The big news is that I have corrected the "fun milk" issue and with few scars in the process. Yesterday's transgressions would be around money. I don't know why I have such a mental block about that. So while at the grocery store, I gave the guy what would be equilvalent to $20 for a $2 liter of milk. The woman behind me nearly rolled her eyes out of her head. In a related story, I spent $60 on something that I though was $10- Merry Christmas, Merissa! (I will be eating my errors with the family gift spending limit).
But onto observations around town- I woke up with the sun yesterday, which means I woke up around 10am. I did much better today and I am writing this to you in the pitch black of morning (up at 8am)! Talking with some of my fellow residents who have been here the past month, they urged, that if you are struggling with the dark, to go out and walk while the sun is out, which is what I did yesterday. I came to find that I am not that far from the neighborhood I came to know the last time I was here. Within about a 20 minute walk, I found my favorite coffee shop bookstore and had a lovely little cappuccino and lavender shortbread.
This reminded me a museum was close by and being a resident of SIM, I had free entrance. Lucky me because I happened upon a Yoko Ono show. It wasn't huge but a substantial part of the main galleries and presented both old and new work. A huge part of all her work is the participatory nature of it. I spent the afternoon putting back together broken china plates, writing on the wall about my mom, nailing into panel, and adding my wish to her wish tree. I did sit by the phone a while hoping she would call (yes, she calls into the exhibition from time to time- I even picked up the receiver to make sure it worked). Finally, I sat in front of "Cut Piece" for a while and took it in. It's just one of my favorite pieces ever. She did have a number of Fluxus scripts however they were in Icelandic... considering that I am brain dead with the money, I wasn't about to take on the language. I failed to sit and translate each one however the one pictured here translates to: Watching the sunset, Feel the Earth move.
I ended my walk with eating at The Laundromat (somewhat not as great as I remembered)- and a beautiful walk in the downtown. It is so lovely to see Reykjavik all decked out in lights with Christmas music piped into the streets and ice skating in the center of town. With that, I walked back to the apartment and rambled in my sketchbook. To be quite honest, I have been struggling a bit getting the studio practice off the ground. I'm trying to not fret about it, as I know I'm adjusting. It's been tough to turn off school responsibility and switch my headspace over to getting to work. New space, new stuff, and its against the rules to knock any holes in the walls. ;) haha- I did that already... moving on...
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