On Boredom…

I really, really want to be bored…

Not bored indefinitely; just for a little while. A spell of boredom would be lovely.

It’s something I find myself getting excited about.

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Here’s what I’ve got going right now:

  1. My last child just graduated high school, won state at his event in track/field, competed in nationals as a decathlete in North Carolina—and I threw him a graduation party. ALL in June.
  2. My eldest just finished her third year of college and is around this summer, working full time at her engineering co-op.
  3. My rental house lease is up August 1st.
  4. By a stroke of luck or divine intervention, a realtor friend found me a house in a nearby city—and I bought it. (Gasp…) Not quite in the plan.
  5. The house is HUD/Bank owned and vacant. It needed inspections; needs love,  a good scrubbing, painted, trees cut back, fixtures, appliances, a few windows, etc.
  6. And it’s TINY. A little 1 bedroom cottage.
  7. This means I have a week or two to get rid of most everything I own, while organizing closing on the house, contractor fixes, getting quotes on homeowners insurance, arranging utilities turned on, and more.
  8. Oh yeah, and I need to get my tiny cottage habitable.
  9. Then there’s the kids…
  10.  Darling Daughter will soon begin her fourth year of college.
  11. My son is about to start college. He’ll be a decathlete on a track/field team at a D1 school AND a college student.
  12. It’s never quiet. Not ever. There are bonfires, movie nights, friends in and out at all hours of the day and night. A new slackline out in the yard.
  13. I’ve got an overgrown lawn, too many dogs, no groceries, a basement full of dirty laundry, AND a home in the process of being packed for a move.
  14. I’ve got a full time job–am out town for work in both July and August.
  15. And I’m an artist.
  16. An artist who desperately needs a haircut, and an exercise regimen.

Why art?

Art isn’t something I looked for, it found me. I’m just along for the ride, meeting people, having fun, and creating with whatever I find outdoors using upcycled frames. I consider myself an accidental artist.

Art is an escape from the chaos listed above. When things get crazy, I play with my glass, metal, rocks and sticks. Or I get outdoors; walk in the woods or on the beach—find more inventory (rocks, sticks, glass) to use in my art.

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Legacy Village

I’m wearing my “artist hat” this week. Have teamed up with Shirley Slemc / Shirley’s Loft to have a storefront at Legacy Village. I spent last weekend getting ready, finishing up art, getting photos/copy on our websites, loading a trailer, so that Shirley could get our space looking beautiful. Shirley worked a miracle. It looks great! She’s been there all week. I’ll be there to Friday night and Saturday.

The boredom?

Thankfully, it’s coming. In a few short weeks, I’ll have an empty nest. For the first time in 22 years, it will just be me. And the dogs…

I’m thinking of hanging a hammock. I can see myself lounging in the shade, with a toe dangling off the side in the breeze. I’m really looking forward to some boredom.

A bit of information…

Legacy Village Event

Shirley’s Loft

Amy Lauria

Come on up to Legacy Village this weekend.

Shirley and I would love to see you!!

One thought on “On Boredom…

  1. Boredom sounds good, doesn’t it? Good luck! I’ve had an “empty nest” for 15 years and I still can’t “lounge”. I used to think I wanted to but I really don’t. It’s not the “lounging” as much as the doing whatever the heck I want instead of something that needs doing! And I still find myself “rushing” as if I’m going to have to stop doing what I want to do and go do something that needs doing!

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