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Cityscape at The Paint Pub

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I finally celebrated my birthday with friends.  🙂 My birthday was back on July 6th and I knew I wanted to go to the Paint Pub.  The shop sets up canvasses and paint, then leads a class in painting one specific thing.  The one I was really interested in was a cityscape of Minneapolis by way of The Stone Arch Bridge. 

When I got there, I was greeted by a lovely and chipper host who got me all set up at my work station.  The canvas and the easel were already set up, and the paint provided.  While I waited for the class to fill, I browsed a cute little boutique and considered other paintings I could do in the future.

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Towards the back, they had snacks and entrees available, along with wine, beer, and soft drinks.  For myself, I ordered a cheese tray and some ginger ale. There was a woman across from me, though, that ordered a panini that smelled delicious.  She was drinking white wine.

Our instructor began the class with a warm welcome and assured us that we’d hate our paintings at first, but to trust the process.  She said that we’re staring at it up close, so all we’d see is what we thought was wrong, but if we’d take a moment to step back and appreciate it as a whole, that we’d love pour paintings by the end.

It sounded, actually, like sage advice: if you’re looking at something so close that all you can see are the flaws, step back, and look at it from a distance to appreciate it as a whole.  I could definitely see this applying to a few people I know…

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As the class carried on, we were walked through exactly what to do. Everyone had their own perspectives and I heard a lot of people worry over how poorly they were doing.  I made it a point to be amiable, because I love art, and if someone else can discover a passion for it, they should. Far be it for me or anyone else to say someone isn’t good enough. There was a poor girl there, though, who was raising her arm with concerns and questions after every instruction.  She seemed really uncomfortable with the whole process.  Perhaps more wine would’ve helped. 😉

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Even though this one was pretty basic and rudimentary, it was just the kick start that I needed to get me painting again.  I’m thinking about whether I want to do a figure painting, a landscape, or a still life.  I took some photos of sunflowers, though, and I really enjoy depicting them.

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The class wrapped up around 9 and we all had our photos taken with our paintings. They all had different feelings, just like the personalities of the artists. I was glad to have shared the experience with friends 😀

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Just tooling around..

I’m such a putz.  Aileen over at Army Pants and Flip Flops posted an entry all about how she used Pinterest as inspiration and organization for her wedding day.  The way that I relate to people is to share something about myself that is similar to what they’re sharing.  On paper it sounds find, but in practice it might come off as a bit self-centered.  So what do I do?  I just keep commenting.  No really–like after-thoughts.. I think she ended up with 4 comments from me? Oi oi oi.. 

In other news… the only thing exciting going on is that work has been crazy as per usual.  We’ve got another batch of new hires and thankfully they’re all showing promise.  There’s a couple of snags that snowballed but we’re working through those.  Learning week is coming up and I’ve got a couple of really promising training classes that I was able to sign up for.  The first is ‘Inclusiveness,’  which helps to break down the difference between tolerance and acceptance and make it easier to communicate and work with people from varied and diverse backgrounds.  The second is a communications course about inter-generational communication.  There are 4 cohort groups that we work with right now and one of the issues that was a snag and snowball is because one of the older members of my team didn’t take me seriously when I provided guidance.  I’m really looking forward to that class and hope that it’s more up to date.  My god, if they talk down to me as a member of the young-and-entitled cohort, I’m going to walk out.  Because that doesn’t help me to understand the other generations, that just tells me I’m a spoiled brat.  It might be true, but WORK WITH ME, PEOPLE!

Lastly, school is great, but it’s MEA week.  No school tomorrow, so I’m going to take the time to get some of my work out of the way that I’ve been falling behind on… at work. Overtime just isn’t enough time to finish what I need to do.

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Married life has swallowed me whole…

While I’ve been updating my food-tracking blog several times daily, I’ve been neglecting this blog something fierce.  And what has been taking up so much of my time?  Nothing, really.  I wake up, go to work, work my bum off, come home, work on cross stitch, catching up on Gossip Girl, or expanding my pinterest boards, study, go to school, try to learn how to drive a stick shift* and read books.  It’s pretty ho-hum, actually! … But I like it.  Life is good, and I’m going to cherish it while it lasts.

I’ve been causing a bit of mayhem on Facebook… pushing my political views on anyone who doesn’t agree with me.  Bleh.  Who knew we’d have to deal with this before the presidential debates started up?  I thought we’d have a nice 4 year break… nope.

I also cause mayhem when I over-share the type of shenanigans that me and my brother get into:

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Seems legit….

Haha… Work is the same as usual.  The only thing that’s pretty awesome is that I’ve got over 100 followers on my other blog and to celebrate, I’m doing a ‘Happy Hundred’ challenge where I am working out for at least 10 days for 100 days since I got my 100th follower…. Turns out that’s until January 1st 2014 🙂  Serendipitous.

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To help me reach my goals through the winter..[Pipe down, Stark, we all know winter is coming…] Jeff and I got a BOSU ball and a jump rope 🙂 So far, I’ve gotten at least 1 ten-minute workout in… while inflating the BOSU with the hand-pump 😛

*Jeff and I got an Audi a few months ago and while it was a great deal because it was marked down, good financing, paid off my car, etc.. there’s just one itty bitty tiny little problem:  I can’t drive it.

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The Audi is a stick shift.  A manual transmission. A Standard transmission.  Three-pedals, kills the car if you do it wrong, shuddering death-trap of a stick shift.  And he drives it like they’re linked telepathically and all he has to do is think and it responds.

He was trying to give me a driving lesson today and I should not have gone out–it was already a rough day.  I was able to get the car going from a level surface, and cruised around the neighborhood 1st, 2nd, 3rd, oops, dead-end, neutral, park, reverse, 1st, stop-sign on an incline, shuddering start, stall, attempt # 1, attempt #2, 4-ways, concerned neighbor, attempt #3, car is smoking, I quit.

Heh.

I’ve been driving an automatic for 10 years and it’s really not that easy for me to pick up the skills needed to keep the car going smoothly.  It’s half mine, though, so I’m determined to figure it out.  Any tips/tricks would be welcome in the comments below 🙂