Sunday, July 17, 2011

Chapter 1 Check In, artist´s dates galore

1) Morning pages:
This is where I´ve been writing my morning pages this week. :) We are staying at the Hotel Reydon in La Cumbre, province of Córdoba. For the whole chapter: 13 out of 14 days. Super yay for me!
2) Artist´s dates:
Disclaimer: all my artist´s dates this week were with company as I´ve been on winter holidays with my family. In case you haven´t met them, here they are: our son Matías (15), hubbie Daniel and our daughter Tatiana (12)
Sunday: an Argentinian writer´s home (Manuel Mujica Lainez) is now a museum.
Monday: photography date, amazing views from the top of the hills. Kids and hubbie went down the slopes three times in a row. :D
Tuesday: La Falda. Lots of turn of the century homes with some modern touches.
Wednesday: Capilla del Monte. More old architecture and the cerro Uritorco (lots of personal energy/yoga/spiritual/stones related shops)

Thursday: Pintos River and Los Terrones
Friday: Restaurant Caraffa provides you with games while you wait for your delicious food. I remembered to have my pic taken just when my "mondongo" arrived.

3) Tasks:

1. Morning Pages: Done as said in #1

2. Artist date: loads of pics in #2

3. Acknowledge Grievances: Arrrggghhhh! This one was a tough one. Just as I wrote huge lists in 2007, this time around I was kind of "Naaaaaa. It wasn´t that bad" Denial?

4. Be More Specific: even more Arrrrgggghhhhh.

5. Letter to the Editor: It was reeeeeal short. And written because I can leave an exercise undone. At least not yet. That´s how this type A student rolls. ;)

6. Your Champions: Surprisingly this was a tough one as well. *Paula looks around bewildered*

7. Thank You Letter: Uh? I´m always writing thank you type messages but a dedicated letter? *Shuffle feet* Ok, a short one. And I´m not sending it.

8. Imaginary Lives: this one was easy. All teaching related jobs. Not as a regular teacher, I´d go nuts if I had to teach the same thing again and again.

9. Affirmations. This one was a total surprise. It had been a HUGE obstacle the first time around and now it was a breeze. I could accept most of the affirmations and was comfortable with a lot of them. I see an affirmations collage type scrapbook coming. :D

10. Walking. I´ve done enough walking for the whole book!!!


ileana said...

So much good stuff here...a great post! Love how you shared photos from your artist dates and introduced us to your family.

La Cumbre looks beautiful. I'd love to go down those slopes with my family and try the mondongo!

Like you, I found the affirmations nonthreatening, for the most part. I think it's great that we're taking our time, not rushing through the chapters...I'd like to get the maximum benefit from this experience, and so far so good. :)

Dream With the Fishes said...

You look like you're having so much fun on holiday! What a lovely family. And so many interesting and beautiful places! Great job, keeping yourself on track with the excercises even though on vacation. You know, several people have mentioned this very thing about the affirmations, and I have found it to be true for myself, as well... that they've somehow lost their threatening nature since first reading the book. But at first I wasn't really getting blurts, until I really let myself hear them, and then they became pretty nasty and harsh, at times. I am working on reversing them.

misteejay said...

Beautiful photos Paula and it sounds like you are doing well with your 'Artist's Way' project and that you are getting something different from it this time around.

Enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Toni xx

Ginny said...

I am so impressed that you are still staying with the book even though you are on vacation. I'm not on vacation and not doing so well.
I have never been to your part of the world so I really enjoy seeing all of the beautiful places that you are visiting. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

Maggie said...

(Okay, my daughters were reading over my shoulder and now THEY want to go down the mountain/slopes)

I love these! They are wonderful. I'm glad you're enjoying your holidays.
I'm a sucker for a restaurant with table games. It's one of those weird things....

Denni said...

Good for you to keep it going on your artist adventure even when on vacation.
I'm just in the choosing stage of what my date will be. I've had a few ideas just need to implement them.
Doing the morning pages is helping me get out the crud. I'm in much better spirits just thinking about artist dates and doing affirmations.
Great fun!

Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

Great work. You look like you and family are having fun. AND you are working on the book. How much better can it get.

Anne said...

Wow! I'm impressed by how thoroughly you're doing the chapters!

Great photos. Sounds like you've been having amazing artist dates.


Thanks, again, for organizing this!

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Wow..what a gorgeous post Paula..looks like a wonderful adventure you are on..and such fabulous pictures!! beautiful sites and sceneries..thankyou!

Mare/TommyGirl said...

You're doing great! And your photos are gorgeous.


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