Thursday January 30 2014

Ana Noir (Jan 30 2014) (2)[i]

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In a bedroom of some guesthouse. My mom is fidgeting with something. Stephanie keeps coming in and out of the room. I just want to take a nap in peace but I can't from all the distractions. I try to explain this to my mom.

"I can't function without sleep!"

But she doesn't hear me clearly.

"Sleep! I can't sleep!"

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Waking up sporadically throughout the morning. Ana is very restless and still sickly – her head throbbing from all the coughing. I feel bad. I wish there was something I could do. It's cold outside of the blankets. But underneath I have my own personal heating machine – her body emanating such warmth. I feel I could lay here forever in an infinite comfort. But every now and then we have to separate from the sweat created on our legs.

Sharing Cinnamon Oatmeal with Strawberries, Brown Sugar, and Almond Milk. Scrambled Eggs. Orange Juice.

Ana Noir (Jan 30 2014) (2)

Ana and I pick up Stephanie from her new cottage off 34th ½ Street and spend a few hours at The Escape. There's a violent geese gang roaming around the half frozen lake. In the fitness center they got the hot tub running on the patio so you can enjoy the feeling of being submerged in warm water all the while being surrounded by a cold snowy landscape. Today's workout is rejuvenating.

Ana and the Geese Gang (1)(Jan 30 2014)

Ana and the Geese Gang (2)(Jan 30 2014)

Reconvening at the house. I fix up a lunch for us: Kale and Carrot Salad with Mixed Nuts, Dried Cranberries; Black Bean Quinoa Flax Seed Tortilla Chips with Salsa and Hummus; and a slice of Josh's Pizza from Brother's.

Elliott scoops Ana, Josh, and I from the house. Then, scooping up Stephanie and checking out these snow hills in the woods off 73rd Street. We brought boogie boards. I brought a Matrix-style trench coat made of leather that's so slick it doubles as a sled. There are others out here with the same idea as us. Holding onto the board for deer life – sliding down the steep slopes of sand and snow – falling on our asses – plowing into the brush. "Let's go tandem, Robert!" Elliott says. Tandem, meaning we go down together on one board. This creates a greater weight and also creates a faster speed. Deeper into the woods we locate another decent hill for sledding. Randomly we run into Amber, a good friend of Stephanie's—they each sound almost exactly like each other. It's so dark here in the woods we hardly recognize any faces. As Josh explains, "We were all random silhouettes throwing ourselves down the hill!"

Back at the house drying off and warming up. I take Elliott and Ana to Whole Foods to fill up my gallon water jugs. But we end up spending a good amount of time perusing through the aisles and admiring the variety of items.

Back home. Ana and I share the bathroom for showers and cleaning up.

Ana: "I wish people would appreciate the little things more."

This is her philosophy: appreciating all the little things – almost everything is aesthetically pleasing for her. I like this quality.

Downstairs, Josh, James, and Kevin are watching Seinfeld. Ana and I enjoy dinner on the couches with them.

Salmon with Baby Broccoli, Onions, Mushrooms, and Rice. Beer.

It feels good to have sex with her after a few weeks of none.

Sleep 3 a.m.

[i] All images by me.

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