Wow, I can’t believe that I’m in my second last week of my leave. The last week of my unstructured time. And then I’m into my second unit of my yoga teacher training starting Saturday.
I got out my yoga books today and they’ve moved from the kitchen table to the coffee table, with good intentions. But I also played some Diablo 3 (my monk is now in Nightmare level, and my barbarian is in Caldeum). And I finished off all the little “I just have to do such-and-such” details on all the paintings that I have hanging in my apartment and signed them (a real sign that they are Done). Now, all I have to do is work on new ones (and Sharpie the painting name, date and my name on the backs of the canvases, once they’re dry). Actually, it just occurred to me that I have another canvas just waiting for a final detail on one of my shelves. I’ll have to pull that out. I’m not sure it has a hanger on it yet.
But yes, I have an actually-in-progress painting on my easel right now, plus a sketched in concept on my wall (on the biggest canvas I’ve ever painted to date – 30″ x 40″). And I just tapped in a hanger on the back on my next canvas, which will be another space scene. I’m tempted to go pick up a couple more 22 x 28 canvases, and I will be downtown on Wednesday… We’ll see if I can manage it. I’d like to sketch in a concept for a series of paintings that I’ve been wanting to do for ages.
I have my one Nanowrimo novel open behind this browser (on page 148). I started to re-read what I’d last written, but then I realized that I’d also planned on doing a blog post this morning (at 7am while walking the dog). So here it is.
Time is flying. And it really flies when you plan activities to fill the time. For goodness sake’s – I didn’t really have nine weeks off. Well, I did. I had nine weeks that I didn’t have to go to work. I didn’t have to balance work and all these interesting things. But let’s face it – I planned a lot of things for these nine weeks.
Two weeks were dedicated to school. Twenty days were dedicated to travel. As of tomorrow, I will have had seven days taken up by contractors coming in to my house to do work on my bathroom fan (a project long anticipated). Two afternoons involved me happily volunteering to help two of my friends by using my skills – in photography, and then doing country/gardening work. I’m hoping to add a second day for the country/gardening work, but I have to see how the contractor work goes tomorrow… Plus there were appointments – for me, the car and for the pets. And I got to take in some of Westfest one night – my boyfriend and I wandered over to see one of my favourite bands – Elliott Brood. (Here’s a taste – Elliott Brood – Second Son). There have been dinner dates, long philosophical talks and hand-holding walks with my boyfriend, family time and some friend time. Not nearly as much time in “my local” pub as I’d expected.
But I’ve taken so many photos during my travels. And I’ve painted quite a bit. And I’ve written a little – not as much as I’d hoped. Maybe I can catch up on that this week. I didn’t go have lunch with friends nearly as much as I thought I would.
There is still time, and my wandering won’t end at the beginning of July. I’ll be back at work, but I still have projects and plans. I still have another week of yoga teacher training to be done in the autumn. The adventure continues!
The Breeders – Drivin’ On 9 (just because I started humming it as I finished up this post – it has also been ages since I listened to this album!)