Art On A Limb

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Halfway Through The Week

The new job... I really like it! It's still confusing and I certainly don't "get it" yet, but it's a niche I think I'll fill just fine.

Tomorrow, I do the old job one more time and I am going to a beautiful town here in Texas - it's worth the drive alone.

No more news on the adoption. I don't want to send out any negative "vibes" and we appreciate any good ones sent our way. We're anxious to meet our daughter :-)

We're also looking forward to spending the Fourth with friends on the lake - it should be a barbecue and fireworks extravaganza.

Oh, if you've been keeping up with us, my brother has been released from the hospital - they finally isolated his "bug" as a specific bacteria and were able to cure it via antibiotics. We were starting to get worried, but that's over.

That's my little update for now.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Courtyard Utterings

Thanks to our friends at Unconscious Mutterings, we know, for sure, it's Sunday again.

  1. Useless:: Probably fun
  2. Radiant:: Being
  3. W:: ww.
  4. Unpaid:: Parking ticket
  5. Geek:: Patrol
  6. Unfaithful:: Creep
  7. Reboot:: The ultimate answer
  8. No!:: Puhleeeeeeeeeze!?!
  9. Squad:: Car
  10. Fetish:: Freak

Speaking of Sunday, I'll share mine, thus far. I got up this morning and went to church to discover it is Courtyard Dedication Sunday. We've been in a new sanctuary for about a year, however, the courtyard has been in progress all this time. In the old sanctuary (which is still on the grounds), the courtyard was an integral part of the building - after services, everyone hung out there, had coffee, talked, etc... The really cool part was that there were speakers in the courtyard and you could just stay outside and hear everything going on within if you chose.

Well, we've all missed that, but today we finally got it all back. There are planters with huge trees in them with benches surrounding each one. There are two fountains, one of which is a water wall. There are huge beams with scarfing providing shady areas. All over the courtyard, there are random inscribed stones with words like: love, forgiveness, generosity, kindness, etc...

Today's singer was Ken Gayle - what a voice! We have many wonderfully talented artists that perform here - you never know who's going to show up.

Well, I've gone on and on about my place of worship - I don't normally do that, but what the heck? I share just about every other aspect of my life - why not share one of the most important?

Now I need to finish that laundry because the end of my vacation is in view...

Enjoy YOUR day!

Friday, June 24, 2005

Hey, I'm on Vacation!

Sheesh! Soon as people know you're off, they find all kinds of things for you to do. Today I had to drive an hour & 1/2 one way to meet my dad and stepmother at the bank so I could be added to their safe deposit box (that's where they keep the will).

After that, I had to go pick up some office supplies for my husband and resew a button on a pair of pants for him.

My brother just returned from a work trip to Saudi Arabia and caught some mysterious bug. He's in the hospital in "isolation" because they're not sure what it is. My sister-in-law wants everyone to come there, but my brother doesn't want visitors. I have to agree with him. When I am sick, the last thing I want is people coming to stand over me and looking at me.

We've been through all the paperwork on our potential daughter, called CPS to see to whom to address questions we have and were informed the paperwork was not supposed to come directly to us, but through the agency (Same agency - 2 different towns). The caseworker almost made it sound like we kind of finagled the receipt of paperwork behind her back. Fortunately, she talked to the worker in the other town and they both discovered her secretary just up and mailed it to us directly. So, what do you know? We got to read it all, unscreened, and there's nothing they can do about it now!

Oh! job update: This is just plain freaky...I'm minding my own (and everyone else's) business and my work supervisor calls to tell me that the Big Cheese wants to talk to me. My mind immediately goes into panic mode - I don't know why, but it does... so I get transferred, he apologizes for interrupting my vacation, but due to 2 people unexpectedly quitting, they have shifted people around and they would like me to supervise the people who do the job I do now. The good part is, I will NOT be traveling and I don't have to quit a job with which I have 21 years of service and (most importantly) five weeks of vacation! This will allow us to adopt without worrying about me being out of town all the time.

Well, that's my day in a nutshell. Here's hoping tomorrow is calm and peaceful.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Six Feet Under

I didn't realize this was the final season of Six Feet Under on HBO. We've watched this series from the beginning and this season has moved from airing on Sundays to Mondays - a fact we found out quite by accident.

Anyway, it just feels like it should wind up even though I'm gonna' miss it.

No news on the adoption front. We've waded through tons of paperwork about our potential child. Now, we wait to see what happens next.

I am on vacation this week and it looks like I might have to take more soon if this goes through as we hope. Or I'll quit and change jobs, or, or, or....

So much going on. Things never really "wind down," do they? Ah, well, that's what makes life such an adventure.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Life is Utterly Amazing

I forgot to do my Unconscious Mutterings last week, so here they are for this one. Oh, and life is continuing to unfold in remarkable ways - read the rest after this list:

  1. Domesticated:: Animal
  2. Cask:: of Wine
  3. Wayne:: Newton
  4. Insidious:: Worm
  5. Cool!:: Beans!
  6. Dishwasher:: Detergent
  7. Little house:: On The Prairie
  8. Stepford:: Wives
  9. Hung:: Up
  10. Falling:: Star

This morning, a former coworker called me and informed me of a potential job at her company. They have regular hours and NO traveling. If you don't know, I travel a lot for my job now. Here's my thinking at this point: I have been at my present job 21 years (well, 21 in September), I have 5 weeks of vacation, retirement, 401k, pension, and fabulous benefits. My job, however, requires that I am gone 3 - 4 nights a week. With adopting a 15 year old girl, this would not be the best scenario. My current employer is going through a lot of transitions and the future is uncertain. The new place is an entirely different industry (oil/petrochemicals - hey, it's Houston, not too surpising). According to my friend, benefits start on day 1, they have retirement, pension, and 401K as well.

