-an impromptu date with QE: we returned to the ceramics place to do another bit of painting followed by lunch at the hot pot restaurant across the street.
-Worked on my sweater and realized my circulars have gotten rather crowded, so...
-Visted yarn shop: got advice and clarification, longer cable for the circular needles, and more roving since I'm not convinced I have enough hand-spun Malabrigo to finish. The roving I picked up is pretty close.
-Managed to go out to dinner with QE and the kid: good food and the Crime Fighter didn't entirely go off the rails despite the eternity it takes before one's food is ready. Unlike previous visits to said restaurant, both parents were able to finish their meal before the kid decided he was d-u-n, done.
-Started spinning the new roving til my wrists cramped up (oops)
-Binge-watched Arrow while spinning
I admit to feeling like a total bad-ass making my yarn that makes up my future sweater. ::smug!::
See how it's NOT against the wall with Han Solo and my mom's painting? Yeah! Me too. I didn't want to publicize the entire office space because that's where three other people spend their day, you know? The truly curious may need to visit me at lunch sometime.
This is what my desk at home looked like until sometime this morning:
and this is how it looks now:
There's a plan to get a stack of drawers and put them on casters, and it'll live to the right of my desk. I'm also planning on finding more rigid side canvas boxes like the one on the top shelf here for stuff that doesn't fit in drawers. Considering I have NO drawer real estate except for the movable card catalog drawers currently not showing, (there's a metal bit that sticks out and will mar the pretty new finish, you see... also hideous overall compared to the beauty that is now before us.) This is remarkably not-cluttered.
Did I mention lately that quiet_elegance is a rock star? Because he is.
This morning, however, I got to sleep til 6:30 before Crime Fighter came in for snuggles, then he and QE went off to breakfast at the diner. I lolled about, read some, made waffles and eggs for breakfast. The boys came home for a bit before Crime Fighter went off to visit the Watertown Woodwards for a playdate. I got to make stew and cookie dough, spend some time with QE, and look at the internet. The ensuing nap would have gone way past 3, if I'd not gone in to wake him to go sledding! The kid's never been before, but we have a really amazing hill not far from the house behind the Boys and Girls club. It's actually pretty intense. I feel a bit badly because I had said we'd go to the awesome castle playground after naps, but then when our Monkey-House/Estradell tribe said "yes, sledding," um, YES. SLEDDING. It was a bit gnarly getting there with a stroller, but we managed. After little prompting, Crime Fighter enthusiastically got on a sled with me, we stayed on the whole way, and he yelled "Again!" as soon as we were done. It was a good thing we left when we did, because by the time he got home, he was very sadly cold.
As promised, I made chocolate chip cookies as soon as I got home, and had some help from some of our young sledding neighbors for eating of cookies.
Dinner was delicious,(Pork loin, roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted baby taters, apple sauce).
The Kid managed to land the unwanted food in his mouth onto his plate again and not on the floor. This is a big victory.
Lunch is made for tomorrow.
The dishes are done.
The kid didn't argue overly at bedtime.
I'm going to go make more fiber-related art now.
Yesterday this was waiting for me up next to my new craft table:
I am squee!
- Current Mood: excited
My procedure for art show is that I create a booklet (at least historically I have) of all the bid sheets. Given the volume and individual sizes of the items I show, the last thing I want is to have the majority of my table real estate dedicated to goddamn bid sheets. So, book. Because it's me, I have to have all the pieces follow in a logical order around the table. No helter-skelter. This means mapping out how the table will look when I go in and be damn sure it'll stay that way so it's not confusing to run through the bid sheet book, because I may call them damn bid sheets, but I also very much want people to write in them.
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Now I just have to temporarily unpack that box to have drwex take pictures of the new product and not forget my business cards. I love that I'm not going to do this last-minute.
BUT! This year, well, coming back mean and lean and since I just re-read my orientation email on show prep, I realize I'm registering my stuff tonight, as it's due on the 10th. This is my idea of last-minute, by the way. It's somewhat a relief to have this external factor force me to just stop production.
Previous years, I'd bring magnets, jewelry, ornaments (default Christmas, but who am I to say how they're appreciated), and of course TINS. This year, I'll bring a small representation of my steam-punk jewelry, and some toggles that I've been experimenting with recently, the best of my ornaments that fit on my small display, and fewer tins than previous years. I strongly believe this will be overall better for so many reasons. The table will be less cluttered. It won't take forever to register, or set up. My display apparatus will be less awkward to shuttle back and forth, too.
I'll be introducing some new designs, including a Tardis or two.
This is my imagining the Tardis going through the space/time vortex. I will be bringing a traditional one, too.
Gentleman Cthulhu. (pictures pending)
I also have a bunch of old styles on new work, but haven't gotten pictures yet. In the meantime, here's what I mean when I say...
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Old stock returning--
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So, see you at Arisia!
- Current Mood: excited
It looks like there's a lovely up-tick in LJ, so for those who've not necessarily been around much lately- what's up? Let's see...
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Work( Not bored, even rounding the corner to 14 years hereCollapse )
OK. I thought this was going to be a short summary and then I started rambling, so content cuts, I thank you for containing the ramble. I may hit a few more topics later.
EDIT: Actual executive summary since I fail at short-
House- I haz one and don't want to move again for a long time. It actually has room for its 4 adults and 1 kid.
Kid- I haz one. He remains stunning and challenging
Art- Yes, have some. I learned to spin yarn and I'm back to my obsession with polymer clay + tins
Work- going quite well, actually.
Background anxiety about not feeling remotely ready for Christmas
Vaguely sick and having family not quite well for a while
Dash of hormones
Not enough social, sleep, exercise, or greens
OK, when I put it that way, no wonder I feel however this feels, like a
So that. If you feel so moved, today is a good day to share the amusing and adorable.
