Wednesday, March 30, 2011

News from the Frontline

This week is Hell-on-wheels: the biggest week for both me and Evan, and it is weighted so the second half is much worse than the first. We are going in head-on. Check in on Saturday to see if we are still alive.

In other news, it has come to my attention that from recent posts it may seem as if we only have one child. We do, in fact, have a daughter, and she is doing great. Here is the proof:

Oh, and one of our dog, too, who is Lena's biggest fan. No, really. Lena is the only one who can get the dog to dance.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Say Cheese

This is what happens when I ask my kids to smile for the camera.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Study Aid

Well, this semester is coming quickly to a welcome close. With it, though, comes an abundance of midterms, assignments, and papers. I am starting to feel a little schizophrenic with the classes I am taking, because, even though they are all major classes, none of them really overlap in subject matter. Everyday I feel like having to pick which hat I need to wear: should I be Hannah pretending to be an expert on the influence of Raphael in the work of 16th century Flemish Mannerist artist, Bernard van Orley, or should I be Hannah writing new research about the effect of primitive fear reflexes in viewing the work of contemporary artist Jenny Saville?

This past Thursday I was studying for a midterm in modern architecture. It involved the memorization of about 70 buildings, name, architect, location, movement, essential information, and how each contributes to the history of architecture. Seventy. And I was quickly running out of time. With an hour to go, I struck upon a moment of genius: I got Ollie to memorize them with me. Why didn't I think of this before?

Me: Ollie, say "Empire State Building, by Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon."
Ollie: Empire State Building. Shreve, Lamb and Harmon!
Me: Empire State Building...
Ollie: Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon!

Genius, I tell you. And it totally worked. There was no way I could forget cute little baby voices reciting architects and building names during my test.

Moral of the story is that I need to make better use of my children's sponge-like brains, and that even my kids can teach me a thing or two.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Weeks 9-11/52

Week 9
Theme: Express Yourself

Week 10
Theme: Childhood Toys

Week 11
Theme: Darks and Lights