Thursday, February 5, 2009

Where did Tuesday and Wednesday go?

Look at this.... Thursday already. Again, the same old question.......what the heck happens to my time? Of course, I do have to listen to my own advice that I often give to others and remind myself... I do keep a tidy house, bake bread and muffins weekly, work out, go for groceries, run errands, cook meals each night and do the cleanup... it all takes time...but, somewhere I must be missing some play time hours. The computer does take up some hours, but, my carpal syndrome has been causing me some grief lately ... so I have been spending less time on it. The typing is not a problem...but, honestly, using the mouse for even half an hour... my hand gets numb. The scary thing is...I already had surgery on it a few years back..but, now, it is getting noticeably bad again, so I am trying to limit my time on here for a few weeks to give it a rest.

I was so sure that I would be back into the swing of things after Christmas but woke up groggy each day with a total lack of enthusiasm for pretty much everything. It seemed I was just going through the motions during my days. Lack of sleep was making me grumpy... like most women... the best gift I could receive would be 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep. It's been so long I forget what that actually feels like. A big rubber hammer could be the answer.

When Linda started the photo a day challenge, it seemed the perfect idea to force me to at least post daily and thus have to think of what to say..what to photograph, etc.. and it worked to at least keep me moving forward for the month. At the same time I figured .. why not link my workouts to a daily routine...and I did that too. I was so hoping I would get a better sleep by working out...and eventually working out pretty hard.... but, so far.. no luck in the sleeping department and I have ramped up the workout pretty good. My limbs are weary...my eyes are more than tired, but at the risk of sounding like a whiner...they have some problems too... ...and, yet, as soon as my head touches the damn pillow.... a million thoughts are racing around in my brain. Mostly thoughts that are not connected to each other at all, but, which somehow spring one from the other like sheep, but not one looks like the other if you know what I mean. I can't seem to find a comfortable position... and ... after thrashing around for two hours or so..I finally fall asleep. I have even been trying Melatonin...it doesn't help me to get to sleep any sooner..but, I do seem to stay asleep for longer at a time. Usually I am awake about every half hour or so.... but, last night actually only woke up twice.... and, this morning I got up and walked out of the bedroom without pulling a Wall-E..... not staggering around and bouncing off doorways.... woohoooo....

If I could get a better sleep pattern going, I feel sure I could be more productive in each day... which I am sure would relate to doing more fun stuff...

I want to get on with making a doll. Want to sculpt a face to be covered with fabric...then colour on the facial features. I actually took a sculpting class from Jack Johnston in June of last year but, for some reason haven't even touched a piece of clay since then. I think perhaps it was info overload or something. Anyway, then I hid my DVD on myself, and couldn't find it. So, yesterday I just gave a face a try on my own... it takes waaaaay too much time and effort when you have no clue what to do... and if you do things bass ackwards you are leaning on completed parts while still struggling with other bits..... sigh.........

Hours later...I had this... but, it is too tiny for my plan... and too much detail really. However, I did something... that's a good start. Then, I found my DVD...so today, I plan to do another.. with instruction. That'll be fun.











A few years ago I made this one...


































My Clownesse... made for a local doll club challenge in which we chose an artist, and made a doll to represent his style... I found a painting by Toulouse Lautrec that I liked... called La Clownesse... and here she is.

I had to resort to quite a soft, stretchy fabric for gluing into all the nooks and crannies. For the new one, I'd prefer a tighter weave fabric to work with ...so will need a somewhat flatter face or at least softly rounded features... with less detail...

10 comments:

Sandy said...

OH dear, your nights sound pretty awful to me. I've had a few like that but thankfully I do sleep good.

I have a son who is young 25 and has struggled with sleep dysfunctional stuff for years - I feel for you all who have problems because it's such a zombie feeling when you can't get energized ....

your creations are great! I enjoy seeing them.

Maria said...

Sorry to hear that you still having trouble sleeping. Answer: you need to get out of that environment and come and visit us. Who knows, maybe that will make a difference. Take care of yourself Vee. Enjoy making your new creation.
Maria

Serena said...

I hate being unable to get to sleep when I'm so tired. How frustrating for you.

The doll face looks amazing! How interesting that you glue fabric over it. I'll look forward to seeing where you go with the latest one.

thechiclife said...

Sorry to hear about your sleep troubles. I hate when the mind doesn't let the body rest. As for the CTS, check out this article (click) with some interesting tips, including using turmeric (this week's food challenge item).

Happy sculpting! :)

Kerry said...

I hate when I can't sleep, but I usually wake up about 10 times a night with hot flashes, LOL!!
That is a wonderful little sculpt and I like the cloth over one for the doll too!!

Draffin Bears said...

I am sorry to hear about your sleep
troubles and carpal syndrome Vee.
I hope that you can get it sorted as there is nothing worse than feeling tired like that.

Your little La Clownesse doll is great.

Best of luck with all your projects.
Take some time for yourself too.

Hugs
Carolyn

Jennifer Rose said...

I have a horrible time falling asleep, my mind has a hard time shuting off. Hopefully you get a better sleep pattern soon

your doll faces are lovely :D

Carla said...

Sleep or lack thereof, and carpal tunnel. Sure sounds like we are twins. The doll faces are just lovely!

Linda Fleming said...

Oh lordy, I hear you about the sleeping problems. I've been fighting insomnia for years. It has really gotten bad since menopause and has had a real impact on the quality of my life- and not for the good-LOL!

I have a balless mouse but still use one of those gel mouse pads just for the support of my wrist, and it helps.

Love your sculpting, Vee! You have a real knack for sculpting. Those faces are great.

C.C. said...

Your doll is so beautiful, Vee. Your talent just blows me away! I'm sorry about your insomnia and your CTS. Have you tried some of the sleep things like Lunesta? My husband takes it every few nights when he's really feeling sleep deprived. Man, getting older is definitely not for the faint of heart!