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1. Sometimes things that were once very meaningful, suddenly are not. We are in purge mode at our house and this afternoon I started going through old psych papers and files. For those of you who don't know, I was once a licensed psychotherapist in private practice and a counseling services director at a fashion school in San Francisco. During my work and training I was so very deeply steeped in the profession. I was planning on becoming a classic psychoanalyst, ya know Freud, on the couch, and all that jazz. Instead, life happened and my journey took a different path. That's for another time. For now, going through all these old papers and journal articles was kind of surreal. I used to pour over these articles. Dive deep into their content, and salivate over all the ways I could think about them. Hours were spent in groups with colleagues talking about these papers. Such intellectual stimulation. And now, not so much. I recycled about 90% of them, and the few that remain connect analysis to the artistic process. Moving on.

2. If you don't laugh you will certainly cry. Today while using a porta-potty with my daughter the bottom of her dress grazed the inside of a urinal. Don't ask me how, just one of those things that can only be accomplished by a child in an already cramped and stressful situation. Now before becoming a mom this is something that would have made me run screaming from the porta-potty. There would have not been enough anti-bacterial gel in the world. I would have walked out of there arms in the air looking for the nearest biohazard wash down station. In all honesty I wanted to cry. But all I could do was laugh. My daughter wanted to know what I was laughing at as I pumped a ton of gel in my hands and rubbed it on the bottom of her dress. "Oh, nothing. Porta-potties are just funny, I guess."

3. The Royal Tenenbaums is my favorite Wes Anderson film. I'm finally going on record with that one. My favorite part is toward the very end when Chas Tenebaum says, "I've had a rough year dad." Gives me grey matter melt every time.

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