Friday, May 30, 2008

From Russia, with love.

The past couple of days have been really hectic for me.
We are in the midst of packing (trying to get things packed up for Michael and Xan so that they can leave on time) and finishing up our homeschool year.
The day before yesterday Xan and I went on an errand extravaganza. We started off with lunch at a Chinese joint (thought it was going to be soup at Panera's but we changed out minds), Lane Bryant (to look at bras. God! I need a comfortable bra. Is there one out there?! And one for under $36 would be nice.), Radio Shack (for the multitude of gidgies that we needed for the next round of physics experiments and I had to put on my science head to figure all that out. It hurt), Spencers (to look for prisms for said physics experiments), the NY DMV (to replace the title to our red bus that we cant find :( which means that the bus can't leave my driveway for another week or two, ugh!), and Petsmart (to look for sand to fill some display bottles for Artie because she is going to sell bottle cap jewelry at a small show this weekend).
As I write it all down it somehow doesn't seem like much but it was. It really was!
Upon our return home I found this on the table. I am posting two pictures. The first is the artsy one.And the next is the more straight forward version.Artie got a package from Russia. How cool.
Art has been buying a bunch of stuff on Ebay these days. She's gotten a Jack Skellington mug, a Johnny Depp mug, a red & white plastic lunch box that snaps together a really neat way, dvd's, music, and lots of other cool teenage stuff. This package holds the coveted cd of Vitas. Vitas is a male singer from Russia and he has got an amazing voice. He can sing high notes like a female opera star. If you have seen the movie "The Fifth Element" than you have heard him sing. His voice is used for part of the song that the alien blue lady sings.
Art has been whining all week that her Vitas cd has not arrived. She had no clue that she ordered it from Russia. Her Ebay consciousness had not expanded globally yet. Sorta has now.
So from Russia over the love lines this cd was ordered.
And it arrived.
From Russia, with love.

Thursday, May 29, 2008 ebbs and it flows.

Michael had a gallery opening last Saturday at Galerie BMG in Woodstock, NY.He had to go down alone. Can you believe it? I had to work at the Farmers Market, Artie had to work at Starbucks, and Xan had a soccer game. So, we sent the Lone Ranger off in our new-to-us Hippie van. I woke him up early in the morning to tell him that I would keep the Hippie van and let him take our old faithful with the comfy seats. Nope. I awoke him for nothing because he wanted to take the Hippie van for a test run. This is the van that is going to take him to Kentucky so it made sense.
Michael is off to Woodstock and the rest of the females are off to work & play.
It was good day! A successful opening was had. The crowd was diverse.Michael set himself up with a small table and did some on-site hand sculpting. He created small caricatures for people for $30 bucks a pop. Which means he came home with a wad of money in his pocket. We like that very much!
All of the small faces that Galerie BMG had sold and there is some strong interest in his new work.
I made these pictures big because the pieces are BIG. These heads weigh a ton. Especially the one with the chair.
I like this new direction that Michael is going in.
On the way home the van broke down. Yeah, the Hippie van conked out. But, not too badly it was a belt and we got it fixed the next day. Poor Michael had to wait an hour for AAA to show up and tow him back the last 1/2 hour to Saratoga.
So goes life, it ebbs and it flows.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Happy Sunday Y'all.

I got up before everyone else this morning. Oops, I cant be honest with that. Artie was up around 6am to go to work at Starbucks. So, in actuality I was the second person up this morning. oops, that is not true either because Michael got up at 8am to answer the phone (but he went back to sleep so maybe it doesn't really count).
I can say this....
It is 10:29am and I am the only one awake. The only human awake that is.
I rolled out of bed with aspirations of updating the links on the sidebar of my blog. It's something that I have been meaning to do for ages.
I've got interesting friends to share, new artwork that I like, and new blogs from Paducah that I read.
I started out on task.
I wrote down all the places that I wanted to send you.
Then I went online to check their web addresses.
This is where I started to wander.
I am a wanderer.
I walk off the path on the trail.
I take the side street.
I follow the links from here to there.
I visited my friends. I left comments. I know all the art shows where the cool art I like will be. I laughed, I sighed, and now I have no desire what-so-ever to go and add in all those links.
But...I do have a list (pat me on the back Jane) and maybe someday this week I will add all my new goodies to my links in the sidebar of my blog.
As is most often the case, I now have a case of 'fanny fatigue'. I've been sitting here for over an hour. I must go replenish and nourish my mind and fingers.
Happy Sunday Y'all.