Yes, I’m Still Alive

October 1, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I have no idea how long it’s been since I’ve posted here. I pretty much keep up with far away friends with Facebook and email so there isn’t a whole lot of my life left to discuss on here! I’ve cut back on my thrift shopping of late although I’ve been evolving stylistically so lots of items in my wardrobe are headed out the door to the next Clothes Swap and lots of linen and cotton layers have been replacing them (thrifted, of course!). I’m really into a style referred to as “Lagenlook” which is a German word meaning ‘layered look’. It’s a little bohemian, a little Japanese, a little Swedish…

I’ve been loving Portland’s (Portland, Maine) First Friday Artwalk and have several arty friends who display work both on the street and in galleries. Very exciting! Below is a photo from our last FFA.


I’ve become completely, unabashedly addicted to Pinterest. If you’d like to see what I’ve been up to, you can see reflections of my interests and bits of my life by looking at my boards. Lots of art, household tips and tricks, style guides, thrifting tips – you name it, it’s probably there. Here is a link:

Hope all is well with you!



Fatty Fatty Boom-ba-latty

May 24, 2010 at 10:11 am | Posted in blogging, Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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First, I should address the fact that it has been forever and a day since I have posted anything here. My excuse? FACEBOOK.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Facebook since it allows me to stay in touch with friends and family all over the country and some even in other countries. No long distance bills! The downside is, it is so much easier to post a line about what I’m doing at the moment than to log in here, think for half a minute and write about what is on my mind. And the longer I neglect this site, the more guilty I feel, and the more guilty I feel, the more fabulous I think my ‘come back’ post will need to be. Silly, I know.

So I’m just going to add a post and pretend like any readers here are also on Facebook, reading my every post and are totally up to date with what is going on with me. (sorry)

Since I was low on time recently, I wrote a post on a scrap of paper and left it for later. It is now later. So I will just type it in here—-


So here’s the thing- I recently discovered that I am a big fat pig. This is relative of course. I used to be bigger. Quite a bit bigger. When I was several sizes larger that I am now, I thought of myself as “chubby”. Even at my chubbiest though, I never thought of myself with that derogatory word, “fat”. But when I look at photos of myself from that time period A-OOOO-GA! CHUB-O!

But back to the present….

I was a size 8 and occasionally, when all digestive funtions were working well, a size 6.

Now, I am not. My jeans LITERALLY hurt me after a few hours when I wear my size 8’s. So now I am wearing a 10. Is it healthy to define yourself by a size number? No, of course not.

Do I? Yes. Yes, I do.

Soooooo…..I got a dog. I didn’t get a dog JUST because of the whole fatso thing. But the idea of a creature that would demand that I take it on a walk for it’s own health and well-being was very attractive.

In truth, I’ve wanted a dog since I was a kid. Okay, to be honest, “kid-ish” would be a more appropriate term. I had dogs growing up. When I moved out on my own, I got a very tiny puppy who cried all night for a week and caused me to go nearly insane with sleep deprivation. I gave him back.

Later, I got a Maine Coon cat who acts like a very priveledged dog….except for the whole giving affection thing. No affection. Soooo not a dog.

But a couple of weeks ago (now over a month) I FINALLY got a dog. I’ve been walking him for about 30-40 minutes a day. Unfortunately, no miraculous weight loss has yet occurred.


Doing less ….and proud of it!

September 26, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Day to Day Musings | Leave a comment
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I’ve been really proud of myself lately…..for doing less.

Okay, your first response is likely “okayyyy, she is proud of being lazy. What a quality human being.” (But only if you are as sarcastic as I am.)

So here is the deal. I’ve been so addicted to being online lately — spending lots and lots of time, mostly on facebook. I update my status, check up on the status changes of my friends, play a turn in each of my scrabble games (20 or so?), do stuff in my various facebook games and blamo, seven hours have gone by. I really hate that. Seven hours with nothing to show for it.

And I’m STILL procrastinating when it comes to getting to work on some art. (I was going to break out my GOCCO and whip up some invitations for the clothes swap for my friends that don’t have email. It is next Sunday and that still hasn’t happened.)

