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One of the highlights of last night's party was the music; Pagan told me an adorable story about how Rob had won her heart by the songs he played for her the first time he came over for dinner. Nothing makes a party as much as the music. I'm working on a new playlist in napster (my member name is minielise) for a big party I plan to throw Sept. 16th!

Anyway, the real highlight was that Rob showed me his portfolio of early work...charcoal sketches, oil pastels, oil sticks, pen and ink was so much fun! I absolutely love seeing that kind of raw work that we normally don't get to see from other artists. The rough drafts, the studies from life, the doodles even. I could see a lot of his style starting to develop very early on and felt very privileged to get to see it...and Pagan took me on a grand tour of their funky house and wonderful collection of other artists work. It was a really sensory over-load kind of night.

Do most artists have a policy about sharing unpolished work with others? I don't, unless you count some of my "in progress" stuff, but that's not really the same thing.

Oh, and the cherry on the top of the evening had to be after everyone left and Rob put in his new horror movie Vampyros Lesbos! All I can say is WOW! I've never seen anything like that before...nuf said!

Since I didn’t get home until 2:30am, I slept in and then spent the afternoon sorting clothing into three piles...donate, throw away, and keep. I'm embarrassed by how large the "throw away" pile is. Because soooo many of my clothes have oil paint stains on them!

Then tonight I met author Michael Modzelewski again for dinner which is always insightful. He knew Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin personally through their work on the Animal Planet and really loved the guy. I hadn't heard about it yet and felt terrible. Still, Michael has such a positive and interesting outlook on things; he always leaves me with a lot to think about and I’m glad that we’re planning to stay in touch when I move down south.

Tonight I weighed myself which I haven't done in awhile. OMFG! It's important to take a long sober look at ourselves from time to time. I think I've been somewhat in denial about how far I've let myself go in that department, plus, I had all these fitness goals for the summer and after the wet summer, I ended up in even worse shape than before.

Ah well, no use beating myself up about it, there’s no time like the present! Tomorrow I'm starting the lunch-time workout sessions they hold on campus. Aerobics, yoga, Pilates, etc. I feel pretty motivated to get back into shape as soon as possible. Looking on the positive side of things, right now I make a fantastic “Before” picture. Maybe I can sell it to Kellogg’s for a tidy profit one day when I’m buff like Granny Vibe; her site, sadly, has gone away but I hope it's only temporary.

Replies: 5 Comments

on Thursday, September 7th, Rob Roys said

wow. no comments. i figured the lesbian vampires would get at least one.


your readers are just too worldly to be shocked...

on Thursday, September 7th, Elise said


That movie was just so...odd. I was thinking about some of those scenes yesterday...the umbrella "LINDA LINDA" and the scorpion in the pool...the camera work was a little shody but overall it was very entertaining.

Where do you find these things?

on Thursday, September 7th," target="_new">Sam said

Hey, don't speak too soon. I am totally into vampire lesbians.

on Monday, September 11th, Danél Griffin said

Ha ha. Jesse Franco. Worst director ever.

on Monday, September 11th, Elise said

Hey Danel, is that Jesse Franco, or Jesus Franco?

You didn't dig Vampyros Lesbos???

I've lost all respect for your movie reviewing abilities!

Just kidding, actually, it had some really terrible camera work, jerky tripod etc. but it was pretty surreal and I actually found it interesting.