Wednesday, April 30, 2008


I get to go to the dentist this morning for a cleaning. Oh how I love dental insurance. I've had a bit of a tender spot so I'm fearing that I will have to have some other work performed at a later date... at least some of it will be covered.

Heading back to work yesterday wasn't too bad. I still know how to file.

I was just searching the nook above my table and found a birthday present I got from my friend Laura. She had postage stamps made for me with photos of my feet (the plaster ones)... they're sweet. Too bad I don't use stamps that often...

I wonder where in the world Matt Lauer is today??? I get to stick around and watch this morning... he was in the Netherlands yesterday.

Okay, I've lost the posting mojo... tonight I have signed up for cycling class. I need to work off some of that crap I ate this weekend.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

New Favorite Artist...

This is my friend Chris Lin's work.. It's made out of cardboard etc... there's also background music that goes with it.

He sent me some more pictures - I'll post them later because it takes a long time in dial up world.

Okay, now for Chicago. I had a really good time and I miss my friends a lot. Not enough to make me want to move back but you know...

I got to see most of the people I wanted to, I bought some art (Deb Sokolow's zines), some of my favorite coffee... some new clothes... what more could a girl ask for???

Also, when I was waiting in the airport in Chicago I realized I was sitting across from Jason, the guy I had coffee with over the summer... on the plane I anonymously bought him one of my favorite beers (Alaskan Amber)... He caught up with me at baggage claim to say thank you...

I've decided that I like doing nice things for people... at O'hare I gave some guy my CTA pass which was good through Thursday... I gave some guy on the street four dollars... (I do not like to give my money away...).. it feels good to do nice things for people

Okay, it's time for me to get ready for work... talk to you all later.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Back in the Seattle again...

Sorry I've been AWOL. I haven't had a lot of internet access recently... will update you all later.

Let's just sum it up in a few words.

Walking, beer, shoes, clothes.... more beer. art.

yeah, that's it for now. oh yeah, bottle cozies as well.

More tomorrow.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Hello from Chicago!

I made it safely to Chicago on Thursday after experiencing "more than severe turbulence" on the ride in. It wasn't that bad, but it was a bit shaky. I kept thinking that I didn't want to die before seeing my friends in Chicago.

It has been nice seeing all my friends... there's a goodbye party tonight that will get me caught up with everyone.

I will take photos and post them later... I'm off thrifting with KG (Karolina) and then I'm going to check out Art Chicago again.

I better get going - my date will be here soon!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

I am not ready.

I have to leave in a little less than four hours and I'm not really ready.

I can't find the card reader for my digital camera... I can't find the cord either for that manner...

I stayed late last night to get some filing done... I had sent out an email to the secretaries I work for to let them know and one of them said something regarding how I hadn't gotten to hers for a while. It's not like I'm slacking - there's just too much to do sometimes. I felt bad so I stayed...

It's supposed to be 74 degrees in Chicago today so I'm psyched. Yay.

Maybe the Windy city will inspire me... maybe I'll sit next to my future husband on the plane... maybe I'll get lucky... we can only hope.

I'll try to update you all from Chicago but I can't guarantee anything.

See you all later.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Is it over yet?

I have survived my birthday.... I met some of my friends after work for happy hour at Palomino. It was fun but no boys showed up.... I've got to get me some single boy type friends.

I did take pictures but I can't track down the cord for my camera to get them off my camera... I promise some day I will get it all put together.

I did have a good time seeing all my friends.

Today I have to get my filing into shape before I leave so people can find things while I'm gone. I am being taken out to lunch to Oceanaire for my birthday today... Tomorrow it's off to Chicago.

I think it might be strange to actually be in Chicago and have money while I'm there. The first time I went to visit the school I had money but I didn't know anyplace to go or how to get there... I didn't even ride the el the first time I went. How lame is that?

Do you know what they do have in Chicago??? H&M - my favorite cheap store. It's like the Ikea of clothing... I hope I don't run out of time before I run out of things I want to do.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Four score and forty one years ago....

The heavens brought forth a beautiful baby girl weighing only 4 pounds and look what became of her....

Yes, she's a celebrity stalker.

Who knew this would happen?

Well, I'm pretty sure my family knew I was destined for greatness.

Today is going to be fun (with the exception of the actual aspect of working...)... momma made pie for me to take to work, I'm going to lunch with my lovely assistant Kristen and then after work we're going to Palomino for Happy Hour... feel free to stop by if you're in the area. I should probably start thinking about what I'm going to wear... I might meet my future benefactor/life partner today and I want to look good!

