(NOTE: I started this post by calling it "Public Transportation in LA" thinking I'd simply document my travel time for today using trains and the bus. But when I started writing, something else happened.)
So I am car-less!
My year of super sweet deals with Ford is over and I am now fending for myself. I lack money for a car, so I bought a folding bike and have been getting around using it and the metro!
Reminder: I'm in Los Angeles now.
It has actually been pretty cool so far - I've discovered streets I've never seen before and get a lot more people watching in! And I'm remembering all the things that inspired me to really start taking photos on a regular basis while walking around NYC. I see a lot more on train/bus/bike/foot than I do in a car. For good reason, of course...while driving in LA it's not smart to multi-task. In part because so many other people DO. Like the woman I saw "driving" on the freeway while using both hands to put curlers in her hair. People like her are fairly stress-free, I suppose - they let everyone else do the maneuvering. :)
I've come up with a few projects that I'd like to work on while commuting.
Also, I haven't given up on some old projects - like History with Hilary. I will end up with 365 photos in that series - it's just a matter of time.
The last several months have been so different for me. I started working part-time at a job I can't write/talk/tweet about. And although it has been part-time hours, it took full-time energy for a while there.
I feel like I'm gearing up for a big creative push again.
Meanwhile, I started my first garden. (My husband argues that my garden is very creative...so I suppose I'm using my creativity - just in some new ways.) I love my garden! I started it at the end of May and just ate my first squash out of it last week. The tomatoes are coming. Lots and lots of tomatoes. I may have overdone it! There will also be peppers (jalapeno, cayenne, poblano), cucumbers, and eggplant. And I have basil, cilantro, sage, and dill. And poppy and nasturtium and amaranth and sunflowers.
I don't have a lot of ground space, so much of it is in containers. LOTS of containers of various sizes - it's all a big experiment. A super-fun experiment!
I have big plans for making pickles, salsa, and gazpacho. The whole thing has been an unexpected lesson in patience. I've gotten used to instant gratification. It has been great to watch and help everything grow over the last couple months! Exciting to see little seedlings pop out from the soil and get bigger and grow flowers and fruit. And it has made me more interested in knowing where all of my food comes from.
I highly recommend planting something.
Gardening has also made me learn a lot about things like...mites and ladybugs and those blasted moths that keep laying eggs that hatch cute, but HUNGRY caterpillars...and spiders . There are A LOT of spiders around now. Most of them I let go about their business , but I killed this one last week:
It's a brown widow, I believe. I wear gloves more often while gardening now.
What else? WELL, my husband took a sculpture class at Pasadena City College in the spring. Now I'm thinking I want to take that class! And lots of classes. It's really inexpensive and...well...isn't learning grand?! I can enroll as of tomorrow morning. Plus there are other benefits of being a student - what a creative way to have a place to go if you've got the sniffles! Ah, Health Services! It's not the best health care (in undergrad, I was once given an unnecessary IV at NYU when they misdiagnosed me as having low blood sugar when I actually had an inner ear infection), but it's something! And I've been without "something" for too long. And I can get student discounts at museums and stuff! And maybe even for public transportation? I have to look that one up.
Hey! Last week Rick and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary. Can you believe it? Here's a little reminder of how we spent our wedding road trip...
We went on an adventure on our anniversary - we walked in a heart in Malibu. Great day for the beach as it was HOT HOT HOT that day. 20 degrees cooler at the beach - perfect!
This was our route:
You can see all my pictures here, but I'm posting a few for your viewing pleasure...
You may remember that on our wedding day, we went hang gliding! Well, now we're going skydiving... It'll be sometime in August. Fun fun fun!
So... I'm still doin' stuff and makin' stuff and enjoying life. And hopefully you'll hear about it on a more regular basis. :)