Happy hour before the art final

My daughter and I had to present our work from the semester at class on Thursday. We also had to get stuff for the potluck end of semester party. We decided to leave early and go to the grocery store before class. It was also a buy one get one free day at Starbucks.

We went to the store and picked up supplies for this potluck and for the potluck for my daughter’s other class, so she’d be prepared. We started to do a mobile order from Starbucks, then realized that the happy hour prices might not work if we ordered that way, so we went inside.

The line was long, but moving quickly. We ordered and waited. The barista chatted with us a bit.  I said that it was busy and loud.  He said it was because of happy hour.  I mentioned that I was going to do a mobile order, but I couldn’t get the price.  He said it was because happy hour isn’t happy hour unless we get to see his face.  Uh huh.

We got to class and prepared our presentations.  We grabbed a snack from the potluck table and sat down to watch our classmates present.  We had six minutes each to present.  I didn’t have enough to say about my paintings.  


These are the pieces I submitted for my final.

These are my daughter’s paintings.  The instructor is playing with the paintings, to see if they look better with the figures facing inside or out.

The rest of my daughter’s paintings.

These are a classmate’s paintings.  She gave me permission to post them here.

The semester is over.  We start up again in January.

Headed home

Michelle dropped me off at 445 am at Philadelphia’s airport. We were worried that my bag would be over the fifty pound limit. I checked in with a 47 pound bag. My carryon and boarding bag went with me to security.

There was a long, long line to get to security. They had a dog sniffing shoes, so we didn’t have to remove them going through the actual security portion. I wish that I’d had my phone with me, instead of having it go through security, because I would have loved some photos of the stuff going through.

A woman shoved past me to get her bag through all of ten seconds faster than me. She reeked of fresh vodka at 5 am. Maybe she needed to get rid of the liquid in her bag?

One of men in front of me had one of those security bins full of bags of potato chips and the other with a loose oatmeal cookie and his cell phone.  The cell phone was confiscated, but not the cookie.  I didn’t stick around to find out why.

I had moved my seat when I checked in, so I knew I didn’t have anyone next to me on the first leg of the flight. When I boarded the plane, I put on my headphones and immediately fell asleep. I woke up for breakfast, pictured below, and then I went right back to sleep.

I woke up at touchdown. I grabbed my bag and wandered down to the next gate, at the opposite end of the terminal. I found a seat and almost right away they called for volunteers to gate check bags. I am headed home, so there’s no reason to not do it, and I’d packed it, expecting it, since I was going to board in group E anyhow.

I ended up seated next to a man who had taken a sleeping pill.   At least I wasn’t required to try to chat most of the flight.  I slept on and off. 

Eventually, we got to the end of the flight, and the guy decides he wants to chat.   He’s on his first vacation with his boyfriend of three months.   I gave him suggestions about what to see.   The part I didn’t know about, I told him where to find the info.

My suitcases came out fairly quickly and I headed to lunch before going home to nap.   I had to rest before going off to class.  

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.