Thursday, September 29, 2011

Don't Delay the Happy



Love this 70's PS action from Pioneer Woman



I love the show The Big C. The actress, Laura Linney who plays Kathy on the show, used to completely rub me the wrong way in years past but she's now one of my favorite television heroines. There's one line in the show that so perfectly sums up life, "Don't delay the happy." So whatever, whoever it is that makes you happy, get a little more in your life, go on, I dare you.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

The List


Conversation last night with my husband (God Bless Him):
While watching the Emmy's.....

Both of us: "How old do you think she is? He is?".......

Him: During a commercial, "You like that Ryan Gosling don't you?"

Me: "Um, yes. But just because he was in Lars and the Real Girl, one of my all time favorite movies."

Him: "You know you can put him on your list (you all know the hypothetical "list" of allowable stars one can "date"). if you wanted to"

Me: "Um, yes, but I don't really have one."

Him: "What, why?"

Me: "Because I am old*. And I used to believe that there was a time when I actually could have dated one of the "guys" on my list and now, it just seems desparate, like, like, an old woman." 

Him (with sarcasm): "Wow, you ARE old .".....(and delusional**)

Me: "Yep and cynical too."
Pause.

Him: "What are we going to do for your 40th, it's in exactly 5 months. " (audible gasp).

Me: "I don't care what you do but if you invite anybody to some kind of party.....there's got to be one big rule."

Him: "And what is that?" (he dares to ask)

Me: "No one is allowed to say 'OH THANK GOD I'VE STILL GOT A FEW YEARS UNTIL I'M 40' at my party."
(You know those people, it's kind of showing up to someone's hospital bed and saying out loud that you are sooooo glad you aren't the one dying of shingles).

Him: "Okay......sooooo, what you are saying is that I shouldn't invite anyone who isn't already 40."

Me: "BRILLIANT! YES!"

Him: "Even better, I'll invite a bunch of 80 year olds, that's bound to make you feel better."

Me;" YES! Yes! Perfect! Oh but wait, you're younger than me, you won't be 40 so you couldn't even come to my party......"

Him: "Precisely."


*this is a common complaint of mine, although, actually, I don't really think I am.

**actually, I am not completely delusional......friends will attest to my run ins with celebrities, it's weird I know but I swear it's true.....in 1994 I was volunteering with Rock the Vote at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and a very cute leather clad young man asked me to a party after the show (Nine Inch Nails by the way). I reasoned that he was most likely the very cute, Jared Leto.....but my girlfriend who was with me had never heard of him, rendering him simply just a cute boy in too tight pants without an over 21 bracelet (which was confusing because I actually knew that he was about 23, maybe he had left his ID at home, do celebrities do that?). So, I turned him down.
Later, my friend confirmed after watching an episode of My So Called Life (he was Jordan Catalano on that show) that I was right, it was indeed a bracelet-less Jared Leto that had propositioned me, and that, yes, I was crazy, but for other reasons. And after, all of that....I think that Jared just really wanted.......really wanted.....really wanted me........really wanted me......to buy him a beer.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Put the Big Ones In First



I read something about putting the "big rocks" a.k.a your most important things, people, hopes first into your hypothetical jar of rocks. Then you can fill in with the little. But if you fill your jar up with all of the little things then there will be no room for the big. Nice metaphor. So here's my jar, for real.

Today, I took the wrong car keys to school stranding my husband at home with our three year old. You see, we only have one set of my mini- van keys because I drove off with my set on top of my husband's car a couple of years ago....are you sensing a theme here? Since the beginning of the school year I feel like I just played spin my head on the bat (you know the game where you put your head on a bat and run around in dizzy circles, drop the bat and go flying off into a lawn chair or something), yes, that is the perfect metaphor for me these days....now how to draw that.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Green

done by a skeptical sixth grader


Sometimes, I find the simplest pieces that a student has made that just make my heart pitter patter.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

White Bag, Square Knot




Feeling so much better today....the ebb and flow of things....got blood drawn though to check for Lyme which is abundant out this way-just like baby copperheads-fun! Fingers crossed that my prescription is just going to say "Do lots of yoga."

Reading my favorite author Lorrie Moore's Gate at the Stairs right now. I love that she can write a book about very little and still I can't put it down. I'm reading it veeeerrryyy slowly so that it will last. I'm a gobbling kind of person when it comes to good things.....

