Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Keyboard Love

Today I asked Brendan if he knew where I could go play a piano somewhere, and behold a keyboard was produced for me to jam on in the meantime. The meantime being this evening since I am off to my new home tomorrow morning...alas.

Here is the keyboard snuggled up to the rest of my lil setup:


Recently I revisited an old blog that I haven't used for a few years now, and was reminded how I have so dropped the ball on this one. 

I have many good excuses for this: 
  1. My camera broke.
  2. Too much to tell, so little internet time. (note: this is a lie as the place i am currently staying offers very reliable, hi-speed internet)
  3. I am shy?

No matter the excuse, an update is definitely in order.

Jan 16 marked my last day at Hale Akua Garden Farm.
Oh, The Hot Tub & Sauna 
(Complete w/ View of Haleakala Crater)

All Packed Up & Ready to Go

For 2.5 months, I worked 30+ hours a week on the farm in both sun and rain, attended weekly NVC meetings/training sessions, took free yoga classes (thank you shiva!), went on epic morning runs up the hana highway (personal best: 7.4 miles! from hale akua to the rainbow eucalyptus and back! thank you matt for being my running mentor!), made new friends that will be with me forever, had some of the funnest, most exciting dream come true moments in my life thus far (swimming with sea turtles, walking home in the dark every night thru a sentinel of toads and frogs, being outdoors working in the soil in the sun everyday, eating fresh avocadoes/oranges/tangelos/grapefruits/pomelos/lemons/limes/apple bananas/starfruit/coconuts/fresh ginger & turmeric from the land-not to mention all the food we grew for the farm)...like I said, too much to tell!

Top three words to describe my time there:
  1. Awaken.
  2. Burgeon.
  3. Transform.
So where have I been since I left the farm?
I had the great fortune to stay with my friend Chris for 2 weeks, from Jan 16 - Feb 2.  He lives about a mile east of Paia, which is my favorite town on Maui. 

Then, just as my dear friend and witch sister Jackie arrived for a weeklong visit, I went to stay at another friend's (Amanda and Devin) house up in Makawao, where I am currently situated.  

The goal has been to find work, and for the first two weeks away from the farm I was doing a bit of landscaping, and a few cleaning jobs (even going back to the farm to get some paid cleaning work, quite ironic as part of the motivation for leaving was to get paid work...), but ultimately I wanted to find paid farm or ranch work. 

With the help of the folks I am staying with, they got me in the loop of job availability at Surfing Goat Farm where I had a job interview tonight! Oh, dear readers, manifestation comes so easy here on Maui, and indeed I have secured paid work that is somewhere between a farm and a ranch, a goat dairy farm! 

I will commit to be an intern for 3 months at $5/hr for 40+ hours a week. Long, hard work days await me, and I CANT WAIT! 

A Recap:
2.5 months at Hale Akua: check
1 month of 'figuring things out': check
Upcoming: 3 months of a paid internship at Surfing Goat Farm
After that: the great unknown. (though of course I have a few notions and ideas of whats to come, but sometimes you gotta keep those dream bubbles under wraps a bit, they are so delicate)

I know I mentioned manifestation comes easy here, but check this: 
You may have noticed in an entry prior that I was feeling homesick for portland and queers.
So, I went & manifested myself a queer from Portland!
Introducing Sam:Sam is my new buddy, comrade and fellow adventurer here on Maui. I met her just after the new year, but have only in the past week and a half begun to fully experience her epicness.  

I have slept out of doors the past couple nights and could not sleep properly for the cold. It gets very cold here at night! (cold for me anyways) So now I am off to sleep, warm and sound and satisfied, having caught up the blog and having shared a glimpse into my life here. It is a special one and I give thanks for it alllllll the time. 

Good night to you dear reader. I hope you are well and warm wherever you are. 

Sunday, February 8, 2009

the magic of miniature

I finally got my moment tonight to catch the most recent episode of BSG!
Only 6 more to go and then it is OVER forever. 
Each episode so far, in this the final half of Season 4, has packed punch after punch of the best pow i have ever seen a TV show deliver. 

While recovering from yet another powerful, jaw-dropping, tear jerking episode, I geeked out online and came acroos these pictures of handmade cardboard models by Dan McPharlin.

They deeply satisfy, soothe and calm me. 
Analogue Miniature 7

Modular Marimba