I am loving these shoes by American Duchess!

The laces would be perfect to keep them on my feet/be pretty, and since they are dyeable…. well, who know what kind of things I could paint on them?

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Winter Madness

A good day.

I started out kind of hating my painting, but I got really into it and I’m much happier with it now.

I got home and took a nap at about 3:30. Lately I’ve been really tired but couldn’t give in and take a nap because Evening Naps make me wake up feeling even more tired (terrible).  And if I go to sleep before like, midnight, my body decides it’s an evening nap and wakes up an hour later.  Today, though, I got to sleep early enough and had an interesting dream, then woke up by my roommate’s meowing at the door.  He asked if I wanted to go to Gourmet Heaven for dinner, which I always do.  So we got some tasty food to bring back from the hot food buffet, had dinner at the apartment, and watched 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation together.  I have been anticipating the return of 30 Rock for so long!

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Winter break

Enjoying the falling snow situation in the background of WordPress, since I doubt I’m going to see any here for Christmas.

I couldn’t fall asleep until after 4:30 last night and had just about resigned myself to pulling an all-nighter (no work, of course, just insomnia and a copy of Times Two: Two Women in Love and the Happy Family They Made) when I guess I took another “just lie down and at least act like you’re trying to sleep” break and it worked.  I woke up around noon, and around three went to babysit.  We spent practically the whole time drawing – I just can’t escape it, can I? Not bad, though.

I was really excited because it looked like I was going to be involved in a book proposal – like a graphic novel – in which I would illustrate the story of a lesbian couple who decides to have a baby.  (I would go through pregnancy and birth.)  However, thanks to the lovely support of my dear friend (“You can’t draw figures”) and family (oh don’t even make me get into it), I haven’t gotten back to the author about it again.  I mean… I would do it over the break… but I can’t draw figures, can I?  I can’t! And my only opportunity to take Artistic Anatomy is in the spring, at the end of college!  Surely it will be helpful after I graduate but in the meantime, I have maybe 1% confidence in my ability to create and draw characters from my imagination.  It’s too bad, because this really is something I would love to work on.

So I have been home for a few days now, catching up on sleep.  The first night, I was really tired and managed to sleep from 11 to 11.  After that, it started getting harder to fall asleep at night, and I’d wake up at noon or 1.  I was kind of in a food coma and went to bed at about 8 pm because I was so tired and ready to curl up under the covers, but my sister was literally nonstop yelling at me from the next room to bring her water, and then from downstairs our dad yelled for us to come down and put away the I Love You, Man DVD, which really was only a journey of about five inches between the DVD player and the case so I think he could have done it, but after all this I was clearly getting no rest so I went downstairs to put away the DVD and get my sister water.  Of course, once I’m downstairs, she comes down too, laughing maniacally.  I stayed downstairs to watch Christmas in Connecticut with my family, which I enjoyed a lot more than I’d expected. And now it’s after 1 AM and I’m still awake.

I’m also worried that I’m getting sick from my mom, which would be annoying because apart from the fact that This Is My Break, I Have Things To Do, etc etc, I’ve been sick about a thousand times since I went back to school and I am OVER it.  I’d really like to stock up on herbal tea tomorrow – it might keep my throat from going into sick territory, and it helps to keep me warm.  The only herbal tea in the cabinet here is a Celestial Seasonings fruit tea sampler (the game where I try to guess which is the least gross)At school, I have all this herbal tea for different needs: throat comfort, stomach ease, sleep, de-stress…. plus lemon and ginger tea, lemon tea with Vitamin C added, peppermint tea, peach tea, and blueberry tea (the last two I got to make an assortment to bring into class, because I needed normal fruity flavors and not just stuff for my health).  Oh, and I had a little bit of Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride too (the box of that is here at home).

I’ve been drinking so much tea to stay warm at home, and I’ve also been having trouble sleeping, so I’d like to get some more Tazo Rest tea, plus some mint tea and maybe lemon tea.  Those are my basics.

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Last night was …

Last night was indulgent for me.  Chris called it “hedonistic,” and while I think that may be going too far I told him I’d take it.  I got home from the Queer Representations dinner and took a long hot shower, then watched 90210 while I moisturized with my favorite cocoa butter lotion.  I moved from my bed to the couch and had a snack while I read Dan Savage’s book.  I started off with cheese and wasabi crackers but moved on to the Pepperidge Farm cookie set, which I hadn’t really taken advantage of yet.  You have to understand my mindset – being in a hot shower for that long tires me out, so I was just lolling around on the couch in a kimono, delightfully picking out which variety of chocolate-filled cookie I was going to take from the box next.  Then I painted my nails, so I really couldn’t do anything or else the nail polish would get messed up.  

