The bride wore raspberry vans




The bride wore raspberry converse

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Snowpocalypse 2 has Hit the Area


Becoming Covered

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Futzing About the Apartment

How is that you can go months without seeing a single cobweb and then, all of a sudden, you find them in every single corner?  I feel like Charlotte’s Web has been reenacted in my apartment.

Money Has Changed Hands

I can now say I have officially sold my first photos as I have delivered said pieces to one of the buyers and received money.  Whohoo!  Three more deliveries to make.  I sold six pieces and am doing a trade with another artist for one her prints for a total of seven Artomatic framed photos that I will not have to find a home for in my apartment.

Perfect Timing

My air conditioner died last Sunday.  Yeah, less than 24 hours after I turned it on for the season.  I had the maintenance people in on Monday and they said it needed a whole new compressor which could take a week or two to come in.  This week hasn’t been bad and it isn’t like I’m home during the day.  But today and this weekend are supposed to be nasty – muggy and almost 100 degrees.  I was just going to run over to Target to get an oscillating fan before going in to work this morning when maintenance showed up.  They have the compressor and the contractors to put it in.

So I am working from home mainly to be able and start laundry as soon as they finish. That and it is contractors I don’t know rather than the building maintenance people that I do know.  The dryer vent is directly under the kitchen window so I close the window when running the dryer to keep the hot air from coming in.  These week I haven’t wanted to close that window. Remy is trying to help the contractors mainly by climbing into the tool kit and then the compressor box so she has been banished to my lap.  If that doesn’t work she will get tossed in the bedroom.  Callie is sleeping through the whole thing.

The really interesting thing is who is next.  My parent’s air conditioner died a few weeks ago during a stretch of 100 degree weather so obviously it is contagious.

Lasted a Week Longer Than Last Year

Last year I turned on the air conditioner for the first time over Memorial Day weekend.  This year I just now turned it on.

Memorial Day Weekend

The weather gods finally came through. After a spring of rainy weekends, the long Memorial Day weekend was spectacular. A little too spectacular in the sun department for me. I learned the hard way that when wearing a deep v-necked tshirt means I need to add extra sunscreen under the shirt on the left side. My camera strap pulled the shirt over enough that I have a bright red stripe of sunburn just on the left of my neck. I also learned that SPF 15 isn’t enough even on days that don’t hit 80 degrees as I have strange half circles of burnt flesh on my arms just around my elbows. I was trying to figure out just how that happened when I realized it matched the position of my arms holding my camera up to my face. As long as I keep my arms bent, it doesn’t look strange. The SPF 30 wasn’t quite enough for my face as I’m pink and my nose is very pink. Oh yeah, I’m real pretty.

Other than that, I had marvelous weekend. I spent most of Friday at the Reynold’s Center. I took a special tour of the piece MVSEVM by David Becks. It has been one of my favorite works there so it was fun to learn more about it. I also toured the Color Field, Edward Steichen and Zaida Ben-Yusuf shows.  Had a lovely dinner at the bar at Central and then went to Iron  Man which is every bit as good as people have been saying.

Saturday was a quiet day cleaning and working on Disney photos.  Sunday was Rolling Thunder and sunburn.  I had planned on going to Artomatic Sunday night but made the mistake of sitting down when I got home from several hours on the mall.  Today was laundry and groceries.  But the groceries came from the ever fun Super H Asian grocery store.   Amazing selection fish including live eels and  sea cucumber which I didn’t realize was edible.  I stuck to the tuna and salmon.  Alas, tomorrow I must return to work.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Some of my movies channels were not showing up so I gave the cable company a call.  Several minutes on hold, a restart of my cable box, them “sending a stronger signal” and the problem is cleared up.  As the call was ending the guy that had been helping me said he had once last thing to say.  I was expecting a sales pitch. Instead he said that he wanted to tell me that I had a lovely voice.  “Have you watched Desperate Housewives?  It is like the actress that plays Bree.”  That is the redhead right – Marcia Cross?  I thanked him and then we both hung up.  Now I’m watching Transformers like I hoped.

I like to think that this guy is getting through his Saturday night shift but saying something totally random to everyone that calls in.  Lord knows I would have to come up with games like that if I had a phone support job.

One of the reasons I like where I live

The courtyard of the part of the complex where I live is planted with dogwood trees. My kitchen and living room windows look out over flowers this time of year.

The view out my apartment windows

Dogwoods

Sleep Number Bed

Any of you have a sleep number bed?  The time has come to replace my15 year old mattress set.   I have slept on them in hotel rooms and thought they were marvelous but wondered if that holds true for long term use.   I succeeded in somehow straining my lower back on Friday (I think merely by standing up) and have realized that my bed is just too soft.  Of course I realized this the hard way when I had to face getting out of bed while my back was spasming.

My couch purchase of several years back was brilliant.  It has a lounge extension that is a footstool type of section that can be moved to either side and a cushion that acts as the regular cushion plus the extension.  The cushion can be flipped to work on either the right or left hand side of the couch. This extended piece makes for a great bed on the floor.  The middle seat cushion with a back cushion on top becomes a prop for my legs so that I can lay on my back and have the pressure off my lower back.  The cats think all this is awesome.

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