Thursday, September 28, 2006

Some Art

On Tuesday, Nick and I picked our friend, Matt, up at the airport. Matt was Nick's college roommate and incidently the person who introduced us. (At the time he was introducing his best friend to his girlfriend, but that's another story.) As with all catching up, the question finally came around, "So, Becky, are you working right now or just making art?" (Quickly followed by a justification of "just making art.") And I seem to have a new answer, "Yea, I create some art."

How did I ever have a job and actually participate in life? I will (embarrassingly) admit that there are days in which I am not very productive--let alone doing anything of significant worth. However, there are many more days in which I feel like I don't stop moving between cleaning, running errands, doctor's appointments, finishing up commissions, meeting for event planning, prepping the house and leaving for showings, spending time with friends, grocery shopping, paying bills/sorting paperwork, cooking, and the list goes on. How the hell did I work? Who did all of this stuff? Somedays, it just blows my mind.

August was amazing. It was calm, quiet, both of us were home, and I was working on books every day. September has been completely different. I made two books--but for specific purposes and people. I helped to throw a baby shower, I'm helping with my good friends' wedding, our house is for sale, add a few other important details and my head is quite full. "Some art" is as good as I've got right now. Knowing that life ebbs and flows, I am looking forward to a quieter October.

Monday, September 25, 2006

The View

Every day at 11am, "The View" is on TV. For years, if I am around and not doing something better, I'll catch the first 10-20 minutes for the "Hot Topics." If there is someone good on, I may watch more, but I often turn it off after that first segment.

Meredith was my favorite on the show. She reminded me of my aunt....and for some reason when I think about that, I remember an early show where Meredith discussed her underwear preferences and put a (new) pair on her head. I can honestly say, I haven't had underwear preference conversations with my aunt, nor have I seen her where them on her head. I think maybe the association comes from first telling her that she reminded me of Meredith and then having that be one of the next episodes. Who knows. Anyway, Meredith has now left to join the Today Show. Good choice NBC.

Anyway, I digress. As I said, I've watched the beginning of this show on and off for years. (Often with someone-either Nick or Mom-complaining that they talk over each other too much.) This morning I noticed that they've been on the air for 10 years. TEN YEARS! Oh my god. Have I been watching this for ten years? I remember when Barbara Walters started the show...which means that yes, I probably have been.

It is random things like this that remind me of my age.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

For Sale

I guess that with an MLS listing, a virtual house tour and a for-sale-sign out front, it is official.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Our Sunroom

Jumping into the unknown

Yesterday morning Nick and I met with a realtor. Today she came back and took pictures in order to put together a virtual tour of our home. Tomorrow, our house will officially be "on the market."

For the last several months, Nick and I have been processing a big decision that I haven't written about at all. We are planning to move to North Carolina. We've been sitting with the decision for a long time waiting for things to fall into place, and the closer we get, the more decisions we make. Putting our house on the market really offers a sense of finality to the decision.

The craziest part of this whole thing is how much is unknown. We have a lead on a house opportunity in North Carolina. We have friends and family there. The local university has grad programs that look promising. But, other than that, we don't have any specifics nailed down. And technically, while I doubt it will happen, we could receive an offer this week. And technically, we may not close until next spring.

Either could be exciting. And both will feel completely overwhelming.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Old friends

This morning, while waiting for a ride from Nick, I looked up from my book and saw a woman that looked familiar. I knew she was connected to some part of my life, but I wasn't sure which era. A second later, my eyes landed on the man she was with, a friend that I have known since middle school.

Although both of us have lived in Pittsburgh for the last several years, we never see each other. In fact, the only time we have spent time together in the years since college have been while attending a high-school friend's weddings. Our worlds just do not overlap any longer. Given all that, the familiarity of running into someone you used to know so well is strange.

We connected at summer camp and association weeks for several years before his family moved from Pennsylvania to my street in Virginia. While our lives remained fairly separate in school, they seemed to overlap a lot after 3pm. In high school we remained friends. Our social worlds still weren't very connected, but we continued to talk where they did overlap and about the details in between. My senior year, I moved away and we'd send poetry we wrote by mail and then critique it over the phone. In college, our relationship was much the same as it always had been. However, over the last five-six years we've had hardly any overlap.

Today, he was on his way to his partner's second sonogram. They were hoping to see the baby move and were excitedly awaiting the arrival of their baby in February. I hadn't even known they were pregnant. I rarely enjoy running into people randomly, but every now and then I see someone so familiar, our history so thick, that it isn't awkward at all. Without the uncomfortable expectation that we should have stayed in touch more than we have, running into one another is just a happy surprise.

After we said goodbye, I realized that as caught up with my well-read friend--mostly likely in historical and political literature--I was reading a guilty pleasure novel. One that while entertaining, certainly wasn't well-written...But certainly did have a recognizable title. Maybe he didn't notice...Or maybe he did. I guess it doesn't matter. I feel genuinely glad that our paths crossed this morning, and I hope that they saw a kicking baby and have something to smile about as they go about the rest of their day.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Key Hole Binding

I learned something new today. Simple stitch and I like the style. I think that it has a lot of potential.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Photo Blog

This is a photo blog that I've been apprecaiting lately. Incredible images.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Friday, September 08, 2006

Canon Trials

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Got it

Thanks to everyone who offered me an ear for ranting, help in thinking, and suggestions for looking.

Yesterday I purchased the Canon Digital Rebel, and LOVE IT. I was all-a-flutter as I made the purchase, waited for the battery to charge and finally was able to play with my new toy.

I'm sure you'll you be seeing many new pictures soon.