I've been working on some paper and paint pieces like the ones I was doing in Chicago, and knowing that I'll inevitably need to sand them down when I have enough layers built up I went and bought a nice Bosch power sander today. Power tools are more expensive here than they were in the states so it was a larger investment than it would have been for me in the old days. I got a good one because I don't want it pooping out on me after a few months, especially with what I put my sanders through. I also picked up some oops paint, but it wasn't much of a deal, only 25% less. Back in the states oops paint was WAY reduced... More like 80% less. Still, it's good to have new supplies.
I spent several hours painting, and then planted a bunch of marigold seeds in a window box on my balcony. It's awesome having a beautiful balcony full of blooming flowers, and it's my small attempt to try to beautify this little street that I live on. Some of my neighbors have amazingly beautiful balconies with flowers cascading down, but many have decided to use theirs as storage spaces for unwanted junk which doesn't look so great. I've mostly got geraniums right now, but a few marigolds, too, soon to be more.
I figured out that I can make calls home to the states on my cell phone, which was a pleasant surprise. I couldn't figure out the country codes before, but I FINALLY get it. I know, it's ridiculous I haven't figured this out before now, heh. Skype was so much easier and free-er, though! I tried calling my parents and my brother, but just got voicemail. Oh well, at least I know I can call them now.
My studio is a mess, but it's a good kind of mess, the kind that occurs when there's lots of work going on. I've finally got a bright work light in there too, so I can see what I'm doing better when I work at night. It's so much better than the single bulb that I had before.
I've been reading LJ a lot more lately, too, and I just want to say thanks to everyone who still bothers to post here. The LJ iPhone app has been a Godsend since my computer died. Anyway, I'm glad to be 'back' and reading about what you've all been up to ;)
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