Saturday, April 26, 2014

An evening out.

I went with a friend last night to an silent auction/art sale to benefit a cancer support organization in town where another friend works. It was held at an office building with a central atrium.
This sort of pottery appeals to me. If I hadn't made a solemn vow to myself not to buy anything new until I knew for sure where I will be landing, I'd have been tempted.
However, the price of admission included hors d'oeuvres and a couple of drink tickets, so I contented myself with food and wine. I had given up sweets for Lent and I have been surprised by much much-reduced craving for sweets since Easter rolled around. I had one chocolate mini-cupcake and wasn't even inclined to go back for another.
Mostly what I enjoyed was being with the people I ran into there. As it happened, several friends of mine also attended and we stood for a long time talking and laughing. As I sit perched on the edge of my soon-to-be empty nest, I am reminded how much I rely on my friends.

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  1. Looked like and sounded like a nice evening out; I too liked the pottery and the food looked delicious. Good for you for having gone through Lent without sweets; amazing how the body responds to it and then doesn't crave it afterwards. A great circle of friends is a good thing to have indeed.

    betty

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    1. I made a couple of small exceptions whenI was cooking for my son, but that's it on the sweets. Really helped dial back my sugar craving.

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  2. " It was held at an office building with a central atrium. "

    I LOVE the space that the benefit was held at, it's so cool!

    Also, I too like pottery like the ones you shared in the photo. It reminds me of Asian Raku. In fact, I have a piece of Raku that one of my friends in Florida had made. It's so beautiful!

    Love that last photo!

    X

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    1. I'd love to work in an office building like that. I also like Raku - it's really interesting.

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  3. Such discipline on the pottery, I might have caved :)

    Lovely you are out and about and enjoying and reconnecting.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. If there had been a particular cup that just grabbed me, I might have - but I'm pretty intent on not buying right not.

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  4. A fun evening! How are the house showings going?

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    1. Ack. I can't talk about it until I know more.

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    2. Yeah, and I remember hoping to sell before child comes home from college with all their crap......didn't work for us, but at least you have that storage unit!

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    3. I'm hoping they keep all their crap after college!, because I sure won't still have that storage unit!

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  5. Friends can be a constant when your life and space is in flux. Empty nest hit me pretty hard, but looking back I think I allowed that. I was unfamiliar with depression and let myself sink before I realized what had happened. Advocate for yourself (being the counselor you are, I'm sure you know this already). Beautiful pottery!

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    1. I've been bracing myself. And also working in advance to restructure my life so that I won't feel like there's just a big missing piece.

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  6. Round of applause for friends!

    I've found they are the glue in transitions and I'm happy this is so for you

    Love
    kj

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    1. They truly are and I'm thankful for them.

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  7. Jenny and I love that sort of pottery too. If we weren't very disciplined about what we buy, the house would be piled high with pottery galore. As it is, we just have a manageable number of lovely bits and pieces.

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  8. I love that kind of pottery, too, but can never justify it. I have more than enough of everything already.

    I'm trying really hard to empty my nest. Not for my sake. I kind of like having my son sleep on the couch in my office. But he really needs to learn how to take care of himself. It's been more than long enough.

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    1. I try to keep it to pieces I actually use, then I feel okay about it.

      Such a balance - you want your kids to feel welcome... but not overly welcome!

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  9. I've heard that once you've kicked sugar from your diet, you stopped craving it. I can't bring myself to take that step, though!

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    1. Welcome!

      I had, too - I was eating candy all the time. Now I can have just a little and be good with that, but I needed to take a break to do it.

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  10. What a wonderful place to work that must be! I too love pottery like that. Very nice. And what could be better than stimulating conversation and art!

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    1. I would love to work somewhere beautiful and with lots of interesting people.

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  11. Yes, the atrium has a definite appeal. Glad you had a good time with friends--they certainly can make all the difference in the world.

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    1. They really can and I've lost sight of that before.

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  12. Love that idea. Fun night out to help others.

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    1. It's a good organization so I liked that part of it also.

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  13. sounds like a nice evening for a good cause. i'd have been tempted by the pottery myself. i admire your discipline!

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    1. It's almost a game to look around and think, "Nope, I don't need anything!"

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