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( Nov. 9th, 2009 09:36 am)
It was a good one. There was dancing on Friday night (earplugs; must remember to bring them) and visiting with the Loresinger. Dancing was awesomely fun -- relaxed atmosphere, cool music, fun friends. I approved.

Saturday, the Rat and I split child-care duties and he took the Bit to soccer while I studied Spanish and did lazy chores around the house. Then I dragged the kiddo off to the Abernathy Arts Festival so he could have some alone time as well. New Art!

Sunday was errand and relaxation day. We hung out with folks, ran some errands and I did pictures. Pictures.

Here are some links to my favorites.

Fourth of July Sparklers
Splash Pools
Birthday slip and slide.
More water fun.
This will be used as blackmail material when they're older.
Cat and child caught in sunbeam. News at 11:00.
The Princess Reflects on Halloween.
Who me? Mug for the camera? Oh, okay!
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( Aug. 20th, 2009 10:24 pm)
I confess to being somewhat of a philistine when it comes painting and to dance. (Sorry, subihne.) I like paintings (and dance pieces) because they tell a story or are interesting to me, and I mostly do not like or feel like I understand anything that comes close to qualifying as "modern."

Even so, I do try to broaden my cultural tastes every so often, and I really wanted to see the four "Water Lilies" paintings that were on display at the High Museum. So tonight Outlawcoon and I headed down to look at pretty pictures. The four paintings were pretty; 2 were more abstract that I really go for, but one was very cool, and it was still cool seeing all four in the same collection.

After the Monet, we wandering into what was for us a truly puzzling exhibit of really gorgeous photographs. They were photos done by Richard Misrach, and they were really pretty. However, we apparently missed the subtext completely. Both the coon and I thought that the pictures were relaxing, pretty, tranquil, etc. Apparently "despite their compelling beauty, an oblique sense of disquietude pervades these photographs." We totally missed the disquietude. Ah well.

On the up side, I got to see this which is utterly stunning in person. It's a piece entitled "Pandemonium," and I found it breathtaking. The flames look real, and they shimmer slightly. I want art like this for my house.

Other minorly cool bits included two Durer pieces, and two "Masterful Fakes" that were utterly exquisite pieces of art in their own right. That lead to an interesting conversation on what makes a Fake vs Art and was fun for that alone.
Someone got hold of our main credit-card number early early this month and charged over $4,500.00 to it. Luckily, USAA was paying attention and called us on suspicion of fraudulent charges. (There are some benefits to Big Brother.) Most puzzling is figuring out how they got the card number; we're both still in possession of the cards. Likely, we'll never know.

The Bit is doing well in school. She adores her teacher, and she's getting more and more confident about things every day. Every so often, she'll even try and tell us what she did that day.

I've started back with voice lessons which are curiously terrifying to me. I have completely lost confidence in that arena. Also, I find that along with that lack of confidence, I'm easily embarrassed about hearing people say that I sound good. I'm hoping that will go away as my confidence comes back.

I have also been bitten by the Art Bug. I have a list of things that I want to create, and it keeps growing. I'm not sure that I'll ever get around to it, but we'll see. Naturally, I want to work with metal and stone and other things that require large workshops instead of just paints or yarn.
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( Oct. 31st, 2006 11:21 pm)
I'm going to have nightmares tonight.

Oh well. They can't be as bad as my worst-ever.
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