Thursday, February 28, 2019

Pot of Gold Fabric --- Day 7/353, 354

Walk: 1. Sal's Upholstery, etc.  2. Calico Fabrics, etc.
Distance: 1. 8 Blocks then bridge  2. 3.6 Blocks, small yoga

So untrained kittens and 20 years have come to mean a new slipcover for Ciwt's couch.  The kittens are now cats who oblige Ciwt by using their scratching posts (mostly), so that's taken care of.  The fabric is another matter.  Twenty years ago gold tones were perfect for Ciwt's back room where the aging couch sits, and they still are.  

But try to find them in today's fabric offerings!  If she wanted Grey or Beige or the omnipresent Greige she'd have trouble carrying all the samples home.  Gold is another matter; a passe matter actually. Every once in a while Ciwt finds a golden candidate, calls the fabric house and is told "That pattern has been discontinued."  So far six are fabrics of the past. As elusive as that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Of course, like all fashions gold will make a comeback (?), and will those fabric houses ever be sorry when it does! As she trudges empty handed from store to store, Ciwt consoles herself with this thought.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

No Host Highlights --- Day 7/251, 252

Walk: 1. Hood Monday Errands  2. No, another atmospheric river (ie, rainstorm w/wind)
Distance: 1. 3 miles, small yoga   2. Big Yoga

So, what were Ciwt's positive takeaways from this year's Oscars?

Melissa McCarthy in The Favourite rabbit dress: 

After Ciwt recovered from Glenn Close disappointment, Olivia Colman and her acceptance speech were treasures:

Rami Malek's well-deserved win:

Lady GaGa and Bradley Cooper creating an international swoon:

No Host which kept the attention on the awards:

Nice gowns, handsome men, no particular glitches, worse movies have won Best Picture, so on the whole an enjoyable way for Oscar Buff Ciwt to spend 5+ hours - but still not a show she could possibly recommend to non-Buffs.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Going and Staying --- Days 7/348, 349, 350

Walk: 1. Presidio   2. No, Agenting   3. No, Agenting again and soon The Oscars!
Distance: 1. 6 miles   2. 0, Yoga   3. 0, Yoga

'Communing' with Rembrandt's Nightwatch at the Rijksmuseum

So Ciwt has been playing travel agent again.  She thought it would be nice to return to Paris and, before there, to Amsterdam to commune with the Dutch Master paintings she missed when her knee accident prevented her from going to D.C. for its Old Masters show.  All was well for a while as she considered hotels and flights but then she began encountering more and more articles about the crowds in Amsterdam. The early ones warned about summer and vacation times, but the more recent ones talk about year round throngs of tourists - to the point where Amsterdam is considering restrictive measures.

The days of European art communing seem to be over.  Paris was quite crowded when Ciwt went  two years ago - in January, the month when 'nobody' was supposed to be there.  Then there are the matters of 11 and 12 hour flights, extremely pricey hotels, how fast the French speak their native tongue and how much of her own company Ciwt wants as she stands in lines and eats alone.

So, she's taken off her Travel Agent hat just in time to turn on her TV for the RED carpet. Celebrities will begin walking down it in just a matter of minutes; what will they wear? who will win? how awful will the snafus be?   Check in tomorrow for updates....

Friday, February 22, 2019

Everybody's Nosy Century After Century --- Day 7/347

Walk: AMC Kabuki (Everybody Knows)
Distance: 3 miles

So when Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem make a movie together Ciwt has to go even if the reviews are pretty discouraging.  And off she went to Everybody Knows this afternoon feeling pretty spry. Then over two hours later home she came feeling a bit disspirited.  Things she knows for sure from watching Everybody Knows:  

. Penelope Cruz is just as beautiful from every angle with or without make up as you think she is.
. Javier Bardem is just as manly and such a good actor he actually makes you forget Anton Chighur.
. Every woman in Spain is gorgeous, ultra feminine, and sexy.  The Spanish men are in their male          world and don't seem to notice.
. Ciwt would go stark raving mad if she lived in a picturesque small Spanish village. And so would the villagers because she would be such a terrible fit.
. Everybody Knows is an absorbing, well acted, darkly fascinating social study.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Masked (and Horned) Bandits --- Day 7/346

Walk: Marin Driving Day
Distance: A few blocks, Yoga

With the Oscars on the way this Sunday, Ciwt posts her first video (fingers crossed).  So what will you view in muted colors with little action?  It's a webcam doc of a mother Great Horned Owl sitting on two eggs that are expected to hatch in early March.  And it is all the rage around the San Francisco Presidio and beyond with 100,000 already watching daily.  Now you can be one of them.

There's tension and drama involved in the story as well because the nest in use was actually stolen from a pair of Red Tailed Hawks who hatched two chicks in it last year - as witnessed by over 200,000.  Here's a link to the story and web cam.  It won't win any Oscars but is pretty dear.

