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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Birds & Mummies & Discovery & The Senses & Soup

I'm so behind's another catch-up post.

Daya and I made another trip to AMNH.  They have a new show about the 5 senses
So we went.

They also have a 3D Imax movie about birds and flying--- it was stunning.  The cinematography was pretty astounding.  Then I took Daya through the Mummies exhibit, which I have been to with Drusilla. (no pictures allowed in that one)  Daya got a cute Egyptian cat animal which she named Gypsy.

We had some time before we were scheduled to go to the Senses exhibit, so we went to the Origami Tree which is in a new location. (I think a better location)


Then we headed over to the Discovery Room.

Daya has literally grown up in that room.
It is one of the spots I always have to take a picture of her through the years.
When she was a toddler she loved this thing:

The Discovery Room has an upstairs area.  It is only for children 8 and up.  Being able to go upstairs in the Discovery Room is a NYC Child's rite of passage.  It's really fun up there. There are microscopes and specimens and puzzles and stick bugs you can hold.

I loved these wonderfully bizarre beanies...I think they are either strange sea creatures or different types of bacteria. Or viruses.

Then we went to the Senses exhibit which was pretty fantastic.

This is the story of my life. I have a super crazy sense of smell.

Here is the Last Handstand Daya did for the year, more on that later. She was not disoriented in the disorientation room.

And the holiday Brontosauruses were out.

The next day (Sunday) I went to see Rob and he made this amazing butternut squash soup with snow crab.  It was so amazing I need to have a pic here.


Friday, November 24, 2017


We had a nice Thanksgiving at Jackie's.

Then on Friday we put the trees up.
Two this year, but we haven't decorated them yet.


The cats hindered the process.


They like to sleep under the tree.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Stupid Wind

I went out painting in the cemetery again.

After not-too-much-looking-around, I found a really lovely tree with amazing clouds behind it.

In the time it took me to set up my gear- less then 10 minutes- every single last cloud had disappeared and the sun was shining directly in my eyes.

I paused.
Looked around.
Texted Carey.
Decided to move.
Changed my mind.

So I stayed and it was a bit of a struggle with the sun.
AND THEN... the wind started.

The wind was literally slamming into me on the right.  It was strong enough to move the brush.
My gear stayed standing but it was shaking, just like me.  When I was finished painting I realized I was half frozen, even with my hand warmers.  The wind sucks.  Or, as Sid would say, it blows.  :/

One of the things about plein air is you have to think about all the problem-solving and planning in the painting while in a state of pure physical misery. 

I have no idea why I do it.

I would have fared better with pastels (more control in the wind), and I might return to this spot and do it again in pastel.

8x10 oil on panel.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Block Island Beach

Here is a painting I did from a picture I took at Block Island over the summer.
I'm giving the painting to Rob for Christmas.

Block Island Beach
9x12 oil on canvas


Daya has an elbow issue that is getting worse and worse...a dance thing I am sure.
We went to a sports injury doctor who took x-rays and saw nothing.  So they ordered an MRI.

We had an appointment at 7am this morning.  Early.  Very early.
It was noisy but Daya did great.
She thought she would either die or lose all her teeth (because of her braces) but neither thing happened.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Daya turned 12.

She had a good birthday.


We went for sushi and Rob joined us.
There is a fish tank in the restaurant and Daya has a favorite fish which she named Brainiac.

Brainiac has lived for a long time so far.

Rob got Daya a gift card, a dragonfruit, and a weird fruit none of us has ever heard of. Rob wins the Weird Gift award.


This is what the weird fruit looks like inside.
It is basically green slime and seeds.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Blue Hair

Daya wanted to dye her hair blue, and I bargained with her.
There is something I want her to do that she refuses to do, so I said "Ok, you want blue hair then you do xyz in return."

She grudgingly agreed.

I bleached her hair (just the ends) then dyed it blue for her, and it looks pretty good.