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Out of the Kiln, Out of the Fire…

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What a huge year!  So-long 2015, it’s been quite the ride!  Here’s the quick synopsis!

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January: My first wine festival Grand Tasting as a guest and not a server at Taos Ski Valle

February: Looking at houses with the hopes of buying!  Trip to Philly Winter Land for friends’ Wedding Celebrations!

IMG_9966March: Pat makes the journey from Minne!

April: We run the Valles Caldera 10k and adventure on scavenger hunting with the Swims

May: Our moms visit, Zumba at the block party, bachelorette party in SF, and we make the move to our new-to-us house!IMG_0577

June: … june?  not much happened in June right?… We get married and leave for southeast asia!

July: Bali and the Philippines

IMG_1965August: A quick visit with family in San Diego, then back to Taos, a long weekend in PA, and Ragnar

September: Tear up our floors, buy nice hardwood to replace it (still haven’t yet), with a conference in Utah somewhere in there, finish it off with our annual Fall Arts Festival with the growing and world class Paseo media arts bonanza!

October: A week in California with family to remember our departed cousin, then a weekend in Oregon to celebrate a cousin’s wedding with a quick trip to Washington to meet a new cousin IMG_0247

November: St Thomas “honeymoon” with both sets of parents for ThanksgivingIMG_3350

December: Holiday events, sales, making, firing, and travel east to spend the last weeks of the year with our family… Radio City Music Hall and Phish at Madison Square Garden… cue the new year!

Welcome 2016!

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Ned and I are both from south eastern Pennsylvania, and one of the more common and easy entry topics that opened conversations for me at this wedding was the fact that two kids had to pick up their lives and move all the way to Taos, New Mexico in order to meet and fall in love with a fellow east coaster from just down the turnpike viagra englisch.

Sitting in the Philadelphia airport waiting for our flight, Ned grading papers and me on my laptop, it’s a familiar scenario.  So many things bring us back, and like our recent 10 day holiday gauntlet, our long weekend was no different.  When we first found each other, it was charming to think, of course we get each other having similar roots in PA, getting the crazy Philly sports fandom, and how logical to simply head east together to see both our families with one stone.  Well, this one stone has been hitting more than 2 birds with every toss in this direction, this time visiting both sets of parents, one grandmother, wedding celebrants and guests, some high school friends of mine, and a brother, sister, niece, and nephew in just 3 days!  ‘PHEW!  is right!  With so many reasons to come back and visit, we set plans to do as much as we can, and on our return we need more of a rest than before we left!

Going back isn’t just for the physical body.  This time Ned went back in time with old pals, and at the reception we imagined we had the stamina of ourselves as young 20 somethings (for those who don’t know… we’re young 30 somethings… not totally faint of heart…. yet!).  The suffering following those bad decisions was much worse than I remember.  You don’t really pretend to be young twenty somethings the morning after, it simply is not permitted… the body, the headache, the ill feelings in the gut, refuse to allow the fantasy any more indulgence, and probably as a defense mechanism, this body needs a break and it’s taking one whether I would like to or not.

Needless to say, all delusions I had when packing my gym clothes dissolved in a blur of gathering with friends and family and celebrating my love’s past high school years.  Cheers to long lasting friendships, I’m glad those friendships have much more stamina than I do!

 

Running from Lions

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I haven’t quite found the research, but it wasn’t the first time I was hearing that my fiancé and I were attempting to accomplish 3 of the most stressful things one can do in life in the next few months.  I’m starting my business here with making pottery and sculptures, we are planning our wedding (as low stress as we can for a guest list of up to 200 people), and in the past month we have been taking steps towards buying a house!  Aunt Julie says our bodies can’t really tell the difference from good excitement and stress… we’re basically “running from hungry lions.”  And, yes, it all seems good and exciting, but it certainly is stressful.

Buying a house has been on our minds for quite a while, flipping through real estate catalogues, trolling websites, eyeing up homes with glowing signs of their agents’ companies, and taking note of all the things we love or hate about the homes we’ve house sat for.  It was all very benign up until last month when we shared a chair lift with our buddies and expressed our interest in buying with a humble budget.  Before we knew it we were meeting with mortgage brokers, visiting the house they owned, other comparable properties, and talking with contractors, real estate agents, and all manner of family and friends for advice and decision making opinions and perspectives.

The house is the right size for what we are looking for, great location, with a little bit of acreage.  It is a funky old adobe with a lot of potential, much of which we think we can draw out ourselves with a little vision and TLC.  Taos ‘Funky’ is a hard one to wrap your mind around if you don’t live in the area.  It can mean anything in the range of unknown foundation and shared well and septic all the way to spray foam roofing and rotting adobes, any of which could result in a money pit or worse!  It’s our first time and we are not yet deterred by anything major.  So far all signs point to go as we do our homework, dot our i’s and cross our t’s.

