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Saturday, April 13, 2002

This morning was Paul’s 3rd annual Earth Day with his studio. The kids and their parents cleaned up the park, and then they planted a dogwood tree and flowers donated by the studio. We brought coffee, donuts, iced tea, soccer balls and a frisbee, and lots and lots of chalk!

I started out by chalking “Adopt the secret of nature: her secret is patience.” {Ralph Waldo Emerson} and asked the kids to draw things they’d find in nature. Well! They drew, flowers, trees, a snowstorm, lightning, a rainbow, bugs, butterflies... you name it! Heidi and Glenn came by and gave us sea creatures – a crab, a whale, and a picture of my ancient goldfish, Archie. It was an exuberant and colorfully joyous celebration of nature that took up a good portion of the path. We sat in the gazebo, finishing off the coffee and watching the happy reactions of the families passing by who discovered the drawings. {Yay!} Pictures will be coming soon...

6:13 PM | french toast girl | #

Friday, April 12, 2002

Paul and I walked in the park this morning, where we had a magical experience...

We wandered along our usual route, and there, at the foot of a tree, was a magic wand! It was a branch that was almost completely straight and just lying at the foot of the tree as if someone had placed it there to be found. I pointed out that I already had a magic wand, but Paul needed one. So he wisely decided to take it with him. While we strolled along, we discussed Harry Potter and general lengths of wands, and whether he should trim it {yes} and stain and polyurethane it {yes and yes again}. Not from Ollivanders, but the next best thing.

Just a few steps further and we met up with a pair of wild rabbits. They bounded off to investigate a pair of dogs, whose owner was the lady I met on chalking adventure #1 {who wanted to go to grad school}! How serendipitous can you get? She said hi and that the bunnies were very friendly and not afraid of dogs – and truthfully, they did seem more afraid of the two of us than of the 4-foots.

On the way home I sang this song:

The moon belongs to everyone,
The best things in life are free.
The stars belong to everyone,
They gleam there for you and me.
The flowers in spring, the robins that sing,
The moonbeams that shine, they're yours, they're mine.
And love can come to everyone,
The best things in life are free.

~ from the musical "Good News" {1927}

6:44 PM | french toast girl | #

Thursday, April 11, 2002

I went to the park after work today – after a bout of inertia – where I decided that it was time to start acting like the artist I am (instead of gathering dust in front of the tv). So I packed up a sketchbook, a set of watercolour pencils my mom bought me in Italy, my journal, and an extra-thick-and-fuzzy hooded sweatshirt and walked on over.

I went straight to my new favorite spot: there’s a big weeping cherry tree that spreads itself over a brook, and its branches hang down in fringes and almost touch the ground. I parted them and sat inside in the little room it made, right at the water’s edge. I started sketching. In front of me and all around me were these dangling branches of blossoms, white but stained a delicate blush pink at the edges. Just beyond this curtain was the brook that winds away at my feet, and I think: I could step onto that glossy surface and walk away somewhere. Somewhere where I’m free to draw and paint and I actually have the energy to do it.

I sat there until all the children playing in the park had to go home for dinner and I got cold. I picked a blossom to press in my journal and wandered home to paint.

7:25 PM | french toast girl | #

Wednesday, April 10, 2002

I just read The Ultimate History of Video Games. This was the can’t-put-it-down book of my vacation. It labels itself as telling the history “from Pong to Pokemon” and it delivers! If you ever played PacMan (no joke – its shape was inspired by the pizza the programmer was eating) or looked for the secret room in Adventure*, you will love this book. You can read about the many court battles, the college students who hacked their way to greatness, and the reason Sega dropped out of the video-game race. This book will make you crank up your Stella emulator and play Space Invaders until the cows come home.

*As soon as we got home, I had to find that hidden room again. I had done it way back in 6th grade (thank you, Keith Prior!) but I didn’t remember how. If you want to find it too, check out the links below.

the Stella emulator plays games from the Atari 2600 on your computer.
Atari Age is a great site where you can read the manuals and see screenshots of almost every Atari game. Hours of surfing fun.
Instructions to finding the secret room in Adventure are here

3:06 PM | french toast girl | #

Tuesday, April 09, 2002

It's so amazingly warm out; my hair is reeeeeeeeeally curly and fluffy today (humidity, natch). I'm wearing my new Powerpuff Girl socks (from Jim) with my oh-so-comfy MaryJane shoes.

It's a relief to finally get some kind of plan of action going for me and my artwork, usually I'm just kind of aimlessly wandering along, doing whatever strikes my fancy. Luckily for me, I am married to quite an entrepeneur and he's just about the best combination coach-cheerleader there is. We're going to start applying for copyrights, making up databases for orders and inventory... I may even get a Handspring (okay, Paul, I said might) and use Paul's old cherished laptop. I need to remind myself that I'm doing everything at my own pace; there is no timeline and the only person I have to satisfy is myself. I keep reminding myself of the words of SARK:

You have enough
You do enough
You are enough

I also take to heart her words, "If you're not getting rejected, you're not trying hard enough." I haven't been rejected nearly enough, and it's time for me to try for some stuff that's out of my reach and see if I surprise myself. And if not... I can always try again, right?

5:18 PM | french toast girl | #

Monday, April 08, 2002

I know this should come as a surprise to no one...

I took the What Mythological Creature Are You? test by peacefulchaos!

More about me and unicorns here.

10:05 PM | french toast girl | #

Sunday, April 07, 2002

Back from vacation! I read, slept, read, knitted, read, walked, read, painted, read... you get the picture. After these action-packed days we'd spend our evenings in front of the fire with bowls of peanut-butter ice cream. (yum.) Paul would read Sherlock Holmes mysteries aloud while I knitted. (We tried it one night with me reading Alan Mendelson, the Boy from Mars, but somehow it just wasn't the same...)

One great thing we did this week was to hash out a plan for me to make my own line of greeting cards! This summer will be the first wave (Christmas cards) and then I have projects planned for after that. In my spare time (!) I'm going to start on one of the book ideas I have in mind.

When we got home and I powered up my computer, I was thrilled to see this gorgeous ambigram of my name, which reads the same right-side up as upside down. (Thank you, Kevin!)

I was also mentioned in the "Inspiration Issue" at Soapbox Girls! (On the Big Inspiration List....scroll alllllllllllllllll the way down... that there's me.)

6:20 PM | french toast girl | #


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