Then I ran around town and hit no less than six stores in search of the perfect 2010 planner. Failed miserably. I'm too picky to settle on one but too stubborn to give up and make my own, as I have for four of the last five years. While killing time, I walked into a little store crammed with all sorts of goodies, and walked out with three tiny trinkets made from old furniture. I picked figures that sat on birds or alligators, with multiple hands b/c it reminds me of being busy.
Then I met Jeannie and nearly 20 of her and her sister's friends for a fabulous dinner. I learned about fishing regulations in NY, the programming for this month at the Museum of Natural History, photo paper, and how to raise and lower cholesterol through dieting. Also, one of my violin heroes was there: Jason Hwang!! I love meeting famous, talented artists who are also real, nice people. Mary picked up the entire tab in honor of her father, who had passed away seven years ago, but had always made excuses during his lifetime to have huge gatherings for meals that he would pay for. Today was his birthday. Eerie and beautiful, since Jami and I had just talked earlier about giving money and time to charity.
Now that I'm home, I'll finish The Dew Breaker before facing the work week ahead. I count my blessings: a warm shelter, a big bed where I can house my computer, books, journal, and five pillows, a full stomach, a healthy family, and the most exquisite friends I could dream up.