making memories is an odd way to pass the time.


we’ve been thinking (never a good idea before the dark embrace of caffeine truly kicks in, but there you go, it’s tuesday) about the just-over-four-months that we’ve now been Back in sunny southern california.


we have been faithfully documenting ideas and notions in the moleskine journals (#151 in case you’re keeping count)

– actually #124 was quite lovely in its own way

– and back in Nov 2011 we met someone who had an Orange moleskine and a very swish pair of heels – gosh that DOES seem like a lifetime ago (isn’t that the point of recording and noting Events so one can understand the passage of Time?).

wowzer! (yes, we pressed the “search” button) – here’s where we Photographed early moleskines from #1 onwards.

you see #1 was to stop us going cRazY during the not-knowing-if-our-work-visa-to-the-USA would get renewed (this was back in April 2003 – a decade ago).

so we started to write to uncover and reveal and other sorts of words that mean Finding Out What is Going On.

it helped that we were in Claridges for the first one (alas not staying there – merely for tea as we recall – it’s Very close to the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

we don’t Just write in moleskines journals.

sometimes we make little notes about people, places and things that we want to write about in books and movies in tiny notebooks that lovely people send us from Berlin.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and we often write by candlelight (this is the wild flowers inspired one from shabby chic to celebrate rachel ashwell’s prairie).OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

you see writers-that-have-inspired-us-since-childhood Always kept notebooks. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

it was recording the witty and wonderful Mr. Nathan Gibson (hat-maker-to-the-stars) and his bon mots in her own notebooks that inspired Anita when she came to write the character of Dorothy in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

you see memories can be made anywhere.

but they are especially delicious when Made in Malibu.*

*wear sunscreen and a large becoming hat at all times.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand Most Often they are made while driving silently at night with the sunset ahead and the mountains to the right.

(memories – not notes – although we Will confess to scribbling down pen marks in the little shorthand book that we carry in the car but ONLY when stopped at the red light).

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”

― Oscar WildeThe Importance of Being Earnest

12 thoughts on “making memories is an odd way to pass the time.

  1. I used to be a huge fan of Moleskines too (particularly those pocket-sized ones! since you can take them anywhere), but I stopped using them because of super-portable technology. There are still some parts of writing by hand or scrapping that can’t be replaced by a computer, but still I find that typing allows me to get my thoughts down quicker.

    1. sadly what one cannot see is that we used decoupage glue and glaze to make those pretty covers so they are all coming apart when squished together in a plastic box ;-) oops.

      how’s your nesting going in your new place?


      1. Nesting has taken a back seat to making a living as corporate pencil pusher. Happy to report that the bedroom and the kitchen are all unpacked and organized, and looking forward to getting to the living room once my lovely bookcases are finished on Friday. I plan on spending this coming weekend shelving my lovely books, that is if I don’t have to travel to the US for business on Sunday (which, of course I won’t know until the last minute).

        So, slowly coming together. One baby step at a time. :)

        1. love that you’re building a new life There when you used to be Here and who knows where we’ll all be Next.

          unpacking books and making tea.

          always a good start.

  2. I did SO much more journal writing when I took public transportation. I don’t miss the weather in Chicago, but I miss the El. Some very sensational writing got done while I rode those trains.
    Loving you from across town XXXXX

      1. I second that! There is something about writing out in public that shakes up the words and thoughts in the best way!

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