Egyptian Licorice Tea in the Los Angeles skyline mug, "Ada" by The National on iTunes. Dave is on his way back to Austin, and, even though he'll only be there for four days, I won't see him for ten as I leave for ACRE in Vegas on Friday and then on to Albuquerque and the Creekmore-Durhams to pick up hot-shop equipment and drive it back to Atlanta. Poor Jessie, she has a revolving door for parents right now!
The glass order is in to Bullseye, the last work for ACRE goes in the kiln today (I'm carrying the rest on the plane), and I hope to get the hot shop permitted tomorrow before picking up all the equipment in Albuquerque. If all goes right, the construction will commence next week while I'm in Vegas. Not too long after Vegas and Albuquerque I go to Portland Oregon for BECon (kilncasting) and a workshop on lost wax casting from Linda Ethier. A week after I get back from BECon I have my summer camp, Faces of Culture: Masks In Glass. Right now I only have two participants signed up for it (it's the week after July 4th), and they are both winners of their spots from the Waldorf auction. Not surprising since I haven't even made flyers or announced it officially yet...
From 2 am on today I have been having anxiety attacks about whether or not I can really afford all this expansion and do I have the time to pull everything off. Today would be a good day to meditate. Instead, I take a deep, calming breath and remind myself that the natural condition of a glass artisan is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster. So what do we do? Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well. How? I don't know. It's a mystery.
Now off to fire.