Sit.

Derek is at school. Coffee is brewed. I will now sit outside and drink it in the sun for awhile. Then to work, packing up orders, then bikram yoga in a couple hours.

But right now…. sun and coffee.

substance…

Need to make an online journal entry of substance.

I need to make the time to do it.

How did my days get so busy, so full, so hectic? Web stuff, straw stuff, preschool stuff, little boy stuff, house stuff, preschool auction stuff, health stuff, DLJ stuff.

Well, I must get back to the STUFF. I will try to write something with decent content in the next few days.

Buried in Fiberglass Snow

Our insulation was sucking pretty hard, so we went ’round, got estimates and recommendations, and then I made the appt. Yesterday, in the afternoon, they called to confirm coming today at 8 am. WHA?

So we got everything out of the attic. Not that much stuff compared to most people, probably, but the camping gear, scuba/snorkel gear, a crapload of Thomas Dolby t shirts…..

Then DLJ took up the floorboards the previous owner had put in, planning to put them back in his own configuration when everything was done.

HAH.

Our insulation was so woefully thin….the new stuff … you can’t see the studs or where the floor used to be. At all. It looks like a 1 foot+ snowfall in the attic. Sweet, wonderful insulation to help us keep our home warm and hopefully bring down the overall heating bills.

But now we can’t put the wood, or any of the stuff….back. NOW what?

Not exactly a crisis….but a guestroom full of stuff.

Descent Focal

I’m in my studio with a student, supervising her open torch time.

Descent Focal
I made this one yesterday, quickly, to test a theory. The swirls are not a glass that is called Aurora, made by Bullseye. I sort of accidentally made my own Aurora, using Bullseye glass. It has a lot more color, I think than the bought Aurora.

Fascinating. Wish I had more time to play with it, but life is hectic these days….only more so soon, when I start my yoga classes twice a week. That will cut into studio time, for certain, but good for the soul in a different way.

Oh, fudge!

I tried making my grandmother’s fudge recipe today for the first time ever. I think I went too far past soft ball stage, so I tried again with the batch, and it improved slightly in consistency, but is still grainy. Still, a good first try. Derek will like it no matter what. Next time, a little less long on the stove…
Derek has a cold, so we are hanging around home instead of our original plan to go up on Mt Hood this weekend. We never told him, so he doesn’t know what we aren’t doing, and we will try again next week. Hopefully both of us will avoid it, or get it mildly.
Last night I went to my little sauna place I like with a groupon I bought last year and used it for two hours of wet and dry sauna, relaxing. It was different to be there in the evening. My only complaint is there was no area light enough to really read a magazine while waiting and cooling off between sauna sessions.
For about 40 min I was the only one in there, and after that, only a few more folks came. I was back home by Derek’s bedtime.
I signed Derek up for a cooking class through the local park and rec. It is only for a month, but I hope he likes it. It will be his first park and rec structured class without me. *sniff* But good at the same time.
Not sure what we will do with the rest of the day. It is Sunday, so it is pizza day. I need to drop some money off at the bank. I made a bead yesterday after letting my student have her “open torch” time. I have been so busy…so little time to just sit and play with the glass. Which makes development into new things hard, as I just don’t give myself the time to evolve. But I had better do it before summer, when I don’t have Derek in school…even LESS time!
I wish I had news. But I don’t. I have some health stuff going on that needs to have a test in 2 weeks. I’m concerned but trying to not be overly concerned. If you are so inclined, throwing some positive, healing energy my way in the next 2 weeks can’t hurt. I’d rather not have help on the day of the test….whatever is there is there at that point, but good juju directed at me and my body now, before the test….that would be keen.

Snow might arrive this week, I kind of would like a snow day for Derek, so as long as we are stocked up on coffee and snacks…I’m good for a bunch of the white stuff.

Slow recovery

Derek woke up at 1:30 am and was sick. Wendy, so long ago you told me about those waterproof sheet liners….they have been a lifesaver these past two days, thank you!

