24 January 2015

My Favorite Paintings - Part 1

I've been going through some files on my backup hard drive; thought I'd weed out some things that maybe didn't need saving anymore, look for hidden gems, that sort of thing. Today I came across a word document titled "Favorite Paintings" which had last been saved May 30, 2008. I thought it would be fun to post them here and let you all know if I would still consider them favorites, so over a series of posts I will be sharing the paintings, along with some of my thoughts on it. Enjoy!

First up on my list was The Lovers, by René Magritte (1928). Now, there are two paintings by Margritte with this title, but I'm sure I was referring to The Lovers II, but for fun I'll post both of them. First, here is The Lovers II.

Thoughts: I still really love this painting. It's intimate because of their kiss, yet they are shrouded, so they can't see one another. It's like they can't really know each other, even in love. It's kind of bittersweet. Margritte often painted shrouded faces, or things covering faces which I think is interesting (perhaps his most famous is The Son of Man).

Here's the other painting titled The Lovers. I like this one too.

What do you think of the paintings? Any other Margritte's that you like? Or other surrealists?

01 January 2015

January 1, 2015

Ok I try this every year and always loose steam fast, but here goes again. Gonna try and blog often. More like a journal than anything else. More for me than for you reading this right now, if anyone is, haha! :)

Today was a pretty relaxed day. Eli made me breakfast this morning, yum! Then we went to my Grandma Gorman's and I lent her the book Orphan Train, because I just recently finished it and thought she might like it. We also piled in a bunch of wood from the porch so she can make fires without having to go outside for wood. She has these boxes full of pinecones and scrap paper and other random things like sawdust and such that she uses to start the fires in her stove, kinda weird.

After that we went shopping for a few groceries (we were totally out of coffee!) and then came back home where Eli started gaming online with some friends, and I played Lord of the Rings Online while watching episodes of Friends, which just came out on Netflix. Yay! Really exciting considering the random gift we just got in the mail:

Central Perk coffee mug.

I also cleaned the kitchen and managed to overfill the coffee pot with water, which Eli had already done this morning before he noticed we were out of coffee and I not noticing that it was already full decided to fill it up and make a huge mess. That was good times.

So I made some quinoa in my rice cooker (hopefully that worked out, never done that before but the internet told me I could) and I think I'm gonna do this recipes for Honey-Lime Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes for dinner. Hopefully it will be super tasty.

I'm currently listening to Sarah Silverman's audiobook, The Bedwetter which is pretty hilarious. Last year I had a goal to read (and/or listen to) 52 books, aka one a week, which of course I got behind on and only finished the year with 48, but that's still good, 48! I'm gonna shoot for 52 books again this year and see how I do.

Happy new year folks!