Friday, December 31, 2010

101 in 1001

1. make something everyday
2. blog daily
3. list something for sale daily
4. drivein at least once a year
5. replace couch in den with bed for guests
6. new kitchen counters
7. paint kitchen
8. sell at craft fairs
9. submit work for a juried show
10. rent house on the island
11. knee operation
12. see Mom at least 1x wk
13. stainless appliances
14. phys therapy/yoga 3x wk min.
15. go to lakehouse and paint as much as possible
16. reread Harry Potter books
17. watch all Harry Potter movies
18. hang out with sister in law
19. reopen Etsy shop
20. write book
21. 64 grams protein a day
22. clean out tupperware cabinet (get rid of stray pieces)
23. ebay guitar
24. buy sheet music / beginners piano book
25. find birth certificate

New Year's Eve AGAIN!

It's New Year's Eve and I have a bunch of stuff I need to do. Of course, my back isn't cooperating but I'll do what I can. Texted back and forth with a friend in the middle of the night and now we have plans for the night. I don't really care if I do anything big and outrageous. A night with G and friends is exactly what I want <3

Working on a list of resolutions/goals for the new year. One is to list something for sale everyday whether it's Etsy, Ebay or my own webstore (which WILL be up and running within a few months). So, yesterday I listed something on Ebay and today I'll do the same. I have this huge bag of LE MAC I need to sell. If it doesn't sell I'll keep it and be happy. BUT, selling it would bring in alot of money so here's hoping.

Every year I hesitate to take down the Christmas tree and this year I really want that space back in the livingroom (alcove, to be specific - it was meant to be our diningroom but we have WAY too many books to use it as that) so I want to take it down. Them down, I mean (I put up 3). But the cats still seem to be enjoying them. They hang out under them, sleep and even chew on the branches (weird cats). I feel like taking them down will make me the Grinch.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Glen dug the car out - just one more reason I love that guy!!

The blizzard pretty much forced me to stay in today. I'm already in pain so why risk falling on my butt? Anyway, I'm running out of pain pills so I REALLY need to get out tomorrow to fill my new script. Maybe buy some fun stuff at Target with my giftcard?

Just reheated some leftovers for Glen. Lasagna, chicken, green beans and now he's having Chocolate Ganache for dessert. Post Christmas leftovers are pretty darn good :) There's still alot of salad left so I have my lunch all ready to go. I'm pretty happy with the state out the house right now. My kitchen is primed and ready to be painted, my kitchen is free of clutter. The den does need work, but that seems manageable right now. I need to go through books and figure out what can be donated to the library. We don't have room to keep paperbacks we probably wouldn't want to read ever again. There are new art books that need a home too.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas is here

It's Christmas Eve and Glen has just finished priming the kitchen (a job he has been postponing for a few YEARS). I have been cleaning and put a cake in the oven more than an hour ago. It is taking WAY too long and I'm worried the oven may not be operating properly. Sigh, we really don't want to buy new appliances right now and at the moment the oven AND dishwasher seem iffy. *grumble*

It's not been a good day really. I needed to get some work done and I was completely down and out with back, leg and arm pain. I plan to get some done tomorrow and maybe Sunday. Can't beat myself up, just need to cope and move on.

G had to run out for green beans. I felt bad 'cause I did forget to put it on the list. He didn't grumble too much. I'm still expecting a couple things to be delivered. Here's hoping they come in tomorrow *crosses fingers*. Although I shouldn't think this way, I keep going over a list in my head and wondering if everyone has enough gifts. Sigh.. such an american thing.

Tomorrow (today?) I think we're going to our friend's house for Christmas time fun in the form of a Christmas Rankin Bass marathon :)
That's assuming we all have time for it. Heck, I'll probably cook more tonight just so I don't have too much to do tomorrow. I really want to go to my friend's, go to church and enjoy the holiday. at some point I need to dye my hair too.

Christmas reminds me that I haven't seen my Aunt & Uncle in a few years now. I really don't understand how members of my family can hold a grudge so long. And I just realized I forgot to send them a card. Great (sarcasm). Now they'll think that I am angry at them too. I really don't want to get involved. That's why I've not spoken to them in so long. Grr...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

it is flippin' COLD here in Mass tonight

G is vacuuming and I need to put a bunch of stuff away before the bff comes over. We're going to paint ornaments and watch Christmas movies and... stuff. Doesn't really matter, I haven't seen her in ages so I just want to hang. So, first thing's first ---> sort a load of laundry and hope there's momentum.

Friday, December 17, 2010

slept all day - no good...

