I cooked a lot this week with the theme being Mexican food. I bought chips, tortillas, salsas, avocado, mango, plums, corn, peas and made tacos, tamales, guacamole, and wraps. It was fun to explore markets that I haven’t been to before that are within walking distance of my house or conveniently on my route home from work. Cooking inspired me to search for some lunch and snack inspirations and create boards on Pinterest as a future reference for whenever I want creative and healthy options to bring to work. I’ve been doing salad jars and Buddha bowls forever without knowing it was a thing but looking it up made me aware of all the options and varieties I can have with them. I also learned about how to store produce so they last longer. Some foods give off a gas that can make some sensitive foods spoil faster. It’s good to keep those foods separate from each other. This may give you an extra week to eat them!
Valentine’s Day was nice. Had a nice walk and late night Chinese food dinner. Quaint and low key. My clients made chocolate truffles in cooking class but had a hard time breaking up the Oreos in the blender as well as in a bowl. Finally they were able to break them down by placing them in ziplock bags and smacking them with wooden spoons. It was a really funny sight. It was as if they were all attacking zombies and stubbornly guaranteeing their deadness. At one point they were all saying “Bad cookie! Bad cookie!” and laughing, even the serious ones were laughing. My other client made 70 homemade Valentine’s with an inspirational quote and two candies attached to them for the homeless. My job was to pick the right animal sticker that matched the quote and explain to her why it matched. It was actually really fun to explain the emotional connotations that I saw in the colors and gestures of the animals and how it fit the quotes.
I watched the movie Paterson with my mom over the weekend. I started writing about it here but then it just evolved to a blog of it’s own. To say the least, I really enjoyed it.
I volunteered again. This time I worked with a little girl who was going to write about her experience watching a scary movie with her family. However she kept talking about the movie itself instead of the experience around the movie. Toward the end she realized she rather write about going to the park with her family. She asked if I was going to stay, meaning keep volunteering because I was fun. I couldn’t help feeling kind of good hearing a kid saying I’m fun the first day meeting me. I think it helped that when we introduced each other I signed her name in sign language which she thought was pretty cool. She then said it was cool how I knew all about the movies. I think she was mostly referring to a movie she couldn’t remember the name of that started with a “T” and had another “T” in it. I guessed if it was Titanic and she said, “Wow! How did you know? Have you seen it?”. I said I did a long time ago but she wanted me to prove it by explaining parts within the movie. The volunteer leader said kids love being able to distract their teachers which made me feel a little less excited about the kid’s positive regard but never the less I had a great time with her too.
Speaking of scary, I finished reading Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. It creeped me out! I felt tense and unsettled after reading each story but it was so worth it! Being scared like that shows how well Carroll executed her stories. She really used her color well. Most panels were in primary colors, white, black and red but you know something bad was going to happen when red started appearing in the panels. It was a way to foreshadow and create suspense. Her art showed a lot psychological nuances that enhanced the story telling process. She shows this in the prologue when she depicts herself as a child reading by lamp light in bed and everything else in the panel is pitch black. She captured a very universal and relatable fear of the dark in a unique and simple sequence that made it easy to empathize. All the endings are unexplainable and surprising. The mysterious ellipsis she leaves in every story makes it that much more intriguing and frightening because you are compelled to linger on it and let it rest within you. I would highly recommend this book to artsy comic book fans who are looking for some dark and edgy thrills.
Everyday I rewrite my to do list with most items carrying over from the previous day. It takes weeks, months for me to get things done. That’s why I am proud to say I reorganized the art cabinet. I made it an even more of a fun task by listening to podcasts about art therapists and learning about all the different programs that these therapists created for specific populations including therapeutic animation for at risk youth, music therapy for people with PTSD, and improv for teenagers with Autism. I learned a lot that day and how these therapists adapted to the challenge of finding employment and reimbursement for their services. They had to be at the cutting of where the demand is and know what new skills are needed to make the most use of their art therapy knowledge. As I was listening to these podcasts the art cabinet became accessible and functional once again. The organized art cabinet felt inviting and inspired me to want to use it to make art.
Can’t wait to see what projects I’ll be doing next week!