Month: July 2018

July 24, 2018: Photographers

Andy and I found a wedding photographer. I wasn’t sure if we would be able to find someone close to our area, whose payment plan was reasonable. But yesterday we discovered Cherryville Photography, a studio a few miles away from where we live. After a brief phone conversation over the weekend, we met up with them after my work shift ended. They seemed very pleasant, and their payment plans were something we can deal with. Now that that’s squared away, I can now focus on more details, like the dress. I’m a little nervous about that…the prices go all over the place, and my dress size keeps changing every year. It will be great to see the selections though!

Today has been not too wild (so far), and I actually took my group outside in the playground. The fact that it wasn’t raining was a miracle.

July 23, 2018: Rainy Days and Books

It’s pouring out there this week. All morning there were torrential downpours, and it seems like the afternoon will bring more of the same. I’m doing my best to keep the children busy. It’s likely that we’ll be indoors all week. Sparks of sunshine gives false hope, since that accompanies the rain also.

I finally finished reading ‘The Lovely Bones’ yesterday! It was truly an intense novel, very ‘coming-of-age’ while grappling the reality of losing a loved one. I will write more about it on my next post.

What I would love to do is take on a read-a-thon. I’m discovering these large book communities online, and they all share about the love of reading and book challenges. Currently my work schedule won’t allow that, but I hope that soon I can make time to begin reading my next book.

July 22, 2018: An ‘Inactive’ Kind of Day

Usually Sundays are spent admiring the scenery in the area. After church, Andy and I take some time to explore, viewing the beautiful farmland and wildlife Hunterdon County has on display. Today is a slow, ‘relax at home’ day though. Sometimes you just need afternoons like that. We don’t have lots of cash to spend anyway, so some relaxing time at home it is.

I’m already looking forward to next Saturday. I’m spending the weekend with my poetry therapy community. It happens every July for 10 days, but I can only attend the last 2 days. As I mentioned earlier, my current work schedule & finances severely limit me from attending events often. So it will be a wonderful time to see my poetry therapy therapy friends and colleagues once again.

The rememberance session for our friend Johanna will take place this week. Johanna was a constant fixture every year during this time, and her absence is truly felt by everyone. It truly won’t be the same, but we’re all holding on to the memories we’ve created with her.

July 21, 2018: Heading to Paterson

So far it’s been a productive Saturday. It began a little stressful, since my search for a wedding photographer led to Andy and I possibly facing expensive deposit amounts from one vendor, and other inquiry emails sent to others met with silence. After some digging though, we came across someone who was accessible, with a deposit amount we can deal with. After a brief but pleasant phone call, we made an appointment to meet for Monday evening.

We’re on our way to Paterson now. It’s been a month since seeing my grandparents. I can’t wait to see how everyone is doing. I’m happy that we’re seeing them today, since the next few weekends will be very busy.

Hopefully I’ll see Brittany for a few minutes. I didn’t get a chance to see her last month, due to her working. She never responded after I sent news of the wedding date to my family. She’s like that with the phone, won’t hear from her for days at a time. It would be great to hear from her again.

July 20, 2018: Filling Station

So glad that the end of the work week is here. The past few days have left me feeling at a loss of ideas for next month’s theme at work. I’m predicting that it will all come to me right before August begins. It always happens like that, so last minute. Hopefully I can find that creative spark soon.

I’m really glad about attending the crocheting group on Tuesday! I have a project to start working on, but I want to make sure my left hand is in good shape to take on such a task. I feel some soreness, but pain like always lingers daily. Even if I’m not crocheting nonstop for an hour. I think I just need to pick up the yarn and get to it.

After work I’m heading to the Filling Station. It’s a nice hangout spot in downtown Flemington, across from where I used to live. It’s open during the weekend in the summer. A couple co-workers want to stop over there, so it will be a nice thing to relax and not worry about work routines.

July 19, 2018: Escape in Poetry Therapy

It’s going to get busy with poetry therapy for the next week. Saturday begins ACTIONWEEK, the yearly poetry therapy intensive. My mentor Lila Weisberger used to arrange the schedule, but she passed down the duties to Nessa a couple years ago. Both women have held amazing programs, and I used to attend every workshop, from beginning to end.

Due to me no longer living near NYC, the last four years have been difficult for me to attend the entire week. I’ve only been able to attend one day. My work schedule has made it extremely difficult to take weekdays off during the summer. Fortunately, this year I’ll be able to attend next weekend, both days. It’s such a relief, since I always look forward to ACTIONWEEK every year.

The only thing that’s sad about attending group is that Johanna will not be there with us. I think back to our phone conversations in the past in the weeks leading up to the intensive. We would talk about who we would see, what topics we would cover. Johanna was always someone who gathered so many materials for her workshops, so she would have lots of supplies to share. To not have her confident presence with us will be a bit emotional.

I look forward to attending though, because our poetry therapy is strong, and close knit. We hear each other during times of crisis and joy. It’s time for me to escape life in central NJ and connect with my poetry therapy tribe once again.

July 18, 2018: Good Outcome

Last night’s Sips and Stitches event went really well. It was located in Flemington, not far from where I work. I was the only crocheter at the gathering (the group leader does also, but currently does cross-stitching), but I enjoyed meeting others who work with yarn like me.

I felt a welcoming presence from the group leader, and she was easy to talk to. The other members were friendly also, with the exception of one who only cared to network with ppl with embroidery tools in front of them. I laughed it off. Everyone has their way of interacting with others. Hopefully I can make it to the next yarn crafting event held in the area.