Sunday, September 03, 2006

Labor Day Weekend.

Spent Friday scanning 2004 receipts for the IRS examination. Friday night, we went into Raleigh with some friends to do first Friday at the galleries. We went to Artspace, where I have a few things hanging, and then Lump gallery. Lump has an exchange going on with Cinders gallery in Brooklyn. The work of the Cinders artists shares a strong aesthetic vision with work I have seen previously at Lump, primarily cartoony, transgressive drawings and painting, lots of shiny materials and glitter. Not as eclectic in its vision as Branch gallery in Durham, it is still one of the places one can go to see fresh work in this area.

Summer is over, and we have been working our butts off... we entered this weekend determined to enjoy ourselves, at least part of the time. Saturday we spent some time lying in the hammock listening to the windchimes and looking up at the trees, then Kevin and I hopped onto his motorcycle and did a road trip back to Raleigh for the Raleigh vintage motorcycle roundup. It was a gorgeous day, and riding the backroads through farm country, I was full of happiness knowing that I now live in NC, where I have wanted to be for so long. The ride was gorgeous, we took 87 to 64. This is one of the longer bike trips I have taken, almost 2 hours each way. We walked around and looked at the antique bikes, mostly Triumphs, and then went to our now-favorite Italian restaurant in Raleigh before heading back. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, it was the perfect temperature, then every once in a while, the road would dip, we would be in a shady valley, and the air would get cool and damp for a minute. One of the greatest things about being on a motorcyle, aside from it's similarity to flying, is the smells... riding around in air conditioned cars, we are being cut off from some incredible sensory experiences. Freshly cut grass, cows, horses, and goats, flowers, fruit trees, burning wood, hay, someone painting their house with oil-based paint, pine trees. This must be what Radley experiences, sitting in the yard and sniffing the air, gathering information like he is reading The New York Times. We rode back just as the sun was going down, slowing down to spot lots of deer families crossing the road. A lovely day, though I was walking a bit funny after getting off the bike. We crashed on the couch and watched our Netflix movie "Wal-Mart, the High Cost of Low Prices", before going to bed. We vowed not to shop at Wal-Mart, to check our retirement investments to see if Wal-Mart was hidden among them, and to invest any future $ in companies that treat their employees well.

This morning, Sunday, we got up and went for a rollerblade, now I am off ("Ra-a-a-adley, do you want to go for a....... ri-i-i-i-i-de?!!") to pick up my Starbucks and Sunday Times. Kevin and I are doing food experiments for brunch, trying to replicate the Phyllo waffles with salmon and roasted tomato that I had at the Belgian Place in Washington last week, so we can add it to K&K B&B guest menu. I am hoping to get to see "Little Miss Sunshine" this afternoon, and finish the IRS receipt scanning so I can get to make some art this week. Happy Fall! xo K

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