Friday, February 29, 2008

Hello Friday!

We have finally come to the end of the week. I have accomplished much... gone to the gym, gone to openings, clipped my toenails.

What more could I ask for? Not much I think.

Yesterday I made reservations to go back to Chicago for the first time since I left. I'll be going in April for a long weekend. It will be fun to see everyone and see what kind of work is being done by people. Maybe this can be a scouting mission for a curatorial endeavor. I'm kind of excited about seeing everyone... hopefully it won't be too cold... I don't like being cold.

On this weekends agenda is dish washing for cash money at church and watching the gallery.

Last night Scott Lawrimore called me Tiger. I think we're going to friends.... grrrrr.

Oh yeah, it's payday too. As Anne (Mathern) would say woot!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Open open open...

Tonight I am going to swing by the openings at Howard House and Lawrimore Project. In my never-ending quest to be a more art-like person I think it's a good thing to do.

Since I am staying out late this evening I skipped the gym today... that's just too long of a day for me.

Work was crazy yesterday... I answered the phones a bit more than I wanted to... but it's alright I guess. It's a job and tomorrow's payday (it's going to be sweet!)... I am finally going to start giving back some money to my wonderful mother show has supported me over the past two years. I also need to arrange for a trip to Chicago in April to check out the MFA show and see my friends.

uhhhhhh.... my mind just went blank there...

Have I told you all that I think Seattle needs a fashion intervention from Stacy London of TLC's What Not To Wear? They do... too much casual attire going on in the downtown sector. That's my 2 cents worth.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

happy hump day!

I just like saying the word hump. Remember when you were young and said those sorts of words and just started laughing your ass off because they were almost dirty?

I've been to the gym. I've had my breakfast, and now I blog.

Crawl Space is trying to decide if we should get an intern/apprentice... someone to help us out without making any money... I think if I were younger and less experienced I might think it was groovy. Hmmmm. what could I have them help me with? I've been thinking Crawl Space needs to set up a kiosk in a mall. I don't think it's been done before... the intern could research how much it's going to cost to get a kiosk at Northgate or Southcenter and then scout for locations.

Just a thought.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

It's good to have friends.

PJ is a good friend. In response to my question last night as to weather I need therapy or not he says no. I could go on and divulge more but I won't.

I went to the gym and ate a healthy breakfast this morning (aren't you glad I shared that with you?)... hopefully work will be less hectic. I'm having lunch with Bryan and Shirley today...

Thursday there are openings at Howard House and Lawrimore Project that I am going to check out (plus a new episode of lost is going to be on...).

So much to do, so little time.

Monday, February 25, 2008

I'm not in the mood to do anything.

I wonder if I had had a "normal" young adulthood would I like to go out and do things? All I can really imagine doing when the workday is done is going out to buy food or staying home and watching television for the most part. I really like the IDEA of going out and doing things but the energy I would have to expend seems to make it not worth the effort.

Maybe I need therapy.

Work was busy... I like working but I feel a bit of a dilemma - the "art" me and the "office" me are a bit at odds. Maybe when I start raking in the moola and can afford to make work/pay bills I will feel better about it. The old "office" me wants to turn my back on the "art" me and just buy cute shoes, find a nice boy and buy a house... but the art me wants to make things and travel the world. I suppose I could have worse problems.

I could have a rare disease that can't be cured or an ingrown toenail... I miss the Today show and Ann Curry (Meredith too...).

Yeah, I think therapy is in order... anyone know a good shrink?


I slept in this morning... I felt a bit off yesterday but did manage to go see There Will be Blood. I enjoyed it greatly.

The Oscars weren't that exciting - nothing too shocking... not like when Crash won best picture for 2005. Now that was a good movie too....

I didn't go to the gym this morning... I should start going on a more regular basis if I want to even think about running in th St. Patrick's Day 5k. (I also shouldn't eat a whole can of frosting if I want thin thighs - but that's another story for another time).

I don't have anything too exciting on the schedule this week except for lunch with my friend Bryan and I'm washing dishes and watching the gallery this weekend. I bet something else will pop up though.

I think I used to be more interesting back in the old days....

Sunday, February 24, 2008


I must admit that the show at Crawl Space is good. You should all go see it.

I'll try to post photos of the opening later.

I woke up this morning with a headache... people at work have been getting sick. I hope I'm not the next in line. I can't afford to be sick.

