Friday, March 18, 2011

Fiction Friday: Goodbye Girl

No one knew where the money had come from except for Hazel, her attorney, and the bank teller who opened the checking account and deposited the check into it.

Hazel signed the paper for the new Debit account activation and handed it to the teller, who was tall and had short wavy hair and was wearing a bright blue sweater. Hazel liked the spot of color among the other professional grays, whites, and browns of the other tellers' clothes.

"I'll be going out of the country soon, with this account. Do I need to do any paperwork for that?" She asked the teller.

In the space where "countries traveling to" was the heading, she wrote in bold capital letters "WORLD TOUR--anything is possible". Beneath that, just to be safe, she listed the first 5 countries that came to mind.

-New Zealand

She thought about adding "Antarctica," but she didn't want to raise suspicion. The Teller raised her eyebrows and a delighted smile crossed her face.

"Sounds like quite a trip!"

"Yes, it does." said Hazel.

Her friend Jamie agreed to keep the cat for a year. After all, Ampersand was quite a young and appealing cat, just out of kittenhood. A prowling, playful, clean, and independent animal.

Hazel felt the slightest twinge of missing her pet as she handed Jamie the carrier and box of food, toys, and supplies. Jamie helped her pull the scratching post from the trunk and set it in the driveway. Jamie's eyes widened at the sight of a box of library-labeled travel books.

"Where are you going?"

"First?" said Hazel, "I thought I'd try Switzerland. Mountains sound nice. Mountains and snow and cheese and hot chocolate."

Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday, Monday

So, I obviously stepped out of my recently-established blog format after one week. Which most people who know me would tell you actually IS the pattern. I make ample room in my life for the unexpected moments. Which is funny, because I've actually been told I am difficult when it comes to accepting changes. 

For someone who so loves the unexpected, unplanned moments, gifts, and days it seems ironic that changes would so throw me. I suppose we all like to maintain control over different elements. What I like to control won't make sense to others, and what others like to control certainly doesn't make sense to me.

In any case, I find myself actually planning a bit ahead for the upcoming week, since the next few weeks are going to be bustliing. I'll share a few links below to let you know what I'm up to.

The youth group I was so influenced by as a teenager is now being directed by one of my own graduating 'classmates'. Since I moved home, I've been involved as a Bible Quiz team coach, and also helping to manage the 3 big fundraisers they have every year. Teens for Christ Northwest is a big part of my heart, and we'll be working to raise funds by catering the food and coffee for another great local organization, the Lynden Craft and Antique show.

Run almost entirely by the teenagers and aided and abetted by a team of fantastic adults and parents, the event is not only a way to raise funds for trips and events, but it's a practice time of training the students in excellent service. If you're local, stop by for the great local crafts and antiques. While you're there, enjoy my mom's homestyle soups, Tony's Espresso, and the antics of the greatest teens around.

The following weekend, I'll be heading to Leavenworth to attend Wax and Wane: an Encaustic Retreat. I've been painting and drawing for a long time, and studied art in college, but have always been interested in this incredible retreat. I never thought I'd be able to assemble the time and equipment to try it out, but I started following Shannon Newby's blog last year when she was blogging about a workshop at Regent College from a hugely influential artist, blogger, and instigator of the International Arts Movement, Makoto Fujimura. Shannon blogged earlier this year about a retreat she did, and when I commented on her post to ask about any other opportunities, graciously replied with the information about a spring Encaustic retreat that connected me to the Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth. I'm excited to try some new techniques, as well as to see what this organization is all about.

My sketchbook from the Sketchbook Project is on tour, but hasn't logged ANY views! If you happen to catch one of the upcoming tour dates, feel free to check it out. The project has connected me with a lot of fantastic artists and people from around the world. See Arthouse Co-Op, also, for other fun collaborative art projects!