Saturday, March 31, 2012

March Reading, Part 2

It's been a busy month so I haven't read as much as I usually do. Meaning I haven't finished a book a week. Oh well.

I technically haven't finished "Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen" yet, but I'll probably finish it tomorrow afternoon, so I don't really count it as part of April's reading yet. I really shouldn't be finishing this book tomorrow afternoon, what I should be doing is working on my Scenes of Tustin entry and/or doing last last last minute reviewing of "Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal" and "Risen Today" for my choir concert, which is tomorrow night. Yes. However, every hardworking girl needs some time to relax...

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Is it Time For Cake Yet?

It's getting to be a super busy time in our lives right now, and our apartment is suffering for it. James and I both have big art projects on the go, and we end up sharing the dining room table - he frames on it in the morning, I cut fabric and sew on it in the evenings. And in the meantime, we have piles of fabric, sketchbooks, matboards, laundry and dirty dishes stacked everywhere. (The dishes aren't really our fault - our apartment had no hot water over the weekend and we're still not caught up once it was turned back on.)

Here's what we got up to before life got so hectic:

Enjoying a beautiful southern California day

Saw a fabric exhibition at The Muckenthaler in Fullerton - don't you love the Spanish tiles?

Succulents at The Muck
Time out in the garden

Our sweetpeas are growing

The first of the ranunculus at Trader Joe's

There was a huge sale at Art Supply Warehouse. So huge that the lines extended allllll the way back into the asiles. This is where I waited for over half an hour, suck next to the Fimo.

The cash registers are now in sight

At home with linolium blocks, acrylic paint in Raw Umber, a new paintbrush, a brayer, a baren, and a photo portfolio book
 Coming up, I've got this art project to finish, photos to go out and take, a choir concert to sing in, Easter music to be mastering, the day-to-day of work, laundry, dishes, food etc, a wedding to attend, and then it will be the end of April and my husband's parents will be arriving from London just in time for his 30th! I need a slice of cake just thinking about it all.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March Reading

Only two books on the go this month. So far. I'm sure there will be more.

I'm in the middle of the first one. A completely rediculous story about time travel between modern day Cornwall and the early 1700's. Completely rediculous but still an enjoyable read. I like the author of the second one, so I'm sure I'll have fun reading it.

Is it completely evil of me to contemplate a Kindle? It would be AMAZING to use while traveling, and it would mean that I could download books like "The Hunger Games" without feeling embarassed that I was being judged. (I haven't given in yet, but as the hype grows, I'm sure I will. Sigh.)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Am I Showing My Age?

It's been a week of R&R. Sometimes it's just the best thing in the world to take a step back and say, "You know...I need a break." And that's okay.

Look! Spring Crabapple! Southern California really does have changing seasons!
I've been a little obsessed with this jigsaw puzzle lately. Also, my mom & dad gave me this rad teapot and I've been enjoying my tea out of it this week.

This is Country Roads, my favorite antique store in the Orange Circle. I especially like the displays of white vintage-y goodness.

I painted my toenails a happy coral/tangerine color, which goes perfectly with my new favorite dress. Sorry to those of you who think feet are gross. Hopefully you won't think mine are.
  My lovely friends and my lovely husband took me out for a belated b-day outing. We went to the Holiday Skate Center, the roller skating rink that I've gone to since I was in elementary school. It was great to go back and see what's changed and what's different. It was slightly disturbing seeing children getting all excited for "I'm Sexy and I Know It" and Ke$ha - what ever happend to the good old days of Michael Jackson and Paula Abdul? (Am I showing my age?)

Alas, the multiple disco balls are gone...
Also what was quite disturbing was that there was a couple who thought it would be a great idea to take their stroller with a very tiny baby in it out onto the floor of the roller rink. And no one made them exit the floor. Am I the only one that thinks it's a miracle that nothing happened? (Am I showing my age again?) 
More fun across the street at Jimmy Bones

The ladies room was my favorite part of Jimmy Bones
 Okay, if you go into a sports bar with your friends and get told by some sweaty drunk men to turn around and give them a little curtsey and you spend the first part of the night huddled in a corner protected by your male friends, you don't really expect to find an amazingly hilarious ladies room in the joint. However, this was fantasticly tacky, wallpapered with headshots of the Thunder from Down Under. I couldn't resist taking a few pictures.

And that's just the kind of girl I am.