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So, if you were short, pudgy and blinky and 8 million people were going to be looking at you, would you wear an outfit that made you look taller or thinner? The oh my God, we're going on The View diet hasn't actually started because despite my plea for people to not tempt me with treats, my very own seester got me addicted to Whoppers again. Luckily, the oh my God I am really fat diet that started a year and a half ago started a year and a half ago so in the big scheme of things, it's ok. To get in the mood to go to New York, I've been listening to different music while I am on the treadmill. Every trip needs a soundtrack, right? The problem is that it means I am having to stop listening to Snow Patrol and Brandi Carlile and that's not easy. I was thinking our New York soundtrack should include Bruce Springsteen -yes, I know he's really more New Jersey- but I loved The Risingand it is about New York. I was also thinking I could toss some O Brother, Where Art Thou? on there-yes, I know, not really New York- but we're headed to Kentucky right after New York and I'm far too busy to make TWO soundtracks. Got any suggestions, on either issue?
This is the view we've been seeing lately. This particular hallway is in the Portland airport where it is hard to play that's my body when there are no bodies to be seen. This was the first time ever that our time spent in Portland did not include awkward family dinners, a wedding, or a funeral. Unfortunately, this trip did not include any sight seeing. We went straight from the airport to the hotel (which was 2 seconds from the airport) and stayed there until it was time to leave. Our first night was spent eating pizza, bad brownies, working on Journal Revolution (coming in 2007), and watching the Miami Ink marathon. We are so hooked on that show and it was our first time seeing it! We got up early yesterday to teach our class I AM ART! We got lucky with great students who were not afraid to try new things. It was wonderful to make new friends who taught us new things, too. During the art making, there were lively discussions about new books, TV shows, energy bars, breathing deeply (thanks, Elaine!), and where to get good deals. We love hearing about everyone's lives. All these little details do matter. We wish we could've stayed at Art & Soul longer, but duty calls. Our mission to bridge the gap between traditional scrapbooking and mixed media art is not done yet. We've got a week and a half at home and then we are off to New York! I will be posting information about our New York book signing event tomorrow (after we answer the call to sleep zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz).
Today is bump your head on everything day. We repeatedly bumped our heads on every bit if the tiniest airplane we've ever been on. It wasn't too bad because the other passengers kept doing it, too. For the first time ever, I felt TALL! Our flight to Portland was over fast...that's what happens when you knock yourself out on the overhead luggage bin as you get seated.
The hotel we're at is surrounded by nothing. It's odd because usually there are at least fast-food restaurants and ladies of the night walking the streets by big airports, but not here. Hotel food is pricey so we had a pizza and brownies delivered to our room. If you enjoy corn dogs disguised as brownies, order the brownie bites from Domino's. Blech. They really do smell and taste like a deeply fried corn dog. Good thing we brought Whoppers and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups with us to cleanse our palates. Yeah, I'm doing really good on the We're Going On The View diet.
The tattooed neck guy from Project Runway was at the Burbank airport with us this morning. In reality he's little but still looks a bit scary. I took a couple pics of him on the sly. I really don't like to take pics of celebs (is he a celeb?) trying to be normal, but he seems cocky enough to like that people take pics of him in airports. Hey, it's LA, we're jaded here. If you aren't sure about that, think back to the non-existent crowd that gathered for McPhever during the last season of Idol.