But today I focused.
Yesterday and today were Teachers' Convention days. I went to sessions yesterday and met friends for lunch. I went to sessions this morning, then skipped lunch and went to the Art Gallery for the afternoon. There was a free tour for teachers, but we were also encouraged to stay after and enjoy the gallery, which I did.
It's a brand new building that just opened on January 31, and it's caused somewhat of a controversy in this city.
I love it! I thought it was a bit strange looking when I saw the architect's proposals before construction began, but my visit today made me a convert.
I freely admit that I'm a wannabe, a dilettante. I know a little about art - I took some art history courses in university and I have a degree in Medieval and Renaissance history, which included the study of quite a bit of (mostly religious) art - but I'm no expert.
I loved the Degas sculpture exhibit.
I loved the Yousef Karsh photography exhibit.
And I was enthralled by the audio installation of The Murder of Crows (until some noisy kids came in - who talks in an audio installation? who?).
I sat in that dark room for half an hour, listening. I felt what I was feeling and though what I was thinking and focused on just being there.
It was amazing.
I will go back. I might even buy a membership - unlimited visits for a year. (The OnlyChild has one.)
And when I was done at the Art Gallery, I went shopping. I spent a store credit I had been hanging onto for months and used it for two cute spring tops. And then I went next door to another store where all sale items were another 50% off and I bought two tops and a pair of dress pants for $18.36.