A woman with silky gray hair kneels, and creates rain. Some drops are large; some are small. Sometimes she adds a little sprinkle effect. Is she God? Is she the weather-woman? No. She is a stylist, doing her thing---creating droplettes of water on a special water-resistant fabric with a little bottle. (She's also ultimately making it rain ($$$$) for Nike if you know what I mean.) Her name is Michelle, and she is a freelance stylist that either the client or Swanson Studio hired for the shoot.
This week, I got to look at pictures on the computer and compile lists of them. If this was on paper this would be called “collaging,” but since it’s not and the internet loves to be unique it’s called “Pintrest,” “Tumblr,” or “work.” A client wanted a less expensive version of a chair, so I spent a solid two hours trying to find similar models that wouldn’t break their budget. Furniture websites are pretty, so I got sidetracked a couple times during this task.
I had a very busy second week working with GLIDER. Between juggling the two projects I've had to work on that I described in my last blog post, Eli was in and out meeting with investors, on the phone with potential business clients, etc. (he even added over two more hours to his work day.) Meanwhile, Justin and Cameron are as busy as I've ever seen them. So I'm glad to be of any sort of help, and I'm learning a lot observing Eli managing this company.
So it's been a super interesting week up on the hill with some crazy cases. My favorite so far is a man with a brain tumor. They think his tumor started growing montsh ago but he waited to come into the hospital until it was quite large. Sima showed me the scan of his brain and it’s enormous! It’s growing in his scull, and then it goes through the skull and grows outside. It’s caused one of the lateral ventricles (a ventricle is a space in the brain through which cerebral spinal fluid flows) to close and is pressing against the motor cortex of his brain.
I apologize for the tardiness of this post; it has been a crazy week.
Monday, we started off the week with a fieldtrip to the Hoyt Arboretum. We went on what they call “a ladybug walk” where all of the children are given ladybug shaped backpacks called “discovery packs.” We did not see many ladybugs but the kids did stop and admire every banana slug on the trail. Fascinated, they pet the banana slugs and remarked how “cute” they were. We returned to the International School for pizza.
This week I helped with the same types of things I helped with last week, but I have a much more solid idea of what makes Jo’s business successful. There are three things that are essential to her success as a proprietor.