My pain has been really bad, which has made my sleep problem even worse. So, my doc called in a drug that was supposed to help with both. At first it did nothing so I increased the dose. I eventually fell asleep and slept all day and until 7pm tonight. Didn't get anything done but I guess I wouldn't have if I'd been in pain and exhausted either. Here's hoping tonight goes better. It's already 1am and I'm wide awake.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas shopping is pretty much done

unfortunately, i am an OVERSHOPPER and will continue to shop until Christmas. I've also bought myself WAY TOO MANY gifts. Pink Hello Kitty bag, pink Hello Kitty watch, Tiffany cuff bracelet, Tiffany earrings and an InStyler (which is AMAZING!). I'm sure that's just the tip of the iceberg, i'll know the damage better when all the packages come and the credit card bill too :( I did do something good this morning. i called and cancelled an order I made for a bag I only sorta liked. Also, if you know me (or have seen my closet) you know I don;t need bags, or shoes, or clothes. Check out my vanity and you'll yell at me and put me on a makeup diet for the rest of the year.Haha! That's only a few weeks!! Maybe I should try a 6 month nobuy. Or a lowbuy...

The insomnia doesn't help. i cruise all the deals online and find deals that just can't be denied. yep, i need a 12 step program. For me to be shopping when Glen is still unemployed is really unhealthy. Currently I'm running on 4 hours of sleep and ache everywhere. The prednisone is helping, I think the swelling in my joints must be abating but I'm still in pain. Can't figure out if it is purely my pain condition/reaction to meds or I really have  virus. May go out for awhile and see how I manage. blargh.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Unpleasant day stuck on the couch. I really am trying to not talk about or complain about my pain, but today I think I drove G crazy with my whining. It makes me feel guilty and I feel bad, almost ashamed, of the state of my health. Silly, and I know I need to get over it. It's not my fault and having health issues isn't a moral issue. I need to keep repeating that to myself.

In other news, our 3 trees are up and they are nearly done. It's just that I love to overdecorate so it's hard to know when they're done. There's one 6ft tree, one 4 ft tree that changes colors and a 3ft pink tree that doesn't have lights on it because I only have strands of 100 and that would be just comical. Anyway, I need to put the boxes away, clean the livingroom and bring out and organize my Christmas rubberstamps as Sunday is Christmas card day. My Mom and Marie are coming. I wonder if I should invite Marie's Mom but I'm just concerned about room to work. Hmm.. Also, do we need snacks?

Wish I could sleep. The pain is really nagging. I tried to watch tv, but I just keep flipping the channels. I've turned my laptop off and on 3 or 4 times already tonight. Spent sometime on ebay and that's never good (haha). So far I'm getting a Hello Kitty bag, Hello Kitty watch and Sharpie poster pain markers. I always do this. Buying gifts for myself is not cool. Oh yeah, also ordered an Instyler. I have my doubts, but if it works well I'll be so freakin' excited! If it doesn't work I'm going to return it.

Don't you want a pink tree too?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Trader Joe's mini gingerbread men FTW!

It is absolutely freezing here! We did get some errands done: library. post office (argh!) Trader Joe's & the pet store for kitty stocking stuffers (shhhh!). Willow is suspicious though, he sniffed and thoroughly explored the bag they came in. Teehee! It's not that I need to *surprise* them it's that I like giving them all the toys at once cause they get excited and scramble around in the wrapping paper chasing balls & stuff.

That little gingerbread man up there? Yeah, he is DELICIOUS!! I have a whole box of yummy little men and we may need more before Christmas. Also bought this:
I think it's a gift? Or maybe I'll make him myself. Damn cute little (big!) guy, though.
UPS came right before we went out. Big Sephora box is BIG excitement here! Lots of goodies and I'm not sure who is getting what right now. Need to sort through it, work it out and wrap everything. I think we're nearly done shopping (when the packages get here) though. Just need to wrap up the loose ends. Maybe I need to find the rest of G's gifts, but I think that'll be easy.

TONIGHT? We TRY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!! Ummm... or, put up the tree <3

Saturday, November 27, 2010

2 posts - 1 night WEIRD

um, Glen is watching "Ugly Americans" and I've got youtube videos playing in the background.

Ya know, on Thanksgiving I wore the cutest outfit. And I thought my hair was really good (I'd just colored it and it was super curly). My outfit was a short strappy black dress, charcoal leggings, black quilted flats and a silk purple "jacket" with this pretty black lace trim. ( I didn't wear heels 'cause my back was twingey.) Anyway, not one compliment other than from my husband. Am I really *that* ugly? Or are my inlaws just that petty? Not one of them was well dressed. My Mom would say they don't know any better. Maybe they just don't notice.

