Sunday, August 28, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Saturday's are not for the faint of heart. Man alive I need a list today:
• Check email for student questions.
• Reply to student posts.
• Visit tattoo parlor to see progress on tattoos that we will later judge.
• Pick up dog eye drops.
• Complete two commissioned masks.
• Complete two intricate paper cut-out masks for another artist.
• Follow up on a commission.
• Do fun stuff with the girls.
• Feed the humans and animals in my care.
• Gardening and yard work.
• General cleaning.
•Drop off recycling.
• Judge a tattoo competition....?
• Work on a painting.
And that is just part of the list.
What are you up to today?
Posted by Maria Rose at Saturday, August 27, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
Happy Friday! All business here.
Me and the girls. This is just naturally how we hang out.
Bike riding. Corselia is tearing it up. Elise has been a bit apprehensive, but she is working through it.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
We first noticed our towel situation several years ago. Our towels reflect us pretty obviously, a boiled down version of our relationship...together and very similar, yet very different.
If you have been reading for long and/or you know us personally, then you already know that the tidy towel is Eric's and the shoved in towel is mine. Eric is orderly and systematic in his approach to...all things. He researches thoroughly and considers all perspectives. His towel is tidy, evenly folded, hangs evenly. If you look carefully my towel was folded first, then shoved in haphazardly. That is basically me, scattered and trying to fit into an orderly world...and generally not succeeding at hiding my nature.
This works for us. Eric needs me to loosen him up around the edges and I need him to remind me that order has value too.
We decided that if, after our death, one can come back and haunt the other we will definitely communicate in towels. As Eric said,"It would be our Ghost [the movie] moment." So Eric! He is already planning our afterlife.
Posted by Maria Rose at Thursday, August 25, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Summer is nearing and end, which means I am about to bring in a bunch of plants which have been living outside for a few months. Unfortunately Lucy is on a mission to destroy plants and I have had to become a wizard at keeping plants from her. Lucy is very athletic and determined. I decided to hunt for some different options online. I found a few DIYs that looked promising, but I was too lazy to read through it all. So this is a lazy version of something I spotted on Pinterest. I just saw a photo and figured I could do a simple and inexpensive version. The entire project took five minutes and it looks good. I spent $4 and had the rest at home.
You will need:
*optional paint or stain
1. I purchased a round piece of wood at Menard's, which is like Home Depot. The wood cost about $4.
2. Then I spray painted it lightly, still allowing the wood grain to show through.
3. Then I eyeballed the height at which I wanted my table. I measured plain yarn double the length plus approximately another foot for the hanging element and the with of the wood. The way I did this was by looping it back and forth evenly. You just need an even number of strands. I think I did like 20 loops.
4. Next I folded the looped ends together to meet in the middle. I used extra yarn to tie it about five inches from the top to leave a hanger.
5. Then I popped my wood circle into the matrix of yarn and separated the yarn into pairs, evenly spacing around.
6. I took a moment to make sure that the wood was level, took a second of fiddling with it, but very simple. I liked the bottom a little insane and worked to make it interesting, but you could easily keep it organized into the pairs.
Monday, August 22, 2016
First day of school at both the college and university where I teach online classes. This week is the most intense week where I get a bajillion emailed questions...most of which are clearly answered in my syllabus. Things will fall into a rhythm within a week or two, but right now we will all be scrambling.
I have my cute day planner at the ready. You know the value of a cute day planner right?! I mean a boring standard day planner makes the joyless work of organization pure torture. So at least my adorable jumbo sized day planner will keep me going...that and coffee. I am officially on cup number three, as Elise had me up in the night---she had nightmares and needed some comfort. So coffee and will power will get me through this day.
Actually it is a lovely day here in Wyoming. The sun is shining and there is a gentle breeze. The garden is gifting us with tons of fresh produce. The hammock is calling to me...so I will have to give that some of my attention. The girls and I have played a couple of games of memory...and now they are playing t-Rex and ponies....
I am going to knock out a quick morning sketch. And then dig into a few emails. I also did a crazy thing and signed up for a 30 paintings in 30 days challenge for September.
What are your plans for today?
Posted by Maria Rose at Monday, August 22, 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Eric has to work today so it will just be the girls and I today. Right now they are playing contentedly and I am having a second cup of coffee and sketching. Soon it will be time to run errands and later maybe a movie at the dollar theater. What are your plans for today?
Posted by Maria Rose at Saturday, August 20, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
Well howdy to you from Wyoming. Howdy seems like it would be a Wyoming greeting, but it isn't really one that is used here...unfortunately. Whatevs. It is Friday! It is a cold a dreary day, the kind of day that makes me want to don a turtleneck and write angsty poetry...but I am angst-free today so no poems from this gal. We have a play date this morning. I should probably get out of pajamas and give the floor a sweep as August is prime pet hair season. So let's get right to it, you are only here for the phone photos anyway.
