"If you win the lottery," I said to Boyfriend, "what will you buy me?"
Boyfriend paused, looking thoughtful.
"I will buy you a very, very small house," he said.
"YAY!" I said, jumping up and down and clapping my hands.
Boyfriend is so awesome.
He knows me.
I get these obsessions.
One day, I might need to learn how to solve a Rubric's Cube in under 5 minutes, and another time I might absolutely need to make a set of speakers out of a vinyl toy. I will learn everything there is to know about keeping an octopus as a pet in a landlocked state, and later I will figure out how to make real, authentic, ginger beer.
|My 4" Munny speakers. My mom thinks they look like "little cannibals". They are made from little blank vinyl toys and a cheap pair of speakers I got for $5 at WalMart, a little paint, a little joint compound, and a bit of patience.|
Last November or so, my thing was tiny houses. I am talking 100-400 square feet. I read everything I could about them, looked at plans, looked at pictures of built houses, and promptly decided I needed to not only build and live in one, but I should design it, too.
|The first house I designed was made almost entirely of glass. I named it "A Stone's Throw". It had to be built into the side of a hill. It was three stories and about 500 square feet, not counting the below ground garage/brewery.|
I don't actually know anything about architectural design, structural engineering, materials, geology, electrical installation, plumbing, drainage or pretty much anything else, but I did have $13 for a graph paper moleskin notebooks, and I immediately set to work.
|My lack of understanding of basic physics shows up in some of my more whimsical designs, such as the above structure with a "floating" loft held up by a single center pole.|
But as I designed, the houses started getting bigger. More and more things became essential. I would need a place to brew beer. I would want a studio to paint and write. Somewhere to sleep, and yes, somewhere to eat might be nice.
I may wish to shower occasionally.
|One of my larger designs, this one ends up being 1000 square feet or so, and 5 floors (not counting the roof).|
I let my imagination wander. No need to be constrained to 100 square feet, or 500 square feet, or even 1000. I started designing houses that would fit the lifestyle that I imagine for myself.
And I learned something about myself.
Everything I do is about me becoming an evil wizard.