We got his bed cleaned quick and got him back in there covered in a blanket. I then, unfortunately, had to sit up downstairs reading until the sheets were ready to go in the dryer, as we have only two waterproof bed covers we got when he was a little dude. We just keep it on the bed out of habit, but now, wow am I glad we did!
So it was a bummer I was up so late again, yet another night, but Derek slept until 9:30 this morning, so I actually REALLY got to sleep in. I’m torn! Sad he was sick again, but oooo sleep.
So today is another day at home. We are watching “How it’s Made” excerpts from the Discovery Channel on YouTube. I REALLY need to go to the store. But I don’t think that will happen until after Derek goes to sleep for the night. I don’t want to risk taking him out yet.
I also need to make a bunch of straws, I guess that will be tonight, too. Maybe during nap, if we have one. He slept so late…
So much to do, so little time when you have a little sick dude at home.

5 times is not the charm

Derek woke up sick today. REALLY sick. So far he has been sick to his stomach 5 times. This hasn’t happened much so he really doesn’t like it and doesn’t get that wanting to eat and drink a lot makes it worse. I can barely keep anything in him, soon I will have to start worrying about that, liquid-wise, if it doesn’t improve. He is napping, I was up at 5:20 with him, and last night I didn’t get to sleep until 1 am since Thomas released his new EP, ‘Oceanea’ today. That means lots of lost passwords and fans clamoring to get it, and you have to be a member of his community to do so. So people forget their password, etc., and I get all those emails. It’s a rough day to be timely with that sort of thing.

Poor Derek. I just whipped up some electrolyte solution for him, a chicken soup is simmering on the stove, dunno how I will manage dinner, right now I want to just SLEEP myself. But I have to cook some…. nah. I am not. No noodles. Sleep.

Lights in the rain

It’s another rainy Sunday here in Oregon. But we will probably put up the holiday lights anyway. Last night we went out to dinner at New Seasons, a local schmancy grocery store, and Derek saw his first holiday lights of the year. He was VERY excited, and kept saying “Who else in this neighborhood has their Christmas lights up?” and “Oh that is so PRETTY!” He is so sweet. I hope we can record him saying these things. Last year what he said was “Can we find more lights?” And the year before that….not much at all since he had very few words…

I am very busy. I am doing a lot of work on Thomas Dolby’s site right now, it is deep in crunch time on that one. And I just started working on a new site, another band called the Shanghai Woolies, a local band that plays hot jazz. And I have lots to do on the website for Derek’s preschool, as that is my volunteer parent job. And of course, the beads, the glass, the straws. Plus being a Mom and a wife. Busy! Very busy. I need things to settle down, but I am not sure when that will happen. The immediate crush should slow in a few days and not be so hectic.

I’m still in my pajamas. It’s been a nice, long week of DLJ being home. We were going to go to LA for Thanksgiving but it was canceled at the 11th hour, my MIL was very sick and didn’t want us to come. So we went to the coast instead. It was nice, we had two days that were cloudy, but also partly clear, with no rain, so Derek got some beach time in, we went to the Oregon Aquarium on Thanksgiving Day, which was a GREAT day to go. There were less than 200 people wandering the whole place, it was like it was rented out for a private party or something in terms of our freedom to roam around and see very few other people.

While life is very busy right now, I am grateful for the busy. It means I have work to do, art to do, ways to help friends with their work, and a great family to be a part of.

Nobel Prizes.

A winner of the the Nobel prize this year, Liu Xiaobo, is currently serving in prison in China. His wife has told him he has won, but now she is basically under house arrest in her home. The news has been completely blacked out in the Chinese media.

Liu was sentenced in 2009 to 11 years in prison for inciting subversion of state power.
He is the co-author of Charter 08, a call for political reform and human rights, and was an adviser to the student protesters at Tiananmen Square in 1989.
His wife called the Nobel Prize “an affirmation of what he has fought for.”

She has a twitter account. I cannot read it, but I am following her anyway, let the Chinese see that I am aware, that I KNOW, that I am following what she writes. Someday, all of China will know. They can’t keep them under wraps forever. There are some things about globalization I do not favor, but the freeing of information, and ideas, is definitely one thing I fully support.
Her twitter is:

https://twitter.com/liuxia64