( This is a bit of a whiny post, and after writing it I decided to go back and add these wonderful pictures. It's OK to whine, but really - I have a hell of a wonderful life and I really do enjoy most of every minute...even the stressful whiny times. )
Last weekend we went to the DeCordova museum in Lincoln, Ma - which has an outdoor sculpture garden, and I just wanted to share some of the photos. The one above is called "Pine Sharks" and is my all time favorite, the sharks are made of old appliances and they are wired between these pine trees. They swim above you, moving with the wind and are just amazing!
The one below is a great rock with the face on one side and regular rock on the other side.
Now the whiny part:
Last week was a very long, involved week at work - lot's of moderating, and facilitating and discussions and re-reading interesting things like statistical analysis documents. I was ready for the weekend! I came home on Friday night from my drawing class, which really is a bit of a challenge for me - it really is. I don't have confidence about doing this yet and that can get a bit nerve-wracking. On the way home I talked to mom about planning our trip to Italy this summer and who is going to go where etc. Walked in the house and DH asked about my night and my week and my discussions with mom and suddenly - boom - my back went into spasms. Clearly a case of nerves and a stress. I took some relaxing pills and started acting like a zombie and scared poor DH half to death.
So we took it easy on Saturday, but did go to NH for the Basketball game that a nephew was in (they won, and he played like a genius) and that was fun and great. Yesterday we went for a walk in the woods, thru gorgeous snow covered hills - it was a treat. We even got to stop at an antique store where I got all kinds of interesting goodies. Some photo's below of the walk thru the Mountain Laurels and proof that it is not yet spring here in the Northeast!!
An amazing ice formation over a huge rock. The color went from amber to blue - this photo is a bit out of focus but isn't it gorgeous?
Just some snow covered trees. I have been taking pictures with my Blackberry and it really isn't so good, I wish I'd had the regular camera.
So what is the point of this post? It's that I have to focus over the next month or so, and get a shitload of stuff completed and off my plate. I am mailing out (actually DH does the mailing, bless his heart) today 3 ArtShine books and a ArtySoulSister one; two Linus project blankets, a postcard and an ATC. I have to work on the recipe book for my cousin as his wedding is coming up quickly. I am relinquishing any control over this Italian trip - let my SIL and DH make all the plans but I want to brush up on my Italian. You can see that my focus is out of focus, and I must change that so that my back doesn't seize up again and put me down for the count.
Periodically I go thru this phase where things start to pile up and I get over committed. I do manage to get thru it and will this time also but something has to give. So, if you don't see me commenting or posting as much as usual, just know that it's because I'm:
1) going crazy at work - big projects, reviews due, new hire to train.
2) learning Italian
3) working on a recipe book
4) finishing committed artwork
5) trying to keep my neglected friends
6) traveling for work.
7) remembering that I really do enjoy it all!!!
love ya all my patient friends.