Well, I can honestly say that I spent my entire Thanksgiving break doing absolutely nothing.
It was my intention to actually get some stuff done. There is some sewing and weaving that I need to do, but I just could not find the motivation to do it. And even if I had the motivation, I would not have been home very much to do it.
I did spend some time reading this past break, however. Last payday, I bought "Empire of Cotton" by Sven Beckert and I could not put it down over. It was just so interesting, and it wasn't even information that was new to me. What I suppose was so interesting was that it helped me make connections between things that I new: things that I never thought of before. For instance, the relationship between cotton cultivation and the slave trade. Not only was slave labor the driving force behind cotton growing, but it also facilitated the slave trade because African traders wanted to be paid in cotton textiles. Interesting stuff. I'm not quite finished with the book yet (I have about 100 pages to go), but I would definitely highly recommend it.
Hopefully this week I can find that motivation to get things done.
I am the happiest that I have been in a long time.
First of all, I got a new car. I never, never thought that I would be able to and that I would have to drive that Jeep until it died. But thankfully, my parents helped me out and I was able to get a new car. And ironically, the Jeep died the day after. I love my new Honda. The drive is so smooth and the gas mileage is great. I will say that I am still a bit overwhelmed. I had to grow up a little bit more in a very short period of time and it really did weigh me down emotionally. But I feel like there is a huge weight off of my shoulders and that I can breathe a little easier now that I am not constantly worrying about when the car is going to break down next and how much it is going to cost to have to fix it.
And,without giving too much away or jinxing anything, I met the most amazing guy. He is immensely charming and I really like him a lot. Curious to see where this goes.
I don't have much to update on this week, but I have taken the time to update my CV. Hopefully now it is a little more concise and easier to read.
It's been quite some time since I have posted.
It wasn't intentional really. I spent the latter half of May and the month of June working really hard, trying to produce some work and just have a productive summer. And then July 4th came and I just lost any sense of motivation that I had to do anything. Basically, I just sat on my couch and did nothing for the rest of the summer.
And then school started back and I have been crazy busy ever since. Aside from the week of work that I missed because of Hurricane Matthew, I feel like I haven't had a chance to breathe since late August. But I realized the other day that I really need to get off my butt and do something productive.
I hate having these spells of virtual laziness.
So, I am not going to make the goal that I set for myself of 12 works of art completed this year. I'd basically have to do one a week from now until the New Year's to get that done. So, one thing I planned to accomplish this year is not going to get done. Another that is not going happen is a new car. I know that it completely irrelevant, but out of the two big things I wanted to purchase this year, it just isn't going to happen. It seems like it is never going to happen, and that is entirely frustrating. Especially since it looks like I might be driving myself to work a lot more. The amount I am about to spend on fuel is going to skyrocket in my gas guzzler. Seriously, I've contemplated starting a Kickstarter so I can afford a down payment.
But, on a positive note, I did manage to get a loom, which is was one of my goals for the year. I got it for free, which was even more awesome. The loom was purchased at an auction at Penland and has just been sitting in pieces. I was told I could have it if I was willing to put it together, no instructions, no nothing. And I did it! It wasn't too difficult, but it took me a while to figure out how the harnesses attach and I have some extra pieces that I'm not sure where to put (if they even go to the loom, which they might not). It's kind of cool though because, during my research, it looks like it either is, or is based on, Craft Revival style looms. I'm excited to get to using it, but I have no idea what to weave first!
Hopefully, more frequent updates will be coming in the weeks ahead. I want to start working on sprucing up this site as well, so be on the lookout!