I've quite mastered the disappearing act, don't you think?
I ended up having a very fun birthday weekend that unfortunately did not include any creative progress. Oh, well... sometimes you just have let yourself live, right? At least I can say I made some very good progress in the being social and learning to relax departments.
So far Being Thirty-Two has revolved around learning important (and seemingly common-sense) life lessons... things a sensible person such as myself probably should have grasped long ago. Sigh... I thought I'd take a moment to share a few of my favorites...
Lesson Number One:
Don't try to wash a feather pillow in your cantankerous off-brand washing machine. And don't attempt to dry your now lumpy-and-horrible-smelling feather pillow in your cantankerous, off-brand dryer... because there will be a feather explosion that will clog your lint trap and nearly burn your house to the ground. And you will end up buying a new pillow anyway.
Lesson Number Two:
Don't go to your local pet store on a Saturday to casually look at the dogs being offered for adoption by various animal rescue agencies. And don't let a crazy-intense woman sucker you into adopting a crazy-sweet dog that you're not 100% sure about right there on the spot... Because you will tearfully decide that you must return said dog after he destroys your living room and attacks your cat, and you will then be so overwhelmed by guilt that you cry for two days and donate everything purchased for the dog including the very expensive (and negotiable) adoption fee. And you will feel like the most horrible person in the world. (Do, however, donate to animal rescue just out of the goodness of your heart!)
Lesson Number Three:
Do not stand outside in the bright afternoon sun for three or four hours without first applying sunblock. Even if you are chatting with your (very sweet) neighbor and having such a good time that you lose all sense of time. Especially if you have very pale skin that burns instantly. Otherwise, your feet will end up looking like this and you won't be able to wear shoes for two days:
I'm happy to say that I am (finally) caught up at work for the first time in many weeks, and I'm looking forward to a nice, long weekend of gardening and sewing (yes, sewing!). The next few weeks are going to be busier than ever... recording sessions, an upcoming show to celebrate the release of the new Marshmallow Coast CD(!!!), and a visit from Andy's parents. They're going to help us with as many home-improvement projects as we can squeeze into a week, including painting the exterior of our house. I am so excited!
Well, I'm off to apply some Vitamin E to my poor feet and agonize over paint colors. Have a lovely (and sensible) week!
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A few new additions to my garden: