1. Attending a craft fair with a friend. I love that I have people in my life who enjoy exploring new experiences with me – and I feel good supporting local artisans/small business owners. And I scored some good deals, too!
2. Receiving a bit of education from the soap vendor (mentioned above). He was a chatty guy; not only did I learn a fun fact about cocoa oil (it is creamy beige in color, and only turns brown when it comes in contact with air and oxidizes [which is why every chocolate-covered candy bar has the same color on the outside]), but I learned a lot about him personally (he was a teacher in LA in the 1980s [1st-3rd grades, teaching an average of 45 kids at one time]; he lived in Burbank during that time [where his rent was $1800/month; he had to wait tables in addition to teaching full-time just to make ends meet]; he taught in Compton [and received $1100 every 6 months in ‘combat pay’]; he has been in Minnesota for over 20 years; he started his soap business on a dare; he had reconstructive surgery on his foot earlier this year and was house-bound for 4 months…) He possessed a lot of words that he wanted to share. 🙂
3. Seeing many examples of genius design. I am completely in awe of artisans who combine form with function to create something that exceeds both.