Tuesday, May 30, 2017
It was so cool to do Morning Pages surrounded by the art of Art Day! I had a great time hanging out with Jamie on Sunday and it was fun to spend the whole day making art, food and hanging out !!
I had a bit of a struggle at the art studio today. Jamie, you inspired me to photograph the tablecloths that we do our art on. We were supposed to do form and working with negative space and again I went too literal. Everyone else was very conceptual and interesting and mine was boring. I think it is a reflection of my personal struggle right now. Had a hard time focusing on art and not my personal problems.
Monday, May 29, 2017
After a week of SO much work, it was awesome to spend Sunday having Art Day with Shannon. We experimented with Yupo paper and watercolours and had a wonderful time. I'm sure we'll share our paintings on stART!
My weekend was a total lame on except for getting to hangout with Auntie Laima but oh how we struggled with the machine only to finally get the moment to start embroidering when the same error I got back in Nova Scotia (which Janome was supposed to have fixed) reared its ugly head. OMG, we could not believe it. Those words "Presser Foot P" came back all the way from the East Coast to haunt me! So now I have to figure out how to take it in to be serviced. Oh and I made a layered crepe cake that took all day and I am too tired and hot to eat it. The rest of the weekend was nothing to write home about. Boring...
Sunday, May 28, 2017
I have been run off my feet lately. It's odd to think of it in those terms since mostly that has involved sitting for hours and hours in front of the computer. Yesterday it was so good for me to just get out for a walk. My body appreciated the movement and my heart and soul appreciated the beauty. I even got a #catsinthehood pic, which I haven't taken for a long time. And the front of this house is how I would really like to do the front of ours. I am hoping that this week will be a gentler week.
Friday, May 26, 2017
One more book read, and one more Shakespeare play read! The biggie on this is, Pericles was my 19th Shakespeare play read which means I am halfway through reading the plays: I've read 19, and there are 19 to go! I can't quite believe it. It's taken 2 years to get here, and I am aiming for finishing around the end of 2018. I definitely want to sit down and take stock a bit on the ones that I've read, and what it's been like so far. And catch up on watching some film and stage version of the plays. And luckily, Pericles is one that was at Stratford recently so I can watch that it online! Woohoo! SO much Shakespeare goodness.
You know I am feeling off when I only take one photo for the day. Here are some corn sprouts coming up that Reg planted in our little garden patch. Not feeling super great. Wondering if it is the new moon. For spiritual advice today I got the ten of swords, the ten of wands and the moon card. That about sums it up.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Yesterday our power was supposed to go off for the day so Shannon kindly said that I could come and work at her house. It was fun to co-work! We even got to do some visioning for the podcast and some planning for Journal Club. We're definitely going to have to do that again!
Ack! I totally forgot to take pictures today. Save for a TV show finale, and.. well.. I'm not going to post that because ... spoilers. It was a full day but awesome to have Jamie come by for the day. It's been great to see the podcast in it's new home this season and the exciting changes that have come with it!
Got out to pick up some supplies so I could make my first polenta and 100% homemade ragu sauce with Italian sausage. And that was pretty much it. Feeling down today but at least it is sunny.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
There's so much to do this week that I almost didn't go to art class today. I'm so glad I did. We spent the morning weaving paper. Next week we start working on paper cutting and silhouettes. It makes me want to put everything else on hold and just go searching for shapes!
I finished another game: Uncharted 2 Among Thieves. My goodness, these games are a lot of fun. I'm very thankful that they have difficulty modes and I can just put the game on "easy" and enjoy playing. It's still challenge at times. It had some great people working on the game too, there were 2 familiar voices: Claudia Black (Aeyrn from Farscape) and Emily Rose (Audrey from Haven). Overall, totally fun game. I wonder what I will pick next!
We finally saw Guardians yesterday! Got out to a matinee with a friend too and absolutely loved it. I think I actually liked it more than the original. So much heart! We are getting a bit of a windstorm here tonight too which I love. It always feels like old energy is leaving and being replaced with new. Let's hope I am right!
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
I did not take a lot of pictures today (holiday laxing most of the day!), but I did work on planning my reading. I've pulled a lot of titles from my TBR Jar and I gotta get to *reading* them. I'm most leery of The Stand... it's over 1,400 pages long! But it's been a while since I've read a really long book, maybe it will be my book of the summer. The Summer of The Stand! I hope I like it!
