Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Venting (with pretty pictures at the bottom)

It's been a rough couple of days.  Actually, longer than that, when I think about it.  I thought about writing about it but when I did, it rambled and made no sense to anyone but myself and the last thing I want to do is come off sounding like that odd yet mostly harmless coot down the street who mumbles to herself when she's grocery shopping for cat food.

So let me try to explain it in bullet points, as if I were giving one of those boring PowerPoint presentations I used to have to give Back in the Day.  You know the ones, where people's eyes glazed over and all you could think about was the box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts sitting in the break room and whether there would still be one when the presentation was over.

No donuts at the end, but pretty pictures -- so hang with me, m'k?

Venting Rant by Lori

*  I have disks in my back that are pinching nerves and I can't get comfortable no matter whether I sit, stand, lie down, or do cartwheels.  Cranky?  Oh heck to the YES am I cranky.

*  Both Zack and I have been suffering from "What do you want to do?  I don't know, what do YOU want to do?" and it's making us both -- you guessed it -- cranky.

*  I'm completely stressing out over the sheer amount of work I have in front of me.  It's like trying to eat an elephant -- you start with one bite and keep on eating.  Yet there's always a lot more elephant in front of you.

*  My office and bead table are a DISASTER AREA.  Level Five.  Wear Hazmat suits.  Declare a State of Emergency and call in the National Guard.  I get twitchy when things are cluttered.  Twitchy and cranky do NOT go well together.

*  Have you ever had a nightmare about a nightmare?  I had two this week.  Interesting to write about now, but holy heck -- that was a bad weekend full of crazy.

*  I have 798 blog posts waiting to be read in my Reader and I feel so incredibly guilty when I don't comment on your blogs!  You have no idea how badly I feel about that.

*  I'm having a bad hair week.

All right, I think that should do it.

Makes for a boring blog post, but it is what it is.  

And now for the promised beautiful pictures, all found via Pinterest.  Thanks for letting me vent, and tomorrow is another day.

A gorgeous studio
with an awesome typewriter.
An inspiration to clean my desk off.

Old buttons.
An inspiration to drag mine out
so I can sort them with Zack.

A dream bathroom.
I already have the tub (in white).
Will be heading there after I post this.

Helen Mirren.
A lady I consider incredibly beautiful.
I hope my hair grays like hers.

Book arch in France (I think).
I'd probably want the book on the bottom left.

Hope the photos 
were worth the rant!


Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.


  1. The pictures were worth it! And I hope you have an easier time in the next few days.

  2. Lori, I think nearly everyone can relate. I could just pretty much copy your post and paste it into mine. I have no words of inspiration, because I am utterly void of hope and/or inspiration at this point, but somebody will probably say "hang in there" which sometimes makes you feel better and sometimes doesn't. I find that drinking heavily sometimes helps. Lets both try that.

  3. Lori, I really get it. Sometimes there are so many things going on, each one might be manageable, but when one is added on top of others, it gets overwhelming. Your "vent" also made me smile because I could see that I also could make a list (bulleted, of course) of many things that have been building in me for quite some time. Who knows I may follow your lead and create one also. I'm truly sorry for your physical pain as it makes everything more difficult.

  4. I was planning on sending you an email just to find out what's going on. Sorry things are cranky and twitchy and messy. And really, really sorry you have that back pain (along with the headaches -- doesn't seem fair). I'm slowly getting rid of pain from the hip replacement but mostly feeling like a slug and not getting things done. Then it was capped off by some flu-like thing so... I'm in your boat, girl! Let's paddle together.

  5. 798 blogs to read? Seriously, I think it's ok to let some of it go. :)

    Sorry you are cranky, and thank you for the eye candy! The bathroom and the book arch make a nice dessert to my shitty day.


