Monday, January 26, 2009
What? You wanted a photo of me? Hah. I'm photo"phobic" not photogenic. Never have been. Never will be. I could not find a photo of me on the computer so you are all safe (for now).
I also want to show my appreciation to Poetikat. She gave me flowers and considers me a great blog friend. Thanks Poetikat. You are the bestest. If you haven't checked out Poetikat, please do so. She has two of the best blogs ever! Checkout Poetikat's Invisible Keepsakes for wonderful intriguing poetry @http://www.hyggedigter.blogspot.com/. Also if you are a member of Generation Jones,(like me) you might appreciate her"Blasts from the Past".
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I could not find Red Bean Paste. I did find Nori (toasted seaweed sheets), Rice vinegar, "sushi" quality rice, crab, avocado and fresh ginger. We made a pot of "sticky rice", paddled it and added rice vinegar and a bit of sugar. It was delicious. The kids made some rice cakes wrapped in Nori. We also made Nori rolls with crab and avocado. Please note these are Americanized versions of Sushi (forgive me Dive) but healthy, delicious and great for kids.
This is not a great photo of the Nori rolls, but you can see a bit of the bento box. The other goodies visible are shrimp on a bed of bean threads or cellophane noodles with some edamame for color. I had these ingredients already and thought they would look pretty in the Bento. Presentation is everything!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
There is something amazing and magical about an ice storm. The ice magically encases every branch, leaf and wire, transferring the dull brownness of winter into a fantasy land.
These pictures were taken on Thursday (two days after Tuesday night's storm). D and I tried to catch the rays of the late afternoon sun illuminating the icy branches. The photos might give you some idea, but we couldn't quite capture the feeling of walking around and through the woods. (a future painting perhaps?) For those of you that are familiar with my paintings, you know that I am fascinated with the effects of light through branches, foliage and just about anything.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Okay, so I've not lived quite up to my expectations this year. So what?
I didn't send any holiday cards. So what?
I didn't send a year end letter like I promised. So what?
I didn't clean the pantry, or the basement, or the garage. Who cares?
Another year of clutter will not kill anyone.
In 2008, I did accomplish a few things:
I started a blog to post some of my art. (I didn't realize it would also be a fun recreational activity) I successfully entered and was accepted into three juried shows. I completed four graduate classes. I lost 10 pounds. I regained the 10 pounds with 2 additional friends. I am continuing to paint. My students finished a large mural at the Windy Hill Senior Center. I successfully survived another year of parenting two teenage daughters.
For 2009...I have set goals but no real "resolutions". I do not like the word "resolution". I feel that I am setting myself up for failure just by making a "resolution". I don't think "Eddie" makes resolutions.
Goal One - Finish my Masters Degree. (I hope to finish by August)
Goal Two - Get Healthier. Note that I am not resolving to lose those 10 lbs. again. I did join a gym. I am actively watching my weight. I have to do all of these things. I will be turning the big Five-O this year. OMG!WTF? I just want to be around long enough to finish "my masterpiece". (I haven't even visualized it yet).
Goal Three - Take time for myself. Do whatever. Take an actual vacation somewhere. Paint, relax, sleep with my belly exposed on the loveseat.
Goals beyond three - Start an actual webpage; keep a creativity journal; submit paintings to the "Art of the State"; begin a masterpiece; clean the pantry; clean the basement; clean out the kids' lair; clean out my own lair.
Final goal - Take more naps.