Today dawned beautiful and sunny, a truly 'big sky' kind of day. The blue stretched out above us. The morning was spent out there in the sunshine, hanging the new canvas for the tipi. The old one rotted badly, so this time, I take it upon myself, and call upon others to keep me accountable, to delegate and take responsibility for its care, and make sure that it lasts longer than the last time. The tipi will last longer and be happier if someone is in there, heating it, airing it out, enjoying it. Living it. And so it shall be.
I brought my dslr and my GoPro out with us this morning, and it was an exhilarating return to my love of photography and videography, which I've been neglecting for way too long. With one I filmed our process, and with the other I took a time-lapse. So fun. We had to: chip away at the ice binding the fabric of the structure to the frozen ground, take down the rotted canvas, lay out the new one on a flat-ish bit of land, lash it to the lifting pole, roll each side into the pole at the middle, and then carry it over to the tipi, where we lifted it into place and unfurled the beautiful new ivory spectacle. And dang we just had a really fun time with it all.
Starting the morning with eggy fried rice filled me up for the better part of the day, so for lunch I just had a pb&j and some yummy leftover potatoes. And chips. And then I had a meeting and office time, wherein I wrote emails and did research, while running laundry for rentals, and planning out the rest of the week. I filled the evening with nest labor and chores, and then the real fun began: Clayton cooked dahl for dinner and man, he nailed it. Dez put on Deadmau5, and I moved my feet to some of my favorite beats. And then I got to spend some real QT with Dez and Clayton and we had some quality chats (and tasty snacks). We talked about Love Languages, which has been a hot topic recently. And I'm just going to drop those right here, because we always seem to forget just one while listing them out in conversation (this has happened so many times it's comical):
Words of Affirmation
Acts of Service
So we discussed them and tried to name each others' languages. Mine are Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, and Physical Touch. And this is always a great conversation because I learn so much about my friends that I may not have realized before, or may have perceived totally differently. Dez and Clayton are both so fun to talk to, so perceptive in ways I am not, and both so thoughtful and open. Each so wise in their own way. And each of us, we realized late in the conversation, is ten years apart from the other. How wild is that?
I'm left once again feeling so very grateful to be surrounded by these good people.
Enjoy these fun snapshots of the day!