I’m back, people. If I still have any people left following me, Lol.
I’m going to start updating this blog again on the theme of embracing the childfree life after infertility. While I still may write about infertility from time to time, we are not actively cycling any longer. So if you’re mostly looking for obsessive OPK testing or sad IUI failure stories, I understand if you lose interest.
If any of my old TTC bloggy friends have moved into a childfree transition, too, let me know as I look forward to catching up.
Watch for arts and crafts, gardening, cats and all kind of general awesomeness.
Took myself out today to a place where there are a variety of craft projects and supplies, and you just walk in and decide to make something. There was a yarn room, ceramics, a pottery wheel, leatherworking, etc.
I picked out a bisque vase, painted it with acrylics, remembered what a fanatical perfectionist I am, tried to just roll with it, and had a great, solitary time. After I was done they sprayed it for me to give it that shiny seal. Then, I got to make pretty papers.
Here’s what I made
Here’s how I made the paper
I picked color combinations of scrap papers, added them to a blender with water, and liquified it. Then I poured that into a mold submerged in a pan of water, let it settle, then picked to mold up and the water drained out. Then I took the screened bottom out of the mold and put it on a tray, then used sponges to collect some of the water from the pulp. After that I transferred the screen and pulp to another area where I used paper to blot up even more excess water. (Ok, as an aside, that blotter paper was called a couch, written pronunciation of ‘kuch’ but when the lady was giving me the instructions out loud it sounds like ‘cooch’ and this kept cracking me up. Especially when talking about moving my ‘cooch’ over to the ironing board. Lol) Anyhoo, after most of the excess water was removed, I ironed the paper on both sides to further dry it. And that’s it!
Here’s a few shots from the paper-making process
It was awesome! I made 5 sheets of paper. I’m thinking that a couple of the sheets will be used for the covers of a little poetry book I’m working on.
Later, I treated myself to some good Mexican food (avocado enchilada, omm nom nomm!) and then got some new books from the library.
I haven’t written much lately. I’ve thought to myself many times, Hey, you should blog about this. But… Then I don’t. I’m in a transition, and I can’t even figure out what I’m doing long enough to write about it before I change again.
I’d juuuuust about gotten it all figured out, and for about 3 weeks there I was doing great. I’d gotten it all worked out in my head to let go of some shit and that it was going to eventually feel OK to settle in to some nice child-free living plans. (See Bucket List).
Then I got a couple of pregnancy bombs dropped on me, I fell into an “eh, meh” type of week, and next thing I know I’m trying to figure out how I can finance a private adoption.
Arg, brain, come on and give me a break.
Take myself on regular artist dates
Make a tandem skydive
Read more books
Hike 3 new trails
Earn black belt