Stayed in on Black Friday. Soon after Midnight Thursday night I started shopping online. I got gifts for 6 people checked off my list! And I got one more today. Woot! Looking forward to the packages arriving cause I want to wrap them up in the cute Rankin-Bass (Rudolph, Santa Claus is Coming to Town) paper I picked up today :)


Casual evening at home. Glen and I went out earlier and picked up some movies, books plus Christmas wrapping stuffs & a couple gifts. Was planning on having an artsy-type night with a friend but my knee started to act up as soon as we went out. I didn't know how bad it would get so I called her and postponed 'til tomorrow. 

Called Mom while we were out and she immediately said, "I'm sorry". I also apologized. So, that was nice of her because the way things went on Thanksgiving day made me super upset. What Glen and I did do on Thanksgiving day was go over his sister's house and ate dinner with the inlaws. It was nice and she even sent us home with leftovers which were greatly appreciated last night when we ate them for dinner.

I've had this big bag of apples here TAUNTING me ('cause I keep forgetting to eat them), so I finally busted out that apple coring/slicing gadget and made a big pan of baked apples. MAN, the house smelled AMAZING and they tasted pretty good too! Even Glen liked them and he *hates* fruits & vegetables. We have leftovers for tomorrow too.

Part of the shopping included party supplies: Santa plates, Santa napkins and those big red party cups. Of course, when we got home and put them away it turned out I had extras from last year. No big whoop. When Glen starts his next job he'll get Santa napkins in his lunch. LOL! Now, the reason we got party supplies is because we're considering having both families at the house. That would be Mom, Dad, step mother, step sister, brother in law, niece, nephew, mother in law, father in law, sis in law, aunt, uncle, best friend and her parents. That is ALOT of people for me to deal with. Last year we paid for catering, but i know we can't afford that this year :( I'll probably make lasagna for Christmas Eve or maybe I can go to church Christmas Eve and have everyone on Christmas Day. I wonder if it's "ok" to make lasagna for Christmas? Is it festive?? Is it "fancy" enough? Hmmm...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

sunday sunday

kinda sleepy, watching Weeds and filling out paperwork. there's loads that needs to be done and I really should make some phone calls. for now I'll organize some art supplies and try to get the rest of the clothes put away. I still am considering cooking Thanksgiving dinner. If anything, having people here will make me get the rest of the organizing/cleaning done. Everytime we have people over the added benefit is the clean house we have after. Well, after I clean up after the guests. LOL..

the S on my keyboard is getting wonky. this laptop isn't even a year old. I really don't want to send it in to be fixed cause then we'd be sharing a computer. for a few weeks. grr... we're both addicted enough to need our own.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

early list for Santa

Santa, I've been such a good girl this year. I hope you will consider some of these items I am dreaming of...

clearly, my fave movie of the year

since I refuse to go to any stadium shows anymore, I find this U2 DVD necessary

I also require this little projector. Glen will NOT be allowed to use it

Of course, I need a yoga mat or I'll NEVER practice yoga regularly.

PIANO MUSIC! 'Cause I finally have my piano and can preactice :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

oh, Biscuits!

Luv luv luv Craig Ferguson! Too bad it keeps me up every night. Makes me wonder if we need a DVR? Eh, I'd probably be up whether or not Craig was on. Tonight I'm up 'cause my right forearm/wrist REALLY hurts. Of course, that means I really shouldn't be here. I'm a dumbass.

Friday, November 12, 2010

ouchy day with G and the kitties

Knee and back are hurting today so I'm nesting on the couch with Willow. We went out early this morning and didn't get back until 2pm. I did pick up some new books from the library: Unbearable Lightness by Portia deRossi and Amy Sedaris' new book Simple Times.
Came in the house, put some more clothes away while changing into jammies and settling down. My knee is hurting in a sort of new way so I'm going to wear my brace and hope for the best. At least I'm sleepy and will probably feel better when I wake up. Sure, I'm trying to skip naps but today is an "ouchy I feel bad for myself" type day.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

all the houses made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same

Kinda crappy day. All I have to do entails multiple phone calls and  copying records and looking up dates and figures. Kinda like tax season, but in a dozen different ways. I need to keep up with my prescriptions and doctors appointments and MAYBE get my knee fixed before our insurance changes. Which involves ANOTHER physical and appointment with a cardiologist. Copies of checks I need to print won't. I think they need to be saved in a different format. This is dull I know, but all I've done lately seems tedious. Had an art date today but really couldn't deal. Hopefully my friend is ok with that.

Watched The September Issue last night and really liked it. More than Devil Wears Prada i think. Reminded me that I need to get in touch and stay in touch with my designer friends in NYC. Oh, and made me feel frumpy as hell.

Rewatching the first season of Weeds. I really do like this show, need to get the last few seasons on dvd from the library. Made a big salad for dinner tonight and it just didn't come out that good. I actually felt bad for waking G when I realized the salad sucked. LOL! Salad shouldn't be hard. The tomatoes weren't very good, I used chow mein noodles and they sucked. I know I used to use the ones the restaurant gave you with your takeout. They must be different somehow?

Just because I missed my art date tonight doesn't mean I'm not going to do the paintings. I already had idea for small square cat canvases so that's where I'll start. Maybe draw the outlines tonight and work on them tomorrow? I think I still have square canvases?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

stuff I bought, stuff I read, stuff I'm doing

Reading this and it's pretty good.
Enjoying this despite my contined annoyance at Ulta.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

pain is bad, I've slept all day and all I can think of are the

Wet N' Wild holiday palettes. LOL! Last week I hit every drugstore from here to my dad's house. Now I hear they're showing up in more places so it's time to do it again. Ya know, when I'm not ouchy and stuff. Maybe by the time G gets home tomorrow I'll feel up to the hunt. So funny, I never would've given a d@mn about WNW stuff, but in the last year or so their quality has gone through the roof. "Club" was on my list to buy next time I was at MAC. Well, WnW had knocked it off! Woot! One WnW palette (of 6 colors) $4.99 or 1 MAC pan $11.00. Clear winner, me thinks ;)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

my closet exploded!

OK, it exploded awhile ago. But, we finally cleaned it out so Dad can put the shelves back up tomorrow. I am AMAZED at how much stuff was in it. There were so many SHOES and HANDBAGS! I have to get a picture or at least count them before I start sorting them and putting them back. I may even mention the total to my therapist to see if she thinks its a problem. I kinda think it is, but at the same time there really aren't any shoes I want right now so at least I'm not adding to it. Right? I know I'm going to donate alot and throw out alot and hopefully have a more closet. This place just doesn't have the kind of storage necessary for my shopaholic ways :) And my shopping addiction needs to be better controlled right now.

Cancelling Netflix really hasn't been a problem. I'm getting DVDs from the library and pretty new ones at that. Last night I watched The Lovely Bones which was better than expected. I'd heard pretty mediocre, but the book was so good I figured I'd give it a go. The one thing I found sort of vague is the way purgatory is portrayed. I read the book several years ago, but I think the book made more sense. Anyway, also got Alice In Wonderland which I've been dying to see and it was fabulous! I already know I need to own it. I bet Santa brings it (if I'm good).

My ebay sales aren't going as well as before. I don't know if I'll continue after this stuff is gone. The next thing to go will probably be my Rosebud Blythe. She was my first, but I like the darkhaired ones so much better. Plus, I think she's appreciated in value. Which makes me wonder if holding on to her longer might be worthwhile?

Playing with the binder but haven't really nailed it yet. I want to make something unique (handpainted covers) that's also marketable. It's high time I got my Etsy shop up and running again and there is SO MUCH competition in the jewelry market. I thought diversifying might be a good idea.

Picking Glen up at work was tempting. I sat there in the car, looking up at Nordstroms and wondering if they had the MAC Tartan Tale out yet. I am so tempted by this collection but the swatches I've seen so far are a bit vanilla. I hope MAC didn't play it safe with the colors. Anywhooo, it comes out officially tomorrow. Heaven help me! (and my bank account)

Monday, October 18, 2010

more spray painting

Just a bit more of the spray painting I got done in Maine. But now I'm home and the air is crisp and summer is over. It will become more of a challenge to paint, to work, to GET THINGS DONE. The cold weather does nothing for my productivity. All I want to do is snuggle under blankets with the kitties, nap and watch movies. Possibly a normal reaction to fall/winter but I always take it as a sign of my Seasonal Affective Disorder rearing it's head. Will start to use my full spectrum light box shortly.

So, Glen has today off and I'm probably going to drag him around to my appointments and errands. Poor guy! LOL! Anyway, even if this job isn't ideal I do think having a schedule is helping his mood and that makes me happy. I know i wrote about how i don't want him to resent me for not working. I just want to point out that that is MY fear and insecurity. Glen does NOT resent me not working. He wants what is best for me. I just don't want to be the stereotypical wife who spends her husbands money while spending her days getting mani/pedis, ya know?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

new works in progress

Loving stencils and spraypaint at the moment. I'm coming up with loads of backgrounds and many that I like just the way they are. Also great for cutting up and using as covers on my "Potpourri Books". Ya know, if I can ever get going with the binding machine.

