Summer weather + wild fire smoke from the south + possible allergies/summer cold… have all made our sinuses confused and exhausted. This weekend the cats were hot, we were hot, and we went to bed earlier than we’ve been to bed in months. Hot tea in hot weather? We’re trying it, and trying to avoid that summer cold that is moving around us. Work has been extremely hectic for the last few weeks, but also creative and interesting. This weekend we held our second Social Club meeting… details and photos to follow later this week!
Is finding our balance the theme of 2013? I find this task both delicate and infuriating, relaxing and hard to attain. Work and home life. Skill exchange and graphic design. Self-employment and big(ger) business. Family and friends. Self-care and chores… cat-related chores. Once we think we’ve got it, balance somehow slips through the cracks. We’re catching up, always, even though we’re technically still in that selfishly-wonderful (or wonderfully-selfish?) time and place before babies and all that comes with it. We’ve technically still in possession of free time, late nights, sleeping in, happy hour and everything else.
This weekend we were paying parking tickets over happy hour and picture-frame hanging, making lists and peeling tomatoes, unloading groceries while entertaining the cats, and rushing to both enjoy the weekend, and prepare for the intensely scheduled week ahead. Last September we were madly preparing for, then recovering from the Skill Exchange Pop-up at StoreFrontLab. This September has come and gone without any Skill Exchange events, but instead I’ve been busy with design work that has largely taken over all my time this summer, and likely well into the fall.
I’ve been beating myself up over unplanned delays and conflicts in scheduling a final 2013 Skill Exchange event, while also trying to remind myself that it can wait. I’ve had some time since the May and June workshops at Makeshift to reflect and refocus some of the growth and planned changes for the future of Skill Exchange, and I’ve come to the realization that it is time to reorient the direction I’ve drifted towards. I don’t have an answer, or a schedule set in stone yet, but I do have a sense of where I want to take Skill Exchange next. I want the next stage of Skill Exchange to be more about building a stronger sense of self-reliance through action, through sharing and making. Balance and action, perhaps my new goal for the remaining months of 2013?
This weekend was a warm one! Cats and humans were in complete agreement, it was a bit too warm for our taste. Watermelon margaritas helped the humans cool down, the cats unfortunately just had to deal with it.
We’re still recovering/coping/coming to terms with the new intense color in our dining room. Deciding to paint our house during one of the warmest weeks this summer wasn’t necessarily the best idea, but then again, not necessarily the worst decision we’ve made in a while. These new navy walls look different in morning and evening light, and it is causing us to rethink everything in the room. We’re moving forward, looking at new rug ideas, different art, and worrying needlessly about lighting and lamp shades. At night, when the sun goes down and the house is dark, candlelight makes the dining room look magical. Grown up, dramatic, fancy. It makes us very excited for the upcoming dinner party season!
I love the calm that comes along every year during burning man. The city is quieter, the streets less crowded, and the weather is cooperative. Intern had a few phone meetings peppered throughout the weekend, but considering the past few weekends of work, it seemed manageable to still get out of the house and away from the screen. We managed a lunch date in Pacific Heights, a stroll through the Alemany Flea market, and a dinner + walk in North Beach. Our friend Becky turned 30, and we joined her friends for a lovely, very grown-up cocktail party a short walk away from our house, in Liberty Hill.
For the last three years we’ve joined Intern’s company for a weekend-long retreat away from the city. Coworkers, consultants, families and an open bar all weekend. There are planned activities like biking, pool parties, golf and competitive wine tasting. Things can get a little rowdy, but this year things got a little fancy. This year the escape was held in Napa, with a special party at Castello di Amorosa. The dinner was black tie, with a masquerade ball following dinner. After dinner we all put on our masks and were lead down through narrow candlelight hallways down deep underneath the castle, past wine cellars, a room of armor, and even a torture chamber. Yes, more than one reference to Eyes Wide Shut was made… but fortunately the only thing waiting for us at the end of the procession was top 40 music and a dessert bar.