The Fullness of Life ~ More Random Musings by RG

I was going to say that I’ve been busy, but the truth is, my life has been full.Thomas Edison

It kicked off the weekend of the fifth with First Friday (a monthly celebration in different parts of the Denver Metro area) and a visit to the Santa Fe Drive Art District. I attended with two of my fellow authors, one of whom is an amateur photographer. We had a blast. We all agreed that the first place we visited, was our favorite. It was the most avante garde of all the galleries and was a studio space as well. These were the true “starving” artists. However, there was a more trendy artgallery that had a couple of artists that really appealed to me too.

The next day was the last workday for the local high school’s after prom. My son also came over for dinner, and I had a cupcake exchange party to go to. If you’ve never been to one of these parties, I would suggest you go, or have one. Several of us made cupcakes, had a tasting, had a winner for most beautiful and best tasting, and then exchanged the different cupcakes. It was a lot of fun and if you want your wife/husband, girlfriend/boyfriend/partner, mom/dad to bring home a variety of lovely cupcakes for you to try (or just eat) attend or send them to one of these parties. The event was put on by D & P Celebrations and they provided the decor, scoring sheets, and fun things to do. It was attended by Sarah, of Sarah and Brad Photography, who took our pictures holding various silly props to our faces. Here is a look at the cupcake spread (This is my picture, so you know why it’s crappy. Sarah’s can be found at her link). Please check out D & P Celebrations. They have really cute paper party goods and an Etsy store from which to buy them.112

The following Monday, I spent my last full time week with Blaster Bouncer. This was very bittersweet. I will miss working for them, but hope to Random Musings, Part 1keep in touch and maybe work a few events or fill in every once in awhile. They have three locations; Denver, CO, Chicago, IL, and Pittsburgh, PA. If any of you readers live in those areas and have kids, block parties coming up, after proms, other school events, etc., check them out.

Last Friday (not yesterday) I left work early to start setting up after prom at Dakota Ridge High School. I’ve been doing this a long time and still do it even though my kids aren’t in high school any more (Don’t ask, I’m crazy and that’s all I’ll say). This years theme was Mardi Gras mardi grasTrieze as it’s 2013 and the event was on the thirteenth. I have to admit, I had a lot of fun with this one and since my tastes run a little dark, I designed the cemetery, ’cause you’ve got to have one if you’re in New Orleans, right? This pretty much took up my whole weekend . . . Yeah, no, it DID take up my whole weekend.

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That brings me to last week. I started a new job; full time, year round, etc. As much as I would like to stay home and write, it doesn’t pay the bills (yet, I say quietly and to myself). So far, I like it and it’s close to home.

And, that, as they say, is that. My life has been feeling pretty full, but now that things have settled a bit, I can get back to concentrating on my book.

What makes your life full?

Seo ar an saol! ~ Here’s to life!full life

RG

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I Must Be Crazy!

I just looked up the meaning of crazy. There are thirteen definitions (at least in the dictionary I looked in) and there are several that fit.

How I am about writing:

3. Intensely enthusiastic; passionately excitedCrazy

How I sometimes feel:

6. Unusual; bizarre; singular

How certain members of my family might see me:

11. An unpredictable, nonconforming person; oddball

How certain members of my family think of me during After Prom season (party held after the high school prom), and also, about writing:

13. With great enthusiasm or energy; to an extreme

There you have it. I must be crazy.

I want to dwell on number thirteen for a moment. It is now After Prom season (and I’m also writing, which is just doubling up on the crazy). The number of the definition is appropriate since our high school’s Prom/After Prom is on the 13th and it’s 2013. Our theme is Mardi Gras, and I spent a good portion of the day shopping with my co-chair for beads–massive amounts of beads.

But, I digress.

You may not think this is too crazy, but here’s the kicker. My children have been out of high school for several years. Yes, friends, I still do After Prom (as do a few other parents without students in high school) even though my kids don’t go there any more.

Crazy! I know.

Think of it as community service, or that there aren’t many parents who will step up to do this kind of thing, but what it boils down to is this–I enjoy it. As a creative person, I do get a kick out of the design and execution of this massive event.

It doesn’t help that the protagonist of my novel has been yelling in my head all day. “Why aren’t you doing your edits???” I have other writing friends who have this problem, so don’t be getting the straight jacket yet.

These things lead me to the fact that creative people are usually, just this side of looney tunes.

crazy quote Dr. Seuss

I want to know what crazy things other people do. The things that don’t make sense for you to do. What’s your kooky outlet? What are you bonkers about? What wacky things do you do?

Yours in insanity ~ RG

Being sane is boring ~ R. A. Salvatore

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