I admit it. Melissa does not do well alone. I am a pack animal (beyond just a pack rat). It's probably one of the reasons I like to teach. Being around other people invigorates and inspires me. Being alone makes me anxious, lonely, uninspired and scattered. Case in point....during my "work" week I:
- Hired a dog trainer (apparently, he is more of a people trainer). Bought 6 hardware filled bags I'm to throw on the ground while growling to get my dog's attention.
- Went out to buy a chicken to make soup for my sore throat
- While out decided to go to Hardwick's Harware downtown
- While downtown, visited a friend to help her fix a database for the Seattle Metals Guild
- When home, tested a new online database service to consider replacing the database all together.
- Facebooked the guild webmaster about said online service and looked at her recommendation
- Typed up the sign up sheet for a guild collaborative show. Sent it to my friend Cynthia, known for her polymer and felting work.
- Bought acrylic spheres from Tap Plastics. Intend to drill holes and felt in them.
- Found wood blocks at Woodcraft envisioning the same project in wood
- Visited an estate sale and bought a wood lathe, dust collector and pointed drill bits for acrylic
- Called a wood turner and convinced him to give me a private lesson on turning wood beads on the lathe
- Took said private wood turning lesson with Jack Wayne
- Wrote three blogs to save for future use (this one was written on Sat, Feb 25)
- Took the nylon line out of my weed wacker - inspired by Mary Donald's and Flora Book's work with nylon monofilament. Liked it, but it was too thick, so...
- Bought nylon monofilament
- Picked up basic supplies for a high school class I agreed to teach at the last minute. Also found cool wood boxes.
- Taught 60 high school kids how to use Faux Bone
- Texted all friends who were high school art teachers and asked them how in the *bleep* did they do it.
- Designed new packaging with the cool wood boxes for all those finished nylon jewelry pieces I am going to sell
- Bought another chicken (the one from 3 days prior was left in my car for 5 hours, see above). Made a big pot of chicken noodle soup. Forgot about it while I was doing an encaustic painting, packaged 3 containers full of noodles with gravy
- Taught my local Thai food restaurant (Bai Tong) how to make Chang Mai noodles from another dish they had on the menu - because who wants soggy noodles with gravy.
Wow! I'm feeling good about myself. I got a lot done this week!
You can see why my husband says that If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is my life manual.