Thursday, February 23, 2012

Stupid cars

The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I prefer to walk if possible or maybe I should say I hate to drive. A lot.  I'll take the trolley anytime and the bus if I'm desperate, but since I have a car I use it.  We have to get the kids to school, and home again so what choice do we have?  This week we realized that we spend more on gas each month than we did for private school tuition for all three kids in Bariloche (including the fee for the bus transport).... Stupid cars.

This week I signed up my kids for summer camp.  Both Phoebe and Chloe picked day camps (Yay! More driving!), but Naomi chose a sleep away camp.  It's funny, for some reason sending her away for five days is now making me nervous.  I guess it's because she's the youngest, the baby, but at least she's super excited!

I'm continuing my work on the play this week.  I did a quick layout of the castle wall backdrops...

I also redid the scene title for Winnefred's Bed Chamber...

I also have been trying to sort out how to do the big, crazy bed for such a small space and with limited storage!
It needs to be as big as a tall cot... We'll see.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Selling cookies in the sun

This morning we sold Girl Scout cookies out front of Ralph's supermarket and like every activity in San Diego it was in the direct sun.  So I hovered over the cookies with an umbrella hoping like crazy I wasn't selling melted blobs of chocolate.  We did pretty well and sold 45 boxes in 2 hours.  I don't know if it's the cute little girls or the fond memories of once having eaten a girl scout cookie but people can't resist these things. I wish my books sold as well.

The frame for the view screen for "Once Upon A Mattress" continues to occupy my living room.
It's making progress though.

I'm hoping it will be done and placed into storage by tomorrow!

In the mean time I've also managed to design this.  It's an iron-on for the tunics that the tech crew will be wearing. Isn't it cool everyone gets a costume! I'm so glad that I'm not doing the costumes.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The backwards looking boy

Every day when we drop the girls off at school we pass a little boy walking in with his grandma. I shouldn't say "walking with" her exactly, it's more like she's leading/dragging him along and he's looking wistfully behind him.
The first time I saw this I thought "Awww! The poor little guy doesn't want to go to school!" Except that after school I've seen them walking too. Just the same way, with him looking longingly back at the school and she's walking along at a determined pace.
I know what you're thinking, now. That I'm going to point out how if you're always looking backwards you can't see what's coming. It's not good to be dwelling on the past, instead of paying attention to the present, or that if you don't look where your going you're bound to step in something nasty, etc, etc,. Well, you'd be wrong. My point is only this..."That kid's not right!".

Anyway this week I've been working on my duties as set designer for "Once Upon A Mattress" with Looking Glass Theatre. I created this scene title to be projected during the "Spanish Panic"...

... And I'm working on a giant frame that will go around the view screen above the stage to make it look more "medieval castle-ish".  It's currently filling most of my living room.  Which brings me to my other duties of organizing storage space, builders, and painters.  It's getting there.  Fortunately thanks to those crazy anti-girl scout cookie folks (ie A Million Moms) my daughters' cookies are selling like mad this year leaving more space in the living room for my giant frame.

In other news our kickstarter for "The People That Melt in The Rain" graphic novel is down to the last 57 hours. If you haven't yet I suggest you take a look. It's a great YA story told in the comic book format, with awesome illustrations by my husband Mike Dubisch!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Groundhog Day

Ahh, yes, the day we all sit down to a steaming, hot groundhog! Enjoy.
"People are willing to take these extraordinary chances to become writers, musicians, or painters, and because of them, we have a culture. If this ever stops, our culture will die, because most of our culture, in fact, has been created by people that got paid nothing for it--people like Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh or Mozart."-Kurt Vonnegut

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