Tonight is the Oscars. I'm thinking of trying to catch There Will be Blood this afternoon so I will have seen three out of five of the best picture nominees.

So... I'm not in the mood to post so I'll stop now. More later.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

I wish I was more popular.

Some days I look at my stat counter and I wish more people read this... but I supposed if I want more readers I should have more entertaining posts. Maybe I should post thrilling pictures of myself doing crazy stunts like watching television with only one eye... balancing a plate of food, a cup of coffee and carrying my dog all at once... Someone at Artist Trust did look at I heart Ann yesterday so that means I successfully mailed my grant application.

Okay, we're going nowhere here...

I am in charge of picking up the refreshments for tonight's opening. I am in a quandary because I'm a microbeer girl on a Raineer budget. Do I get beer that I would personally like to drink or do I get something less expensive? Maybe I'll get some of each. I'll let you know how it all pans out.

I have cramps.

I guess I should put the pedal to the metal, get a leg on... go with the flow (oops - maybe I shouldn't have said the last one with the talk of being crampy and all...).

Remember to come out to Crawl Space tonight for our opening... I promise there will be good food.

Friday, February 22, 2008

I came, I saw, I (what the hell am I saying?)...

This title came to me in a dream... and then its gone. I don't really know what I'm saying. It must be those endorphins kicking in from my visit to the gym this morning.

Yesterday I finished and mailed my grant application, I successfully avoided two birthday cakes at work and I think I stayed within my points range. That is no easy task sometimes.

I've been thinking that I need to start looking for some studio space... or eventually finding a place to live in which I can work as well. I love my momma but I'm almost 41 and it sometimes puts a damper on the social life. I've taken to saying that my mother lives with me as opposed to I live with my mother... it sounds better don't you think?
I bet you I could get on the Dr. Phil Show... "kids that won't ever move out show"...

I feel the urge to make things... I need to do it soon.

But then again, I have the urge to go shoe shopping as well...

Thursday, February 21, 2008

I think I've finished my application...

I decided to forgo the gym this morning and instead work on my grant application. I have to mail it today. As with all things I end up waiting until the last minute. It's not that I procrastinate it's just that I am always revising things up to the end.

I suppose I should just get used to it.

I think it's done. I just have to cut and paste my project description. How do you concisely speak about stalking Ann Curry? It's a talent I guess.

Today at work we will be up to a full staff which is nice (I didn't hang up on anyone yesterday)...

I guess I should get the lead out! See you later... and remember to go to Crawl Space on Saturday for our talk by SAM curator Marisa Sanchez about our show Coming Of Age.

See you there!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Workout day 2.

As Bart Simpson would say Don't have a cow man!

Yes, two days in a row at the gym. I did abs. I'm going to be sore.

This morning I get to answer phones at work all by myself. Hopefully I won't hang up on anyone. I'm sure it will be fine. It's just a half an hour out of my life right?

Yesterday I ran into Robert. He delivers supplies for Pot O'Gold coffee service. He used to deliver things to Miller Nash. I haven't seen him in at least three years - he was so excited to see me (and he commented about my weight loss). I've been this size for a while now so I forget sometimes that people haven't seen the new me. I told him what I've been up to and he thought it was great. It made my day...

Okay, I better get a move on so I can prepare myself for the answering frenzy.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The best laid plans...

so the Today show commemorative post didn't happen... Sue me.

I just got back from the gym so I'm feeling a bit energetic. That will probably last about two hours and then I'll start yawning.

I did get most of my GAP application done yesterday. It just needs some tweaking now. I guess I know what I'll be doing at lunch.

Stinky got the full treatment yesterday, she got her toenails cut, a bath and she even went for a long walk. She's a funny dog. She won't walk on a leash but she'll walk along side you. I guess she's like her momma and needs her freedom.

Today who knows what will be in store for me at work. I can't decide if I really like being employed. I know I like the paychecks... maybe I should think about applying for teaching jobs sometime soon. hmmm... something to think about.

Monday, February 18, 2008


I forgot to post yesterday.

Melissa and the boys spent the night on Saturday so we had two little people running around yesterday morning (my usual posting time).

Let's see... what to tell you. Yesterday I went to lecture of Patti Warashina at Bellevue Community College and then I did a little retail therapy at Bellevue Square (not a lot but enough). I bought some more long underwear. You might be asking yourself why I need long underwear if I'm no longer living in Chicago. It's because I am cold ALL THE TIME (Okay, I'm not cold right now).... but as the day wears on I'm usually a bit chilly. Now's the time when winter items go on sale so I was all over it.

