Monday, March 22, 2010

medicinal

3-22-medicinal

spring break was medicinal this year. i gave my alarm clock the middle finger, slept in, disconnected completely in some spots and reconnected with others, mainly my art, writing and family. spent two gorgeous days outdoors, then watched the struggling green stuff get smothered by half a foot of snow, which is now going away as fast as it came. watched my artsygirl spend hours penning her version of the flopsy bunnies, of which there are now three volumes. checked books out at the library again, now that i've fessed up that i can't find south pacific and have paid the eye-crossing bill. felted a sweater for the first time, got friendly with my new computer, geared up for the second half of a doodleproject that will take all of this week and next to finish. that kind of work is restorative in itself - doing something i fully enjoy, even when it takes an all-consuming effort. on saturday this little bundle of healing herbs arrived from pixie, and a card of her bear painting, in which she describes how bears "teach us how to move slowly and powerfully, to thrive and to mother ourselves...important medicine for those attempting to summon inordinate amounts of energy to go beyond self-imposed limits." possibly a splendid coincidence, but i like to think that it was meant to arrive right then for a reason. thank you pixie, and a happy monday to you all!

41 comments:

Delphyne said...

I love Bear medicine and that explanation is just perfect!

Kim Hambric said...

Sounds like your spring break was what a spring break was meant to be. I took a trip to Disney world with my family. Fun? Yes. Break. No. I'm forcing myself to do what I am supposed to do after a break. Your post made me realize that I need a break after a break. A break to do something that is necessary for my soul. Something that is important to me.

Thanks for sharing those bear thoughts. I'm going to try moving slowly and more powerfully.

Hope you share your major doodle project with us.

rachel awes said...

oooh, your break sounds lovely! & i just love pixie's art (& her name!). can't wait to see your new & ongoing creations aimee! lol.

Jennifer said...

Happy Monday to you too Aimee! LOVE The artwork you show from Pixie! That is my new favorite shade of blue lately---probably because of spring! I didn't get a spring break, but may have to 'make one' and take some mental health days from work myself! :-)

Inner Toddler said...

you lucky bear. between your post and pixie's from today, I may be turning over a new leaf...

painted fish studio said...

i felt a sense of calm and accomplishment reading this post. i wish for a similar spring break! maybe I'll focus this week in making my weekend a mini-medicinal spring break.

Jeannine said...

Your spring break sounds like just what the doctor ordered. Lovely!

Candied Fabrics said...

Sounds like a lovely break! So glad to hear you're supporting your local library! (I feel your pain in more ways than one!) And I'm with Kim, I often find I need a vacation after "vacation"! Have a great doodle week!

Bella Sinclair said...

Beautiful bear print! I can feel the energy building up already.

I love your vertical bookcase, too.

Sounds like a great spring break. You accomplished quite a lot. And I love how you sneaked your new computer in there. YAY, that's exciting! Good luck with that project. Sounds like quite a doozy. I shall start putting on my helmet in preparation for the inevitable bowl-over to come.

6512 and growing said...

I was the lucky recipient of a Pixie bear card via a giveaway, luscious stuff.
Happy spring doodling!

Ces said...

I really love this. This post speaks to me. I can feel the love it conveys. Oh Aimee, you are fantastic! Have a wonderful day dearest Aimee.

lori vliegen said...

i love it that you took some much deserved "aimee time".....truly good for the soul, yes? i would have been thrilled at just being able to give my alarm clock the middle finger.....

your artwork from pixie is fabulous! looking forward to seeing your new doodle project! xox, :))

soulbrush said...

what a wonderful - well deserved break, and what fun. tell the girls to watch the post for a royal mail envie. xx

~Valentina~ said...

Yeap.. Spring break is medicinal and magical ;)

Izzy said...

don't you love pixie's stuff? i have her hawk and owl hanging in my bedroom. reminders to live a gentler, and happier life. big hug.

izzy

Curls O Fred said...

hooray!

S.E.Minegar said...

spring break! We've had a lot of excess out in NJ --snow, then above normal temps (no complaints), now rain :)

peggyfussell said...

Happy, happy Monday to you! Thanks for the smile.

pixie said...

Gah! Thank you.

Don't you love the feeling of a new computer? That is Springtime lovin if I've ever heard of it!
Tomorrow, in honor of you, I will flip the clock off and make everyone else stay in bed with me!

