Happy Wednesday!? I got a haircut today. My hair stylist tries so hard to make me care about my hair but I am very low maintenance about it. But I am letting it grow out and he gives me a really nice cut and makes it look pretty...but I have to work tonight. Next time I shouldn't make my appointment the night I work.
I have not been productive...with my art this week. Kind of going thru a stand still. I have sketches I want to put on linoleum.
The first picture is a completed sketch I can put on linoleum ASAP the second image is my inspiration. I want to draw a pistol with flowers coming out. I don't know if I want an old pistol or a modern looking one. I drew both and I like the modern one more. But it doesn't seem like my style...
Easter weekend was fun! I'm not religious but just like Christmas, I love the decorations and food. Kevin's parents brought up ham that was really good, probably the best ham I've ever had. I made a fennel and radish salad and Kevin roasted some potatoes. It was an easy meal and everything tasted great. Oh and I made carrot cake! I didn't get three layers, maybe my cake pans were too big? But the best part of carrot cake is the cream cheese frosting (duh). Can I just bake all the time and make crafts? Like Martha? But my crafts you can actually do without swearing like a sailor and wasting three hours of your life.
I made Kevin hunt for an Easter basket and he was surprisingly willing to hunt for it. haha. (He found it.)
Still exercising and not really eating healthy...aha. I think if I could control my diet better I would lose weight a lot faster. But, you know, food. I do cardio everyday. I try to alternate intensity. And I am still doing the 30 day challenges, which I finished the Legs and Butt challenges and everything is toned, I haven't been this happy with my body since like 3rd grade.
Blogilates new 30 day challenge is focused on arms! Arms are my weakness. I can't even do a full push up. So we will see how this goes.
Working out is becoming something that is just part of my routine. Just like how you have to eat or sleep. I'm not saying I'm like looking forward to it like I would eating a piece of pizza but I feel weird if I don't. Dedicating 20 minutes even when it's a busy day is better than nothing. And now that it's FINALLY getting warm, I can hike!
So since I did Tv shows last week, I figured I could do movies next.
Top Ten Movies
1. Pride and Prejudice (2005) - This movie makes my heart hurt it's so beautiful. Plus Kiera Knightly in any period piece is always excellent.
2. Social Network - I like David Fincher. I always like how scenes are set up in his movies. I consider this movie pretty perfect. How they build up the story, how you kinda root for Zuckerberg but you don't really want to. And you just want to hug Eduardo. And Justin Timberlake does a really good job.
3. Wall-E - The ability to make robots cute and loveable is amazing.
4. City of God - This movie is violent but visually stunning. The story sticks with you after you watch it.
5. Godfather - I love this movie. I love the story. Al Pacino.
6. Titanic - ok the script isn't that good. But baby Leo! And Kate Winslet is beautiful. And the visual effects were really good.
7. Dear Zachary - This movie left me crying hardcore. It ripped my heart out. And I think that's incredible, that a movie can make you feel that way.
8. Francis Ha - Greta Gerwig is a favorite of mine. She's fun and witty. I like that this movie is in black and white. And it's just about her trying to figure shit out, which I can relate to. I like the simplicity of this movie.
9. All About Eve - Now this movie is perfect. Bette Davis is wonderful. She's fierce but vulnerable and her voice. UGH.
10. Mildred Pierce (1945) - Joan Crawford was kinda crazy but she could act. And I remember when I first watched this movie and I was in awe. And it has such an important message, a woman fighting for her spot in this world (while dealing with a spoiled bratty evil daughter). I love this movie. I want to watch it again soon.
Of course there are plenty more. I recently just watched Whiplash, which I really enjoyed. And the Imitation Game which was also beautifully done.
Well hello! I went back to Pittsburgh over the weekend! My dad is turning my room into a home office so I had to clean out all my stuff. I went down nostalgia lane. Old notes, photos, and cards. Some of it I kept but most needed to be thrown away. I kept all of my children's books because I just couldn't give them away, I loved them so much.
