Thursday, February 18, 2016

Progress Here and There

This week has been filled with bits and pieces.  Tasks checked off the to-do list, though nothing really finished.  Still, it's good to see progress.

I'm working on a project for one of my girlfriends.  The pile of wrinkled schoolgirl hair ribbons she sent to me

has been ironed and reorganized.  I arranged, re-arranged, and wove them together until I had them placed in a way I thought made for an interesting pillow center.  I'm happy to report that my friend likes the way this looks.  Always good news.  Now the collection looks like this.

I've spent a LOT of time on the phone with Apple Care.  You know things aren't going too well when the supervisor asks,  "Are you going to be around in half an hour?  I don't know what's going on and have to do a bit of research."  Yikes!

All I can say is that it's critical to back up your computer in the event something happens unless, of course, the problem is with the backing-up system -- as mine was -- and then you're in trouble.  Thankfully my techie was true to his word; he called back and things are working again.  Progress!  Further progress: I now have a techie's direct number and email address should anything go wrong again.  This is very reassuring since my computer also suffered from an "internal" panic about two weeks ago. We'll see what happens from here.    I feel a bit like I'm on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" with my direct help line.

I've also been reading, reading, reading to get up to speed on the research assistant  front.  It's slow going, or slower than I'm used to.  There's so much to learn!  I really have to think hard to be sure I'm understanding some of these more scholarly analyses of contemporary art-making and where this particular aspect of it fits into the arc of it all.  Did that make sense?  I hope so.

I also made progress on the home front.  It was my husband's birthday yesterday and I baked a pretty good cake, if I may say so myself.

I love to bake; have I ever told you that?  Well I do.  Yesterday I also baked an apple cake and an apple tart for my daughter's school staff appreciation day.  I figured it was the least I could do.  The art teachers have earned my utmost respect.  I've said before that I believe the art program is great.  Well, here's the proof.  This is my daughter's Still Life in Pencil.  I have to give a shout-out of kudos to the teachers that can help my daughter achieve this.

© Morgan Zepf

I'm pretty much in awe.


Karen L R said...

lots to smile about here!

Anonymous said...

The pillow made the blog! But I am most impressed with Miss M's artwork. My M is in an intro to art class now and he's miserable. For his second half of fine arts requirement he's taking Foods. So he can eat. Happy birthday to P. Wish I could have some of that cake. Ging

Norma Schlager said...

That still life by your daughter is amazing! I love the pillow, too,