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10 February 2009 @ 02:26 am
Destiny-- who is calling?  
Our destiny changes with our thoughts; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thoughts correspond with our desires. —Orison Swett Marsden

There's been a lot of good, and a fair amount of bad, going on in my life recently. But through the bad, which makes us appreciate the good, we've got to keep up a positive attitude. I believe that a positive attitude makes a world of difference. It's something that I really, truly believe. ♥

Last Saturday, I went to a gallery signing and showing of the artist Mark Ryden. I'd never heard of his work before, but it was intriguing enough, and a good friend was helping to organize his trip and the after party, so I figured, why not? His work was... interesting. I have to say, I was a little bit offput by some of the vulgar and macabre themes. But in the end, art is fascinating for it's own value, I believe.

Afterwards, we went to check out some of the other galleries, and of course to the after party. It was my first time being in a nightclub, ever. I'm 28, and I've never been in a nightclub. Is that unusual? While it was fun being with my friends, especially Greg whom I care for a lot, nightclubs are definitely not my thing. Especially since I was considering quitting drinking. I know. I rarely drink, so it's not a big change. But now it'll be 'never drink'. =D Yay to healthy.. and yes my decision was inspired by someone I met recently, but I have to say that I'm really happy about it. ^^

The spiral staircase.

Some of Mark's... work..

I thought this was neat.. I'm not sure why. But looking at the world through a different color is always interesting.

LOL red..
hagelschadenhagelschaden on February 9th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
Yay for not drinking! Ok I like to drink sometimes(I love cocktails, they look so pretty xD) but it's good that you don't ^______^//
And a super big YAY for positive attitude!!!!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on February 10th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, basically I only drank cocktails and the like. But not anymore =D
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on February 10th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
Wow, I had no idea! But I'm really proud of you for that! Let's be no-drinking partners! ^^
midnightcity01midnightcity01 on February 9th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
beautiful pictures and the art work is stunning.

Yay for no drinking! I don't like drinking or smoking or drugs ugh
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on February 10th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
Ditto on all of those! Well, I don't mind drinking, but the others are a big NO-NO.
Kira_Shadowkira_shadow on February 9th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
mh those pictures make me go "...some kind of cute-ish version of Louis Ryo?"

and nyaa *glomps jamie randomly*
~Elle~suthrnbellechan on February 9th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
that art is amazing! I really dig his stuff.

Also you are looking absolutely beautiful!
cryduchatcryduchat on February 9th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
I second this post!
Chiakichiaki777 on February 10th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Oh yes, I know of his works. Quite the disturbing at times. :D
Christina: Sakura; entrusted dreams.totenkopf on February 10th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
Niicee pictures! The red one is neat & cute outfit! ^^
& I've seen some Mark Ryden 's artwork before. . his style is quite unique & very interesting!!
animeshon on February 10th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous photos :D But seriously being 28 and not having gone to a nightclub is no big deal. I've only been a few times and I'm 29!
(Anonymous) on February 11th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
I've been to a few nightclubs in my day (mostly while in college) - you're not missing much. Now, if they had an Irish Pub near you, THAT would be a great place to hang out, even if you're going "dry".

I have found that even though I don't drink a whole heck of a lot, a Newcastle with some pizza always seems to go well... I guess it's because I look at things like beer and wine (and sake!) as something that should compliment food instead of being taken purely for pleasure - or escape. A good wine with a good meal will only enhance the flavor, let me tell you!

-P in AZ.
Janellechibi_rei on February 11th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
I bet there's all kind of neat museums to visit in Japan. I'm chou jealous...

Oh hey I have a question. Did you or your friends ever teach English over there? I'm thinking of taking a year off after graduation this year to teach. Any programs you suggest to go with/stay away from? Or maybe I should do another job? Also thinking of Italy but that's neither here nor there. Thanks! <3