Tuesday, August 31, 2010

to do and busy and accomplishing some...

Jason helped me by adhering the 3.5x3.5 blocks together, 16 total, for my submission to the Art Guild show, Merging. It's being hung today at the 1109 Gallery. I need to make sure my volunteer time to staff the gallery will really work :) come by and see me 9/18 if you're around.

Also getting ready for the first friday art market at the Honeytree Gallery in the Crossroads district in KCMO. I think I have all the work to hang and I'm going to try hanging a string and clothes pinning the art to the line. Was thinking about new pieces for the show, but I'm running out of time and there's still work to do on the frames before I can lace the prints in...there's still the Holiday Art Fair December 4th though so that'll be the plan for that.

We got internet at home yesterday for the first time in 4 years :) We watched the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Louie on hulu and it sort of made the whole thing worth while :) And even though I recognize all the real uses (job search, freelance, homework, etc.) I still feel a little bit defeated that we couldn't wait any longer. Though once the awesome Jason Novinger installed our DSL port, it was hard to wait the additional few weeks to decide which service we really wanted to pursue!

Still playing voice mail tag with the adjuster for the scooter...would really like to get that all taken care of, not sure if my medical bills are all set, but I f*cking hope so...it's a pain in the ass to carry insurance, it's a pain in the ass to pay insurance, it's a total, "what if..." situation and they gouge you every chance they get...and then when you have an accident it's even more painful to try to coordinate the claims, the adjusters, the medical, the auto or vehicle - it's like seriously, can't you all just talk, get YOUR shit together and then call me...instead of having to deal with as many as FOUR people who all have access to a file that I don't! They've all been mostly nice, but it's too much f*cking work...

Anyway...what else...
Trying to work my way through web site development with wordpress 3.0 - I can appreciate how awesome it is, I just have a hard time wrapping my brain around the development side of it...and the part I actually have to do is pretty close to plug and play :) oh well...maybe I'll get it soon...maybe if i get some images up I'll have a better understanding...

Oh and ultimately, we are going to sell our scooters and probably our volvo wagon and see if we can get a decently running small hatchback sort of car for the boy...more like a 2nd family car, back-up car, but one the boy can primarily drive. We'll continue to teach him to drive the manual, but don't want him to have to :)

So if you or someone you know is open to bartering all or part or has a decent car for cheap, I think we'll have $1000 to $1500 after selling stuff. But also hoping for some art to sell and some freelance work to come through...we might have more to spend...but even then not much.

Guess that's it for now...need to pay some bills and get organized for the rest of the week.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

where the wild things are


where the wild things are
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

in the rain


in the rain
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

anybody else out there dieting?

I'm not dieting per se, but I'm always thinking about it and how to do what I can when I can and a little more.

I've recently discovered a great store brand yogurt at dillons/kroger. It's cheap and tasty. I currently eat 3 or 4 south beach protein bars over the course of the work day and have recently added a yogurt. They have like 3 net carbs and 80 calories...makes me want to switch out my bars for yogurts...but I'd be much more inclined to get sick of yogurt than bars...but maybe for a jump start on weight loss.

My son has swim practice at 5am starting in a week and a half...but only 3 days a week. The other 2 days he is in the audition choir and has to be at school at 7am. Audition choir started this week so I started getting up around 6:20 to walk before taking him to school. I also walk at lunch, got back up to 4 miles.

So depending on the morning and the motivation, I'm now walking 6-7 miles a day. I do jog about 1/3 to 1/2 but I'm no athlete so I just call it walking :) My original goal when I started getting into exercising about 6 or so years ago was to be able to run a marathon by the time I'm 40 :) I've ebbed and flowed when it comes to exercise...and despite all the effort I've gained probably close to 30 lbs since I met my husband 6 or 7 years ago...

So I guess I really have 2 goals: 1) to run a marathon in the next 4 years and 2) to lose enough weight that I can use the #5 guard on my hair trimmer :) (I think thinner women can pull off shorter hair and I'd like to go real short).

i have a domain! filthedesign.com

I'm very excited :)
We've had m0zaic.com for several years fully hosted and then just a redirect on the link, but have only recently discovered that people can't figure out the "0" is a zero, not the letter "o" in caps...does not compute apparently.

Reason we did that is because mozaic has been Jason's business name forever and mozaic.com is taken, as is moziacdesign.com. So that left us trying to be clever and given how the kids think it's cool to replace letters with numbers, we changed the o to a zero...awesome, yes...but we are not dealing with the kids when trying to convey things of a business nature and pretty much anyone over the age of 30 doesn't seem to get it...and right now the link redirects to Jason's coroflot portfolio.

The main reason for my domain purchase is I work with a woman who is a pretty savvy designer and she has offered to help and teach me! :) I know HTML circa 1999 and I've had livejournal blogs and this blog and wordpress and tumblr and twitter and myspace and facebook and a bunch of other things out there that I'm sure I've forgotten...but with all the available development tools and plug-ins for said tools, I'm looking to put together a gallery site and maybe I can sell stuff off my site directly as well as continuing to use etsy and all the other sites out there.