Glen working has been sort of strange for me. I'm trying to get "enough" done every day so he doesn't resent me. One day I slept ALL day (still struggling with insomnia) and felt terrible about it. Last night I made him whole wheat fusilli and chicken parm for dinner (plus he took some for lunch today). If I could get something NOTICEABLE done I would feel so much better. Friday I felt like I was cleaning and putting things away from hours but it just doesn't look it.
There's my sweetie <3 This is in Maine on the Kennebec river. It's fairly close to the lake house.  We usually stop there at some point as it's on the way to MY FAVORITE DRIVEIN EVER!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Saturday, July 3, 2010

worked on a stack of paintings tonight

Tried to go to sleep around midnight but ended up fiddling around with paint and glazes until all canvases in progress were so wet they just had to be left alone for the night. A few hours later I walked by them again and still thought they were pretty good. That's promising. Let's see if they pass the next day test. Not that there will be a next day as i can't seem to sleep. I tried a little klonopin (cause I can't take too many, it'll leave Glen short and his anxiety trumps my insomnia) and had to take allergy pills a few hours later for super fuzzy head/sinus pain. Still no sleep. As of now my knee is unbearable so I am giving in and taking a pain pill. If I don't fall asleep there's not much else I can do. Can't mix/add any more meds.

Went to my Dad's earlier today. Picked up some money and then went searching for decanting supplies at the local dollar stores. The first store had NOTHING and the second one had some generic pain killers we take, eyeshadow palette and a little basket of shells INCLUDING A STARFISH!! I've needed a small starfish for an assemblage I started a month ago. So glad i found him for $1. Finally headed home. My knee was bothering me, the traffic was INSANE and I just felt wiped. Glen ended up finishing up my errands (the bank and pick up my new sandals) while I caught a nap. The fuzzy headed feeling just leaves me good for nothing and it makes me postpone my allergy shots which just snowballs. Grrr...

Even though we considered going to the lakehouse, when it got dark and I was home cuddling with Willow I was grateful to be home. We'll get there as soon as we can. Glen was awesome and unpacked the suitcase I'd already packed.

This week I went for a second opinion on my knee. I've finally had all the necessary tests and was prepared for surgery. Torn ACL, torn meniscus, Bakers cyst, horrible arthritis, etc. The surgeon we met with sent me for an xray, looked at it and said that I needed a knee replacement but was too young. I asked about possibly fixing the other problems and he just repeated I was too young. Didn;t look at my ultrasound or MRI. I started bawling as soon as we walked out of the office. How does a Harvard educated surgeon sentence someone to a life of pain? It has taken me a few days to be able to talk about it. I'm going to try to get more opinions. It just doesn't seem right.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Glen found a new job, allregies are sucky and I still haven't shot the pix I need to

Yesterday Glen had an interview that lasted HOURS and by the time he was done it really felt too late to head to Maine. I was driving home on the highway around 1pm and traffic was sloooowwww.... I doubt going north was any better. ANYWAY, it seems that Glen DOES have the job (woot!) so we may take a quick vacation before he starts. Now if I only knew what I'm going to do. Working 40 hr weeks just doesn't seem in the cards right now. Maybe the knee operation will help my back pain. Just have to wait and see.

I've been going through a stack of paintings that either aren't done or they aren't as good as they should be. Gradually I'm working over them and trying to come to something more unique. Glen mentioned that he really liked my skull painting after I started to glaze over it. Hmm.. I really didn't like the placement of the skull or the negative space. Maybe I should do another. I want the variations of white and ivory to look like a landscape and not be immediately recognizable as a skull. BTW, its a beaver found in the woods. Nothing nefarious or gruesome.

Glen is starting to sell articles and I'm thinking I should also give it a go. What I wonder is what subject isn't already saturated. Art, mixed media, altered art, leprechauns?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I'm all about the deals lately

if you have a Taco Bell near you you may want to print out this coupon for a free Limeaid:

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

bag full o' smelly stuff and having enough

Things have been complicated here these last few days. Appointments to go to, decisions to be made. Occasionally I remember to escape into the paint. Scribble, scrub and glaze for interesting textures and to camouflage bits I'm unhappy with. There are finished pieces and NEARLY finished pieces (what is it they're missing?) and pieces being taken apart and reassembled in a Frankenstein-like manner. Usually I would've hit up the local craft stores or made a trip to Boston for Utrecht and Pearl Paint by now. However, I just keep pulling colors and papers and ephemera from drawers and boxes and they always seem ENOUGH. When in the world have I ever felt there was ENOUGH? This is a phenomena I am not aquainted with.

The last 2 days have been kinda rough so when Glen suggested we go down to my fave mall I acquiesced. He has giftcards to spend from his birthday but I'm trying to be good. ANYWAY, 75% off at Bath & Body Works was too tempting. The roll on scents I like were only $1.87!!! I got my fave and tried a few new ones too. Also picked up a great citrus scented candle. All in all I got a stuffed bag and spent very little. I even got some great travel sizes for Maine, Nj, the Cape. You know, all the fun places we plan to go to this summer.

