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AOS Day 2

So, today was entirely awesome from beginning to end.
Yeah, I was anxious going in before the doors opened, but from about 1:30-3:30 I couldn't sit down because folks kept showing up. For much of that time, I was getting sales, even. I can't tell you how many friends I saw today because it's a blur. At least a dozen.

Our babysitter for today wanted to trade his services for art, so I sent him home with:
This dragon tin.
And he posted a picture of it to Facebook
And TAMORA PIERCE (who happens to be friends with him) said, and I quote, "Wow, that's totally amazing!"
That I am not up at my table making her one for her very own (with purple eyes) is an act of extreme control on my part.


Day 1, AOS

+ survived day 1 of 2 of open studios.
+ lifecollage was awesome.
+ broke even
o but that's about it
+ met new folks
- didn't see many familiar faces
+ found out about 2 more craft fairs (at a temple in early Nov., and Pandemonium 12/14.)
+ thinking about doing both, plus the usual Arisia
+ still have a whole day tomorrow
+ and have company for it in Robin.
+ have a decent spreadsheet of commission requests
+++ came home and let asciikitty try on the shrug I just finished. It fits her perfectly, so it's her early birthday present. Now I know how much more to knit for my own version. Seriously- it's a perfect fit.
- that shrug was supposed to be for Amy back home
+ but she wants clay anyway.

So yeah. Good day.


Goodbye, Rick

QE's best friend succumbed last night after living with cancer for the last few years. Rick Scales was a generous, outgoing, LOUD, and loving guy. He'd do anything for you if he could. He was the big brother that QE always wanted. The plowed snow in the winter together... the job that he has right now was supposed to have been Rick's, but he got too sick. QE taking this job was a tribute to Rick- so that he would know the site was being taken care of by someone who knew what he was doing.  His youngest daughter is only 11 or 12.

And another dearly loved soul gone too soon. Fuck cancer.

Photo evidence, as requested

42itous requested pictures.
I think I'll be OK.

Only 17 More Days To Go

It only took an extra week, but my Square arrived! Now I just need to find or manufacture a reason to use it to make sure I have the concept down. I'm sure I've been doing other stuff, but all my extra time is all about making more items for Open Studios.
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Last night and tonight I worked on Harry Potter (in house colors) ornaments, made snowflakes for the Ana and Ilsa fans, and one Rebel Alliance logo. The thing I've not really sorted out is cleanly attaching the ring that gives the flat ornaments structure. Hot glue is MESSY.

I have about 3 times more ideas than what I have done. So when I say "I have no time".... hah.

In non-clay news, we are hosting coworker Robin for a few days til she can move into her new house. She was adorably bouncy now that the worst is over and she knows where she'll be sleeping next week. This was a question til yesterday.

Further not-clay: QE got a cortisone shot yesterday, and it should be kicking in any day now.. And since his union health insurance started back up, he can go switch doctors to one that's within the union universe. They may know a thing or two about chronic pain.

Urk. Prototype not so great.

Calvin Sneers
The prototype I did for the first superhero logo ornamet did NOT go well. The clay did not adhere to the cardboard, the red clay that was the base was overly dry and bubbled where there ought be none. The circles aren't round enough and it's just the wrong size. It's 4" diameter, not my imagined 3".

So, to get over my abject frustration at using up 2 hours of my life to something that is not something I want to do again, I banged out a 3-D/glass prototype I am willing to dedicate more time to. The 2-D version isn't dead, but I really don't have a lot of time between now and Open Studios in a month.

Once upon a time, I'd have theoretically just stopped with the whole premise. But I trust I can find a way to do the 2-D versions. I'll not fret over it, though. Hopefully they'll be sorted by Arisia.


Prepping for Arlington Open Studio

Prepping for art show next month and sketched graphics for decorating my plain glass globe/ornaments (3" diameter)... 28 ideas. Some will work, some are a shit-show.LONG listCollapse )Already in the lexicon:

  • Hellboy

  • Abe Sapien

  • Serenity

  • Browncoat

  • Cthulhu

I've been sketching all night, so I have a catalog: if I sell out, I can show what I can do. If I didn't get around to it, I can demonstrate the design. Plus just keep track for future work, especially after a long lag. I can also put hash-marks on them to keep statistics if I want to be super-planny in the future. And it lets me determine colors, particularly the base one so I cans streamline production (do all the red ones first, fer example). And because I keep coming up with more ideas, if I at least sketch them out, I may have project-creep, but I don't have to ACT on said creep necessarily. Unless there's major demand...?

