Good things

Well, the kiln has no cure. But it can go onward as is as long as I can put up with it. When it goes south, it will go south quick, but is totally usable until then, as long as I ignore what temperature it SAYS it is. I think I found the right temp for my glass, so I can keep working with the kiln. It is in perfect condition, save for the control board. The brains. Yuck. But at least it’s not dead. I can use it and keep on keepin’ on.

My straws are selling very well. This is good. Practical item, not like jewelry. Which is also selling pretty well, even in this economy. I can’t complain.

I got a used drill press which will allow me to do a LOT more with metals in my work. Yay.

Today is Copper River Salmon day. Once a year we splurge on the really good stuff, both since it is so good, and also to support wild caught salmon as an industry vs. farmed. We buy wild whenver we can. So dinner tonight will be yummy. When Derek wakes we will walk to the store that has it, and he can have a cookie. Then back home and run around, I guess.

Tomorrow I get stitches out of my thumb. Yay. And I need to finish a large straw order, and take photos of the straw carrying cases, and make dinner, and…and…

it’s good to be busy.

This weekend, since the kiln issue is as resolved as it is going to be, I am going to set up my new torch. Finally. I am looking forward to that!

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Bullet list of stuff:

-More Straws!

Locals, I have a show tomorrow:

Over The Bridge Arts and Crafts Show
Capitol Coffee House and Bistro
6446 SW Capitol Bistro
Portland, OR 97201
503-297-1455

Art Fair
Sunday May, 31st 4:00-8:00

I will have my jewelry and many straws, and the new carrying cases!

-Derek stayed with a sitter today while DLJ and I saw Star Trek. A REAL movie in a REAL theatre! He did great while we were gone and cried and repeated the sitter’s name after she left!

-He sits on the big potty now on one of those potty seats that fits over the normal one and thinks it is great. He’s growing up so fast. So many new words and short phrases.

-I’m hot and want a quick shower, the reading. Final prep for the show tomorrow, tomorrow.

Dripping…

after a shower, sprawled out on the bed. It has been a lovely weekend, fabulous weather, lots of water, fun, popsicles and lounging around.

And the riding of scooters.

He is holding a little plastic hook from our baker's rack in the house

He is holding a little plastic hook from our baker's rack in the house

My kiln needed a part and we installed it, but it still has a heating issue. I have one more thing to try, then I just don’t know. I don’t want to buy a  new one, but I will if I have to. I need that kiln NOW for a show in a couple weeks. That’s the only bummer this weekend.

Ok, off to read some NewDream.org and relax. Derek is napping very late today…which is not the greatest, but it makes for a nice late afternoon siesta for Momma.

Also, Momma’s Morning Out alone yesterday was just fab. I have a new Alone Time place. I am definitely going back. Way better than Jade Sauna.

New Store Announcement: The Last Straw – Straws by Carli!

So I have been fiddling in the background and I have a new item to sell. I love my glass, and it’s pretty, and I will still do it. But several years ago I got a bunch of boro glass, which is a lot harder, stiffer, than the Bullseye I usually use. I didn’t have the airpower, firepower, etc., to use it. With the addition of a second oxygen concentrator, I finally could mess around with boro. But I don’t want to make the same things in boro that I do Bullseye. So I decided to be practical.

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Reusable Glass Straws

Before you think I am totally strange, boro glass is Pyrex. These straws are very sturdy. Yes, they are glass, and like Pyrex cookware,  you drop it, it might break. But it is less likely to, and under normal usage, like Pyrex, it’s safe for use, for microwave and dishwashing.

Want to know more? I have a lifetime guarantee on my straws, if one ever breaks, tell me, and I will replace it. I also have a handy GLASS STRAW FAQ for you.

There’s more designs coming than just the designer Dot one. I am going to sell one off ones in special colors, and a set of four that I call elements, with a straw each representing earth, air, fire, and water. You can get those separately, of course.

