life update + a shadow self

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hiii two in one day! Sort of. It's 11:18 pm, but you know. Anyway. It's been a while... (It's been a while) Here we go!

>I got a studio space! This is a HUGE BIG DEAL. So big that I have not found the words to write about it. So big that I have not found the thoughts to think about it. But now, I will try a little bit:

Just to refresh, the last time I had a studio was during my thesis year. Here is my blogpost from the day I cleaned it out. I've spent the time since graduating with a desk and a wall in my living room. Photography has the wonderful ability to be worked on from home, so long as you're working digitally. Which made it a little hard for me to justify a studio space. (Whilst Steele's art requires space and a place to be messy. He's had a studio since the winter following our graduation.) But eventually it became clear that in order for me to move forward with any sort of serious art making I would need a space to make it in. A space to think. A space to remove myself from my life. A mental space. And a physical space, to hang things up. To put a chair. To bring books. To sit and do nothing. And now I do have that space, and it is costing me, but it's so very worth it. It's shared with three other artists, so when I say I have a studio, I mean that I have a 100sf corner. But it's enough room for the desk and the chair and to have two walls to hang work on. It's a dream come true. More to come on this. Maybe I will start a weekly studio feature. Hmm.

>On the art note, I am helping plan a show! (And will be showing in it, as well.) It's a group show called Self-Similar and will be taking place for a weekend at the end of July. (The 24-26) I'll have more info about it soon, but I hope to see some of you silent blog readers there, if you live in Portland, that is.

>I am engaged! (Okay, you already knew that one, but still. I think it's place on a life update post is justified.) But that really brings me to...

>We are planning a wedding! Ah! Or, more accurately, we are trying to plan a wedding and mostly flailing about not really knowing what to do exactly. Sound right? This blog will never ever be a wedding blog. (Even though I love wedding blogs and have since long before I was engaged.) But I will give you a brief update: the wedding is going to be small. Immediate family + friends. (Around 55 people total.) Right now we are focused on finding the place. Then all the fun parts of planning can start. Also, you guys, holy shit. If there were ever a time to have an anxiety attack about money, now would be it. All of this to say, shout-out if you know of any amazingly cheep and beautiful venues in Portland.

>Still been loving the Fuji X-T1. So glad I made the choice to switch to it. Thankful for it every day. And so glad all my anxieties about buying a camera ended with that feeling. That's all.

>Okay, this one's sort of boring but: Steele and I have been meal planning! We've gotten fairly okay at it. We sit down on Sunday and plan our lunches and dinners for the week and then go shopping for all the things. If we know we're going to be out, we put that on the plan. (Which makes me feel so much less guilty for going out to eat, since I know it will be necessary) It's been really helpful and while there are weeks that we fall behind, I feel like we're doing a pretty good job. It also helps us stick to our food budget. (We've been using YNAB for our budget and that's been going really well also.)

>One last normal thing: I started reading Game of Thrones. I'm about a million years late to the party, but I'm enjoying it.

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