So much on my mind, so little time! I just landed back in NYC today. Just got into my apartment actually. I was going to write this blog on the plane this morning, but a sister was TIRED! Also, I really have no clue what to particularly write about so I'll just write whatever is on my little ole mind. I usually do try to stick to one particular topic at a time, which I'm sure is a lot easier to read and keep up with, but I really do enjoy when I can just take the time to be free of all the rules and regulations of the typical writing structure. If you ever want to try it, all you have to do is get a pen and paper (or maybe a laptop), and just write whatever you may be thinking. You might find that your brain works a lot faster than you can manage to get everything down. In that circumstance, I try to use some weirdly encrypted version of my own made up shorthand. Works for me though!
When I last left you last week, I was just beginning my week-long journey into tiny baby care. Now that the week is over, I feel mostly relieved that I didn't do any damage to the extremely fragile munchkin, and also very proud of myself for learning as much as I did! It really does help that babies are so darn cute because even though it's a ton of work, you actually WANT to do it. It's so crazy how a baby is completely dependent on someone else to do everything for them. I stress the importance of communication all the time on this website, but it's funny because all babies have is a laugh or a cry. It's like cracking the Davinci Code tryna figure out what they are really trying to "say". Will I be having one anytime soon? Probably not, but for now, I do enjoy being able to help out the people who already DO have little ones. Glad I could do my part! Also, if you haven't already, check out this Thursday's video featuring the cutie himself.
While I was watching my nephew, I had some downtime here and there when he was sleeping. I happened to watch a really interesting documentary called "Exit through the gift shop". It was pretty darn awesome! In an attempt not to spoiler alert, if you haven't seen it (which you totally should, especially if you are a creative individual), I will simply say that it is a very well done piece about modern art and how it's presented to the rest of the world. I also saw another great documentary about Lady Gaga. Now, I've always loved that lady, so the documentary just solidified all of that to the rest of society, but that one was also done quite nicely. Not sure why, but I've been really into documentaries and interviews lately. I spent a lot of time on Youtube watching how stars are born. Not sure what I'm looking to find exactly, as everyone's journey is so very different. I will say that every once in a while, I'll hear something and get an idea of something to do for myself. For instance, in one of the documentaries, a guy started putting up stickers of a self-portrait all over the city (which I'm sure is illegal to some degree). That gave me the idea to make some stickers for myself...perhaps some of my quotes, and give them out. You never really know where you'll get our next inspiration from, that's why I really do try to be receptive at any given moment.
After hanging in Seattle all week, Auntie wanted to break out the dancing shoes and let her hair down a bit, so I flew to L.A. to hang out for the weekend ( I missed out going the last time I was in Cali, so I felt a little overdue). I've been to Los Angelas plenty times before but this time was fun because I got to hang with my awesome cousin! She's been living there for some time, so she knew all of the stuff to do. She's a celebrity hairstylist to a few artists, so she took me to an album release party as soon as I touched down. I still haven't quite wrapped my head around "the scene" in that town, but it's interesting for sure. There were so many girls standing around in their BEST makeup, hair, and outfits ever. EVER. There was a sprinkle of guys, not really doing too much or trying too hard at all to do much of anything. And then there was me...which I only had babysitter clothes with me, so I wore a swimsuit as a shirt with some pants, slapped on some red lipstick and called it a day. The girls who were there seemed like they were more interested in looking "perfect" than having a good time. Not me. I'll look crazy and have a blast. All in all, though, me and my cousin had a lot of fun people watching, dancing, and being the life of the party as usual whenever I hang out with family. The weather was great and since my cousin lived close to downtown, I was pretty close to everything. And Ubers are like 3 dollars!!
One the way back to good ole NYC, I heard news of a shooting that was happening in Vegas. It's crazy because I was actually thinking of swinging by Vegas before returning to NYC (just to get my complete west coast fix). I didn't because I didn't want to spend any money on a place to stay for the night. But man, crazy. You really can't do anything or go anywhere in the world anymore. It's always weird whenever something like that happens on a day I have to write. I don't wanna be one of those people who just reiterate what everyone else is talking about. I also don't want to be insensitive or put out a writing piece that is ill-timed. Also, if I were to comment on every tragic event, it would completely consume my writing...and I really do have so much more on my mind than current events. Namely, ideas. I don't know guys! Artists generally tend to internalize all of the information and feelings to put out something a bit more elusive than a more literal response. As I said earlier in this post, I receive inspiration from all areas of life, good or bad. Everything that happens, everything I go through, the things I see happening around me and to others, I take it all in. Hopefully, what eventually comes out will help to change the world and inspire others to do the same!
P.s. One of my favorite interviews I happened to stumble across was one with the actress Tiffany Haddish. This interview is kinda long, but her story is awesome, I couldn't stop watching! And she is super freakin' funny.
P.p.s. Taking care of a baby is kind of like being a court jester in the presence of a king. You pull out all your best entertaining and the King (baby) just sits there judging your performances. If the king hates it, they'll cry until you do something they like...and you better keep doing that thing until they're good and done with being entertained!
P.p.p.s. Always trust your instincts.