Anyway. These are fun and a great departure for me from the “everyday” of my beads. They are really fun to drink out of, feel better than crappy plastic with who knows what in it, and are just a little touch of elegance and eco-friendliness in today’s world.

Age

I picked up a photo of myself last night at around 8 months.

It goes so fast. It just all goes so fast.

Derek has been sleeping pretty well lately, for him. Which is nice. I still have days when I feel a little tethered, because I have so many hours with him until I get time to myself. Sometimes it is hard to see past that moment.

Someone posted in a community on LJ the other day with a quote that I am going to try to remember when I get nutty and want to be free, more than my time that I have.

“We have a few special years with our children, when they’re the ones that want us around. After that you’re going to be running after them for a bit of attention. It’s so fast Peter. It’s a few years, and it’s over. And you are not being careful. And you are missing it.”

I AM being careful. I just have to remember to keep doing so.

That said, Derek had his first time at the local park and rec daycare without me last week. It was just a half hour, to start. We will go back, maybe tomorrow, not sure. I need to start making it regular, and I  have to remember when his gym class is when it starts this  summer. And then soon the awesome girl up the street will be out of school and available to hang out with him here during the week. Between the two, and looking for a really local friend to swap with here and there, he has a good start in time without Mama.  A few hours a week in total, which is all I want for him at this age,  not even 2. But leaving plenty of time for us to play, so I don’t miss it. I don’t know if I could have been so balanced about it when I was younger. I am really glad I had my 20’s free and clear and all about ME and DLJ and the US. If I hadn’t had that, I don’t know if I would be able to do what I feel is the right thing now. There’s something to be said for being a younger Mom, too. Each has checks and balances, I suppose!

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Stuff

Literally. I don’t talk about stuff much, mostly because I try not to aquire it.

But there have been a few things in the past week that will add to my life, so they were worth the cost. And  I haven’t updated anything vaguely substantial lately, have I.

Let’s see. Well, the biggest one is, Friday I ordered myself a new torch.  A Lynx, something I have wanted for about two years now.

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I didn’t have the power for it, in terms of oxygen, until I connected two concentrators together. Now, I do. And since I have started doing a little work in boro, it made it timely. Boro can be done on a minor, but it is very slow.

Also, there will be new things I can do with the Lynx in terms of detail, which is great for some long term designs I have been mucking about with.

But the best thing, really…is with a little studio futzing…

I CAN NOW TEACH. I will have two torches, one for me, and one for a student, without having to get up and change places, etc. I am really jazzed about this. I LOVE glass and I LOVE sharing it with people. Now I really can, and they can really take lessons!

The torch should be here Monday. I will have a learning curve as I get used to the new power and heat, but I am really excited.

Second thing, I have been a “free” cel phone user for years, getting whatever phone comes free with a plan.  Last night, after complaining during the day that I can barely hear anyone on my old cel phone, he handed me a working iPhone that he got from a friend! It is a first generation, and hopefully we will get it activated tomorrow. We tried today, but while we were at the mall, the power went out in the entire place, and they got it halfway done over the phone. Being in a mall with no power is really strange! And leaving was really hard, since everyone was leaving, and the traffic lights all around were also out. Anyway, I have never gotten email on a phone, and I admit I have kind of liked that, being unaccessible…but, well, I guess we shall see.

And third, I treated myself to a large bottle of pear cognac. One of my favorite drinks is a kir royal, and with this pear cognac I can make a slight variation drink, champagne and the cognac. I had it at a restaurant last year and really loved it. Booze lasts a LONG time in this house, so this will be a gift I can enjoy all summer on those really hot days, if I have champagne around. I can do it with regular white wine too, but hey. Champagne just elevates it, literally, with those bubbles!

So that’s my recent STUFF. What’s yours?

Yesterday was Summer Registration Opening Day for the local park and recs dept. I wanted to get Derek in a gym type class that I have heard excellent reviews on, and a swimming class. The phone lines open at 8, and the web at 10. It felt like buying Def Leppard tickets in the 80’s, redial, redial, redial.

