It’s been another lovely weekend in the Longoria household. Not that it hasn’t been without its faults. I re-potted two plants yesterday morning (and froze my fingers off during the process – literally. Just kidding. Not literally. I figuratively froze off my fingers) but not before I dropped them three times. One plant, the rubber tree, was actually dropped by Mother Nature. A freakish and evil gust of wind blew the plant off our patio table, and the plant crashed to the ground. The pot was a complete loss, but the plant seems to be okay. The next plant I repotted was our beautiful jade. The leaves seem to be falling off quite easily, so I postulated that the plant needed more breathing room. As I shook the plant out of the existing pot, I noticed that the 14-inch tall plant was completely root-bound in its original clump of soil. The circumference of this base was maybe 3 inches. I broke up the root ball a little bit and then repotted it. As I was taking it in the house, the top-heavy jade flipped right over and sprayed soil everywhere in our kitchen entry-way. I clean it up, repotted the plant, and then cleaned the outside of the pot, which was completely covered in soil. I walked 5 steps into the living room and promptly dropped the whole pot. Dirt sprayed everywhere. I was still looking at it mournfully when Tim returned from the grocery store and helped me clean it up. Hopefully the jade will survive. It lost many, many leaves. It looks…curly, somehow. I don’t think it’s supposed to look curly. I hope it perks up.
That was pretty much the end of the tragedies for the weekend. Although today when I was jogging, I did get glanced by bird poop. It hit my sunglasses and the edge of my shirt. It could have been much, much worse.
The good stuff that happened this weekend consisted of me making super delicious chocolate chip cookies, Lucent’s ear infection improving dramatically (thanks to Tim religiously cleaning his ear and putting meds in it daily), me purse-shopping and not buying anything, getting a tremendous deal on A Brief History of Time and The Universe in a Nutshell book duo at Borders, finding nice folks at BWW who shared their table with us and relieved us from a 40 minute wait, and watching Shaun of the Dead.
Timmy Tee is ill, though. He has a super bad chest cold. I need to start sending him to work with a face-mask and rubber gloves.
I watched 500 Days of Summer on Friday night. Gotta say, I’m not a fan. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was good in it, but I found Zooey Deschanel to be affected and unrealistic. They made her out to be some sort of guy fantasy. I guess any girl with huge, blue eyes and a penchant for The Smiths is irresistable. Maybe I’m just too used to seeing her sister on Bones. Maybe one can only like one Deschanel at a time. It’s interesting too, how being an architect is so often held up as being this laudable achievement. I enjoyed architectural drafting as much as the next person, but I have to imagine that being an architect in real life is all sorts of tedious. Drawing beautiful buildings would be awesome, but having to know thousands of building codes would not be awesome. What’s wrong with being a greeting-card writer?!
I also finished I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (author of 101 Dalmatians). I really enjoyed it up until the point that Cassandra (the 17-year-old girl who is constantly referred to as a “child” – is a 17-year-old really a “child?”!) falls in love with her sister’s fiance based on a single kiss. Suddenly she is completely devoted to him. It didn’t seem like realistic behavior for a girl her age, especially a girl who is continuously presented as being wiser than her years and more mature and insightful than her 21-year-old sister. I liked the movie more, I think because you don’t get to know Cassandra as well in the movie, so her behaviour is less nonsensical.
I also attempted to do some watercolor painting. I discovered that any talent I may have had has completely deserted me. This is all I have to show for my attempts:
I decided to give color a rest and pick up my old standby, sketching. I used a 2H pencil to sketch out Lucent, and then darkened it up with a nice charcoal pencil.
I think I need to find a good house to paint – maybe then I will find my mojo again. If you have a good house photograph – one with interesting light and shadows (and uncomplicated detailing), please send it my way. Maybe if I am beholden to an outside entity to do another painting and to do it semi-well, I’ll actually stand a chance.