Thursday, May 27, 2010

Urban Drifting

Urban Drifting is where you walk along without a goal or mission. It is a phrase I learned last weekend at The School of Womanly Arts in NYC. How great to allow yourself to slow down! I had to try it out and here's a video of what was discovered >>>

p.s. Would love your thoughts on my new, fabulous logo created by the extraordinary designer Katherine Leyton.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Crazy Like Me?

The list of things to do was playing in my head so loudly in the middle of the night, I had to get up to make some Sleepy Time Tea. I'm going out of town later this week, have work to do, kids to run around, and a ladies "coffee" to throw. Everything was groovy until last week when a friend said the coffee is actually a "big deal" in town and since I'm hosting, get ready. I've been prepping and tidying like a Whirling Dervish. I even cleaned the top of the frig! Who is going to look there? Yesterday, there was a baking disaster and there is still more to prepare. Poor Dan is even in on the action hanging and re-hanging pictures on the walls. Does anyone else get crazy like me when you are prepping to host?
(coffee cake disaster)
Can we make a pact that if you come to my house, you'll forgive a little mess because the food will be great and we'll have a good time? Let's all unite. And if you are at the shin-dig, don't look in our closets!

P.S. Check out this video which made me laugh while I was trying to keep my swagger on!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Flower Power

Little did I know that being a chaperone on David Dean's field trip to the Phillips Collection would be so inspiring. Georgia O'Keefe was the artist they were there to visit. What's the big deal about all the flower paintings? Ms. O'Keefe became a giant of twentieth-century modern art and the first American woman painter to gain unanimous respect from both critics and the public. While there's the thought that the flowers symbolize a woman's bits and pieces, it was revealing to learn that she was a groundbreaking artist in the early 1900's because she cropped her subject matter to make abstract art.

Her hubby was a photographer and the technique of cropping his pictures most likely gave her the idea to do the same with her paintings. The docent had the kids look through a piece of paper with a pin hole and try their hand at sketching what they saw. <<<<

I went back with Gigi and her interpretations were fab - a pop sickle (see painting at left), a crab, clouds. Here's to a woman who worked her skirt in a time when women were not encouraged to do very much of anything. She lived until she was 98 and completed more than 800 oil paintings. She said, "You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare."

Video on Georgia O'Keefe to get a glimpse of the real woman...

Friday, May 7, 2010

Love that belly

Here's my first gratitude through lippy post - I love this girl and give her belly kisses all the time. This one was yesterday at the butterfly garden planting to honor Jazzy, whose light continues to shine in profound ways.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Mom Fantasies

Nothing like a beach weekend with your college girlfriends to provide a much needed recharge from all the mom duties. This year we wanted to play up the theme HATS AND TATS. I brought a bunch of tattoos and on the drive to FloBama, we stopped at several truck stops looking for trucker hats but there were only baseball caps. We came up with our trucker names. I'm Lou Dean, a derivative of Cyndy Lou and my dad's name. Surprisingly, a grocery store had seven hats to complete the mission, plus everything essential for the weekend - brownie mix, Fluff, and red lipstick (I forgot my tube at home). Lip prints started showing up on random objects and will continue to do so. The purchase of Revlon's LOVE THAT RED inspired a campaign for gratitude through lippy. I'm curious to see how life changes by being BOLD and wearing red every day. Check out my blog posts for daily pics and a whole new round of Workin' That Skirt, Year 2.

The trucker babes took a break from pool lounging (rainy afternoon) and decided to see the movie DATE NIGHT. It captures what it is like be with someone for a long time with work, activities, and kids getting in the way. There is a scene where Tina Fey and Steve Carell are discussing their marriage and Steve tells his wife that is OK to have fantasies. She admits to him that she does and he starts to get a bit excited. He wants to hear about it. She tells him that she imagines being in a luxurious hotel room. (He leans in closely to hear her .) She says she is on the bed all alone. (He starts wiggling in his seat.) She needs a drink and goes to the mini-bar. (He starts to froth a bit.) She pulls out a Diet Sprite and drinks it... all by herself...without anyone asking her to get them anything, take them anywhere, do anything for them. (He is confused.)

In honor of Mother's Day, I wish you all the fantasy-come-true of finding time for yourself. And to my sweet mom, here's a big RED kiss! Wishing you the day of your dreams.

There was a card I found that outlines other mom ultimate fantasies:
  • I sleep past dawn.
  • Housekeeping standards are reduced nation-wide.
  • My hair looks good every day!
  • The kids decide to quit soccer and start their own business.
  • Chocolate becomes a vitamin.
  • Chicken fingers cause weight loss.
  • I can have it all..with a glass of Merlot (for me, Vodka drinkie).
  • I have my own private carpool lane.
  • I get an "A" on my science project.
  • Ketchup is declared a vegetable.