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Tag, I’m It

So like, a year ago (okay maybe more like a month ago), Pensive Pumpkin tagged me.   Basically I have to answer a bunch of questions and then tag some other people in response.  I’ve been putting this off for no real reason, so I might as well get to it now yeah?

1. Post these rules
2. You must post 11 random things about yourself
3. Answer the questions set for you in their post
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer
5. Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them
6. No stuff in the tagging section about you are tagged if you are reading this. You legitimately have to tag 11 people!

Allright, random things, random things…

1.  Despite my love of beauty and grooming I rarely get manicures, because I am extremely hard on my hands and they don’t last that long.  I need a specific reason to get a manicure, like going to a fancy event.  I got one yesterday (I was accompanying a friend, who has a job interview this week), and I decided to paint my nails this shade of blue.  And then, today, I decided to clean my house like a maniac.  And I pretty much messed up my manicure, so there you go.

2.  Speaking of grooming, I never wear my hair in its natural state.  I haven’t not blow-dried/flat ironed my hair in years. I’m not even sure, at this point, what it looks like when I let it dry natural.  My hair is sort of curly/wavy, but curly/wavy hair doesn’t fit my self-image, which is generally put together and polished.

3.  When I was younger I did a lot of oil painting.  My mother still has most of them hanging in my childhood home.  They weren’t all that good, and I tended to paint a lot of things involving fairies and dragons.

4.  I have a plush Mickey Mouse collection.  Said plushies are scattered between my childhood home in Florida and here, but they still exist.  Even though I donated most of my childhood stuffed animals, I refused to get rid of the Mickeys.

5.  I always take holiday decorations down the day after the holiday.  Sometimes they will stay up until the following weekend, if it is a particularly busy work week, but any longer than that and I feel lazy.  Parties are cleaned up the night of said party as well.  I’m all about anticipation, but once the event is over it is OVER and decorations are just a sad reminder that it is over.

6.  I watched Big Bird in China ten million times as a kid and, therefore, have always wanted to go to China.  When I watched this (in the 80s) and asked my parents if we could go to China they’d always respond by saying it was too dangerous.  I thought they meant that the Chinese dragons would come and get us as soon as we stepped off the plane.

7.  Despite owning a lot of high heels I rarely wear them.  They hurt my feet, and I tend to walk around a lot during the day.  I’d love to be one of those people who wore heels all the time, but I do a lot for beauty.  Like flat iron my hair every day.  And wear Spanx a lot.

8.  I took a tap class one summer when I was either in late high school or early college.  I took it with my Mom.  Neither of us were very good.

9.  I used to scrapbook.  I have a gorgeous scrapbook that I made after spending a summer in Italy.  I stopped, mostly because it is time consuming and expensive, but I’d love to get back into it.

10.  When I was 13, I wanted to be a Rabbi when I grew up.

11.  I’m still driving the same car I received as a birthday present when I was 17: a red, 2002 Honda Civic.  It will turn ten in about a month, and it has nearly 99,000 miles on it.  Said Civic is still going strong!

Okay, so those maybe weren’t super interesting, but they were certainly random right?  Here are Pensive’s questions:

1.  Who is your favorite superhero?  Um.  Most of the comics I read are darkish and not really Superhero comics, so I’ll go for the good standard:  Batman.  He’s smart.  Also, rich, which helps.  But mostly smart.  
2.  What is your favorite of all your awesome body parts?   So I, like Pensive, have amazing boobies.  But I really like my wrists and ankles (is it cheating to say both?).  They are really delicate and shapely–not much of me is delicate, although I am sort of shapely.  Anyways, no cankles here!  
3.  How many careers have you gone through so far?  Well, I’ve always wanted one career, and that was in the art world, and I have that now.  But, I worked awhile in a high-end jewelry store while looking for an art job, so I guess I sidetracked in retail for a bit.  
4.  What was your latest Halloween costume?  My Blind Mag costume from Dragon*Con.
5.  If you have the time and energy to cook anything you want, what do you cook?  Um.  That’s a hard one.  Probably some sort of braise in my fancy-ass Le Creuset Dutch Oven.  
6.  If you could wake up in someone else’s body for the day, who would you be?  That’s easy: I’d be a dude.  Doesn’t have to be a famous dude, just a dude.  I sort of want to have that experience of, you know, hair on my face and genitals on the outside.  Maybe I’m crude, but it is good to know how the other half lives!  
7.  What would you do as that person?    Okay so I’m definitely crude:  I’d have sex with a lady.  THERE I SAID IT.

