I love September! Even though I miss having the kids around and would like the summer to be a little longer, I love that 3/4 of the way through the year we have an opportunity to start over. Just like the students who are breaking in new books and adjusting to a change in routine, we can reinvent our habits, start new practices, and move forward with a revised vision for the rest of the year. And as a bonus, the evenings and mornings are cooler...and that energizes me!
I have been enjoying the new spray paints I told you about and I will show you some of that soon. I did learn that Liquitex headquarters is in my town. Really? Right here? How's that for being a small world? I wish they had a storefront...I'd be showing up often for refills. So I had to set aside spraying for a bit because I wanted to get a jumpstart on prepping for my next event, Synchronicity. I loved making the handout - I tried a new format and it was a blast! In fact, I want to drop everything and make handouts for my 2013 workshops! In less than a month I will be at Valley Ridge. I will dearly miss my annual visits where I had amazing experiences, met treasured friends, and witnessed rampant creativity. I'm grateful to be part of the final cast, especially on the final weekend. I'm already blinking away tears.
In addition to taking care of business and trying to stay on top of assignments and deadlines, I'm happily planning for a very big trip. I am going to England and Italy in November! Can you stand it??
It was five years ago this weekend that I posted the photos below for Crusade No. 12 - Crush On You. I confessed to crushing on gothic architecture. And because of that crush I've fallen in love with buildings, and with cities. For many years It's been a dream of mine to get to Venice. And now I'm going!! VENICE!! I am thrilled to be going back to England, where Fallon and I will visit family, and see London...then we are off to Venice and Verona. I'm reading and researching and taking notes and getting thoroughly giddy. A dream come true. Pinch me!
I'm booking the hotel this week. I think I am settled on which one....if you have any recommendations based on your own experience for places to visit in Venice I am all ears.