Now I'm painting my nails this great Revlon color, "Minted", which looks exactly like Tiffany blue. Weird. I still haven't found the Lilac Pastelle gloss from the collection. Now, I need another gloss like I need a hole in the head, but the swatches of this lilac are GORGEOUS and I think it may be wearable on my cool skin. My toes are currently Pool Blue and even my gynecologist commented on them when my feet were up in the stirrups. LOL! Maybe I'll go get a pedicure this week. Shallow, but I feel like I need to do some things to keep my mood up, ya know?

I've been spray painting on the deck a bit. I know I need to do it outside, but I'm also worried about harming the birds that come to visit. If the odor were too strong they'd just wait til later, right? I love feeding the birds as it makes the cats so happy to watch their comings and goings but at the same time I don't want to poison them with the paint. I think there's a drop cloth around here I could use...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

busy framing and photgraphing multi media pieces

Black glossy paint and white washed shadow boxes

I tried to go to sleep earlier but couldn't relax so I got up and started doing some mindless prep work. White washed some shadow boxes intended for beachy tableaux and painted this wooden stand glossy black to go with our wrought iron bed. It'll be a great place to leave my large traincase. Try as i might not all my makeup will fit in my vanity.

Earlier in the day Glen went out to see Splice with his Dad. Just as well, my allergies were making me cranky so it was best that I was alone (except for the cats and they understand). When he came home I had to gather myself and force myself out the door. We did the usual: iced tea, library, dollar store. During the day it had occured to me that i needed more frames for some mixed media work. I wasn't sure they'd have what I needed, but if they did i figured  I would be able to offer some lower priced pieces. Fortunately, there were  few frames I thought might work so I got them.

When we got home I immediately set about cropping pieces and putting the finishing touches on them. It was so simple: I thought these pieces weren't done and I didn't know what they needed. Well, they WERE done I was just over thinking it. With a bit here and there I have a pretty cohesive collection and I look forward to offering them at reduced prices. I think it's really important to be able to afford art. Something unique. Maybe small piece above the kitchen counter or in a corner of your livingroom. Something to make you smile everyday.

Well... there would've been pictures but I let ALL my batteries go dead so they are currently charging. No worries, later today will be just fine. I also want to work on some notebook/sketchbook/scrapbooks but the binding machine I bought arrived broken. Will try to borrow one from my friend while I have the urge. In the meantime I think I'll get the papers and size worked out.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

grilled chicken caesar salad from Not Your Average Joe's

I would eat this every day if I could! Fortunately for me I can only eat a bit at a time, so i have leftovers for days after we go out to eat.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

Robert Downey Jr.

was great on The Late Late Show. Glad I stayed up. Now I really need to sleep as I have to get up at 7:30am. Currently waiting for my nails to dry. I won a contest and got this big makeup bag full of goodies. The color I have on is sort of irridescent periwinkle. The brand is Sparitual which is supposed to be the "healthy" type of polish. I hope it lasts well. There was also a sticky basecoat and quickdry topcoat. I so rarely use base or topcoat, it would be awesome if I could get my nails to last longer between manicures.

Sigh, my Pilot is making a bit of a squeal when I turn the wheel to the right. I think I'll wait and get my dad's opinion Monday. Don't want to run off to the garage if its not necessary.
Had my cell off all day so I missed talking to our friend Laurie, but she did send a text inviting us to a party tomorrow night. I hope we can go. If my pain is bad I won't make it, but if I can keep it at bay all day then we should be ok. PLUS, we'll stop at Five Guys on the way (which makes Glen SUPER happy). Laurie has a pingpong table that always turns parties into crazy games. Plus she has awesome cats and is pretty nice/fun/great herself. yep, we need to get there. It's also a bit far, but I don't mind driving.
We desperately needed groceries so we went to Super Target. The bag I was ogling weeks ago was marked down from $45 to a little less than $8.00!!! Woot! It's really big so I need to be careful not to stuff it, but it's so cool - I Loveit!! And it matches a pair of gladiator sandals I have. Speaking of sandals I also started looking at the Cynthia Vincent sandals but I know I have 4 pairs of sandals on their way to me so I had to walk away. Also looked at some amazing dresses but really wasn't in the mood to try on.