It will be WordPress 3.0 and I can't wait!

And maybe in the process I can learn enough to add basic web site development to my list of design services...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

to do list

• get imagery ready to print for this weekend
for the next 1109 gallery show (info deadline 8/27)
• get work submitted to 1109 gallery
• get imagery ready to print: O is for owl for Sabatini gallery
due to gallery mid September (need actual drop off date)
• one more coat of ebony on masonite clip boards
• call neil w/insurance
• find out about scooter repair
• school dance this friday, 8/20
• busker fest this weekend, 8/20-22
• remind the boy to sign up for a free sports physical
in office for 8/19 or 8/26
• find out about high school swim team
• first friday art market (email sent
• create more laced work for art market
• holiday art fair application deadline 10/5
• Social Service League art-cup design contest due 9/27 by 5pm
• art on the clock, percolator show, deadline 9/3
• East Wichita photo contest deadline 9/14

I finally feel like I'm getting back into the art thing again...I wouldn't have the body of work I have today without my husband :) You can check out his portfolio of design and architecture here: m0zaic

internet in the 21st century...

Work has been so busy I haven't been able to keep up with the "me" stuff...this has it's pros and cons.

We are "this" much closer to internet at home - seems crazy that a household with 2 educated adults and a high school kid would be without internet. Our original plan was to get internet when we were closer to finished with our house remodeling. But then layoffs happened, and money got tight, then it got tighter and well...when you're already living close to the edge, it's hard to add things like a new monthly bill for internet in to the budget.

Anyway, what's great is I posted an ad on Larryville, a local source like CraigsList sort of...asking if anyone knew how to install phone jacks (we pulled ours when we redid the walls because who has an effing land line anymore?!?! We were certain the world would be totally wified by now). Jason knows how to do most electrical, and could probably have figured out the phone jack, but it's the box part that he wasn't sure about.

About 2 weeks after I posted (and forgot about it) I got a response! Someone offering to barter! Yeah, that's right! :) We can afford to barter :) He is local to the Lawrence area and he did it in under an hour and was so nice and showed Jason what to do if we needed to do anything to it in the future.

If you read this and need a phone jack or something electrical or network related, this guy can probably do it and he's quick, nice, fair and just a genuinely good guy. I will recommend - hit me up!

He also told us about a thing that Lawrence Freenet can do and to ask them. So I asked...and it's like we're so close to internet I'm having trouble waiting for a response, but then we've waited this long, what's another few weeks. If the answer is yes, I'll wait for weeks - but if the answer is no, AT&T has a special that I'd like to get in on.

So...the internet...good stuff :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

early morning swim practice

So we got the tentative new swim practice for the short course...

M-W-Th
5-6:45 in the MORNING
(there are also 4 afternoons a week and Saturday practices as well)

I always say if I had the will-power, I'd get up mornings and exercise, but will I be able to seize the opportunity? It was nearly 4 weeks after the accident before I was walking somewhat normal again. Before the accident I was jogging/walking 3 to 4 miles a day over my lunch break.

But...I really like my sleep...but...this would be a great opportunity to just get up and do it already. I need the exercise...and early morning workouts are the best for weight loss...so just do it already, right? Maybe writing it here will help me with accountability.

I have till September 7th to figure out if I'm going to do it...I think I am.

mental...

Not sure if I ever posted the "whole" story about my accident...

I was riding my 49cc scooter North on Kentucky. I was in the left lane and there were cars to my right and behind me. I was going probably 30, heading to a swim team dinner to kick off the championship season :)

The car to my right apparently forgot it was a 1-way street, looked and saw no one coming towards her so she went for the left at 7th which was directly in to me. Speeds were slower than if she'd been switching lanes, but I still went down pretty hard. Bruises everywhere from the waist down and road rash on the top of my right foot that oozed and burned and part of my cotton shoe had fused with my skin. It was pretty ugly and then my ankle was also twisted.

I was wearing a helmet (as I always do) but my glasses torked, hit my face and cut my eyebrow. When I picked myself up off the pavement, my eyebrow was bleeding so badly (as face wounds do) and the blood streamed right into my eye. It hurt and throbbed, I didn't know if I had hurt my actual eyeball. As a visual artist, I was scared, I couldn't see out of my right eye - only mental images of vitreous humor oozing down my cheek.

The girl who hit me came over with a towel and I used it to wipe my eye. Turned out it was simply the quantity of blood in my eye that caused the blurred vision. After cleaning up a bit, I could see :)

After the EMS people left and the cop issued a ticket to the other driver, Jason took me to the ER and I got x-rays of my ankle - no breaks. They cleaned up my wounds, fit me with a soft splint for the twisted ankle and crutches. I had to wear the gown home because I couldn't get my pants back on over the splint.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

SPT - Smart Phone Travel

Check out the latest post from the smart phone travelers :)
Thailand Part 2

I hope I get the opportunity to travel like this some day...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tierney Office Products recommendation

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It is a solid company that's been around since the end of WWII, you won't be disappointed. You can also "like" them on Facebook.