Saturday, October 8, 2016

Lately, 10.8.16


Making: I have to say, my mind has been so completely occupied with other things and planning art projects for my students that I haven't been making much time for my own art. In the meantime, though, I am completely inspired by other artists :)

I have been chipping away at this tray, very slowly, adding a layer here and there, when I have time. I do have several "gift" paintings in the works, leading up to the holidays, so stay tuned for that!
Claus Oldenberg at Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis

raumlaborberlin: 4562 Enright Avenue at Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis

Some amazing ceramic work and weavings by my Adaptive Art students.

Drinking: Two Hearted Ale, Grenache and dark chocolate (which, when consumed together, tastes just like chocolate covered cherries! Have I mentioned that here before?!) and my very first Gin and Tonic, thanks to the newly 21-year old, Little Man.

Eating: M. and I have been splurging on really good cheese lately. If M. had his way, we would be buying the Feta, but since I think Feta tastes pretty much like vomit, we compromise on the sharp cheddar. We like the kind with those crunchy little bits in it ( I think this has something to do with the protein??)- SO good!

Watching: Real Time with Bill Maher, Yoga Is  (a documentary by Suzanne Bryant), Amos Lee

Listening to: more podcasts, which, lately, consist of Elena Brower and Seane Corn on Soul Feed and Good Life Project, Amos Lee, Paul Teodo (acoustic guitar) and another oldie, but goodie 'Wildfire' by Michael Murphy

Reading: Carry on Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

Crisis is a gift. Love, love, love this.

Thinking about: Family. And how a crisis can sometimes make a family stronger and closer. And yet another crisis can completely turn it on it's head. And, how the only power you ever have in any situation is how you react to what is going on around you. And how, if you've reacted badly in the past, the only way to make it right is to own it, apologize for it, realize the lesson you learned from it and make it a point to respond in a positive way in the future. And how easy it is to, then, stand up, brush yourself off and make it your mission to turn a really crappy situation into a positive one. Because in the end, if  a family ends up stronger, wiser, kinder and more understanding of each other, then it will all have been worth it.

Laughing at: the Presidential debate last week. Oh, my! Looking forward to more tomorrow night.

1) This quote by Rick Warren ( and re-quoted by Seane Corn in the movie 'Yoga Is') :
"Find your wound and you'll find your purpose".
2) Watching the students in my adaptive art class interact with each other. I am not exaggerating one bit when I say that for that one class period each day there is nothing but love and kindness in that room. It really is an amazing thing to witness.

3) My job. New administrators, new programs, new routines, etc. have completely transformed the climate at our school and I am seriously loving it. So far, this year, I have received three kind and encouraging notes from administrators, and it is not even the end of first quarter!

4) Spending the evening watching and listening to Amos Lee with two of my favorite people in the whole, wide world.
Amos Lee at The Pageant, St. Louis

5) And having a lunch date with another one of my favorite people in the whole, wide world.

6) And finally, I love the fact that I have so many things in this category that I have to number them!

Spreading joy: Currently in the process of sending out some kind and encouraging notes of my own.

With what I have: So, this is an embarrassing thing to admit, but when we moved back into our house last year, we decided that we didn't want to continue using our heavy, bulky antique bed frame and armoire. So we ended up pulling dressers from other rooms and putting our box spring and mattress on the floor, just for the time being. Well, guess what? The box spring and mattress are still on the floor. I've whined about it for over a year now and M. finally told me that he actually prefers it that way because we don't have to worry about our dog jumping on and off of it and hurting herself again (torn ACL a few years ago!). He had a point. So, although I still intend to get a legitimate bed frame, I am now looking for a platform frame that will keep the bed closer to the ground. Kind of bohemian looking, I guess. Right?! I like bohemian!  So... in the meantime, just to keep myself from whining about it, I pulled an antique bench from the living room and placed it at the end of the bed, then hung a wool rug ( a gift from my parents' trip to Mexico in the late 80's) tapestry-style, above the bed. Not perfect, by any means, but I think this will keep me happy for a while :)

Once the bench was taken from the living room, it left a bare spot. So... I bought two new end tables. But, even though they are new, I got a great deal on them. Originally 89.99 each and I got them for 26.98! They are a little quirky (gold finished metal with leather tops) and fit perfectly in my "happy place" on the 70's couch!.

My happy place- right there, perched next to that pillow, watching Netflix, blogging, drinking my coffee in the morning or working sewing projects. 

Have a great weekend!  Juli

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