Tuesday, January 31, 2006

taking a break

Today was all about taking a break. My carpal tunnel is acting up so I fixed a few things for orders that had to go out today, but otherwise gave my wrist a rest and relaxed a little. Well, just a little. I still worked on business stuff -- got my postcards designed and ordered, and took more of my web class (until my eyes started shutting for longer periods of time!) -- but no jewelry designing today. And probably none this weekend, either -- I have a trunk show on Saturday, and I think I'll knit this weekend instead of bead.

ALMOST finished with my book, which is good, as I think the new Stephen King just arrived in the mail -- I didn't get a chance to open that particular box today.

Tomorrow Zack and I are driving to Alexandria to visit a friend of mine, Jen. Jen and I went to UVA together and after working as a chemist for a while, she decided to join the Air Force. She's an officer in Air Battle Management, stationed in Oklahoma, so I'm thrilled to be able to go and see her while she's TDY. I miss living near her. She's one of those rare friends that can be in a room with you and you're not really DOING anything, could be both reading books or something, and that's ok. Know what I mean? The kind of friend that is more like family than anything. And that's pretty priceless.

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Be sure to visit www.lorianderson.net for custom designed jewelry -- new items were posted last night!

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Saturday, January 28, 2006

A Night Out!

Rick and I got to go out tonight and tried a new restaurant called General Tanukis. FABULOUS. Every single thing was wonderful, including the Mai Tai I had that made me WHEEEE buzzy. Awesome place, and of course, great conversation with Rick.

Came home to great news on my email -- I've been juried in to a prestigious show that is by invitation only. Instead of the normal process of sending in an application and THEN having the jury look at slides and decide if you're a fit, they do it the other way around -- they won't even send an application until they see your photos. I did it on a whim, not expecting to get in (but you always have to try, right?) and couldn't believe I made the jury, especially as they only invite 28 artists. Now I just have to rush the application in -- I'm a little late, and they only have one space left for spring and two for fall. Keeping my fingers crossed, and more info as that one unfolds.

Still reading "The Historian" and it's still as interesting as ever. The book is HUGE, 656 pages, but I'm GLAD it is, as it's so riveting I don't want it to end. This is one of the reasons I love weekends -- I can stay up late reading and then (more importantly!) SLEEP late the next morning!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

house plans

It's about that time -- when Rick and I moved here in 2002, we planned on this house being our five-year-house, meaning, we'd get debt free and then either buy or build our dream home. Things have been going really well for both of us with work and jewelry, so we've started looking. Several things are in the hopper, but one of them is Kent Island or Annapolis, to get Rick closer to work (the 70+ each way commute is getting old). One of the things we're looking for is studio space for me, either attached to the house, or to buy separately, as a stand-alone store. Here are some of the plans we've been looking at:

Yucko on the color, but it's just an architect's rendering, not the color we'd go with! I've always loved the idea of a big, deep front porch.

And then there's this one, which is a little more traditional:

It's so hard for me to believe that this is quickly becoming a reality. Doesn't seem like that long ago that I was either renting a tiny apartment in an old converted house in downtown, or living in my first house, which was really only big enough for one person. Funny how things turn out... I remember all too well stressing over paying rent while going to college! If I knew then what I know now -- hmm.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Check this out -- a terrific customer went to the Market in Atlanta and bought all of these wonderful, chunky beads, and handed them to me and said, "Design!" -- how cool was that!!!!! I had a blast, worked all last night on them.

Monday, January 23, 2006

reading a great book

I started this great book the other night, The Historian -- it's huge, long, and I find myself saying, "Just one more chapter" when I really should be fast asleep. I've always been fascinated by Dracula legends and things of that sort, and this book combines that with the feel of The Rule of Four and The Da Vinci Code -- really, really interesting.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

a book that I loved for a lot of reason

I just finished reading Conversations with the Fat Girl by Liza Palmer, and it was one of those books that touched me in a lot of ways. I found myself identifying with the main character, Maggie, in so many ways and recognizing myself in many of her thoughts.

