Things are moving quickly here at Skill Exchange party HQ this week. The launch party at Makeshift Society is tomorrow! Decorations are in-process, goodie bags are waiting to be filled and signs are printed. The cocktail recipe is about to be tested, and all my checklists are growing and shrinking in equal measure. As soon as I check one item off (meet the volunteers for a cocktail and quick rundown of their duties, check!) I add one more to the list: source basil for basil-infused simple syrup for cocktails. We fell into bed last night, and got back up this morning and got to work, figuring out quantities and measurements for cocktails for 50+ people.
I love it and I’m stressed by it, but every ticket sale and kind email from a stranger is a reminder that all of this prep will lead to good workshops and a fun evening. Connections! Community! Exchange! All those things I set out to find. I’m my own boss here, no one is making me create adorable mustard yellow paper tassels for the party, I’m doing it for my own damn self! So, to all of you I’ll see tonight, new faces, friends, teachers and makers, see you soon. I might be a little scattered, but this thing is going to be amazing.
All Skill Exchange workshop tickets are available now! Get your tickets at SkillExchangeSF.com/tickets.Tickets are limited and workshops are expected to fill up quickly, so be sure to grab your tickets early!
All workshops will be held at 235 Gough Street. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in for workshops. If arriving by car, please allow ample time to park, as parking can be very tricky in this neighborhood. Seating is available for our attendees. No need to any bring tools or materials, unless you’d like to take notes.
Skill Exchange Mixer at MSS
Friday, May 17, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Upholstery Basics: Focus on chairs
Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cheese Love: A lesson in Italian cheese
Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cocktails and Bitters: How to build a better cocktail
Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Over the weekend I stopped into our new favorite shop in the neighborhood for a chat and a quick browse. Schatzi just opened at 791 Valencia Street, inside vintage clothing store Schauplatz. I fell hard for an old medical diagram, and after going home to assess our walls (and convince Intern this was a necessary addition to our home) I went back to Schatzi the next day to pick up the wall hanging before anyone else could grab it.
After a short deliberation, we decided the diagram would be best hanging in the office, where I CAN LOOK AT IT EVERY DAY. Honestly, I know it is a little weird, but the drawings are beautiful and make me feel very happy. Bodies are amazing, especially the lady ones. We’re now calling my office the Ovary Office…. get it? Actually I’m the only one calling it that, Intern doesn’t want to encourage my hilarious jokes too much. Before I get any emails, this wall art is not a clever attempt to share any personal “news”– the only babies in here are kittens or the hand drawn kind.
This week I’m proud to share a project I’ve been quietly working on for what seems like forever. Skill Exchange has been been on a bit of a break since the last pop-up in September, but I’ve been busy working on the less-fancy business side of things… and gearing up for some new announcements, projects, and exciting new adventures. I’ve got a team of worker bees, bossy advisors and cheerleaders who’ve been helping me work out lots of details and logistics, for the next chapter of Skill Exchange. Growing pains, and growing excitement is all over this place right now. Now, with no more delay, here it is, our new home for Skill Exchange: skillexchangeSF.com.
This is just the beginning. There are a few tweaks to come over the next few days, and a whole lot more content and excitement to share in the coming weeks.
So far our attempts to slow down and relax in the new year have failed. Not that we mind just yet, since we’re used to this self-imposed frenzied but the first two weekends of January have included sweet nothings like “Lets relax this weekend” and “I promise I won’t start any new big projects this weekend”. These empty promises were of course promptly followed by an evening run to Ikea for a few utterly essential house project supplies, and an elaborate day-long cooking plan for a much-anticipated dinner party with new friends… and of course, very little relaxing.
The cats, however have really appreciated this last weekend of sunny January weather. They’ve really committed themselves fully to their sun-worshipping routine, and I envy them for it. Although it has been a little chillier in the city than we’re used to, it has been bright and clear every day. When they aren’t napping, all the cats have been a tad spicier than their usual spicy feline selves. Muuli and Neebu have been wrestling daily, and Lucca has been very vocal in his attempts to make us feed him every time we walk into, or near the kitchen (so far, not working).
And Sofia. Sofia has recently renewed all of her motherly instincts towards two small stuffed animals she loves (a stuffed kitten, and a gorilla holding a banana). Motherly love for Sofia means vigorous bathing of said stuffed babies, and lots of vigorous and VOCAL cries to let everyone in the house know that yes, she has her babies in her mouth, and they are on the move. We’ve been waking up to her mothering nearly every night for a week, as she moves her babies from one room to the next. She abandons the babies by morning though, and would never dare to let us catch sight of her caring for her babies. We have for now, decided that Sofia can only be a daytime nanny to her babies, since I’ve taken to hiding her babies at night. I may be a jerk, but I do like my sleep.