It’s been quite the busy week around here. The time change, fortunately, doesn’t affect me in the least when we Spring Forward. I actually get up earlier and accomplish so much more during the day. During the Fall Back though….ugh. Let’s just say, I don’t handle it well.
I cannot wait for Spring. I’ve been walking on the treadmill and avoiding the park because I can’t tolerate the cold these days no matter how many layers I wear. My dogs are feeling downright punished because we haven’t been walking outside. Instead, they watch me on the treadmill. I try not to make too much eye contact with them as I do this because I already feel like their glaring eyes are burning a hole through to the back of my head.
Whenever I’m finished I go upstairs and lay down on the floor to stretch my back and hamstrings, which always makes my back feel better; and this is generally what I have staring back at me:
He is not one to be ignored, but c’mon – How could I?!
Even though my back is still giving me the ole’ middle finger (ie., not improving much) I am busy concentrating on other things. Good things, such as:
1. Preparing for the gallery this weekend.
It’s time to make my bi-monthly journey down to Indianapolis to drop off artwork to the gallery. Craig has graciously offered to take a day off work so he can drive me down there since I cannot drive that far without needing to get out of the car every few minutes to stretch. I guess this makes him my Manager now, huh?
All week I’ve been busy matting and framing work. I dislike that job really, but enjoy the look of my pieces as they’re all polished up and ready to make their debut into the world. Here are my yoga series of prints all matted and ready to go:
2. I’ve been asked to guest post at Runs For Cookies. Katie, who is a lot like me in many ways (she’s maintaining a loss of over 100 pounds and has a sweet tooth equal to mine) asked if I would write about life as a maintainer for her blog. I’ve been slowly making progress on that post and hope to have it done and ready for her soon (it’s coming, Katie – I swear!)
3. I met someone.
No, Craig and I are not having marital problems so you can breathe easy (or, if you’re new here and into reading about drama, try and contain your disappointment) lol What I mean to say is that I have made a new friend who is such a kind person and so easy to talk to – and she’s a fellow artist! We met because we both have work on display at the gallery. We started messaging each other and as it turns out, she lives less than 10 minutes from me She’s a mosaic artist and does incredible work. Here is one of her pieces that I received as an incredibly thoughtful birthday present last month:
Okay, truth: I bought it for myself. I am the thoughtful one!
I had to take the photo at an angle because of the glare from the ceiling lights, but you can still see how amazingly talented she is. Her name is Melissa you can see more of her work at her Etsy store right here.
Another reason why I’m mentioning Melissa is that because of her…..
4. I signed up for my first art fair this week.
This was a HUGE step for me. I haven’t done an art fair in almost 15 years and I didn’t really enjoy the atmosphere the last time, but this is a different venue and will be for one day only. Plus, I’m selling paintings this time around, not painted furniture which will make set-up and break-down much easier. The art fair isn’t until August so I still have plenty of time to prepare.
Perhaps the most exciting thing that is happening this week (this weekend to be exact) is….
5. I am going to meet one of my favorite bloggers!
I have missed several opportunities to meet some of the amazing people I’ve met online due to back issues and poor timing, but the planets must be aligned correctly because during my visit to Indianapolis, guess who will be arriving at the same time all the way from Texas for a conference? None other than Roxie from Gravel and Rust! Roxie is also maintaining a 100+ pound loss and we’ve been reading each other’s blog since the inception of mine almost 2 1/2 years ago. I’m terribly excited!
That about wraps it up. I’ll be back next week with answers to all of your burning questions, like:
‘Just how long did it take to make that three hour trip to Indy? How many times did Ellen’s back force her out of the car, and did anyone see her doing yoga stretches alongside the road?’
‘…and what about the gallery? Did Ellen sell anything this month?’
‘Will Ellen be able to stay away from the Cheesecake Factory while in Indianapolis?’
‘What will happen when Ellen meets Roxie? Will Roxie find out that Fat Girl Wearing Thin has secretly been written by some weird guy named Allen all of these years?’
Tune in next week for these answers and more – and have a great weekend