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October 29, 2003

Leiphe Lessons

I've been having so much trouble the past few days dealing with the lack of sleep and the weird dreams that I completely forgot to keep with these writing prompts. Le sigh. I feel like such a freak about all this sleep problem stuff. Blah. I'm trying to keep a grip, but I just ... this stuff is too real. Look under the surface of any record; you'll see it.


1. What are the 7 most valuable items in your possession right now?

The piano, any minutes of peaceful sleep I can get, my computer, The Smiths Louder Than Bombs on vinyl, my sanity, a bar of soap that smells like mulled wine, and Ethan.

2. How would you feel if they were destroyed or stolen from you?

Nothing really matters to me more than Ethan. He is inextricably a part of me, and I wouldn't be the same without him at my side (and I do mean that metaphorically when he's on business trips - I can still feel his presence here with me, no matter the distance). I don't think he could ever be truly stolen, and destruction would just as surely destroy me. That's no hyperbole, bub. It's truth.

3. Do you feel as though you hang onto material things?

Hmm, yes and no. There is something to be said for the casting off of material desire and the avarice that surely accompanies this need for 'stuff,' but at the same time, I do like to care for and be aware of the things I do have. I feel like I am keeping the world at bay when I move through it gracefully - whether this means recycling, or re-using stuff, or simply making sure the things I do have last and are repaired when needed.

4. Take a 2 minute tour of your home, in your mind. How many things could you get rid of and still be able to live a happy life?

I'd keep my seven things, and whatever food and shelter needed. Beyond that, it seems quite possible for me to make music without my piano and without all the sheet music, etc - I've never really had to do without, or start from zero, but somehow I think I really could, if I had to.

5. Are you a pack rat or a minimalist? Why are you one or the other?

I am inbetween. Moderation in all things, dontcha know.

Posted by dina at October 29, 2003 3:32 AM