Man I turn this on, plug in all my favorite guys then hit the autoplay button and it pick music based on what you put in. Like Pandora actually but seeing how Pandora is having issues I figured this was the next best thing.
Cheers, still at work...arggg! But I have a hell of a play list playing.
Currently listening to Vampire Weekend....not what it sounds like give it a spin.
Ok have issues. One of them being sweat. I am a beast when I work outside in the heat to be quite honest I look like I was dunked into a pool. Mini would say it was a stinky nasty pool full of funky stuff that should never touch anything inside the house.
Add 90f+ temps and 90+ humidity and I am sure if I fell to sleep in the yard with my shirt off they would call the bigfoot hunters in to take DNA samples based on the size, smell, and looks of me.
Last night was no exception...ok it was if only because Mini helping me in the shop. My normal assistant/gaffer Kim is in the middle of dealing with her kid's going back to school. Which honestly can't be easy because of how Florida breaks up the days, times, and locations between Middle and High School but we will not get into that. She is swamped and in the school shuttle juggle. So have turned to my lovely wife to help fill in on stem production.
This has been a blessing and a curse. A blessing because she helps me without narry a complaint. The curse because for some reason I show my anger around her much more than anyone else. If a pumpkin goes to pot I lash out a bit around her. Not something I would do in mixed company. If I burn myself I scream and make crazy faces, which again is not something I would do around anyone else. She is seeing me in a light she has never seen before and I am not 100% sure she needs that kind of exposure. I am in full tilt boogie mode and she is ridding shotgun.
Hold on Mini......I know it is hard but this train is almost at the 1/2 way point and making a pit stop soon!
This picture is not from this morning but from my visit to Cali. That is Ryan and I at Fire River Glass Studio.
I really enjoy doing the work in the morning. It is nice and cool and as strange as it might sound it gets me all geared up for the day. I feel like I have already done something and completed it. Tonight I am hitting the shop again if I can get a shelf in the annealer to double up my content.
Mini tossed me a surprise birthday party on Wed. Tuesday night. She really got me, and I pride myself and knowing what the hell is going on but they full on surprised me. What really got me is that number of people that had to keep there traps shut to pull it off. Impressive. I have enough Crown Royal to last me into the New Year and a truck load of great friends. I am truely blessed by my good friends, my winning the parents lottery, and my wonderful Mini.
I made about 20 pumpkins over the weekend and found some things that just don't work color wise. Now I have a saying which goes something like this.
"Someone is gona just love that!"
What happends is that I make something that I think is going to be awesome and that colors just don't jive the way that I had in my mind. I don't like it simple because it was not what I wanted to create. So I guess they are going to be fine, they just did not come out exactly the way I had planned.
This year I am doing a lot of non-standard pumpkins as well. In fact one of them looks like it came right from the pumpkin patch and I am pretty sure if I was to put it in a real one more than one person would walk right by it and never know.
Anyway, I also turn 21 again tomorrow for like the 15 time. My wrist is a constant reminder that I am getting older and that 20 pumpkins in a weekend is something I need to think more about before I just do it. Getting old sucks.
Last night I started up the pumpkin train again. 45 minutes in it started to rain. Not good when your working outside. Shut it all down. Shuffled around grunting and giving MiniMolli the stinkeye for no reason.
Woke up this morning at 5am turned everything up, took a quick 45 minute nap in the magic sleepy chair outside because it was so freaking wonderful outside. Then I rocked it like Lenny Kravitz use to. I say that with all the humbleness I can muster, but honestly at 5am, in my backyard, making pumpkins solo in 75f temps, in my own shop I finally felt the "I did it" moment. I felt in control for the first time in a very long time. Strange but true.
I mean I know that I built the shop but it has all kind of really just been getting to a point. This huge moving target that never seemed to be reachable but if I just keept moving forward, if I just keept doing the next thing it would get done. This morning it was all about me realizing that I made it. This is my shop...my own personal glass shop. WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOO!
I think I may have done a little dance and had a beer at 6am just because it is my shop and I can do whatever I want at any time I damn well please. Seriously WOOOHOOO!!!!
Ok so I figured I had some kind of really bad funk in my mouth this morning but it turned out that MiniMolli had cut onions on the butcher block last night. That would not be a problem sans that fact that I cut a granny smith apple on it this morning.
HOLLY MOTHER OF HEDGEHOGS!!!! that is the worst taste I have ever had in my mouth. Onion + Granny Smith Apple + Newly Brushed Teeth = VILE! Retching as I was stopped at the stop light this morning I could not get the window down fast enough as I spit it out of my mouth, against the window, down my shirt, into the deep crack between the door and the seat. Laughing at me the lady next to me at the light had to look away as she snickered. What kind of mouth funk do I have here and what can I do to get rid of it. Pulled over and got a redbull to wash it out. Thinking it is some kind of twisted chemical mix between the Granny Smith Apple and my toothpaste...PAH! Onion, Granny, toothpaste, redbull, vile.
Come to find out that Mini had cut a fresh onion on the butcher block and I was just picking up some onion juice to add to my breaskfast....Well it sure woke me up.
Ok for those of you that don't know equipment breaks. In my case the furnace is now 10 months old and pretty much being used in a way that lends to it breaking. IE> this thing was never ment to really be a glass furnace it was a pottery kiln modified to be sold as a glass furnace. Anyway I open and close the lid over and over again getting gather after gummy gather of 2150f glass. I have now broken the handle on the furnace 4 times.
Last night I fixed it again but this time I fixed it in a way that should help it live at least anouther 2 months of everyday use. I am a gimpy welder but even this one is going to hold if for no other reason than I put enough of a metal on that spot to hold a large car in place. I need to start to save for a proper furnace now that I know this whole backyard shop is going to work out.
Pumpkins are in full gear. I plan to have about twice as many as last year and I started early. If we count last night approx 95 pumpkins done. This time last year I had, wait for it....zero, nada, zilch, butcus! Last night I did about 1/2 of them solo which is a new twist for me. The problem with solo pumpkins is that they tend to be thicker to be able hold the heat so that I can work my magic in time. Glass will cool and crack and I have about 5 mistakes that either shattered, cracked, or the stems popped off because I did not work fast enough. I have the shop set up in such a way now with the correct set of steps, and if I time it just right, I can make a pumpkin solo. Takes me twice as long but hey you have to give somewhere.
This helps in two ways. The first is that I don't have to pay someone to help me which adds to my overhead, the second is that I can work without having to wait, beg, or barter someone into coming to the shop. While this is all fine and dandy I can only make one size pumpkin right now solo....can't make them all the same size you know.
Working with a team at my home shop is so much more fun anyway. I get to relax, talk, make the pumpkins every size, shape, and color under the rainbow, and enjoy myself. Kim, MiniMolli, and Ryan are going to get quite a workout over the next 2 months. Hold on guys we need to make some numbers!