But the reason I actually went home was for my very first Opera! Carmen. I knew some of the songs, (because of Hey Arnold which I now love this episode even more). We were in the third row! The singing was great the music was amazing. Overall enjoyed it, pretty long though, there were two 20 minute intermissions.
I came back to State College on Monday, so in my head I feel like I am a day behind.
I printed yesterday! I had to get creative with laying out the prints.
Having my "studio" in the living room makes it interesting. I have to use the kitchen sink to clean my prints. I can't really leave things lying around because I live with two other people that don't want to see my stuff everywhere. I don't have a lot of space which does constrain me but I also feel pretty silly even complaining about space because I have press! And I am so incredibly lucky to even have this machine.
Here they are! They are up on etsy. I really like how they turned out. I haven't printed on nice paper in so long, it was lovely. I used somerset, soaks up ink nicely. These are not editions. I probably won't ever make editions except when I finally do a reduction print or it's ginormous and I am a super elite printmaker. (bahaha.)
I think that's about it for this week. I have no new artist to talk about, I have not searched for anything lately, whoops.
I can talk about tv shows real quick. Now let me put this out there, I watch WAY too much television. You give me netflix, I take advantage. Also when I am working on sketching or printing I watch netflix. It's a sickness but I have no shame. I'll talk about 10 tv shows that I love.
1. Girls - Season 4 was amazing and a lot of fun. Are the characters annoying and selfish? Absolutely. The whole Adam/Hannah thing is getting old. Marnie is just plain awful. But Lena Dunham is able to throw humor in when you least expect it and I think about the episode long after I've watched it. Also how they hell are they affording to live in NYC?????
2. Parks and Recreation - OMG this show. THIS SHOW. I love every single one of these characters. They were perfect, I connected to every character. Amy Poehler is a genius. I didn't think a show could be so funny and adorable at the same time. I am so sad it's over.
3. Outlander - I was late to the game on this show. But I am so glad I found it. I don't have showtime but my parents do so I watched the entire season in one weekend...I want to read the books eventually. I am sucker for period type shows.
4. Game of Thrones - Which takes me to this show, which I also started to watch towards the end of their first season. Ned Stark, The Red Wedding, Jon Snow, Aria Stark, that head squishing scene oh and poor poor Theon Greyjoy. This show makes you fall in love with the characters and then you get to watch horrible things happen to them! How exciting. But really Tyrion Lannister is the best.
5. Breaking Bad - Talk about binge watching a tv show, I went thru a season a week. This show is smart and the amount of detail that went into this show just blows my mind. The end of each season always left me in awe and the end of the series was very good. I had no complaints.
6. Mad Men - Jon Hamm! Another AMC show I am in awe of. The whole disappearing for a year between seasons is annoying. And making Betty fat made absolutely no sense to me because that woman could never be fat if she tried. The "end of an era" starts on April 5 and I am so excited to see how it ends.
7. Parenthood - If you ever want to watch a show that makes you cry every episode watch Parenthood! What I really enjoyed about this show was it felt like actual family. They would talk over each other, which all families do, and they went thru problems that all families go through but it didn't approach it the way Full House would with "now heres the lesson" music. It's not cheesy and the acting is really good. I wanted to be a Braverman.
8. Scandal - Okay, my love for this show is kind of dying. You're all wrapped up in the affair with Olivia and Fitz and then you have the fixed vote or whatever drama and then beautiful Jake comes into the picture and Olivia's dad literally steals the show every time he's in an episode. I don't know, I just seem to not care about these characters anymore. It's getting exhausting.
9. How to Get Away with Murder - Viola Davis completely deserves a show. She is badass. The show was fun and exciting. You finally figure out who killed that girls name I cannot remember. And I guess I am okay with how the season ended? Cause now we get to wait to figure out who killed the new victim (I don't want to ruin it for anyone that hasn't watched it yet!)
10. United States of Tara - Toni Collette is so freaking talented. If anyone has netflix I would suggest watching this show. I am very bummed that there are only three seasons of this show. I wanted more.
Honorable Mentions : Walking Dead, Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Friends, Archer, Bob's Burgers, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Did I scare you with how much tv I watch? I kind of did...
Have a good week!
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