What I Actually Got Done Yesterday

I had a good todo list going yesterday. Mostly involving library books.

Worked. Nothing terribly unusual there

Blogged. Pulled up and finished some draft posts. I put new library holds on the library site.

Returned library books. I returned two of the six overdue books, since they were in my car already. I figured that I may as well get one of the list’s items done.

Confirmed non tech friend on Facebook. Had to phone her first to make sure it was her. Wasn’t on my list.

Had leftovers from last night for lunch. Wasn’t on my list.

Sorted library books, somewhat. I found 7 books to go back. I returned them on the way to class. I still have 2 overdue books left to locate and return. I know where 2 of them are, but I didn’t return them.

Got dirty scrubs into the washing machine and hung them. I remembered to bring them to work with me this morning, too.

Went to class and got a good chunk of two projects done.

I haven’t decided what to pack on my trip. I have a general plan for clothes, but not for books. I didn’t fix the book stack, but it isn’t as precarious as I thought it was. I did manage to check that.

I did end up with more than ten items on my list, but most were related and I got the important stuff done.

The most important thing I did was let my family sort out the issues that came up that I didn’t really need to be involved with. They got the majority of the pressing issues done, without my help.

Unique reading log

Reading log

A teacher came up with a different kind of reading log that isn’t as difficult for people to follow, and it makes it easier to log what the student is reading. The point is to keep reading, not to torture the child with logging it.

A lot of the tasks are fun, like read in the bathtub with no water. Shared reading activities like read to a stuffed animal are included as well as wide requirements such as read a magazine. Just make reading fun!

Midterm for art class

My daughter and I started off to art class early to go to Starbucks. She got something with dragon fruit. The photo doesn’t show how vivid the color is, but it was beautiful.

We spent time trying to figure out where dragon fruit grows and how. Cactus, indigenous to North and South America, but will grow in Asia and the Caribbean, and other tropical places.

This is the setup for the class’s work before we talked about it. You can see one of my paintings in the middle, hung correctly. It’s pink so it’s hard to miss.

Here’s a close-up of two of my other pieces, which are still being worked on. I am waiting for a delivery from the art supply store that was supposed to be to me on the 18th. I ordered it the end of August. It has the supplies I need to continue several projects. Frustrating.

This is my painting, hung upside down. The teacher liked it better that way. She said it was a very Denise piece of art.

This is one of my daughter’s works in progress. The assignment was to show architecture and wind. She’s still working on it.

I don’t know what grade we got, but we passed the midterm.

Birthday adventures

We were going to the store Monday night, but when I picked my oldest up from class I got a “how about we go to dinner? Do you think you can stay awake through it? If we get it to go, I am afraid you’ll go to sleep and not eat.” She was right. I must have looked like Crap if my oldest noticed. This was at 7:30 pm.  We went to dinner and then I slept through until morning.  After I got home.

Tuesday was my birthday. Starbucks alerted me that I got a birthday reward.  I went through the drive thru since my regular Starbucks was under construction.  I ordered and was asked to pull up to the first window.  Great!  Especially since there was only one window.

My kids and I went to lunch at a restaurant that I hadn’t been to in ages.  I got a glass of cheap wine with lunch.  It was perfect.

We went to class.  I set up for working on two projects.  I am at a standstill on two others, because I am waiting for a delivery from the art supply store.

I made progress on my experimental work.  I have been playing with textures this semester.

I made progress on my diptic project.

I painted myself, as usual.

I picked up my own birthday cake. It looked better than it was. I prefer whipped cream to butter cream under the fondant.

My daughter didn’t know if my other daughter liked princess cake, so she got a mini cheesecake, too.

It was a decent day, everything considered.

Driving to class

My drive from home to my art class takes me on the freeway with a speed limit of 65. Tonight, I was stuck in the second to left lane behind a car going 55,60,55,60… The lane to the right had a semi and the left lane had a ton of traffic going the speed limit or faster.

I finally manage to get into the left lane to pass the slow car. I look over to see what I’m dealing with. The driver has a plate of food propped up on the steering wheel, with a fork and knife in hand, eating whatever is on the plate.

At least he wasn’t applying eyeliner?

First Day of School, round 2

MWF and TTh run differently at our house. Wednesday was the actual First day of school. Yesterday was the first Thursday of school.

I don’t have classes on MWF, so Wednesday didn’t affect me much. Yesterday, I had class in the evening. I tried to get my to-do list together so I could do it on the way home. I got a lot of it done, actually. I got home from work before my kids got home, so I managed a nap after a few chores.

I started packing the car about fifteen minutes before departure time and it took me longer than I anticipated. We left for school a little late, but made it on time. I realized that I forgot some of my equipment. I have the syllabus, but I didn’t realize that I’d get far enough to actually need all of the tools. And, toward the end of class. the instructor told me to skip the first project, anyway, since I’d done it last semester. Good thing I didn’t get far.

I got a background done.

It wouldn’t be acrylic painting class for me if I didn’t paint other things besides the canvas. Off to a great start of the semester!

First day of school

My kids are older, but they are still in school. I didn’t bother with first day of school photos, but the early morning chaos in the house is back.

The dogs got used to the summer schedule. They were not awake enough to figure out that it was time to out at the crack of dawn. They moved very slowly and quietly out the door to the backyard. When they were called back in, Doris seemed to have fallen asleep in the doorway. She just stood there and didn’t want to come back in. Molly was very happy to go back upstairs to go back to sleep, though. Doris eventually followed and didn’t even attempt to harass the cats.

The cats were confused because so many people were awake and not feeding them yet. Once I fed them, they went back to sleep, requesting that the lights be turned off.

I wandered off to work in the wagon, intending to get a package delivered to a friend before work, and putting back the camping gear, and a few other errands after work.

I got everything but a trip to the library done after work. It can wait until tomorrow.