I’ve started a new thing this past month. At dinnertime I ask my boys two questions – “Did you encourage anyone today?” and “Did anyone encourage you?”. Mark and I have to answer these questions as well, and for me I’ve found that it’s been a very good exercise in intention. As an artist I spend a lot of time alone in my studio creating, more days than not in my own little shell, so I really need to work at getting out into the world to both encourage and be encouraged. I think the rut of becoming 100% wrapped up in your own space is a hang-up that can happen in any career, but certainly in businesses where you are in a more solitary environment. Try this little challenge for yourself. It’s hard at first but in a few days you’ll really see a change!
With encouragement in mind, my son showed me the latest “Improv Everywhere” short, and as usual, it’s brilliant. Talk about encouragement! They totally MADE this store owners day, if not year, with their surprise! Check it out – it’ll make you smile.
Have a wonderful day! xoxo
My long time family friend & 2nd Mother sent me an email on how to calculate your age using chocolate math (Thank You Marietta!). I thought this was a perfect opportunity to add some of my chocolate art and share it with you. I know for me, my age in chocolate is embarrassingly high, but I’m not ashamed to admit that!
Now go eat some Chocolate!
You guessed it – GREASE! Auditions were this week at my son’s school for the Spring musical production of it and we’ve been listening to the soundtrack non-stop. These songs have brought back so many fun memories of when this movie first came out and I was about the same age Cole is now. Crazy – I feel old. What I totally didn’t realize was how much of the story went completely OVER my head! Needless to say they’re toning it down for this Jr. High production. Anyway, Cole has been practicing the songs and it’s been fun because I still know all the words and moves, though I’d never for a minute take my act outside in public. That’s why I admire Cole so much. He’s always been a fearless performer, something I never have been, and he also has an incredible singing voice (something I definitely don’t have). Mark and I swear he was born in the wrong decade because he’s a bonafide “crooner”. That being said, it was an obvious fit for his first choice of songs to be “Beauty School Drop Out” when he made the call back. Of course now that is all I can sing as well, so I thought I’d leave you with a little Frankie Avalon of your own… (you’re welcome).
One of my absolute most favorite activities of the summer is to sit on my comfy backyard lounge chair and watch the battle that takes place between “Hammie” the squirrel (we name whatever squirrel is in our yard that) and our dog Shamus. It’s epic, to say the least. This morning Hammie was in rare form, climbing in all the trees and bushes that surround my chair. It was making Shamus furious and he was going absolutely NUTS! So funny! It’s the simple things in life that I’m appreciating these days. :0)
As most of you know who follow my blog, I LOVE the group Improv Everywhere. If you’re not familiar with them, here is their explanation for who they are and what they do: Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 100 missions involving tens of thousands of undercover agents.
They are so incredibly creative and funny, I can’t wait to see what they’re going to do next. Oh, how I wish I lived in NYC. I’d be one of their “undercover agents” for sure!
Enjoy this laugh today!
I have a “List”, I won’t call it a ‘bucket list’ because my husband hates that phrase, but it’s definitely a “List” and I’m slowly tackling it. Last year I crossed off spots in England and Ireland, one of the highest on the “List” being to stand in the center of Stonehenge (I will definitely post video of that soon).
I have what some people might deem unusual places on my “List” and a lot of these places are in New York City. Since my sister and I had only one touring day in the Big Apple (definitely NOT enough) after visiting Surtex a few weeks ago, we made the most of that time by doing what I call “fly-bys” through the City so I could at least say I saw a few of my “List” places. One stop that was a must was the New York Public Library. Why? You ask? GHOSTBUSTERS! My mission for this stop was to stand in the Main Reading Room of the NYPL to see, yes, the place where they filmed the famous library scene from the GHOSTBUSTERS movie (1984)! Call me a dork, I know. I was really surprised to see that the Main Reading Room was actually up three flights of stairs and sort of hard to find if you weren’t hunting for it. What a treat for me it was when I did finally find it. Oh, how I wish I could have stayed there longer (next trip); such a beautiful building inside and out. The ceiling murals in this enormous room are fantastic and all the gilded ornamentation make the whole space shimmer in the filtered sunlight coming through the large windows. “CHECK” that one off my “List”! I’m so happy I got there, even if it was for just a few minutes.
I couldn’t make this post without adding another of my favorite “Improv Everywhere” clips! If you’re a GHOSTBUSTER fan you’ll enjoy it too. :0)
On the heels of my Art Museum inspiration post yesterday, and in preparation for going to NYC with my sister, here’s a little something my friend Jill sent me that has made me crack up continuously since I first saw it. I like to watch these amazing guys from Improv Everywhere whenever I start to take myself too seriously. They’re fabulously refreshing! Enjoy!
(By the way, the Met is on my list of “to-do’s” while I’m in the Big Apple – I imagine these guys aren’t allowed there anymore. Bummer)