Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Summer 2020

Summer things:

- Jupiter Kitty turned 2. He's very healthy and still loves living with my parents.

- Steven is back to school teaching and dealing with huge challenges. He teaches remotely from his classroom and has many students (too many) from multiple schools in the county. He also has many other duties in the school building itself that make his work day much, much longer than normal. 

- I bought a longboard in June and sold my mini cruiser. I much prefer carving around on a bigger, wider board. However, I took a spill in July and banged up my chin and cheek, and much of the rest of my body (see my before and after selfies). I took a short break, and then got back on my longboard for awhile, but I couldn't stop thinking I'd take an even bigger spill and that a global pandemic is no time to go to the ER. So I've been taking a longer break, but I'm ready to start up again soon. I know falling is just part of longboarding, but god it hurts at 34.

- Since my art sales have understandably slowed to a halt, I've been selling small vintage items, used clothes, and my older art on eBay. Check out my last photo of a round celluloid portrait from the 1910s or 20s. It sold pretty quickly after I listed it.

- I started a pescatarian diet in February and am still enjoying it. I don't eat a lot of fish, though, so I'm mostly vegetarian. This diet has been a much easier change than I expected.

- I know I'm not alone in living with some difficult and extreme emotions all summer because of Covid, Racism, and politics, but I am remarkably privileged to be healthy and safe at this time. Please consider donating to support black lives. Here is just one of many available lists: https://nymag.com/strategist/article/where-to-donate-for-black-lives-matter.html

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Parking Lot Daisies

We've been adapting to this pandemic by hanging out in parking lots, cemeteries, watching rainstorms, driving around the county. It's kind of like we're bored rural teens, but with adult responsibilities. I've come to terms with my quarantine hair. The art business has been understandably pretty terrible, but I've still been painting a lot. Other areas in my life have been unproductive, and I've been watching too much garbage on YouTube.

A brown thrasher visited our bird feeder the other day and did some fierce poses for the camera.

I've been learning how to skateboard on a cruiser from Arbor. It's the pocket rocket and has some great art by Aaron James Draplin. I mean, I don't drink so I needed some way to stay sane and fall down a lot. I'm kind of worried because I've only really wiped out once so far, which I thinks speaks way more to my timidity rather than to my balance. This is a beautiful, American-made board but I think I would have chosen something wider to start out on if I could go back and pick again. It's 7.75 inches, but I'm adapting. I'm thinking of getting a drop-though longboard eventually.

Steven has been incredibly supportive - offering encouragement and taking photos. I'm really glad to have have him around, but if you're in lock-down by yourself don't let being on your own discourage you from going outside and trying something new like skateboarding or rollerskating. There are countless instructional videos and communities online to help you along. Also, I'd love to hear about what you've been doing to keep yourself sane during quarantine. Leave a comment here or on my Instagram. Stay safe and stay well.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Small Town Things During Quarantine

excuse me
We've been walking in cemeteries to social distance. The closest one is right by the train tracks and has graves that range from the mid-1800s to 2020. We also have been walking on some more popular trails around some schools and just trying to avoid people. I've really been loving the cooler spring weather we've been having. These are weird times and there are good days and tough days.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A Look Back on March

Some quarantine things I've been up to:
  • Altering and mending clothes
  • Drinking too much tea
  • Extra painting - challenging myself by doing new things in art
  • Nursing a dusty miller plant back to health
  • Taming the lawn - grass is growing like crazy now
  • Avoiding washing dishes
  • Watching some house plants bloom
  • Currently treating myself to a month of Acorn TV
  • Getting nostalgic by playing Roller Coaster Tycoon
I hope you are OK and healthy and safe. I know I'm not that active in responding to comments here, and I apologize for that because I really do appreciate them, but feel free to tell me what you've been doing in quarantine in the comments here or on my Instagram where I'm more active.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

2020 Spring/Summer Style Inspiration

With the global pandemic I'm really scared, as I'm sure most of you are. Steven and I are social distancing and encouraging everyone else we know to do so as well. I'm engaging in as many normal activities as possible indoors and I even made some stay-at-home-goals. One is to be a more productive painter and another is to blog more. I hope you are finding some good things to do during this time, and I'm hoping as many of you as possible are staying healthy and those of you who are sick have a speedy recovery.

I may not be going out and seeing people any time soon, but that doesn't really change my thoughts on my style and wardrobe. I've always tried to dress for myself, anyway. But one issue I've had for years is that I don't really know how to dress myself in the summer - at least to my satisfaction. It's a real issue when you have a leather bomber jacket-centric style.

I used to wear cute little sundresses all summer, but that's not really my style now, and even then I wasn't the most comfortable with those looks. I love layers and jeans, and for some of spring and all of summer those things are too hot in our part of Western North Carolina. I default to short shorts in most of the summer, but I don't like shorts that much and I don't love wearing them out of the house. They feel more like pajamas or swimsuits to me rather than real clothes.

A lot of people swear by linen for keeping cool, so I'm trying some linen pants this summer. I'm also giving short-sleeved and sleeveless button-front shirts a try. I've been avoiding them for years because button shirts always gape at my chest, but now I'm adapting by pinning or sewing the gap shut.

I've also been looking around for spring and summer style ideas. Some things that I'm inspired by currently are:
  • 1930s adventurers and tomboys - mostly Amelia Earhart
  • 1980s Banana Republic 
  • Long silhouettes that include roomy trousers 
  • Longer cutoff shorts
  • Cargo pants/shorts
  • Neutral colors like khaki, olive, and tan
Does anyone else feel that their personal style diminishes when hot weather rolls around? Do you have any tips on how I can fix my summer style? Considering the current affairs, this isn't a serious problem but more of a...fun? problem to try and solve, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants more consistent personal style in a four-season situation.

Images sources:
Banana Republic Catalog: https://www.secretfanbase.com/banana/
Linda Tol in denim shorts: https://www.gettyimages.fi/detail/news-photo/linda-tol-wearing-a-white-top-denim-shorts-grey-crop-blazer-news-photo/1160054406
Amelia Earhart 1: https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/adventure/2019/07/missing-unsolved-mystery-amelia-earharts-last-flight
Amelia Earhart 2: https://observer.com/2017/06/amelia-earhart-fashion-icon-and-feminist-hero/
Amelia Earhart 3: https://www.bridgemanimages.us/en-US/asset/2938314
Amy Johnson and Amelia Earhart: http://amyjohnsonartstrust.co.uk/exhibition-panels/

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