Weird Fact #1 - That's my daughter in her Bridal Shower ribbon bouquet "hat".
Weird Fact #2 - It was 64 degrees at 2AM on Tuesday, and 24 degrees at 2AM today, Wednesday, January 17. Winter has finally come, hard and fast, to Washington, DC.
Weird Fact #3 - My new book, Fabric Memory Books is currently ranked #1,861 on Amazon, yet I have not even received my author copies yet. WOW, comparatively speaking that's pretty darn close to the big names like the Memory Keepers Daughter, which is #18, or Barack Obama, whose book is currently #28. Why, Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life is #100, and everyone has heard of that!
I know my number is fleeting...tomorrow I'll probably be up in the 10,000s. But I do wish to thank everyone who has purchased my book today, making me such a high-ranking author (comparatively speaking). I say comparatively speaking, because really, outside of our little circle of quilters and mixed-media artists, who has heard of me? I have yet to appear on Oprah, and certainly haven't had my spread in Martha Stweart Living yet, nor did I even have a chance on Project Runway. I am sounding quite silly today aren't I? It is because this is the first day that I feel I have been able to breathe since November, my daughter announced she wanted to get married in February. Since that time I have been through Thanksgiving, Christmas, a bridal shower, my granddaughters (and their parents) visiting, my parents planning a move to a retirement facility, and the exciting but stressful booking of flights to Australia and Italy. I know, there's no pity deserved, none expected really, but it's all rather overwhelming for me...where did my nice quiet "read a book, take a walk" kind of life go? That's a phrase my husband made up for quiet, quaint towns we used to visit - a "read a book, take a walk" kind of town.
Needless to say, I have also been doing a lot of soul-searching since the wedding announcement. I want to be present in my life, the one I had before I began to travel and teach all over the US and now the world. It's wonderful, it has taken me places I never thought I would go, met people, seen things, done things that I never thought I would. I have told nina that I was going to take 2008 off from travelling and teaching. She does not believe me. So here I am, making a public announcement - I AM TAKING 2008 OFF FROM TEACHING.
I want to read a book, take a walk, enjoy my grandchildren and yes, make art - all at my own pace and without looming deadlines and travel itineraries. With that said, I will be keeping all of the committments I already made for 2008, but that's just a handful, Hudson River Valley Art Workshops, a small trip to France and I think there's another (my calendar isn't handy.) I mean really, who can resist this face ? I'll continue this discussion later.