No Rest For the Weary Weaver.

Eric has not taken a break from working in quite awhile. On Thanksgiving, when we arrived home after dinner, he went back in his workshop for a couple hours. And he’s been there all weekend. He’s got orders from September he’s still working on and another workshop this weekend in Connecticut. Here he is sanding parts for his mini tool kit (He taught this same basket at D.E.L.S. a couple weeks ago). Now all this ‘catching up’ does not include his finished mini baskets which he has a waiting list going back to 2003! What I would not give for a waiting list with my paintings. I’d be happy with a 1-month wait list. Let alone an 8-year waiting list like Eric. Oh… to be a sought-after artist. It must be nice.

Ohhh… To be Productive Like My Mother-In-Law.

Many already know that my husband learned his craft from his father and his father’s partner. But few know that Eric’s mother Joanne is a professional, talented painter and his step-father Bruce is a craftsman as well who restores old wooden boats for a living. So creativity is all in the family. I snapped this picture of Joanne without her knowing. (That’s the only way I can get pictures of her. But I cannot complain since that’s the only way someone can get a picture of me too! No matter what I try or how I pose, I always end up with the same distraught expression.) Back on point… pictured is my mother-in-law in her sunny studio showing me some of her latest work. Notice how it’s all filed in her print rack. Neat and orderly. Just like the rest of her studio. If I was showing her some of my latest pieces, I would be looking under the desk, climbing on the bookcase, thumbing through stacks of paper…. Another good spot is under the dog. Okay. So it’s really not that bad, but you get my point. And my discombobulated office is probably why I am not as productive as she is! Every time we go over and ask if she has anything new she whips out about 20 paintings. No lie. She needs to bottle that creative discipline, put a red bow on it and send it to me for Christmas! Actually, her son has the same trait. He’s very disciplined as well. It drives a lazy and procrastinating artist like me crazy!

A Christmasmoviephiliac’s Top 10 (plus some).

As promised, here’s the movies I do not miss during the month-long holiday-movie-marathon:

A Christmas Carol. There are multiple remakes and I have to watch ALL of them before Christmas, but my favorite take is the 1951 version with Alastair Sim as Scrooge.

It’s A Wonderful Life. My ALL time most favorite, favorite, favorite holiday movie! I’ve liked it since I was a kid and can recite most scenes (annoying to anyone who happens to watch the movie with me).

Fallen Angel with Gary Sinese. A sweet story set in Maine. 

ELF. I must admit, when I first saw this movie in the theater, I was not impressed. Maybe because all the funny parts were revealed during promotional ads. But a couple years later, I watched it on video and it was a lot funnier the 2nd time. And even more funnier the 3rd, 4th, 5th…. I now love this movie. 

A Diva’s Christmas Carol with Vanessa Williams. I know, it’s a made-for-tv movie but I think it is so funny! Is there really a diva that is that diva-ish?? 

Holiday Inn (with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire). A nice black & white classic. Cannot say more. 

Working Girl. Okay, I know, it has nothing to do with Christmas! But this movie always shows up in the guide this time of year so I’ll end up watching it. Who doesn’t love a struggling gal who gets her own office with a big window and a boxed lunch made by Harrison Ford! 

The Santa Clause. It’s cute. It’s funny. And I’m always amused at the scene when he shows up to work in sweatshirt and sweatpants. That’s like my daily work attire! 

How The Grinch Stole Christmas. And only the 1966 version!

Miracle on 34th Street. I like both renditions. 

White Christmas. Another classic that I never miss. Except, I empty the dishwasher, let out the dog or do some other task when they get to the They’re doing Choreography singing scene with Danny dressed as an artist saying “the theatuh, the theatuh, what’s happened to the theatuh?” I cannot stand that scene.

Holiday Switch. I like the storyline here. She is a wife and mom and they are broke and she breaks her favorite ornament and they cannot afford a tree. And while doing laundry, she wishes her life was different. She bumps her head and then climbs into her clothes dryer and ‘poof’ she climbs out into a glamorous life married to her old boyfriend. They are rich and he owns a gallery. But she discovers that she is unhappy and all she wants is to go back to her old life. 

The Christmas List. Another made-for-tv movie but I really like this one. It’s with Mimi Rogers (the first ex-wife of Tom Cruise) and she is almost middle-aged, dating a loser and she makes a Christmas List and she starts getting what she wished for. 

The National Dog Show. I know, this is not a Christmas movie! But come on. Who does not love dogs? (Cat owners, no need to respond). It is hosted by John O’Hurley (remember Elaine’s boss from Seinfeld?). He is funny. And, it’s held on Thanksgiving day! Look at it as the ‘kick-off’ to the holiday season. I mean, the holiday movie season!

I have probably about 10 more I would like to add to the list but I wouldn’t want to ruin Eric’s reputation. No need for people to know how sappy (or as Eric would say… pathetic!) I can be.

Now if you thought I forgot to add ‘A Christmas Story’ to this list, you are mistaken. I did not add it because I just don’t like it! Maybe because it reminds me of hanging out in my parents basement when I was a kid and the smell of sweaty, wet winter clothing lying on the cement floor in one big stinky pile, knowing that my cousin’s scarf is in there and his nose was running for several hours while we were outside. That’s what this movie reminds me of.