  6. Lol..i know you don't want to be laughed at..cause pain is not funny and being made cranky isn't either but somehow in reading this i laughed..
    my own work space will be seen on some episode of Hoarders probably soon..my sciatica is killing me
    (being a pain in the A-s is not
    the same as having one)
    i think i have become the coot in catfood isle muttering to
    i have refused to have my hair cut since a fall out with my hairdresser...and today..made the executive decision to stop making the rattles which were the backbone of my business for over the last 20yrs..i am freaking myself completely out..Where are those donuts?

  7. oh..love Helen...love the book arch
    and if i had a bath like that i would never come out

  8. It's all about the Love, Lori. Love you!

  9. Girl...I've had more than my share of "those kind of weeks" lately myself! :) Hang in there!

  10. Anonymous8:12 PM

    Lori, rant away! Sometimes you need to get it out to feel better. I'm sorry to hear about your back, I have a shoulder injury that tells me when I need to put down the jewelry making tools, pain and numbness to my fingertips sets in so I feel your crankiness. Oh, and the mumbling while buying cat food, well, count me crazy! I do it all the time! :)

  11. *I am really sorry about your back...I hope it gets better soon :(

    *We kinda sound like the vultures from Jungle Book around this place too!

    *I'd love to offer you ketchup, mustard, mayo, wine or whiskey...whatever makes an elephant go down easier.

    *Totally with you on the Defcon 5 studio thing, I think I need a back hoe.

    *I've never had a nightmare of a nightmare but my mother-in-law is visiting for an absurdly long stay so I'm just going to count that instead..ssshhh...don't tell anyone I said that ;)

    *I think the fact that you post on our blogs is awesome and amazing and I think we can all say you take care of you...we'll still be here!

    *I got nothin' on the hair...maybe try switching to blue?! I think I might do my bangs :)

    **BIG HUGS**

  12. P'shaw, not too much of a rant really, but you did forget to throw in"Hey You kids get off of my lawn"!

  13. Oh, Lori! I'm sorry things aren't going great for you right now... And I thought MY day wasn't going well.... even on your bad days you're an inspiration.... and that very much needed kick in the seat of the pants!! Hey! if you can come out and share and encourage in the midst of all the badness, I've got nothing to moan about! Thanks for sharing and I do hope things start looking up for you very soon.

    Tomorrow is another day! :-)

  14. OMG That book store is fabulous! Tomorrow is a do over for sure - I am so sorry you have so much pain in your life - God Bless you for pushing through it as much as you do XOXO - I have no advice other then to hope there is a light at the end of the tunnel for you.

  15. Vent, girl, all you want! I feel your pain! Really, I do, I have been told the same thing with my back. It is sheer torture, and when others cannot see a source of the pain, I guess they just don't understand. Tonight my husband was helping me do one of the so-called 'helps' for this pain and all I could do was cry. He actually sounded like he thought he had failed when he said, "I just feel helpless." Standing is better, so I stand at my computer for a few minutes at a time. Can't stand forever either!

    The pictures were very colorful and happy. Wish I had a tub like that, but don't know if I could get out. Hope your soak gives you some relief! I will keep you in my prayers. Oh, and don't ever feel bad about a return comment, I'm just glad all of you don't delete me! I love your blog. It inspires me more than you'll ever know.

  16. Oh, Lori! Sorry to hear about your back.

    Try picking a small spot in the bead studio and just work on it for 15 minutes. That's what helps me when I'm overwhelmed with things to do.

  17. Lori,
    I always appreciate listening to someone vent.
    I end up feeling better because my problems aren't as bad as theirs or I feel better because someone else has problems just as bad as mine.
    Sometimes I feel better because I can justify my crankiness ,since my problems are much worse than the "ventor's " !!!
    Thank you for sharing!
    After reading this post I do feel better about my personal annoying stuff .
    But, did you have to mention the part about the crispy-cream donuts???
    I'm cranky now 'cause I want a donut!!!
    I REALLY want A donut!!!
    m.e. :D

  18. Well worth it! I hope it made you feel better.
    Dealing with chronic back pain can stop us from doing and enjoying things. Wish there was a magic pill. If you lived near me, I could help relieve that pain.

    I have been having a bad hair day the last ten years. You're not alone.