The basic gist is Maggie is 27, single, overweight, and working a lousy job while waiting for the right one to come by. Her best friend, Olivia, had gastric bypass surgery a number of years ago and is now getting married, but since Olivia has found the Land of the Size Twos, things are completely different between the two girls. Olivia is now getting married, with Maggie as the Maid of Honor, and Maggie is learning the hard way how things have changed.

The story line itself is pretty predictable, but in a good way. It was the writing itself, the actual words, that resonated with me. There were times when Maggie said things and I thought, "that's exactly what I felt". The lonliness that set in for me personally around age 28 mirrors Maggie's pretty sharply, although at the time, I was an unhealthy size 4 -- misery then meant not eating. When Maggie moved into her new house, I remembered moving into MY first house, the first one I bought and didn't rent. I sat in this adorable, tiny, 1940's cottage and looked around at the mostly-empty rooms and wondered how in the world I was ever going to make it alone.

One of my favorite bits from the book:

"I really don't want to look like those women -- the price is too high."

And it is! I was thinking about how many hours it took out of my day to be a size 4. Way too many. I was in the gym two and three hours a day, five to six days a week. I'd go in right after work, hit the weights, ride the bike, then go teach an aerobics class. Who has time for that now? I have a husband, a child, friends, a business. I'm reasonably healthy, very happy, so who really cares if I'm not tiny?

The other thing this book reminded me of is it's about ATTITUDE, not size. A girl I know who is thin and (proud of it!) has the nastiest personality known to man. Just snotty, catty, a terrible person. In the book, same thing -- the wedding party of Skinny Minnies was definitely not a group I'd want to hang around with.

I probably haven't done much to explain why this book was so good, so you'll just have to READ it. It's a quick read, you'll find yourself laughing out loud at lots of spots -- go get it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

new earrings

I'm rising from the depths of bed (yup, sick) to show you these AWESOME earrings I just bought from Jen Eustis of www.leftsideart.com -- her work is incredible. I got a pair of her earrings for Christmas from a friend and had to have these, too! She uses really cool materials, like vintage tins (I just sent her one with a circus motif, can't wait to see what she does with it) -- HIGHLY recommend you check out her web site!

Monday, January 16, 2006

cough cough

No fun in this house this weekend -- poor Zack has a killer cough, and last night could only be comforted if I held him, so I got coughed on at point-blank range all night. But that's what you do for your kids, right? Today he got cough syrup with codeine, so we're hopeful that we'll all get some sleep tonight.

But look what my friend Lesley got to cheer me up! Aren't those beads too cute?

Saturday, January 14, 2006


this is a juggle whale & while he can only juggle one thing at a time, you try doing that & holding your breath for six hours & let's see how well you do


(This is how I feel lots of the time!)

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Thought for the Day

"There is only one success -- to be able to spend life in your own way." --- Christopher Morley

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Zack's 3rd birthday!

Zack turned 3 yesterday! He was excited about presents for the first time -- really got what they were all about this Christmas. A couple photos -- he got a round house and round table for his wooden Thomas train set. Thankfully, he could have cared less that they were wrapped in Christmas paper! And as you can see, he's enjoying a cupcake very much -- once he ate the top off, though, he wanted more frosting!

He was VERY proud today when he came home from preschool. He had a calendar for Mommy with his picture on it!

I'm just in love with this little brown-eyed curly-haired boy! He's been so funny lately, and his speech therapy is helping SO much -- conversations with him are a hoot!

On the work side of things -- I thought I would have a bit of a rest in January and February, but if the past two weeks are any indication, that's not going to happen! New customers, returning customers, I'm so gratified.

Books -- well, the one I'm reading now isn't written WELL, but it's entertaining. Have to hurry and get that one done and back to the library. Ah, the library, and the book store -- I could spend hours at either!