The designs are by nature logo-ish and things I will make into stencils. The new ideas are all things I've had some interest in, fan-wise. There's plenty more out there, some that's already even been suggested, but I'm unlikely to pro-actively do anything outside my interests because I feel like a poser. I'm open to doing material outside my interest, but only if I get requests. Because they are minimalist designs and easy to replicate cleanly and quickly, it will help bring costs down a bit... once the templates are done.  I particularly like this whole concept of decoration because anything I have after Open Studio, I can put toward Arisia art show. IF they go well, I can on them throughout the year and have a hell of a stock come next Open Studio/Arisia.

Can you tell I took a project management workshop yesterday?

Sep. 1st, 2014

Just Kidding
Jeeeezus, guys. I take a break from the internet for ONE weekend, and ya'll start writing a ton! Meaning, I'll chip away at my lovely backlog, but if you said something you super-want me to see in the next day or two, you might want to slip me a pointer in an email.


Ridiculous levels of planning in advance

I was talking to Laura's mom Amy (my most long-standing friend: 38 years and counting, for those who forgot or didn't realize). We turn 40 next year. I'm April, she's July.

She has never visited me since I moved to Boston. I want to fix this. I want this to be on my birthday week(end). And given how little I need in the way of STUFF, if those of my friends feel like giving me a present next year, consider chipping in to the get-Amy-to-Boston fund. ... which has not been set up yet. Anyway- I am making note here and now for posterity, to hold myself accountable and therefore make sure this doesn't just stay a nice idea but a plan.

If this works out and we have a surplus, any extra money will go towards showing off some of Boston's finer cuisine. We can't stay in and watch old episodes of So You Think You Can Dance the whole time, right?

If all goes well, she'll fall in love with the city and really make the plan to move here with Laura and Syd ... sooner than later.
So my niece visited. I realize I should have said sooner anything about that, but we were a but busy and ... so, right.

  • We went to the MFA

  • She got lots of time with Crime Fighter, including babysitting him on Saturday night and watching him all day Monday.

  • There was a trip to playgrounds and Wingarsheek Beach

  • Her father, piece of work that he is, decided this was a great weekend to contact her via text, flaunting the no-contact rule set by the court. It was days away from the custody hearing, so clearly he had to be an extra special... not nice word. It really threw a wrench in the works, but we got through it.

  • There was way too much fighting about food, but despite that she improved the longer she was here.

  • I did question if she'd actually get on the plane without an assist from burly TSA agents. She really didn't want to go home. And she did get on the plane.

  • I'd be happy to have her visit again- a thing she'll fund next time :)


What a nice day!

Kaylee Smiles

  • The Crime Fighter and I went to a friend's birthday party. He got entirely grubby and ate too much sugar. So you know, perfect. I got him home not a minute too soon for a nap.

  • I worked on the t-shirt rug while he napped and (re)watched my Lizzie Bennett Diaries DVDs

  • Once up, he and asciikitty visited friends at a playground and I was free to do... ?

  • As it turns out, free to go down to Spy Pond with my comic book and a beverage (fizzy citrus with tapioca bubbles... because I can). It really was idyllic. I got to be on a bench in the shade and looked a bit at the water and read early Sandman. Weirdly, despite having a complete set and it being well over 20 years old, I haven't read it all yet!

  • More work on the rug 'pon my return

  • Dinner not-made-by-me (farro/lamb meatballs/kale cooked in chicken broth). Hopefully asciikitty will do that again soon

  • Niece broke up with her girlfriend(s). Good move.

  • Post kid-bedtime, watched Doctor Who with QE

The 3rd Birthday, a story told in pictures.

Our hero, the Crime Fighter woke up earlier than we would have liked... and horked on our bed. Snot-only. He does that. It meant he won TV time after the sheets got changed, because 5am is too soon. This activity was not documented. You are welcome.
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Today we had a minimalist party at the splash park. I think everyone had a good time. Even me!

Empathy, thy name is Crime Fighter

Crime Fighter and I went to a cookout on Saturday. He was fine,til he saw how many strange adults were milling about, and he got shy fast. Of course, folks wanted to come up and say hi. Nope. Not having none of it. And here's the notable: He said "I'm feeling a little nervous,"... to at least 2 maybe 3 adults. I had to translate since he was speaking at decibels to be heard only by rabbits. And moms. But when gosling and ceo 's youngest materialized, suddenly whew... That's OK then. A little while later, a 5ish year old arrived and she was having a really tough time, too. What did Crime Fighter do? hung out near by, demonstrated how fun the toy airplane was and eventually she lost her nervous, too. So proud of that kid.


May flights of angels sing you to your rest

Robin Williams, 1951-2014
I can't imagine a world without that raucous, fuzzy man there to make us laugh. Depression is an evil bastard. May you find peace, O Captain, My Captain. You will be missed like hell here, topside.

