"Movies and television and books and poetry and photographs and art and everyday conversations are all part of the nest that I build—not to go out on the metaphorical superhighway. When I was growing up there were some birds that lived in my yard, and I remember watching them build a nest, and it took a long time. You don’t totally build a nest in a day, you know what I mean?
I would climb up and look in the nest when the momma bird was gone to see if there were eggs in it yet. And there was straw and pieces of broom and string and yarn and paper and all kinds of things that went into that nest, and I think it kind of dawned on me then that that was how you made something that would hold you. And I think I kind of learned patience back then too—not that I employed it until much, much later in my life."
The line, "(...) that was how you made something that would hold you," struck me as perfect. And I love the idea of building my nest to hold myself. I've been building it for years, but I think I lost sight of that recently. My nest wasn't destroy; it's still here, holding me. It always has been.
I am spending next weekend in Pittsburgh. My grandmother is dog-sitting Ferguson for me so I don't have to worry about leaving him in the hotel room. I'm taking next Friday off, so I'm driving up early that morning. I have a list of things I want to do that include visiting the Aviary, Phipps Conservatory, The Mattress Factory (which is an art gallery), and the Allegheny Cemetery. I think I can get all that done on Friday. If I have time on Friday, I'd also like to poke around the shops at the Strip area. My hotel reservations are at the Residence Inn near the airport. I tried a couple local places downtown, but they were booked due to a commencement ceremony at the university. The Residence Inn is a Marriott hotel with great reviews online, so I'm not concerned. Plus, my suite has a living room, bedroom, and full kitchen. Eric is working Friday, which I knew would be the case. I actually wanted Friday to myself so I can do what I want without someone else to consider. He's taking Saturday and Sunday off. The Twilight Singers concert is on Saturday night, so he's spending Saturday with me. And we'll probably hang out on Sunday morning/afternoon as well. He's promised to show me around Pittsburgh. Having a local tour guide sure beats searching for everything on the internet.