And I'll leave you with a photo my husband would kill me for, but it's so sweet, and one of those instances where I was glad I had a camera:

Monday, January 09, 2006

random chat

The weekend was great -- all the boys left Saturday morning for Yale, and I spent the day and night beading -- making some things that are more time-intensive, trying a few new techniques -- lots of fun. Sunday I spent some time in Borders reading up on the business side of what I do -- marketing, business plans, etc. Got some good info, good ideas! I actually like the marketing part, which a lot of my beading friends hate with a passion. But after all that "me" time, I was glad to get everyone back home on Sunday night!

Read "Lost" by Gregory Maguire, and now I'm reading "Courting Trouble", which is entertaining. I have a stack of books that I just got in a book exchange with my friend Mariana (check out her web site, Star Girl Jewelry) that I'm looking forward to digging into!

Tonight I was a total soccer-mom, making cupcakes for Zack's preschool class, as TOMORROW IS HIS THIRD BIRTHDAY -- I can't even believe it. I'll have pictures tomorrow. He's getting a round house for his train set, and a Thomas book, of course.

OH, and got some stellar gemstones today in the mail that I can't WAIT to work with! As soon as my custom orders this week are done, I'll be playing with those! I have some awesome lampwork I got from Brea Van Putten that match the jade I got PERFECTLY.

Off to bed -- early day tomorrow!

Saturday, January 07, 2006

An evening of Trivial Pursuit

We had such a fun night tonight! Ryan, Colin, Rick, and I spent the evening playing Trivial Pursuit, young guys against old guys, and it was a blast. First, though, we tried our hand at an old game, Operation -- hysterical to try that again!

We've had that game since the first year Rick and I were together, and just now got it down to play. The first Christmas we had together as a couple, we gave each other fun things, like the toys we wanted when we were kids. I got Spirograph, he got Operation, etc, etc.

The guys are headed to New Haven, CT tomorrow, so I will be busy, busy, busy, working on jewelry, but for now, let me leave you with this piece -- I had some gold-filled rings that I'd bought for I don't remember what now, and then got this super clasp, and decided to try out chain maille again:

Lesley taught me this particular weave. Really like it! Made a silver one today, but it needs to be tumble polished tomorrow. If you're interested in this one, email me at lori@lorianderson.net !

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Quick post

Zack was SO funny tonight. I was trying out a new music service (http://www.music.yahoo.com) and Usher's song "Yeah" came on, and Zack just started to boogy! It was SO funny. He was laughing, and wiggling, and didn't want any other song, just that one! His big brothers got a kick out of that one!

This weekend will be a complete design weekend! All the guys -- Rick, Ryan, Colin, even Zack, are driving up to Yale to take Colin back to school. That leaves me here to bead all day and night! Even though I know I'll miss them like crazy, it'll be fun -- I'll catch up on TV (or with any luck, rent some old CSI videos) and create, create, create!

Reading a new book -- Margaret Atwood's The Edible Woman. My favorite of hers was The Robber Bride, and this book is nothing like it, so we'll see!

Monday, January 02, 2006

Sunday, January 01, 2006

New Year's To-Do List

I don't do resolutions anymore -- I've found it better to make up a to-do list, particularly where business is concerned! So here's mine:

1) Get published. I've already sort of kind of done this -- have had some press releases about Ovarian Cancer Bracelets appear in several publications, and was a Fire Mountain Gems finalist in a beading contest, but need to do more!

2) Update my business plan. I have an idea for a boutique and even though I can't do it until Zack starts school full time, it's never to early to plan. I already have the domain name registered, at least!

3) Push the envelope in my business -- time to try some new design techniques. I'm planning a glass blowing class with my dad, as well as PMC for toggles.

4) Redesign my booth -- time for a fresh look (but keeping the purple!)

5) Redesign the web site -- already started that -- will have a shopping cart function soon!

OK, and I guess I should do the obligatory lose-weight-exercise-more-blah blah blah but that's so expected and boring. I guess in that regard:

1) Take up yoga -- because I keep wanting to and never do.

2) Don't sweat the small stuff -- and isn't it all small stuff?