Here are just a few things I’m doing right now. Shall we?
Attending Cole’s final school conference. This actually happened last Friday. The last school conference I’ll ever attend unless Dan and I decide to have more children, which at this point, you can guess, would be a) a miracle, and b) not really going to happen. Was it bittersweet? Not really. Here’s my thinking, and mind you I’m biased, but: Cole is awesome. He always has been. He may not be loving his senior experience, but I have confidence in him. He’s contemplating a gap year right now, and at first I was all, “GAP YEAR? WHAAAAAT?” but his thinking was sound and you know what? It’s his life experience, not mine. He is the one to make the choices and see what shakes out. At this point, he’s gotten into 6 schools and he’s waiting to hear back from the last two. All I want for my children is that they have choices and that they have passion and joy in whatever work they choose. Stay tuned on this one.
Organizing my craft/dining room (again!) Most of you know that I make stuff in my dining room. Since the very first day I brought home scrapbook supplies back in 2002 from that now long-gone Archiver’s store in Roseville, Minnesota, I have been making things on this
rickety old antique hand-me down table. And while we might eat here for Thanksgiving once every five years, most of the time we just make stuff here. Even Cole still sets up camp here when he has a creative project to tackle.
I am planning to make my very first video tour of this space. A you can see, our dining room is not really set off from the rest of the house. It’s really open and you can’t really avoid walking through it if you want to exit through the back. I had a few custom pieces built back in 2006, but recently I have added some new pieces, mostly from IKEA (the Alex drawer unit) and both ink and marker holders from my favorite new-to-me company, Organize More. I promise to share more in a video soon. I just think it might be nice to show that you can work with whatever space you’re lucky enough to carve out for creative endeavors!
Reminiscing over hilarious old photos. I’m going to say this right now: I don’t remember having this photo taken nor do I recall sending it to my dear friend, John, who texted this image to me last week after trying to save his stuff from a flooded Bay Area garage. If you’re wondering about the hair, this was taken during the period of time when my long-time hair stylist had moved to Guam for two years. Upon his arrival I had long hair (much longer than you see here!). He took one look at it and said, “You wanna cut it?” So he gave me a short, corporate bob which lasted a little less than two months before I went back to the shorn Cathy you know and love today. Also, I was the Empress of Shoulder Pads and White Hosiery. You’re welcome.
Waiting to learn which law school my girl will attend in the fall. This past weekend she attended admitted student day at the University of Wisconsin–Madsion, and tomorrow she’ll be touring Notre Dame. The University of Minnesota is also in the running. She is giddy at the impending journey she’s about to take (meaning the three years of law school.) I’m so proud of her for following her dream and passion. Yes, she’ll be taking on a lot of debt during this next phase (adding to the debt she’ll already be graduating with!), but as I said, my hope for my children is that they have joy and passion in their work. She is well on her way.
Preparing to offer Design Your Life 2.0 this spring! I promised this live course would return and it will! Registration opens next Monday (March 26) and class will run from April 5 to May 2. It will launch with an introductory special to save $5 off the $45 price and any alumni of the original Big Picture Classes Design Your Life workshop can register for just $30! This is not the same class. I created it from scratch last year with all new lessons and layouts to complete. The full course description will be available next Monday! You get $28 in layered template files alone, plus cut files and more. I’m excited to offer this four week class. Watch my CZ Classes page and your email for more info! (Not a subscriber to my newsletter? Sign up here!)
And that, my friends, is what is happening right now. Anything you’d care to share? By all means, do!