And then in the evening, I took my first stained glass class. (And yes, I am taking all the appropriate pregnant-lady precautions when working with lead/flux -- mask, gloves, fan at my station, and my doctor assures me that it will be fine for a once a week two-hour class at the very end of my pregnancy. I don't think I would take this class in the first trimester, when the organs and such are forming, and if I were a professional stained glass artist, working on this full-time, I might take a break from the soldering part for the whole pregnancy. But as is, it's fine.) Yesterday we cut glass and learned technique and I'd done all of it before from a book, but it was so much better with a teacher talking me through the correct way to hold the cutter and the soldering iron -- much less frustrating and much better results and I love school. I love learning stuff. I really really do. I hope I continue to take classes in one form or another for the rest of my life. Also, access to a grinder makes stained glass cutting so much easier!
There were other nice things yesterday, including a really delicious lunch at Marion Street Cheese Market, which is now my new favorite place to eat in Oak Park, and it's a good thing we didn't buy the house right next door, because that would kill the budget right there -- as is, being only four or five blocks away is going to be a serious temptation. And I picked up some fall clothes for Kavi, because all of hers are in storage -- two pairs of leggings, a sweater, and a jacket, which will hopefully get her through the next three cool and rainy weeks. And a couple of tank tops and boyfriend sweaters for me at Gap, because they're having a buy-one-get-one-free sale, which is a pretty good deal for new clothes, I have to say. And my five pairs of comfy flat shoes came in the mail from Zappos, so in the next entry is my brief review, as promised.