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Hello out there…
I’ve decided to stop whining and actually ask for help. This goes back to intentions. And also, pride. My pride doesn’t really like me to ask for help. And donuts. Wait– not donuts, I was just thinking about donuts, because of the vegan experiment. Vegan donuts are not very good, by the way.
Ok, away from donuts and back to asking for help.
Here’s what I’m asking for. A job. A job that’s fulfilling and fun with cool people. A job that allows me to have a little structure to my days and get out of the house occasionally, but doesn’t take too much time from painting. A job that provides a reasonable income and maybe even health insurance, but doesn’t require me to wear pantyhose. A job that provides all of that for less than 25 hours per week. A job that challenges me, but doesn’t leave me too exhausted to paint or wander. And offers flexibility for the occasional travel with the husband. Ideally, this job would provide me with artist connections here in my new city, too.
Here’s what I’m offering: me. I’ll give this job all my very best effort when I’m there and I’ll even think about creative ways to make my job more fun, my co-workers lives better and I’ll show up with a good attitude at least 95% of the time. I’ll be my usual friendly, smart, creative self. I’ll enjoy this job. I’ll do a good job. I’ll be willing to learn new things and even like it.
If you’ve got an offer, you know where to find me.
Thanks in advance,
P.S. And if it’s not too much trouble, can you make sure that there’s a Bavarian Cream donut for me this Sunday? It’s the 3rd week in a row that I’ve been really excited about having one on my non-vegan day, only to find that someone has bought all of them before I get there. Of course, they’re there Monday-Saturday when I can’t have one… can you do something about this for me? Please?
I got this idea from Jenica. Not my sister, just to avoid confusion. My sister is also Jenica, but she’s blogless.
Anyway, I thought this was fun, so I’m playing too!
The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you. This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make for you!
2. What I create will be just for you.
3. It’ll be done this year.
4. You have no clue what it’s going to be. It may be a song. It may be a self portrait or maybe even some creation I haven’t yet dreamed up. I may draw. I may bake you something and mail it to you. It may not be big or impressive. Who knows? Not you, that’s for sure! (Nor I at this point…)
5. I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.
The catch? The catch is that you must offer the same to the first 5 people who do the same on your blog. (Or if you’re blogless like my sister, then choose 5 people that you think need a little extra love and email them with the details.) The first 5 people to post a comment will win a fun homemade gift by me! Let’s keep the chain of love going around!!!
Big adventures today…
After yoga class (yay for ankle recovery!) I came home, made myself lunch and decided to celebrate my finished painting. It was a beautiful sunny day, and I decided it was perfect weather for an adventure.
I bought an all day bus pass, and discovered that I can get to Ikea via public transit in less than 30 minutes here. I love TriMet! Chris is not going to be happy about this.
The sky was so pretty and from the train, and the clouds lifted so that I could see both Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood. (I believe now, Havi. It exists. Though I was starting to doubt, since I had only seen it once.) I remember reading a Ramona Quimby book that talked about Mt. Hood and thought about how much fun it is to live in places I read about as a little girl. I’m rereading the entire Ramona series to celebrate living in Portland.
I bought some candles and researched desks, rugs and floor lamps and decided that Chris must return to Ikea with me soon. I’ll lure him there with the promise of Apple Strudel– that always works.
From Ikea I took the train downtown to Powells City of Books (I love it there! Even more than Ikea) to hear Molly Wizenberg. She writes the blog Orangette, she lives in Seattle, and she’s just written a book, A Homemade Life, and like her, it’s lovely. I sat and listened to her read and realized this is what Chris is going to do and it’s going to be awesome. I can’t wait to see him there. But first he has a lot of writing to do.
