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Of molding and reshaping

So, my Saturday. Mom and I joined Weight Watchers yesterday. At which I learned I could lose a good twenty pounds. Yikes. Helping in that will be to visit my mom's orthopedic surgeon, to get his opinion on the state of my knees and back and what can be done to make exercise easier for me.

In the afternoon, I finally, finally, finally got to the Phx Museum of Art. I've had a number of attempts to get there in which something came up to make it a no-go. But yesterday I got there and had a chance to meander around with a friend who is a sculptor and art teacher and has an MFA and thus knows A Lot More About Art Than Me. Afterwards, she showed me her art studio and I got to play with a big blob of clay. I've been looking forward to that all week, thinking of what I could shape the clay into, and then when I got over there, she took out these molds and proceeded to say we could fit the clay into the molds and add some textures and fire them and I admit to being very disappointed that my playtime was going to be so structured.

I had to remind myself that she's an art teacher, and teaching at the elementary level at the moment, so naturally she wanted to have something planned, as is a teacher's instinct to do. I told her I just wanted to make it up as I went along, and she was amenable to that, so we proceeded to play with clay and chit-chat. I already knew what I wanted to make. I wanted to make a cave. A little hobbit-cave that hides under a hill. That was going fine and dandy until I got to the roof part, and even my little inner pillar wasn't holding up the roof and the whole thing started to collapse.

Up until then, she hadn't interfered in my play in any way or really commented on what I was doing, which I was glad about. But artist/art teacher to the rescue, she suggested I put some bunched-up newspaper in the hollow of my cave, 'cause it would hold the structure up and burn away during firing. After I got the basic structure in place, she gave me some glazes so I could make my cave brown and put some grass on top.

Kind of a lame first effort in the end, but the idea was to play and have fun.


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Apr. 5th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
Apr. 5th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
I had fun!
Apr. 5th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
good luck with WW. i should really, really do that. i tried the daily plate for awhile, and lost about ten pounds, but stopped, foolishly, way too quickly. the public accountability might have helped me. it might still. anyway, good luck!
Apr. 5th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
That's what it's all about for me, accountability. I would prefer to diet in private, but it helps having someone weighing me in every week, and having to be accountable for that. I learned that with trying to motivate my writing and other goals.
Apr. 5th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
that really sounds like a fun day.
Apr. 5th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Definitely different, but hopefully shades of things to come.
Apr. 5th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
well i hope so. we all need fun like this and people to have it with
Apr. 5th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
My sister first studied to be an art teacher, so I've been to the museum a few times; once I think when a Monet exihibit was in town. I don't remeber much except for a nice little Asian exhibit at one end of the place.

I hope the doctor can help you without too much, you know, doctoring.
Apr. 5th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
It's kind of awkward because we might be changing health insurance companies at work, but I can't wait until June to find out if we are or aren't. I need to get this looked at and at least get an opinion.
Apr. 5th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
Ooh, good luck with the WW thing. I've never tried that, but I totally get how being held accountable can push you to be disciplined in a way doing it on your own can't.

The clay making sounds like fun! It's cool to do something with your hands, isn't it! Very different from writing.
Apr. 5th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
That was kind of the idea, to do something creative that wasn't writing and could tap into other parts of my creative-ness. I don't think I've worked with clay since junior high.
Apr. 5th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
The biggest thing standing in my way of losing weight right now is my apartment. It's a mess, including the kitchen area and the fridge, which means it's impossible for me to cook. *headdesk*
Apr. 5th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
I'm on a diet, and I can't cook at all.
Apr. 5th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know.

I'm not really much of a cook, but I'd like to change that since I know that learning how to cook would help me eat better. And I can't deal with diets, but it's helpful for me to carry cut up veggies as snacks, and it's also hard to cut up veggies when my counter is dirty and full of stuff and my sink is full and all my knives are dirty. You get the idea.
Apr. 6th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
I was quite happy to have a goal of 20 pounds to lose. Heck, I'll be happy when I lose 10 more and so will statistically not be overweight. Then I was on some nutrition website and plugged in my height and they suggested I should weigh 30 pounds less than I do now and then suggested I could lose a good 40 pounds. That would be lighter than I have ever been in my adult life. When I weighed 3 pounds above that last target weight, I wore a size 2. I think that is too skinny for me.
Apr. 6th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, who knows where those stats come from. But I stepped on the scale, saw the scary number, and remembered a weight I felt comfortable at, and it's about twenty pounds less. So I set that goal myself.
Apr. 6th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
After a while the number gets less scary and then I'm in trouble!
Apr. 6th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
This is the most I've ever weighed in my life. I have been avoiding the scale for months because I knew that. Any more weight, and I'd have to move up a size in clothes. Time to get some new habits!
Apr. 6th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
It's funny for me to think about the pounds vs kilos thing. 20 pounds is less than 10 kilos, which is my goal for the year (down 4, 6 to go). I think in some ways, pounds are good because they are smaller, and it's easier to see progress, but kilos seem more real to me because I am a metric girl through and through, and a kilo seems like decent achievement.
Apr. 6th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
It's the opposite for miles and kilometers. Someone told me they upped the speed limit on Arizona highways to 85, and I'm like, "That's kilometers an hour, right? It can't be miles!"
Apr. 6th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
Our country highways have a speed limit of 110kph, but 85 miles would be about 130km, which seems pretty fast.
Apr. 6th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
It's the friggin' autobahn, d00d.
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, losing one pound, you have no way to know if it's you, or the normal range of error on the scale.
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)
My weight easily fluctuates up to a kilo a day, so with pounds, there would be a lot more white noise.
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