I had dinner last night with my other lovely sister Hilary, Grant, Katie and Ken (he's a friend of ours)... we had steak. hmmm... steak.

Today I am going to finish up my GAP Application. I've been slacking too long. It's due on Friday so if I can put it all together today and get it mailed in tomorrow I'll be ahead of the curve.

Later I will do my Today show memorial post.

Try to enjoy your three day weekend if you have one!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

It's a long row to hoe. Or is it tough?

It's been a long week. I've started a new job, I went to the gym, I only fell down once. (as I was walking into the office yesterday my new shoes decided to go for a ride and take me to slate floors with them...)

I do like having a paycheck and it's almost worth the humiliation and damaged pride of falling down in front of people. At least there weren't any cute boys around.

I think today I may go to the Lake City branch of the Seattle public library to work on my application. I think I should probably go check on prices for framing though first. So much to do so little time. I'll check back later.

Friday, February 15, 2008

The best intentions.

You are probably wondering why I'm starting a post at 5:30 am. It's because I WAS going to go to the gym and I did, but no one was there to open it up. I waited as long as I could but at a certain point my desire to be warm and or need for coffee won over and I went to the Starbucks' drive thru. (is that how you spell it?)...

Now I'm back at home with Stinky on my lap while I write this.

I wonder if Mieko's is aware that someones exercise routine could hinge on their not being open when they say they are. Someone with little willpower, someone on the edge of giving it all up. You only need a little excuse not to exercise (that's why I'm sitting here).

Okay, enough about that. Valentine's day came and went without much drama. I received a cupcake in the shape of a heart from the receptionist, My friend Andrew sent me a valentine (it was sort of like a christmas letter updating everyone on his life)... he's a boy so I think that counts. Momma and I went out to Claire's Pantry for a romantic dinner, and then I fell asleep in the middle of Lost. I guess I'll just have to watch it next week. Oh, I'm happy to report that I gave away the cupcake....

Today is payday (two in one week!)... I think I'll pay my car insurance. Then put some money aside for my student loan payment. This weekend I have to finish up my GAP Grant application... maybe I'll even go to a movie. We'll have to see how it plays out.

On Presidents day last year I made my first trip to the Today show. You might recall that I got stuck there at the CAA Conference. Those were some good times! I'll do a special anniversary post next week.

Okay, time for more coffee.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

It's a miracle!

I went to the gym this morning. I've showered and I'm fixing myself a good breakfast to eat while I post (banana, english muffin with a fake sausage patty and low fat cheese).

Happy Valentine's Day! Stinky did not get me a valentine, but that's alright because I know she loves me.

I think I will try to document all the temptations that exist at work for me (ie candy)... and you'll see what I'm up against. I have forgotten about all that stuff... and I walked less than 5,000 steps yesterday. That's not good. I will try to be better today - at least I'm off to a good start with the gym.

Okay, remember to tell everyone of your valentine's how you feel! Spread the love!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Work shmurk.

I have completed my first day on the job. Nothing too exciting to report. I sat at the reception desk for a while, went to lunch and then learned a bit about filing.

I know the most important things. 1) Where the bathroom is. 2) Where the coffee is. 3)Where my desk is.

The end.

What's the deal?

I had really good intentions of getting up early and going to the gym before I headed off to my new job this morning. I was all set, but then I couldn't get to sleep last night. It wasn't really bad but you know how I need my sleep - five hours wasn't going to cut it.

In my never-ending quest to look cute I have not decided what I will wear today. I have a few ideas though. I have decided that I am not digging my haircut, it's too generic... I've suffered through it for over three weeks and I think it's time to make a change.

Now onto another thing I am passionate about - my laptop. Old crusty is beginning to show signs of old-ness. I'm a digital girl on a dial up budget. I've got to quit pooping around and get to work and in order to do that I need a faster connection speed. My iPod is having issues as well. I used to be able to have a majority of my songs on it and then all of a sudden there's not enough room. I think maybe it's just happened in the last upgrade of iTunes - it makes me cranky though.

Maybe someday I will find a nice balance of crankiness/cute-ness/financial sufficiency and work out ethics.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Yesterday I hit the motherload when it came to mail geared towards running. I think it's a sign that I need to go to the gym. Or at least by a new running outfit.