Reg was working most of the long weekend so I had a ton of time on my hands. Good thing that the sun came back and brought my inspiration. Got to Michaels for some supplies and got working on my jewelry. Hope to start making a little money soon.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
The studio wants potters to have their own little houses for the summer sale so I made a distinctly Suzie the Foodie one today. I also baked a pie and saw Colossal which was FANTASTIC! I have not enjoyed a movie that much in a long time and it was Reg's big screen debut.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Well, yesterday was a big day - the return of the podcast! We have worked so hard behind the scenes to shine it up. We've got a new podcast host which is making a huge difference in everything from sound quality to process ease. We've got a new look too. Hopefully this will all help the show reach and inspire more people more often. Special thanks to Shannon for helping make it go, including a few wonderful meetings yesterday. I worked as long as I could on this and other things and then Justin and I went out for dinner, which was just what I needed! Celebration ftw.
I didn't take that many pictures today, really tucked into things and then kinda crashed. The heat has arrived in Toronto, and didn't even break for "warm" and went straight to hot. That said, it was awesome to feel all the sunshine and open all the windows, that I can handle!
Went for a seriously long walk to a health food store that was sort of in my neighbourhood (the total limit to how far I can walk) and it's too funny, I ended up buying shortening! Well at least it wasn't lard, which they didn't have. But what a meat section! I came home, rested and then decided to hand paint my ceramic pendants with acrylic paint so now you can kind of see them. I am adding embossing powder to some of them too and charms... I feel like I am finally waking up creatively. I even watched the video for the embroidery machine which was not helpful in the slightest but one step closer to starting that too. Busy but creative and productive day!
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Yesterday was a very demanding day. There was so much to do that I cancelled co-working. When we do that, Tanya and I usually catch up on the phone for an hour but she suggested we do that while on a walk - perfect! It was so good to get out and enjoy the neighbourhood. What a perfect break amidst a very intense day of work.
The treat of the day was definitely hanging out with Ella next door, she has such a nice energy and it was fun to play catch for a bit and to gave out to window too. Nice to have some calm in the middle of the day.
Getting out for a couple of items at the market gave me the opportunity to see some amazingly huge and wonderful blossoms out there. Did not get much else done. Too tired.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
It was so great to get a chance to hang out with both of you yesterday. What a rich day! Tuesdays I go to art class and every time I am amazed by all the beauty, including on these work tables. I think this is an awesome abstract painting. Maybe I would tweak the contrast a little but but then I would totally frame it!
Here's a pic of one of the replications I was sharing on stART. I should have taken more pictures! But I think this was the point where I felt like I could see it was actually working. Thank you both so much for sharing how much you enjoyed my work when we were chatting on stART, I really appreciate it!
Thanks for listening today. Just wanted to share my favourite piece from the studio. Spent the rest of the day doing laundry and resting.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
I'm having a lot of fun reading the Grimm's Fairy Tales. I love how short they are, so it's easy to fit one in while I'm making a cup of tea. They also often end really abruptly, which makes me laugh and is a good reminder that stories can be told in so many different ways.
If I shared the photo I took of my class today I wouldn't have anything to share for stART so here is where Lucifer is paused right now as I wait for Reg to be able to come back and finishing watching it.
Monday, May 15, 2017
It was awesome to get out to see Guardians of the Galaxy yesterday! After a bit of an unsure start, I absolutely loved it. Plus, I got to play Timeplay - and WIN! Well, I was the only one playing, which made it particularly easy to guess what the majority would think!
Without question, the most fun this weekend was seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 with Jamie and Justin. It was so much fun! It had been a while since getting out to the movies, so it was great to see it on the big screen and have a blast of a time. Woohoo!
I envy you all seeing Guardians! Our friend couldn't come out with us so we went to see King Arthur instead. Big mistake. Now, it had some amazing visual moments but bastardized the story of King Arthur in ways I don't think Reg will ever recover from. Sucks because it's the only thing we have done in a while and costed a small fortune. Awful.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
It's amazing how you can see the same sky every night, yet it never looks the same.
