This was been a weekend of some length. Weekends are so much longer if they start on Friday, don't you think?
Actually, all of my weekends start on Friday. I only work Monday to Thursday, you see, and I have Fridays off to flex my creative muscles, and make jewellery. My Fridays usually end up being pretty chilled out and not wildly productive (that's our little secret). But this week, I had lots to do to get ready for the second, Open House weekend, as well as the prospect of a lovely house guest to look forward to.
So. I got up bright and early and got all my domestic drudgery out of the way, AND got to the caff for breakfast, AND dropped around to see Gorgeous Gillian (my Open House hostess with the mostess) all before the talented Mr London Street (and the most sophisticated crass man I know) arrived.
So, my Friday started with feelings of productivity.
There ensued a day of hard core jewellery making, cake baking, tea drinking, and conversation of the meandering kind that you can only enjoy with a good friend. (There was also an incident relating to the European Cheese On Toast Mountain, but the less said about that, the better).
My day continued with feelings of achievement (and mild indigestion).
And then a wonderful thing happened. In a moment of inspiration, MLS got on the dog and bone to his Mrs, the fagnificent Baglady, plotted and planned, and within a couple of hours, we were walking up to meet her off the train with an evening of high jinks planned.
The evening started with feelings of anticipation.
Aren't impromptu visits lovely? So much more, somehow, for their slightly cobbled together nature. Fun, I can report, was had. We managed to secure ourselves the last table at a fabulous local bistro and we ate and drank and ate and drank and ate a bit more, until it was coming out of our ears. Nom nom nom.
The evening ended with feelings of warm, satisfied fullness and well being (and a little bit of booziness).
Of course, evenings like this, which are a good idea at the time, sometimes seem rather indulgent the next morning, and so it was that our Saturday morning started slowly and carefully and with a bacon sandwiches and tea.
Saturday therefore awoke with a sense of wonder at the magical qualities of bacon and Earl Grey.
Saturday and Sunday was spent on Open House, which was, as last weekend, terrific fun. It's a pretty rare thing in London, in my humble opinion, to find myself a part of a thriving and vibrant community. I had no idea that there were so many very creative people doing such very diverse things within a mere hop of my front door.
And so it was that Sunday evening saw me feeling positive and inspired, optimistic and bright, upbeat and happy.
Until I checked my Blackberry when bad, but unspecified work related stuff happened (see comments below).
I went to bed last night feeling down trodden and worthless, agitated and unappreciated, foolish and naive.
After all the positivity of the weekend, I feel sad that one ill considered email sent by one man has killed my spirit. I feel sad that I've taken it to heart. I feel sad that I mind.
So, with this flatness in mind, I am collecting career suggestions. Answers on a postcard please, folks!
house of eels: july 2017*
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