When Cathy was moving and getting rid of a bunch of stuff, I saved a Loteria game from the garage sale pile. I thought it would be fun to make some art with the cards. I've seen a few Loteria themed art shows in recent years, where the artists are assigned certain cards to interpret. I'm using them for collage elements.
I've had a lot of good food in the last 2 days.
Last night, Jenna and I went to the Wine Safari to do a wine tasting. We went next door to Banter to order some tapas, and they delivered them to us at Wine Safari while we were tasting. The wine was great and the food was even better. My favorite was the mushroom dish.
We walked over to Beth Marie's for our favorite - Emily's Campfire Marshmallow ice cream. There was a bit of a scare when we didn't see it in the display case. Luckily they had some in the back. Schwew!
After the ice cream, we waddled over to Recycled Books and shopped around a little bit. I bought a book for Sam that I had read and loved when I was his age - Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander. It's about a boy who has a black cat with a white ankh symbol on his chest. The cat can talk and travel through time. How cool is that?
I also got a book for myself - The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa by Michael Kimmelman. I decided a couple of years ago that I would try to only buy art or art-related books. I rely on the library for the rest.
This morning, Cathy picked me up and we fueled up on caffeine and then hit the road. We went to Half Price Books to sell back some books. I only got $5 for my box and she got $15 for three bags full. Better than nothing, I guess, especially considering that Recycled had already rejected mine...
And I only bought one book while I was there - a book on at-home chemistry experiments for Sam. I don't know why I keep encouraging that type of thing...
Then we stopped at the hospital so Cathy could visit her aunt. While she visited, I sat in the lobby and started on the above-mentioned book.
We headed to IKEA after that but had to take a detour at Blue Mesa. I heart Blue Mesa! The sweet potato chips are the best. I had salmon tacos. Delicious!
It was Cathy's first time at IKEA and I think she was a little overwhelmed. It's a lot to take in the first time. But she managed to make it through OK. She bought some small shelves, a set of dishes, some lighting, and various other small things. I just got a wine rack, some non-skid bathtub thingies, and some bookends. Of course there were a lot of things that I wanted but couldn't really justify buying - no room, no money, etc.
Tonight I think I'm going to watch some more Monty Python. I started watching The Holy Grail last night but couldn't stay awake (too much food and wine!).
Tomorrow is the opening reception for the VAST member's show. They told me that I won an award, so I kind of have to go. No, it'll be fun.