Star Wars. I'm just now getting around to seeing the movies. They're classics, I know. And I haven't been avoiding it, I just never created the opportunity to sit down and watch them. I knew the characters' names - who doesn't. Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, R2D2… But I'm now learning the story and it's pretty cool. My sis and I were talking about the 80s and how it was all about space and galaxies and otherworldly creatures. Maybe that's why the first Star Wars (1977) was such a hit. Novel idea. You could find them in books for sure, but on the big screen…not so common.
Summer. It's been so pleasant. I truly feel like I'm happier when the days are long, the skies are blue and the sidewalk sizzles. The heat is extreme for people, I understand. And if you think about it, it really is extreme. But it's no secret that Las Vegas is a desert and that's just the nature of the beast. In general, however, the weather is super mild and you're never gonna have to plow the roads or scrape the ice from your windshield. And I'm just fine with that. The rain we've had lately has also been wonderful. I just think of how much the plants must be loving it.
Jitters. I still get the jitters. They start the day before the shoot and don't go away until the shoot is complete. During the shoot, they are in the background and I am focused on so many other things. There's a fine line. Not having nerves might cause me to forget something or be too laissez-faire. When I was a server at a restaurant, there were never any jitters. There was nothing to stress about. Nothing to think about and very little (if any) creativity. Sometimes I look at those days with rose-colored glasses and think how nice it would be to go to a job and be on cruise control. No advance prepping, no pep talks, no planning. Just show up, do my job and leave with a wad of cash at the end of the night. But I know I don't actually want that. A job like that gets boring. No challenge exists. And as much as I wish the jitters would disappear, I don't want to trade them for a sleepwalking existence.
Me in high school
I've been feeling somewhat reflective these last couple weeks - for a few reasons.
I graduated from high school exactly 10 years ago. I remember all the discretionary time I had when I was younger and how time never moved fast enough for me. Adults would say, "The older you get, the faster time goes." I know what they are talking about now and I could not agree more. In fact, I've made that same statement to others these last few years. My long term memory is pretty bad, but I remember feeling really tired during my high school years. I know the main reason is because I had to wake up at 5:30 or 6 AM in order to beat the 7 AM school bell - it actually beat me most days. It was like a dream come true when I started college and was able to choose what time I started and what time I ended. It's been a few years since I graduated from college and I really, really miss it - the interesting lectures (for the most part), sitting in the grass studying or thinking, getting into the zone in my art classes. One of my goals is to return and pursue another degree.
I'm leaving the country soon and heading to Spain. It's been 4.5 years since I've lived there and I'm excited to return and see the people and country again - Barcelona in particular. There is something magical about that place and I would love to live there again.
The downstairs part of my house flooded last weekend. When I opened my garage late Saturday night and saw water coming out, my heart sunk. The only household fear I have is water damage/flooding - and it happened. I quickly turned off the water and got to work. I'm about halfway through getting my house back to normal. All the responsibilities of adulthood make me want to revert back to being a child sometimes.
Speaking of, my sister is set to have her third child (girl) very soon. Her due date is tomorrow. We are so excited for her!
Lastly, I changed from being a sole proprietor to an LLC (Limited Liability Company) this month. Since I plan to be in business for many more years, I realized it was finally time to take the appropriate business steps. (I'll discuss this in more detail in a future post.)
Those are the things that have been on my mind lately. This summer has been very enjoyable and I'm already looking forward to the holidays - especially Christmas.