I loathe travel planning. Not all of it, of course. The initial ‘ooh, I get to go to …’ is lovely, and it’s always fun to look up my destination on google earth, look up local weather conditions to start thinking about what to wear, start learning some basic vocabulary in the local language, etc. It’s all very exciting and romantic and makes a great distraction from whatever I’m supposed to be doing instead.
left luggage by flickr user paul_likes_pics
The part I hate is when I have to stop just thinking about it and playing around with various options and actually commit to buying tickets and booking accommodations. If I could possibly get away with walking into the airport with my luggage and buying the ticket at the counter then and there, I would. Having to buy ticket weeks and weeks in advance just feels so wrong and confining and frustrating. The upshot is that I often pay more than I should have for a ticket due to leaving it too late.
So I am very proud to say that I bought my ticket today for a trip that starts on July 22nd. That’s nearly a whole month away. That’s probably the longest in advance of a trip I have ever bought my ticket. I’m already starting to worry that maybe I should have waited a few more days, because what if I change my mind or need to do x or y or…
But the change fee is pretty high, so I am just going to have to make everything else work around it. I’m flying to Paris on July 22nd and coming home on August 13th. I still have to buy all the plane and train tickets that will get me from Paris to Dusseldorf to Osnabrueck to Berlin to Poznan, then two weeks later back to Berlin then on to Nijmegen, and back to Paris via Dusseldorf, but just having settled the transatlantic bit is a huge step for me. I feel almost like a responsible adult. 🙂
Of course I have barely thought about preparing my talks and lectures when I get there, but there’s still *lots* of time for that…
This past weekend was only the second one I’ve had to myself in June, and is the last weekend I’ll be home alone until mid-August, so I was determined to be as hermity and homebody-ish as possible. Besides the usual weekend chores (vaccuming, laundry, washing dishes, running errands) and a decent amount of time spent curled up with a book, a cat and either a mug of tea or a glass of lemonade (depending on the ambient temperature) in the papsan, most of my weekend was spent at my sewing machine and/or my cutting mat.
This makes more sense when you realise that my sewing room is also my guest room, so this was my last chance to have unfettered access to it for ages. Also, the long lingering cool spring has turned the corner into the warmer, muggier summer weather (still cool enough not to drag out the a/c, but I’m sure that it won’t be long now). So it was high time I got working on several of the summer dress revisions I had planned. Continue reading
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A few of the things currently making me very happy indeed:
Other, even more exciting things are promising to come soon, but these are quite enough to be going along with. I hope summer is bringing wonderful things to you too.
Yesterday, Apartment Therapy posted about Linnea’s Color Coordinated Closet.
Now, anyone who has seen my home knows that I am all about the colour coordinated closet.
Linnaea's colour coordinated skirts and shirts
It’s not as obvious with the skirts, and the colours in the photos aren’t great (it’s raining today, so light is an issue), but I’m just a wee bit obsessed with organising my clothes and accessories by colour.
So should we extrapolate from this data and conclude that all Linn(a)ea’s have colour coordinated closets?
shoes and bags
Or should perhaps Apartment Therapy was just celebrating my birthday in their own special way. Either way, the excuse to spend time enjoying all the colours in my closet is very much appreciated on a rainy, grey day.
I am completely in love with this needle felted boar by Victor Dubrovsky.
old boar needle felted from wool
More shots of this fellow, as well as oodles of other wonderful pigs, dogs, cows, sheep and birds can be seen here. Thanks to craftzine for sharing. I like the owlet almost as much as the grizzled old boar. The eyes on both critters are just wonderful.
Have I mentioned that it’s my birthday tomorrow? ::hint,hint::
I really do need to get better about posting more often, instead of just accumulating big piles of photographs and *plans* for posts. Then I wouldn’t be stuck trying to figure out how to string together 5 days worth of thoughts and projects into a single coherent story, without resorting to variations on ‘and then I … and then I …’
In lieu of this masterful summary post, today I’d like to share just a few of the happy moments I’ve caught on film over the past week or so.
Breakfast on the balcony
sweet old girl, basking in the sun
summer reading plans
thrift store scores, hanging on the line
lilac tree + lilac house
So what’s making you smile these days?
Hooray. My friend Shira’s amazing film ‘John and Michael’ is finally available on the NFB web site.
From the site:
This animated short pays tribute to two men with Down’s syndrome who shared an intimate and profoundly loving relationship that deeply affected the filmmaker. Narrator Brian Davis, also intellectually challenged, brings the men alive with great sensitivity.
Shira is an incredibly talented animator. In this film she uses modeling clay on glass to animate the story. The images are gorgeous.
Many more stills from the film are available at the NFB web site.
Shira’s next film should be finished soon. I can’t wait to see it.