I have a dental check up this afternoon. I just don't like going to the dentist; I don't like being around tools that make high-pitched whiny noises and having metal things stuck in my mouth. And I don't like the possibility of having to have further work done. (I still have a few old fillings that will eventually need replacing)
I also have Board Meeting tonight at church. As our minister has decided to leave...this is not going to be a fun board meeting I bet.
I'm telling myself this weekend I will go to the quilt shop as consolation. I may even get out a top and backing and take them down to drop off for quilting.
Or, I might consider further the bracelet I saw in the new Bas Bleu catalog. It's one of those cuff-type bracelets, and it has a quotation from Blake that I'd never heard but immediately liked: "Exuberance is beauty." The bracelet is $89, which is a lot of money to me, so I doubt I'll order it...but still, I really like it.
I like that quotation because it seems to work - if you think of a hillside on someone's property where they've planted hundreds of daffodil bulbs, and they're all blooming. Or when a male cardinal is going around singing his territory loudly. Or stuff like a lot of what Beethoven wrote, especially this:
I like it because I relate exuberance to enthusiasm, and I always enjoy enthusiasm about something. Or seeing someone else's love of something that they do.
I also love it, I have to admit, because a lot of the time I think I'm really not so good at conforming to our culture's standard of beauty - but exuberance, that I can do, especially when I'm involved in a project that I'm enjoying, or when I'm teaching on one of my favorite topics.
Though I have to admit that today, facing down going to the dentist and then sitting through an unpleasant meeting, I'm going to have to really reach down deep to find that exuberance.