I think this summer is going to be a good one. I guess I’m just optimistic that way.
I finally got some shrubbery and tall grass pruned down to size in our yard. Even though our landlord keeps saying he’s going to swing by with a lawn mower, he’s yet to. There is nothing more energetic than going after tall grass with nothing more than a weed-eater and a commando attitude towards jungles. I have to admit, I think I did a pretty fair job with it! I guess determination counts for something. I’m still slowly finding out more about the friends I have picked and chose up here, and I’m sure I have found some pretty darn cool people here, which is a nice change from before we left. Maybe it’s the job I have now that just draws the eclectic crowd – which I tend to gravitate towards. It was the same in Denver as well, and I’m glad to see that this type of environment draws them out. Yay!
Later on this summer, I have plans to go to Denver for NDK, although I don’t think I’ll spend ALL my time there. I do plan on ambushing one of my best friends (I hope you’re listening, dracoilluminati *grin*) into coming out for dinner and a movie, so I hope he’s up for it. We used to do it all the time, and every single time, I enjoyed his company immensely. Speaking of which…..I still wonder from time to time what would have happened about 14 years ago, if the time we spent together as roomies would have continued. I have precious few friends who are as passionate about art and drawing as I am, and those people are the best ones I have ever been around. We can bounce ideas off each other, work on stories and images, and it’s always been a very very warm time. I just hope there is a good movie playing that weekend.
Another of my newly-found friends has found Billings to be a very depressing place, due to the general closed-mindedness of the populace, and lack of anything good to do, so I don’t blame him for missing Portland as much as he does. I always hope that perhaps something might spark his interest, but as I’ve found out from many people, you have to do what makes you truly feel happy inside. If you do it for something you can’t enjoy, then why bother doing it – right? This town is very sparse in anything that I find enjoyable, so I try to find what I can, and associate myself with those who I find equally intriguing. Like I said before…..if it wasn’t for the friends I have made, my mom enjoying having me back here, and the fact that we’re doing well financially……I think I would have left again long before now.
So between getting things done around the house, having more free time with the family, and the prospect of going to Denver later on this summer………I think it’s going to be a great time indeed.