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Yesterday I suffered from a case of domesticgodessitis. Not that you'd be able to tell by the state of the house. No. It still needs to be decontaminated liek whoa (three weeks and two different bugs. It's been gross).

Nope. Instead I tackled the mending pile. Fortunately, it was small. Unfortunately, the majority of it was darning. Two of my favorite pairs of socks needed mending. And, since I had no brain-power or energy for anything else, I sat and darned. And "watched" Voyager. (I'm rewatching all the episodes Page watched without me.) Anyway, it's the first time I darned worth a damn, and, well, it turned out well. Go me.

Today I finished off the pile by finishing up a pair of fingerless mittens (from another pair of holy socks). So yay. I may take pictures of those, even if they aren't perfect.

***

I am mulling how to write a story idea. I'm kinda wondering if it needs to be a picture book. Thing is, if it were a picture book, it would never, ever, EVER get published.

Still. Mulling.

***

I took part in Podunk's Spring Art Festival on Saturday, and it was an almost complete bust. The only reason it wasn't a complete bust is because I had the time to finish a note card drawing, and figure out what my newest painting needs to finish it.

So frustrating. The people whose shop I was in said it was the slowest Saturday they'd had in a long time. Maybe a year. *sigh*

***

I think I'm in my week of misery (PMDD). Life is seeming pretty damn pointless, and I feel like a waste of space. Maybe even worse than a waste of space, given that I procreated and I'm not sure I am up for the task of raising a man. (Oh, yeah. Page has begun the teenage attitude. For real, this time. And who cares if it's two years early, because he sure doesn't. My mum said 11 seems to be the new 13.) I really am scared about that. He is so bad about certain things, especially reading body language, and... *sigh*

I wish I could redo the first few years of his life with the knowledge I have now. Ach well.

***

And finally, but foremost, my heart goes out to all of you who are suffering real losses, fears, or other stresses. I know a lot of you are, and please know I am thinking of you and sending you light.

Good things

Feb. 4th, 2016 11:44 am
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Since I seem to be in a bit of a funk...

1. The lengthening of the days. Not just the lengthening, but the lightening of the days. It feels wrong to have a warm wind blowing in February in New England (in Colorado, sure! Chinooks are de rigeur, but not here!), but I can't help but be a little excited to see some dogwoods and magnolias thickening up with buds already. I just hope we don't get a Colorado Spring (i.e. all the wet snow that winter didn't bring just as all the flowers and leaves come out, crushing everything).

2. Free trials. I'm trying out Acorn TV for the month because they had immediate access to season 2 of Miss Fisher's Mysteries. I've been enjoying various other shows since I finished off that series (3rd season wasn't nearly as good for UST, alas). Lots of good fodder for painting sessions, except I had the unfortunate luck to have three (different) shows in a row focus on incest. Incest is one of the few things that completely squicks me out (that and blood play). But otherwise, I've been entertaining myself with lots of good quality murder mysteries. Yay.

3. Our internet is now reliable. I don't know what it is about me and phones, but we have a problematic relationship. Maybe they sense my fear and react offensively, like a wild creature... Except the problems occur even when I have no fear; my cell phone often refuses to let me talk to Geoff (seriously, it will cut the connection as soon as he's picked up, if it allows the call to go through in the first place), and our DSL service through our phone company was getting beyond frustrating in its refusal to work for me (and pretty much just me). So we switched to cable internet (deal with the devil, unfortunately) and a VOIP phone service. Both are in perfect working order. The internet is still slowish, though that may have more to do with our processors than the speed, but it's available and reliable. And uploading pictures takes about 5 seconds as opposed to the 3 minutes it used to take. So that's awesome.

4. This painting of mine. )

It makes me very happy.

5. Having my little studio set up again. I was going to leave the living room in the configuration it was put into for Christmas until the basement was finished, but I kept tripping over my easel's legs and having to shift my painting things again and again and again, often while I was painting... It was a bother. So I rearranged the sofa ends to remake my little (seriously, it's an area of about 5 sq. ft./ .8 sq meter) painting nook. And boy, did that open up the rest of the living room! I am still anxiously awaiting getting the basement finished so I can move things around to better use the space (and make the book shelves behind the sofa accessible again!), but the room is functional again, which helps a lot.

