Tuesday, August 23, 2011

An Afternoon With Our Founding Father

Authors Note: I had prepared the below post about our trip
to Virginia this past weekend when we felt the Richmond, VA.
earthquake tremor all the way up here in NY this afternoon!

Sitting at my desk at work at 1:50 pm this afternoon I thought for
a moment that my vertigo had returned, but it turns out that it
was the earth shaking, not my inner ear!

As soon as I got over my naive, northeasterner's shock,
I immediately tried to contact my friend in VA, whom
we had just left only 48 hours earlier, to make sure she and
her family were okay. No answer at her office.
It took my other friend to intercept the text message
that confirmed that all were well in spite of the scare.

They are fine, just shaken up and wondering how the heck
the California earthquakes they had left behind over a year
ago had followed them back here to the east coast!


In my last post I mentioned that my son and I would be joining
his godmother and her daughter on a road trip to Virginia to stay
with our childhood friend and her family.

It was great seeing them for an extended period of time because
they had lived in CA for eight years and we did not see them often
at all. Now that they are back on the east coast (where all NYers
belong,) we had the opportunity to catch up and reminisce over
our girlhood memories.

When we three actually manage to get together it always feels
like we were never separated, picking up where we last left off.
That is how it should be between life-long friends.

View of Washington's Home on the Potomac
I was quite happy that we were able to make a day trip to Mount
Vernon, home of George and Martha Washington. The three of
us have always loved history and wanted to bring the kids
somewhere educational, as well as fun.

Mount Vernon
I must say that it was extremely hot, though. We were only too
glad that there were several air-conditioned buildings to
escape from the heat when necessary.

Mt. Vernon's Kitchen
The Washington’s mansion was smaller than I had expected,
but beautiful. I took many photos of the outbuildings (no photos
of the mansion’s interior was permitted.) I loved learning how
they cooked, cleaned and entertained themselves.

The views from the back veranda were breathtaking.

Back Veranda of Mt. Vernon Overlooking the Potomac

George and Martha had a wonderful marriage, enduring so
much to make this country what it is today.

All Americans owe these two the greatest amount of gratitude
for what they sacrificed. George could have been a king, but
chose to step aside. Not many men in power would have
done that.
George and Martha Washington

I am now inspired to paint a portrait of George and Martha in
their early years, when their life together was filled with endless
possibility, before they were separated by war and duty. 

More on that later.

Friday, August 19, 2011

What are YOU doing this weekend?

I am taking a road trip with my son Ignazio's padrina (godmother) to visit our third partner in crime and her family.

We are leaving the husbands home and taking just the kids. It should be an "interesting" 6 hour drive from NY to VA.

It has been some time since I had an opportunity to just get away and I am really looking forward to it, especially our Girl's Night Out tomorrow night when we leave the kids to their Wii games and head out by ourselves. Freedom!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Is your health affecting your business?

I’ve been extremely unmotivated lately, and even after a full week off from my 9 to 5 job I managed to not do a single creative thing the entire time, including working on the portrait commission I should have completed months ago! (So sorry Adrienne!)

My business has slumped along with my energy.

I think I am just so burnt out that I cannot find my muse anywhere. In addition to the portrait, I have a million other started projects piling up in my studio (the studio re-vamp unfinished, as well) waiting for me to get to them and share them with the world.

What happened to all my motivation? I believe that I took on so much at once that I have become overwhelmed and it makes me tired to just think about everything I should be doing. So, I have stopped producing anything at all.

Right now, mindless television and my family are my only interests.

You know the saying, “a body at rest stays at rest”?

That is so true.

I took a break after burnout and can’t seem to get back on track. It began with a break from the treadmill back in the winter that has pulled me into a downhill spiral ever since.

At the back of my mind I know that if I just got back on that damned treadmill every morning like I used to, I would feel much better, have energy to spare and have a much more invigorated attitude.

So why don’t I just do that? Why do I find myself hitting the snooze button on my alarm clock? Why can’t I get myself back into a healthy routine when I know perfectly well that it is the answer to everything that is wrong right now?

How do you do to pull yourself out of a slump?