here they are, ted and hector. the attractive cats we are fortunate enough to share a flat with. hector (small and grey) loves ted (large and b&w) above all else. or actually - it could be more complicated; maybe he only pretends to love him, and his enthusiastic licking and pouncing are, in fact, a secret tactic with the sole purpose of flat-domination... in any case; a cat's life seems very good. but i would rather be a bird.
i came home from school the other day to find that morag, my good flatmate, had bought a brand new shelf for our kitchen, and proceeded to reorganize and clean everything! Our counter has never looked so good! (since we moved in, that is).
but after the firing, almost everything was a disaster...
however, the sewing machine works!
bad thing ~ i spend most of yesterday glazing things i've been making so far. this morning i woke up anticipating opening the kiln to find sparkling turquoise bowls and plates, magically transformed from grey glaze to translucent glass. it's turquoise, yes, but half of it shattered as soon as i touched it (i'm working with quartz-paste, and am struggling...), and the rest of it, although still in one piece, is far from what i had in mind. a bad firing affects me more than it should... good thing~i had a chat with my tutor, bill, inspiring some great ideas that i feel quite excited about for next term. (that was before i opened the kiln).
good thing ~ the sewing machine that my friend mi-won gave me, finally has all its parts assembled and tonight i used it for the first time! i mended my favourite shirt, that used to be my grandma's and then anna's, before it came to me, but i haven't been able to wear it for a long time due to the huge number of holes in it. but now its fixed. i also sorted out some jeans that were a funny shape (or else it's my legs that are a funny shape). another good thing ~ i made nice pumpkin soup from a beautiful deep orange little organic pumkin, and it turned out lovely.
and another good thing ~today it's only twenty-six days till i see andy! a bad thing ~ that means it's also only twenty-four days till the essay i'm so struggling with has to be handed in, bound and completed.
another bad thing ~ i'm not keeping on top of emails and letters and organising things... a good thing ~ i don't have nearly as much of that as, for example last year.
a bad thing ~ one of my bike lights doesn't work, after i mistakenly washed it in the washing machine... (i took a video of it flashing, going round round inside). a good thing ~ one of bike my lights does work, even though i mistakenly washed it in the washing machine. (it wasn't flashing).
a good thing ~ all these things are quite inconsequential and actually, life is good. its funny how perspectives change, how i get used to things... a bad firing won't kill me, and thankfully no-0ne else either, and i've learned at least what doesn't work...
this week has been Reading Week. which means: sore knees from sitting on the floor day in and day out in front of the computer trying to write my essay. it also means doing a great variety of other things, including chatting for hours to my boyfriend-who's-far-away, knitting a pair of socks, practicing harmonium & recorder (when i think no-one is listening), drawing pictures, cleaning, baking, and staring out the window at the clouds, the rain, the birds, the telephone-wires slow restricted dance, the beautiful rowan tree that all of a sudden turned bright red, bravely brightening up the brown-grey-backyard. (needless to say, my essay is not quite finished...)