Home Stretch!

Best. License. Plate. Ever.
Chickadees, it's been a long summer. One hundred and forty days of summer, give or take a handful of days.

But that summer is almost over, for better or for worse. Because in four very short days Hoffmann will close. We'll have a two-day grown-up opera fest (seriously, did you know about it? Because it's going to be AMAZEBALLS) the week after, and then Ethel and I will be closing the office down for some serious R&R.

(You know, R&R...as in Rnapping and Rcocktails)
(...the 'r's are silent.)

We've been stretched to the limit...and really seen what we can and can't sustain. I'm speaking for myself when I say that I'm happy to have been stretched and all, but DANG would I love to approach a season with more thought and care than this one ultimately received. (Not for lack of planning or good intention, either...we had metric tons of both of those.) I can't count on two hands the things I would've wanted to pay more attention to...the list is that long.

So. Lesson learned.

In the meantime, I'm saying goodbye in a million different ways...exit interviews, final evaluations, all of that. And I'm finding that I haven't had the time or opportunity to get to know anyone as well as I would've liked. Boooooo...

Here's hoping that next year's a little bit different. Not in the artistic gratification areas - those I'm pretty pleased with. But in the showing-my-face-when-I'm-not-expected, getting-to-know-folks areas. Because these folks? Are the reason I'm in this weirdo business in the first place.

So, goodbyes. And then a few precious days at the beach, remembering what my hubby looks like. And then a big boy concert. And then? Time to breathe.


My five:

  1. Family Day. While laCM is the Craft Queen, MG is the heiress apparentess. And nothing gives a lift like tucking a feather in your hair, I guarantee. (Right, AO?)
  2. Looking back. I am guilty of doing this more often than is likely healthy, but this was a pretty jam-packed summer, and full of cool things. That rear-view mirror is pretty rosy.
  3. Doing something different. I got some new pictures taken today (as I have foregone the goth 'do for something much lighter), and am reminded of how much we can communicate without words, with just smiles and energy. Such. Fun! (Look at me, getting all new-agey!)
  4. Books. I just finished this, and it's made that rare list of books I love so much that I can't give away (there are only 2 other books that have this distinction...usually, the better to book is, the more I want to share it. but I'm not ready to let this one go yet...); and I just started this and it's totally sucked me in... against my better judgement.
  5. Possibility...the spring is always framed by the possibilities of art. The summer is framed by the connections made by the artists. The end of summer is framed by the reemergence of unstructured time and the possibilities it conveys.

And a special gift for you? Right here! (Although if you've been within 2 miles of me in the last few weeks, you've already seen this:) Dar's youngest, singing a song that everyone should know. While wearing a salami glove. Gaga - watch your back...

You're welcome.


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