Mother's Day was nice. I picked my Mom up (and then my crazy aunt) and we went shopping and out to lunch. I bought 3 pairs of jeans (trying to quell my itch to pick up some Seven jeans) really cheap. The restaraunt we went to was really good. They gave us all small boxes of hand dipped truffles at the end of our meal. But, since I have a hard time eating much I had pretty much all my meal packed to go. Then i forgot to take it. d'oh! Anyway, I didn't realize til I drove my aunt and Mom home. Then i was driving back, feeling mad at myself, so I stopped in the restaurant on a whim. I guess I thought since the container obviously held an entire meal our waittress may have put it aside. Well, she didn't but before I could say "well, thanks anyway" the manager ran off and made me a whole new dinner. Woot! they just one a very faithful customer. I was just blown away. You don't see good customer service anymore, ya know?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

101 in 1001

1. pedicure
2. stainless appliances
3. concrete kitchen countertop
2. go to drive-in
3. take a class
4. write a book
5. go to maine
6. go to Cape
7. visit K in NJ
8. meet K in Atlantic City
9. have a party
10. England
11. Mass MOCA
12. MFA Boston
13. ICA
14. go to a play
15. plan art retreat
16. call Peter / Jon / Steve
17. comedy show
18. whiten teeth
19. ride bike
20. develop / teach a class
21. new kitchen floor
22. Cancel Sirius
23. wallpaper 2 walls in kitchen
24. paint 2 walls in kitchen/hall
25. refinish kitchen cabinets
27. paint bedroom
28. daybed for den
29. sit down to meals at table
30. take vitamins and meds everyday
32. use gift certificates
33. open Etsy shop
34. make studio less cluttered / more useable
35. bbq at the beach
36. DeCordova museum
37. paint outside
38. swim
39. sell elliptical, Blythe & alvarez acoustic
40. make wedding albums
41. find couple friends
42. Fuller museum
43. Disney
44. sell condo
45. buy house
46. customize one of my Blythes or Barbie
47. take more photos
48. collage / finish art journal
49. make jewelry
50. attend support group
51. return notebook for servicing
52. throw stuff out! sell for donate 3 bags a week *banish clutter *
53. backup laptop
54. walk mall or yoga 3 days a week
57. pursue showing my art again
58. church on Sundays
59. go to a horseshow
60. ride a horse
61. donate money to A Place to Bark
62. remarry in catholic church / get confirmed
63. meet protein, vitamin and water goals
64. clean out car
65. cancel Sirius
66. trip with Mom
67. new passport
68. unpack and use sewing machine
69. save $50 each week
70. have Willow & Emma's teeth cleaned
71. see the Dresden Dolls play again
72. snorkel
73. scuba dive
74. Vegas
75. take pix every day
76. teach Glen Dreamweaver
77. teach Glen Photoshop
78. art girlz once a week
79. sign up for art/craft fairs
80. convention or The Gathering
81. pink hair AGAIN!
82. finish painting for bedroom
83. chemical peel
84. caulk all windows
85. drink 2 protein shakes a day
87. save $5000 in emergency fund
88. clean living room / put down new rug
89. make 25 sales at Etsy
90. lose 10% of my weight
91. photobooth pix
92. sell 3 items a week on ebay
93. make 100 sales at Etsy
94. put down new rug bedroom / paint
95. hooked pillows
96. learn to sleep 8 hrs a night
98. blogtv and youtube videos
99. wear own jewelry / carry cards / promote
100. hang angel shelves
101. complete project 10 pan

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Friday, March 5, 2010

I pay these people?

Finally made it to the allergist (a week late). Used my new phone instead of my Zune and was thoroughly entertained for the half hour I had to wait. Do you know how many times I listened to Bree Sharp sing "David Duchovny"??? I really want to use a clip of that as my ringtone. When I went back in to have my injection sites checked the nurse gave me a bag full of Advair samples. Woot! Even with insurance they're $45 each - so free is good :O) As I told Glen "I made money by going to the allergist" (ya know, cause I saved the $$$)

Called the surgeon's office to see if they would squeeze me in early and they said to come over. That worked out cause my allergist was right next door. For some reason, the surgeon who I've liked up til now seemed kinda cranky. Oh well, that was the last of the injection series so I won't have to go back for 6 mths.

Pretty much immediately, the pain started in my knee and went down to my foot. So, I didn't make it to the beauty supply store. I did really want to pick up some Argan oil. I hear you can get a little bottle for $1.95. It's a good way to try it cause I don't want to invest in the big bottle if I don't think it'll work on my hair. I do use Ojon on my hair (which works beautifully) but it is terribly expensive. Maybe the Argan oil will be a good replacement?

Earlier in the day I picked up some Glucosamine Chondroitin for my Mom. CVS had it BOGO and I had already gotten some for myself (I'll try anything to stop the pain). They also had BOGO for Revlon so I picked up the baked mineralized Brighten and Bronzer. I have the Brighten - which I LOVE and she was about to replace her Laura Geller bronzer (which is $35!) so I bought her these which I HEAR are the exact dupes for Laura Geller's.

Came home and found out that Glen had skipped his job loss support group. That, combined with the pain and PMS made me quite bitchy. Muscle relaxers did knock me out for awhile and Glen has been VERY UNDERSTANDING. He even went to get me cookies to "help the PMS". Sweet...