Finally, (and maybe the best part of the day) I met Amy of Angry Chicken. I’ve read her blog for ages, even though I don’t sew (except for that one quilt) yet.I really love her ideas and her aesthetic. Just go look– you’ll see. She’s awesome. And as for sewing, notice I said yet. That’s because I made my very first apron this week. And I’m looking on craiglist for a good used sewing machine, because I want to make more. Much more. Amy’s blog (and book) have inspired me to learn to really sew. Not just the one quilt.
Now I’m home. And I’ve lit my orange candle from Ikea and the cat is purring in my lap and my husband is on the way home (sort of– he’s flying from South Africa to Hong Kong tonight, then 24 hours in Hong Kong, then he flies to LA, and then he’s actually on the way home) and I have half a vegan chocolate chip cookie left for breakfast tomorrow.
Days like today make me wish I could bottle gratitude and store it for later. Oh wait, I can. Someone remind me of this post the next time I’m whining.
We have a few small sprouts in the the plants on our windowsill– and I’ve found something new to love about Portland.
The Waffle Window is three blocks from my house. A reason to stay.
I finally got to my camera, the cable and a computer all at once. Actually, Chris loaded them for me, but I’m making an effort here, so work with me, ok?
These are a few more photos from last Thursday and from my studio this week…
In the true Guillebeau tradition, here’s a picture of someone taking a picture of me. This is Yuriko, another artist (and friend) from the Fat Tiger Show.
My recent work… An old Chatter Phone, mailed from my mom. (Thanks, Mom!) The colors are more accurate here, but the glare is terrible.
Here there’s no glare, but the colors are terrible. You see the dilemma.
This (what do you call this thing?) is a toy I loved as a kid. Except I could never get the shapes out once I put them in. And that made me mad. Now they’ve made it easier to open, or my arms are stronger, because I can get the shapes out pretty easily.
Ok, I’m off. The next pictures you’ll see here will be of sunny skies and ocean views. Meanwhile, have a Merry Christmas and eat a candy cane for me.
Apparently, over the past month a few of my posts disappeared– it was probably a user error, but I’ve restored them and now you’ll have lots to read at once.
I promise that pictures of my recent work will be here before I leave town on Saturday. I’m heading for warmer weather and sunshine for a week or two.
Just for fun, a bit of me in mosaic form.
Here´s how you do it…
Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr search, using only the first page, choose your favorite image, copy and paste each of the URL’s into the mosaic maker (3 columns, 4 rows).
1. What is your first name? (Jolie)
2. What is your favorite food? (ice cream)
3. What high school did you attend? (Hazel Green)
4. What is your favorite color? (Orange)
5. Who is your celebrity crush? (Nelson Mandela– he counts doesn’t he?)
6. Favorite drink? (Green tea with mint)
7. Dream vacation? (Antartica)
8. Favorite dessert? (Chocolate Mousse)
9. What do you want to be when you grow up? (Painter)
10.What do you love most in life? (Enthusiasm)
11. One word to describe you. (Sensitive)
12. Your Flickr name. (jolieguillebeau)
Here are the links to the photos in my mosaic above:
1. Angelina Jolie’s recent trip to a camp housing Darfur refugees in Chad, 2. Flickr meltdown, 3. Untitled, 4. Hold me close, under the sunset, 5. Mandela and the others, 6. Green mint tea, 7. Standing Still, 8. three is not a crowd, 9. Eden Park Artist, 10. Our Children Teach Us What Life Is All About, 11. sensitive space, 12. jolieguillebeau
Come visit anytime– I’m at the corner of 49th and Aurora in Suite 322. (Call first to make sure I’m there.)
When you come, this is what you’ll see at my new studio as you walk in the door:
This is the view from the other side of the room, looking at the wall behind the easel.
And this is my view most of the time.
Yep, that’s Mr. Potato Head. It’s the first of a series. He deserves his own post, so you’ll have to wait for more of an explanation later in the week.
Oh, and the quote from the last post (no guesses?) is from the Liberian National Anthem. The correct words are, “though new her name, green be her fame and mighty be her powers…”
Libby wants me to stop singing now.