I ended up giving up around 8:30 and waiting till 10, hoping there would be some spots left. I managed to snag a spot in the really good class, there were  only 4 left by the time they opened the web at 10. As soon as I got it in my cart, which reserves it, the website went pretty south as everyone clammored on to try to reserve things that way. I imagined all these moms of preschoolers cursing each other and trying to get spots, along with yoga practitioners, weight lifters, and crazy artists.

But, I got him his spot in the class I had hoped for, and then added a late-summer swimming class. The pools get very crowded in the summer, understandably, so it’s nice to have a month of knowing you will have good pool space at class, at the very least.

Last night DLJ started up the grill for the first time. He made wonderful burgers, mixing the meat with garlic and spices before making the patties. It was really tasty, with roasted potato salad and fruit.

Today is mostly a fun day. Popsicles, planting a few seeds, and DLJ just made homemade french toast, so it’s almost time to eat. I think we will take a bike ride today as well, and who knows what else!

My first boro is done and out of the kiln, I need to take some photos and now I am waiting impatiently for my bigger order to arrive. I just got a few small bits to test with, and I have over 2 pounds of the stuff I won over two years ago at Glass Stock. Speaking of, I got into it again this year, yay! 4 days of glass amazingness at the coast. I am so thrilled. It is a great event and you learn SO much. SO SO much. And have fun!

Scattered

I have no pattern here.
I just put my track lighting together, and took 3 yams off the stove. I am downloading money from paypal for our first milk order (more on that at some point) and making a note of what I need at the store when Derek wakes from his nap.
He broke my heart yesterday. On NPR they were talking about riots in Thailand and the tear gas bombing, and you could hear the people yelling in anger, commotion…and Derek started clapping and saying “yaaaaay” because he thought the people were cheering and happy.

To think that there is no hatred, deep anger, violence in the world. It will break me, to a degree, when he learns otherwise.

I’m going to write more. Now that I can write at ye olde lunesse.com again easily, and have it go to LJ, I should do more than little updates. I used to write so much stuff…

Speaking of that, the server that lunesse.com originally lived on, saturn5, went dark last week after 10+ years of free hosting. I moved lunesse.com itself from that site some time ago, once DLJ and I were together and could get unlimited domains hosted where we park our sites.

All the old stuff was still at saturn5, though, and it was a handy reference. Of course, I have downloaded all my stuff from those old days when I wrote a hell of a lot more stuff, and more interesting stuff than I do know. I used to be so unguarded…why has that changed? I mean, I still write, and at Livejournal my journal is friends only so I know who is reading. It changed before Derek was around. And after DLJ was in my life, but I don’t think that is the reason.

I appreciate privacy more than I used to when I had a webcam trained on me 24-7. Some of it might actually be knowing, and watching Thomas. Every now and then there’s a fan who goes a little south, a little too much entitlement. I was so new at the role of watching over him, as opposed to being with him, when we were on tour, that I didn’t know yet how to watch correctly, in terms of how much, how many, when, when it came to fans and reading his headspace. Towards the end he would tell me when he wanted to be alone when we saw stragglers hanging out by the bus, or on the sidewalk, and I got better along the way of asking him, but watching him need space, made me yearn to need space myself. Of course, no one wants in my space like they do Thomas’, but somehow, protecting and nurturing my space became more important after life on the road, and how crowded we all were together.

And of course, now, with a toddler who actually gets MAD when I sit on the potty, and tries to push me off it, privacy is pretty scarce.

But a blog is no place for privacy. Why have one? :p I mean, unless you really ARE writing for yourself.

Ok, was that enough meta?

I am glad the birds are back in town, Spring is really here. Though I wonder if they wake Derek in the early morning. I doubt it, he can nap through lawnmowers next door. This afternoon I don’t know what we are doing, maybe seeing a friend, I have some sunflower seeds to plant, maybe he and I can do that. I am looking forward to the weekend. I would like the warm weather to come back. Spring is here, but she’s a tease!
Here’s Derek in the bicycle trailer from last weekend with his new helmet.

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