8.  What is your favorite book?  I’m a big fan of A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving.  I used it for my speech and debate piece one year, also.

9.  You win one of those around the world plane tickets- where do you go first?  Japan, of course. 

10.  What is your biggest struggle?  I can be very judgmental and negative, I’m working on it. 

11.  What is your biggest goal in life? Find a work-life-love balance, having a postive impact on my community (clicheeeee, cheeeese), travel lots, stay in shape, not become a cat lady. 

Okay I diiiiid it!  Now here are some questions for other people:

1.  You are making first contact with an alien race, how do you feel?

2.  Cat person or dog person? Why?

3.  If you could only listen to opera OR country music for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

4.  Remember that Are You Afraid of the Dark episode where the girl got stuck in her own painting?  If you had to get stuck in a painting, which painting would you choose?

5.  Which fictional character (book, tv, movie etc.) do you wish was actually real?

6.  What was your favorite subject in school/college?

7.  Does the rug really tie the room together–what is your favorite piece of furniture/decoration in your house, and why?

8.  You can live anywhere in the world for a year.  Where would you live?

9.  How old were you when you learned how to swim?

10.  Guess what, you can re-do your career!  What would you choose to study/be/pursue this time around?

11.  A space ship is leaving for space, to colonize a new planet.  You have the opportunity to be on said space ship, but you will never again see Earth, your family, or your friends.  Will you go?

Okay so I tag…

1. Hundreds of Things.  Good luck on your job interview!

2.  http://bittetumirnichtsaberschenll.wordpress.com/

3.  A Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes.

4.  High Heeled Traveler.

5.  Beryl Lynn.

6.  Robot Attack.

7.  This Old Street.

And um, my friends don’t really blog, so that’s all I know.  Heh.  Lame right?  Anyways, I hope this was at least mildly entertaining for y’all!

Work of Art Liveblog, Episode 6: Street Dealers

Once again it is Wednesday, and once again it is time for another amazing Work of Art episode and a hopefully amazing Work of Art liveblog.  Just a refresher: last week we only had nine contestants, and there was another challenge!  The contestants went to the New York Times printing factory (which was amazing!) and they had to pick a headline and make a work of art based on said headline.  The art also had to incorporate newspaper.  Young Sun won (again) for his conceptual but ultimately boring piece about Ai Weiwei.  Dusty and, for some absurd reason, terrible Lola were also in the top two.  Sucklord was, once again, in the bottom two, as was Sarah K. who has never before had a critique.  Not a good start, Sarah K.  But ultimately Bayete went home; he botched a great concept (he picked an article about the Sister Act musical blergh!) an was eliminated due to his shoddy, misconstructed gold doors.

Bay bay, Bayete.

This week the artists will be making covert street art.  In DUMBO!  You know Tewz is kicking himself y’all.

9:00:  The girls are all sitting around in the loft, waiting for the winners and the losers to trickle in.  Young is all “YAY I WON” like, twinkly and stuff, he’s so twinkly.  Lola is jealous because young has won the two best prizes.  I hate her.

9:01:  But oh, a moment of sadness, Bayete has left us.  Bay bay Bayete (hee, that will never get old).  Dusty is bummed because he didn’t win.  He definitely needs $20,000 because he’s from Arkansas, and therefore, poor.  Sucklord crosses Bayete’s name off the board.

