August 9, 2008 § Leave a comment

Oh August 9.  Have you come already?

Let’s see what we have here:

  1. Have I been practicing?  Check.
  2. Have I been fundraising?  At least 200 people have been emailed, and approximately 3% have responded with donations, so:  Check.
  3. Have I been running?  Check!  Well, today I made the bittersweet, fatigue-induced discovery that maybe I can’t quite pull 2-hour runs out of absolutely nothing like I’ve been known to brag, but give me another week, I say… give me another week.
But I call this progress.  Oh yes oh yes I dooooooo la la la la.

Today at work, I saw that a co-worker of mine had an Academy of Art catalog with her.  “How cute”, I thought to myself, “she’s still in that phase.”  Because honestly, why would anyone want to pay lots of money to go to art school in San Francisco when you could instead pay lots of money to go to art school in Rhode Island??  No, I haven’t even been to Rhode Island yet, but a girl can dream, can’t she?

Seriously, whenever anyone mentions the East Coast, I get slightly wistful as I recall being there for those 4 months at Longy almost a year ago.  I want to go back.  I want to see snow.  I want the chill in the air, the crispness, the knowing that I’m not in California.  I’ve stretched my legs a little bit, and I’m itching to stretch them just a little bit more.  Luckily, I seem to be saving money at a tidy little rate, so we’ll see how it goes….

In the meantime, NYC on November 2nd!  The only con is that Jason Mraz is performing in Berkeley on the exact same day as the Marathon, but alas.  NIN in less than a month should be more than sufficient for a little while 🙂


July 31, 2008 § Leave a comment

I want to run.

  • I want to run until my legs want to fall off.
  • I want to run until my heart no longer beats in anxiety or desperation.
  • I want to run until my mind knows of nothing but my breath, my muscles and joints, and my sweat.
  • I want to run until my only desire is oxygen and water and ground to tread over.
  • I want to run until the rhythm of my footsteps and my breath becomes ingrained in my pulse forever and evermore.
                    And then I want to run ten thousand miles more.

I am distracted by shiny new ideas.

July 25, 2008 § Leave a comment

I’ve been fascinated these days with the notion of grad study at RISD.  Here I go again with new ideas all the time, one semi-whimsical/semi-obsession-induced marathon after another, but this is my way of dealing.  I just finished my last day of summer school, and I’m looking forward to the start of the fall semester in three weeks so I can dive into a slew of design classes and start working on my design portfolio for my application in about two-ish years.

But first, this marathon.  Training, Recital Prep, Fundraising, and sleep.  Concentrate, Katrina, and follow through.  I keep forgetting to breathe.  Has Hapkido taught me nothing?

A more useful update once I have something positive to report.

P.S.  I keep daydreaming about pianos.  This is good, this is very good.  I have also been acquainting myself with the Prokofiev piano sonatas… I recommend them.

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