Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Kickin' It!

Been getting kicked from all directions lately! Some exciting. Some stressful.

Felt the baby kick for the first time last week. And let me just say, that might just be one of the coolest feelings ever! Baby decided to get my attention for the first time while I was in line at the bank irritated with the teller. Guess he/she is already teaching me about patience.

Secondly, my studio work load has been kicking my butt! After the Studio Stroll in Asheville, NC earlier this month, I was almost sold out of Tile Plaques at CURVE studios & garden! I hadn’t planned on doing another set of firings before leaving for Montana, and the thought of squeezing this in on top of everything else definitely elevated my stress level.

(Cut, burn and polyurethane wood backings... check!)

So, I finally sat down and took control of my to-do list! Feeling overwhelmed with everything that needed to be done before I leave on Saturday, I divided my list up into daily tasks. This has made managing my time much more productive! Now I know I’ve got time set aside to finish the work in the studio, pack and relax with my hubby before flying out west.

(Organize to-do list.... check!)

I’ve got around 60 glazed tiles cooling in the kiln right now. The metal and wood backings are finished and the tiles should be cool enough to unload this afternoon. I’m right on schedule! Whew! It’s amazing what can be accomplished with the pressure from a deadline.

(Cut and polyurethane metal. Attach to wood backings... check!)

Ok, I’m off to yoga (ahhh!) and to run some errands while the kiln is hot.




jim said...

hi meagan, congrats on the baby kicking and have fun in missoula. i went to the univ. of montana in missoula in 1982/3 and it is a beautiful place, especially since you're going at the most temperate time of the year. have fun.

ang said...

Phew!!!! you're a machine..have a great trip too..

Meagan Chaney said...

Thank you Jim and Ang! Yes, escaping the FL heat is an extra bonus of going to MT now!

attawie said...

Yay! This post made me smile :)
I'm so happy for you. I remembered your list to do and how you organize your thoughts. I'm getting married soon and will have to pack and ship my studio to another country.

Can't wait to see the new tiles!
Enjoy it :)

Rachel Sonenblum said...

Wow Meagan, you are an inspiration in time management! Have a great time in MT.

Meagan Chaney said...

Attawie - Congratulations on your upcoming marriage and best of luck moving your studio! Lots of exciting changes ahead.

Hey Rachel! So great to hear from you! Hope things are going well with your move and transition to grad school. I've been thinking about you!

cookingwithgas said...

a good kick from the baby! Priceless! enjoy and glad the work is kicking too!-love your work it amazes me over and over-

Renmeleon said...

Awesome work and congratulations on the baby kick!

It is the most incredible feeling, I loved every minute of my pregnancy. Mine just turned nine O_O so make sure you take advantage of every moment, it goes by too fast! hehe

Looking forward to seeing them when they are done. :) Safe trip!

Meagan Chaney said...

Wow! Thank you ladies!

Meredith - hoping to work on some new ideas in MT for the upcoming Clay and Blog exhibit. :)

Ana Maria - Loved your recent post listing the 9 things about your daughter!