One thing I’ve really enjoyed about my Lynx torch is that I can listen to music while I’m working. Usually I have Naxos Web Radio‘s classical era chamber music channel playing. Today I tried something a little different. I put on Matchbox Twenty‘s More Than You Think You Are. In the past, I’ve found this helpful cleaning music. Today it helped me make beads for a commissioned bracelet. So, classical music helps with creativity, but when it comes to work, something a little more rocking that I can sing along to is definitely the way to go.
The most recent addition to my studio is an emergency light. A few days ago I was in my studio during a thunderstorm. The power went off for about 30 seconds. I was bleeding the oxygen line on my torch, so it wasn’t like I was in the middle of making a bead, but it was still unsettling. The kiln went off, but came back on at the same point of it’s cycle when the power came back on. I’m really happy to have the emergency light because there are no windows in the basement, and with no power it gets very dark. It lends sort of a timeless feel to the studio. If I torch in the morning, afternoon, or evening, sunny day or thunderstorm, I have the same conditions in my space. I feel sort of cut off from the world when I’m down there, but it helps me to focus.
The last thing I want to mention is an update on the quitting smoking. At this point I haven’t had a cigarette in over a month. I’ve stopped counting the days and go a couple of days at a stretch without thinking about smoking. I’m still wearing the patch, and I think I will continue to wear the patch until after the gathering. Then I’ll step down on the nicotine and once that’s out of my system I’ll work on quitting the gum chewing.
I’m smelling things again. I caught a whiff of beer the other day. It was so surprising! I had forgotten that beer even had a smell. Tonight while cooking dinner, I smelled all sorts of smells. It’s very odd to smell again. I don’t smell all the time, just whiffs here and there. I didn’t realize what I was missing, but I’m glad that my sense of smell is coming back.