I know I say it over and over again, but when I think life can't get any busier, it finds a way. I'm working on paring things down so that my era of 18 hour workdays and solid 7-days-a-week type schedule will no longer rule my life, but I'm not there yet.
Lots of new art to show off soon - the website overhaul which will let me finally update is getting closer to completion, not there yet.
I've been on the road a lot lately - a few highlights include:
-Grooming a baby horse for the first time (they are so amazingly soft!) thanks to the newly born addition to my parents' hobby farm - a little friesian x warmblood colt named Zeus.
-Knocking off a 100-things-to-do-before-I-die event by going to Sturgis bike rally in South Dakota. It was really incredible - I didn't think so many motorcycles actually existed. I believe attendance was over the 500k people mark - it's truly something you have to see to believe. I was sorely tempted by an Aerosmith concert at the Buffalo Chip but instead was just breezing through. Someday I'll go back on a bike! I can see now the big allure of it, even though I always wanted to go, I didn't understand it before now. I did get to eat at the Firehouse brewery which was packed with bikers and drool over some amazing chrome (and worn-in black chaps ;)
-Putting some of my work up at Wolfsisters gallery in Hill City and catching up with Goldenwolf. It's really an awesome place and the Black Hills is just gorgeous. Driving through the park with the mist obscuring everything but looming treetops was incredible.
-Driving through a town with population:1 in Wyoming. If I had infinite money Wyoming is on my top 3 list of places I'd love to live. I'd buy a multi-thousand acre ranch in the middle of nowhere and be population 1 myself (I don't think Mbala could count for the listing because he's not an official U.S. citizen yet - just a permanent resident). Foxloft, Wyoming.
-Attended Rocky Mountain Fur Con in Denver, which was a lot of fun despite the totally insane dealers room hours (9am opening Fri, Sat, Sun? That's just cruel!). Got to hang out with the most awesome of people and recharge my batteries a lot despite the 3 hours or so of sleep a night I got for a solid week straight. I (being so macho and butch) was dragged kicking and screaming (ok, not really) to the movie Julie & Julia which was actually really cute and very funny. Not at all what I expected. I'm going to have to pick up a Julia Child cookbook now as I'm already a cooking addict. I really liked the line about 'no excuses and no apologies' - I'm repeating it to myself constantly. Quite a tidbit of wisdom, there. My work (art, cooking, etc.) may not be the best in the world, by far, but it is what it is and I will not apologize for it again. :)
-Long drives on the road, 12+ hours at a time. Drives like this are good for my soul. Watching the road slip on by, the scenery change so quickly, the endless possibilities this country offers - it's meditative to me.
A few other things of note:
-Finally got rid of cable t.v. I'm not a big t.v. watcher but I liked having it on as background noise while I'm working at home during the day. I was dragging my feet about the decision, but I finally pulled the plug. Thank you to everyone who recommended music, I'll be checking out all your stations and suggestions and broadening my auditory horizons some more.
-Stepped out of the ice age (and retired my 8 yr old Nokia) by upgrading to a Blackberry Curve. I absolutely love it. The novelty of being able to update facebook from a decrepit gas station in the middle of Nebraska that doesn't even accept credit cards... excessive and priceless. I officially got it to accept credit cards wirelessly on the road and it works like a charm. I was afraid I wouldn't like the phone since I'm pretty happy with simple push-button style phones, but I love the thing. I bought Mbala an Iphone for his b-day which he's also in love with (now we can be super tech geeks and sit on our phones at restaurants and in the car). I am guessing someday we'll all have these services implanted directly into our brains and we'll be reminiscing about the archaic, old stone age where we had to type onto unwieldy plastic boards and carry bulky phone cases everywhere. ;) Live long enough to live forever, isn't that what they say now?
-Going crazy getting ready for a big all breed dog show next week. Looking forward to it a lot. I've got another dog show set for September and then a trip back to Denver for Denfur and possibly a 'world animal day' show in MN again in October.
-I know I had a lot of other things to say, but I can't for the life of me remember any of them right now.
If anyone is waiting on emails from me, I apologize, I'm still playing catchup from being gone. It's gotten to the point where I'd love a personal secretary, I get about 20-40 emails a day that require response. Oy!
Back to painting whippets!