Thursday, February 26, 2015

movie watcher part 2

now that the oscars are behind us, it's time for an update of my previous post and some follow up thoughts.

  • american sniper - politics aside, this movie was fascinating and so difficult to watch.  i thought bradley cooper's performance was perfect.
  • birdman - still on my list - more so now that it won.
  • boyhood - we thought the concept was amazing, but we were not crazy about the story or lack of.
  • the grand budapest hotel - was pleasantly surprised.  oscar wins for costume, hair & makeup and production design were well deserved.
  • the imitation game - my favorite movie. and the screenwriter's speech at the oscars was one of my favorite moments.
  • selma - fell asleep. not that it wasn't good just started it too late.  will give it another try.
  • the theory of everything - great movie.  eddie redmayne was brilliant.
  • whiplash - loved it!! saw this in toronto and again when we took the boys. jk simmons was intense and genius.
in addition there are a few movies nominated for other categories that i would like to see.
  • still alice - i didn't expect to be so emotional but at the end of the movie i was speechless and crying like a baby.  wonderful performance.
  • gone girl - this movie was spooky.  i had a hard time with the book and the movie stayed pretty true to it, just with more intensity.  
  • wild - enjoyed the movie more than the book.  i love stories about self discovery and this one was good but kind of missed the mark for me.
  • foxcatcher - waiting to see it.
  • into the woods - made a better stage musical.  just didn't love it.  but the music is memorable.
and a few to add to the list.
  • citizen four - winner of the documentary feature. started watching this on hbo and already feel paranoid.
  • feast - winner of the animated short.
  • big hero six - winner of the animated feature. i didn't see this with the kids.
  • cake - it looks like a dark story with great performances.
not oscar nominated but i saw jiro dreams of sushi and i loved it!  it came out a few years ago and i watched it on netflix.  this 85 year old man has been making sushi everyday of his life and still trying to find ways to improve it.  the tiniest detail of everything that he does is inspirational.  there are so many life lessons in this film.  highly recommend it.

looking forward to seeing what comes out this year.  

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

just a thought

here is my journal entry for saturday.  i was doing some research on creativity and came across this excerpt from ira glass that hit me like a ton of bricks.  it was what I was trying to say last week about pushing through fear and doubt in the creative process.  but here it is, better said than i ever could.

i printed the quote on a piece of transparency and then taped it to my book with washi tape.  maybe not so artful but the words are what i want to remember.

check out this video.
keep doing the work.

Monday, February 23, 2015

2015 weekly menu #09

egg-in-a-hole for breakfast
oh weekend, you almost got me.  saturday was a killer, but we survived.  yesterday the rain made sofia's softball game a bit of drag, but we muscled through.  the oscars went on a bit long but we were captivated by the wonderful movies nominated.

and here we are at monday.  kids at school, yoga done, list made, and breakfast finished.  on to the rest.

weekend eats
saturday: dinner at cafe de mexico before a notre dame basketball game
sunday: pizza for the oscars

making this week
monday: ramen soup
tuesday: mexican chicken casserole, salad - didn't make this last week
wednesday: pork chops with balsamic roasted vegetables and gorgonzola
thursday: chorizo and egg tacos, zucchini, corn and tomato succotash
friday: tiger shrimp lettuce wraps, cucumber salad

ready to make this a great week.

Friday, February 20, 2015

40 days of art

in thinking about my post yesterday and seeing that there are other people who have the same struggle and thinking about lent and sacrifice and reflection, i came up with an idea to make art over the next 40 days.  how do art and lent go together?  well, what i really want to do with this exercise is give up the negative talk.  let go of judgement.  free myself of fear.  i'm hoping it will help me be kinder to others and to focus less on the negative and more on what is good and beautiful with the world.

sounds like a big plan? i'm ready for it.

so i bought a journal with 40 pages.  every mixed media book i found came with 40 pages.  that's a sign if you ask me.

i do have a few rules, cause mamma likes structure.

rule #1 - no judgement.  make it and be ok with the outcome.  this is about the process not the result.
rule #2 - no more than 30 minutes thinking about it.  come to the table with an idea and go for it.
rule #3 - no comparison.  i often look at other people's work under the guise of being inspired but then get anxious when it doesn't look like that.  none of that here.
rule #4 - one page per day.  that means no practicing, no do overs. go with the mistakes and own them. and it means i get to do something creative everyday.
rule #5 - smile.

no rules on supplies; i can paint, scribble, write, cut and paste.  anything goes.  my thought is to go through my day and find a moment or thought that i want to record and let that be my inspiration.

today's entry looks like this.
"it's reciprocal" is an inside joke with me and bobby.  when i saw this definition i knew i had to record it somehow.

so for those of you struggling with creativity, make something, write something, create something.  maybe we can inspire each other in some way, but more importantly, we can cheer each other on.

i will be posting some of my journal entries on instagram.  if you want to follow along you can find me here.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

practice doesn't always make perfect

i'm on an adventure.  a creative adventure.  i'm trying out, working on, figuring out what i'm good at.  what makes me happy.  where my strengths are. i am making mistakes.  little ones.  but sometimes those mistakes are enough to say -  i don't want to do this anymore.

my challenge is, and always has been, to keep going.  to start on something, to realize my mistakes, hopefully to correct them, and then to just keep going.  i get stuck here a lot. it's why i have a stack of unfinished projects.

i'm constantly telling myself, that doesn't look right?  self doubt is a killer.

in the little exercise i am calling just a thought here on the blog i spend way too much time trying to find the perfect quote, the right design.  i practice over and over and usually end up saying, screw it, just call it done and post it. 

one of the posts took 14 pages of my journal to get to that point.  practicing with different colors, trying to make it look more free form, trying not to copy the print that inspired it, trying too hard.

when i'm writing i can rewrite, edit, completely delete and start over.  i forgive myself for spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and misinformation.  it doesn't usually stop me.  i will keep writing. in 897 post i have made many mistakes.  there are posts i don't really like and ones that i love.  but i keep writing.

but in art i am way more critical. i feel like the mishaps are there for everyone to see.  the risks that i take are visible, whether they pay off or not.

i think eventually you evolve and master.  things start to look ok.  you find your voice, your vision, you let go of fear.  you can see the beauty of your work.  i am not making masterpieces over here, so why am i giving myself such a hard time?  my end goal is to have a little play time, something that feels like me, that brings me joy.

i will practice a little more kindness and give up on being perfect.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

just a thought

thinking about intentions as we enter into lent.  intent in what i do and in how do it.  hoping to be a more loving and intentional person over the next 40 days.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

2015 weekly menu #08

lasagna soup was pretty fantastic
did you have a good weekend?  our was nice & relaxed but with stuff to do.  the monday holiday kind of caught me off guard, in the best way.  one more day together to enjoy this amazing weather. we got some rest which is good since the rest of this week looks to be packed.

it's opening day for softball this weekend and the team is working hard to get ready.  that means lots of practices and batting cages, plus our final soccer game.  mix in a few non-meat dinners with lent starting on wednesday.  it's all about easy meals this week.

weekend eats
saturday: menchie's to celebrate valentine's day
sunday: sushi to celebrate valentine's day

making this week
monday: ate out at the habit
tuesday: cajun chicken pasta to celebrate fat tuesday
wednesday: minestrone soup, garlic bread to celebrate ash wednesday
thursday: mexican chicken casserole, salad
friday: salmon, roasted potatoes & asparagus

enjoy your week!