My energy level is awful right now. I'm pretty sure I could hang out all day in bed. I'd be excellent at it!
I think perhaps I'm tired because there are so many things going on this week. Over the weekend we finished the kitchen. Well, most of it. Little bits here and there that still need to be finished, but here's how the backsplash came out:
|I'm still trying to figure out what to do with the space above my cabinets. I think I'm over the grape vines, but maybe not the twinkle lights. I mean, who doesn't like twinkle lights?|
|That's me and my husband! Cheers!|
I also learned that if you are a 6ft (I wore low heels that day) redhead, you can't go through any tasting line twice no matter how big the crowds are because people remember you. I was a little embarrassed. It was allowed (you were given 10 tokens to use to pick what you wanted to taste, so if I wanted to spend two I could), but they remarked on it with cheeky grins. *sigh* My husband, however, had no problem. He can apparently operate in stealth mode and go through the lines he liked as many times as he wanted without anyone recognizing him at all. Totally unfair. (I need an invisibility cloak.)
Anyway, back to today. We went to the Fair this evening, our first visit since it opened (whereas my daughter has been going every day to hang out with friends. It's apparently the social event of the season when you live in the boonies of Vermont.) Unfortunately, it looks as if the economy is finally affecting the funnel cakes, cows, and tractor pulls because there just wasn't as much to see there as there usually is. Still, there were a couple fun things to do:
|Now that right there is a tired mom. There was a pig next to her pen that was in labor, too. Lots of babies at the fair!|
|This alpaca came over and immediately said hello. He wanted me to pet him. I think we have the same hair stylist.|
|And then you have the demolition derby. Because it's things smashing into things. I have NO idea why that's so fun to watch, but it is. Heck, part of me wants to try it! (The other part of me thinks that's insane.)|
I did lots of walking around the fair (according to my Fitbit, about three miles worth - and that's in flip-flops. That takes skill!) and I managed to NOT eat a single bite of Fair food. We ate dinner before we left, but the rest of the family still got into various things like fried dough. None of that is appealing to me except for the ice cream, and I just wasn't in the mood. Also, they tend to flavor everything with maple (I mean EVERYTHING.) If it had been chocolate everywhere, that might have been different. Maple is much easier to resist. (Maple ice cream, maple cake, maple cookies, maple candy, maple bread, maple preserves, maple lollipops... ick.)
I've also been running errands like crazy every morning this week. My daughter has a theater production she's in, I'm working with the printers to get new art prints in the mix, and then there are the random things that crop up like groceries or emergency visits to the library (hey, without a book I'm one sad puppy! I'm finally working my way through the last of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.) I did get a couple of mini-paintings done this week as well. I'm participating in a couple auction groups on facebook, trying them out. One of them had a theme this week called "Bizarre & Surreal" and while I normally have no problem knocking those sorts of things out, this was all I came up with:
|"Night Bloomers" original, ACEO acrylic on black illustration board|
|"Triple" 5x7" watercolor/acrylic on 140lbs hot-pressed|
As I normally have no problem with bizarre and surreal (given the other half of my art business), you would have thought this would have been easy. But nothing is easy with the house full of teenagers out for the summer, I suppose. We'll probably be back and forth to the Fair for the rest of the week. I also have a couple paintings I need to knock out for Thrice Fiction Magazine, and then I am taking the world's longest nap this weekend. I don't want to work on anything, do anything, see anything except the inside of my eyelids for a while.