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!

January 1, 2011, 10:32 pm
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Happy New Year!  We had a LOVELY 50 degree day here in the Boston ‘burbs.  Yummy!  Why can’t winter be like this all the time?  Oh yeah, then there would be no snow, ever.  Bummer.

So, I’m wondering if I should jump on this “make-some-kind-of-thing-every-day” bandwagon.  Here is a link to a blog about this kind of thing.  I know.  It’s a good thing to do.  Basically, you commit to creating something every day for a year.  In fact, I believe that my brother is going to do this…by creating at least one photograph per day. I’m interested in this whole idea, as I hope that it would push me to make something every day, and not be so precious about what I do.  Some days, I hardly get any time to myself.  I use that as an excuse as to why I haven’t created anything.  But, maybe that’s kind of lazy!  Maybe I just need to make something…ANYTHING, regardless of how much time I’ve had to make it.  In the spirit of this, I made a print, which took less than an hour.  I know.  It LOOKS like it took less than an hour.  Who cares.  Here it is:

I know.  Not so good.  But, considering that I would probably have not bothered with it at all, as I had so little free time today…I think that it’s okay.  Not great, but okay.  Just THINK how much “stuff” I’ll have if I can keep this up! I may even learn something!  Hopefully, some of these creations will be reasonable.  I originally thought that I could make several things in one day…and then keep some to use on those days where I don’t actually do anything.  BUT, now I see that this is really defeating the purpose.  I really do need to push myself to make something every day.  Even if it turns out lousy. 

Is this my New Year’s Resolution?  I guess so.  I originally thought that I would try to be “less grouchy”, but perhaps I should work on that anyway.

Okay…signing off here.  Here are some photos I took this week when we had heaps of snow and sunshine.  Doesn’t it look lovely out?

[okay.  I couldn’t leave well enough alone.  I messed with that print again.  Here it is again:

I think that it looks worse in the photo, but better in reality…okay, I’m cleaning up now…]

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