Tonight was the celebration for the Hutchinson Art Association’s 60th anniversary. I decided to just run by after work for a few minutes. Well, two and a half hours later I was still there. In fact, I think I was there for a while after it was officially over.
I ran into Teresa (on the right) and we were chatting. Then Adelagun (in the middle) and Linda came over and we got to visit with them. I “know” Adelagun from Facebook, but we tonight was the first time we’ve had a chance to visit face to face. Thank goodness she came over and said something to me. It makes me a little bonkers when people go home and send me a note saying, “was that you at the fill-in-the-blank event tonight…” Yes! It was. Come over and say hello so I get to meet you. While you might rightfully say why don’t I say hello. Well, here it is – and I’m not proud of it – I can be totally oblivious to the world around me when I’m engaged in conversation with someone.
Years ago, when Greg and I lived together I went out to get something – before we all had cell phones in our pockets – and when I got home he asked, “Didn’t you see me?”
“No, what are you talking about?”
“I remembered I needed something and ran out to tell you as you were pulling away. I swear you were watching me in the rear view mirror. I was waving my arms and running after the car. You just kept on driving… looking right at me in the mirror… and ignoring me… while I flailed my arms… yelling your name… “
Well, we had a good laugh about it. And realized we had probably amused the neighbors as I was driving away while he was running after the car. I’m guessing they thought a huge fight had ensued just prior.
The point of the story is – I don’t notice. I’m focused on whatever the task at hand it. Maybe because I know I’m not good with details so it’s my compensation for that. So, if you see me out and about, please say hello so I don’t miss getting to see you.
It was a great evening. I visited with a ton of people, including Debbie who was exhibiting the felt piece she showed on her blog a while ago.
I’m very happy it is Friday. I have a list of things I hope to get through this weekend. I realized today as I was looking at my calendar that this is my last free weekend until the last week of September.
Of course, I’m thinking about Christmas and getting started soon. Greg has offered to help haul things up from the basement. I’m hoping other friends will help, too, so i can have a “Patsy Christmas.”
Yesterday I went to Wichita to hit Hobby Lobby and get more ornaments for an event at work. For reasons I don’t understand, Hobby Lobby get in their ornaments, and that’s it – they don’t reorder anything. So, heads up, if you’re looking for the cool silver stars like I used on my packages last year you’re out of luck in this area. I have bought them all, from all three stores in Hutch and Wichita, and I’m headed to Salina soon.
I also bought some other kinds of stars. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to find enough of the silver ones. So, now it’s a quandry – do I take those back or keep them for another project yet to be determined. I love stars.
I’m starting to feel a bit more myself. I hope that continues. A friend mentioned the other night, “you’ve had a really rough year… you need a vacation.” And he’s absolutely right. But, unfortunately, I also need to pay medical bills. So, that means doing as much work on the side as I can to increase my income, and not spending money on travel. It’s not the way I would design my life. But, for the moment, it’s a necessity. So, there you go. And, hopefully, the year is turning into something wonderful. There have been some great parts of it – benign – and a great new job. I’m expecting a continual upswing as the year progresses.
Regardless, as of this afternoon I realized I’m just feeling more normal, more myself. And I think that’s good.
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