some random stuff: went to an eels show last week, had absolutely no expectations and was pleasantly surprised. instead of an opening act they showed the bbc doc parallel worlds, parallel lives, such a great way to get to know the act and have a new perspective on the songs, etc.
just happened to run into the lovely andrea of hulaseventy downtown the other day (by little finnegan's of course, home of my favorite pdx photobooth). she's even cuter in person, if you can believe it. :)
hope you're having a lovely, spring-y week!
first, a huge thank you to everyone for your kind thoughts, comments, etc about giz. we had her little body cremated and scattered her ashes (along with a handful of magnolia petals) in the creek where we took her on walks. it was lovely, dusk and gorgeous out.
second, our sweet fuzzy olive has to have insulanoma surgery a week from today to remove a growth on her pancreas that is messing with her blood sugar levels. the vet tells us her surgery is so non-intrusive she won't even need antibiotics after, but it's still kinda scary. it'll be nice not to have to hand-feed her every few hours though.
so i haven't talked about artfest yet! honestly it was... interesting.
highlights: the ridiculously gorgeous port townsend (and the drive up there), taking two classes from the amazingly kind, funny and honest nina (she put me in her photo album!), spending time with my bff kris, making art for three whole days, meeting sweet tyn, julie and emily, going to tracy's lomo lecture, finding lots of heart rocks on the beach, selling both of my pieces at the gallery.
not so great: very absent house-mates (except for wonderful gretchen) and drama (blech), kris getting to take only one class (out of 9) of her top choices, crappy trades (sorry but a business card is not a trade!!! or if they are i spent *way* too much time on mine). overall it was a good experience (even if it got cut a little short) but i'm not positive i'd do it again. we'll see...
our little ferret gizmo died friday night from complications from her surgery. it's just so weird, when i left she was here and now she's gone. we had her since she was 8 weeks old. she would've been 5 next week. i've learned a few things from this experience for the next time someone i know is dealing with a death:
- acknowledge it. sounds simple but it feels easier to ignore it sometimes.
- let them know you're there. you don't have to talk or be philosophical, just say "i'm sorry" and "i'm thinking about you."
i can't tell you how much it's meant to have people do those things. my sweet cousins even brought over flowers. i'm so thankful for them, and for everyone who has said kind words. matt wrote about giz here. she was a good kid and i'm so glad we got to have her in our lives.