Greetings shnarf (and shlinky!)!
I didn’t set an alarm today because why should I? But I woke up at 9. So I went back to bed because come on really? Also, one nightmare after another. One involved missing Hiatt training. Should out to my friends at Hiatt–I miss you dearly and can’t wait to see you in August!
I started the day with some paper cast removal. Felt like a surgeon, scalpel in hand and cutting with foresight. Even if this sculpture doesn’t make it to the end, I’m still quite impressed that I was able to remove the paper cast from the mold. Not a simple mold. Nothing like the bunnies from last year. I removed it in 4 pieces and now I’m putting it back together (off the mold) which is a slow, slow process and I have nothing to do while the glue dries so I might impulse buy a stringed fretted instrument tomorrow to help pass the time musically. It’s just really annoying. I glue one bit of paper which takes all of 2 minutes. And then I wait HOURS for that one section of paper to dry. And when it’s dry I do that again. AND AGAIN. And this is just practice. I’m doing a test run on a miniature version, a maquette. And when I remember that the blood sweat tears and glue I am shedding ISN’T EVEN FOR THE REAL THING I GET EXHAUSTED. I wish I had a mandolin. To pass the time. Musically. But in the meantime, I will continue to play Mumford and Sons on repeat. You know, uploading a month’s worth of pictures to the blog would be a good use of the glue drying time, but that’s overwhelming so I’m just going to put that off some more.
I got tired of watching the glue dry so I went out and met Phil, King of Revisions, at the Sir John Soane museum….which happened to be closed. But do not fear! Phil has so many sites to visit up his sleeve! So we walked through Lincoln’s Inn Park to Lincoln’s Inn Court where all the lawyers/barristers hold fort and he told me about the way the legal system works in this country. In wikipedia’s own words: Inns of Court. Then I had such a Law and Order moment–we went to the Royal Courts of Justice and watched the proceedings of case where a terminally ill and handicapped patient probably will not have is wish of a doctor assisted suicide granted. Because this is real life and not a TV show, you can’t pause it. You just get up and leave. But also, THOSE WIGS! Law is so much more regal in this country. I saw a lady wearing one of those wigs. Couldn’t get my camera out fast enough. What a look. Insert sheitel joke here.
Next stop was King’s College where Phil showed me around and told me a bit about the history of the school. We went up to the 9th floor where you can see a stunning view of London, etc. This little excursion was Phil’s break from working on his revisions so eventually he had to get back to them AND HE WILL POWER THROUGH AND ALL WILL BE FINE! AND THEN YOU CAN WATCH A REAL LIFE LAW AND ORDER MARATHON! HUZZAH!
Made my way home via Tube because of my stupid heel that won’t stop hurting and glued some more and polished off the pint of Ben & Jerry’s. Many hours later, the gluey paper is almost dry. About time.
Tomorrow evening marks the beginning of Shavuot, the Jewish holiday where we celebrate receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai. It is customary to stay up all night studying and discussing Jewish things. I’ll be in Oxford doing just that. But before I head for Oxford I will play with glue and paper. Probably won’t write for a while seeing that Shavuot ends Thursday night and then JOSH WILL BE HERE and then it’s Shabbos. I’m going to neglect you, but you’re probably used to that by now.
If you are in New York and you are reading this GO GET YOURSELF A BLUTH FROZEN BANANA! And remember, THERE IS ALWAYS MONEY IN THE BANANA STAND.