Did you happen to know that it is National Jelly Bean Day and Earth Day as well???

So what if I didn't actually run a marathon before I was 41... there's always next year...

Well, I better start getting ready for my big day!

Monday, April 21, 2008

How much food can one shove in their face?

Well actually it's quite a bit. Last night I went to Red Robin for dinner... I had some onion rings, a burger, half a milk shake, a birthday sundae... it was all good and I ate too much. I was burping and tooting all night!

I talked to Karolina yesterday. Things are all set for my visit. I am very excited to see all my friends and catch up. I am also going to go to Art Chicago to see art. I'm sure it will be much more enjoyable than Miami was last December. I'm not saying that I didn't enjoy Miami, but it was under peculiar circumstances and I won't have such a tight schedule this weekend.

I'm easing into my birthday week pretty well... I don't want to overindulge too much... I am almost middle aged an I need to be practical.

I'd like to report that the fit flops are working... ouch.

Tonight I am heading out to West Seattle to have dinner with my friend Debbie... her birthday was last week. April babies rule. Did you know that the Pope is an April baby? Well, now you do.

I got a message from Maria on Saturday... I finally got paid by the Art Institute for working National Portfolio Day. It's only seven months after the fact and it was sent to my New York address! At least it ended up in the hands of someone I know... too bad they couldn't have gotten it to me when I really needed it. Oh well, I guess I just don't have good luck when it comes to getting paid in a timely fashion. (Remember the Weight Watchers fiasco???).

I am driving into work today so I can spare a few extra minutes with you all... I might also be able to catch a bit of the Today Show... I wonder if Ann is working or if she's taking some time off since her father died.... I guess I'll have to look and see...

I guess that's it for now... take it easy out there...

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Firm thighs are on their way!

Yesterday I received for my birthday, one pair of Fitflops. They are flip flops that have an unstable midsole that make your thigh and glute muscles activate longer. Therefore you get a more toned lower half. Yay!

Brunch went well - I had a good time with my friends and family. Afterwards I went to the gym and worked off that ham rumble and hashbrowns...

Last night was the opening of Tony's show at Crawl Space. It's good so you should all check it out.

Today I am going to walk around the house in my fit flops for a while and then this evening I am going to get my birthday hamburger from Red Robin with Matt and Miriam... I like getting free stuff on my birthday (okay it's not my birthday until Tuesday....).

At some point I also have to start thinking about what I'm going to take to Chicago with me.

I'll catch up with you all later.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Birthday brunch....

It's a coming this morning. I will give you all an update later...
I have to go weigh in...

Friday, April 18, 2008

Is it time yet?

I'm ready for a long vacation.

That's all I have to say about that.

I'm tired this morning. I let stinky sleep with me last night so I don't think I got the most restful night of sleep.

I managed to get to the spinning class last night and it kicked my butt (I would use the term ass here but I'm trying to cultivate a younger reading audience...).

In the middle of the class I started to get a cramp in my calf. I thought I might have to get off the bike, but it turned out that I worked it out... it wasn't the most pleasant experience of my life. Kind of like when you start talking about someone and realize they're standing behind you... now that's really unpleasant.

Today it's just work for me and then the sofa and Stinky.

I've been wondering... do you think there really are unicorns?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Over half way there.

It's finally Thursday.

I have a date with my chiropractor this morning...

I've been making appointments like crazy now that I have health insurance. I go to the dentist at the end of the month and my doctor in June. I need to get a tune-up.

Last night I went to gym. I know, I'm moving out of my comfort zone but I needed to do it. There are a lot more people there at night. I signed up for the cycling class today at 6:45 (p.m.). I figured since I can't go on Saturday (conflict with my birthday brunch) I would do it then. I should be in fine shape because of my visit to the chiropractor.

I've been working on getting my info into the Crawl Space website. I checked it out yesterday and I'm listed under members but I don't have any images... I'll try to get that done today.

What's a girl to do??? Working full time, being a struggling artist, trying to find a life partner..... firming up my thighs.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

In the name of ?

Let me tell you, it gets harder and harder to come up with titles for posts every day.

I am such a bad stalker... I didn't even know that Ann Curry was in town last weekend to interview the Dali Lama. I think I should have my stalking license revoked. I guess that just proves the point that I wasn't really a stalker - just an admirer from up close.

