Thursday, December 10, 2009

How Long Gone?

It hasn't quite been 6 months since the last post, but close enough. Thanks to Mike C for missing me!

Well, things here in Friedmopolis are as crazy as ever with Lennie either at school or studying 18 hours a day... Every day... For the last half year. How is it that some people can survive on 5-6 hours of sleep? For me, anything less than 8 1/2 and I'm like a creature from the Thriller video. But he's goal-oriented and focused. He wants all A's. I want 8 1/2 hours of sleep and a cookie.

Anyhoo, these paintings are how I've passed the long lonely hours. Sorry Ella, you're cute and all but you can't even say the word, "Milk." Our conversations aren't as stimulating as I'd like. But when I say you're cute, I really mean it. Now practice, "Mmmmmiiiiiillllk"

Seahorses, 36x36. So much fun to paint this one!

Lennie's portrait, 24x36. Much more labor intensive, but there is a plus side. Lennie is totally humiliated by the fact there is a portrait of himself hanging in our living room. Next time, I am going to transpose his face onto a centaur (just like Alex Rodriquez's girlfriend claims he has in his house) and title it, "Oh Mighty Beast."

This last one is just me playing with pretty colors (36x48). This one has so much paint on it that I might have been high on the fumes -but hopefully the brain damage was minimal. But really, who can tell?

I hope everyone who still occasionally checks in to see if I'm alive is surviving their own busy Decembers. Have a great Holiday Season!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Mommy, Daddy, and the evil MBA

I'm being crushed to death by business school. Wait a damn second, I'm not even in business school. Well then, I must be getting crushed to death in the the black hole left after my husband imploded during his first semester of business school.

Once upon a time, there was a nice little family where the mommy stayed home with the babies and the daddy came home at a reasonable hour after work. In this story, the daddy only had to go away every weekend for 20 games a year and 3 fucking horrible training camp weeks in the summer. The mommy could almost handle it, and the babies were good. Alas, something foul drew nearer.

As summer once again approached, instead of going away for 3 fucking horrible weeks, the daddy stayed home. The mommy was happy, until...the evil time sucking giant, MBA, curled his suffocating fingers around the daddy's neck, threw him into his pressure cooker, and turned up the fire. The daddy was trapped in the pressure cooker and all his time was being sucked away by the evil MBA. The mommy didn't know what to do. How could she get the daddy back? She could hear him mumbling about Statistics and Probability from inside the pressure cooker, but she couldn't reach him to set him free. (Meanwhile, the babies have taken over the home. And in order to fill the void left by the absence of their daddy, they have begun smacking each other to pass the time.)

The mommy had almost given up when she heard the daddy shout from inside the pressure cooker, "It's only for 6 months! After the first two quarters, it gets much easier!" The mommy was filled with a renewed sense of hope, until she realized that the daddy was muttering to himself about Statistics again and seemed to be banging his head on the inside of the pressure cooker's wall.

For now, all the mommy can do is to use her lightest child as a shield against the other two, and hope that the daddy can find some way out of the pressure cooker soon.

Is the daddy's goose cooked?
Will the mommy be crushed by the parental void?
Will the babies take over in "Lord of the Flies" fashion for good?

Stay tuned...I'm sure I'll have time to tell you the end of the story in another ohh...6 months or so.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

This and That

Interesting things were heard in the Friedman household this morning.
Exhibit A: (Sayde)
"I don't want to brush my teeth. The toothpaste stings my eyes!"

Exhibit B: (Connor and I)
Me: "When the bottom half of the Earth tilts away from the sun, it becomes winter there. Penguins live on the bottom half of the Earth. Do you know who else lives there?"

Connor: "Uncle Seth?"

Me: "Um, no. Uncle Seth lives in Brooklyn."

In other news, here are some paintings I've been doing lately.

Psst...that last one is me. Wow. Look at how skinny I am! I love my paint brush. It's like Harry Potter's wand, "Flabulous Repairo!"

Friday, July 31, 2009

Talk to your doctor about Overactive Bladder today

I reluctantly admit that I browse through People magazine's online photos a few times a week. It's a habit I am not proud of. Some of the "celebrities" are just downright annoying. Take Kim Kardashian for example, why is this woman famous? I'm not sure. Although now, it seems she is coming out with a new work out video called "Fit in your jeans".

Funny, to me it seems like it should be called "Piss in your pants."

Damn. My dog doesn't even lift his leg that high. I hope the work out video involves toning up those kegel muscles.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


In the unannounced and unplanned month long hiatus I took from blogging, you will be happy to know that I didn't squander my life away eating ice cream on the couch in my PJs. Ok, well I didn't ONLY do that. Just one hour each night to eat ice cream and watch Ghost Hunters, but I label that "Sanity Preservation," not "Life Squanderization." Instead I took a week long, 14 hour a day, painting workshop. During this workshop, I began the portrait of Sayde you see above. Next step, color - and that's where it all goes wrong for me. But I'll post it up anyway when it's done, good, bad or mediocre.

I also took my portrait model up to Massachusetts for the2nd annual "Girls' Weekend!" Whoo HOO! My mom, my daughter, and my 3 younger sisters, and one almost 2 year old nephew, all get together to engage in the distinctly female social gathering behaviors that include:
ice cream
Smirnoff Ice
prowling the mall for sales
group mothering (it takes a village sometimes, people)

Relaxing? No. Not really. But fun, heartwarming, and much needed? You betcha hot doggie.

Just for the record, I'm not planning any month long blogging breaks in the near future, but you just never know. It's part of the excitement, right?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Blog Haiku

The abandoned blog
waits with anticipation
to speak out once more

Friday, June 26, 2009

3rd Painting

Here's what I've been up to lately. I finished the Madonna and Child, which I adapted from Raphael's originial from the Sistine Chapel. This one is displayed in the Friedman kitchen, on a chair, in the corner.