Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Goings-On, in Tens

1. We walked out of our house this afternoon to find the air thick with haze and smoke from the wildfires in North Carolina.

2. The smell of smoke reminds me of the West Coast.

3. It's been outrageously hot here this week, almost 100 (which is 10x10) degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), and huuuuuuuuuumid, which is really what makes me feel like melting. Yep, it might be hot on the West Coast, but it's a drrrrryyyy heat, and yep, that makes a difference (it really does, Walter).

4. My artwork has been going very well, so well, in fact, that in four weeks I'll become a full-time artist once again.

5. So you should see a lot more of me very soon.

6. And I actually have more than 10 tiny paintings to list in the next few days, so there will be lots to look at in the Interimaginational Institute.

7. My aunt and uncle were here last month and took me to see the map exhibit at the Walters Art Museum again. We hit traffic in D.C., though, so we only got to Baltimore an hour before the museum closed. Still, it was a terrific hour. The exhibit's last day was June 8, and I got to see it twice. And it all started thanks to that anonymous Dean.

8. Then we spent many more hours and many more dollars at Daedalus Books, one of the most fabulous places on earth -- imagine a lovely bookstore packed with magical books that are all at least half off -- and a place I wouldn't even know existed if it weren't for Anne. Thank you, forever, Anne.

9. Al and I saw "Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" this weekend. I loved it. Very well done. Truly like stepping into another world for two hours. Movie reviewing isn't my spec-ial-ity, because I'm not the most critical of movie watchers, but I thought the sets and photography were quite good, and I, always willing to suspend disbelief, a necessary skill in my line of work, also thought the not-so-human Narnians were charming and occasionally quite real-ish, as well. Especially cute... uh, I mean handsome... Reepicheep.

10. Both cats have finally learned to sit on command. I know. Sorry. I'm a bit tired and can't really think of anything more interesting than that. Although I do think it's pretty interesting that we taught our cats to sit, albeit only under the influence of bribery. But life should get a lot more interesting when I actually have time to pay attention. And isn't that the joy of blogging? Paying attention?


iHanna said...

Was clicking through to your etsy, your ships and the castle - oh my gosh how cute they are! well done, and great photography of them too. love the framed ship ontop of the vintage books!

and yes, I agree with you, paying attention is what it's all about! :-)

take care! and get back to us when your cats are laying down playing dead on command! ;-)

Crashdummie said...

Yay, like the sound of no :
"So you should see a lot more of me very soon."

Ah, looing forward to see Narnia movie too, but it doesnt come out until 2 of July... bummer

Tracy said...

woo radiogirl! Thanks for all the very cool carto-links. I got lost in space following them ... ah the great time suck that is the internet!

Congrats and good luck with the full-time artisting!


Angel said...

I blog only to read my own type. True story. I can't be blamed for any attention, paying or lack thereof (as appropriate).

CaBaCuRl said...

Blogging is all about paying attention?? Hmm....I thought it was about sticky-beaking!

Prêt à Voyager said...

Glad to see you were able to get some more QT in Bmore :)


tinker said...

I'm impressed that you taught your cats to sit!
Glad all is going well with you.
Oh - and you're right - the dry part of the heat out here does help - but when it gets well up above 100 (today, 105 - tomorrow, they're predicting 111 for our area!) - it's just plain hot, whether it's dry or not, lol. Take care and stay cool~
Looking forward to seeing more of your art!