Saturday, August 24, 2013

Five on Friday

So, I've been asking my IRL (yes, that means in real life) friends what they think of the Robin Thicke Blurred Lines video. It's been called the song of the summer.   Some people find it repulsive, misogynist,  and sexist, and others think it's just fine.  What do you think?  I'll tell you in advance that it makes me squirm, and I'm trying to figure out what I'm missing about why it's ok.  And for the uninitiated, here it is.  Warning: naked girls who are way too perfect to allow you to feel good about yourself unless you are 18 -25, and possibly not even then.  Robin Thicke Blurred Lines

Andrew Dice Clay has a role in Woody Allen's new movie Blue Jasmine. I thought he was dead. Seriously.  Now I have to go see it, just for that.

Tonight we ate at a Korean restaurant where you can (if you wish) cook your own food.  It's right on our block and we'd never been there. (Eileen, Pat, and Jacquie tried it and recommended it.)  Here's a picture of Lou barbecuing his dinner. Cool how the little grill is built into the table, and there is a downdraft so no smoke rises up in your face.

I was home this week and worked on some things for my Hawaiian altered book round robin group, as well as a Field Notes round robin for my friends who meet yearly in Key Largo.

This one is for a book themed "All."  
And of course, when it comes to summer drinks, it is all about that little umbrella!

And this one is a multi-page flip book for an 
altered book with the theme of Creation Myths.  
My pages are the story of How Raven Brought
Light to the World. (And also why ravens are
always black.)  Below is the two pages with 
all the flaps closed.  

This is the first flap opened. Did you know that 
(according to Tlingit legend) ravens were once white?
This was long ago, when the heavens were all dark.

One day, raven visited the home of Gray Eagle and
saw that he was hoarding bags with sun, 
moon, stars and fresh water.

That rascally raven stole those bags and spilled
their contents out upon the earth.  And in the end, 
the smoke from the bag of fire blew onto his feathers and
darkened them, which is why ravens are always black!

And finally, the two pages below are sketches for a field
notes book for Sue.  Her fictional character is
the daughter of Dr. Livingstone, following in
her famous father's footsteps as she searches
for her destiny.  In my notes, Sue's character is
enjoying the wildlife in Zambia.

Nothing like art therapy to rejuvenate the soul!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Five on Friday

This week there are only two...named Wyatt and Noah.

As some of you know, Wyatt's fluid in utero was leaking out, so the doctor's decided to induce labor when my daughter was at 34 weeks, instead of the 37-week point they had been hoping to get to. After several hours of labor, she delivered two 4.7 lb. beautiful baby boys - first Wyatt, and a few minutes later, Noah.

That was two weeks ago, and although there have been some predictable ups and downs (feeding and temperature regulation issues, mainly), they are both on target to come home sometime this week.  Mama, daddy and big brother Liam are doing great and very excited - albeit tired from traveling to two different hospitals every day.  Ally is pumping breast milk in between all of this, and Liam is cutting a tooth and almost walking.  Ah the joys of new parenthood!

If you are interested in photos, here are a few from the past few days.  As you can see, Noah and Wyatt are identical twins, and my big head is half the size of their bodies, haha.




 Noah suntanning under the lights. Already a beach boy...


And here is grandpa Lou giving Liam his first twinkie!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Five on Friday

These days, as you've noticed, my Fridays are any day of the week I have a moment to get to the computer.

Eleven years ago I met my husband on  At the time, it was pretty new -- and I didn't tell my family I'd met him online for a couple of years. (They would not have approved.)  These days, dating websites are pretty common. Sure, people can misrepresent themselves -- but they do that in person anyway.  It's our job to suss out the gold from the dust.  The next generation is using dating apps for the phone, like Tinder.  Pics of people in your area who are registered show up on your phone. You swipe the screen one direction to connect with them; swipe the other way if you aren't interested.  Sure it's initially superficial to make a decision based on looks, but the trick is to chat with them afterwards and see if it could be a real connection.  I love the idea that people are finding new ways to meet.  It beats waiting for a friend to introduce you to someone or standing in a bar feeling awkward.

Why do I need seem to need an iPad mini, an iPhone and a MacBook? Packing to go away for a few days, I realized I can't leave home without any of them, each for a different reason.  Please, don't invent any more technology. I don't want to find out I need something else...

Looks like a summer of Blockbusteds -- starting with The Great Gatsby (Leo DeCaprio) in May, After Earth (Will Smith), Man of Steel, World War Z (Brad Pitt), White House Down (Channing Tatum), and The Lone Ranger (Johnny Depp).  No dearth of star power, but the movies aren't hitting home runs.  What was your favorite BIG movie? (Here are a few biggies:  Avatar, Titanic, The Avengers, Star Wars, ET, The Lion King, Toy Story, Juraissic Park, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Forrest Gump, Iron Man, Twilight, Home Alone.)

In Little Italy last night with my elementary school friend Ellen and our husbands, and realizing we've known each other since 5th grade - more years than I want to count.  We walked home from school with lunch boxes swinging, dreamt about boys, shared high school lunchroom tables.  Such a treasure to have her in my life.  Got a friend like that?

My newest art obsession, born of influences by Carla Sonheim, Michael Hague and Maurice Sendak. I can't stop drawing and painting.

There will be more...