Monday, October 30, 2006

what to do when you can't blog

Although I gave it the old college try, Blogger wouldn't let me post yesterday. So I was up a creek without a ladder, as my brother used to say. This would be my other brother Bob, aka Bruce, of whom we never speak. Say no more.

I have been trying to use this time between Yellowknife and the my last gig of the year to get back into painting. My success rate had dropped to -25. I was knitting like mad to compensate. (Note: when I am knitting like that, you know something is up)


So as a remedy I started another canvas, and then gessoed over that failed attempt and made it white again. A few days later I discovered a $25 Border's Gift Card in my purse so I took advantage and bought an inspiration book. It didn't work either. I wasted the $25 which made me sink even lower.

In my anguish, I said a desperate prayer pleading for help.
Do I think God needs to be bothered with stuff like this?


Apparently.
This is only the first day's work, but I can tell I am back in the groove. When I post details like this, I don't expect/want/need feedback, it is just that until the thing is finished I am compelled by my fragile ego to show my progress.
Now something you can use:
My brother Cary, of whom I often speak, is deep into sibling competition with me. He beat me once at Scrabble and will never play me again, fearing defeat. Now he is trying to match me at crossword puzzles, and catching me off guard on Sunday, presented me with a puzzle that he had already completed earlier in the day. My copy was blank and he challenged me to finish it in five minutes. Ha! He was breathing down my neck and making comments the whole time. Alas it took much more than the five allotted minutes to complete. Grrr. So now I am onto the playing field and am practicing for our next match.
The lovely and talented World Wide Web (isn't that such a grand name?) has dozens of wonderful sites with daily crossword puzzles and the one that I like the best is aptly named Best Crosswords.com This site lets you key in the words on the computer, no printing out necessary, and then if you type in an incorrect word, the letters appear in red, so you can immediately delete. There are levels and timing, and points etc, making improvement calculable. O what a lovely addition to my mornings!
Also, I know you who have HBO are already hip to this series, but Dave and I have had a wonderful time this past week watching the complete set of dvds of Entourage. What a hoot. No wonder Jeremy Piven won the Emmy. I am now looking to rent more series, which I can never see due to my inability to stay awake past 9pm.
And to make me even happier, I was online renewing a library book(s) when I noted that my local library is now (finally, dark ages that we inhabit here in Cary IL) offering books to download directly WITHOUT HAVING TO LEAVE MY COZY HOME. 1200 titles!!! I am supremely delighted. I downloaded a 6 hour audio book for free in less than 5 minutes. How great is that?
Well. I am beaming. Ready to break my speed limit on today's crossword.

9 comments:

  1. As always I enjoy your posts, but I sat up a lot straighter when I read about you and Cary and Scrabble...I have a brother like that also...so I'm rooting for you in the name of sisterhood :)

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  2. Man, I wish my library had even heard of books on cd.

    And, we never did play scrabble when I was there, so our wits stand unchallenged.

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  3. I am trying to blog and send messages and for some reason my laptop is all screwed up. I don't get it because it worked fine three weeks ago on my way down to Florida. And as you it sent out old email. Oh well, sorry about that.

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  4. Bonnie8:23 AM

    Touch yourself...do you feel all warm and furry...? Certainly you must be the energizer bunny...who else could do all you do and still be almost sane?

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  5. I eagerly await the day our library, which is very modern, offers downloadable books.

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  6. Downloading library books......wonderful! Wish I could!

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  7. We have the downloadable books. That was the reason I purchased my MP3 player (does not work with IPods). I enjoy some and the ones I dont' enjoy.. atleast it didn't cost anything.

    Looking forward to seeing the whole painted work.. I love the sections you're showing.

    And while I don't often do crosswords, I am hooked on Sudoku on the Web:
    http://www.websudoku.com/

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  8. that second painting sparks my intrest! I like the squares in a vertical line you have going on. I totally understand the brother thing. both my brothers are artists and the compition between us all is HUGE all the while being hidden under such civil behaviour...

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