It feels like I haven't written for a long time--life has been so busy but there has been a bit of crafting going on. The last time I wrote, I was headed out the door to drive up to Portland for a visit. I drove with my colleague Deb, we arrived at about 1, parked the car at the UO Portland building, grabbed a quick lunch, walked over to a great ad agency in Portland, wrangled all our students into a room, and had a great presentation on the development of a recent Nike campaign. Then walked back to the UO's building (a mile each way) and watched three students present to the President of a new environmental foundation. Then walked to our funky hotel, hung out for a tiny bit, then hosted a dinner for students and guests--that lasted til 9:45. Slept til about 5am and eventually got up, did work, met Deb and walked back to the building at 7:30. Saw four more student presentations, then I hosted a 2-hour panel at 10am, followed by a lunch, then we hit the road at a bit after 2pm. I was pooped when I got home! It was a lot of intense listening, plus student wrangling is stressful. I'm glad we only do this once a year.
But what else?
We have been talking about a truck for a while, wondering whether we should get a used one and save some money or a new one and basically never need to worry about having a truck ever again. I picked up Tim at the airport on Wednesday and we drove by a Toyota dealer on our way home and popped in just to take a look. 3 1/2 hours later we drove our new red Tacoma home. It is (as Kathy mentioned) much bigger than I'm used to, but I love sitting up high. I drove it around the block and did fine. We will use it to move stuff out to the house and then eventually it will just stay out there full time. It is a good choice for out there---as I've written about before, we generally have to travel to buy stuff we need that isn't basic stuff, and if you do that you might as well stock up on lots of things. Plus we have projects to do out there (closet organizing etc) and the truck will be good to take out supplies. So we like it.
Circus Movement's 'main area' is done and now I'm knitting the border, which is good mindless knitting.
I did a bit of work on ABQ Sunset and here we are:
We watched "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" last night and I didn't quite love it as much as most people. I think a lot of it has to do with my own troubling family relationships that I'm dealing with the best way that works for me. We're also enjoying the third season of the Great Pottery Throw Down, which is the pottery version of the Great British Baking Show. You can find it on YouTube.
It has felt like I've had no reading time but I finished two books yesterday (we spent much of the afternoon reading and knitting -- the knitting just me). The first book was "A Beautiful Crime" by Christopher Bollen. It is set both in Venice and New York, and is about two young men who plan a con against a rich guy who has done some Bad Things. It gives some good backstory about how these two young men got to a place where they felt OK doing this con (they weren't professional con men) and it was an interesting book. I'd read something else by this author again.
The second one was by Meg Mitchell Moore and was basically a pallet cleanser. It was called "The Islanders" and is about three people spending the summer on Block Island and how their lives intersect with one another. The book was basically a less-heavy Elin Hildebrand novel set on a different island, which sometimes is all you want to read.
I've just started "The Learning Curve" and it is very promising.
I love a good hail storm.
Have a good week! Thanks for sticking with me during this update!