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 went back to it after 20 years away of not playing at all. I 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.