Remember that post I did a few days ago? The one entitled 'Holding Back'? Yeah, that one. Well, interestingly enough, since I posted that post, I've noticed a decline in the number of followers I have on Networked Blogs. Hmmm. It dropped significantly, to the point where a normal person (clearly not me) would have some concerns about whether she/he stinks, or committed an enormous social faux pas, or has become the subject of a nasty online rumor, and I'll admit I had a moment of 'normal' wherein I immediately thought I'd done something terribly wrong, but then my not-so-normal psyche kicked in and said, "Who flippin' cares? I got bigger fish to oven bake." And I do. Well maybe not fish. And no baking today, it's going to be in the high 90s (where did fall go?) -- so maybe that should be 'better soap to stir'? And I'm pointing it out here because? Well, I may have fibbed just a little bit, maybe I am just a bit more normal than I let on. I mean, yeah, my feelings are a teensy bit hurt.
So I didn't get to formulate the soap I had planned to last night. I went to my third job as an apprentice bookkeeper and ended up visiting with my 'boss' until late, late, late, so that when I got home (and discovered it had been invaded by out-of-town relatives) all plans for soaping went out the window. Today I'm going to my second job to work for an hour or two, then back home, where a dirty house awaits. Meh. If all goes well, I will be going out tonight to listen to some Caribbean music and maybe have a glass of wine or three. So perhaps that soap will have to wait until tomorrow ...
The new batch of students in the Academy are remarkable. I'm so impressed with them and their accomplishments. They're an amazing group of people from all walks of life, and from all corners of the globe. This six-month intensive should prove to be an interesting ride for all of us. I'd also like to say that our past students who've stuck with us through the years and have become mentors and friends are an amazing group of people. Truly amazing. I don't know what I would do without their support and input at the Academy. They're accomplished perfumers as well and I appreciate them so very, very much.
I've not distilled anything this year! I'm so bummed about that. My friend, S, has white sage and lavender that needs harvesting and distilling, not to mention sweetgrass and all the other herbs that would make wonderful hydrosols. The kumquats are ripening again and the thought struck me that it would be nice to distill ripe and green kumquats, along with a few leaves, to create a petit grain of kumquat hydrosol and oil. But time is not on my side these days. I'm currently stealing time from my second job as I type this. I mean, by all rights, I should have been in there and out already, but here I am, pecking away. Blah-blah-blah. Everything is scheduled for tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes.
I'm super psyched for the kyphi class. I haven't sent all the invites (is it appropriate to call it an invitation when one is requesting recompense?) because I'm hoping to keep the room small. I don't like big crowds and teaching one-on-one or one-on-two, or three, or four even, is more my style. I'm looking forward to the 'after party' as much as I am the class itself. It should be fun. Maybe you could come?