On a sad note, Ann's Father passed away over the weekend.

Okay, let's get off the bad news and onto the good.

First off, my lovely assistant Kristen and I got manicures and pedicures last night after work. I chose to go the natural route and just have my nails buffed. My toenails look a bit funny but that's just because I have the Hamilton family feet (and toenails). I'll slap some polish on them soon and take a photo for you. My fingernails are beautiful though, short, filed and buffed.

What else can I tell you all??? Less than a week until my birthday - start shopping now. You know I like shoes, manicures, pedicures, massages and beer. I am the perfect woman I think...

At work the new receptionist has been out sick the past two days.... hopefully she will be back today because I am falling behind on my filing... and you know how I love filing.

So... let's all think good vibes for the weather to change... for those of you not in Seattle it has been unusually cold this spring. I might as well have stayed in Chicago if I wanted this sort of weather.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

What's a girl to do?

Last night I fell asleep with a little dog curled up next to me. Almost as good as a boyfriend. NO, better than a boyfriend. Not potential to ruin the moment by saying something stupid.

I got an email back from Karoline and she said that I would be staying(sleeping) in a stuffed log cabin so I will be comfy cozy. She really wants me to stay with her so I will.

She has a new website it is Here!

Tonight after work my lovely assistant Kristen and I are getting manicures and pedicures at Butter in Westlake. Hilary Swank had a manicure there when her brother got married a while back. How do I know this? I just do. It's just my latest brush with fame. sort of.

Goal number one today??? get out of this chair and take a shower.

Man, I feel like Doogie Howser sometimes....

Monday, April 14, 2008

Ummm... it's Monday.

Where did the weekend go? I'm back at home now... Stinky sure was happy to see me.

This morning I got an email from my friend karolina. I am going to be staying with her when I'm in Chicago. The only problem is that she has no heat, internet, gas.... and she's working on an installation so there won't be a lot of room. Should she really be hosting me? We'll see how it goes...

Last night we went over exhibition proposals for Crawlspace... some semi-interesting ideas... nothing too exciting. It did take a while though... I also signed up for the month of February to have a show. That should keep me moving when it comes to making things.

What else can I tell you? I don't know... come to Crawl Space on Saturday for Tony Weathers opening... I'll tell you more about it later.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Not all artists are crazy, but some are...

I'm watching CBS Sunday Morning and they are talking to an artist who channels dead people before he paints portraits of them. Hunt Slonem is his name... I kind of like his Manhattan loft - it's got an insider artist feel to it.

Okay, maybe he's not crazy - just eccentric.

Yesterday was beautiful... I ended up going to the gym and taking the cycling class and then later I went to greenlake and walked around. I got a bit of a sunburn.

Tomorrow it's back to dial up for me. I think I will have to invest in high speed internet... it's the only thing that makes sense.

I think I'm ready to start taking some action on my future. These are things that I am putting on my official to do list.

Find a place to live.

Find studio space.

Make work.

I think that's a good list.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

It's time to change...

I met my lovely assistant Kristen after work yesterday. We talked about things.... amongst the topics was my artwork - she said I was too modest about it. I suppose I am... I just have to sell myself more. I realize that I am not the type of person who works on making things all the time - but that doesn't mean that I don't think about them.

Friday, April 11, 2008

It works if you push the on button.

I got the wifi back on so I am feeling a bit better.

There has been painting going on in the downstairs area of where I'm house sitting. They were supposed to be done two weeks ago but didn't actually finish until last night after 11:00 pm. That's not really good customer service if you ask me.... just because the people you're working for aren't around doesn't mean you should slack off.

So.. anyways. I found the modem and turned it back on.

Let me talk about work for a moment here... Every day I remember why I went back to school.... Don't get me wrong. I like the people and I like the paycheck... it just seems that sometimes people just don't get it... I get it because I've been around the block a few times.

Okay, on the agenda this weekend - not much. Cleaning, weighing, cycling, eating, moving back in with my Stinky... it should be good.

I'm thinking of wearing cute shoes today - but they're a bit tall and I might fall over. Oh the trials and tribulations I face...

I kept the cat out of the bedroom again last night - it worked pretty well until 4:34. Dogs rule.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Dial up this!

I got home yesterday and found out that where I am house sitting is without wifi. I managed to wrangle up a phone cord so I can come to you in slow motion.

