It’s past my bedtime, but I’m still awake. Both kids are in bed, and… asleep. I have a baby who is still waking up several times at night, and I’ve been good. I’ve been so good these past 6 months, of going to bed when he goes to bed. Or at least, shortly after he goes to bed. Lately though, I have been staying awake later.
I’ve been doing things like reading. Talking to my husband. Writing. And yes, Facebook-ing. You see, daytimes are fully scheduled events, fully busy, and fully full of kids. I have 2 babysitting charges that come each day, plus my daughter, and then the baby. I’m staying up later at night because I want to feel like an autonomous adult again, if just for a short time. I want to have a few moments TO MYSELF.
If you have kids, then I am preaching to the choir. You know exactly what I am talking about. I am sure you do it too, and stay up too late after the kids are asleep, and just to feel normal again, somehow. It’s funny how that works. Or is it?
Ross and I had a moment to talk together last night without a five year old loudly interrupting. It was past my bedtime, but it felt so good to be talking to him without children running about or needing anything, so I stayed up. He was looking at some random link about David Bowie’s art collection. He wasn’t too impressed, and mentioned something about a bunch of “modern” stuff. I then made the necessary joke asking “anything titled, ‘Modern Love?'” and he sort of laughed and said “No”. Next thing I know, he’s pulling up this old clip:
Does it remind you of this?
Is this “Frances Ha” montage a reference or a homage to Carax? A lazy attempt at a homage? A rip-off? Appropriation?
We discussed these things. I do love watching the “Mauvais Sang” montage a lot more than the short “Frances Ha” one. Denis Lavant is alluring and weird, and so wild. And he’s really doing all that running and cavorting; there’s only one cut in there. That’s about how deep my film analysis goes. Ross had more interesting thoughts on the matter.
When it’s hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk– make some crayons instead!
Here we are and it’s 2016! Happy 4th of July, or as an old restaurateur friend used to say, “Happy Hot dog Day”. I will say, I did NOT eat a hot dog on Monday. I ate some ‘cue though, and slaw, some lima bean tomato salad, a cheesy rice casserole dish, some lime cookies, some blueberry pie… okay, I may have eaten too much. We were in Fayetteville visiting Ross’ family. All nine aunts and three brothers were there, with many children, grand-children, cousins, etc., etc. Sue had a great time. The kids were running around like wild little beings, sneaking lots of candy out of the candy jar… as Sue told me later, “I snuck the most candy”. I love it when children innocently tell you about the things that they are sneaking.
Here we have 5 magic wands. We made these from Amy Karol’s workshop on Creative Bug. It took 3 weeks, or something crazy, to complete. A week of gathering materials, on my part. A day of making the newspaper wand form, with magical incantations included. Roughly soon after, we did the fun part of papier maché gluing which went fairly well, as we did it outside. The 3 year-old boy we watch was so busy collecting bugs, I made his wand form for him. It was probably a week later that we painted the wands. Sue and I covered them with a Mod Podge finish later that night. We were on vacation for a week, and when we got back, we finally finished the wands with jewels, feathers, and ribbons. The kids were great about doing the project in parts. They didn’t lose interest, or bug me about finishing them up. From left to right here, we have the All-Purpose Magic Wand, the Non-Whapping Wand (for the 17-month old boy), the Super Sweet wand (yes, that would be my mom wand), the Frozen Wand, and the Cinderella Wand. Time to start making some magic!