So, here I am in my cozy room for 6 – women, that is – sleeping dorm-style. I have forgotten my toothbrush, but not my toothpaste. So, I used my finger. I hope I can sleep – I don’t think it will be a problem.
I am housed in the main HQ – the Keith House. That is where all of the social gatherings happen, and where there is wi-fi. I don’t even have to go downstairs to access it – I can get it in my room. My classroom is in the basement. The dining hall is a short walk away. It is ironic, because the Campbell School campus is pretty large, and I expected to have to walk all over the place to get to class, to eat, and to go to functions.
Now, I don’t have to exert myself at all. But I will – I have to walk off all of the pecan pie I ate tonight. I also want to see the place, not just one building.
I got here at about 3:30 PM and checked in. I lugged my stuff upstairs and picked out a bed. I was going to choose a window bed, but opted for one nearer the ceiling fan and right across from the bathroom instead. After cooling down a bit and meeting my new roomies, we had a meeting downstairs. There are a lot of people here – a full house – all taking various classes in arts, crafts, music, and woodworking.
There is also a large contingent of mostly men who are here to raise a new building. It will be the new blacksmith shop. They have come from all around to add to their “timber-raising” experience.
After the meeting, we went to dinner. In camp tradition, we sang our blessing – “Make New Friends”. There was a marinated salad, meat loaf, heavy brown bread, and mashed potatoes. Dessert was the aforementioned pecan pie. It was all very good.
Our instructors met with us from about 6:30 to 9:00 PM, and we introduced ourselves. There are 10 students in our class, which will center on printmaking and bookmaking. We did a little preliminary cutting using an eraser. I carved my initials, and learned that it is easy to take too much off! That’s okay – I am just learning and I got a good print before I went crazy with the knife.
Now, I’m going to sign off and get some sleep.