For the past couple of weeks I’ve been trying to decide whether or not to attend class at [Arrowmont](http://www.arrowmont.org/) this summer. I went last spring and loved it. When I found out my beloved professor Sarah would be teaching a two-week workshop with granulation guru Doug Harling, I began planning to attend. However, things have changed over the past 8-10 months. First, it’s really expensive to be there for two weeks (over $2,000); second, it’s right after the [SNAG](http://www.snagmetalsmith.org/) conference in Memphis and I would go directly from SNAG to Arrowmont; third, I have a TON of things that must be done before the end of the month and I’d have to finish them before leaving next week.
So, here are some pros:
* Two weeks of nothing but metal. Time to really work without interruptions.
* A chance to work with Doug again on granulation.
* Time away from home.
* Celebrating my birthday in Gatlinburg with some good friends.
* Two weeks of enameling and granulation will expand my knowledge of the medium and take me further into it.
Here are some cons:
* It’s freakin’ expensive!
* Leaving from SNAG means packing and lugging all my tools and crap to the conference.
* I already know how to enamel and granulate – do I really need this?
* Celebrating my birthday without Steve.
* I have two really important deadlines that must be met before the 30th. Possibility I can’t get them done in time.
Anyone have any brilliant thoughts on this? All opinions are welcome.