My issue is in the "gap" of time. I was planning on using my vacation time to be home before school starts to bond with our new child and get her ready for the changes in her life. However, once vacation was over, I'd be back on the road.

I haven't interviewed nor been offered the new job, however, if I were, then that gap of time might be difficult to manage. Who knows, maybe if I tell them everything, the Universe will conspire to make it all work perfectly.

My husband will stand behind any decision I make, however, I think he's leaning on me staying where I am due to the "lesser of two evils" thought - we know what we have here.

What are your thoughts??

Saturday, June 18, 2005

What do you know? Real news!!

Well, I said I had something to post. For those of you who have been following our progress in the adoption of an older child, we were informed that we were selected for the oldest child we expressed interest in. This girl is 15 (will be 16 in November) and is going to be a sophomore this year.

All of her paperwork arrived in the mail today. This means we have in our possession every bit of information that CPS has on this child. I have, of course, read it all - most of it out loud to my husband - and want to read it all again.

This girl and her sisters were victims of neglect and abandonment. Our girl has had 2 failed placements as well, so I imagine she may not be all gung-ho on doing this one more time, but she IS at an age to decide if she wants to go forward or not. Evidently, she has chosen to proceed.

We have a couple of fears, but are choosing to believe with the help of professionals and divine intervention, all will work out as it should be. Any good vibes sent our way are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Artistic Questions

I have been traveling for work and have finally reached home - I love coming home! The following are two new works I have recently completed (see all posted on this blog thus far here). Aside from that, I have some more news which I will post tomorrow or Saturday.

There are lots of "artists" out there in blog land (especially since many of the blog authors are very talented writers). My question to you artists is this: Do you feel "exposed" when you share your creations? If so, what compels you to keep sharing your work? If not, what is it about showing/sharing your art that keeps you doing just that?

(click the thumbnail to see larger image)

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Just for Fun (again)

A lack of creativity prompts the following list of sites that are interesting, useful, or just plain fun. Enjoy!

The Human Clock

Unique Daily

43 Things

One Word

Spam Poison

I think the Human Clock is incredibly clever and worth a look just for all the work involved. Unique Daily is often weird, but sometimes funny. 43 Things is a great way to see what other want out of life. One Word is a quick writing exercise. And finally, Spam Poison snares those web spiders that we all encounter.

Have a great weekend!!

Friday, June 10, 2005

Friday (Woohooo!)

We heard from CPS today. Not only are we in the selection process for the 15 year old, we are also being considered for the 14 year old, however, her selection meeting is set up for July 12th. We've chosen to believe if it's meant to be, the right one will be ours.

It's hard not to choose one over the other. The weird thing is that they don't really tell you much info about these kids. I guess you get the whole enchilada if you're selected.

Sunday is the husband's birthday. He'll be 48 and it just seems like yesterday that we were celebrating the 40th. I was teasing him today that in 2 years he gets the AARP card. He didn't think that was too funny. I did.

I'm going to paint ceramics tomorrow morning with my friend - that's something I really enjoy.

Given the name of this site, you'd think I'd have more artwork posted, but for some reason, I haven't completed anything in a while. I do, however, finally have a couple in the works and will be posting them when they're done.

Well, that's my "bits and pieces" for Friday night. It might be time for me to surf around and read my favorite blogs.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Hot News

It's just HOT! I had to be outside today for work (well, I have to be outside a lot of the time)and summer is here. It didn't wait for the 21st, it's here now.

Tomorrow should be an "indoor" day for me and I am glad.

Okay, a bit of adoption update. We received word that we are being considered for the oldest child in which we expressed an interest. She's 15 now and will be 16 at the end of the year. The "selection committee" will be meeting on the 13th. The best I understand this is that four families must be considered for each child. At selection process, the child's worker, the family worker, and a mediator decide which of the four is best suited to meet the child's needs.

Hopefully, and God willing, we will meet her needs. If not, then we believe it will fall into place as it should with perfect timing.

As before, we appreciate any and all good wishes, vibes, or prayers.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Mutter, Lunch, and Boot Camp

Another Sunday and it's time to answer my Unconscious Mutterings and I am happy to do it. I have to go see the words before I look at anyone else's answers or my thoughts are "tainted" - then, when I go check, it's amazing to see how the collective consciousness is, well, just that - collective.

  1. Exhibit:: Art
  2. Evolution:: Another turn ;-)
  3. Loser:: Beatles (I know, vague, but a good tune)
  4. Hypnotic:: Trance
  5. Unlikely:: Hero
  6. Interrupt:: Intrude
  7. Ambivalent:: So?
  8. Rise and fall:: of an empire
  9. Indian:: Dance
  10. Prophecy:: Revealed

Today I am going to a 40th birthday luncheon for my cousin. It's being held at a garden shop about an hour and a half outside of Houston. It's a lovely place and their tea room has wonderful luncheon fare.

Update from yesterday: I ordered the Boot Camp DVD's... I wonder if I will really use them or just try it once and never do it again?

I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Metabolism and a Trim

Saturday and sunny. Finally, a day with no other pressing things to do and I can go get my hair cut, which I am about to do.

Went to the gym this morning with the trainer and had a "leg day" and now I am wobbly with Jello Legs. I'm taking that for a sign that it was an effective workout. Speaking of which, I am thinking of ordering Billy's Boot Camp DVD (from Ebay) and seeing if I can supplement my time with aerobics at home. Maybe that would help me in my weight loss quest. I had one of those breathalizer tests that records your metabolism rate - how many calories your body burns doing absolutely nothing. Well, no surprise to me, mine is very low - 1300. Which means I have to eat less than 1300 calories a day to lose weight. Of course, with exercise, I could probably stay at that amount and still lose.

I better eat less than that.

Off to the stylist!