L'Atelier said...

happy tuesday, aimee!
love your list of medicinal behaviour.... sounds like lovely times.
looking forward to see how your newest project!
xxx

Erin Butson said...

hooray for you and your alarm clock.hooray for slowing down.hooray for getting lost in your art.

Shannon said...

love the healing herbs and once again...just love you. thanks for making me smile today. i don't use an alarm clock anymore although i love the image of giving it the finger. my alarm clock is kestan and i don't think that would be very motherly of me...but there are days...

Phoenix Peacock said...

This comes from a pamplet on Colorado Division of Wildlife, replacing the word "bear" with "thoughts" for a mindful reminder:

What to Do if You Meet a Thought

There are no definite rules about what to do if you meet a thought. Thought attacks are rare compared to the number of close encounters. However, if you do meet a thought before it has time to leave an area, here are some suggestions. REMEMBER: Every situation is different with respect to the thought, the terrain, the people, and their activity.

- STAY CALM. If you see a thought and it hasn't seen you, calmly leave the area.

-STOP. Back away slowly while facing the thought. Give the thought plenty of room to escape. Wild thoughts rarely attack people unless they feel threatened or provoked.

- SPEAK SOFTLY. This may reassure the thought that no harm is meant of it.

- If a thought stand upright or moves closer, it may be trying to detect smells in the air. This isn't a sign of aggression. Once a thought identifies you, it may leave the area or try to intimidate you by charging to within a few feet before it withdraws.

- Don't run or make any sudden movements. Running is likely to prompt the thought to give chase and you can't outrun a thought.

Angie Muresan said...

I need to learn to give the alarm clock the middle finger.

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Sounds like the perfect spring break starting with flipping off the alarm clock :) ....I can never understand people who don't enjoy sleeping in...that to me is one of the great luxuries of life. Now that my kids are finally getting a bit older I am re-discovering the joy of that.

Jane said...

I love the bear cars, Aimee! It's a lovely thing when a nice package arrives in the mail :)

Jane said...

I meant bear CARD....must get more coffee :))

likeschocolate said...

I like the card. So true that as woman we tend to take care of ourselves until we are just on the break of self destruction. Have a fantastic week.

Alexandra Hedberg said...

Oh - what a wonderful spring break. And it seems like you kept yourself busy with a lot of fun!

... I want a break too!

Gracia said...

That image of the bear so still is beautiful... and your break sounds like the very thing needed.

●• Thereza said...

i need a break tooo!!!
spring shows its first signs over here :)
thanks again for my magnets!!!

oneartistjournal said...

"Spring break was medicinal...you pixie, and a happy monday to you all!"
Aimee, Aimee, Aimee, my favorite blog writer of all times, I just love everything you write. I wanted to quote "I gave my alarm clock my middle finger" as my favorite expression of yours today, but then I wanted to quote another brilliant word combo, and it didn't stop. You crack me up, and a-muse me!
I am looking forward to my Spring Break in the middle of April...I love times like these where I can walk "strongly and slowly like a bear" and give my alarm clock my middle finger. Enjoy spring and a yummy 'Pesach'.
XOXOrly

Liv Lane said...

Coincidence? What's that!? All is meant to be, always. :)

aimee said...

thanks everyone!! sorry i've been MIA around here - that break came back to bite me in the butt this week and i can no longer give my alarm clock the middle finger! i'll catch up with you soon! :)

jane said...

happy monday? where did the week go? our spring break just started here.... i want to do everything you did please... happy saturday!

BT said...

Wow, what a busy break you had! Apart from the sleeping in, that's always a good thing to do.

Pixie is obviously a talented girl.

la ninja said...

you reckon I scared people away posting your magnets? I didn't even think about that. oh well, anyone who cannot take a couple of fuck this and piss that shouldn't be reading anyway. don't you find? I do. boom boom :)
oh yeah, I lied and haven't sent you anything in the post yet (was really reaaaaally meaning to) but you know how it is, pathological lying is hard to get rid off. it's a serious condition, mate.)

Ces said...

So you are missing a middle finger now? I hope it grows back. :)

I love Spring break, ours came too early and too soon, right in the middle of a hectic project. I love your bookcase.

Veja cecilia said...

what a busy girl you are!

Aris said...

missing you and hoping you are enjoying your new doodleproject, looking forward to seeing it(:

Coreopsis said...

I know I'm late on this, but I was checked out for awhile, and I must say that this sounds EXACTLY like what one should do over spring break. Good for you!