Friday, September 09, 2011

Tour Continues

I swear I am not going to turn this blog into a medical one, really, I promise. But you may have noticed that I have been away a bit. For the past few months, off and on, I have felt like I have the flu but only without the flu. If you look this up on the internet (we all know this is a bad idea), you will find that you can just about have everything under the sun. Unfortunately, for me, it feels arthritic. And it runs in my family.....so I have been panicking a little, okay, a lot. So then I have to wonder if it's stress that's doing this, or my complete denial of my impossible Celiac disease (which now I am completely re-visiting, ugh-I had been diagnosed and un-diagnosed), or the weather? Nope, it's not the weather, this has been going on, off and on since January.

Sometimes, it's tough to draw, so, I haven't been drawing as much as I'd like. But I am trying! Soooo...I finally said mercy and got a doctor's appointment next week. I'm already going gluten free again. (Aching in joints and rheumatoid arthritis are common in Celiac). I'm planning on being back to good ole' Beth really soon.

Until then.....I have been wondering what life will be like when my kids' bring home harder homework. They already bring home word sorts that my husband and I throw our hands up in the air with. And I am the language arts lady. What to do when Physics homework comes home? I might as well throw ALL of my street cred that I've worked so hard for out the window right now.

I don't know how other moms do it. Or dads for that matter. And I don't think I like the new movie called "I Don't Know How She Does It"...just because of it's title. And I already know the formula:


1. Awesome apartment in city that doesn't match up to the jobs the owners have.
2. Add impossible friendships with impossibly annoyingly made up beautiful women who can throw witty passive aggressive one liners that rival the Real Housewives.
3. Sarah Jessica (the one who DOES it) will find out that she can't do it all and that that is just the way she wants it anyway-but we all know that this character really DOES more than any one of us on a good day-alas, making us feel good and crappy ALL at once. Let's just say, I will not be running to see this one....wow, do I sound crabby or what. Okay until I can be a little more agreeable here are some happy pictures....just play some musak in your head...

Pinkalicious cupcakes (we are big into Pinkalicious here)




Bluemont sky (with friends)


camping out in the country (not in the horse trailer, mind you)


dreamy thoughts of the beach (a view from the sound on Hatteras Island)




Historic Old Town (Sheperdstown, WV) with jewelry in the window




color!  




Saturday, September 03, 2011

From Me To You

From Me To You....cinemagraphs

 How have i not seen these before? (well, okay, I don't have time to know everything about the internet and art world-really, you say?)......a photographer (see below) and visual graphics artist create these gifs- animating only parts of the photograph, they are called Cinemagraphs. Their explanation from their site says it so much better than me:

Visual Graphics Artist Kevin Burg began experimenting with the .gif format in this style in 2009 but it wasn't until he partnered with photographer Jamie Beck to cover NYFW that Cinemagraphs were born. Marrying original content photography with the desire to communicate more to the viewer birthed the cinemagraph process. Starting in-camera, the artists take a traditional photograph and combine a living moment into the image through the isolated animation of multiple frames. To quote supermodel Coco Rocha "it's more than a photo but not quite a video".

Beck and Burg named the process "Cinemagraphs" for their cinematic quality while maintaining at its soul the principles of traditional photography. Launched virally through social media platforms Twitter and Tumblr, both the style of imagery and terminology has become a class of its own. The creative duo are looking forward to exploring future display technologies for gallery settings as well as pushing this new art form and communication process as the best way to capture a moment in time or create a true living portrait in our digital age while embracing our need to communicate visually and share instantly.


Do yourself a favor if you haven't seen these before and head over to From Me To You

Friday, September 02, 2011

Heart on a String

Most wonderful print from The Monstress (Libby Clarke) a friend from college.


This print arrived from a friend from college. She is sending out prints to reconnect, to send some love to friends and family. I asked timidly-could I be one? And voila not a week later this appeared at my door, curled up in wonder. I can't wait to get it framed.
At JMU, I loved her humor and her art. I wanted to have her confidence and laissez faire. And of course, as after spending hundreds of hours in a basement studio with tons of chemicals on the brain-we found that we were all some sort of crazy. 


I really, really, miss printmaking. And I haven't been making much art lately. My kids (and other people's) and although I love them are sucking up all of my time. Creativity really takes a nose dive with my mini-me in high gear (she's yelling at me now)....time to go. I'm going to carve out some time here....too much crazy going on.