More books and magazines (shh… don’t tell Steve)

I went to Barnes & Noble at lunch looking for the new Somerset Studio but they didn’t have it out yet.  I guess I’m just gonna have to break down and subscribe. 


It was so gorgeous outside, I didn’t want to come back to the office.  I’m really happy spring is making an appearance but I don’t think it’s supposed to stick around… we’ll see: the weatherman has been known to be wrong on occasion.  But before I jump back into work, I just have to express my enthusiasm – especially considering how down in the dumps I’ve been lately.

I did see that Stephanie Lee‘s book is on the shelves, which means the special copy I ordered from her should be here very soon!

Here is another book I am dying to get my hands on from Lynn Perella.  A new art friend of mine had a copy of it and it’s wonderful!

Another book that looked interesting was this one.

Here is one of my latest purchases.  I couldn’t resist when I saw the altered clock on the cover.

Would love to hear about your recommendations and latest purchases!


Time for a laugh: my living will

Last night, my friend and I were sitting in the living room and I said to her, “I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.”

She got up, unplugged the computer, and threw out my wine.

She’s such a bitch…

Memory Monday: My first job

I got my first real job when I enlisted in the Marine Corps. I am in the top row on the far right – yep… I’m the tallest one. When I look at this pic, so many memories come back. I have never been very coordinated so the Marine Corps boot camp was especially challenging for me. When I arrived at Parris Island, I was self-conscious, shy, klutz. When I left, I definitely had more confidence. In the MC was able to see places and meet people I otherwise would never have known. I got married in North Carolina and had my daugther while I was stationed in Japan. There were some funny things that happened in boot camp but it wasn’t wise to bust up laughing. The one time I thought I would lose it was when we were rappelling. We were supposed to go to the edge and slowly lower ourselves down until our bodies were parallel to the ground. Then we were supposed to bend our knees and kick away from the tower. Pvt. McKeweon didn’t get it. From the top of the tower all you could see were her two boots and part of her legs sticking straight up. She was hanging there upside down. I’m sure it was a scary position for her to be in but something tickled my funny bone and I just about died trying to contain my laughter. And every single time I thought about it afterwards, I would honestly laugh out loud. The MC was hard but it’s not everyone who can proudly say they are a woman Marine veteran.

Semper Fi!


I know all the warning signs but I try to deny that it’s happening… again! My gosh, I’ve probably had 30 sinus infections in the past 15 years. It happens a couple times each year. I always have sinusitis but every once in a while, the pressure becomes more extreme. I won’t go into the gory details but there are a lot of really unpleasant symptoms that cause discomfort and become even more distasteful in a matter of a few days. I have tried to let it run its course but for some reason, when the bacterial infection flares up like this, nothing works besides my old friend: antibiotics. And that’s where I am now… trying to get better. I have some things I want to get done and being sick isn’t conducive to productivity. More to come on that; time to get some rest for now.

Does certification matter?

I am considering narrowing my artistic focus. Maybe narrowing isn’t the correct word but I’d like to get serious about one medium in particular: Precious Metal Clay… also known as PMC. I have taken a couple PMC classes. One taught by Sherri Haab & Wendy Wallin Malinow and another by Louise Duhamel. I loved working with it. No matter where I’m at, someone comments about the pendant I created. So what I’m thinking of is actually making some pieces to sell. If that works well, then I think I would like to get certified and get a new kiln. Eventually, maybe I’d like to teach classes. What I’m not sure about is whether it makes sense to get certified. PMC Connection, Rio Rewards, and Art Clay World offer certification programs. I know by becoming certified, you’re able to purchase PMC at a discount but what other benefits does becoming certified offer? How much of a discount do you get? Does it make sense to become certified now or later? Anyone have any experience with such things?

Memory Monday

One of my fav bloggers has created a challenge of sorts. The idea is to transport yourself back in time and share some fun tidbits about yourself. This week is the memorable childhood haircut. In the 60’s, according to my mom, the popular style was called the pixie. I was too young to care at that point but as I got older, I wished for longer hair. Unfortunately, my fine, thin hair wasn’t cooperative. I never had enough hair to wear it long until later in life when perms made fine hair big. Oh, how I loved big hair.

Here is a picture of me with my pixie cut.

Here is a picture of me circa 1988 (not long but definitely BIG):

Check out my sister’s big glasses!

Speaking of great childhood memories… check out my mom and dad (1970-ish). Don’t they look like the proto-types for young Marge & Homer?

10 Reasons I’m Voting for Hillary

  1. To end the war in Iraq.
  2. To achieve universal, affordable healthcare.
  3. To create good jobs for middle-class Americans with the right investments in modern infrastructure and new clean, energy-efficient technologies that reduce our dependence on foreign oil and combat global warming.
  4. To provide world-class education, from universal pre-K to affordable college for all.
  5. To promote 21st century scientific innovation, including stem cell research.
  6. To return to fiscal responsibility, move back toward a balanced budget, and safeguard Social Security and Medicare.
  7. To restore competence and end cronyism in government.
  8. To combat terror, strengthen our military, and care for our veterans.
  9. To restore America’s standing in the world and repair our alliances.
  10. To build a more tolerant, united America, working to achieve big goals again.