My, What a Big Place You Have --- Day 7/345

Walk: Up and Down Stairs, in and out of Town School Clothes Closet and UPS
Distance: 1 mile

Before:  Ignore cat, Notice hangers, white air filter, multipiece radio/cd/tape player below tv and cardboard box of cds.

                                          After: speaks for itself.  

Now multiply by every room, floor, closet, shelf in Ciwt's home and you might imagine how free she is feeling after the two professional organizers she hired drove away yesterday in their two filled-to-the-brim SUV's.  Highly recommended.  You will feel like you are living in a mansion no matter how small your space.  At least Ciwt does.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Consider This? --- Day 7/344

Walk: Hood in the cold
Distance: 2 miles, Yoga

Ciwt's bookgroup discussed this one today - along with nearly every book group in the country it seems.  Many people write in reviews this their absolute favorite book e-v-e-r, and the Wall Street Journal devoted a long front page article on it.  In other words it is a phenomenon.  

Ciwt's group only just liked Crawdads.. on the whole but found it led to many interesting discussions.  Like why it is so popular, for one. 

Just reporting in in case you are looking for a book to consider.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Never Too Late... --- Day 7/343

Walk: Hood on a glorious, nippy, sunny day at last! inclucing Mostly British Festival (Elizabeth)
Distance:  4 miles 

Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I in Shekhar Kapur's 1992 movie
And: The late and missed Roger Ebert's review:

Shekhar Kapur, who directed "The Bandit Queen" (1995) about a fierce modern Indian Robin Hood, here clothes Elizabeth, her court and her architecture in the colors and texture of medieval India. The film is largely set in vast, echoing halls, their pillars reaching up into the shadows. He is attentive to the rustle of dresses and the clank of armor, gives us a barge on the Thames like a houseboat on a lake in Kashmir. Action is glimpsed through iron filigree screens, dresses are rich with embroidery, hairstyles are ornately elaborated, and yet there is the feeling that just out of sight of these riches are the rats in the kitchen and the slop-pots in the halls. This is not the Ye Olde approach, but a society still inventing gentility; sex is so linked with politics that old Sir William demands to inspect Elizabeth's sheets every morning, to keep tabs on possibly alarming developments in her private life.
At the end of the film, Elizabeth announces, "I have become a virgin." And so she remained, ruling over and in some sense creating the England that gave us Shakespeare. Think what a play he might have written about her, if commoners had been allowed to create characters out of reigning monarchs. No doubt he retired in sheer frustration.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Blue Tape Brigade --- Days 7/340. 341 &342

Walk: 1. Hood   2. Mostly British Film Festival (Edie, Looking for Lennon)  3. Cinema Club (STYX)
Distance: 1. 3 Rainy, Breezy Miles, yoga  2. 1.5 cold miles  3. 2  chilly miles, Yoga


Blue tape starts small, then gets bigger and bigger as Ciwt gets bolder and more ruthless. For the past few days Ciwt has been deep into her closets, bookshelves, under her bed and noticing again all the things that have been hiding in plain sight over the years.  All the while carrying her roll of blue tape, ripping it and sticking it onto all the objects that will be taken away by a couple of organizer/drill sergeants on Wednesday. 

Lots of her friends have done these deep clean outs over the years in the process of moving to new homes, but this is Ciwt's first experience with an 'almost moving' purge.  She's been pre-selecting with her blue tape in order to practice imagining her place wihout these objects/friends/identity/whatever they may mean to her.  How will it feel when there is empty space where they have been sitting all these years?  Free, open, airy, spacious she hopes, but it is still a bit unnerving.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine Flowers --- Day 7/339

Walk: Not really (Rain/Wind Again), downstairs and to de Young Museum for Monet opening
Distance: A Few Blocks, Yoga

So, Ciwt was at Trader Joe's a couple of days ago and could barely get in because of the crush of flowers and hearts everywhere.  Wah?? she thought.  Then she clicked, Valentine's Day was coming!
 Now today, here it is and what better place to celebrate it than the Cocktail Exhibition Preview of the de Young's new show MONET, the late years .

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Atmospheric River at Ground Level --- Day 7/338

Walk:  No (Another Opportunity Day for Home Projects 😒)
Distance: 0, Yoga

Pretty When Wet




Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Crowning King --- Day 7/337

Walk: Pre-Atmospheric River Errands and SF Playhouse (King of the Lees)
Distance: 4.5 miles

Just home from the first few hours of our latest 'atmospheric river,'  the first few days of SF Playhouse's production of King of the Yees and an after play talk with the actors.  Excellent experience all the way around, but, yawn, now it is late.  Tomorrow. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Sun Goes Down on Another Nail Clip --- Day 7/336

Walk: Fillmore
Distance: 8 blocks, Yoga


Sunday, February 10, 2019

The B Word --- Days 7/334 & 5

Walk: 1. No (Cold & Rain & Wind, all day)  2. Later (but still cold and showers)
Distance: 1. 0 and Too Boared, ooops, bored to do yoga 2. 3.4 Forced miles, Forced yoga

Constant (seeming) rain and cold, no new movies, closets capered, book group books read, basically All rainy day projects completed.  No matter how she looks at it Ciwt is B-O-R-E-D.  (She'll recover...)

