Two Years is a Long Time

It's been a very long while. Who even knows if anyone still follows this little blog o' mine. Things have changed quite a bit since the last post. It's been 2 years, to the day, at least as I'm  writing this/have re-upped on squarespace. That wasn't planned, but life is funny. Or, at least really weird.

Why have I started this up again? Well that's a good question. I bought a fountain pen recently (pictured above, Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age, F nib, bottom shelf from Goulet Pens) thanks to a small windfall, most of it went to boring things like savings or debt consolidation loans, but I decided to go ahead and splurge. I'm also not sure what drove me to do that. To be honest I've moved pretty far away from the life of stationery. I think I bought a single pen in 2017, maybe two? And stopped my field notes, and made the very real decision to stop acquiring notebooks. So far in 2018 I have touched pens even less. It's not a conscious decision for the most part, just life getting in the way. So, what happened?

Well, in 2016 and 2017 I was sucked into baking. It was just from my home, and not a full time job, but I worked full time during the week, and 85% of the time I was selling anywhere from 8 to 16 loaves of bread a weekend. It was one of the most satisfying things I've ever done. Full stop. I posted about it some here, but when I started to sell, I ended up with very little time or more importantly energy, except what went into work and then baking all weekend. 

2017 also had me getting a new job. Something I wanted to do for a good long while. I had been wanting to shift my attention and time at work and realized my old employer wouldn't allow for it. I heard about an opportunity to work again with an old boss and jumped at it. Got it, thankfully, and about two or three months in decided yes, I'm moving. For real. And in September I picked up and left Oakland. My weird old cat and I moved ourselves to Brooklyn, driving across the entire country with my Dad, staying in Motel 6's the whole way. I'm less than a month shy of being here for a year, and I like it a lot. I moved here to escape, and to figure out where I want to be going. So far work has been all consuming, but even so, I'm pleased to be here. 

So back to this blog. I think my vague idea is this. Even without using pens much, one of the first things I did in my room was set the shelves in the photo above up, important to display your inks after all. And more and more the last few weeks I've felt a strong urge to ink up pens again and write more. Over the last year I've baked less, and written less, but I started painting again, and I started doing pottery. I still bake when I can, and have the beginnings of ideas about turning my baking into a life longer term. But I think why I wanted to start this back up was simple, a place to stick some thoughts. I'll talk about getting back into pens, I'll probably not review per se, still. I'll post about baking off and on, and my slow exploration o fwhat a business plan looks like for a small bakery operation a few years out. And I'll add in some other stuff along the way. Painting, and ceramics, and my life in general. 

So there you go. Thanks for keeping me in your rss reader if you're seeing this. I'll probably get rid of my inkandflour instagram and twitter and just move everything to my personal ones, but that's not an immediate concern. 

Mostly I think I am looking for an outlet. A place to stick some thoughts about what I do, and what I like. I missed the weekly rhythm of talking through what I was reading/watching/listening to, and while those posts may have fewer links for a bit since I've backed away from pen blogs a bit, I think they may start coming back. If I'm being honest though, it's an excuse to get some words out about pens and bread and pottery and how I spend my time. We'll see what it becomes together I guess.