Thursday, July 26, 2007

Clematis on Japanese Maple

Outside my building last night, I noticed one of the clematis vines making a break for it -- creeping onto the branch of a nearby Japanese Maple. I made a note to go back in better light and get a picture for I always win.

I went to bed, but couldn't unwind. As 2 A.M. approached, I panicked and took a 'pam. I managed about four hours of sleep, and woke up before my alarm went off. I had some orange juice, and went outside with my digital camera to shoot the clematis. But the plant was in shadow. I took a series of flash and naturally-lit pictures, headed back up to my apartment, put on some coffee, and started to download the images. I had some technical problems, and before I knew it, it was after 7:30. I still had to shower, dress, drive to Sunnybrook for a blood test, then go to work. At the opposite end of the city. On four hours of sleep.

The day was full of frustrations like that. I don't normally drive to work, but on my blood test days, public transit takes too long. I spent more than an hour's wage on parking today, but that's the price of speed.

Driving home after work, I get caught in a traffic jam. Yonge Street is closed for some inexplicable reason. Pulling into my building, there's a car in my parking space. Security doesn't return my call.

My current favourite gardening show is Digging Deep. On a recent episode, the highly entertaining hosts touted the healing/serene qualities of Japanese Maple. And so, I dedicate this post to Pablo, who is arguably having a shittier time of it than I am right now. Here's the least-crappy picture I took this morning... 'cause sometimes, we just have to go with what we have.



P.S. - Pablo, you should know that two weeks ago, I was trying to decide between checking myself into a psych ward or going on vacation. I Googled nervous breakdown. I'll be thinking about you.

13 comments:

Pablo said...

Thanks...I wish I could go on a vacation. I already live with Timmy, so it's pretty much the same as a psych ward. Only worse.

Timmy said...

HEY! Ya jerk.

Nölff said...

I'm perfectly sane and my life is peachy.

tornwordo said...

Vacation is the answer to most things.

Dead Robot said...

Do you want a job updating HTML? That will drive you fuckingnuts

Kunstemæcker said...

you meant nuckingfuts.

Jason said...

I'll take my Wellbutrin over your clematis/japanese creeping blackeyed susan any day.

Sorry.

Mitzzee said...

jason has some connections at the psych ward, talk to him first.

i'll join u.

Normlr said...

Queen W and Ossington is lovely this time of year.

Snooze said...

Ah early morning bloodwork. Always such fun. I hope the vacation left you recharged.

Jason said...

Ask Normlr if he goes to my gym (Extreme Fitness on Danforth)...

I think I see him and he sees me but I am too chicken to ask and be wrong.

:(

Adorable said...

I like the photo. The Japanese Maple must be amazing. I had one in my yard in CT. It was so pretty to look at each morning.

Butchie the Minx said...

I caught clematis from a 17 year old hooker in Vietnam, once.