Another long day, eleven hours on the Muktha's Children mosaic. I have two-thirds of the background in, and should be able to finish it up in another eight hours or so. I've logged 43 hours in the last five days on this mosaic so far, and one of those days (yesterday) I didn't put in any time at all on the mosaic. My eyes are burning from the glue fumes, my back hurts like hell, and I'm covered in crumbled tile grit and little tiny shards of ceramic tile glaze and glass. But the mosaic is really looking good and I'm proud of it.
I had one class today, and some of the students finished up a couple more projects. Monday will be a marathon grouting day. I don't think I'll be grouting the Muktha's Children mosaic until Tuesday or Wednesday, because Muktha has asked me to attend some function tomorrow morning as a guest of honor. Apparently January 26th is India's day of independence from Britain. Muktha calls it "the day we declared sovereignty." It will last the morning and end with a lunch, and afterwards Muktha will take me to get the shirts and other items for gifts for the teachers and staff here.
So I'm not counting on getting more than a few hours tomorrow night to work on the mosaic. And to think I thought I might have time to make two mosaics. Har har har.
And for now I'm headed for my two-bucket shower and bed.