Saturday, December 31, 2011

Lick the Lollipop

 I snapped this picture when we were in New York a few days ago. We trekked the kids into the city from Long Island where we were visiting Bobby's family. It was stormy sea of people busy. So many people were simply gawking at the head sized lollipops the boys were licking that I thought maybe Ryan Gosling was standing behind our table, all of the smiling, giggling and staring. We were the most colorful things in the city (next to Times Square of course).

waiting for the train

it was soooo cold-flags were whipping

sensing a lollipop theme here?

St. Patrick's (weird angle-it was so cold that I had trouble taking pictures, we were also walking too fast).

This year, I resolve that I am going to take the time to stop and lick the lollipop.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ten Things

Boy, I wish I had more time these days. I'll tell you, working every other day is a blessing and also makes balancing things really tough. The days, I teach, I teach and the days I don't I simply play catch up in the house and cart kids around, run errands and such. When I wasn't teaching before (see blog posts in 2009 and earlier), my days stretched out like endless open blocks of time, although broken up by feeding the baby, breaking up fights between the boys (2.5 and 5) and daydreaming about when all three were in school. Here are some thoughts, things I've been up to and well basically JUST a list of things because I don't have one second (there goes someone wrestling in the living room) of time during this crazy  of year.

1. My Christmas stamps being used as stickers every year (never fails).

2. Something that will NOT be under our tree this year-some kind of playdough dog that poops-like I need more of that in my house.

3. I wonder why my kids believe in Santa but surprising won't make the leap to believe in the he's watching you all the time part and so I can't use that ultimate threat of coal in the stocking, argh.

4. Ugh, Christmas shopping. Yep, I don't actually like shopping, I mean, the actual physical-ness of it, browsing, standing in line etc. I love the results though.

5. I made one of those Facebook status clouds and the most common (so therefore prominently displayed) words were YEP, DUH, BOBBY and DIE. I quickly closed out the window.

6. As a gluten free gal this holiday (and every after) season, I see holiday cookies as a big fat waste of time-so everyone else suffers (me=grinch)...actually, I just haven't gotten very good at the GF baking-cooking, yes, that's's making things rise and have some goo that's tricky.

7. Even if my house falls apart, I am going to get the illustration project I have been working on done by time to return to work. So far, today, that has meant that my vacuum cleaner has been dumped out onto the floor, I don't know if the kids ate lunch (okay, they did), there's a smathering of peanut butter on the golden retriever's tail, I'm basically still wearing my pajamas.......

8. I got to "adopt" a five year old little girl this holiday and buy her art supplies.....Merry Christmas to me, twist my arm!

9. I survived the last day before break in a middle school classroom full of hyperactive 12 year olds, barely.

10. My gym thought that I had died, not having been there sooooo long and well, I guess they must have seen my FB cloud.

P.S-hands feel great, great, great-people who I owe artwork to, it's coming again. Next year will be great. Also, yay, KYMIA, I simply love, love, love her work. She won Work of Art last night and I think I am going to go up to the Brooklyn museum to see it-road trip!!

Kymia's gorgeous "boat", drawing, painting, mixed media in the middle.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Killer Clowns

thinking of Christmas trees at the farm, oh and Killer Clowns from Outer Space

So, I just tucked my son in for the third time. He is afraid of Killer Clowns From Outer Space which he and his brother and friends inadvertently watched on the Netflix for Wii. I am now wikipediaing it. Rotten tomatoing it. I am realizing that it is going to take a lot of spinning to get this one out of rotation in this poor boy's head. I even asked my sixth graders who claimed to have seen it-how scary we talking here, Nighmare on Elm Street or just that one part in Ghostbusters? They agreed, I've got my work cut out for me. See, these are the things, the things that you don't know about before kids. And these are definitely not deal breakers just food for thought. I have spent the past few nights now being skiddish that there is a cute little scared not going to bed six year old just sitting on the steps being VERY quiet and scaring the beejeezus out of me when I round the corner. Thanks a lot Killer Clowns.

This is a very Christmas posting.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The Civil Wars

This is music painting....layers and layers. Listen to it through head phones (is that what the kids are calling them these days)-earbuds, whatever. You'll hear the tiniest details, like a .005 liner pen, layered with ethereal blues, silvers beneath. Oh, I love these two. Enjoy.

Sunday, December 04, 2011


Scored a goal today on my outdoor co-ed soccer team and MAN, it felt good. There are only three women on the field on each team at all times, we only had two, basically the women don't score all too much (with 8 men and only 3 women). And this shot was a hard left footer, smack into the back of the net from the top of the 18. The only better feeling is running by your husband (who is all smiles) on the soccer field as you are torch pumping your fist in the air. OH YEAH!!