Cages, Gardens, Friends, and Kids

cages for college students
Captured College Students Dec 2011

Today was a great day.  Did lots of good things and  even made progress on my paper mache projects.  But was having a hard time thinking about a blog post.  why, I’m not sure.   No, I know why, because writing the blog post is like getting ready for bed.  It’s the end of the day and I’m finishing things up.  Don’t want to finish things up; it was a 3 day weekend; but I want MORE TIME.  Always want more time even though I do enjoy work.  And that is a wonderful thing.  If I hated my job; life would be horrible.

So I went looking for blog inspiration and found it in a couple of great places.  First was Maggie’s blog at  Saw that she had a great time and was going to bed.  I’m glad to hear that; I want to hear the details.  But how can I expect her to provide details if I don’t do my part and write back?  It is interesting this method of communication.  Both of us are basically writing for ourselves as well as others.  It’s a reflection on the good parts of our day for the most part.  But I’ve seen lots of pop psychology that says you should look at the good parts of every day; how can you understand what is good without looking at the good parts.  Anyway, I like Maggie’s post and so I write my own. They make me happy as well, I’m a writer something that has taken me years to accept.

The second inspiration was looking at my collection of blog photos.  These are a collection of really interesting events and photos which I’m going to use as a cheat.  When I don’t know what to say or am too tired (usually Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights); then you’ll get  a photo.  Today your lucky; you get a photo and a blog post.  The picture from last December shows a group of college students (Maggie, Josh, Ping and Liz) who made a geodesic dome for me from newspaper.  This was going to be a Middle school project for my engineering club.  But we never got to that project. Instead, the four kids — no strike that — the four young adults had a wonderful evening figuring out how to make a clubhouse from newspaper and staples.  Note that I had done the rolling of the little rods earlier.  It still took them 1.5 hours to make the clubhouse.  And there in the photo you see them all.

By the way, I ran into Kathy Sims; the front desk lady at Vista Magnet Middle School.  She said the engineering club was a great success this year despite my absence.  Evidently the parents like running it and there are a couple of young science teachers (Mr. McGreggor and a new one) who like the idea of having club that supplements science class. Since NGC gives a grant with minimal strings (i.e. has to be spent in engineering club on engineering related stuff); they get to play.  It’s not hard to justify projects; successful or unsuccessful.  The real key is learning by doing something.

Well this morning, I got to play at being the leader for my local Labyrinth group.  We met at 9 am to do the gardening needed to keep the labyrinth nice.  It was fun, I like this group of people.  They are friendly, warm, and accepting.  You don’t need to pass a morality or ideology test to be accepted.  I was surprised when Peggy asked me to cover for her.  One of the nice things about this group is that I don’t have to be a leader.  But I was flattered and pleased.  On reflection, I think she was telling me that I am accepted as a member of the group and could rely on me to be there.  Amazing considering I’ve only been to a couple of her events.  But sometimes you just know when things are working well.  I’ve met some great people who probably will become good friends over time. One person, Marianne, would like to make a large garden paper mache elephant with me.  That sounds like fun — something we can do after VIFT is finished in November.  We can actually make herd — the difference in work between 1 and several more is not that large.  It all takes time.

We wanted the labyrinth to look great and it does.  Next weekend there is a celebration of the solstice at the Alta Vista Gardens.   I’ll be working at the labyrinth entrance from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.   They put in a new lawn by a pagoda for this event.  There will be at least three different musical groups playing, yoga, and what promises to be a huge labyrinth walk at the end of the evening.  Sounds like fun; I’m looking forward to this event.  All in celebration of the solstice. Lots of great stuff happening, check out the link if you want to see what the events are.

Spent some time today working on VIFT.  Mr. Ewell tells me there are bands registered who do not have any supporting documentation.  I’ve checked with the treasurer to see if there is a record of these checks getting deposited.  If yes, then I’m going to have to write to a couple of schools and get information.  Will let you know.  We decided to create a new position this year — pre vift work.  Actually Leslie Casie, the vift volunteer coordinator, had some other great title.  Basically the job is doing the paper work (programs, forms, announcements, badges, directors packages, and lots of other stuff).  Great job for someone who can’t work at that tournament.  Guess I have to start working on all the permits and things.  Yuck.  But I did sign up for this task voluntarily so have to do the work.  And it’s interesting learning how to run a project.  Am putting it in my resume as a job skill — title is VIFT DIRECTOR; job is program management to throw a party for over 10,000 people with 1000+ performers, using only volunteers.  Hard work.

Did get to do some good stuff this afternoon.  Worked on my paper mache having finished the homework yesterday from art class.  Decided I do NOT like tempura paints for my artwork.  The quality is too cheap and I am not satisfied with the colors.  So bought some spray paint and started finishing projects with the first coat of paint.  Got a vase, a picture frame, a southwest box, and the rome box almost finished.  Repainted the dragon cat for the third time. This is it, that cat will get finished good or bad and I’m afraid the bad wins.

Well I’m tired and need to start getting stuff ready for tomorrow.  I’m planning on riding my bike to work.  Lots of fun; but time consuming.  And I need to get things ready — clothes for work; empty the back pack; check the bike lights, and find the bike lock.  Although if i left it behind, could save a pound by simply putting the bike into my cubicle. Has a certain appeal.

Liz– haven’t talked with you in weeks.  Hope all is going well with you.  How did the career fair go?  How are your classes?  Are you cooking your meals or getting them from the cafeteria?  Lots of questions.  Pop me an email sometime when you get a chance.

Maggie — update that blog; I’m eagerly waiting details on your canoe trip.


Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

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