The president of our building company sent me a follow up email with some possible projects on which he might offer me a “paid design consultancy”. He also warned me that my construction superintendent might come to meetings dressed like a character from the Dukes of Hazzard, solidifying my suspicion that our builder is like the coolest person ever, and that I would for sure be friends with him if we met socially.
Now, I totally already know everything there is to know about design–just ask my mom–but on the off chance that there is some part of the incredibly rich and various history of interior design that I missed on the internet, I started looking into getting an interior design certification with an online course. Too fun! But this course would violate my blood oath never to spend another dime overeducating myself in the internet age.
Well, that led to browsing through a bunch of fascinating free edX courses at Harvard. I could finally take things I never could fit into my schedule as an undergrad like “Justice”, or that I was too darn stupid to see the value in like “Intro to Computer Science”. But I would probably end up taking something fartsy and impractical like “Poetry in America: Whitman”.
And then somehow I started looking into tutoring LSAT prep again and realized I might be able to make as much or more doing that as I do teaching singing. I actually really loved teaching LSAT prep courses because it’s like a combo of acting and doing Sudoku, and people pay you for it.
And then I started more seriously studying design online, because as much as I love teaching LSAT, I also need to create things of beauty if I have any intention of being happy. So to the half-dozen or so readers who have asked me to help them decorate their houses and the millions of others who thought about it, I say: Get me while I’m dirt cheap.
Happy New Year!!
And play nice.