I had a couple very stressful days of finals (well… plus the weekend before those stressful days), but other than that I’ve been pretty chill about it.  At this point, I only have to get things together and fix what I need to for final reviews.  Oh, and there’s that Latin exam.  But nothing involves thinking up and crafting an entire new art project, so this coming week will be a breeze!  And then I’ll get to go home and have Christmas with my family. 

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Thanksgiving 2011

-had a great dinner with The Neighbors.  It really was delicious and the daughter gave me bright pink Essie nail polish.  She was wearing it, asked me if I liked it, and then gave it to me because she didn’t think she’d use it again.  I’m excited about this, because I have actually been looking for this exact type of nail polish.  Now I can pretend I am part of Jenna Lyons’ family. http://www.autostraddle.com/j-crews-jenna-lyons-gender-deviant-mother-with-a-girlfriend-118247/

Tomorrow’s agenda: possibly eating at Teaism, picking out a Christmas tree, watching Bridesmaids, making treats (homemade Almond Joy bars and soft pretzels, particularly.  My sister and I have been planning to bake treats together/for each other).

The break has been going really well!  I wish I could stay longer, but winter break isn’t too far away. It’s times like this that just reinforce my desire to move back to the area after school… why would I permanently move away from this?  A place I love and people I love…

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Oh, Thanksgiving break.  That time that would be a perfect opportunity to get work done, if only it were meant to be used as such.  No.  It is a time for seeing your beloved family and hometown again, being in weather that is consistently 10 degrees warmer even if I’m still cold in the “holiday season,” and producing & consuming lavish yet “homey” meals.  Obviously my school’s appreciation (to put it lightly) for dedication and craftsmanship was still with me – I’m just glad I stopped before making a third new pie crust in order to have perfect presentation.

The train ride went by faster than ever before – meaning, this time I was not clawing at the windows in boredom.  I had internet access but I barely even used it and could have gotten by without it.  I was reading a lesbian memoir and probably could have finished it by now if I put my mind to it.  I chose it because it’s about a woman who decides to have a child with her partner, and while She Looks Just Like You inspired the search for books like this, You’re Not From Around Here is very different.  I didn’t realize how long ago it was written: while published in 2001, it’s set (I believe) in the early 1990s.  Judging by the two books, I’d say a lot has changed for gay parents since the 1990s. I kind of just want a current perspective, but I’m not sure where to find more of that.

My family actually drove to the library after picking me up.  If only I had put those books on hold sooner! – but I did pick up Rupert Everett’s autobiography, which was on display in the New Books section.  I have so many gay/lesbian memoirs on my schedule right now!

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I’ve had a complicated relationship with sleep lately.  I’ve been going to bed really late and waking up early, which I hate.  Last night I went to bed early and woke up late, which is the best (though there was a 2.5 hour awake period in there).  Tonight I’m having the coziest time lying in bed watching Parks and Recreation.  I kind of want to spend more time with other human beings in real life and not just on chat but at the same time, there are the problems of “who would even be awake” and “I want to stay in bed.”

I should probably go to sleep soon, but I’m enjoying this cozy feeling, and I don’t want to remove my eye makeup just yet.  Lately I’ve been enjoying my MAC “Indianwood” paint pot with (I guess it is) gel eye liner and mascara.  

If only I could just go to sleep like this and wake up tomorrow with it still on… but that would be bad for me.  Actually I think I may be getting inspired by Adele’s look, though I have not seen much of her, just listened to “Someone Like You” a million times.  I was very tempted to buy the Cosmopolitan with her on the cover but I was like, “I don’t need tips for having sex with men, so this magazine is not relevant to my interests.” Oh, also, I think this is the magazine that asked why more women were kissing other women and didn’t use the word “lesbian” a single time in the article.

I have a lot of things that I want to be blogging about but I think that it is too late right now and that I should try to sleep.  However, I would like to note… I finally got The Shoes.

They’re a little big because I ordered half a size up, as many reviews suggested.  Also, that size was on sale but my regular size was not, which is odd but whatever, they are in my possession now and I will put in whatever inserts I have to.

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