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Anxiety, Iwate earthquake and Italian Food

My anxiety level continues to rise the closer I get to my solo exhibition. I have been existing in a sleep-deprived body for the last three weeks. Sleep comes only when my mind stops racing or my cat settles next to me. Lately, I have been getting into bed by 11:30. It takes about an hour for me to wind down and let go of the day. Since last week, Sputnik, my siamese cat, has been waking me up around 5 a.m. It is not that she needs anything, as I've checked all the possible problems: food, water, playtime, litter box. I have tried ignoring her, but she just becomes more determined to wake me up. She just wants me up and working. Once I am up, she settles next to me on the couch and goes to sleep! She usually picks up on my feelings, so perhaps she is helping me out afterall. I have gotten a lot of work done with these early morning wake-up calls.

We've had a few earthquakes lately! I wonder if this is why Sputnik's behavior has been odd the past week. We had a tremor on Saturday and another on Tuesday. I try to remember that it is good that the pressure release and movement are happening little by little. Last night, Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 12:26:20 AM, I was just about in dreamland, when I could feel the floor moving. Then it was a good shake equivalent to an old, bumpy roller coaster ride. This one was 6.8 magnitude; it was in the neighboring prefecture. This was not as strong as the one in June in the same prefecture which was 7.2 magnitude. I feel for the people in that prefecture. Sputnik stayed with me the whole time, but I noticed she spent the rest of the night under the couch in my study. The New York Times reported that "Japan is one of the world’s most seismically active areas, and the country accounts for about 20 percent of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater."

Last week I ate at an Italian restaurant that is down the road from Rebridge: edit Gallery where I'll have my solo exhibition. The interior has art throughout and the food is good too. There is a colorful mural on the side of the restaurant.
Mural in Sendai

The latest link I've added is BucDaa which features underground music from Japan, the USA as well as other locales in the world. My husband recently saw Tara Tinsley's wonderful outdoor concert organized by Bucdaa.


Kristen said…
How exciting about your exhibition, your work is beautiful~ I love your Mirai painting.
Your cat reminds me of my dog, she likes to wake me up around 2a.m. and not because she needs something~ maybe we just look too comfortable or aren't focusing on them?? Funny little animals :)
Good Luck with your exhibition!
kim* said…
enjoy your solo exhibition dont stress, it is not going to add anything to make it better. dont worry,be happy!
Good for you on your exhibition..You will do well..Keep safe too..
Margaret said…
I bet Sputnik is sensing the differences, animals are so amazingly sensitive.

Your work is stunning!!
Gallery Juana said…
Rosebud and Kim, Thanks for all your comments. I have been stessing less. Kristen, I think you are right about her wanting my attention. Her meows can be so cute.

Margaret, I think she is picking up on the tremors moreso than us.

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