Feeling Crabby

All the hermit crabs came out to play when we sprayed them down:

Big Crabby

Two Crabs

They are really a lot more interesting than I would have guessed.  The big one is always trying to escape the cage.  He made it out once and jumped to the floor and craked his shell.  Didn’t seem to bother him at all.  He didn’t even switch to an uncracked one.

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Not Much Creativity Going On….

It must be this time of year– I just look up this post from February 2008– Searching— about losing my creativity.  But there’s also so much going on right now and the first things I usually shove away when I’m stressed are probably the things I need the most.  I haven’t taken any photos other than the obligatory holiday snaps of the kids (and even those are pretty bad!).  I only picked up my knitting because it was an inexpensive way to make presents.

And I haven’t written any fiction– In fact I’ve barely kept up with my books reviews at BellaOnline.  Come to think of it, that is probably because my reading has declined.  Usually I always have a book in hand (or purse!) for those spare moments that I can delve in, but even that had become too much effort.

I think I’m about to get back in the swing of it all, but it feels odd to get back in.  Why is that?  Has it become outside my comfort zone in just a few months?  Or is it a fear that all of this “creativity” is frivolous?  I think that’s more it for me.  I wish I could silence that little voice (the one that doubles as my internal editor– my word he’s busy!) that guilts me into leaving all my hobbies.  “He” wonders how I can waste my time fooling around with the camera or liquid binder when we’re struggling to make ends meet?  Sure wish I could get him to shut up!  Anyone have a good way to get through this kind of stuff?

Searching For Creativity

Creativity-wise, I’ve been feeling a little dried up lately.  Maybe it was the end of summer vacation finally wearing down on me (my boys were bickering constantly) or maybe I’ve just gotten out of the habit of creating.  Either way, I’m stuck and stagnant.  I think one of my biggest problems is that I complicate things unnecessarily.  Sometimes I find myself thinking, ‘If I had a usable office I could write’ or ‘If I had more room to set up a studio, I’d take more pictures.’

While, yes, these things would make it easier, I don’t *need* them to create.  I’m letting external factors dictate my productivity.  I realize outside circumstances are always going to affect my work, but can I still write at the dining room table until the office is cleared out enough for me to use?  YES.  Can I still take some beautiful photos without the “proper” lighting and set up?  Well, I have in the past, so again, I’d say YES.

I’ve been looking around online for some inspiration and I stumbled across a few blogs that I think will help me quite a bit:

  • Zen Habits -It’s subtitled “Simple Productivity”.  That sounds just about right for what I need.  The post that got me was 21 Easy Hacks To Simplify Your Life
  • LifeDev -I’ve looked at LifeDev several times over the last few months and always seem to find a relevant post.  I’m especially intrigued by Open Sourcing Your Creativity.
  • 43 Folders – I’ve not looked around this site extensively, but there seems to be some good tips and ideas to think about.
  • Be Jane – While this is not so much like the other three, I came across this “Women’s Home Improvement Community” while I was trying to decide if I should paint over the kitchen wallpaper or try to rip it down.  Turns out this isn’t such an odd decision– I found an article on How to Paint Over Wallpaper.  Turns out my wallpaper was glued to unprimed drywall, so this is the best solution.

Now, if someone could just tell me why I always manage to drip coffee on my shirt, we’ll be all set.

Pumpkin in my Front Yard

My older son planted a pumpkin in our front yard.  Not really where we wanted it, but we’ll have two pumpkins this year.  Pretty good I thought for our first try.  Now, does anyone know how to tell when to pick a pumpkin?  I think the boys are waiting for a pie 🙂

I think this one is ripe

I think this one is ripe

Not quite ripe yet

Not quite ripe yet

The REAL Reason

Here is why laundry never seems to get done around my house:

Mikey, 7-06

Mikey, 7-06

Mikey 7-08

Mikey, 7-08

As you can see, there’s just NO ROOM for any laundry in there now.

Photography Class Project

Here are the photos I’m using for my final project in my photog class. I’m not sure I got too much out of this class, other than a bit of confidence in my abilities. I’m trying not to look at it as a waste of time and money. I still have to mount them for presentation, but that’s about it. I may frame these and put them in my “office” (really just a corner area in the 3rd floor loft).  I might still take a shot of my son’s cello, but I’m not sure.

Here There Be Dragons….

I have been remiss in mentioning that I received my adorable dragon from Lauri (See her post about it). I’m actually thinking of changing the color of one of the dragons in my novel to match this one (Praan for those of you in my crit group) and kind of use him as a reminder to write.

I have my little winged fairy that reminds me as well (she’s over in the sidebar).  I’m still dreaming up something to “pay it forward”, but I still wonder if I actually have enough people checking out my blog to make it worthwhile. I guess I’ll find out. I just learned a new craft and I’m thinking of trying that out for a giveaway. So check back soon!