ETA 6. Geoff gave me a hair cut last night. While it isn't the best haircut I've had, it did get rid of my mullet and make my head tidier overall. I am very pleased. :-)

It's unfortunate that I had to really dig for those five things, because really, there's a lot more good about my life than not, but, well, my health is getting spotty again, which makes it harder to see the good. But I'm still trying, at least.
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- last week of vacation. Not sure I'm ready to go back, but I probably am. Have been pretty productive in the last week, so energy is at least returning.

- Definitely allergic or sensitive to commercial toothpaste (probably the sodium laurel sulfate). Since switching to homemade stuff, my morning rinse-out hasn't been nasty-colored once. Gum inflammation is also down.

- Painful period is painful. Probably taking today off because of it.

- It's nice to have Geoff home again.

- My free trial of photoshop is now kaput. I will be saving up for both the program and a computer that can really utilize it (as well as a tablet) over the next year.

- I've been traditional arting. Nothing to show yet, but I have been.

- right. Horizontalness needed now.

Cheers.

E) Other

Apr. 2nd, 2013 08:04 pm
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I should be taking advantage of the quiet house to try to catch up on my homework. Yep. I probably even will do that... in a few minutes. Especially as the construction next door seems to have halted for the day. Thank goodness. (IMO The worst thing about a neighbor's construction is that you don't get to see what was done.)

However, I have had a productive day, so I'm not feeling too terribly guilty about a few minutes frivolously spent saying in typed words what I probably wouldn't say in spoken words. (More for lack of opportunity than lack of discretion.) (Not that I'm necessarily going to be lacking discretion in this post.)

The next few weeks of school will probably be pretty stressful, as the snow days really cramped the teachers' schedules, especially where the testing was concerned. The second accounting test should have taken place last Friday, but seeing as we hadn't even started one of the chapters it covers, it was moved to this coming Friday. I hope to do well, but seeing as I was in a bit of a brain haze when we went through taxes and leases, it's possible I might not ace it. Those darn multiple choice questions always seem to trip me up even on the best days.

Laptops and tablets and Microsoft, oh my! )

Hellth care law shenanigans )

To art or not )

Spring! )

But now I have spent far more of my time than I intended on this. I should go open my term paper doc and work on that a bit.
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On the plus side, I have mainly avoided doing any kitchen duty today. I did roast the hubbard squash that had been sitting on our ledge for a couple weeks, but even there, I got Geoff to do the hard work of chopping it in half.

On the down side, my avoiding kitchen duty (by doing (almost) all the laundry, go me) means the kitchen is now a pit, and the only food made is the squash.

Geoff's been out all day helping a friend move. I assume that's what he's still doing, anyway (it's been nine hours).

On the up side, I did get another segment done on Niece's Christmas present. On the down side, I broke the skull I made yesterday. I s'pose I could still use it, but I think it gives off bad juju now, which is not what I'm aiming for.

Let's see... is there another upside to end on? Well, besides the fact that I have an entertaining book to read while waiting for the laundry to advance? Um... I organized my closet! And managed to pilfer a full bag's worth of shirts and sweaters that Page will never wear from his drawers without his noticing (and therefore objecting). His clothes plus mine equal a fair amount to charity and consignment shop (where, if they're either rejected or not sold, they end up being given to the needy anyway).

I made a couple of hard decisions with my clothes, but I'm choosing to think of it as making room for the new (and hopefully better). Eventually.

Ah. Just got a call from Geoff, and they're on the last load. He sounds wiped. I imagine he's going to be feeling it for a while. Just in time for another business trip, too.

Ach well. I should go start tackling the kitchen. Just to present a somewhat less down-heartening welcome to the tired and weary soldier, ya know.

Cheers.

Ah.

Dec. 1st, 2012 10:38 am
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Well, Page's leg cramps aside, I now know why he's been so cranky and pale this week. The little fink has been snerching on raisins. Excessively. Like, he finished off the new 15 ounce container this week.

*scowls*

I will restrain myself from mentioning all the grossness that goes with this overdose of sugar, but I am not a happy mother at the moment. Especially as this will require me cajoling and coaxing and threatening where his diet is concerned. And depriving him of sugary foods for another week or three. Which is a double-edged sword where he's concerned (see the raisin snerching).

Kids. Why do we love them so?

Ach well. Life continues. And I imagine that once I get moving again, I will be in a good mood again. Even if moving does entail the cajoling and coaxing of Page to start on gift projects. *grumps*

Right. I think I need to go do something fun to get my mood up, so I'll go saw that skull in half. *nods* That should cheer me considerably. >;->

Heh.