Today is the last day of my temp job. I overheard them talking about me yesterday and how I was doing such a good job that they are sad to see me leave. You all know how I like to be affirmed so it made me feel good.

The other night I had a discussion with a friend of mine... he said something that has stuck with me... he said that I seemed lonely. I guess I am at times... On the outside I appear to know a lot of people and have a lot going on (which is true), but I am in fact lonely at times. It's stuck in my head now. Will I always feel this way? I don't think I'm always lonely... hmmm.

So... Next subject. Crawl Space! We are having a Centennial Video Special which opens on the 23rd of Feb. There will be a lecture by Marisa Sanchez of the Seattle Art Museum who curated the show at 7pm. I will post more information as I have it. Mark it on your calendars now!

Monday, February 11, 2008

It's Monday!

I think I'm doing alright for a Monday. I went to see No Country for Old Men yesterday. I liked it. I'm not sure I liked it more than Juno, but I did like it.

This week I have to prepare myself for another Valentine's day being a single gal. I suppose I should be used to it since I was only ever not single for two (count them) two Valentine's days back in the 80's. It will be strange watching people at the office get flowers and such. Maybe I can make it into art of some sort...

Did I happen to mention that at my new place of employment they have Mrs. Fields cookies and brownies brought in every Friday afternoon? This is going to take some willpower on my part to keep them out of my mouth (or some major point calculation).

I wore my new shoes yesterday and they are cute! There's something to be said about wearing cute shoes to improve your mood.

Hey look! It's a photo I took of the Seattle Public Library a few weeks ago. I'm sorry I haven't posted any photos lately but it takes about five hours to upload them.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, February 10, 2008


Yesterday I decided to roll around on my exercise ball. Now my back/shoulder hurts. That's what I get for becoming physically active.

Today I need to clean, exercise and then I'm supposed to be going to a movie this afternoon. I think we're going to see No Country for Old Men (at least that's what I'm rooting for). I'd also like to see There Will be Blood as well.

I didn't get a lot done with my application yesterday - I got into one of my moods and then it all went out the window. Hopefully today will be better.

tomorrow night I have a Crawl Space meeting... it's going to be my first one so it should be fun. I also start my new job on Wednesday - it should be a good week.

Last Friday my lovely assistant Kristen and I went to Red Robin after work - she'd had a bad day. I'm always up for nursing a bad day with some buffalo style clucks and fries (not to mention beer). I'm sure it's not doing anything for my healthy eating plan though.

I have got to suck it up soon and get a faster internet connection speed...

Have a good Sunday and I'll see you later (or tomorrow).

Saturday, February 09, 2008

aggravation or anxiety?

I can't decide which I'm experiencing at the moment.

I am sitting here trying to fill out my GAP application but it's not happening. I want to eat a lot of sugar, take a long bath and then a nap. In all reality I should just suck it up and work on the application and then go to the gym.

Heartburn is also at the table here with me. Maybe I just need to expend some excess energy (running?)... Maybe I need some meditation or yoga classes. Maybe I just need to get some. It's hard to do that when you're not a floozy. sometimes I wish I was. I wish I wasn't a social hermit.


Maybe tea would do me some good.

I returned a frame to Michael's this morning, on the way there I stopped by the Rack and bought another pair of shoes. They're Michael Korrs and they are very cute. I guess I should suck it up and work on my application now.

I should give myself at least 20 minutes and then I can slack off.

Let's apply ourselves!

Today I am going to break down and work on my Gap application. It's an grant application - I'm going to request money to get my I heart Ann images printed and framed.

I will actually be going someplace that has free wifi to work on it so I might even do a mid day post if you're lucky.


Friday, February 08, 2008

Outerwear and the Northwest.

I have become an outerwear snob. I have noticed that far too many people in the pacific northwest think that a ski parka is a suitable replacement for a coat when you're wearing a dress. You all look like schlubs! Stacy London would have a field day here in the city. I just want to have one big intervention and rid us of this problem once and for all.

Last night I went to first Thursday... I'll have a report later. I've almost been too busy this week. I will probably collapse on the sofa tonight when I get home.

This weekend I need to work on my gap application and get stuff put together for the Crawl Space website.

Now that I have a new job I'll have to start thinking about finding some space to make artwork - there's just not enough room in the dining room anymore.


