Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Retirement Time --- Day 4/117

Walk: CPMC, Trader Joe's, Mindful Body
Distance: 4 miles and teach Last Regular Yoga Class

After 15 years in the yoga teaching business, Ciwt reverted to non-yogic, completely materialistic thinking and chose this for her retirement watch...in her mind's eye that is :


The Rolex Datejust Ladies White Gold Diamond Pave watch has a case that measures 26 millimeters in diameter. The case is made of 18k white gold and is beset with 150 diamonds. The band is also made out of 18k white gold set with diamonds. The dress style ladies watch has automatic movement and hours, minutes, seconds and date functions. The dial is diamond pave. The price of this watch is $109,350.  (2 years ago, probably more now)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day, 2015 --- Day 4/116

Walk: Hi-Tech Nails (new yoga toes)
Distance: 8 blocks and home yoga practice

Advance Memorial Day Wishes – Quotes, Status, Thoughts, Greetings Pictures Wallpapers

Ciwt's personal honor to my father's brother, TCA, who is still on Leyte under a simple white cross.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Fleet Fleeting Times --- Day 4/115

Walk: Embarcadero Cinema (The Clouds of Sils Maria), Bay Bread
Distance: 3.5 miles

Today Ciwt once again put on her down coat and slogged through the cold, grey, windy clouds Image result for san francisco fog blowing in of San Francisco to The Clouds of Sils Maria, which looked nearly identical in the movie when they snaked up through the Alps from Italy to Southern Switzerland.                                                                                                                                                                   Image result for maloja snake   
What also blew in like a force of nature was Kristin Stewart's powerful performance.  She recently became the first American to win the french equivalent of the Oscar and is Ciwt's early pick for this year's Oscar nomination for Best (Supporting) Actress.  (Possibly with Juliette Binoche as Best Actress nominee if that's how the Academy decides to label the roles.  Otherwise both will probably be nominated for Best Actress.  We will see...)


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ex's --- Day 4/114

Walk: AMC Van Ness (Ex Machina), Japantown
Distance: 3.8 miles and home yoga

Ciwt took herself to Ex Machina, a movie about artificial intelligence and stared and stared at the superior visuals, excellent acting, beautiful female robot.  There was tension but for her it was along the lines of 'When is there going to be any action around here?"  Luckily, Oscar Isaac's character, a sort of 21st century genius/gorilla provided a lot of that.  She tried, but Ciwt had to admit to herself that she is still way back there struggling (since high school English) with the exact meaning of deus ex machina.  
 And as luck would have it, she came home to find in her mailbox her high school alumna magazine.  So she sat down and stared and stared and stared at the rolling Connecticut countrysideImage result for ethel walker school, the lovely historical buildings, the reports by ex-classmates and alumnae about families and their multi-generational estates, vacation homes and thoroughbred horses..  Almost as surreal as the sci fi movie.  Then she took a nap.

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Life of Textiles --- Day 4/113

Walk: Noe Valley
Distance: 1 mile and home yoga

Henri Matisse, Odalisque in Yellow Robe, 1937

Ciwt needed to solve another carpet puzzle today and encountered a couple of rugs which had been named "Matisse Rug" by their manufacturers.  Not quite she thinks, but a sincere homage she imagines.

For one thing the carpets were machine produced.  This would have been an anathema to Matisse who had been born in a small weaver's cottage in Bohain, France where people still traveled everywhere on foot or horseback even though the railroad had recently arrived.  His father's family were weavers - silk weavers, the aristocrats of the trade - as were most families in the ancient town. Those who mastered the exacting demands of this profession were highly sophisticated, resourceful, inexhaustibly original and constantly innovative.  Also competitive.  Working with threads as fine as human hair, each shuttle in the hands of such talents performed the function of a paintbrush.

These standards of excellence and this way of life formed Matisse - his work ethic and ever-demanding aesthetic among other things.  Although other early influences drifted away, textiles retained their power for him throughout his life.  His studio in Nice was a treasure house of exotic Persian carpets, delicate Arab embroideries, richly hued African wall hangings, and any number of color cushions, curtains, costumes, patterned screens and backcloths.  
 Henri Matisse, Seated Odalisque, Left Knee Bent, 1928, o/c

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Light and Lovely Coastal Towns --- Day 4/112

Walk: Sausalito
Distance: Just a little; a few blocks

Henri Matisse - Les toits de Collioure
Henri Matisse, Les Toits de Collioure, 1905, 23.4" x 29" oil on canvas (Hermitage Museum)

Lunch today with a friend in Sausalito. To Ciwt Sausalito has a similar feeling to Matisse's beloved Collioure, the joyously light-filled place where he first encountered rich, vibrant color and was set free to eventually - with Picasso - give birth to modern art.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Sky Around Us --- Day 4/111

Walk: Van Ness, Japantown, Fillmore
Distance: 3 miles

Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night Over the Rhone, 1888, oil on canvas

All our recent overcast has put Ciwt in mind of the sky and this Van Gogh painting - so much more vibrant and intense when she saw it in person on its visit to San Francisco a few SF 'summers' ago.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I Said NO --- Day 4/110

Walk: CPMC, Mindful Body
Distance: 3 miles and teach yoga class (one more to go)

This cat absolutely does Not want to go for a walk on a leash.  Here's a video of another cat who takes refusal even further by faking death.  Ciwt knows posting a video is sort of a cop out, but she guarantees you this one will make you laugh. http://cestnormalauquebec.com/2015/02/un-chat-fait-semblant-detre-mort-pour-ne-pas-aller-dehors/