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15Jun

A little bit of my mind…

I have been staring at my computer screen for awhile now. I can talk. A lot. But putting into words what I feel after this weekend’s tragedy isn’t going too well. Like all of you, my heart is sad and scared for the world we live in. This weekend was a bit of a whirlwind, so I spent the other morning cramming in a lot of information. The outpouring of love and support is amazing. The stories of the heroes are incredible.  

It’s been a struggle coming up with something to write about this week. My mind is kind of all over the place today and I feel like I need to type something, so here you go.

Welcome to my mind…

I sold some wine glasses last week. I haven’t been pushing my crafts too much recently, so when a sale comes my way, I am pretty happy. I did a redo of the ones I made for PERSAD CENTER’s Art for Change event. Can I just say that most of the time I feel like I am a complete shit show? So, when I finally finish making something and it is safely tucked away in its packaging and on its way to a customer, I feel pretty freaking amazing.

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This time was a different story. I hand delivered the glasses because I was headed to a friend’s pool that day, which is right down the road. Upon delivery, I get out of my car and start up their walkway. My swimsuit bottoms fall down. I am covered with a sundress, but at this moment, I panic. I can’t tie them without exposing my lady bits, so I pull them completely off and tuck them in my pocket. I am in a residential neighborhood, and I see the neighbor staring at me. Like what kind of goods is this girl delivering? I am friends with the daughter of the woman who purchased the glasses, and her adorable husband decided to show me some of their artwork. It’s like he knew (Sorry, Marsha! hahaha). Anyway, they loved the glasses and I will be shopping for a new swimsuit.

In other big news, I switched from an iPhone to an Android. This was a BIG deal for me. I do all my work on a Mac. Have for years. I use my iPad daily and still remember getting my first iPhone. The short and sweet of it? I am a closet nerd. I spent an entire morning researching this switch and walked into the Verizon store with sweaty palms. I explained myself to the guy who said, with such sincerity, I get it. Somehow I walked out of there with a Galaxy S7 Edge, an Ellipsis 8 tablet and a new found love for Aaron the Verizon guy.

I also spent a lot of last weekend in a swimming pool. Jealous? The weather was gorgeous. There was plenty of booze. But the weird part? I can’t swim. Go ahead, get the look of shock over with and erase the thought of “fixing” me from your mind. I can move around just fine in water, but I can’t go under. And can I just say? None of you (Well besides you, Alex.) are doing laps in the pool during a party. I believe you were all standing right next to me drinking your beers. Regardless of that, I took lessons two years ago. I made it through three of the four and gave up. First of all, I hate deep water. Second of all, swimming is a lot of work. You learned when you were five and had all the energy. I was 33 and it was not easy. And third of all, it was me and a bunch of little kids. No thank you.

And just one more thing before I shut up. F*ck yeah, Pens! Also, main image is available for purchase here.

12Apr

A little bit of time…

Everyday at the sound of our alarm clocks, much like the horses at the Kentucky Derby (although probably a bit slower), we are off. We all have our routines. Shower, coffee, drive to work, get through work, drive home, dinner, TV, bed or something like that. We all rush through the day, sometimes on autopilot.

I have been lucky enough to have some down time over the past year. Fifty percent of my work week is done at home. Its been a weird transition. I had to reset my routine, and I had to make sure I stuck with it. Not always the easiest thing to do. I try not to watch television during the day and if I can avoid doing things like laundry and cleaning (because OCD) AND shut off my damn phone for a bit, I have time. REAL time.

Time is a weird thing because we all want it, but once we get it, we are kinda like what are we supposed to do with this. And for someone that suffers from anxiety and has spent most of her life in constant motion, it was hell. I had to learn to live with myself and actually enjoy it. I basically had to ask myself, what do I even like to do? Hence all the crafts, cooking and, well, this blog. I figure if I can be proud of one thing I do a day, that’s pretty good.

A lot of my friends are very active in Pittsburgh, whether its through networking or volunteering. They are constantly on the move. Kinda works out for me because I can jump on the bandwagon whenever I feel like it, which isn’t often, but who’s counting. (Clearly not them because they continue to invite me. Thank you!!!)

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Recently I was asked to make a basket (hand-painted wineglasses and wine) for an upcoming event held by PERSAD CENTER, a human service organization whose mission is to improve the well-being of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning) communities, and the HIV/AIDS communities. A friend of mine has been involved for years and, honestly, I am super excited. Art for Change, held May 2 at the Wyndham Grand Downtown Pittsburgh, features verbal and silent auctions. The art at this thing is incredible and (because my friends are the best) I AM PART OF IT! If you love art and want to be involved in this fabulous evening, tickets are on sale now and they are looking for volunteers

IMG_8152Giving to this organization and others is really a great feeling, which is kinda my focus right now. Plus, who doesn’t love free advertising!? I could probably write a book based on lazy marketing. But enough of this laziness. Go do your thing. And take some time to stop and smell the roses or the tulips or whatever isn’t still frozen in this city.

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