The last few days have been spent mostly in preparation for filming this week; lots of scurrying around, gathering supplies, last- minute errands, that sort of thing. It’s been busy, but not the frantic awfulness that I’d thought/ been told it might be, which is really really good, because I hate that kind of thing. I put a LOT of effort in to make sure I wouldn’t feel that way at crunch time, though— a whole bunch of dinner- before- dessert that is paying off in a serious way right now. (The amount of time I spend on Calming Manatee doesn’t hurt, either.)
I wouldn’t say I feel prepared, exactly, but I feel calm-ish, which is the most relaxed I think I’ll feel about being filmed for the next few days until we get started. New stuff, all that, like most folks.
I have a lot of thank- you notes to write when I get back, but for now: Christiane, Kate, Nanceye, Sarah, and Karida, you’re all- star heroes and I adore the ever-loving hell out of the bunch of you. Paintings and notes and etc inbound when I’m home again to show my love.
I’m really looking forward to all this, and not just for the travel — although hey, also that; I have the itch in a serious way, I can’t lie- it’s in my blood. I’d add a “thanks, Dad!” here, but that sounds sarcastic and in truth, while it isn’t exactly convenient, this weird need to always be about, it’s something I’ve learned to like about myself, and I’ve figured out ways to make it work, like making it a part of what I do. Most of all, I’m really looking forward to doing this because shared knowledge is a goodness and necessity, teaching is a privilege, and whoa: this is teaching on a new scale.
Okay, if we are being brutally honest with each other- and really, it’s the Internet, land of kitten memes and death threats, why wouldn’t we be?- I’m the most excited to see Hallie, who’s going to be working WITH ME in this because life is AWESOME and sometimes things just WORK OUT that way. That’s one hell of a coincidence, right? BEST THING right there.
If you follow me on Instagram, I’ll be posting everything I’m allowed, because I am THAT person; I’d pretend to be ashamed, but I am what I am. Let’s just revel in the pictures, okay? There will be pictures. I mean, there are rules, so I’m not sure what I’ll be taking pictures of yet, but I’ll be posting pictures of something for you, no matter what, even if I have to give them really really imaginative descriptions.
I’m off to pack my carry- on. Wish me luck! I’ll be back with stories and news. Be well- I’ll see you in a week.