Art class tonight

Art class tonight was very productive. I managed to paint my hand, arm and pants… all different colors. I was aiming for the canvas.

I also got through several hours of my audiobook. I managed to do it without laughing out loud or arguing with the author tonight. My classmates know what a big accomplishment that is.

I didn’t finish a painting, but I’m more than halfway through the current one. I have plans for finishing the one I’m nearly finished with. That must count for something, right?

Unplugging?

I read an article about why people don’t read.  The answer, according to the article, is electronics.  TV.  Smartphones.  Computers.  Video games.  Ok.  I get that.  Distractions.

I have distractions such as chores, other books, and random thoughts.  Most of them aren’t electronic.

One of my favorite electronic devices is my Kindle.  That’s how I get the majority of my reading done.  I tend to read faster on it.  I think because I am not distracted/overwhelmed by seeing how many more pages I have left.  Also, technically, my car radio is electronic, too, and that’s how I get my audiobooks completed.

I have been asked by many people about how I find time to read.  I could be reading more than I do, but I have other interests, too.  I do turn off the TV and read, often.  I put the phone down when I’m reading.  I even put my headphones on to tune out random noises while I read.  I make time, find time, etc.  I enjoy it, so I make it a priority.

 

Shazam

I had little on yesterday’s agenda, and Shazam was playing nearby, so I decided to take myself to the movies.

The movie was cute. It wasn’t the same as when I was a kid watching it on Saturday morning cartoons, but I laughed a lot and followed the action.

After the movie, I stopped at Starbucks then at the book store. I browsed for a long time. Independent book stores are great. I always want to buy them out. Today, the employees were discussing an upcoming contest involving guessing how many objects are in a jar. One was arguing that they can’t do that because someone can do the math and figure out the exact amount. No one is going to do that was the argument back. I pitched in my two cents. These are readers, not mathematicians, plus no one is going to take the trouble to figure it out mathematically.

I took the train home. I got to the station and just missed a train. I looked at the board and there was nothing listed for upcoming trains for my line. I was really confused. I went up to the board that showed each train and where it was on the line. There was a train about 8 stops away. And one ten stops away. “29 minute wait.” Something was definitely wrong with the system. I watched the train move closer and closer. It arrived about fifteen minutes after I arrived at the station. So much for 29 minutes. On the way home, the drive was smooth, other than the driver stopping at a stop that isn’t a stop anymore. Scenic route, I guess.

It was a nice, mostly uneventful day. I should have more of those.

Waking from a nap

I had my eyes dilated. I couldn’t really do a lot, so I decided I might as well take a nap. It was a wonderful nap. I slept for about an hour.

When I woke up, I found that I had a sleeping cat next to me and one at my feet. Neither of them woke me up to get into nap position. Neither of them woke up when I got up.

It just shows that they must wake me up on purpose during other times they nap with me. They are just messing with me. Cats do that. A lot.

Gardening supply store

Black pansies.

My daughter and I stopped at the gardening supply store over the weekend. She loves to look at every plant and stone and takes forever.

After we’d been there about fifteen minutes, I attracted the attention of the staff. She wanted to know if she could help. I requested that she wave her wand and hurry my daughter up. She said she can’t do that, but she could offer me a chair in the shade. Sounded good to me!

I have a feeling we’ll be back. At least I’ll know where the chairs are next time.

Sailboat race

My brother and nephew were in a sailboat race. They invited my mom to watch, so I was asked to tag along.

Mom and I had a hard time finding the place. After a tour of the area, we finally found it.

We visited the crew on the boat until it got cold. Then we went inside and had a snack.

Mom and I waited inside by the huge windows and watched the race.

They managed to get past us for the first lap. We caught them as they started the second.

My nephew came up while the adults got the boat ready to put away. He said that they didn’t finish because someone was in the way. My brother showed up and said that they came in last, but finished.