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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Mom’s Day

It was a really good day today. Last year I was sick, sick, sick for no good reason in bed all day.

Today we were at the coast. Derek had his first in-the-ocean experience and really had a great time! He was cold but didn’t want to leave, but walked up over 50 steps all by himself back to the car.

These two pictures are from the beach:

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He just kept pointing out into the water saying “Wow” and “More,” wanting the little waves to come in again. He watched paddle surfers and ran around the beach, until he found the water around his shoes, that is. Then that is all he wanted to do. Ocean boy!

We had a lunch of breads, meat and cheese in the back of the car before we went down the stairs to the beach. Dinner was BBQ from Riptide, just down the street.

More later, my chocolate chip cookies are just out of the oven!

Sun/Rain

The sky doesn’t know what it wants today!

Quick glass porn post before Derek wakes!

I hope to be putting a lot of things on Etsy this week  while I wait for a part to arrive for my poor kiln!

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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?

Sweet as….

honey. I am eating local organic yogurt and local honey. The honey is AMAZING. It says here….

* All honey is from beekeepers in the Willamette Valley, Oregon—except for Fireweed from Washington and Orange Blossom from California.
* The honey is gently warmed to under 115 degrees Fahrenheit and the wax and larger particles skimmed. Unfiltered, our honey still contains traces of Pollen and Propolis, which have well documented health benefits.
* Our honey has absolutely no additives (many commercial packers add water to achieve the legal limit of 18% moisture).

All I know it is delicious and I have a  half gallon!

Phew

Show is over. I should be unpacking the stuff in the garage to put away. But instead I had ice cream and now I am sitting here. Ha!

It was a really great show. I did very well, made a few contacts, have a few orders to check up on. I need to plant some sunflower seeds. I need more sleep. DLJ and Derek survived my being gone all weekend. Derek had the most trouble at nap time, missing Momma. It was hard on me, too, missing him more and more as each hour went by. But it was a successful show. I think I might treat myself to a new torch! We shall see.

Now, I can start selling on Etsy again, since I don’t need to really hoard inventory anymore. I have a small show at a bistro May 31, but that is about it for the near future in terms of needing a bunch of stuff at a particular location.

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!