No Perfection Here.

I took this pic at our friends Karen & Eric’s home the last time we visited knowing I would use it as a post at some point. Since the last two weeks have been a little lack-lustre in terms of blog content, I thought it was a good time to use the image. If you’re looking for a blog that oozes “perfection” (like so many blogs do, but in my opinion, borderline obnoxiousness) then you won’t find it here!

For the past two weeks, I’ve been overloaded with “creative” freelance projects. By “creative” I mean ones that require me to think! I have had to do some logo concepting and product tags for a sports line, a new company branding project, promotional materials for an event and I’m also in the middle of designing and laying out a quarterly magazine.

Being creative under deadline is more difficult than you think. Usually, I get inspired at any old time, but when something is due in 8 hours, the inspiration needs to flow on demand, on target and be spot on. There’s really no second chances when it comes to creative presentations. You either hit it or you miss it. If the latter, they hire someone else. So for me (don’t want to make a blanket statement for all designers) new “creative” projects are always accompanied with a little stress when I begin.

Unfortunately, when my brain power has been overly utilized for my job, I don’t have much left for writing! So forgive me. And keep checking back for my ordinary posts on this most ordinary blog, from a very ordinary girl. Martha Stewart definitely does not live here either. And it’s a good thing!

Five Questions Friday: Someone is Irritable

Eric, Its time for Five Questions Friday!
Eric: Already?  Why don’t you just ask me five things that ticked me off this week? It would be a lot easier.

Q: Since I like easy, what are five things that irritated you this week?
Eric: Here you go:

  1. While volunteering at the league of NH craftsmen fair last weekend, Lynne had about ten craftsmen wanting her to watch their booth while they took a break. Me? I had only one. I know she is better looking, but come on!
  2. I’m already getting complaints from my Fantasy Football League members and we haven’t even drafted yet.
  3. My doodie blog post didn’t get one single comment. I thought it was good.
  4. The trial package for my Microsoft Word ran out. However, PC is still cheaper than Lynne’s $3,000 Mac laptop that is going to crap out the minute her Apple care runs out. September is coming quick Lynne.  (Way to jinx me!)
  5. My wife has been catching up on Project Runway episodes and has totally ruined the rest of the season for me.

Editor’s Note: Wow. I know I’m not responsible for his bad mood. I’ve been working straight out the last 5 days and out of his hair! I did not annoy him once all week! However, he did get a package from that New York Yaankee’s-obsessed Joanne Howard… maybe that set him off.

Mr. Basketmaker Speaks: Doodie

My poor Lynne has had a heavy workload since arriving home from our latest trip. Last night she only had 3 hours of sleep and was back working at 4 this morning. She informed me that the blog is being neglected and asked if I could please write her post tonight.

I think my exact words were “What?”

Then she said, just go do your “Mr. Basketmaker Speaks” thingy.

Now, the whole being creative on demand has always bothered me. Then, Lynne reminds me that this is what she does everyday and to just do it.

I’m still trying to figure out what the “Mr. Basketmaker Speaks” thingy is. I usually just ramble about nothing specific.

Just give me some time,  I will come up with something.

I’m thinking, I’m thinking, still nothing. I really can’t think of anything worth writing about. Well, we  did arrive home to Manchester less than a week ago. Not much other than that.

Oh, we did have that downpour where water came in the basement last night.

Did I say that Chance our dog looks really bored with us. I think he misses his three-mile walks with Lynne’s daddy (That’s what she calls her father. I simply call him “Bob.” Want to make sure everyone knows that.)

Oh, wait there was something funny, that you should like.

You may not know that Lynne loves to go camping. Well, she does. Note out to Maine Eric (the Sherpa), she saw her doctor yesterday and is not going to die from that spider bite. (Actually, four spider bites. And they sure did look pretty nasty.) Anyway, what Lynne really doesn’t like is bathrooms. Restaurant bathrooms, Rest Area bathrooms and most especially, campground bathrooms because they are the most gross places on the planet.  I’ve even heard her say that our own bathroom gives her the heebie-jeebies (Another one of her words, not mine).

One day before leaving for our trip, a UPS driver delivered a package to the house. It was a small narrow box from ebay. Lynne was out at the time and being curious, I opened the box. You want to know what it was? Let’s just say it was a little contraption that she could use if the bathrooms were just too nasty. I don’t think I should talk about it anymore, since it will embarrass her, but I need to add that there is a whole plastic “doodie” bag system with this little thing!

Hopefully she’s too busy to check what I just wrote. Enjoy and see you next time the “Basketmaker Speaks.” —Eric