Thursday, March 18, 2010

Mainstreaming Myself

Well, I have to admit, the other night I took a break from watching arcane, eccentric little shows like Ghosthunters and Gordon Ramsay's The F Word and watched American Idol in full, for the very first time. And I liked it. We also watched Minute to Win It, which got a little more tedious with every fail.

(Oh look, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse just drove past my house! In a mini-van...still, it was totally him.)

When I'm not zoning out in front of the boob tube late at night (thank you, DVR!), I'm writing and writing and writing. Grant proposals, which are much less fun than developing the new book idea I am kicking around. My head is popping with ideas during my work commutes, which is both exciting and terrifying as I drive with my knees and elbows to text long, carefully-spelled notes into my phone.

Another exciting thing is this: my sister's art show last weekend! She is so damn talented it could make you puke and fall in love with her all at once. Like if you were sharing a romantic picnic of day-old, sun-baked potato salad with Bradley Cooper. Here are some highlights:
I don't know what I can tell you about this one other than don't hire me to photograph your art show. Or any other special life event.
I DO know what I can tell you about this one: never take me to an auction. Because I'll tell everyone within earshot how much I love a matching set of paintings/lampshades/decorative spoons, and all about my plans to purchase those paintings/lampshades/decorative spoons, and then I'll wait too long to bid and some other yahoo will have snapped them up.
This photo was taken just before my darling nephew threw my camera to the floor in a random act of toddler exuberance.

Rawr!! Must....buck head back....wildly...spill....Auntie Jess' sensible...cardigan!

This is a portrait of my Grandma with her Grandpa--my sister surprised Grandma with this piece, which just goes to show sister is the best, most thoughtful gift-giver in the family. If I were ever to make a list of fifty wacky life goals, "Receive a Snuggie from my sister for Christmas" might be the thoughest one to accomplish.


  1. I really really adore the paintings of the skulls. Because I'm odd like that! How exciting for your sister to have a show. Obviously you are both talented. Luckily in different areas so there's no rivalry!

    Don't ever give up the Ghost Hunters.


  2. I too love the skull paintings. They're what caught my eye the most in this post xD

    American Idol is surprisingly interesting, I've found. Not interesting enough, unfortunately, for me to regularly watch. I think I've seen about 10 minutes of it in the past year or so.

  3. (Oh look, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse just drove past my house! In a mini-van...still, it was totally him.)

    LOVE IT. You are so hilarious. New book please!