It is week 273, which will be forever known as the week that I finally got my first ikenobo ikebana diplomas. I’m like a legit flower arranger now. My name will be forever in some 500 year old ledger somewhere in Kyoto.
I started my weeknotes when I moved to the USA, and I lost count somewhere along the way, but I think we’re at week 267.
This week started with me at XOXO 2018. For various reasons, it wasn’t my favourite. It was roughly 4x larger attendee wise and I think that’s way beyond my human crowd size limit. Art + code were standout highlights, with basically everything in that track being fascinating (I would go to a conference that was just that sort of thing exclusively, tbh). The main stage conference track was a bit too one-note/preaching to the choir for me, but Open Mike Eagle was excellent, as was Hari Kondabolu. I really missed being in Portland, too. This year everything was under one, very large, roof, rather than scattered around an area of Portland. We could have been in any city.
I’m 10 months-ish into my ikebana practice at the JCCCNC. This week I made a 2 material, 3 piece shoka and a freestyle arrangement in class. Related, our class is supposed to be taking a study trip to the Ikenobo school in Kyoto in February so I’m working on my language lessons again, both for that and so I can understand more of the tut-tuts I receive in class.
Work is workin’. Lots to do, interns start next week!
Walked ~30.6 miles.