Nov. 30th, 2012 02:50 pm
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Bullet point time!

Read more... )
Happy weekend!!!!
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Frankenstorm is coming!

I shall not mock the Fates and tell the truth about how utterly and completely worried I am. Suffice to say, we have not been part of the rush on the stores, or even (due to long lines and impatience) gas stations.

I suspect "Sandy" (Frankenstorm's official name) will be very much like Irene was last year, which was more bluster than muster up here. Unfortunately (although I can understand the reasoning), the school district has decreed tomorrow to be null and void. So yay. Page gets an extra long weekend. I don't get any.

School blather )

A nice dream, for a change! )


In less inspiring news, Geoff and I may have reverted back to the plan of replacing the car sooner rather than later. There really is something wrong with the front suspension. And the transmission is getting clunkier and more reluctant, too. Those two things, added to the list of things that we know are wrong, might actually negate the financial favor of keeping it. But, I don't know. It's still rather up in the air.

But, to end on a good note, I'm rewatching "Slings and Arrows" and reminding myself about what a wonderful show it is. Seriously, if you haven't seen it, do!

Also, because political season is (fiiiiiiinally!) coming to an end, I thought I ought to report that Joss Whedon has put in his figurative oar and endorsed Romney:

Ahhhhh

Oct. 22nd, 2012 07:20 pm
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I did actually paint today! )

Not a good photo, and it's probably not done yet (besides the fact that this is only half of the entire piece), but it was nice to work on something rather successfully again.

And now I have a week to stare at it (while I should be doing my school readings) and ponder the edits needed. Though probably I should keep most editing to a minimum until the second half is around. *nods*

It was also nice to sing along to some of my favorite albums while I painted. Painting is one of the few times I prefer my music to be loud.

To do

Jun. 5th, 2012 03:54 pm
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I need a list, or else I will sleep away the entire day. Might do so anyway, but at least my mind will be more organized. (Acupuncture really does wipe me out.)

Read more... )

Page was ill over the weekend, so that was unpleasant. He developed a fever Sunday night, so it was no school for him yesterday, even though he seemed the picture of health. However, his daily report card from today shows that perhaps he's not quite all better, as he had a pretty difficult day. Could just be the weather, though.

I am tempted to turn on the furnace. *looks at calendar, laughs* I am resisting, but jeez, it's cold. However, it's supposed to warm up by the end of the week, so I shall resist. I haven't packed away the winter things (because I don't ever do that), so there are lots of sweaters and such to keep warm. At least it isn't snowing like it is to the north of us.

Last day of Page's school is coming up quickly. I'm not really looking forward to it, but hey ho. He'll be happier, at least. That's always good, right? Actually, the main reason I'm not looking forward to it is because of logistics. I'll need to figure out how to keep him amused as I go for the acupuncture treatments (without driving the secretary crazy).

What else...

The portraiture class I did on Saturday was good, but exhausting. I got the basics of the face ratios and shapes down, though. Yay. The two students who showed up said it was a good lesson, so that's something. Unfortunately, it was so exhausting that I had to skip the retirement party for my minister that night. It was either the party or the last service the next morning, and, well... the service came out more important. Though I wish I hadn't missed his rendition of Alice's Restaurant. :-(

And... that's about it. Guess I need to get moving, as inertia is starting to dig its claws into me again. *looks at couch longingly* Ah well. Short list, then I can indulge. Thank goodness for leftovers, so I don't need to even think of what's for dinner. :-)
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So, knowing that time is mutable, would you be satisfied by a two hour course covering this? )
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Today!

Read more... )

As for what has passed, I took my College Comp CLEP yesterday, and while I have no idea how I did on the multiple choice section, I think I did fairly well on the essay portions. Two essays in 70 minutes. Yeah, they were short essays. But, I think I did reasonably well. Well enough to demonstrate I know how to write in a fairly logical fashion, anyway (when I put my mind to it). And besides, I only need a 50 to pass. I'll find out how I did around my birthday (happy birthday to me?) (Last night I dreamt I got a 72 (out of 80). I was one happy camper till I woke up and realized it was a dream.)

The landscape dudes still haven't sodded our lawns, but we now have two arborvitae, one on either side of our front step. And a little shrub of some sort (cornus alba "halo": variegated dogwood shrub) hiding the sewer access pipe. And they transplanted the eunonymous to beside the power pole for me. They offered to plant the magnolia I'm going to get, but I realize that the timing is all wrong for me, and that I'll just have to do the work myself. I can't spare the time today, and I didn't have the energy last night to fetch it from my friend.

