Oakland Under $100 is almost here and I have to say my world is a bit upside down... which is to be expected I suppose. The house is a wreck, I have a to-do list that spans what feels like miles and miles and not to mention my own personal deadlines. phew.. I'm exhausted just thinking about it all... but all of this work is for the positive and worth it.
This Friday also marks the 2nd Temescal Art Hop that my event is in.
I've been working hard pulling together different artists and musicians from my event to contribute music or art for a Oakland Under $100 gift basket as a raffle prize. I have to say I'm super excited to be apart of this event as well as being part of the future first Fridays in Temescal.
I guess for now I'm going to have to live with the chaos until after Friday.
I have a family of sparrows living in my porch. I've tried to take pictures of them but without fail I always get caught. So I had to borrow this image from the inner-webs.
If you can recall.. or know me well.. you will know that I had a "bird year" several years ago.. what does that mean? Any time I would be out walking I would find feathers littering my path. That was also the year I found 4 birds nest on the ground. I still have those nests.. even though I hear it's not good to pick them up. I also have a jar full of feathers.. strange huh? That was also the year a bird flew into my house and needed help out.
This year so far.. I've found another fallen nest but left it alone, I secretly wanted to take it. The house sparrows live in my porch and I've been seeing the feathers again. I also had to deal with a tragedy involving the sparrow family... let's just say they lost one of their young (enough said).
I wonder what all the bird stuff means?
I welcome the sparrow family and will name them "The Joneses" as in "keeping up with the Joneses". I don't know where this whole community of sparrows came as most of my neighbors have families living in their porches.
Welcome to the hood Jones Family.
On the turntable this a.m.
a little Neil Young never hurt anyone.
I can't believe I'm listening to something other than Brandi Carlile right now. I'm SUPER obsessed lately.
I'm lovin the flyer design by Anne Pinkowski! She's done all of the flyers for Oakland Under $100 and she does a great job! In fact I'm off to pick up these bad boys today after doing a bunch of online PR work this morning.
Should be a good time and you should come if you're in Oakland that night!!
I so need to do a spring clean on the studio. In fact I need to organize the entire room for a futon that I bought to come in. I'm turning the studio into a spare bedroom / office / studio space. This should be fun.
Look at this mess.
I'm glad these pictures are dark.. makes it harder to see how unorganized it is.
eeps! it's so messy.
no wonder I haven't done much work these days.
it's going to be interesting to see how I work in the futon and such. I plan on keeping the studio there but just organizing it in a way that is comfortable for over night guests. I also would like to get a nice set of curtains for the room to allow light during the day but hide people from the ghetto at night. (of course I'm sorta joking about the ghetto, sorta not).
I'm so happy that I'm just now feeling enough energy and becoming more comfortable in my new job and life. I was having a pretty hard time finding myself through all of the change. I spent most days burned out and waiting for work to start. This feeling human again is nice and I'll take it.
stay tuned to see what's going on with the studio / spare bedroom / office space.
Sunday I rode 50 miles in the Tour de Cure. It was the hottest day so far this year and it was absolutely glorious in Napa! We had about 30 or so riders for Team Lanesplitter and to my surprise we are in 11th place for corporate fundraising in the Bay Area. We were neck and neck with the Kaiser Team and the Craigslist Team. Way to go Team Lanesplitter!!!
On a personal note.. not only is fundraising for diabetes personal to me.. this ride also falls around the day I quit smoking. I quite smoking 6 years ago on May 2nd. You may wonder what this has to do with diabetes.. well.. I just use my personal health gain to help motivate me through out the ride and also to push my fundraising.