Despite being up most of the night with the stomach flu, I finally had a day to go out for a long walk and of course it was torrential rain. I got to the store OK and picked up some supplies (forgot eggs and butter damn it!) but on the way home, totally drenched. The Weather Network said light rain... I rested but also got a lot of chores done too, not sure how I managed that.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Yesterday was an incredibly busy day and I was so tired that I almost didn't go to choir but I'm so glad I did. There's just something enlivening about going and singing together. Lats night was Hooked on a Feeling and I was in the oo-gah-chuck-ah crowd. It will take a while to get that out of my head! It was great hanging out with you guys yesterday afternoon too. I'm glad we got to not only watch the documentary but talk through it too!
I'm having fun reading an illustrated edition of Grimm's Fairy Tales, and the one I read today was pretty awesome and followed a bunch of animals who basically decided to quite their day jobs and become the town musicians (although they ended up stealing people's dinner instead). So far, it is the one that made the least sense but it was still very entertaining!
Hanging out with you two was definitely the highlight. I think I'm coming down with the stomach flu and really not feeling super great. Got the mushrooms and then my calzones totally fell apart and I made KD for dinner which I hardly ate. Blech.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
I am having such a great time at collage class. These are student works from our recovered paintings and faces projects. Aren't they wild? Mine are the 2nd and 3rd from the right. I feel really at home in these classes and hope to take many more. The school is moving though - to another great location but one that's much less convenient for me. That won't be for a year though so for now, I'm simply enjoying!
I had a bit of a rough day, had to cancel plans and even had a hard time focusing while reading (yikes). Thankfully, by evening things seemed to have settled a bit, It is hard not to get mad when I'm having a rougher day, but I am really trying to not hold on to it and just accept it. It's not easy, but it help me a lot to let it go.
Started the day off strong with getting out to vote, picking up prescriptions... Did light weights, got laundry done and then BAM! Big headache, cough and feeling like crap. I know I did way too much yesterday and totally paying the price today. I still managed to get some product testing in.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
I had a busy day yesterday, including hosting a Facebook Live, which was tons of fun, but I still managed to work in a little creative time. Shannon and I had such fun doing these wonderfully random pages that I wanted to do some more. This time I made a couple of pages in my journal. It's very calming in the midst of busy!
I've been trying to shift of some of the ways that I spend my time, and as such today I watched some drawing and art tutorial vids on YouTube and it was really cool to see some of the advice out there!
I was so excited to get my artist palette in class today! And I even USED it! I snuck this photo during the demo when people were away from their seats. Class went way better than I was expecting and I even got to go to lunch with a friend from pretty far away who was in town for the afternoon. A little too much for me, didn't sleep the night before as a result, but I am glad things turned out the way they did. Had an excellent day despite not getting any sleep. The teacher even said I was a good student. ME!!! A good student. OMG... Wow, talk about healing. It meant so much.
Monday, May 8, 2017
It was so nice to get back to Art Day this week. We had a bit of a slow start but eventually landed in a world of fun - which seems inevitable when you see this look on Shannon's face :)
It was so awesome to have Art Day with Jamie! I had really missed it, and it was so much fun to get together and make stuff!!
Had a rough day trying to find hiking boots I could afford and ended up giving up for now. Took a break at a Starbucks during their "Happy Hour" were frappes are half price. Not a lot of happy faces in the super long lineups for people's drinks.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
After having so much fun in the past few weeks sharing what I've been watching, I ended up hitting a bit of rut with it and not making it past one film. But I did see a crazy film that had an intermission in it, love songs with relationship montages, a possessed husband and a jilted ex. Maybe it's enough that I saw it and I don't have to share all of them.
I have gotten quite busy during the week so I am spending the time I have alone on the weekends to get more exercise in. Today I got all the way to Central Park (the one in Burnaby not NYC) and on the way back I saw this tree that had blossoms on the underside of the branches. I had never seen anything quite like it. It was a huge deal to get all the way to the park and back. Sadly bratty kids where there screaming and throwing stones at fish and ducks and the parents did nothing to stop them from turning into psychopaths. I didn't stay long but I apologized to the trees for stupid humans.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
It was so great to get together with some of the beta team to chat about the yearbook and how they're finding it. They gave me lots of good feedback and I feel really excited about braving the next steps!
I FINALLY get a day at the studio and they close half an hour after I got there! I spent the rest of the day being productive doing two blog posts because suddenly I am quite busy next week. Although what to do tomorrow...???