Gathering from the garden.
Some of the last gifts of summer are the most brilliant.
All she wants to do is climb stuff.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
I haven't had a confessions post in quite some time. So I shall put some random and embarrassing factoids on the internet today.
•Not exactly a confession so much a a brag, but I can whistle really loudly. You know the fingers in your mouth whistle? I can do that...I worked hard on this skill at junior high basketball games. I also ate tons of nachos, mostly for the strange cheese sauce that was almost certainly made from toxic waste.
•I call Walmart Wall Fart or Farty Walls.
• I am super accident prone. The other day I was wearing a pretty dress and heels. I slipped on a pebble and fell. My husband, who is apparently so used to me falling, didn't even look up from his phone.
•There is a great health food store in our town called Natural Gocers. I have, for no good reason, started referring to it as Natty Gross.
• The other day while at an interactive kid'sprogram at the library Cordelia revealed to the audience that "mom randomly sings What Does the Fox Say but with her own sounds." She also told the entertainer that when our ketchup is low and makes fart sounds, "mom pretends that she is tooting." There was more...she definitely overshared with the crowd. The entertainer kindly acted out some of her comments...
• I eat more hummus than any human on this planet. Seriously. I make a good hummus on my own, but my favorite is a store bought roasted garlic hummus by Lily's. My mouth just filled up with saliva thinking about it. Can a person live on hummus alone? I would like to volunteer as tribute...sorry, that was pretty nerdy. Wait, not sorry.
• I am too polite sometimes. Don't get me wrong, it is important to be nice...but with thought. The other day I was walking and somebody honked at me. I was politely waving, assuming it was somebody I knew, when I realized it was just a creepy guy. I turned my wave into a thumbs down, but I don't think it really made a difference at that point. Not the first time this has happened to me. I wish I could just hold on for a moment before being polite.
•With that said I am actually a pretty salty gal when you get to know me.
•speaking of salt...when I was a kid I used to lick a salt lick in my uncle's garage.
Posted by Maria Rose at Thursday, August 18, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
This time of year I always think about late summer of 2009. Eric and I had moved to Wyoming a few months earlier. I was very pregnant with Cordelia. We lived in a terribly small rental. We had no friends. Try making new friendships at 8 months pregnant. Ha! We had no place in our community. My mother's friends took pity on me and threw us a baby shower. It was sweet, and so kind, but sad to have none of my friends there to celebrate.
I remember long walks in the hot sun, not exactly trying to start labor as I still had several weeks to go, but sort of prepping for the idea. It was a strange time. We knew that we were on the brink of major change.
I think back on that time, because for whatever reason it made an impression. Each year I reflect on that time and think about how very much has changed. I remember imagining who that little girl was inside of me. I know her now and I can hardly remember what it was like to not know her. I remember thinking that even after this pregnancy we planned for another.
In the span of these past seven years Eric and I have remained strong and the same, but everything around us has changed. Our home, our family, the animals we care for, deep friendships, a place in our community, our careers, etc. I am so very thankful for that time as a marker. It was not a bad time in our lives, but was a sort of blank slate. We have built so much in that span between then and now.
Posted by Maria Rose at Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Monday, August 15, 2016
Well, it has been a good run. I had not planned on taking the summer off from teaching, but jobs fell through and I ended up with a summer off. I mean I have been busy with odd jobs like judging and commissions, but steady stuff was on hold for a spell.
Now it is time to get my poop in a group (sorry, but this is simply how I talk in real life) and organize. While I will certainly appreciate regular paychecks and the thoughtful interaction I get with students, I will most certainly miss my free form days with no particular agenda.
Now I have to prep for second grade homeschool, Elise will start pre-k next month. Next week classes start at both the college and the university so I have been getting ready for those. I am also teaching a weekly class at the art museum starting next month (my favorite class), and I have a workshop on sugar skull making, oh and I am planning the Day of the Dead event again this year. All on top of prepping work for several shows and commissions too. There are so many loose ends to tie down. I also don't want to let go of the small time I carve out for yoga and daily walks and sketching. I have a long list of other activities that I want to make time for too....and I know that I can make that time with some careful planning.
Now it is time to break out the daily planner. I have one on my phone, but it is joyless and dumb so I only use that to coordinate with Eric, the daily tasks all go in my planner.
I am exhausted just thinking about it, but I will be so happy to contribute to the family in a more regular financial way. I remind myself that all of this is so worth it because 1) I get to homeschool my girls and ensure that they have a magical childhood. 2) I get to doggedly pursue my dreams. 3) I get to nurture the arts in our community. 4) I get to help college students appreciate art.
So here I go....
Posted by Maria Rose at Monday, August 15, 2016