how do you do it all?

A drawing from Tuesday nights class, I played along for about 30 minutes… it’s a pelvis/spine!

Several times this week (on the phone) friends have remarked, “I just don’t know how you do it all!”. If I were less embarrassed and more honest I would post a picture of my kitchen right now, every dish we own is dirty, and even though the dishwasher (is now) is full of unwashed dishes my counters are still covered with dirty stuff… but I’m too embarrassed to post a picture, you can imagine the mess for yourself. My living room floor is littered with papers, books, magazines and the remnants of a package I just received from my Mum (thanks Mum) in England. The coffee table is disappearing under a sea of college mail for my son (he got his class ranking this week, 49th, in a class of about 400, so OK, but of course as his Mum I know he could have improved on that…), and bills that are (thankfully) paid, but not filed. Basically I am telling the world that my secret is that except for the weekends I am a terrible housekeeper! The laundry in the basement is clean, folded, but still in the laundry baskets… and I think it is possible that there is a table under the pile of art supplies and the sewing stuff that is in the dining room. I am seriously considering a dumpster! By now I’m sure that it is pretty obvious that not much art has been happening around here this week. I am feeling a little under the weather, thanks I imagine to all my students/kids who have all been sick (except my son who almost never is) and the problem with housekeeping I find is that as soon as you let just a little dust gather, pretty quickly it multiplies like rabbits and you are lost beneath a mountain of undone chores. Oh well, the week is almost over so the house will reappear again Saturday morning, in the meantime the mess makes me frazzled and cross! The only thing I have actually done art-wise this week is for my classes, a sample project for my 2-D class on spatial depth and I drew along with my drawing class for about 30 minutes Tuesday night as they were all working so productively, I wish I had taken my camera, because they produced some really great work!. What I hate most about the end of term is that just as the class is finding it’s feet and beginning to have a useful relationship with each other, the term ends and we have to begin all over again, gaining trust and getting to work. So for what it’s worth all I have to post are those images… the drawing’s up top, and here’s that sample project (surprise it’s a Victorian wallpaper design from Morris!)

11 thoughts on “how do you do it all?

  1. i don’t think people really believe anyone does it all…i couldn’t do HALF of what you do. couldn’t have kids/family/all the responsibility that you have loaded onto your life. you do fine 🙂

  2. well thanks Paula, but not feeling too accomplished today, hate it when I let one of those spinning plates fall!! Likewise I couldn’t do what you are doing, set out on a new adventure sight unseen… too chicken!

  3. I am laughing because I bet my dust bunnies are as big as yours! your pieces are awesome and I just visited your web site and your work is spectacular! I will put you on my dolce links. ciao! and good luck wrangling the dust bunnies!

  4. Caterina, thanks, everyone in the blog-o-sphere is being very sweet today, and Karen your office is perfectly piled up with books on every flat surface, which is exactly how a good office should look, better yet I know you have read them too!

  5. Housework slides around here too, and my plate isn’t nearly as full as yours (and by “slides” I mean, I can’t see my coffee table either!). Best to just embrace those dust bunnies, maybe give them adorable names and throw them a tea party…because if you clean them up this week, they’ll just be back again the next…

  6. Ladies, thanks for making me feel less inadequate. I needed that today as I woke up with a temperature and generally feel like I’ve been hit by a bus… ah c’est la vie!

  7. Don’t worry to much about it so long as you have clean underwear and there’s food available:) That said my house has a ‘lived in look’ and when it gets to the ‘looks like a tornado hit” stage it stresses me out. I end up wasting time looking for things and making more mess trying to find them which usually makes me late for something and grumpy. My mother always had a tidy house, but didn’t have time to do much with us. My children have lots of my time (more of my time than I do! lol) and the house is never as tidy as mums but I know which I/they value more.
    Give your self a pat on the back for your success:)

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