Wrapping, Baking, & Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Date #752 — Thursday, December 10th, 2015

A: Part of The Artist’s Way this week is to bake something so when I got home I called B to the couch for a family meeting. He loves family meetings. He loves to talk about the schedule, the plan — we list what we’re going to do, and then we go do it — so I thought it would be a great opportunity for us to discuss all the things that needed to get done that night and that it would make him happy that I called the meeting for a change. We had a big weekend ahead!

I wanted to bake vegan cupcakes, we needed to design and wrap my mom’s gift, and grandma’s, pack for the weekend, write our letters to Santa, add to our clothing donation pile, and watch Episode 2. We did it all, except the letters to Santa which we planned to write Friday when we go a chance.

My cupcakes looked poorly home-made, and Episode 2 was so sorely animated it hurt my head. A bunch of effects for 2 hours and something. I was excited to get to Episode 4, basically. (Thought I will admit I do love the Padme/Anakin love story.)

B: I do love meetings and I’m happy A scheduled one. There was a lot to get done and a lot of that involved creativity, which meant opening up and being vulnerable.

A asked me to design some coupons for the gifts we were giving her Mom (a Float, a Lunch, and a Movie). I can’t remember why, but I felt criticized and I got defensive about it. A kindly reassured me and I went back to the task. I’ve realized that I want everything to be perfect and I have high demands and sometimes those feelings can be self-destructive. I’ve vocalized this to A and so, when I start to spiral, it’s easier for me to identify this. There’s something about the act of telling someone else that can be really helpful.

Start Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones felt like watching a cartoon. There was definitely more emotion in this and I did enjoy seeing how Anakin starts to get warped by the Dark Side. I think this movie could have been done so well, it’s such a rich storyline. Anakin seems so impatient and knows he has this raw power but isn’t willing to be humble and learn to use it for good.

I like how there are a lot of great lessons in Star Wars — like patience, humility, and a willingness to let go.

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