Sea shanties on the plains

Sometimes I feel like my life just refuses to be stable for long. It’s about time I posted a life update on here, since things have been a-changing again. As you may have gathered, I’ve moved back to my hometown for the moment, and have been spending my time taking care of my little canine sister and doing yardwork before the midwestern weather gets unbearably hot. I’ve also been finding other things to entertain myself, like singing in two ensembles at church, freelancing for the UUA, and lately, singing sea shanties (and other folk) with the local Folk & Roots group and trying out contra dancing.

Getting to go sing sea shanties with strangers outside the mall on a warm evening was pretty awesome. Probably the highlight of my month. Though, there was some stiff competition from what I guess could be called a pickup line, when a stranger opened a conversation with me by quoting a cute Gilbert & Sullivan song. That’s seriously been a bucket list item for a long time, so I dunno. And later this month I’m hoping to check off another one when I plan to go sing sea shanties in a pub! I never thought that would actually happen. Apparently it’s a lot easier to find that sort of thing than I thought, since there is a group in Chicago that does it once a month. Hopefully it will be even more awesome!

I can’t post the UUA stuff for another week or two, and I will have to try more contra before I have too much to say about that. I am pretty excited about being able to share the UUA stuff once I’m allowed to, though! My client contact has threatened to curse me if I leak anything. But come back later and see what I made! If you are a UU minister, you might end up with some of my work yourself…

I also started doing work for a boutique design place outside Chicago. It’s mostly telecommuting at this point, which is convenient, but later in the summer I’m hoping to move up there, where a majority of my friends now live. I’m not really sure about living in an actual metropolis, but I do miss living in a real city with actual city-things to do. It seems that this place will be a bigger mix of print and digital work than I usually do, which I figure will be good practice for me. Since graduating college, it has seemed like most designers still have a background in print, even if they have updated their skill sets with the times. I’ll also be getting to bring my digital design skills to bear on their workflow, which would be a big increase in responsibility.

“Seeking gold and glory, leaving weathered, broken bones
And a long-forgotten lonely cairn of stones.
Three centuries thereafter, I take passage overland
In the footsteps of brave Kelso, where his sea of flowers began
Watching cities rise before me, then behind me sink again
This tardiest explorer, driving hard across the plain.”

—Stan Rogers, “Northwest Passage”

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