A journey of a thousand miles…

I am addicted to the learning curve- yes seriously- I go through hobbies and interests like people go through paper plates.  I grew up an Army brat moving every 3 years, but have now lived in the same place for 20 years and the only way I can satisfy my need for change is to continuously learn.  While I LOVE it, I know it drives my family crazy because they can never pin down my likes.  Things that have NOT changed in my life, my love of adventure, reading and the color green.  When I fixate on a subject, I am all consumed by it, almost master it, then drop it like a bad habit.  It’s all very normal for me, but to outsiders, I’m sure I come across as flaky.  You want to a list of things I’ve explored?  Here goes…

  • certified beekeeper
  • belly dancing (2 yrs)
  • candle making
  • quilt making
  • beading
  • chickens (yes the ones that lay blue eggs just like Martha Stewart)
  • cooking- I still love this one
  • stone masonry
  • tile
  • remodeling houses
  • camping- still love this too- only it’s starting to feel like a lot of work
  • travelling- love to go, but LOVE to come home
  • costume making (won Halloween couple contest 2 years)
  • reading- never gets old
  • writing- this comes in waves
  • painting
  • stuffed animal making- short lived
  • gardening-flowers
  • gardening-produce
  • gardening-fruit trees
  • archeology
  • tubing
  • rafting
  • horseback riding
  • voice lessons
  • soap making
  • road tripping
  • National Parks

As you can see, the list is diverse and there is no connecting theme.  It’s just the way I’m built.  My current goals are to learn Mandarin & to learn 6 basic chords on the guitar.  I’ve attempted these several times, but want to get serious this time.  So, I’m going to watch Stephen Duneier’s TED Talk and get started.  Please hold me accountable!  I’ve got the Living Language course in Mandarin to follow and a Youtube series for guitar.  I’ll post updates on my progress which I hope you’ll cheer me on!

Why Chinese?  Well, I watched the series Firefly years ago and that started a spark, then just read Crazy Rich Asians and that has now got me fired up to learn.

Why guitar?  Well, let’s just say that when I run into Johnny Depp, I’d like to have something in common to talk about.  AND playing guitar is probably as cool as I will ever get since I am a straight up NERD.

Pretty Little Liars and the Arts Council

Melanie Knight That 70's GalaYes, I am college educated grown woman and I loved loved loved Pretty Little Liars.  I grew up with Scooby Doo and the never ending mysteries to solve, so this glammed up show was right up my alley.  It was the perfect mix of fashion, suspense and uber frenemies.  The young ladies in this American Telenovella are perpetually going to one costume ball or another; basically any excuse to dress up and avoid getting murdered.  Who knew joining the Lancaster County Council of the Arts would feed my PLL soul?

Yes, by joining my local arts community I get to live out loud and fulfill my inner Pretty Little Liars fantasy of hair, nails, makeup & costumes!  Seriously, it is a dream come true.

So here we are at the Black & White Gala last year 2017 and the That 70’s Gala in 2018.  Both were just the right mix fun, food and dancing.  Seriously, I am already planning for 2010, Midnight in Paris.  Really, what does one wear at midnight in Paris?  This will take some time.  If you have any idea- please leave me some advice in the comments!

So, if you are like me and would like to play dress up as an adult, go out and JOIN the arts council of your town.  It’s a fabulous way to support your local art community and have a blast while you do it.

Melanie Knight Black and White Gala
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