~wibbles~ I guess I should get to work, but it sure would be nice to wake up, first.

When I have time, I will post pics of my front garden Siberian irises. They're really pretty. Two (and a half) deep purple ones, and one (with another bud) beautiful yellow and white one. I think I'm just going to give up on the sodding happening to my schedule and start planting this weekend (eta: ooh! The sod has arrived! Ooh! Ooh!). After finishing the walkway (still need to sand it, hence* the lack of pictures of our accomplishments), that is.

Oh, and I also reached the halfway mark in the Big Book of Sherlock. I'm thinking of skipping to the next novel and leaving the rest for later in the summer, except I don't want to miss anything about Mycroft. Not that I'll have time to read anything for pleasure today. ~shrugs~

(* I realized as I finished up my CLEP that when I'm tired, my language gets very old fashioned. My mind was starting to flounder where vocabulary was concerned (did I mention it was sweltering in the testing room? And it had been for nearly two hours?); I was finishing up the second essay, and I was about to use the word "hence", but then thought it was rather old fashioned. But I couldn't think of another word, except "thence". Which is what I used. ~cringes~ Ah well.)

Right. I'm going to have a cup of tea. Hopefully it's been long enough for my stomach to accept it gracefully, 'cause I need the warmth and want the caffeine.

And then... to work. Meep.

Excited

May. 6th, 2012 01:02 pm
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So, tomorrow I have my first final (accounting), and then Tuesday I have my last final (business). While I am going to set aside a bit of time today to review the accounting material again, I feel pretty confident on all of it. Mistakes do, often, result in learning.

But what's got me really happy today is the promise of the figurative tomorrow. I had a burst of inspiration last night, and I am so looking forward to getting to work on a couple of pieces that I've been mulling over for some time. One of the pieces is something I've been thinking on since our first winter here, nine years ago. And I think I've finally come up with a way to present it! (Granted, it's one of those things that could be really powerful or really cheesy. We'll see. Or rather, I'll see. If it's cheesy, no one else will see it! You'll just hear about it through my post-failure blues.)

I have a few projects I need to work on before I start real work on those, but after Tuesday, my summer is pretty much wide open for artistic pursuits. Yay!

Stuff

Mar. 1st, 2012 10:50 am
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To do list for my memory's benefit )

Well, so far we have about 4" of snow on the ground, and it's still snowing. YAY! It's really heavy snow, and it took me about 45 minutes to clear off the driveway, though that was because I was being a perfectionist about it, wanting all the icy stuff gone, too. Benefit of my OCD is that no snow has stuck to the driveway in the two hours since. (Having the temp be just above freezing helps with that, of course.) Whee!

Yesterday was a tired day. I had to struggle to stay awake during class in the morning, and then, after an afternoon of running around doing errands and ending the evening with hanging my work, I was beat. I was really happy to go to bed at 9:30, and even so, I didn't want to get up this morning. But I think that was more to do with the dim quality of the light than exhaustion. Well, that and a warm, cuddly husband.

I did manage to hang most of my show yesterday, thankfully. I was three hangers short, so I need to get those and an extra length of chain, but the pics are at the church, ready to be hung. On the downside, it seems I had too many pics printed and had to bring seven home, as there just wasn't room for them. On the plus side, that means I have work to cover the walls here, again. Yay! (It's been odd having bare walls. Not bad, but odd.)

Oh, and I'd like to thank [livejournal.com profile] dickgloucester for more or less sponsoring this show. It would have gone on anyway, as I'd promised to do it, but your recent purchases made it a lot more financially comfortable to do so! (And S, thank you for this semester of school!)

Yesterday's lunch was notable for its tastiness and simplicity. We'd sauteed up some zucchini, onion and red bell pepper in coconut oil the night before, so yesterday I took the leftovers, dumped them on top of a plain beef patty, sprinkled some queso fresco on top and nuked it till hot. Served with half a ripe avocado, and it was really close to perfection. (I've been really enjoying having an avocado or so a day, lately. I'm eager for this next batch to get ripe enough to eat.)

Aaaaaaaaaaaand... I think that's all the time I can spare faffing about. Maybe after I've done my homework I can come back. And hopefully you all (who haven't already) will have posted so I'll have lots to read! *smiles hopefully*

Cheers!
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Here's part one of what I'm going to get printed up to show: Flowers.

