May 19th, 2006
the smell of eucalyptus

my journal is a mess of scribbled to-do lists.
lists of things to do today, next week, next month.
lists of things to do before we leave california, (including the Japanese Tea Garden, Cafe Gratitude, Tilden Part (the spot where we met for the first time).
lists of things to bring to ny.
lists of things to sell or give away.
and regrettably, lists of books to read next. (read: more stuff to haul, i just can’t help it, I will have to let go of others to accomodate them.)
how to suck in the gifts of this place while I am still here? amidst the busyness. the ocean, the dark woods, the mountains, the smell of eucalyptus (can you bottle it somehow?), Berkeley, the cheeseboard pizza, cafe raj, the pub on solano, the crooked house hidden by trees, the albany bulb, the 60′s, the flowers, riding my bike everywhere everyday, california redwood trees, big sur.
luckily the thing I love most about california I will be taking with me wherever I go.
i’m sure you know what that is.

May 19 2006
1:01 pm
mooncici writes:

You’re right about California, you can take it with you wherever you go…Wish U both the best!!!

May 19 2006
2:30 pm
celeste writes:

congratulations on the new adventure in your lives. my sweetie just finished grad school in berkeley, we’re staying in the area for awhile, i was hoping to make in up to davis to take a class from you, maybe another time, another place. enjoy all the beauty here until you leave and then enjoy especially exploring your new area.

May 19 2006
6:21 pm
Hashi Meltzer writes:

Yes, you can bottle the smell of eucalyptus! If you let me know your new address, I’ll send you a bottle of eucalyptus oil. :-)
I shared your May 16 entry with my husband, who is battling his desire to follow his true passion (directing theatre) as a career. It touched him deeply. “Oh, I would like NOTHING MORE than to do what they are doing … sell everything and just go and start a new life … I have never done that! It would be sooooo wonderful ….”
Thanks for being an inspiration to us both.

May 19 2006
8:19 pm
Swirly writes:

I know this in between feeling – not quite at home where you are anymore, pondering the home you are about to create, wanting to take the best parts of where you are now to have with you in the new place you are going. Big wow.

May 19 2006
11:32 pm
my pink sky writes:

i am so a list girl too…mine tends to get out of control so only i can read it…things crossed off..things rewritten over the cross offs…things in the margins…scribbled pictures…but ther is something so comforting about having a list…do you feel the same way?

May 20 2006
1:45 am
Siri writes:

I still have a single eucalyptus pod that I took away with me from the summer I spent living/working/playing in Big Sur in 1993. I swear I can still smell the scent even if it isn’t really there.

May 20 2006
3:40 am
Sameika writes:

i wasnt aware of the fact that you have eucalypts in america…
coming from australia, they are everywhere here. gum tree’s, eucalypts… beautiful scent…

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May 21 2006
6:40 am
m writes:

I adore the smell of eucalypt. Somewhere I read a few drops added to your wash cycle made your clothes less likely to irritate.

May 21 2006
10:23 am
Denise L writes:

I am also leaving California (Berkeley) next week. You mentioned some of my favorite places. It’s bittersweet to leave this place. Best of luck to you on your new adventure!

May 22 2006
4:36 am
herhimnbryn writes:

Good luck on your new journey together.
You’ll be pleased to know that Eucalyptus scent is indeed bottled! Here in Oz, it comes in the form of pure essential oils…lemon gum….peppermint gum etc etc. Hope you can find some!

May 22 2006
2:27 pm
Alex writes:

oh my gosh I had forgotten all about The Cheeseboard!!!! yumyum, and more yum! I use to live on Euclid in N. Berkeley in college and just loved Tilden Park from going jogging with my dearest friend, Laini, to packing a journal and sitting by the little lake up there. Even as you say goodbye, looking forward to reading about this next chapter of your life back East! TRavel happily and safely…

May 23 2006
10:36 am
beeb writes:

good luck in your travels! seems like everyone is leaving CA. why? i’ve always want to at least visit. what would you say is the artsy-est place in CA?

May 23 2006
12:36 pm
christine writes:

Rama and I might come to SF this summer. If you’re still there, we hope you’ll add “see us” to your list! xx

May 30 2006
5:44 pm
Jackie writes:

Kari, I just thought you might like to know that today I recieved my “ recommends” newsletter and your book was at the top of the list for books recommended to me. Of course I had purchased it elsewhere, but it was nice to see you get some plugs! jackie

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