Friday, February 8, 2019

Keepers???? --- Days 7/331,332 & 333

Walk: 1. Union Square Returns
          2. Keeper Clothes Fittings
          3. Put Dress Up Section Together and To Rest
Distance: 1. 5 Miles and Yoga   2.  3 Miles and Yoga   3.  Rainstorm and Yoga

Sorry for the CIWT gap but Ciwt was busy making her final decisions about all those dresses she ordered on line.  Sadly, the ones above had to go back.  But now they are available for You!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

In A 2-Month Tizzy --- Day 7/330

Walk: Hood Errands Before Tech Appt
Distance: 3 Miles

Preparing for Techman Visit and Somehow Taking Selfie

Really, how does Ciwt's Tech Hero do it?  She's good at preparing a slew of questions between visits.  Then when he arrives, she's excellent at handing him the list of questions all neatly typed. "Oh, Good," he says. "Let's get started.  Explain what you mean by the first question.."

This is when Ciwt starts falling apart. Of course she has totally forgotten the circumstances of that question or how to reconstruct the problem she would like solved and/or how to explain it in a way that makes sense to him.  Then many minutes go by during which we try to arrive at some approximation of what she is asking him to work on.  Because he is nice and patient, he and Ciwt usually get there, and then he solves her problem.

"OK, now what about your second question....."  Question after Question the process repeats.

And the wonder is he Does solve them - every one - all the while remaining nice, kind, patient, even fun.  At that point Ciwt is always appreciative even while her brain is spinning in her head. 

This happens about every 2 months...

Monday, February 4, 2019

All the (Hopefully) Pretty Dresses --- Day 7/329

Walk: No
Distance: Yoga, Dresses On, Off, On, Off

Yay, Boxes to Play In!  
Since joining her club Ciwt has had need for a few new dresses but no desire to spend much for them.  Especially because the small fancy dress part of her closet contains old, mostly unworn and dated garments she remembers spending a pretty penny for.  Enter the internet and the deep discount departments of famous stores.  After spending hours on line pouring through pictures she located a few she will give a try.  They arrived today- in a driving rainstorm.  Perfect weather for the trying on ordeal.  Fingers crossed.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Rainy Days, Movies and Bowl Game --- Day 7/328

Walk: Cinema Club (Woman At War)
Distance:  2 Miles

An excellent film from Iceland with a terrible title.  Ciwt suggests ignoring the latter and going to the film when it comes to your local theater.  It was also an excellent prelude to the annual Men At War in Super Bowl LIII.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Fun (For Some) After the Storm --- Day 7/327

Walk: Crissy Field
Distance: 3 Miles, Wee Yoga

      Crissy Field Beach Usually

                                             Crissy Field Beach Today (is Where?)

The Bay Area had a big blow rainstorm last night so Ciwt went down to Crissy Field today to check out what Mother Nature had wrought.  Turned out basically nothing except an enormously high tide that disappeared the beach and created huge, pond size puddles on the walkway.  Those latter in turn attracted ecstatic dogs and children frolicking, splashing and getting completely soaked. Near them were owners and parents yelling "Stop! Get Out of the Water! No!"  To no avail, of course.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Revival --- Day 7/326

Walk: AMC Metreon Theater (They Shall Not Grow Old)
Distance: 2.6 miles, Yoga

     AMC Metreon, Theater 12 Entrance

Walk right in, sit right down, go back 100 years to the front lines of World War I in Peter Jackson's  movie They Shall Not Grow Old.  Like many people Ciwt has studied World War I history and read some of the greatest books about it like All Quiet on the Western Front, The Guns of August, Birdsong.  So she felt she had some mental picture of that war.  Until today when Jackson showed her the vast difference between intellectually knowing and actually witnessing.

Through sheer love, dedication, technical innovation and peristence Jackson took old WWI film footage and 1960's interviews with survivors 'as is' (ie, shrunken, scratched, nearly black, barely audible and other ravages of age), applied virtual technical wizardry and came up with a coherently  plotted, well paced, narrated, scored 'contemporary' documentary Thanks to him, You Are There, looking directly at and listening to the young soldiers, horses, trenches, battlefields of World War I.  The horrors are all there but handled in such a way that you don't look away, and there is so much more: dailiness, humor and play (yes!), nobility, duty among them none of it sensationalized.   You Are Engrossed, and your horizons and humanity are vastly, vastly expanded.

Thank you,  Mr.Jackson .