Snow Day!

I stayed close to home today because of the wacky weather. I had plenty of work that I brought home with me, so I just set up a station at my dining room table facing the big picture window and watched the weather happen. The kids went to daycare after a slow morning getting ready and out of the house, and during the day I got a ton of work done. The type of work that includes filling out paperwork, writing grant applications and contracts. It was a perfectly quiet cozy day of get-er-done busywork.

The snow was on and off throughout the day and started to really come down right around 3:30 so decided to pick the girls up early to avoid any crazy driving conditions. We made the most of the shortened day and the afternoon together. Bundled up and played in the snow, made applesauce muffins (and cupcake-ized them), made dinner, and now are all cozy watching a movie. The pleasant afternoon just has me thinking about balance of life and work. Two young kids, full time work with a commute, making jewelry and finding ways to sell it, it all adds up to busy. Busy is good, but the right combination of busy is the ‘carrot’ or the constant goal. Not sure what the right combination is…but one of these days I’ll figure it out (hopefully).

Conference?

I am headed to Long Beach, California for a conference that I am attending for work – it’s the Western Arts Alliance (WAA) annual meeting/conference – and from the looks of it going to be quite an experience!  About 6 months ago my supervisor was laid off, she oversaw all the performing arts programming for the Theater (250 seats) that the City runs, as well as the BRAVO season (4-5 shows in the Auburn Performing Arts Center, 1100 seats).

So, now I’m learning all about performing arts and will be attending this booking conference.  So from the looks of how this conference works is that you go from room to room, listening to bands, seeing performances, and talking to reps.  I am sorry, but how cool is that!   Plus the mail that I have gotten from performers  is a series of invitations to see X band, at X bar afterhours and many include drink coupons.  No, not the regular museum conferences that i’ve attended in the past.  The festivities are scheduled until 1 in the morning most nights.  It’s going to be so much fun!

I was going through the showcase listings the other day at work and one of my co-workers came around the corner and asked “what are you doing, I am hearing all this toe tapping”.  I was listening/watching this group, so I’ll share it again here: http://www.marchfourthmarchingband.com/