Monday, September 28, 2009

Getting Our Grey Gardens On

(note the bathing suit on top of Drew Barrymore's (Little Edie) clothes)

(Anna doing her impression of Little Edie-who (played by Drew Barrymore) in the opening scene of the movie is wearing her bathing suit on top of her clothes-see 1st pic
Who dresses this child?)

I had the pleasure of taking in HBO's award winning movie Grey Gardens the other night. I was so excited to see it after reading about Grey Gardens in the Post awhile back. First the house caught my attention and then the real life too big to be true characters brought me all the way in, Edie Bouvier Beale and her daughter little Edie....Big Edie being Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy's aunt and little Edie her 1st cousin. The two lived in Grey Gardens in the Hamptons and let the place disintegrate into complete squalor (dead animals, holes in the roof/ceiling etc.) but all the while loving and fighting with one another...just like mothers and daughters will least, once again, I know that some families live(d) a lot messier than mine, I KNOW there I go again, another great thing to hold myself up to (chuckle, chuckle).....

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Close-up of one of my favorites-
Wayne Thiebaud
His paintings are so thick with paint- it looks like real frosting

Love this piece but forgot to write down who the artist was.

National Art Gallery-East Wing (best wing)

Just a few pictures from my excursion before school started. I love the NGA. I can't wait to take my kiddos there I think I can, maybe soon. Up until now, they would set off all of the sensors and try to eat the Thiebaud cakes.....I have more but my computer seems to be possessed right now and there is so much work I really need to be doing. BTW-I am not worrying anymore, really, not after seeing the Oprah the other day with the woman who had the first face transplant in the US. I am sitting there thinking, my goodness, I absolutely cannot think my worries are all that important,really....enough said....nothing like a good Oprah to put you in your place. over and out.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009



I am a worrier. There, I said it. Worrywartitis skipped generations with my mom and happened onto me. My grandmother was the queen of all worriers. For example when I was in high school and my grandmother was living with us:

"Bye Grandma, we're going to DC to see some music. Be back later." while placing a kiss on her soft cheek.
"Ohhhhhh......I hope you come back alive." she responds.

I can't help it I am in a constant state of always feeling like I have forgotten something, someone or some big holiday. If I can't put my finger on what's bothering me, my mind will search through it's archives, oh yeah.....Colin needs swim lessons, Anna's out of diapers, work needs to be graded....all of which are easily taken care of or no big deal.....and certainly not needing the alert label of Code Red my mind wants to slap on them. But my mind does not know the difference between the code yellow and blue.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

I've always loved that prayer but was secretly jealous of those who knew the difference. Because there are people who know the difference. And I am just wondering if they'd let me in on that wisdom so I can stop worrying about stupid stuff and concentrate on more important stuff like....
like....the caulking in my upstairs bathroom....that's code red right? no? drat.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Funky Lunch

Happy Friday....being an artist, I REALLY should be doing this for my kids eh? Maybe I'll come up with my my spare time that is! The website is really fun too-and a cool little story about funky lunch as well. What fun....people-they are so creative. Me, I haven't felt so creative recently. But I can tell I need the break. Sometimes I make so much stuff and then it's time to re-boot. I've got Winter Brain,Child coming up and a little card company in Boston is working with me making a line of I'm trying to conserve my energies....hmmmm, yeah, that's what it is!

Dear Sock Making People-Click On Letter to Read

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Halloween Comes Early

Okay-I love David Sedaris. He's a writer that I usually don't wait for the paperback for...that's how I measure writers-hardback worthy? Yes, he is. But I have to say-he's not for everybody. Like for instance, he's not for my ultra conservative you can imagine my horror when I found out that she had recommended Sedaris' latest, When You Are Engulfed in Flames to her book club after seeing me enjoy it so much at the beach in June.....she recommended it before reading it herself and based solely on my hearty chuckles to
HER ENTIRE BOOK CLUB FULL of ultra conservative Chicken Soup for the Catholic Soul book lovin' ladies, swallow, gulp, gasp.....I have now entered into Dante's bad, bad daughter-in-law inner ring of you know what (let's not get me into any more trouble here).

My mom broke the news to me....she is in the same book club as my MIL but is one of the less conservatives of the group. She does enjoy Sedaris even in all of his over the top glory of course probably not as much as me since I only have 37 years of Catholic guilt to her 60 plus....So, I am now wide eyed and cringing, I think I am even feeling a bit sick to my stomach.....My mom went on to explain that she wasn't at the meeting when they picked the book and knowing the audience she said she would have simply put a disclaimer out there.....not for the faint of heart, ladies.....hold onto your rosaries.

I can't help does make me smile now that the shock has worn off.....that his book could have ruffled so many feathers in one fell swoop... that this gaggle would have never picked up a book with a cigarette smoking skull on it-(as if THAT didn't tip them off)....if it weren't FOR can thank me later, David, for that little boost in sales last month...but right now, I am going to sit in my "inner ring" and try to not be engulfed in flames.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


(An American version of the British saying "Keep Calm and Carry On"-cracks me up)

It's that time of year again....the time I enjoy very much and have for many years. I love going back to school, loved the new set of 64 crayons (boundless possibilities), the shiny new shoes, backpack with unstuck zipper and more.....zoom to's not a happy time in the Fuller house. Gone are the free days of bug hunting, Bionicle building and SpongeBob on demand because it's time for CHANGE, baby. And gosh darn it, it starts at 7am on the dot, up and at em'.

And although my oldest (1st grade) does love school-I mean, I just witnessed his yellow clad body wizzing across the playground in jubilant glee (no wonder he's tired when he gets home from school)...he hates change even more. And he will fight it with every ounce of his body and take you down with it if he has to.

The key is this year is NOT going to catch me off guard like in years longer will you hear the words, "You're too old for this! Haven't we grown out of this behavior?" coming from my mouth or lingering in my thoughts.
In fact, I am so ready that I am completely expecting when I deposit his red headed 18 year old body in a college dorm years from now the fight will continue....albeit it will cost me like 100 grand and show up in even less agreeable forms (yikes).

Needless to say, things are really busy here. Yesterday was my first day back teaching too and I loved it. Sixth graders are cool....they just don't know it yet and that's what makes it cool.
So folks,there you have it, I know the secret. I know how to remain calm and carry on, brace for the the storm and repeat over and over "This too shall pass...this too shall in 18 years......" chuckle chuckle.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009


A good laugh on Peter Sagal on NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" Sept 5th show
(I listen to the Car Talk guys, this "oddly informative news quiz" show is after and sometimes I will listen in if someone isn't in DIRE need of a apple juice refill)..
Here was his opening....dryly and hilariously commenting on Obama's speech to school children
."Some Florida republicans have accused the president of trying to endoctrinate our children with his "socialist" agenda. This is crazy talk. I have three school aged children who take what they want from the productive members of the family, demand constant subsidy and refuse to earn their own keep. How much more socialist could they get?!"
(it's funnier if you hear it....hey, I have three of those too.)

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Morven Park

As an art teacher you get to places other people can' getting the inside scoop on all of the ghosts here at Morven Park-whoopee! I was like a kid in a candy store....