Sunday, November 30, 2008

Places with Green in the Name

T and/or I have been to these places in the past two weeks:

1. Greenwood, MS
2. Green Bay, WI
3. Greenville, SC
4. Greensboro, GA

Thursday, November 27, 2008

What I Love About Thanksgiving

1. ravioli
2. family
3. turkey
4. dressing
5. cranberry sauce from a can
6. parades
7. naps

Monday, November 24, 2008

What Is Under My Driver's Seat

1. a license plate
2. a pair of shoes
3. a brick with my name on it

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Guestlist: Weepy

Things that made me cry today, by Stephanie Chockley

1. Stacey's CA article
2. Neither parent could attend the Thanksgiving party at Connor's school
3. Shannon changed his Gmail Chat status message to "Unemployed"
4. Someone spoke sharply to me on the phone
5. Connor wistfully recalled, while wearing his self-made Chief Screaming Eagle costume, that some kids had their parents and grandparents at the party and they got to sit at a special table
6. Whole Foods was out of the black bean hummus I went there specifically to buy
7. The kids saw a Tigers sign and started cheering, causing me to remember how we lost the NCAA championship
8. Hormones

Sunday, November 16, 2008

What We Saw - Greenwood, MS

1. a dog named BAGS (Bad-Ass German Shepard)
2. cute little shacks
3. M&M's and wine
4. a mouse, another mouse, possibly a third (it was a cold night in the fields)
5. the lights on while we slept
6. amazing clouds over the flat land of the Mississippi Delta

7. Greenwood, MS
8. Blue Parrot Cafe
9. Greenwood Blues Heritage Museum and Gallery, with a guided tour by George

10. the ace of spades, just like in my dream the night before

11. Turnrow Bookstore with lattes and sketching
12. the Tallahatchie River

13. one of Robert Johnson's possible grave sites, at a cute little church

14. the Hampton Inn
15. fluffy white beds
16. Lusco's
17. our own personal dining room
18. more wine
19. lots of steak, lots of baked potatoes
20. dessert

21. pajamas and a few more M&M's
22. the last episode of mash
23. earplugs
24. Shoney's breakfast bar
25. the Yazoo River
26. Square Books in Oxford, MS
27. Rowan Oaks
28. our own comfy beds

Funny List from Girls' Weekend

1. Grenache: a type of wine grape
2. Ganache: a chocolate and cream icing
3. Ganesh: my husband's boss

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

30 Simple Pleasures, with Commentary

My good friend Click (Daily) sent me this list, and I like it mostly, but being me I have to qualify everything. I've never looked at this site before today - I like it because it's mostly lists, but I don't like it because it's mostly self-help, and I'm a little too stubbornly independent to be told how to help myself.
  1. Sleeping In on a Rainy Day Listwork responds: Well, duh.
  2. Finding Money You Didn’t Know You Had
  3. Making Brief Eye Contact with Someone of the Opposite Sex Listwork responds: Depends on the context. If I'm driving, I'm probably giving him the stink eye.
  4. Skinny Dipping Listwork responds: Eww no.
  5. Receiving a Real Letter or Package via Snail Mail
  6. Making the Yellow Light Listwork responds: Making the green arrow is more relevant to me.
  7. Telling a Funny or Interesting, True Story
  8. Seeing a Friend Stumble Over Himself Listwork responds: Seeing anybody fall is funny! Except that one time that Heather fell and got no response from me or Shannon. Sorry, Heather!
  9. Hearing the Right Song at the Right Moment
  10. The First Sip of a Beverage When You’re Thirsty
  11. Catching a Glimpse of Bare Skin on the Opposite Sex
  12. Saying the Same Thing Simultaneously Listwork responds: Again, the exception here is with Heather, who cheats at "Jinx you owe me a coke."
  13. The Pull-Through Parking Spot
  14. Realizing You Have More Time to Sleep Listwork responds: This should be number 1. I live for this moment.
  15. People Watching
  16. Putting On Clothes Straight from the Dryer
  17. A Familiar Smell
  18. The Feeling You Get When Your Idea Works Listwork responds: Not sure I know what that feels like.
  19. Fresh, Clean Bed Sheets
  20. A Beautiful View
  21. Reminiscing About Old Times with Your Closest Friends
  22. Receiving an Unexpected Compliment Listwork responds: Like the other day when someone told me I'm her favorite Facebook friend!
  23. Having a Good Laugh
  24. The Feeling After a Healthy Workout
  25. The Celebration in the Instant Something Makes Sense
  26. Relaxing Outdoors on a Sunny Day Listwork responds: Unfortunately there are only about two days you can do that in Memphis - once in spring and once in summer, before/after the time of year that the temperature goes up to 100 and before/after the time of year that you get swarmed with mosquitos.
  27. Holding Hands with Someone You Love
  28. Playing in the Water
  29. Making Someone Smile
  30. Finishing What You Started Listwork responds: The only thing I finish lately are blog posts.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

What I Cooked Tonight

This is for the week, mind you...

1. curried cole slaw
2. turkey meatballs
3. steamed cauliflower
4. steamed spinach
5. millet
6. sweet potatoes

Dishes I messed up: all of them.

My Day (Last Tuesday)

I promised Facebook that I'd make a list about my day on November 4, so here's what I did:

1. Voted - it took 40 minutes and I talked to Gates of Memphis the whole time.

2. Packed my car for Jackson.

3. Had a lovely drive to Jackson, because the leaves picked today to change colors.

4. Installed my show at The Ned.

5. Took pictures of this awesome Greyhound Station across the street.

6. On my way back home I saw the aftermath of what looked like a one-car wreck. It was actually a car vs. a giant deer.

7. Came home very exhausted, but managed to watch a historical moment on TV.

Friday, November 7, 2008

What Hamlett Dobbins's Lecture Made Me Think About

1. how much I loved Legos as a kid
2. zinnias
3. it might not just be abstract paintings that people need a bridge to
4. the movie 'Harvey'
5. golden moments
6. The Time Traveler's Wife
7. visual memory
8. wanting to make fast drawings
9. wanting to put more thought into my studio practice
10. poetry
11. heroes
12. making paintings more for myself

Hamlett Dobbins & 'Star Wars'