At first I was completely gung-ho, all "I'm going. I am so there!" But now, I'm getting wishy-washy. It's a financial thing for me. It adds up to be pretty pricey and in this economy, every penny definitely counts. On one hand, I could swing it but I feel kind of selfish. That's family money. If I go to the Gathering, I'm probably using a good portion of our summer vacation fund.
I thought about a roommate or two or three, but I don't really know anyone else who's going or who might be interested.
On the other hand, this is really business. Oh, sure, I know it's a lot of fun. But it's also about getting out there, meeting other glass artists face to face, connecting with vendors, getting some amazing teaching tips and being completely inspired by some of the best in the lampworking world. I feel like I've stalled out and I think that going would be a great opportunity.
I don't know. I really want to go, but I'm just so up in the air about it. If anybody who's gone to a Gathering in the past has any feedback, input or ideas about this, I'd love to hear from you. Seriously, don't be shy, just let me know what you think or what your plans are. Or if you need a roomie!
In the meantime, I've got two new listings on eBay. I'm still plugging away over there and trying to be more consistent with my listings.