EDIT: working on going to Mind's Eye knitting group tonight: the idea of that has caused me to perk up a bit.
- Current Mood: blah
First of all, the original source material? Drawn. Nobody can live up to that. Second, every fan's idealized version of that character has a heavy overlay of nostalgia making the human choice even more unbearable. The movie is not even in production yet, and everyone slags the director, producer, and star. Yes, it might be the worst thing since the last worst thing. Or it might be Serenity. Why don't we wait until it's out and we've had time to think about it before we damn the enterprise with derision and snark.
Entirely related: no more "eat a sandwich." Just stop it. I'm telling myself this, too. I've been at fault and no more.
- Current Mood: grumpy
So, I have come a long way since I started spinning at the end of March. It's been grand fun. I need to document my drop spindle work better, but that was mostly my activity to burn off nervous energy while we were in the middle of the move, so wasn't interested in the whole take pictures thing. Then not that long ago, asciikitty brought home a wheel for me to use, and that's been a challenge. The tension was Not Good and it needed oiling, but a few days ago she was kind enough to tune it up, and I've done nothing-but every evening since (in fact, what am I doing jawing here when there's fiber to spin and ply?!)
Here is a sample of my first spindle of yarn: Here is the plied yarn I made on my spinning wheel from last night:
While we're doing a study in evolution,
Crime Fighter in his chrysalis snugglie at 1 day old ... And then I found it last week when sorting stuff.
- Current Mood:nostalgic and proud
-Gen. Joseph Hooker, famous for being in the civil war and loving the ladies just a bit too much
-John Alden: Mayflower pilgrim (aka, could I be whiter? Well, no!)
-William the Conqueror!
Feel free to start addressing me as Your Highness.
I'd still like to see some sort of one-tree representation of the 40 generations between an French/English king and the very not monarchical me. It required hopping through several people's work on Ancestry. I'm pretty sure it wouldn't fit on one paper, unless it was a very long roll... still. I'm impressed with the tenacity it takes to trace back that far. If we were talking any other part of the country, I don't know that you could have done it due to lack of records.
- Current Mood: surprised
Part of it is that there's so much to say and it's hard for me to organize my thoughts around it. Let's see if I can sort something out.
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TL:DR- It's still hard, but getting to watch him skillfully climb playground equipment, come up with new words and concepts I'd not heard the day before- goofy tickle fights and chase games... Yep. The aphorism is true: every day is an adventure. I've somewhat failed to keep up with new pics. The tiger pics from around Halloween will have to do for now.
- Current Mood:proud
- But ended up being kind of cranky
- Not enough sleep, primarily due to a 2 year old being very 2. I think I was mostly asleep by 9 last night.
+Took the kid to school via bike path, then walked all the way back to Alewife the last two days. That's round trip 3 miles
- My hips are sore from the sudden surge in activity
+ I'm going to keep doing this as much as I can because the bus makes me crazy and I am not getting enough exercise or vit. D.
- There's a particular person I've not really seen much since August. He's kind of been crazy-busy forever, and I suspect this season was just worse. Mostly I leave it alone, but today I decided to ping and see if I can get an ack. So now I'm compulsively checking my email.
- (Honorary) niece Laura seems to have ratcheted her needy and clingy up a great deal. I worry about her and I'm getting burnt out at the same time.
++++ Minds Eye Yarn is selling my buttons. Like, right now if you were to go to their establishment, you would see my buttons for sale. And you could buy them. I've never had successful interactions with a retail establishment, ever, so I'm somewhat stunned.
+ I'm participating in the Project for Awesome again this year, as I did last year. They request original art as part of the rewards for those who give money, so I'm making watercolors again. I just have to get my act together and do 20 by the end of the month (ahahahahhahaaa)
+ The road rash I acquired last Thursday is healing. I've managed to down-grade my bandaid needs from a big patch to a large strip as of today.
- Relatedly, I've not looked at my bike since it was brought home. It kind of makes me want to cry. I've been told it's not really "that bad."
- Current Mood:tired and sore
What I'm trying to convey is that EVERYONE has value. Not just they incredibly intelligent.
- Current Mood: thoughtful
Some may recall my progeny in his tiger suit
last year... and this year...
That is all.
- Current Mood: amused
So, I'm at a class I've been anticipating, learning a thing that I need to know to do my job better and in a class that is formatted for my hands on learning style that makes me gleefully happy and empowered, AND the work I've been doing with my colleagues for the last... year (!) totally builds on me learning this right here right now. I feel bullet proof. Do not check to see if it's literally true, please. I love feeling this way. It's a natural high and reminds me not to get too complacent. So, be aware, I may be cranked to 11 for a few days, so overly exuberant is going to be the default.
One of the amusing things about being on the Simmons campus is the option for more casual conversation than I'd normally engage in with folks. I tend to not be in a place where such activity is encouraged (T)... or I know everyone in my environment (work/home). So, I had a great conversation in the student union w a woman in a bowtie and her companion about what they're up to, the coolness of bowties, and of course how awesome Dr. Who is. I graduated 15 years ago. So, it's surreal seeing how young everyone is. Bowtie turns out to have graduated 14 years ago and hangs out in the greater Davis Sq vicinity, so someone I know or someone one of you know, I bet. I think her name is Carrie. I'm also sitting next to someone in class who was at school at the same time. I recognise her only after conversation. We were not close buds at all and may not have even had classes in common save a "big" survey class.
So, that's me today. I hope you're all having a good day or at least not an awful day. If you've been feeling in a funk, consider doing something wholly new to reboot your brain ;)
- Current Mood:exuberant