Thursday, July 19, 2012
Besides, who needs a circus when life itself consists of three rings of chaos- on a good day? Take yesterday for instance. At 9:30 the kids and I troop downstairs to the car to make a "quick trip to Michael's". My daughter wanted to decorate a birthday cake for her daddy. She baked a chocolate mint cake and planned to cover it in light green fondant and embellish it with the Green Lantern symbol. My son had made Star Wars cookies and needed icing. Rather than Martha Stewart it the whole way, I decided to take a short cut- the cake decorating aisle at Michael's.
We did NOT get to Michael's. The car would not start. AAA came to my rescue, only to inform me that I needed a tow truck- not a battery jump. So, three hours later- that's three hours of pacing in front of my windows- the tow truck finally arrived. During that three hours I worried about how to pick up my grandmother for dinner, prepare dinner, finish the birthday desserts, and pick up my car. After watching my car disappear down the road I surrendered to the need to cut my losses.
I pulled out the mixer- again. (Remember, we had already made the cookies! Thank goodness we baked the cake a day early.) I made a batch of royal icing. Then kids descended upon me! How can two kids feel like an invading army of locusts? With their four hands flailing and the threat of permanently coloring every surface in my kitchen looming over me I felt as though I should be beating off an army of locusts. (If you have ever used paste food coloring, you know how messy it can be.) But, we managed to mix several colors and get them into ziploc baggies without tie-dying my countertops.
And then, I took a deep breath and turned them loose!
We salvaged what we could, finished icing cookies – which meant simply squeezing on coils of royal frosting, meticulousness had become boring- then frosted the cake. Needless to say, my hopes of seeing my art studio died with the car in the morning.
But back to the magic of the circus- despite the fact that I have no strong memories or fantasies about the circus, I have been drawn to circus images lately. And when I signed up to swap Matchbook Cover books at the Smeared and Smudged blog, I saw a chance to explore this theme. I am committed to making two of these books. I have finished one. Please visit my Flickr photo stream to see all the pages. There is a link at the bottom of my blog. (If it doesn't work, please let me know.)
Also, I signed up this week to take a Copic Certification class in August. I am so excited! I guess this week has been more productive than I thought.
It really helps to take a step back and evaluate each week. I hope you get a chance to do the same. It’s like sitting on the trapeze and looking downward- when you can see all the rings simultaneously, the chaos seems to disappear.
Be the best Ring Master you can be this week- after all, it’s your show!