I’m a barista. I love coffee and everything about it. I love making coffee, I love drinking coffee, I love talking about coffee — espresso in particular. I love making someone their daily treat. I love helping students stay awake while they study. I love training new baristas. I love learning more about coffee — it’s something you can spend a lifetime learning about and working on; there’s always room for improvement.
I am also an oboist. It’s like singing, but you don’t have to have any words, you just pour your soul out through the instrument. I’ve come back to it after 20 years (okay, 17) away from playing at all. I’ve got a lovely new oboe and play primarily with the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble.
And I am a painter. I work with encaustic, which is melted beeswax with damar resin added for hardness and stability. You can add pigment to it and voilá, waxy paint! It’s a pretty complex process but one that is really rewarding. You can do so much with encaustic that you can’t with regular paint; it’s so much fun.
Life is good.