So. Let's just pretend that today is last Thursday. There were lost of questions about how Elise and I picked the prompts for GOventures. It took about 24.5 seconds. She threw out some suggestions - I threw out some suggestions and then we quickly, quickly, quickly narrowed it down from there. Not rocket science. Not pre-meditated. We picked broader ideas than last time. We knew were we asking others to play on Thursday and wanted that day's prompt to be especially challenging. Because challenging usually throws the doors WAY open to solutions that are varied + great. PERMANENT.
So if today is actually last Thursday - let me tell you about the solution that I was really working on for PERMANENT. I've been working on it for a decade. I've been thinking about a second tattoo for years - 10 years. I knew I wanted one - I could just never nail down what would be that PERMANENT in my heart - and I am not the type to pick something unweighted with significance. Don't get me wrong - I love Dan with all my heart, but a significant other is a choice we enter in to - and, unfortunately, can exit from. If you look at current divorce rates - it's not certainly permanent. That's not to be cynical. He's the most amazing thing to ever happen to me and that's no joke. That is to say that I feel like we are solid and forever and he feels like we are solid and forever - and I bet every single person who has ever experienced an earthquake felt the ground beneath themselves was solid and forever, too. But, when Pilot and then Penn came into my life - there was a significant shift in who I am. My love multiplied - for Dan, for the two new people that had chosen us. No matter what happened - they would always be my babies. If they lived. If I died. If they died. We will always be connected... and I am honoured times a million. They will always be those two complete and perfect miracles that changed my life - no matter what happened or what they did or what I did or what transpired in the pages of our stories. Our bond was permanent and it would be - on family trees and legal documents and memories and fibres and stamps of time - and within me. Why on my arm? My right forearm is the one that I see the most when I am painting. I often get covered in paint in that spot and I often leave the paint there because it reminds me that I was lucky enough to paint that day - and I am blessed with a gift. Perfect spot.
Was this seriously for GOventures? Definitely not. In the past 6 months - I've made three tattoo appointments and bailed each time because the tattoo artist couldn't do EXACTLY what I wanted. I was very, very particular about the font and size. Last week I went to a shop based on a hunch the day before the PERMANENT post - thinking that if there was someone that I got a good vibe from, that could do EXACTLY what I wanted and that could do it that day - oh, what a sign that would be! All of those parts panned out except for the THAT DAY part. They could only do it THE NEXT DAY. Which was sign enough because it wasn't for GOventures. It was for me. (Big thanks to Cadence for bring the moral support I didn't know I needed and taking these sweet photos.)
What font is this? Ministry Script.
Did it hurt? Maybe a little.
Do I love it? It's hardcore - of course.
Today: Back to the TO-DO lists and the getting-it-all-done stuff. My goal is to empty my inbox completely by Saturday and that is a monumental task. I intend to finish the laundry and whip out the lists I made yesterday so that I can get back on top of things around here. First stop - COFFEE.