Tuesday, June 30, 2009

i is free!

Day-um. Today is my first day off from one of the hardest quarters I've had at work. I mean, I work from home. Doesn't that scream cakewalk? Well, it's not. It's not because what winds up happening is a collapse of the boundary between work and the rest of life. It all turns into work. And when you work online, you get and give the impression that you're just open all night. Sometimes you are.

Next quarter, which starts next week, none of that. I means it. It'll help that I finished a massive project that I'd procrastinated on. I put it to bed.

All this is to say Hello! I'm coming around again.

I figure it's best not to make my comeback with a 50-concert extravaganza (which might be the death of me), but, rather, with a couple of good shows. I think I can manage that. Since I'm mostly decorating my house on the cheap these days, I'll focus on sharing the process here.

When I say on the cheap, I mean on the cheap. St. Vincent de Paul, Goodwill, Craig's List, and the Salvation Army are my friends; Ikea, a dear acquaintance. This means I've gotten things that require some fixin' up, and I'm hoping to do a lot of it while on vacation these few days.

For now, check out my art, all but one of which cost 5 bucks each.

Um, does anyone notice a theme? Yeah. I like trees. I like trees a lot.

Another thing I like just fine is buying myself end-of-quarter celebratory presents. Since this last one knocked me on my arse, I went for a treat that I've been wanting a loooong time. A typewriter. How cute is my little Olympiette?

You can get you one on the 'bay, where I got mine. Alright, that one's going for a small fortune. I didn't pay that much, and mine came from Philly, not Australia. But they come up from time to time. I'll tap out a few words here and there, but mostly I couldn't resist an orange '70s typewriter, and I plan to oogle the hell out of it. (I'm thinking of your quote, Ellen: "If it ain't orange, I don't bother with it," lol.)

I want to say thank you to everyone who dropped by and left a comment or two since I've been off working for The Man. I didn't have room to respond, until now, but I appreciate you all nonetheless. :)


woolanthropy said...

LOVES the new typewriter.
An orange typewriter...who knew?!
It's so fab. And it makes you smile it's so damned sunny.

Congrats on getting the hard work done. Now type a haiku or something. Woohoo.

Adrienne said...

Enjoy your time off :-)

Laurie Ann said...

You tell those students that Margery Wakeman Wells didn't stand for that crap and neither will Carlita Dee! (you've no doubt heard of the lengendary Mrs. Wells, right?)

also, you've got to love the orange on anything.

Stacy said...

SO glad you are back around - you've been missed!!

Ellen Bloom said...

Welcome back to civilization, Ms. Carla.

L*O*V*E the orange typewriter. Is it manual? Looks like one. Thanks for the quote.

When I was in high school I had a Smith-Corona electric portable typewriter in a lovely mustard color!

Enjoy your freedom, Doll!

Nik said...

DAYUM, it's about time.

i is missin' you.

AllyB said...

Well, hellooo! Glad you survived. Love the orange typewriter.

Lisa R-R said...

I am with Ellen - orange is the way to go.
Glad you are back in the blogosphere.
Enjoy the summer!
Lisa in Toronto

j.kaori said...

Welcome back! I can always count on you to find the coolest stuff --- who would have thought that an orange typewriter even existed in this world?!?

Elbee said...

"I figure it's best not to make my comeback with a 50-concert extravaganza (which might be the death of me)"- HI-larious. Hee hee hee (in MJ fashion). Are you off for the rest of the summer? FUN! Love your cheap finds. Omari wants a typewriter after seeing one in the American Girl Movie, Kit Kittredge. I learned to type, fast, on one of those.

afrowalking said...

Beauticious! You've been busy over here on blogland! Gotta catch up on the read :-)