Wednesday, December 28, 2011

THIS is temporary seasonal unemployment.

The Penland Gallery closes for the winter months, and it felt like as soon as I really settled into my new job, this winter hiatus began. It is not a bad thing: I am visiting friends and family and getting away from the wintery mountains for a while...(although I do look forward to some snow when I get home...the novelty of real winter has not worn off for this California girl)(It probably will soon enough.)

(On a side note: yes, I will be returning to the gallery in the spring, and yes, I still like my job.)

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I visited Kentucky, and Susie and I partied like a couple of sick little girls.

Books and Fevers.

Shortly thereafter, I packed up my cold-medicine and flew to Texas. It hurt my ears a lot. Don't fly when you're sick, if you can avoid it.

I'll be here a while longer, and then head further west with my big brother and my NEW CAMERA.

New CAMERA!? So why isn't this blog post full of pictures? Because I don't have it yet....I just submitted my order online, after talking and thinking about it for months and months.

I have been unhappy without a camera. And I haven't been blogging, or documenting anything, or posting work on Etsy, and I mostly blame this on the lack of a camera.

Some recent things:

  • Replaced a watch battery that has been dead for a couple of years.
  • Ordered film for my Polaroid land-camera. Three cheers for tangible photographs!
  • Covered my parents' kitchen table with scraps of paper, spools of thread, and tiny books. I call this area of the house the "exploritorium," and they are supportive.
  • Seasoned a cast iron dutch oven for my parents.
  • Reconstituted some of my sourdough-starter for my parents.
  • Shared the secrets of making sourdough bread with my parents. Their minds have been blown.
  • Bought an $8 olive-green smith-corona typewriter on the first full day I was here, and carried it home on foot. In the rain.
  • Participated in late-night Christmas eve "reindeer games" with my big brother. Much stifled hysterical laughter.
  • Made "black sticky gingerbread" from a very pretty site my boss told me about.
  • Won at Scrabble...a few times.
  • Watched an embarrassing number of episodes of Law and Order...
Somewhere far away, he is watching water drip from the
faucet and wondering if he's able to jump on the ceiling fan... 

And since my blog is presently this boring, I'll go ahead and add that I miss this guy. Thank you (a million times) to my roomie for keeping him out of trouble while I'm away.....

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