9:02:  8 artists remain, blah blah, Brooklyn Museum, blah blah. China’s stupid red dress with a HOLE IN IT SDJFLSDJWOERJ blah.  Title sequence, blah.  And we cut to Young Sun giving Sarah K. a massage, cute.  but oh, massage time over, off the artists go.  MYSTERY LOCATION.   The van stops in DUMB, or, under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.  We see Simon, in casual clothes, and China in this weird structural white dress that makes her hips look enormous.

9:03:  WELCOME TO BROOKLYN.  ALL THE WORLD IS A CANVAS Y’ALL.  Simon is all “Street art, blah blah, EXPRESSION, ILLEEEEEGAL.”  I love Simon.  So the artists have to do street art on two walls in DUMBO.  Sucklord is all “Street art is really broad y’all, but I guess this will work.”  The twist to the challenge is that the artists will be working in teams of two.

9:04:  Teams y’all!  Artists don’t work well in teams, this will be great.  To pick the teams the artists have to spray paint colors on China’s white dress.  China looks sort of, fake terrified.  Sara J. and Kymia are paired together.  Dusty and Young Sun are together (that’s a good team!)  Michelle and Lola are a team.  And Sucklord (who spray paints two green nipples on China, hahaha!) is paired with Sarah K.

9:05:  Simon also spray paints China, but he also spray paints her skin which, oops.  Michelle calls Simon “The Sucklord with an Ascot.”  i love it!

9:06:  The winning artist (despite people being in teams, there will be only one winner) gets $30,000.  Damn yo.  Each team gets 44 feet of wall space, and the teams run off to plan.  Sarah K. is excited to be with Sucklord.  She’s an installation artist, and he has knowledge of street art.  Hopefully they will make a great team!

9:07:  Kymia and Sara J. are scared of the wall.  Because it is so big.  That’s what she said!  Dusty talks about his and Young’s differences.  Dusty has a WIFE and KID and is from ARKANSAS and Young Sun is a big gay bird, love him.

9:08:  Michelle is of course talking about dark and debauched thing, Lola just talks about how she used to throw glitter around in the streets when she was a kid.  i mean, I wish I had done that but, alas, I didn’t.  So Lola and Michelle decide to make a giant party scene.

9:09:   Sucklord says: “Lola is hot, but Sarah is a cutey with a booty.”  Aw.  Sucklord, appreciative of all shapes and sizes of ladies.

9:10:  Dusty and Young decide to build some staircases, but they aren’t sure where the staircases will lead.  Young’s just worried because he’s never done street art and it isn’t his thing, and he feels that he and Dusty are not connecting, just working.  Young, despite having won last week, does not have immunity, so he is worried.

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Not Halloween related, but…

I finally went out and bought my domain name y’all.  So I am now, officially, thedilettantista.com.

You shouldn’t have any trouble accessing the site from the old address thanks to WordPress’ handy dandy forwarding service, but if you do have any technical difficulties please let me know so I can do the troubleshooting thing.

I’m a big girl blogger now!

Even better, this is my 300th post!  Victory guys, victory!

Graduated to the big leagues, bitches.

Happy New Year!

Hi all.

I’ll be out of commission the next few days, observing Rosh Hashana with my family.  This involves spending a lot of time at synagogue and eating a lot of round challah with raisins.  Also, the shofar!

In honor of the New Year, here are some awesome shofars:

 

Sorry boys, I only blow Shofar.

Shofar bong!

A happy and healthy new year to all of you and I’ll see you after the holiday!

A Reminder: Etsy Giveaway on Beryl Lynn

Just a reminder guys–The Great Etsy Giveaway over at Beryl Lynn is happening through Friday!  So head over to Beryl’s blog and check out all the great offerings!  It only takes a few seconds to enter and, who knows, maybe you will win a fantastic Etsy craft!

I’m especially loving the fabulous print by Sarah Ogren (the rest of her work is pretty rad too!) and the adorable business cards from Avie Designs.

Anyways, go to Beryl’s blog and enter by this Friday, July 8th!  Best of luck!