Saturday, December 31, 2011

Homework books

The solstice/pre-baby/enough-is-enough uncluttering project continues here. It has taken a while for me to get around to documenting and processing the photos, but at long last I bring you a blast from the past.

Almost every year that I have been in school since grade nine (ughh... which is almost every year) I have created a homework book. These books recorded my day-to-day life, with the usual appointments, assignments, important dates etc. But they also recorded sketches, doodles, found objects, notes from friends, and other miscellaneous information, important or not. The books reflect my aesthetic sensibilities at those particular times, which move from glitter paint and bubble letters in grade nine, to 0.4mm pens and a date stamp in grad school. They all seem to demonstrate an enduring interest in lamination!

I have accumulated and moved these books around with me for the last 17 years, and it is time to let them go. This is a little hard for me because they trigger so many memories. But it's time! Here is just a small sample of the photos that I took of these books. They are probably more interesting to me than anyone else, which is another good reason to say goodbye.

Finally, looking through these books caused me to make a new years resolution: keep a sketchbook. It has always been more easy for me to channel my creative energies into these homework books than into sketchbooks, but the days of the homework book are over. I still want a place to doodle and scribble, to experiment and keep notes, to use glitter paint or not. And of course, to create a new problem: the sketchbook problem.

Monday, December 26, 2011

A few things

I've missed a lot here in blog-land. First there was the solstice, then there was the Day of Neeve. Then Christmas, of course, and now this: boxing day.  Today was a day of playing throw it out. In the process I was able to reflect on what I was doing a decade ago, by looking through piles and piles of artwork. I kept a few things, but mostly it was about getting rid of stuff. I'll try to document and post some of the more exciting finds tomorrow.

We also went to the High Park zoo. Did you know that Ford is planning on closing it? Hopefully plenty of people are signing the petition to keep it open, it is so lovely.

Monday, December 19, 2011

A good upbringing

Well it looks like I have trained our baby well. Today during a period of baby inactivity, P put his head on my belly. Our baby roused him/herself to kick him strongly right in the temple. Ha!

We also got to see our baby sucking her/his thumb today at our follow-up ultrasound. And the technician pointed out the heart, the liver and the kidneys. It was all reassuring, especially after a somewhat strange dream last night in which our baby was actually a rabbit, or worse, some rabbit-human hybrid. All joking about baby penguins aside, I really don't want a rabbit in my belly.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

It was easier when the titles were just numbers

Good morning!
Everything is winding down for the holidays around here. Work shuts down on Tuesday, friends arrive in town in the next few days, and my sweetheart comes home tomorrow! In addition to the usual and lovely reunions and celebratory gatherings, on the agenda for the holiday:
- reading some books.
- solstice cleaning: it is time to get rid of most of what we own.
- eating pizza, lots of pizza (thanks in advance to pizza wizard pingram), and anything else involving cheese.
- making Lebkuchen!
- figuring out what I'm really doing with this blog, if anything.
- eating cheese, did I mention that already? I think it is time for lunch.
Happy days!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Namaste babies...

Prenatal yoga may be just about the best thing ever. First of all, it involves chatting ("check-in"), in which we all say how far along we are and how we are feeling. One woman today said that she alternately feels like an 85 year old man, and a 35 year old pregnant lady. She cited the napping, ice cream, and being "a little bit incontinent" as her evidence. I do have to say that the whole check-in experience makes me feel very lucky to be enjoying a happy and comfortable pregnancy (touch wood touch wood !!!! TOUCH WOOD!!!!). Some of what the other women experience sounds far less than fun (for example, nine months of vomiting).

On this note, I have been interested to reflect on the stories we tell each other about pregnancy, and the information that is passed on through books and websites etc. Certainly it is reassuring to learn that you aren't the only one who is experiencing symptom X, but I sometimes feel that too little time is spent on the awesome qualities of pregnancy. I know that when my own mother told me that she felt extremely healthy and good throughout her three pregnancies, it completely changed what I expected to happen over the months to come. And I am currently thinking frequently of my mother-in-law who told me that she felt "super-powered" during the second trimester.  I do feel super-powered at the moment, especially when it comes to smelling mouldy oranges, but also more generally in terms of energy levels and just... stuff! Now, perhaps it is just that I take after my mother, so it stands to reason that I would also feel good during my pregnancy, but I think that there must be something else there about positive expectations? Of course if you are barfing you are barfing, I'm not going to make a mind over matter argument there.

But back to yoga. When we aren't chatting, we are usually well propped into various relaxing, opening postures. It would be easy to doze off. As our instructor points out, however, the pregnant body is already working so hard -- it is growing a human! So one of the most important things we can do is to rest and recognize the hard work that the body is doing. This is somewhat at odds with my super-powers at the moment, but I still believe it.

Anyway, the whole prenatal experience has been wonderful. There is a lot less of this (which I kind of miss):

But lots of this kind of blissed out yoga face stuff:

Ah..... temagami summer yoga: thems the good times.

So: I'm not usually a big sayer of "Namaste," but in thankfulness for my health and in the words of my teacher: "Namaste..... and Namaste babies"

Friday, December 9, 2011


Our bean: HALLO!

The humanoid foot is dashing our dreams of our offspring being a tiny sweater-wearing penguin, a baby elephant, or a mini wooly mammoth clone...

Unfortunately, baby was a little uncooperative and wouldn't show the technician his/her "posterior horns" (I'm not joking), so I need to go back for a follow up.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Musical Interlude

I'm stalling on anything meaningful. In the meantime....

OK, I know I'm really late on this one, but I have been listening to this anthem alllll day. It may be unhealthy. Thanks Dr. Montgomery for introducing me to this.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Just trying to remember how to do this

Here is another snapshot of August 13, 2011.
In contrast, today was a drippy and mild kind of day. Reminded me of Vancouver in the winter time.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Transition times

Hello all of you all, 
This is perhaps a beginning, or perhaps it is just a bit of middle. Let me start by sharing this little bit of Cozad Nebraska sky, circa August 13, 2011. Stay tuned, O lovers of loveliness... (no promises, though)