J was a hard one, I will admit. What that started with J could I be truly happy with? Jello? When I was pregnant with the boys, that would have been accurate. I can't tell you the amount of jello that I consumed that summer. Watermelon was another thing that I needed. And yes, I do mean NEEDED. Pregnant woman craving watermelon? Don't get between me and the fridge! Bill has a Polaroid somewhere that is of me with a huge belly in front of a plate heaped with watermelon rinds. I am laughing because he has just said something about me giving birth to a watermelon. Someday I will get a scan of the last picture that was taken of me while I was pregnant with the twins. It is truly a sight to behold.
Juice? No, that would be Nicole's happiness.
J-clothes? What! ME!?! Clean? Nope!
You see my problem?
But I digress.
Christine was saying that she needed to get away from her warp and I mentioned my 3X rule. It was something that I learned while in school. Basically it is that if you make three mistakes within a short period of time, then it is time for a break. That brought me to discuss a few other things that I learned while at school and.... well, here is what I had to say to her....
I started the 3X rule when I was in school. After many tears over messed up warps, I finally came to the realization that if I had made three mistakes in a short period of time, I was probably tired (small wonder) and I needed to take a break. Back then, it was usually only enough time to go find some other student in similar circumstances, ie. stressed (not hard back then) and ask if they wanted to go for a break. Some times it was a smoke break (bad habit long since abandoned) and sometimes it was just for something out of the junk machine and a moaning session. I never realized how much I learned back then. You know that you are learning about weave structures, and colour theory, and the elements of design, but I never realized how much it is important to have a group of creative people to listen to your ideas, or take a break with. I never knew that I was learning work habits that would carry me through school and into my weaving "career". And I didn't realize it until I went back to the craft school as an employee. Sadly my full time student days were over but I am still able to take classes at no cost (talk about a perk) and I am able to interact with creative people every day.
I love being around the students, and I love being around the staff. It is wonderful to have two separate groups to observe and interact with. I know that there are some people who feel that the atmosphere is toxic,(and I know why and agree) but seeing as I am a lowly, but much loved, studio technician, most of the toxicity passes me by and I just get to deal with the good stuff, like helping students and learning from both them and my colleagues.
So, for me happiness is my job. Even though (or maybe especially though) I am on summer vacation now and don't see most of the people that I work with. A break is always a nice thing! I love and respect all of you. And you know who you are!
I also have to add that getting a regular paycheck is also a really nice thing. But you already knew that, didn't you?