The Prince and Princess Aurora--Vadim Slatvisky and Shanna Gayer
During the past week if I dared even so much as a glance over at the computer Olivia would raise her eyebrows, giving me the look of scolding child, telling me without words that I had promised hadn’t I, no computer for one week. I did manage brief, very brief, checking of emails but that was all. Sometimes I sneak (sad to admit this) after a promise like that but this time I didn’t and I didn’t mainly because I felt poorly for most of the time away. Everyone in my family says I am trying to do too much and it caught up with me. Maybe they're right. I had to spend much of the last few days in bed, but it wasn’t so bad. Olivia and I cuddled and read. We wrote. We emroidered. Other than the feeling yucky part it was wonderful actually. I am reading several books right now that I am enjoying immensely. The first is by Neil Gaiman, titled Smoke and Mirrors. Oh my. I. love. him. My only exposure to him in the past was Coraline as a read aloud when my stepdaughter was twelve-ish. (we have not seen the movie but it's out on dvd next month I think) Olivia has me reading a book she finished a few months ago and enjoyed, The Name of This Book is Secret. I was hesitant but it's turning out to be a fun suspenseful read. A good way to pass the time. So, loads of cuddling and there has been lots of clouds and rain to go along with it all and add to the coziness.
No paintings were started or completed during the week, but lots of writing and some sketching, things that I could do in bed. I figured out some plot puzzles in the novel and wrote some scenes that I am proud of but I have also gotten stumped more than once or twice. Like I have told several people, I am not sure I even have what it takes to write a book, but as long as it stays fun I will continue to go along for the ride.
Some things I plan to research this weekend: the difference between crows and ravens, castles in America, hot springs/healing, and spiritualism.
Also, another promise-I promised some of you I'd share pics from Sleeping Beauty on Sunday. I was at both shows, the afternoon and evening, took 375 pics and would have taken more but I forgot the second memory card. Here are a few--I will post more later.
Here's my sweet Olivia as musician:
and as maiden:
dancing here with Keiran Wigglesworth and Rebekah Wellons.