Read more... )

And now the heating pad has relaxed me to the point of being able to contemplate bed. Yay! So, cheers, y'all.

Random

Feb. 25th, 2012 05:06 pm
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Thank you for the blue dragons! They're lovely and cheerful and happy-making.

No homework has been done yet today. That's next, I s'pose, now that I've gathered enough photos to print for the show. Perhaps at my next break I'll post them on here so you can see what'll be going up on the walls. This will not be a cohesive show at all, but, eh. They're all quite decent shots, and that's what matters most to me right now.

As for the state of me... I'm dry. Like, 80-ounces-of-water-a-day-is-not-hydrating-me dry. not sure why, but it probably has something to do with resuming my habit of tea. *big sigh*

Page slapped a kid in after-school yesterday. No one is happy about this. And it was over a freaking plastic bag!!! Still don't know what to do with that kid (and counseling center didn't call back, darn them!)

It's windy. Windy enough the power flickered off. Windy enough to unsettle me. Don't like it. However, last night it was also very rainy, which was nice. We need more moisture!

But I guess I better go do my homework. I need to catch up, and now is probably one of the few chances I'll get before the mid- and end-terms crunches.

Ciao.

Why is it?

Feb. 24th, 2012 05:41 pm
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Why is it that my leg/hip always starts hurting around 5:30pm? It's getting to the point of clockwork.

And it doesn't matter how much I've been sitting during the day, though if I exercise it too vigorously (like walk for more than fifteen minutes at a time), it will ache a little sooner. In my more paranoid periods, I'm afraid that one day I will wake up with no pain because the sciatic nerve will have been completely severed by whatever it's rubbing up against now.

Bah.

Also bah is that it's coming up on midterm and I'm behind. This weekend (including Monday) will be devoted to homework, homework, and sorting through photographs that will fill out my gallery showing. Because I am showing in March, as I feared. And I suppose I'll also have to devote some time to framing up the few pieces of newer work I have.

Geoff will have to do the cooking. Or Page (ifn we wants scrambled eggs for all 'r meals)

At least the fridge is stocked with all the necessities. And god, my life is boring if that's the height of what passes for news around here.

Well, I suppose I could always talk about my accounting course... ;-)

*sigh*

Better go pick up the kid. I'll probably be commenting a lot this weekend, as I procrastinate on doing what needs to be done. I wonder where that get-up-and-go from last semester went? That was a cool experience. *shrugs*

On the plus side (since it's good to finish with something positive, as that's the thing the brain will put the most importance on), I received notification that Page's insurance application has been received and is in processing already. It'll probably take all month, but he should have health and dental insurance in April! Whee!
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I reacted with (subdued) glee when told that my son was hit on the head with a book today.

Horrible, I know.

But maybe, just maybe, he'll learn from the experience? (Besides which, it obviously wasn't a damaging blow, as I didn't even receive a call from the school nurse.)

I'm not normally an eye for an eye type person, but, ya know, it's gonna happen eventually, so maybe he'll learn how unpleasant it is and cut it the fuck out from now on? That's my hope, anyway.

*

In other news, I completed my first week back at school, and am not sure how I feel about it. School ramblings )

What else... Went to the BFA yesterday with a friend. That was nice. We went to see the Degas show that's wrapping up, and I must say that my favorites from the show were not Degas' works. Courbet, I believe, was the best of the show, but then, the show was limited in scope, dealing only with the nude form.

Notes on the show )

Rest of museum we visited )

Hmm... Anything else of note? No. I want to sleep more. Like, all day. And I don't want to cook. At all. But that's nothing new, so no, nothing else of note.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!
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...I say without being ironic or sarcastic or anything.

Now that the sun has set, I'm ready to go to bed so as to welcome Tuesday, but honestly, this has been a pretty good day despite lots.

Pretty rote listing of done dids and other happenings )

Oh, and a moon meme:
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So, my mum reminded me that I never shared the final results of the mural of doom. Oops. My bad. So I thought I'd share that and this week's project that I finished today.

Piccies )


I'm hoping that with six weeks off till next semester, I'll be able to complete six paintings/projects by then. We'll see, however, as Christmas is coming and the house is a mess, so that gets priority this week.

However, I do need to get a lot more work done as I signed up to show at the church sometime next spring! And I'd rather not have repeats... Besides which, I need to build up my inventory again!

Right. Now off to bed. Hopefully that will chase off this cold that's trying to move in.

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