  19. I'm sorry. I'm totally grossed out by the idea of eating an elephant that I am having a difficult time processing the metaphor. LOL!

    Back pain sucks. It affects everything and I'm sure it really helps with your headaches too. I've started going to a PT place that does manual and myofascial release techniques. They are working miracles on my neck, shoulders, and the space between my shoulder blades. Plus, I'm totally addicted to using tennis balls on my spine between appts.

    My office/studio is also a disaster. I don't even want to go in there it's so bad :(

    Hope things get better and I want that book arch in my pins. I tried to glance over yours and couldn't find it right off.

  20. Hi Lori!!! I so feel you pain with the back bit- i think that it kind of comes along with delivering kids- perhaps!!! Sigh!! My art area is a disaster with a tiny little space on the center table cleared of litter to allow about 18 x 12 inches of flat workable space- this in a very large room that I feel guilty ahving!!!!!!
    The pic that I reacted to the most strongly was the BOOK ARCH_ OMG!!!!!! How fabulous is that!????
    Have you discovered the miracle of Naproxin- it ahs done wonders for my apin level. Sorry for jumping about!!
    thanks for stopping by my blog , it is terrific to meet you. I read your bio and it seems that we have a lot in common- Bio Chem Major in College, 10 years working in molecular Bio for Genetic engineering firms before marriage and kids!!! seems both of us get firing from both sides of the brain- COOL STUFF!!!
    Take care and I sure hope that the bath helped!!!

  21. Love, love, love that tub; love the books ~ and anything French; and Helen is just a sweet dame!

    Hope your aches cooperate and go a.w.a.y.......

  22. The one thing on your list that really stuck out for me was you feeling guilty about not commenting on our blogs. Now that makes me feel guilty as I have been taking a break from reading so many blogs and finally have a desire to look at them again. I think I had burn out from the bead soup- as much as I loved it- it was work getting through all the blogs. We all need a little vacation now and then from our normal routine- it is refreshing so please don't feel guilty about not reading and commenting on my blog. You can play catch up anytime and just respond to one post now and then and I will be thrilled!! Feel better, life is too short to be miserable.
    My prescription of course is eat some chocolate!!LOL

  23. HUGS!!

    I gave up on my google reader. I tried and tried to keep up and there is just no way....life has been to crazy.

  24. WOW-I want that bathroom!

    Rant away Lovely Lori, pain is awful.

    BTW- I think my studio might beat your hazmat area for utter devastation. I'll show you mine if you'll show me yours :)

    Warm regards,

  25. Lori, Take it easy. And thank you for coming to my blog site and leaving me a comment. Now I know how precious it is:)Thank you- Dita.

  26. My list is about the same as yours... I don't know if that makes it better or worse =) Love the book arch photo - that was awesome!

  27. Rant on girlfriend!

    Love those pics! I squealed when I caught a glimpse of that button jar. That mosaic bathroom is fabulous, and I'm loving that book archway. Great picks on the pics. :)

  28. Venting is SO much better than holding it in until your head explodes. That *really* makes for a bad hair day. Hope things get quickly brighter and better for you. And I want to look like Helen Mirren when I grow up...

  29. Oh I want to go through the buttons too!! Just learned how to make button bracelets!!

  30. totally with you on the ranting! Cranky doesn't go well with anything but more cranky so.......Crank up the music and lets let our bad hair day get worse and dance till we pass out shall we?

  31. !!!
    Starting backwards here- *chuckled* at the "bottom left" remark ... hehe

    Helen is beautiful!

    THE BATHROOM!!!!!!! I would LOVE to have walls that looked like that!!! We had a tub like that but not any more. :o\

    I'm sorry to hear that you are having such a rough time Lori. Being cranky, in pain and overwhelmed is no fun.

  32. Oh my! I stumbled upon the book arch via Pinterest and it's in my city, Lyon!
    Internet is such a small world.

  33. Anonymous12:57 AM

    OMG! I love that bathtub and the mosaic walls. I want.



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