Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Unfortunately with all of the plethora of infectious disease I've had to deal with in the past few weeks, and some stupid paint issues one of the three paintings I set out for myself to complete for the show will not be done it time. Normally my oils dry anywhere from a day to maybe three. (I don't usually paint very thick) But, just my luck the green I am using seems to have a serious problem drying. I painted some preliminary background vegetation, and TWO WEEKS later it was still just as wet as when I first painted it. I would understand maybe tacky... but no, I picked it up to move it, sure that it would be dry, and smeared paint all over.
However, I still have two watercolor paintings that go along with my elephant in the sprinkler painting that will be finished. One is of a rhino on a see-saw, and the other is an alligator in a bathtub. They are all eventually going to be used in a children's book I'm writing. So, if you want to see them, come to the Art Show!
Friday, March 6, 2009
TIP: it helps to have kids do it separately so they can't be influenced by the other kids answers
1. What is something Mom always says to you?
Sohvi: I love you
Max: she says I love you a lot.
2. What makes Mom happy?
S: me being nice to her
M. me eating something that's yummy.
3. What makes Mom sad?
S: me being mean to her
M: me not eating something that's yummy
4. How does Mom make you laugh?
S: make funny jokes
M: tickle me
5. What was Mom like as a child?
S: hmm, I don't know
M: I don't know
6. How old is your mom?
S: I don't know, six?
M: I don't know, three I think
7. How tall is your mom?
S: maybe I can guess, 24
M: two pounds tall
8. What is your mommy's favorite thing to do?
M: make play houses, you get some things together, and ta-da its a play house.
9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
S: she does things that I can't do, like putting nails in the ceilings
M: just play a game, and then she just walks around, and then she plays a game again, and then she starts to go somewhere, and then walks around at home, and thats all she can do.
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
S: I don't know, painting
M: uh, I don't know.. maybe three
11. What is your mom really good at?
M: doing handstands
12. What is your mom not very good at?
M: tricky things. and I can do some tricky things also, and I can climb up the ladder some tricky ways, and thats all I can do, also I can do flips (no he can't)
13. What does your mom do for her job?
S: I don't know, nothing
M: sharpening some pencils
14. What is your mom's favorite food?
15. What makes you proud of your mom?
S: doing things that makes me happy
M: eating a sandwich
16. If your mom were a cartoon character, which one would she be?
S: Tigress (from Kung Fu Panda)
M: I think she would be Jessie I think (from Toy Story 2)
17. What do you and your mom do together?
S: play games like hide and go seek
M: play a game like the memory game
18. How are you and your mom the same?
S: cause we like each other
M: we have the same pants (both jeans)
19. How are you and your mom different?
S: she does art work, and all I do is watch TV. (disclaimer: she LOVES to paint and draw too, and doesnt' watch hardly any TV... so I don't know where that is coming from)
M: she doesn't have a helicopter shirt
20. How do you know your mom loves you?
S: 'cause she says she loves me
M: because she says it to me very much
Monday, March 2, 2009
So I temporarily lost my sanity and sense of good judgment and forgot my sworn oath that I wouldn't getting any more pets while my kids were little, and we got a kitty a while ago. I apparently learned nothing from Lola our basset hound we had for about a year, but had to watch closer than my children because she was constantly getting into trouble, stealing my kids food, shedding on my couches, making my back yard uninhabitable and ruining my floor. Did I learn my lesson with my guinea pigs, when Felix got really sick, two vet bills later, a month of syringe feeding, two different sets of antibiotics, one of which I HAD TO INJECT MYSELF, as well as having to personally inject him with IV fluids twice a day, all of which happened WITH A NEWBORN BABY! And then he ended up dying anyway, and I felt guilty because it was such a blessed relief. No, apparently I am one incredibly stupid sucker for a cute animal.
Though Mossimo is one really cute animal, he is however, one very strange cat. He isn't overly tempted by opening cans of tuna as is every other cat in the known universe, but will jump up on the counter to filch CORNMEAL PANCAKES! ..or brownies, or jam sandwiches, or cake, or toast or anything else that every other cat would never look twice at. I've also learned from a rather unfortunate experience you can't turn your back on a uncovered wedge of brie.
Mossimo does have traits normally associated with cats too. He is very playful, and has some rather hilarious antics. He likes to stalk and pounce on Max and sometimes Sohvi. Sort of the whole Hobbes effect. It would be a lot funnier if it didn't involve claws. He loved climbing our Christmas tree and swiping at the ornaments from a different vantage point. Between Lucy and Mossimo, the tree was constantly in pretty sad shape.
His biggest redeeming quality though is his inherent need for cuddling. Not necessarily being petted, he just needs a warm lap. Even if that lap belongs to a kid. But he also loves to cuddle me at night. Not curled up docilely at the foot of my bed, he prefers to be under the covers if I let him. Weirdo.
I'll show him though.. in the immortal words of Jack Sparrow, "eunichy snip-snip". Meanwhile, I'm not going within 100 yards of a pet store anywhere. Only the vet.