Busy, busy, busy

I wondered if being settled into an area would make life boring, but the exact opposite is proving true. This month is insanely packed with socializing and adventures. Last weekend, Handsome and I were hosts to my friend Herculine and her boyfriend (who also happens to be one of my college friends) Smiler. Though only a brief time, we made the most of its every second. We brought them to market and then we went on a hike at Buttermilk Falls, which is a most glorious climb. Handsome and the Smiler went ahead while Herculine and I made our way slowly, encountering faeries and many a deep energy in the water-rushing canyon. Sitting on the edge of the water at one point, I was again struck with awe at the depth of nature’s power and how that power is deep song that the Lord sings into my veins with abandon. I felt simultaneously still and running with all my strength so that I might fly. I was with a friend who I muchly love, in the midst of gorgeous rock-water wood, and I could Hear the Song so close to my ribs I could ache. We wound our way through, enjoying all that was around us, discussing faeries in hushed tones and touching all that we could get our hands; be it rock, water, tree or mud, we felt and drifted.  Walking down, we had to stretch our legs out long and stiffly like fancy gentleman, and holding a single hand aloft as though we were carrying parasols of fancier ladies. Twas the only way one could go down the steep stairs with any measure of grace don’t ya know 😉 That evening, we all made cookies and drank until we were pleasantly giggling into our cookie ice-cream sundaes.

The next day dawned absolutely gorgeous. I chose to go to church while Handsome took our guests to Green Lake Park. I am glad that I went because I am enamored of the sermons and the energy of the place. Though it is a tiny little church with narry another person my age, I find a deep peace when I am there. Plus, as I said, the sermons are instructive, simply delivered, and beautifully crafted. In my faith, I find that I am drawn to places that are more concerned with the intricacies of the God that we serve rather than evangelistic tactics. As far as I am concerned, if I am taking time to go to church, then I don’t want to spend that time listening to why I need to keep taking that time out. I have already made that decision, thus I would rather learn more about how to deepen my relationship with God. Unsolicited tangent, but tis just my personal feeling on the matter. I arrived home before the rest of my party and I took the time to enjoy the sun and the glorious weather. Later that day, Herculine, Smiler, and I went to see a show at the Stage. This is the first show of the season and Herculine’s cousin is in the cast. I was familiar with the script and I was curious to see the show (plus, it is the first show in which I had direct painterly involvement here). Although the piece was three hours long, I was delighted to discover that the actors are brilliant. They did not miss a beat and they managed to keep the energy of the dialogue constant. The set and technical effects were wonderful, and the costumes were absolutely drool-worthy. It is rare to see a production so cohesive and I feel humbled that I had a hand in realizing that cohesion.

As for what is to come, right now I am in the midst of visiting my dear sibling. She has possession of the rest of my artwork, and I had to deliver her an original work from my own hand. Thus, here I am, alone for the moment while she works. The view out her window is dappled with autumn, sun, and tree branches. I must admit, it’s nice to have a day fully to myself. Next week, Handsome’s mother comes to visit, then the next week brings WonderWoman and a trip into the City to see Sleep No More. Busy? Just how I like it :).

She’s Alive!

I think I should just accept that I am an intermittent blogger at best, but in my defense I have been zipping about doing all sorts of crazy life-shifting things. Shall we do one of my infamous summaries? Of course we shall!

Since I last posted, I have:

Moved yet again!  Are we really surprised? I seem to be moving about a great deal, so I am sure another shift does not come as a shock. I have moved to Syracuse New York and the move went a lot more smoothly than I anticipated. Though I have moved multiple times in the past, I moved with perhaps a third of the stuff that went with me on this trip. I am hoping that this move will be semi-permanent (at least 2-3 years) so I went ahead and grabbed most of the stuff that I was storing at my parent’s place as well as my bedroom furniture. Despite all the gak, the actual shifting of things in and out of spaces only took about two hours each time. The longest time was spent driving to our destination.

Moved in with my boyfriend Yup, it happened. We are in a lovely two-bedroom apartment, learning how to constantly co-exist. Thus far, we are getting along rather well. I can’t begin to describe how nice it is to live with a man who loves to cook fantastic meals and who works so hard to meet my needs while at the same time communicating his own desires. We are definitely hitting places where we irritate each other, but I have faith that we have a strong enough foundation to tease those tangles into a healthy existence together.

Started a new job So, the schedule between the ending of the Camp and the start of my job at the Stage ran thusly:

August 6th: Drove from Michigan to Ohio

August 7th: Drove from Ohio to CT (drop Handsome off and say hello to his family)

August 9th: Drove back to New Jersey to pack the rest of my stuff

August 10th: Moved

August 12th: Started work at the Stage

Did that make you tired just reading? If it didn’t then just try to empathize with actually experiencing that nonsense. However, I really love my work. The PaintGuru is an incredible boss and the work is what I have dreamed of doing every day. True the days do involve some boring work, but that work is apart of a larger process that has so many fascinating parts. I can’t quite express my delight to be within its workings. I am doing what I love with people who are a joy to work with. I could not be more pleased with my current situation.

Went to a giant farmers market If I thought Florida had an incredible farmers market, I clearly did not quite comprehend the true scale of an incredible market. There is a most magical place here that is an endless series of semi-enclosed buildings that house everything one could ever want in a market. And it’s year-round!!!!!!!!!! (I try to avoid multiple exclamation points as a rule, but sometimes they are warranted.) For two people who are attempting to be conscious of their food, such a place is a veritable playground.

That’s the basic premise for this next portion of my life. I am working an incredible job, I have a lovely apartment that I can actually invest in improving, and I live with the love of my life. I am blessed beyond measure and I hope to continue sharing such joy, even if it is intermittent ;).