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Now that all the kids are back in school, I have to admit I miss it. One of my favorite times of the year would always be School Supply Shopping season. Blank pages in notebooks, fresh ink inside pens bought in bulk, sharpened pencils, art erasers, markers, crayons and colored pencils — it’s a creative minded individuals Container Store deluxe shopping list.

Since it’s a long weekend, I figured there was no better time to make a run to the local pharmacy and to pick up some arts and crafts supplies. I’m still in the “excitement stage” of this whole touring in November thing (even if it’s just two stops for now).

I don’t have all the details for the Chicago show just yet but I can assure you that there will be one. I can also assure you that there will be some special guests as long as my hard work pans out. In the mean time, though, I figured getting crafty as a way to brainstorm ideas for the fun tour times ahead would be a productive use of my labor day weekend.

The work never stops. That’s the kind of girl I am. But I guess when it’s something you love, it doesn’t really feel like work. It’s more of a zen.

Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” provided the soundtrack to my self-imposed arts and crafts time. It felt like I was stuck in art class during day camp or grade school only this time I had little direction. I miss having a teacher over see my art, whether it’s performance based or not. Visual art, digital art, creative writing, journalism, music — these are all means of expression that allow talented individuals to thrive when presented with an opportunity. When the Creative Minded find someone, even multiple people, to provided guidance or an opposing view, it enables art to occur.

Tangent rant aside, it felt pretty darn good to break out the Crayola’s and some paper and color.