Hello again, it's been almost a year since my last journal!
My life has pretty much not changed at all except in one tragic aspect.
My best and closest friend,
has recently passed to suicide. I'm unsure of how to even begin coping with something like that, but as of now I'm probably somewhere between denial and depression. This leaves me with two good friends and a number of people with whom I'm on speaking terms but from whom I'm sort of estranged.
She was incredibly brilliant, emotionally reciprocal, and I could talk with her about anything from the deepest philosophy to the most nonsensical musings, even interchangeably within the same conversation.
She was damaged as a person, but in the most beautiful way. No amount of suffering could ever stop her from being kind, gentle, and warm.
My favorite memories with her illustrate that fact perfectly. We could have serious discussions 'til the sun came up, but for a period of time we would turn on our TVs in the middle of the night and watch Nick Jr. together as our favorite shows from childhood cycled on.
For now, I can only hope that I'll ever share that level of friendship with another person in my lifetime, but it goes without saying that she will be dearly missed.
On an unrelated note, the piano restoration I posted so frequently about is almost complete. I know my original time estimate stretched from a few months, to "a few months from now" for about a year, and "almost done" after that, but now it truly is almost done. The entire internal restoration, save for action and tone adjustments, is done. I've regilded the plate, refinished the soundboard, reassembled it, and finally restrung it, and now it's once again making beautiful music. But, improvements can be made. The lid remains without veneer for now as I removed the original veneer after finding it had mold growing all the way through to the backing board. Reveneering that and refinishing the case are the bulk of what remains to be done.