The words conjure up horrifying images of squashing, pushing, shoving, trampling, screaming crazed human beings. I've only ever ventured out once on a Black Friday, bright eyed and bushy-tailed filled with delight and excitement only to return at the end of the day with tired, blood-shot eyes, a missing tail and a pissed off attitude to go along with it.
But, to make Black Friday a Creative Day with Lita? Hell, I'm game anytime there's a Creative Day with Lita! We both were really missing each other as it had been a couple of weeks since we had a creative outing. Life is not as fun without a little Lita-ness in it!
Our plan was to meet early so we could treat ourselves to breakfast before hitting not one, but two bookstores. Starting with breakfast at IHOP, we indulged in omelets and eggs benedict, conversation and coffee before heading out to Barnes & Noble. Surprisingly, it was not as packed as we expected it to be and we had plenty of room in the aisles to get a bit silly and snap some self portraits:
After finding several books at Barnes and Noble, we headed over to Borders Books and spent a ton of time in the Reference Section. We never know where we will spend the most time as our interests number so very many. While in that section, we found several great books on writing and some that had "daily tasks". We love books with bite-sized bits of information and instruction. We both purchased this AWEsome book called "The Awe Manac." Last night I read through the month of January which has inspired tons of photography ideas already!
Lita purchased a book I had gotten last time called A Writer's Book of Days. In this book, you are given prompts each day of the year that will spark the creative writer within you. I purchased a hilarious writing book called Take Ten for Writers and in it, there are 1,000 inspiring exercises to help stimulate your writing in only ten minutes a day. One of the funniest ones that we came across (and that Lita is going to do) is to write as if you were an angry olive and stuck in a jar with a bunch of other angry olives. Too fun!
My purchases, doing my part to help the economy. :)
This whole week I've been breaking things. I broke the handle of my recliner and now I can't put my legs up to watch the telly or to read. I put my feet up on the little, round metal drain thingy in my bathtub only to watch it crack in two and reveal a big black hole that probably leads to the underworld. I nearly broke my vaccuum cleaner but luckily, I was able to figure out how to fix it. My bathroom sink sprung a leak. And, while at Borders Books with Lita, this sign fell down and hit me in the head:
Well, there ya go! A reminder that everything that happens, good or bad can be inspiration. When Lita and I are in a bookstore, we read passages and excerpts from books to each other, bouncing creative ideas back and forth like two players at ping pong ball tournament. We always come away from our bookstore outings with amazing energy and drive and always with a renewed commitment to lead an artful and creative life.
So get out there and visit a bookstore! Browse, read, buy something that inspires you. You'll be glad you did!