me up. he's been saying, "that's interest." when he means, 'that's interesting." and when i was cleaning off his highchair the other day he said, "mama, you're a good cleaner."

another side note for clothing. the last two days i've been in my pajamas because i haven't felt well, but today eliot and i will go out. so i am wearing my plum ag angel cords, a thermal with apple/hearts all over it in greens and purples and a purple old navy tank layered on top.  

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What do you collect?

1.i'm a big sucker for all things sanrio. primarily hello kitty and chococat. i buy notebooks, bags, wallets, shirts, jewelry and more. it's a problem. i am a grown woman after all. but i enjoy it still.
2.i collect tori amos stuff but not as obsessively as i have in the past. some of my prized collection of tori includes never released photos, they are the 3×5 prints from a photo shoot in studio with michael stipe, a signed little earthquakes promo cassette and a personal message from tori when i met her that she signed on my scarlett's walk map.
3.i love marc jacobs and betsey johnson, i think of my clothes as collections. fantasy is to have a room with all of my art supplies and crafty crap in it. i get giddy around fabrics and ribbons and other trims. i'd be lost for hours creating and organizing.
5.tom robbins
6*.thomas the tank engine is very big in our house and is beginning to rival all of my collections and my husband's put together.

*technically my son's collection, but we all enjoy it.

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What's your motto?

live and let live sort of sums it up. with a sprinkling of not taking things too seriously because i am really very serious. i am seriously obsessive, single-minded and can be seriously joyful. too serious.
 in the song 'secret heart' feist sings, "secret heart why so mysterious why so sacred why so serious? maybe you're just acting tough…"  i try to remember to sing that when i'm a pain in the ass.
 tom robbins also reflects this message in still life with woodpecker.
i'm interested in creative solutions to problems and if you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem.
i could go on…you can learn something from everyone. and quotes from joe versus the volcano like "walking around in a state of constant and total amazement" because you are awake and aware.
do unto others as you would have done unto you.
 believe in true love and act like it.
think globally act locally.
listen to your heart.
whistle while you work…
i could do this all day.

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