I got my bike all tuned up and with saddle bags. The guy at Back Alley Bikes sold me used water proof saddle bags for $40. I don’t know if that was each, or together, either way he said they are usually over $100. I don’t know, I LOVE them. I can haul everything with me, my bike looks all cool, I have a functional mode of transportation. My busy week caught up with me on Friday when I forgot to turn my alarm on so I missed the bus and the bike was in the shop. Dreya let me take her bike which made me only 10 min. late instead of the half hour I would have had waiting for my bus.
Yesterday I finally got to go to the really really free market. It’s the first Saturday of every month. Everyone brings whatever stuff they want to get rid of and everyone is free to pick through everything else. There is no strings attached. It’s awesome. I got all sorts of goodies then decided to bring the things that my boss had given me that I didn’t want. I ended up bringing two loads of stuff home. I got a wine rack that holds nearly all our wine – did you know that Dreya and I had bought two cases? I got a sweatshirt, tank top, wrap around shirt, a cool curtain rod with blown glass balls at the ends, and a navy blue polo shirt. Which, for those of you don’t get the joke, that was Jason’s and my kitche uniform down in Antarctica. I wore it when I came over to Jason’s this morning, complete with my old bandana head scarf. Perfect. I am really glad to have that shirt. It totally puts me in the mood for cleaning. My boss has given me a stoneware lasagna pan, a nice 5 or 6 candle holder, one of those that would sit on a mantle. Dreya has brought home big glass jars from work so I’ve been able to do some rearranging in the cupboards.
I didn’t feel like I accomplished much this week, it was really just a flurry of activities and lots and lots of fun. This coming week I have a normal 40 hr week so I plan to get more done. I signed up for another class – writing. It’s at the community center. I’ve also signed up for InDesign which is the computer program that will help me layout my book the way I want. I don’t think I’ll sign up for any more classes though. Once I finally did the math I realized that the Community Ed classes are $20 a lesson, not that great of a deal.
On Friday I met our new nurse at the Neurology clinic, Bethany (my old room mate’s name), and then at the Art Center the girl that works there and who also waits on us at Carrborito introduced herself and her name is Mandy (the name of a super good friend that I worked with in Antarctica). The owner of the bike shop is Jason and his mechanic helper is Ben (one of my brother’s), how ironic is all that? I met them all pretty much this weekend.
Saturday night was Yo Mamma’s Big Fat Booty Band. They are a really dancing sort of band, big hats, funky costumes, and they didn’t close down till 1 am. It was greay. I danced the whole night in an outfit made from the free market, a reversable house dress from the 60s with a red and white floral pattern. I certainly felt funky. Dreya dressed up like a James Bond villianess. She had the big jewelry, leaopard print, and cleavage. It was an awesome night.
For those of you that aren’t my family I’ll tell you what my family sent me. So, for Thanksgiving I wrote everyone a letter using some old packing paper that looked like paper bag material so eveyone sent me an envelope of letters and drawings and they all used various scraps of paper. I have notes written on plastic bags, a napkin, a kleenex, a magazine page, paper bags. . .a pile of recyclables. It was funny and sweet and cute.
Next Friday is another band, then another on Saturday. I have to go to coffee night on Tuesday, but other than that, so far it’s a pretty mild week, it’s just that December is counting down and I need to get focused. I have a bunch of paintings to look at and try to fix. I’ll show you those as well.
What this means to me is that I have a place to be for at least another year. I can try to get hired on at the hospital, I can continue to nestle in at Dreya’s, I can continue to get involved in my community and I don’t have to wonder about plans for a long time. I can work from project to project, and they are lining up. I have the paintings to make for Becky, bowls to design and paint with Rachael – the Rachael that I met at the Carrboro Art Crawl, and I have scrapbooking to work on in a major way. It’s so exciting. Next summer I hope to sail with Dad a little and see how things have changed.