Non Kid Update Stuff

quiet_elegance is wrapping up his 10 week gig doing night shift. It's been profitable, but it's hard not having him around for certain parts of the day.  Really, the majority of his time in the last 3 years has been unemployed, so the whole parent-balance thing, I'm used to him being available. There'll always be something sacrificed when he's back on site. This has definitely been one of the better jobs he's had in the recent past. He comes home tired, but not grumpy, sharing stories of pranks pulled on coworkers.

Turns out, also, our mattress has past its usefulness, so we headed up to Jordan's this past weekend and got a top end latex-foam mattress. Can't wait! Sadly, it doesn't show til Friday and as expected the last few nights of sleep are the pits, because that's how it works.

Work for me is... eh? Fine? We're busy. Writing documentation, processing collections, getting articles written about us in the NYT. You know. The usual.

Honorary Niece arrives in a week and 2 days! It's going to be a great time. I'm not taking the whole time off, but it gives the opportunity for exploration.

Wedding plans for Labor Day is set, thanks to pisicutsa's being game for adventure. Woot!

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OK. There you have it.

Days in the life with an almost 3 year old

"I don't want to get married."
... OK...? I can't recommend it if you don't want to anyway.
No context provided, even when prompted.

He sings constantly. He's favoring Oh My Darling Clementine lately. Sometimes to the new lyrics "Jumpa-jumpa" (dumpa-dumpa, if you are Crime Fighter).

He actually manages to stop when asked... mostly. Which is important when running on the sidewalk. My tactic is to have him go and touch a tree or fence or wall or flower. Works better than just "stop."

Extended solo play is happening a lot more for longer. Play Dough for sure is a favorite. And dried beans. And pretend with stuffed animals. This will be the baby dragon, and That will be the mama dragon... and so on. We had fidgetmonster, her boyfriend and his kindergartener over last night. She was a perfect playmate for him: perfectly perfect with her bossiness. She was cool playing pretend, making pig noises, holding his hand when we crossed the street, and so on. I love me some bossy 5 year olds (who want to play with a little kid).

The worst of weening is over. He'll ask, just not every time it's bedtime. No, sorry- it's gone. You are not a baby anymore, kiddo.

"My birthday's comin' up soon." Yep! I think he may still want a big-big-big BIG trumpet. With cheetahs. I still do not know what this means. We haven't finished giving him presents from Christmas, so aside from a tea set and some more books, we're all set on the present side. I'm planning another visit to Beaverbrook for run around in the water for an hour or so. I've invited the majority of this school. No idea how many will actually show. However, I'm planning on several. We've shifted over from adults hanging out at a kid party to a kid-centered party. If you super-want to go, ping me and I'll share info, but I've been erring on the side of little kids-and-their-parents rather than my friends. 'k? k.

TL:DR? fun kid!


Debugging the system

Calvin- Well adjusted
I'm tense. Run the checklist....
-too hot?
-not enough calories?
-too loud?

Fans. Too many fans running. At this point I'd rather be too hot than have my ears assaulted. I turned off all the fans and my shoulders dropped 3 inches, immediately.
Add calories and water, and I'm feeling OK. :)
So thanks to Mandi, I'm reminded this photo of me was taken almost 10 years ago. ::sigh:: I am not saying so many things. It was a great photo shoot, it really was. Andy usually does a great job.

This was from Arisia this past year, 2014.

Really. I think I'm doing alright. The weasels haven't gotten the memo, but the rest of me has. Thanks to Wex for documenting.
Angst Queens
So hard. Weaning toddlers vs. weaning infants/babies. "Oh great, we can talk about this... OH shit, we have to talk about this..."
I'm feeling badly that I'm the one calling it off, not him. He's sad. He's been acting out for who knows what else, but I figure that is one of them. And he's (almost) 3. A combination of I try to pick my battles and I feel badly for being the one to cause a sad for him makes mornings like today extra hard when he's not listening, he wants TV. No. So he goes up and wakes up fubar to try to get it instead.

NO. I said no. I meant no. This is not an opt-out decision. It may feel like a "cuz I say so" reason... and part of it is, but also, we don't get to watch TV whenever we want when we are pre-schoolers. This is a place where getting used to finding something else to do when your first request is denied needs to get into his patterns. Also? Let me tell you how I am NOT ok with the pattern of what I say and what my limits are as the Boss Of Him are flatly ignored. I'm doing this work now so I don't have to do it at 5; at 12; at 18..... (oh toooo laaaate!). The whole multi-adult household can be great, or be a fantastic resource to exploit when you are a very small and cute creature who wants one more episode of Dinosaur Train.

At least it's not surprising behavior. It's very age-appropriate. I'm going to have to get used to this limit being pushed.

Note: I wrote most of this at 9am this morning. It's now almost 5 and I'm OK now. Just another thing to work on and coordinate with the adults of the house. S'alright? S'alright.



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