One more important factor is having a studio on site.  We spoke today with a contractor, and need to make sure all is a go with the town, but if I can have my kiln in the same place as my studio that would be ideal…. for all those potters out there, I transport every piece of greenware to my kiln down the road… a dirt road no less!  For the laymen this means my work is traveling in its most fragile state to be fired and finished, and casualties are a devastating part of that process.

In the meantime, mugs are getting trimmed and handled, sculptures are being envisioned and sketched out, and wedding plans continue to take shape.  Life is an exciting adventure and as we run from hungry lions we are also hoping that we’re heading towards a healthy feast!

Home for the Holidays

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There’s no place like home for the holidays…  Ned and I grew up only 45 minutes away from each other in southeast Pennsylvania, and had to move all the way to Taos, New Mexico to meet each other!  Of course that’s how it would work, right?  And now we’re planning our trip home to see the families and spend the holidays.  Even with 10 days out east logistics already are challenging trying to be everywhere and see everyone.  Taos has also just gotten some great snow and another storm is on it’s way in as we speak… the clouds have settled over the mountain and the air has turned sharp with chill.

So even before we navigate the adventure of multiple family gatherings and get togethers with friends we’re going to try to strap on the boards as much as possible and get in some quality runs on the hill before we leave!  Ned swears we’ll make it up there Saturday morning before we catch our flight out of Albuquerque later that day!  Enjoy the snow dear Taos friends! Ski some extra runs for us while we’re gone!

Looking forward to seeing all our east coast family and wishing everyone a healthy and happy holiday season!

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So I’m trying to put together a wedding website and it’s asking me to write a little about me, my partner, how we met, and how he proposed.   I am not really sure what to say, but when people ask me questions I tend to have a stock answer for them.

I waited tables for many years and with just a short amount of time to provide a satisfying answer here were my responses to the following questions…

Where are you from?

“I’m originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, you know, outlets, pretzels, and the railroad on the Monopoly board.”  If my audience seems receptive I sometimes add… “Lots of people think it’s pronounced Reeding, but they obviously can’t Red.”  Terrible joke I know but every now and again my crowd takes pity on me with a laugh.

How did you get to Taos?

“After graduating from Penn State with an art degree, I had no idea what I was going to do with it.  I traveled cross country for 2 months checking out grad schools, residencies, and working artists.  I met a woman from England at one of the hostels and she hoped to get to Taos.  Never having made it herself, I promised I would stop there in my travels… I just passed through but came back to be here for two months.  10 years later… ”  I’m pretty settled into my studio, little casita, and fantastic community of friends and peers.  It’s a struggle, but I love it here!

What do you do?

“I’m a ceramic artist, but a little ADD in the studio.  I also oil and watercolor paint, sew stuffed animals and the hems of my pants, screen print, batik, not to mention pottery and sculpture.”

Are you married?

My answer for this question has changed over time, and now I can say that “I am engaged to marry my dearest love and friend.  You might know him, Ned?  He’s a poet and the english teacher at one of the charter high schools here.”

I am working towards building a small business as an independent artist through the clay cowgirls, a novel and fun way to immortalize various specific and general ideas of women that I know and admire.  I have the most amazing mother, sister, and girlfriends and am lucky to have their example to inspire these sculptures!

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Shifting

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The tides always seem to be shifting, new weather patterns, epidemics, improvements, ideas, new hobbies, new restaurants, fashions, technologies… I have become acutely aware of this phenomena in my own life lately and while grateful for certain constants, wave my white flag to the inevitability of change.

For starters my regular schedule has been totally freed up to work in my studio.  I am no longer sitting the Gallery in town on Thursdays!  I have also been taking on a lot more house sitting gigs moving from place to place hanging out with all species of house pet and furry family member.

Being in a relationship my love and I continually shift and adjust our lives, our schedules, our expectations to make things work, and so far so good.  It can be stressful, but we’re in it together.  As a high school teacher, my partner in crime is preparing for the school year, waking up earlier, getting out and spending time with friends as much as possible before classes are fully underway.  We will find the new rhythm of autumn and continue to cultivate and harvest our little garden before the frosts.

Perhaps the biggest shift of all was when he asked me to marry him.  It felt like I had entered a new stage of my life.  And believe me, that last one, while it was a blast, full of rich adventures and experiences, was also a long and rough road to travel.  I was, for the most part, a carefree romantic seeking experience, adventure, and love.  With the love of my life, I am now functioning as part of a team, supported in my passions, and building toward a steady and deeper connection with my partner.  Looking forward to the newest latest shifts in the tides, and grateful for myJumping Couple copilot to help navigate our course!