I keep thinking that I will have permission to do some art as soon as the house is clean. The laundry is ALMOST done. The dishes are close to being done. But neither really gets completed. EVER. So I never get to working on any of my art projects…..or my other ‘projects’ around the house either. My pantry is still all torn apart from my reorganization project there. The baskets are in place with labels. But there are still a couple dozen cans and containers strewn about on the pantry floor and stacked up, blocking the microwave. I really should get back to that.

So anyhow, I have been successful at NOT logging into facebook for a day or two here and there. I’ve been skipping days. Which, to me, is total success! Unfortunately, with the new tv season starting, I’ve been spending more time crashed out on the couch, watching stuff that I’ve recorded on the DVR. Not really a success story.

But tomorrow is another day, right???

Speaking of days, I got the coolest journal the other day. It is a five year journal. Each page is marked with a date and blank where the year should go. The idea is, you write one line or so each day and then as time passes, you can compare what you were up to during that same time period the year or years before. Now, given my history with journals, I don’t have complete confidence that I will maintain this journal. But the idea that you are only required to write ONE SINGLE line each day doesn’t seem so overwhelming. And the funny thing is, I can’t seem to keep myself from writing as much as will fit into the tiny space in the tiniest writing I can do….so I end up writing quite a bit more than a single line. Kinda like I’m outsmarting my procrastinating self. *smirk*

Anyhoo….we went apple picking today at the Thompson’s Orchard here in New Gloucester. By a half hour into it, we were all shedding our sweaters and sweatshirts because the sun was shining and it was starting to get really warm. Of course, Susan and I were also sweating from carrying all the bags of apples. One by one, the girls filled them up until they were just too heavy and awkward for them to handle and they handed them off to us.

It was SUCH a great day for it. I’m so glad Susan thought of it. And since it was completely spontaneous, I didn’t have to spend any time dreading running out of energy before we could go like I usually do when I know there is an event coming up within a few days. I end up exhausting myself before the event even happens. (THAT is how much a dread deadlines these days…I am so much more neurotic than I ever used to be —- and that is saying something.)

So now you are pretty much up to date on what is going on over in my little corner or the world. Oh yeah, I forgot– I still owe a couple friends circle journey books. I have no excuse. They send letters and postcards and emails reminding me and I keep forgetting. Sorry, ladies. And you friends who haven’t returned the circle journey books TO ME in a few years. SHAME ON YOU!! LOG OFF RIGHT NOW AND GO FIND IT!!! I mean it! YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE !!!!

Oh yeah, one more tid bit….a brother has been stripping the paint off of the front porch and one side of the house and is going to start repainting it. It already looks soooo much better! Wait till you see it!

Thoughts skittering around in my mind…..

July 4, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Posted in Day to Day Musings | 1 Comment
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So here’s the thing….I don’t get this blog (typepad) for free. It costs money. Not a lot. But enough that if I’m not using it, I might as well just be tossing the currency out the window and letting the wind take it away….

Part of me is disheartened that almost no one even checks up on it anymore. That same part misses all the blogs that my email used to alert me about all the time. I can hardly even remember now what they were. About the only use my laptop gets anymore is updating my facebook status and waiting for my friends and family to do the same.

The other part is trying to kick my brain in gear and remind myself that this was supposed to be a cathartic process. A means to push my mind into pondering and stretching it’s muscles and not turning into the proverbial couch potato. When I had my writing job, I would end up updating my blog INSTEAD of doing my job….then it seemed like an escape, a fun activity to avoid work. And now….

Well now it is feeling more like work….as are my various unfinished art projects and neglected sketchbooks. What is wrong with my brain? The longer I am away from my art desk, the more it feels like my other long lost friends. The ones who don’t seek out my company anymore. Whenever I pass them by, I get that sad feeling in the pit of my stomach and I wonder what changed. Why don’t they miss me? Why don’t they seek me out anymore?

So here I am….typing away….enjoying the tippity tappity sounds of the keyboard as the letters and words form on the screen ….and I wonder why I don’t do it more often…

I’m hearing thunder off in the distance and thinking I really should shut down my computer to avoid it getting fried…and the thought that I SHOULDn’t be typing and going on and on …..makes me WANT to do it. It’s almost as if I can only have fun if I’m NOT SUPPOSED TO BE DOING IT. What I am I, seven years old?



