Well, it’s been a while since I (Andrew) have written. In addition to a weekend build, another workshop, visitors, volunteers, parties, a new intern, and general exhaustion, I’ve been busy with the Llama Lounge. We’ve completed both bottle walls, a lengthy and time-intensive process, and attached a gate, reused of course. I’m currently painting the wood, which is the bane of my existence, second only to writing the blog. I’m trying my best not to paint the slate but I am. I’m also painting my hair.
The good news is we’ve busted out the instruments. I now have access to a guitar, keyboard, and violin. I’m not good but I like to play. The “bad” news with the keyboard is that it is not 88 keys and thus pieces like Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata are out of play. I hope to “fiddle” around with the violin the most, as I know how to play that instrument the least. This may be difficult because quarters are tight in the Earthship so bad violin-ing would be heard easily, quickly reaching madness-driving decibels. Perhaps I’ll steal it away when I move into the Happy Nest for the winter.
The Happy Nest is where Aaron currently resides, but once he finishes the Dogwood Chalet, he’ll move into there. Mandy, a repeat volunteer, has been showing up to help since her participation in the weekend straw-bale build. This place is addictive, people, and we have proof! Today they’ll be lime plastering the vaulted ceiling which will be quite messy over head and eventually under foot.
More positive proof of Blue Rock Station addiction is the addition of intern #3, Lindsay.
Coincidently, she and I are from the same part of Ohio. And interestingly, she is somehow or another related to June Carter-Cash. She will mainly be helping out with cooking, but she has already done more with slate here than me. I’m hoping to convince her to share the blog responsibilities with me, especially because I have, of late, poorly kept up with them.
Well, it’s off to chores and the Llama Lounge. I want to try to finish it today because we have another build this weekend with the ETHOS engineers from University of Dayton, which means if I don’t, I won’t be able to work on it again until Monday. So, here I go!
(Brief explanation of blog as bane: take this particular entry for example: I tried for an hour to post this on Friday to no avail. Nothing would load on either wordpress or facebook. Nothing would copy or paste. This happens often enough to discourage anyone, mainly me, from attempting in the first place.)