Did you hear the latest news??? Katie Couric may be leaving CBS News. ha ha ha... she's just a bit too perky for me. Not at all like Ann... I'm not saying that Ann is NOT perky - she can be perky if need be.... I've missed watching the Today show... If I didn't have to be at work so early I could watch the first half hour... when I'm a rich and famous artist I won't have to work and I can watch it every day!

Last night I locked the cats out of my room. I made it until 4:30 before I heard the scratching on the door. I think it also helped that I gave them a little bit of food before we went to bed... that's the secret - keep the belly's full. It works with everyone.

Well (that's a deep subject)... I guess that's it. Be safe out there!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008


That cat is going to drive me crazy. I'm ready to go back home with my little Stinky...

Last night I came home and the house alarm was chiming. It has a low battery... I finally figured out how to turn it off (temporarily)... when I went to feed Cookie I found that she had barfed all over the carpet... good thing there is a carpet cleaner at her house. I did manage to get over to see my dog. She was very happy to see me. I could tell that she was laughing... (I saw a story about dogs laughing on television the other night).

As of ten minutes ago my life has been officially sucked dry of any meaning... okay, I overexaggerate.

I think it's just the need for me to make "things" that is calling me - and I haven't done that in a while. I need to make some time to that. Work seems to creeping in a bit too much.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

3:00 a.m.

It was at 3 this morning that I woke up this morning and dumped Emma the cat on the floor (accidentally). She had been sleeping next to my legs and was just too close to the edge when I decided to roll over... heh heh heh.

Only two more weeks until my birthday. Yay... I like my birthday... I wore my birthday shoes yesterday and they are fabulous! I did have to wrap portions of my feet in moleskin to keep down the friction. Now that's an interesting word... friction.

This week I don't have a lot to do which will be nice. I have a studio visit and proposal review at Crawl Space, I have to work, and I need to get together info on what's been happening in my life for the thing in my life that I can't really talk about. That's about it. I will be done feeding the other cat Cookie on Wednesday. It will be nice to not have to drive all over the place every night.

The big question today is weather or not I'm a fraud. What do you think?

Monday, April 07, 2008

Dogs rule! Cats drool...

So I've been house and cat sitting for the past few weeks and the kitty cats are very sweet but Emma (one of the cats) keeps trying to wake me up at 4:30. She'll jump up on top of me and meow... when I make her get off me she'll walk around with her little collar jangling and then jump back up on me.

I love stinky because she doesn't do that sort of thing.

It's raining this morning... I am not looking forward to waking up to the bus stop through the woods in the backyard... the good news is that I'm going to wear my new shoes today so that should make me feel good!

I went to the mall yesterday (no I didn't go to the gym) and I was looking at things I might like for my birthday... I found a pair a flip flops that are supposed to tone your legs as you wear them. I could use those... the legs are a bit jelly like lately.

In addition to going to the mall I stopped by Carkeek Park and walked along the beach. It was strange because I hadn't been there in a long time. I had a flashback of playing a rousing game of tag there when I was back in high school. I seem to recall I was with a bunch of my cheerleader friends (yes, I was a cheerleader...). It's funny how seeing and hearing things will bring back memories like that. It's too bad people don't play rousing games of tag everyday - I think it would be good exercise... it might put everyone in a better mood.

I suppose that's all I have to say this morning. I need to start making work again... the lack of making things is getting to me... since I have a show in September I should probably start thinking about what I'm going to put up... I know it's going to be Ann Curry related stuff...

Sunday, April 06, 2008


I was a bit cranky yesterday. I'm thinking it has to do with being too busy at work, eating poorly and being lonely.

I know I've talked about being lonely before.... I have a lot of friends but sometimes I just feel all alone - it's not as bad right now as it has been in the past. I think being more aware of how I'm feeling helps... and being able to verbalize it.

NOW... let me tell you about the great birthday present that was not to be... My sister was talking to me the other day asking me what I wanted for my birthday. She wanted to relay the findings to my mother. My mother has tried to buy me clothes in the past with no success. She says that she even tries to buy clothes that she thinks I'll like - but even that doesn't work. Hilary (my sister) said maybe I should go look at shoes and find a pair that I might like and then relay that information to her.

