slightly wonky

On the eve of 2012…
December 31, 2011, 2:13 pm
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Many moons ago, New Year’s Eve used to take on some significance.  You know…dress up, go out, stay up and cheer in the New Year with lots of other twentysomethings.  Hmm.  Now, it has become probably my LEAST favorite holiday.  It consists of staying home…knowing that there is no babysitter what would want to spend his/her New Year watching your kid…and feeling that midnight is awfully late to stay up.  The fact that Dick Clark is still doing the countdown depresses me.  Is that awful to say?

Anyhoo…although we will “lamely” be ringing in the New Year, 2011 has been a pretty good year all round.  We have lots to be thankful for…our health, the roof over our heads, food on the table, friends and family.  The things that I am not so thankful for are as follows: 

– Burning the rolls for a dinner that I was making for a friend

– Nearly slicing off the end of my finger with a brand new razor in the shower

– The Lincoln Navigator that plowed into my husband while he was biking home

– Yelling at my four-year old when he sends me off the deep end (you can tell that the child psychology books that I’m reading are really working…)

– Having to take this same four-year old to the emergency room when I stepped on his hand and thought that I broke a finger

There is probably some intergalactic correlation between all of these things, but I can’t figure that out right now.  Right now, I am procrastinating from going to the grocery store, which I hate enormously.

While at the nightmarish grocery store recently, my son begged me to buy paper cupcake cups and plastic straws.  Why, I had no idea, but I caved in.  When we got home, he directed me to find him some boxes, because he was going to make something.  This is what he made:

THAT, I’ll have you know…is a homemade black widow spider.  This was his idea not mine.  I think it’s brilliant. 

This has NOT been a productive week for me.  With my husband and son home all week, I’ve not had my usual work time.  Sigh.  I did get a little done though:

I’m trying to “turn up the volume” on these drawings a bit.  My husband is wondering why our basement is beginning to smell like rotting pear.  I want to yell out, “Pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain!!!” 

What should my New Year’s resolution be?  Yell less?  Hug more?  Forget shaving…as it’s too dangerous for me?  Switch to Peapod so that I no longer have to set foot in another grocery store?  Any suggestions?

Happy New Year!  Hakuna Matata!


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Love the spider! It’s so creatively brilliant…like mother like son! You crack me up liz…keep up the nice work. Happy New Year!

Comment by Le Vu

Thanks so much, Le! I’m sure that you have similar spider creations around your house too. I’m planning on attaching that photo to his college applications. Can’t hurt, right? Have a great New Year and all the best for 2012!

Comment by slightlywonky

Your drawing skills are really quite amazing. I wish I could draw like that. I’m loving the fruit and tool motif. Have a happy new year and a great 2012!

Comment by lisa foster

Thanks so much, Lisa! Well, I can’t paint half as well as you can, so we both have room for growth, right? Have a great New Year and best wishes for 2012!

Comment by slightlywonky

A spider and a great drawing! What a talented family this is and who knows what will come next?..I love the fruit and tools and am totally intrigued by where this series is going.. It just gets better and better.
I am sweltering in my little office/studio as it is 102 degrees outside and my aircon doesn’t cope too well in this very large house so it feels about the same inside.. No painting… no drawing and no embroidery.. but I have entered two things in a local art show.. My first foray into the big wide world.. Fingers crossed…and back to the pool…
Happy New Year

Comment by Ruth

Wow! 102 degrees! Yikes. I hope that your air conditioning holds up. It is unusually warm here right now… maybe the 40s? Very odd. Thanks for your kind words, Ruth. Good luck with your art show submissions. That’s pretty exciting. I think some en plein air paintings with you IN the pool sounds like a good idea…:)

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