(gee, there’s that echo again….)

Monday Musings

November 3, 2008 at 6:54 pm | Posted in Day to Day Musings | 1 Comment
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Since I’ve been spending all my ‘downtime’ on facebook playing scrabble lately (wanna join me? having a blast!), I don’t really feel like I have much more to update here. Lots of mundane activities posted over there but not really feeling the push to write much….Especially with another weekly deadline looming…

A couple of online updates….rssfwd has totally fixed their glitches and is delivering updates of all my favorite blogs to my email just like they promised and I am LOVING THEM!!!

Also totally grooving on the free online radio station, Pandora. You tell them the stuff you like and they build radio ‘stations’ for you with only the kind of music you like.

So I thought I would give y’all a little survey type info– (please excuse the spacing issues….can’t seem to figure out how to make the lines single spaced! ARRGG)

10 Years Ago I ..

1. Was counting down the days to my wedding (nov 28)

2. Weighed quite a bit more

3. Had red hair and more of it

4. Had lived on the east coast for less than a year

5. Was afraid to trust my own judgment

5 Things on my to do list…
1. Paint the play/artroom
2. backup my files onto a zipdrive
3. Buy my oldest a present for our anniversary (we all get ’em)
4. Finish the laundry

5. Make an eye Dr. appointment

5 Snacks I enjoy…
1. Dark chocolate equal exchange cocoa
2. Thai Kettle Chips
3. Homemade choc.chip cookies (w/ peanut butter inside)
4. Almond Paste
5. Tortilla chips dipped into salsa mixed with sour creme

5 Things I would do if I were a millionaire
1. Fix every stupid thing that is wrong with my house
2. Pay off the mortgage
3. Spend a couple weeks in Paris

4. Attend art retreats I’ve always wanted to go to
5. Hire a maid

5 Places I have lived…
1. Yarmouth, Maine

2. South San Franciso, California
3. Menlo Park, CA
4. Watertown, MA

5. Waltham, MA

5 Jobs I have had…
1. Children’s Shoes Hawker at Nordstrom’s
2. Market Research Survey giver
3. See’s candy hawker
4. Writer
5. Night Janitor


October 25, 2008 at 10:44 am | Posted in In This Moment | Leave a comment
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So, I will admit it….. Yes, I have a facebook page.

I signed up for it forever ago (I can’t help myself – I sign up for anything that is free. It’s a sickness.) and pretty much forgot all about it. Then a few days ago, I was procrastinating waiting to do something else and I decided to check it out.

And now I’m hooked.

Originally I thought it was basically another myspace; a creepy social site where creepy strangers try to send you lurid messages and you do a little blogging here and there and then more people send you creepy messages wanting to be your ‘friend’.

I was so pleasantly surprised to find out that it was actually really cool! It is sort of like an elaborate instant messenger except that you can upload pictures and write snarky commentary every now and again. You can leave messages for people who you actually KNOW or talk to them in realtime through their instant messaging. You can also play games with them in realtime. THAT is my favorite part. I am currently playing scrabble with five different people. I have a scrabble deathmatch going on with my younger sister at the moment (and I’m whomping her). There isn’t really any blogging in the traditional sense (who thought the words ‘blogging’ and ‘traditional’ would be in the same sentence???) but I am really digging it.

They also have this thing where you can ‘poke’ a friend to get their attention. It’s basically just a setup that lets you put a line on their page that says ‘so and so poked you. poke them back?‘. Or you can ‘super poke’ them which is more elaborate. You can ‘throw a cake at’ them which sends them a message that you did with a little picture of a cartoon chicken throwing a cake at a cartoon pig. You can also throw a sheep at someone (or do a myriad of other things like ‘smile‘ or ‘hipcheck‘ or ‘get your hair did with’ or ‘throw a stilleto at’). It’s silly but I’m hooked.

Anyhoo, i’ve been feeling a bit guilty that I haven’t updated here in awhile and now you know why:

I’m over on facebook playing scrabble and throwing sheep and cakes. Wanna join me?

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