I had a wonderful weekend! A lot happened and I feel very happy about what I accomplished.
Saturday we ate out for breakfast and then went to the book sale at the library. We picked up some Avengers on VHS (the original British TV show, that is), as well as Walking with Prehistoric Beasts, The Doors Live in Europe 1968 and YesYears. Kathy also grabbed a few books, including a guide for freezing and canning.
After the book sale we walked around the Chamber of Commerce's annual fall art show on the common and saw some beautiful art. The first booth at which we stopped was that of Tom Sears, an extraordinary nature photographer. He had some incredible photos of animals including one of a very busy momma bear with five cubs! I was thoroughly impressed with his snapshots of water. He managed to capture it so stunningly! There were also a couple of abstract painters there with whom I was very pleased, including one whose signature is the use of purple and yellow in all of his pieces. Another artist did some amazing watercolors of rocks that looked amazingly realistic. I bought a small fabric painting that I liked at one of the last booths at which we stopped.
After that we went shoppoing for groceries and headed home, where I proceeded to rearrange and clean. Our dressers are now in the closet room with our hanging clothes, as is my sheet music, guitar effects and amplifier. All of the books, save for the spiritual and Native American books, are out in the living room and hallway. The aforementioned exceptions are in our bedroom. The living room is a bit more open now and it's nice to have the books readily accessible. Also, this time upon moving the remainder of the National Georgraphic collection, no injuries were sustained. It was a big plus.
Today was a wonderful day. painted_wolf
stayed home to study (I'm so proud of her and how hard she's working for her degree!) and to do some cleaning so we can have the place ready for shivakat
to visit next weekend. I went to church and actually really enjoyed it. I will admit it felt awkward at first, especially getting used to the rituals of church again such as hymns and response readings and such, but it was refreshing to be actively participating in the community and sharing a fairly open and accepting spiritual environment. I did experience my usual discomfort with large groups of people and I think I was the only of the handful of new people that did not stand and introduce myself, but I wasn't ready. Besides, I truly am disquieted by drawing attention to myself like that. I'd rather just be a silent participant and get to know everyone else on more personal terms and, admittedly selfish as this is, on my terms. The head librarian, with whom I regularly work in a sense, was there and was thrilled to see me. She introduced me to a few people before I had to run to make the hike on time.
From church I went to campus to meet up with folks from one of the student organizations I actively attend. We left there and hiked West Rattlesnake. It was a beautiful day for a hike and we played a game of questions and answers to get to know each other. Three or four of them had never hiked Rattlesnake so it was a joy to witness their reaction when we arrived at the top and could see over the lakes and mountains for miles ahead! We shared lunch, chatted and just soaked in the beauty before hiking back down and parting our ways back on campus.
Afterward at home I took a nap and then we had dinner and a movie with the guys upstairs. We watched From Hell which is one of my favorite Johnny Depp movies. I had forgotten it was based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore. It's really no surprise I like it so much. There's just something about Alan Moore's work that I do so enjoy.EDIT:
Cool! Here's a photo of the artist that does all the purple and yellow paintings I posted about, with a couple of his paintings in the background.http://www.citizen.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071001/CITIZEN_01/710010035/-1/CITIZEN