It’s spring in Olympia.

A few updates:

This past Friday, Montana and Alabama turned 9 and 7 years old, respectively. They celebrated their birthday by running around outside, napping and scarfing treats, repeatedly. I can’t believe my kitties are older than my housemate’s kids. They are better traveled than many of my friends. Montana alone has lived at 10 different mailing addresses in his life, not including jumps to different units in the same apartment complexes.

I was a finalist for a full fellowship at The Vermont Studio Center this summer. They offered to keep me on the wait list or cut me a deal at a later date. I took the deal. As it turns out, the dates work out way better anyway, and I won’t have to cancel any of my classes. I will be in Vermont November 22 – December 18 instead. My class in fall is condensed into 8 weeks and I’m not losing any pay. However, I will essentially be taking the month of December off from work. I couldn’t ask for a better way to end the year.

School wraps up in a couple of weeks. It’s been a long academic year – one full of personal growth, re-evaluated future plans and re-ignited passions.

Needless to say, I can’t wait for summer vacation.

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