Thursday, February 07, 2008

Financial Security.

I was offered a job yesterday that I can't pass up. My former boss needs someone to help out in her file room now. I'm starting next Wednesday. She is willing to let me do the things I need to do in regards to my artwork so that is a plus. She's the type of boss that makes you want to work hard. She treats her staff well which is nice. There may be other opportunities to grow there as well.

I'll even get more money. Yay!

Tip of the day... don't burn your bridges because you never know when you will need to cross back (that should be published somewhere don't you think?).

Tonight is First Thursday and I'm ready and raring to go. Also I didn't mention it last week but Lost is back on the air which is good. Now I just have to manage to get home by 9:00. It shouldn't be a problem...

With a new job and all I might even be able to pay my student loans and have money for rent. eventually

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

What's love got to do with it?

Wasn't that a good movie? The title doesn't have anything to do with this post... it just came to me.

I am happy to report that I survived last night's event. If I talked to you last night and you're reading this blog I hope you're not too disappointed with the content. It was nice seeing old friends yesterday and I managed to stay away from the food table for the majority of the night. The only negative thing is that I realized after someone accidentally knocked the brownie I was eating from my hand that I have been off sugar for over a week (at least I thought I was)...

Tonight I have to rest because tomorrow is first Thursday. I have to be in top form.

I broke down and bought shoes yesterday, two pairs. I'll try to take pictures and show you soon. I may have to do something with my toenails in order to wear one of the pairs. Oh, the perils of having bad feet (they're cute but they are the bane of my existence).

On the horizon I am looking forward to getting all my paperwork together to do taxes... do you believe that?

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Sculpture and photography? - Okay.

They are putting out a press release for the 4culture shows and they are listing my work as Sculpture and Photography. I guess that's close enough... I suppose personal documentarian slash stalker isn't really a medium in itself so that will just have to do. How about blogger/stalker? blogger/stalker/runner? digital documentarian? If you think of anything better let me know.

Tonight I am going the the University of Washington Scholarships for Scholars event. It will be groovy to see people. If I had some money I'd try to buy some art but I don't so I can't.

My ex boss Shirley says she needs me desperately. for a job that is... it would be nice to work for her again. I'm not absolutely sure I should commit to anything permanently - but for her I might. Happy Tuesday - or should I say Super Tuesday!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Another week of bliss.

Yesterday Kristen and I ended up going to the Green Lake Bar and Grill instead of Julia's. The line there was too long.

We both had omelettes with tons of port products and cheese. It was good but I'm not looking forward to getting on the scale anytime soon.

Yesterday I also registered for the St. Patrick's Day Dash (run?). I guess I have to fully commit. I did start practicing my running at the gallery the other day... (is that the correct term "practice running"?).

This week I've got a full slate. The UW thing tomorrow, First Thursday on Thursday, work, looking for a soul mate.

How about that Superbowl last night? I was rooting for the Giants because I did live in New York for a few months.... the commercials were alright. I hate to admit that my favorite one was the Fedex carrier pigeons one. Too bad Fedex still sucks for damaging and losing my box of Today show memorabilia.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

mmmmm... brunch!

I'm going to brunch this morning with my lovely assistant Kristen. We're going to Julia's in Wallingford. I'll report back later on how it is.

Yesterday I did a pilates bun and thigh video tape. My buns are barking today. I also ran around the inside of the gallery when it was slow... I suppose it's better than just sitting there doing nothing.

I've got to run... I'll check in later.

Friday, February 01, 2008

When all is said and done.

I will be 74 years old when my student loans are paid in full. That's kind of sad in a way... $375.00 a month for 30 years... there goes the possibility of owning a home... having children (although I wasn't counting on that last one)... buying a new car.

Let's take a moment of silence for a profession that only pays a few people the big bucks. (imagine the trumpet starting to play tapps right now...)

Okay, let's get down to business... Today is February 1st. It's the beginning of registration for the St. Patrick's Day Dash. I'm going to do it again this year to kick off the thin thigh/Jenerator Running project for the year. Okay, maybe I'll run a bit before that actually race, but I will be making a recording of myself for others to enjoy at a later date. It's all a part of my master plan to rule the world of Artists who are also runners.

First things first though, I need to pick out a cute outfit for the race and maybe save up for a new pair of running shoes. I will keep you updated.

I better get a move on...

Pinch and a punch everyone!