Sooo... I went to Nordstrom's the other day and tried on a pair of shoes that I've been looking at for a while. It turned out that the shoes I was looking at were the last pair in my size. So not to risk losing them I bought them thinking my family could give them to me. Hilary put the kibosh on it. She said that they weren't going to wrap up a box of shoes and give them to me and hand me a check. Oh well, I was just trying to help out. On the bright side I can wear the shoes now!

I'll try to take a picture later for you all.

Oh look, I found a photo online...

Today I think I'm going to go to the gym and take another cycling class... I didn't take one yesterday because I wanted to get my workout over early and didn't want to wait around.

I don't know what else I'll do... it's been nice to have a weekend without anything to do...

I'll be back later... see ya.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

A new(ish) leaf.

I weighed in this morning. I was down a bit from last month but I'm still above goal. I"m tired of having food rule my life. I've succumbed to stress eating far to often that past months. I need to take care of me...

Today there is nothing left for me to do except feed Cookie the cat. Oh, and take a shower.

Maybe someday when I'm a rich and famous artist they will make a reality television show about me...

I think it's time for that shower...

Friday, April 04, 2008

Crazy Cats... and a big belly...

This sums up my evening.

Hopefully I will stay awake long enough to finish this post.

Long day at work... I hate filing.

I ate too many cookies... I have a big belly.

Cat's are on drugs... I love dogs.

I'm a fraud - at least for today.

I made Diana touch the back of my hair... maybe I shouldn't do that until I know people better. I'm a freak.

I had a great idea for a birthday present but it didn't work out... I'll explain later but I think I'm starting to fade fast.

Another Friday -

Am I ready for it? I'm not ready for covering for two people at work and trying to get all my work done. I am ready to have lunch with some of my friends and go home at 5pm. Okay, I'm not actually going home at 5. I'm going to an opening at the McLeod Residence of Diana Falchuk. She's a member of Crawl Space and she's making work with food. You know how I like food so I have to go.

My toes still hurt from tripping yesterday...

(These aren't my toes but they could be someday - through science).

I did get some good news yesterday... I found out the air date of the thing I haven't been able talk about since May. SOOOOOO that means I can blog freely again... not that I haven't been blogging freely, but I feel as though I've been restricted by my personal ethics. If you do some sleuthing in my posts of last year you can figure out what's up.

My tummy's acting strange so I better go...

Thursday, April 03, 2008

my toenails hurt...

I stubbed my toes twice today. When I say stubbed I mean I actually tripped and smooshed my toes on my right foot. Just as my toenails are getting back to their beautiful selves now I betcha at least one will turn black underneath... that's just the way it goes with the Curse of the Hamilton Family Feet...

Can she keep this up?

I'm beginning to think I need a vacation. Or at least a few days off to catch up on my sleep. I've been burning the candle at both ends for awhile now and I'm beginning to feel the exhaustion.

I don't think I've been this exhausted since Grad School... I'm sitting here zoning out while I'm trying to post.

Tonight is first Thursday... I think I'm going to drive so I can feed all the cats on the way home... Hopefully it won't be a late evening...

Maybe I'll be able to sleep in on Sunday...

I better go - nothing good is coming of this post. Maybe I'll take some photos today and post them later... It's supposed to be a nice day.


Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Tired again...

I didn't get home until after 10:00 last night... I didn't go to sleep until after 11:30. What am I doing to myself? I'm almost 41... I can't keep this up.

The report on my hair is good. I look stunning! Now if I can just get it to look like it did when I left the salon.

Yesterday morning I sent Marty Riemer an email and he read it on the air... I told him that I was excited that Al Roker was going to be on the show and that I was in New York for sometime last year and was "stalking" Ann Curry. I wonder if he thinks I was kidding... If he only knew. My lovely assistant Kristen and my mother both heard him read my email on the air. I'm going to be famous.

Tonight I am going to go to a meeting on Cultural Overlay Districts in Seattle. What exactly this means I'm not sure... but as a member of Crawl Space I should go.

I guess that's it for this morning. I've got to get a move on if I want my hair to look stunning...

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Welcome to my birthday month!

It is once again April... bunnies hopping around, chicks being hatched, flowers blooming AND MY BIRTDHAY MONTH!

This year I don't have any great plans for the day but I will be going to Chicago for the weekend after. Last year I said during a run that I would do a marathon by the time I was 41. Well, I don't think that's going to happen... I am going to sign up for the beat the bridge run in May though.

Today phase two of my hair transformation will be done... (that means color)... whew! It's beginning to look sketchy.

Okay, all of you April babies get ready to celebrate.