ragtags studio central: sarah's random this & that

random means "having no definite aim or purpose," (1655), taken from "at random" (1565), "at great speed" (thus, "carelessly, haphazardly"). In 1980s college student slang, it somehow, and sadly, acquired a distinct sense of "inferior, undesirable." (Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper) Well, okay, fine, Mr. Online Etymology Dictionary person, but THIS is the 21st Century. It's a whole new ball of wax.

Monday, February 27, 2006


Was this Dante & Sebastian, just last week? Today I was out in a skirt & sweater, barelegged, barefoot. If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

Friday Night at the Movies

Friday night, Colin & I BOTH really needed a break from the stress of this, that & the other.
I had tried to convince him to play hookie earlier in the day to no avail, but by the time 7:30 rolled around, even he had to admit he was teetering on the thin edge & needed to get away from it all.
The "$2 Theater" beckoned. Now really, I think they shouldn't go calling themselves the "$2 Theater"anymore because if you go at night, when MOST people do, it costs $3. Colin tried to convince me they DON'T call themselves the "$2 Theater", that they call themselves Cinema Savers, & it's still cheaper than the theater I REALLY LOVE, with reclining stadium seating to which you must drive & drive just to get there, & it's only ME who calls them (the OTHER one) the "$2 Theater" but I think he's wrong. I mean, Cinema Savers sounds like the name of a non-profit org out to save old movie houses, doesn't it? The "$2 Theater" is so much more straightforward, leaving no doubt in one's mind, it's a theater where the price is exactly $2. . .
Anyway, Friday night we saw, for $3 each, plus almost $5 for popcorn with only a LITTLE butter, Fun With Dick & Jane, apparently a Jim Carrey/TeaLeoni re-make of a 1977 George Segal/Jane Fonda movie of the same name. 1977 was a year we weren't really seeing alot of movies except at the $1 UNM Underground Cinema, since September was not quite 4, Corina was 1, Colin was in school & we were poorer then than now. But that WAS a year when they were showing such cool movies as McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Warren Beatty & Julie Christie) & King of Hearts (Alan Bates).
Fun With Dick & Jane made us forget our troubles for 2 or so hours & laugh out loud.

Choose Simple Shapes

Even though I wasn't yet anywhere near to being born in 1950, when this edition of the "Art for Living" books were being passed out (remember when we had our books passed out,the special ones, the ones we didn't get to keep in our desks?) & opened to page 51 on Art Day (remember when we had art only once a week?), I hafta tell ya, I DO put pretty colored bottles in my windows - have done forever. Sometimes I fill clear bottles with colored water.
In New Orleans, it's tradition to keep cobalt blue bottles on the sills for keeping away the EVIL spirits.
Speaking of New Orleans, I've been reading a book of short stories that's kept me entertained the past few late nights.
I think this one might be next.

Gimme Shelter

This is my page for Susie LaFond's upcoming house shaped chunky book - I'm REALLY happy about the way it looks - exactly as I envisioned it. How often does that happen?
Can't wait to see the compilation for this one!

Lips, Dishtowels, DVDs

An entire month! How could I let so much time fly by without posting some little something? Ahh, the old "best laid plans" scenario. . .
Yesterday - "Tradition" Sunday - the little boys stayed with Colin while, September, Corina & I ventured out to do something we RARELY, but not never, do. We went to The Mall. We had a specific reason - well, actually, two. September needed Mango Body Butter from The Body Shop & I had a coupon for free panties from V. . .'s Secret.
We made a pact we would only go to those two places, as The Mall can be a kind of depressing place. But then Corina wanted to pick a place, too, bringing us to 3; hers was Orange Julius in the Food Court. While the two sisters went there, I waited in the, well, I don't know what it's called - the part of the mall where you walk, is that the hall? the lobby? anyway - it turned out there was the last day of a University Women used book sale. It was a short wait for the girls, just long enough to find Books Two, Four & Eight of the 1950 edition of Art For Living, a paperback series of elementary school "art" textbooks. Paid $1.50 for the three - not the best bargain ever, but a good one nonetheless. Will upload some of the art in my next post.
Turned out my panties coupon starts tomorrow, so that stop didn't take long. The Body Shop was more time-consuming, smelling luscious & with such artful displays. And I came to a realization while there.
Most of you who know me well know I am not exactly your spare & sparse Zen type girl.
I often find "more is more" to be MORE representative of my personality, decorating & art styles than "less is more". But there are only a few things I find almost TOTALLY IRRESISTABLE! DVDs, fresh new graphic dishtowels, & last but certainly NEVER least, Lip Gloss of all sorts, in pots, in tubes, in cunning little jars. Who could ever have enough, let alone, too many?

I thought I would about have an attack if I didn't get some new. BUT, & here's where my revelation comes in, I decided to see if I could be equally satisfied getting lip gloss for someone else. So I told the girls I would get each of THEM whatever one they picked. Said & done. And you know what, it was swell. It was great! Watching them apply their shiny, good-smelling new glosses that will protect them from chapping & UV rays & make their lips look pretty & pink was a pleasure. But not as good as if I had come home with a brand new lip gloss just for me.