Thursday, December 22, 2005

Ozzie Rockwell or Norman Osborne? Take your pick

I wanted so much to bake Christmas cookies with the kids today. In my mind... life is like a Norman Rockwell painting. In my mind... I'm June Cleaver and the kids are all gathered around, we are laughing and smiling, the cookies are baking and they smell great. In reality... life is more like a scene out the Osborne's were everyone is fighting and cussing at each other. In reality... tears are flowing from my daughter's eyes because her brother just hit her as hard as he could with my 65 cm ExerSwiss Ball.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Reverse Snob

Somedays I am such a reverse snob. It is amusing yet very frustrating for me to be a part of this "fancy smancy" life. I really should just suck it up and learn to enjoy this stuff. My mom just can't believe I am cut from the same cloth as her.
Saturday my hubbie's boss invited us to Breakfast at Tiffany's (yes that Tiffanys) and gave me a gift certificate to show his appreciation for all the long hard hours that my DH puts in at the office.
Anyone that knows me knows I am definitely not the Tiffany's type so what in the world was I going to do with a big fat gift certificate? I was caught in the middle of this intense internal battle between trying to be gracious and hating being at Breakfast at Tiffany's. In the end (and actually the entire time there) my immaturity won out and now I am left with such feeling of quilt and anger at myself. Why can't I just accept the generosity? Why did I find it so condescending to my soul?
Somedays it really sucks being me. On these days I wish I was more like my mother.
Oh man I didn't just type that did I? Send HELP ASAP!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

New Years Resolution

Have you started to think about what you will add, change or improve on in 2006?

I have... but I'm afraid. I am afraid because of my past. Each year I have made resolutions and within a week or a month have gone back to my old habits.

This year though I hope to break that cycle by doing something that will be impossible to resist. I am going to do more of the things that I love in 2006. I will wine and dine myself, buy myself chocolates, take myself to see plays and concerts, watch more movies.

This may sound silly to some, but to me as a mom and wife it sounds wise. I don't do enough things that I enjoy doing.

This year I plan on taking more candle-lit bubble baths. I want to become a member of the Mint Museum again. I want to find a really cool coffee house where I can become a regular. To start I have signed up for a writing class. And I am going to find a painting or drawing class that will take a beginner like me.

What is your resolution?

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Fairy Godmothers

I still believe in fairy godmothers!

Yesterday I went shopping for a ball gown for the annual Christmas Ball (The Winter Wonderland Celebration). This is not my favorite activity. Fundamentally I have a major issue spending money on clothes that can only be worn once. Needless to say I put it off and put it off for weeks now. It was “do or die” time for me so I headed to Angie’s Boutique to try on some gowns. The first gown was a maroon number that must have had 100 yards of fabric. It was too small (or maybe I was too big) and as Angie tried to zip it up the zipper broke. Horrified I stood there trapped inside miles of maroon taffeta wondering if Angie had gone to call 911 for a ball-gown-gone-bad rescue. I was crying tears of shame and cursing myself for procrastinating when I heard the faint jingle of the bells on the boutique door. Eventually I Houdini-ed out and shimmied into the second dress; a beautiful chocolate gown. Walking out of the dressing room I heard a gasp, “you look so beautiful”… it was my fairy godmother. She had arrived and not a moment too soon.

Her name is Ellen and she was ordering a sandwich and while waiting had wandered into Angie’s shop. She stayed with me for over an hour while I tried on gowns and jackets and shawls and shoes and purses. She accessorized me, advised me about my hair, make-up and jewelry for the gala event. She was heaven sent. I still believe in fairy god mothers…seeing is believing!

Thanks Ellen!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Being Seven Pictures

By E.C.
By: In Otter Space

Friday, December 09, 2005

Today's Challenge...Be 7 Again!

Go into your art space, take out crayons and paper.

Before you begin close your eyes and become seven again. Take a few minutes to travel back to the Land of Seven. Remember being seven? I do...I see myself swinging on the swings at recess, I feel the space in my mouth where my front teeth use to be, I taste the snowflakes that I have caught on my tongue, I smell the cafeteria's vegetable soup cooking, I hear my teacher calling us back to class.
Now open your eyes, set your timer for 15 minutes and begin to color the picture that comes from your seven year old self. Hush that adult inside of you and color the way you did when you were seven. When your finished hang it on your refrigerator.

Send me a copy of your masterpiece and I'll hang it on my cyber "refrigerator"!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Otter Latte

Art. Coffee. Otters.
Does it get any better than this?

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

First Blog

I want to be more accountable to myself as a wife, mother and most importantly as an artist..... so today I am beginning this blog.
My initial goals of this blog are to force myself to get more technologically with it and to expand my horizon's outside of Weddington, NC.

Thanks to Holly for her inspiration and putting up with my endless blog questions.

Top 10 things on my mind today...
1. I miss Chicago especially this time of year.
2. I miss Superdawg. My mouth waters just thinking of it.
3. The song Slow Motion by David Gray
4. How can I best explain God to my kids (one believes, one does not and one asks questions that took me 43 years to think of).
5. I want to play with polymer clay.
6. I need to get inspired and put up the Christmas tree (I dread this activity).
7. I needed to write in my journal today...this counts!
8. I lived up to my name last night (spacey otter) and forgot to take my daughter to her brownie meeting.
9. I want to be a real artist not just a pretender.
10. Let it snow! I want to catch snowflakes in my hands. See #3.