Sunday, November 27, 2016

Phoebe's Mystery Party and Chloe's back!

This past week just flew by! Chloe was home from college for the first time since August.


No, she did not travel home in a suitcase, (she did bring one full of laundry though).


These are just some fabulous photos we took before the showing of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which was a great night out).


But, of course, we are huge Harry Potter fans in this house, so we're a bit biased.


And finally the last one with Phoebe and Chloe.


The day after Chloe came home was Phoebe's birthday party. She wrote an elaborate mystery for her guests to solve as they wandered around the midtown area of Phoenix. This is Naomi on our way out the door. 


This is her big crowd of guests gathering at the Twirl (....mmmmm frozen yogurt)


                        And here they are later that night after the big reveal at Joyride Tacos!

 The kids had a blast and one of her friends gave her a Quinceanera card. Unfortunately for Lucas he can't read Spanish and was quite embarrassed when Phoebe translated his sappy card for him.
                        

This week I was still doing some teaching (just one class) and keeping up with numerous mask orders. This one is a Jhin Mask from League of Legends and a custom commission.


Thanksgiving morning we headed up to Rimrock in the mountains to visit with Mike's aunt and uncle. The photos from Thanksgiving were pretty lame (I must get a new camera before Morocco!!). However, here's a very windy selfie of Mike and I on our way into the mountains.

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!






Sunday, November 13, 2016

Tree Creature and the new world

This week has been a roller coaster of emotions for us here. We bought our tickets to Casablanca for my artist residency in May! It's so exciting to know that we will spend our summer immersed in a culture so different from our own and during Ramadan as well!

Then Donald Trump had his shocking victory and this country has split in half. It's like we live in a new world. Today we went to church and they gave us these....


This is my safety pin. I will wear it from now on. Some say it's a meaningless gesture, but it's something anyway. 


Friday night I created my sign for my sculpture.


On Saturday morning we installed him in his planter on Grand Ave. for the Grand Ave. Festival.


I had wanted to make 2 sculptures for the event, but mask making took over my life for September to October. I will plan better next time.


All in all he looked pretty good out there.








Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Halloween and more


This is Naomi's pumpkin. She named him "George" and we never lit him up. She carved him without any help from us, but if she'd asked me I'd have told her that 4 nights before Halloween was way too soon to put a jack-o-lantern outside in the heat. It was flat, rotted and swarming with flies by Sunday morning. This was on a better day for him though.

Halloween night was driving for us as both our kids made plans across town. Phoebe's friend was actually out of the city a bit and Mike and I decided to stay in the area. We ate at the one of the three restaurants around there and then wandered around an abandoned strip mall till it was the agreed pick up time. I didn't get any photos of Naomi but Phoebe was dressed as Edgar Allen Poe and her friend was the raven and wearing my mask.


Phoebe posing in a dark and empty playground.

A slightly more bizarre picture of her.


Her friend Edona as the raven. They clearly were having a good time that night.


In other news Mike's art opened at a Moebius tribute show down in Tempe.


Just the 2 of us made it that night but we had a nice time and tested out a vegan restaurant with interesting results.

I'm making progress towards buying our plane tickets to Morocco. I'm only a few hundred dollars short to buy all five. That means that I search ticket prices, find what I need and hop up and down groaning about it a lot. Anyway I now have 4 out of 5 passports in hand and I checked on the status of Mike's (the last one that hasn't come yet), and it's been posted priority mail and should be here soon. Also this week I need to organize and submit my portfolio for another grant application. Hopefully this is the one that will work (5th one's the charm right?)





"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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