It has been a while since I have even attempted to pen anything here. I could list a plethora of reasons (excuses) why I haven’t been diligent in this discipline, but let’s just skip all that and go right to catching up. Since we were last here my husband and I decided to buy a house. Then decided not to. We did some serious demo on the airstream and then came to an abrupt halt. My sweet old man dog Magoo passed away and Harold The Pug has since taken over as king of our small castle.
Then came March. For my shop, this is a busy time of year. We have the annual SXSW chaos that descends upon all of Austin and leaves a wake of madness behind. The festival itself isn’t so much overwhelming as it is generally busy. Busy is a good thing. It keeps the lights on and my staff in good practice. And then a car ran into my building. At 2:00 AM. Ain’t no party like a SXSW party.
Miraculously, everyone was okay. The building managed to survive with non-fatal wounds and SXSW went on as planned. My husband and I took this early morning opportunity to hang out at IHOP until I had to be back at work in a mere couple hours. It was a poor choice (really, the food is terrible), but I had good company and I’m glad to have a partner in crime who is so willing to venture out to bad pancake restaurants in the wee hours.
As for the airstream, during the demolition process we stumbled across asbestos tiling throughout the entire length of the trailer. We were ready for a small amount, but not quite to the extent we have. We suited up and continued demo for a while. The weather was pretty chilly for us here in Texas so we didn’t make it out there as much as I would have hoped, but you can tell we certainly went to town with the sledge hammer. Below are pictures of before we started demo, what it looks like now and then some detail shots of what used to be the bathroom and what happens to be asbestos tiling, for anyone curious. Please also enjoy my elfish feet in the majority of the pictures. I was fully suited up in order to play it safe around the asbestos.
Unfortunately, progress on the airstream has been much slower than I would like, but I am learning to be patient with the process. One of the more pressing reasons I haven’t been knee deep in demolition is my impending move from Austin to Dallas. What about the store, you ask? I have spent the last couple of months preparing both myself and my staff for my transition out of the day to day operations of my business. I am so thankful that my business is in a place where I am able to take a step back to adventure in new directions. I’m sure there will be a few sleepless nights after I hand over the reigns, but I am confident that it is an important step and I look forward to what’s next.
I think that just about brings us up to speed, but for good measure here is a snap of my asbestos get-up. It’s about as sexy feeling as it looks.