Saturday, April 27, 2013

My Inspiration

This is Noel Fielding and he's the artist that has inspired me to pick up a pencil again. Back in my Art School days I was into artists like Peter Max--very color driven, abstract types of art. I like people who see the brightness of the world, not the dark stuff. I'm not even that interested in fine art. When we go to art museums I find I'm attracted to pieces with lots of color over great detail. I greatly admire artists who can draw so finely that their pictures look like photos, but I have no interest in doing that. Somehow, finding time seems to be my biggest obstacle but I think I can make time, one way or another! (I do imagine it is going to mean less computer time, but that's probably a good thing!)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Not Sure Where The Mystery Lies

I went to a funeral today. I didn't cry. Somehow, through the whole service I felt a bit disconnected. The deceased was a second cousin who was like an Uncle to me. I loved him dearly. I left the Church several years back. I was never a good Christian--always questioning things. It just never made sense to me. I come from a strongly religious family, but somehow, the fervor missed me. I sat there, looking around at the wood and the colored windows and thought how lovely the room was--I'm sure it would be a wonderful place to visit when seeking solitude. The preacher mentioned the "mystery of death" and I thought "shouldn't that be the mystery of life?"  Another, younger, cousin played the guitar and sang "The Old Rugged Cross", a song that always brought tears to my eyes at funerals, and still nothing. Actually, he did a lovely job and for a moment I wanted to clap. The preacher made some golf jokes and we sang "What A Friend We Have In Jesus". I surprising remember most of the words. And it was over. And still this disconnect. For some reason, I miss Communion. I grew up Presbyterian and was a Deaconess. Communion was special to me. But I don't miss the rest of it. I find it odd.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Just do It

I majored in Art for one year until my Dad's hounding about what kind of job I was going to get with an Art degree finally convinced me to switch to Psychology. Fat lotta good it did me, since I've worked in a grocery store for the past 15 years! I'm not the type to look back and regret decisions because regrets get us nowhere. However  I do regret that I quit drawing. Somehow, between raising kids, working multiple jobs, doing housework and just all of the minutia that goes with life, I let my talent slip away. My daughter, who is majoring in 2D animation  told me to just pick up a pencil and start drawing again.  And I admit, she's right. So, I did. And it felt good. The fine detail is gone, but maybe there is still a little talent left to develop  So, starting today, I'm starting my day with muscle building exercises  (which I've already done this morning) and reserving drawing time in the evening. I think I've got a bit of that "mid-life" thing going on, but maybe that's not a bad thing!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Be Happy!

It's true. It's really true. I've made a concerted effort this week to avoid the news (they don't seem to know what they're talking about, anyway). It just seems to go from bad to worse (I just read about the shooting in Denver). And, with the few things I have read on-line, I have totally ignored the comments (someone always has to be nasty and rude). I'm much happier this way (besides, there's nothing I can do about any of it). Be safe and happy, my friends!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hello, How Are You?

I work in a grocery store. I have to greet people hundreds of times a day. There is the classic, "Hello, how are you?", which of course is supposed to be answered with "fine", because we really don't want to know if it isn't.(Although some customers are more than happy to launch into a long narrative of how bad they are, with details. ick)  Or there is the "How's Sara?", which I really want to answer "I don't know, I haven't seen her". It would confuse the hell out of them, but I hate when people use that greeting--it feels like someone talking to a child to me--, and besides, my name isn't Sara. But that's a whole other post. I watch alot of British TV and I've noticed this greeting,"All right?", in quite a few of them. I know if I tried it, I would confuse the hell out of people. But it could be amusing!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Spring Fever!

The first of the week the weather was so nice- high in the 70s. Every Spring I get this feeling, like I want to jump out of my skin. I feel like I'm 20, not amost 50. Actually it's kind of painful. Tuesday was really bad. I was in a manic good mood. If I could have found someone to go "road-tripping" with me, I  might have called work during my lunch hour and told them I got suddenly sick and wasn't coming back. (as if they would have believed me!) Even though it got cold and wet at the end of the week, I've stayed in this good mood. I wish I felt like this all of the time.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Morning Coffee

This is how my day started, only it was 2:37 a.m. It's going to be a long day!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Romance For Geeks

I've been a huge sci-fi, fantasy geek since grade school. My husband wasn't.  I need to point out he also has never been one to buy gifts or be "romantic". But for our 25th Anniversary he gifted me with this two ring set-- one says "I love you", the other says "I know". A Star Wars reference for those who aren't familiar. I've turned him into one of us!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Mad Cows!

There are quite a few Dairies in my area, lots of cows to see on a drive through the country, so this tickled my funny bone!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Busy, Busy

I've been super distracted lately. I guess I need to schedule an internet work day!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Morning Coffee

Jessie was helping me do the kids' FAFSAs.  One nice thing about being Cat Central, there is always help with whatever I'm doing! (Whether I want it or not.)