We did tackle organizing the closet further which entailed MUCH vacuuming (which is horrible for my allergies and asthma) and throwing away shoes (gasp!). But, the closet does look great. Tomorrow I hope to tackle moving the furniture and setting up my vanity.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sephora haul pic

obviously I have a problem..

up too late

I really wish my body could adjust to a schedule. A schedule that allowed me to be a part of the REAL world. Sure, it's pretty normal for an artist to be up all night, but it sucks that I have such a hard time getting things done during the day. Tomorrow (today). Friday - whatever - I have to go get my allergy shots. I hate doing it cause it's not a quick thing. After you get the shots you have to hang out to make sure you don't have an allergic reaction. The waiting room is always full of loud sneezey kids. Ewwww... I don't touch the magazines, I bring my Zune and a book. After that I need to go get the 3rd Euflexxa shot it my knee. Although I definately improve after them it does hurt for a day or 2 after. But then I don't get any more for 6 mths. woot!
Of course my appts. aren't scheduled together so I need to find something to do with myself that won't entail shopping. If I can possibly go home inbetween I will. Cause then Glen can come with me, we'll get lunch and after I get my knee injection he can drive (while I whine).

Playing with my new phone, filling it up with music. I was excited to shoot video with it (and I have) but I can't DO anything with the video now. I guess I need to use Quicktime, but something isn't right. Plus, how will i edit it if I can't use Windows movie maker? Grrr...
About the SCHEDULE. I really want to implement "work hrs" during the day where I sit down at my drafting table or easel and just work. Waiting for "inspiration" is just a cop out. Showing up is the key. I don't expect 8 hr days, maybe 10-1 and 3-6? If I just had a coach to whip me into shape.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

wash away my sins

Stayed up all night Thursday night. Got dressed and out the door around 9:00. Picked up an incredibly overpriced green iced tea (which tasted AWFUL) and we were on our way. Well, Glen got some fancy coffee too (banana blueberry crumble?? maybe) or he wouldn't have been very pleasant to be around. We headed south and were at the meeting just in time. I felt a bit out of place, but it was ok cause I was with Glen. The people were really focused on resumes and interviews and corporate america. I have a career, I need to reinvent myself with artist statements and shows and classes. I want to turn my art into my job. It's another whole skillset. I don't really care how to interview I need to sell myself in different ways. BUT, I can see that it's good for Glen. he already is developing resumes and strategies to get into publishing and that is something he probably wouldn't have worked on otherwise.

ANYWAY, afterwards I went to Ulta and Glen went to gamestop. Just for a few minutes cause we needed to get to my surgeons appt. I got a free Joico hair constructer, a set os 3 mini OPI polishes and then I bought an aromatherapy sleep balm (that I think WORKS!) and 2 full size OPI polishes from the Hong Kong collection. Why does this make me so happy? Is it a normal girl thing or is it cause I'm an artist and am suck a sucker for the pretty colors? On the one hand I should be cutting back but I didn't spend that much and I got FREE STUFF!!! I'll probably take pix of my most recent hauls and post them with my mini felted kitty pix :o)

The surgeon was quick. I brought my syringe of Euflexxa and she injected it between the bones in my knee. i even tried to video it but realized I cant watch it! So, DELETE!! Anyway, it did start to hurt almost immediately, so Glen drove home. He tucked me in on the couch with a big iceback under my knee, my laptop and the remote control. I was super tired but the pain kept me awake. I finally gave in and took enough pain meds to sleep briefly.

Around 7:30-8:00 I woke Glen up and made dinner. Although chicken parm was SUPPOSED to be dinner I was lazy and made "Breakfast for Dinner", which is actually something we both like. I can only eat a tiny bit of french toast, but I can eat several turkey sausages and they are AWESOME!!! The pain started to make me cranky so I went to bed.

Several hours later I was awake AGAIN and SURPRISE SURPRISE, Glen had made a video he'd been meaning to. It's his first, it's jittery and such like mine are, but we'll get better. His is about his HUGE videogame collection. It would've come out better in natural light, but HEY, he shot it and I'm not going to criticize it :-) I'm uploading it right now.

Spoke to a friend tonight, kinda hoping we could get together but she had plans. I try not to make plans til the last minute cause I feel bad if i have to cancel. Oh well, we'll get together during the week.

Speaking of "the week" i don't know what the plans really are. Are we going to Atlantic City and is it too cold/snowy too? NJ got hammered! I keep looking up NYC hotel rooms but the city is a mess when there's this much snow too. We really need to get to the Tim Burton exhibit at the MOMA before it closes.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

MAC and Ulta haul pic

yep, can't help myself. really thrilled MAC still had the cool holiday palette, though. and then Ulta gave me so much free stuff...