Sound of Paper: Good Husbandry

This is part of my work in the Julia Cameron Artist’s Way series. The work this time is from the book the Sound of Paper. The responses are self-examinations and assessments based on work through a daily series of exercises. While I do keep some material offline as it can be very personal and jarring, I often opt to be fairly open about my experiences, both positive and negative.

The image is funny to me, and I can talk about why it’s a bad dynamic for women AND men some othertime. (i.e. she can do great things for the world, I must knock her up and lock her up ASAP!!!!)

I’ve done this before, but it merits a revisit for the emerging patterns. 3 small changes to make in each room of my home:

1. I still need those baskets
2. I need a system to get towels rotated out. I also need Mike to cooperate with that system.
3. We need to get on the apartment manager about fixing the grouting.

1.Clean off my bedside table, get better containment for markers, etc.
2.A jewelery armouire or some other type of containment might be good.
3.Clean out and actually DO some of that T-shirt surgery I’ve wanted to for years.

Living Room
1. Still reading off the bookshelves.
2. Getting a storage ottoman to stash my too-read magazines, especially the Stampington mags.
3. A second one for blankets and pillows might also be good – adds seating, comfort and storage.

1. I still want that sponge and soap holder you hang over the faucet.
2. I’ve had that potato latke mix for two years. I need to just make the damn thing. All I need is apples.
3. The garden stand is neat, but inconvenient to use. I need to work some stuff out with that.
4. Bonus: I need to clean out and scrub the inside of the liquor cabinet.

1. Today, I need to take the stuff sitting in the back to the food shelf.
2. Mike uses it more than I do, so I leave most cleaning and maintenance up to him.
3. I would like to start keeping an artist’s date basket in the back, but I think maintenance of it might be tricky.

Wardrobe from shoulders to top of head
I’m good. I own a fedora.

Wardrobe from shoulders to waist
1. Still working out just the right blouse/long sleeved shirt balance.
2. I want a lace blouse that doesn’t suck.
3. Owning one turtleneck might also be good.

Wardrobe from waist to knees
1. Skirt choices could be better, especially as paired with improved blouse choices.
2. Finding reasons and places to wear skirts also good – it’s not practical to wear most around the house.
3. Light colored denim would also be awesome.

Wardrobe from knees to floor
1. I need to get a cobbler to fix the heel on my favorite brown boots.
2. Should replace my Croc loafer things – they’re excellent walking shoes, but they have holes in them from the railroad fiasco last summer.
3. I should brave wearing long socks with skirts more. I bought the garters just for that.

Tools I use for my art
1. I want (don’t need) a new color printer. Mike wants to just consolidate to one, but for some reason I can’t pinpoint I don’t feel good about that.
2. Right now I want more training – to learn to sew, to crochet, to make origami. I was always left feeling klutzy and incompetent when I tried to do these things as a kid, and I’m realizing that was the result of bad teaching, not bad learning. It was absolutely not reasonable to expect me to do things perfectly the first several times I tried something. I just have to remind myself of what happened in PE every time someone bothered to teach me the proper form for a sport.
3. The chair helps with the butt in front of computer time. I’m thinking perhaps some organization, formatting or scheduling tools might help the writing process along, especially as I need to be contributing more to anthologies and local articles.
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