Saturday, March 7, 2009

Wooden super hero catharsis....

My sewing machine is getting dusty, and my blog is even dustier.  I blame my job on both, but I like my job, so I don't want to be too blamey towards it.  If you read this regularly you know that I work with adults who have developmental disabilities.  I recently became the instructor at my program, so I am like a "teacher lady" with 2 different 2 1/2 hour classes plus an hour in a half being a lunch monitor (or I'll go ahead and say lunch lady).  When the adults I work with are engaged, I consider the class a success.  When they are enthusiastic, I consider the class an enormous (almost miraculous) success to the point where I feel moved to tears.  The reason I am telling you this is so that you can understand why my blog is being neglected lately.  In an effort to try to get my class excited I pump up my enthusiasm for whatever we are doing by about a million percent.  I talk about the new spring weather like it is the first time I have ever experienced something as amazing as "buds forming on trees", and I direct a Bingo game as if the stakes are millions and bazillions of dollars instead of a sticker of an ice cream cone.  This enthusiasm results in me coming home at 5:00 feeling like I have been run over by a truck.  The energy I have left is completely depleted when I exert it to open a bottle of wine.  But, this makes me sad.  I miss creating my little plush friends.  

However, I have discovered the immediate catharsis of painting (or maybe "re-discovered" since it was my major in college).  I am really ecstatic.  I have started this super hero matroyshka project and it feels so good to be creative again.  The sewing takes too much planning for my energy level right now, so I don't know when I'll get back to it, but hopefully the wooden super heroes will entertain you as much as they are entertaining me.  Thanks!  Go outside!  Have fun and enjoy the breeze that doesn't chill you anymore!


Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi nichol!
oh how exciting!
i love your wooden dolls!
i am so glad you are enjoying your work. they are sooooo lucky to have you!

Leeanna Butcher said...

these are so fun!
i love how you are making your students' lives so much fun everyday with all your enthusiasm and energy. :D