Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Big Fall List Of Fabulousness

Fabulous photo by the lovely Shea. I hate photos of myself. But this one is pretty good (I guess). My hair looks weird. Sigh.

So anyway, let's hear it for September! Woohoo! It's the start of Fall and I love it. I'm pretty excited about this season, especially in our new neighborhood. I intend to give you a photo "walking tour" of our new 'hood soon.

All year I've been saying that this fall lots of things will kick into gear. Well, I don't know about 'kicking into gear' but I do have a number of projects I'm excited to start working on. Here's a sampling, both big and small.

1. Goal setting: Okay, I don't usually set goals for myself because I have a hard enough time keeping up with everyday life. HOWEVER, a long-standing wish has been to have a little art show. Maybe it's in a coffeeshop, maybe it's in a group showing somewhere, maybe it's an open-studio thing. I don't know. However, I would like to have a little show somewhere, somehow, next fall. One year from now. That's a pretty good goal, right? That means I have to make some art, right? Right. I'm thinking a forest theme. That way the owls can show up too.

2. School: I'm on the verge of deciding to enroll in a part-time program for a Masters in Social Work. Yes, after all that hemming and hawing and clothing-rending, I've (almost) decided. Why social work? Mostly it's because I want to stay in my current field (mental health), and also because I'd like to do work with art therapy some day. It's something I'm interested in, it's totally do-able part time, and it's not a radical change. It's something that I can fold into my life as-is. Every single occupation/personality test I take recommends counseling or therapy or social work or art or teaching for me. I can do all of those things with an MSW. So... I haven't *quite* made the final decision yet (still investigating programs, etc.) but I'm very excited about it. Finally moving out of the world of pre-requisites into an actual degree program! It only took 7 years... (yet another illustration of "Do it now -- the time will pass anyway...")

3. A number of smaller goals: Make a graphic design website for my teeny-tiny freelance gig, set up Etsy shop for prints, work on outline for book idea Terri and I came up with, start a local support group for couples with the unwelcome guest of chronic illness...

Some other fall wonderfulness:

* Decorate for fall! We love to decorate for autumn and winter holidays. I especially like making Halloween crafts.
* Autumn menu planning! Bring on the butternut squash -- it's my favorite food season.
* RIP books galore! I have quite a list. I'm currently reading The Godfather because I don't have anything else yet from the library -- does that count? (somehow I doubt it)
* October movie viewing! I like a good scary (not gory) movie. We want to watch a lot of spooky things in October. A friend's husband made us a fabulous list (below, in case you'd like your own scary-movie viewing party, or have something to add)

Scary Movie List (by Steve)

Ghost Stories

* “The Haunting of Julia”- Mia Farrow
“Don’t Look Now”- Donald Sutherland
“Ghost Story”- Fred Astaire
“The Changeling”- George C. Scott
“The Black Cat”- Lugosi / Karloff (sort of)
“The Body Snatcher”- Lugosi / Karloff (sort of)
* “Carnival of Souls” - 1962
* “Repulsion”- Roman Polanksi, 1965
* “The Fog”- 1980, Adrienne Barbeau, directed by John Carpenter
“Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte”- Bette Davis
“The Nanny”- Bette Davis
“Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” Bette Davis, Joan Crawford
“Let’s Scare Jessica to Death” – 1971
“White Zombie”- Bela Lugosi


* “Dracula”- Bela Lugosi
* “Horror of Dracula”- Christopher Lee
“Dracula Has Risen From the Grave”- Christopher Lee
“Nosferatu”- 1922 (silent)
“The Hunger”- David Bowie
“Fright Night”- 1985, Roddy McDowell
“Salem’s Lot”- 1979

Haunted Houses

* “The Shining”- Jack Nicholson
“Wicker Man” 1973 (sort of)
* “The Innocents” 1961
“Poltergeist”- Craig T Nelson
* “Session 9”- David Caruso
“The Haunting”- 1963

I can't wait to start in on the list!

Anyway. Just kicking off my favorite season with a happy post.


Tammie said...

i love this post and i love fall. its my favorite season too.

i want to go back to school but im so scared. i need someone to hold my hand and tell me that it will all be ok. :)

as far as your scary movie list goes: i think all movies staring donald sutherland are slightly creepy. he is just one freaky looking man!

Kate said...

I'm going to watch Wallace and Grommit's Revenge of the Wererabbit and try to find Let The Right One In, a Scandinavian vampire movie. (Scandinavian existentialism and vampires! Hell, yes!) Have you watched "Ils" (Them)? It's scary as crap - I had nightmares for three weeks - possibly scarred from the watching. I highly recommend it.

The photo is lovely, and goals (big are small) are always important! I especially want to hear about your art so keep us informed!

Daphne said...

Tammie -- I'll hold your hand! (well, via email). you could totally do it.

Kate: I really want to see Let The Right One In, too. I have the book -- do I watch the movie first, or read the book? Difficult decision!! I have not seen Ils, I will add it to the list!!

Leslie said...

I work in an office that does mostly art therapy and you would LOVE IT.

It's seriously amazing!

Barefoot_Mommy said...

We started decorating for fall last month. From now until the end of the year is my FAVORITE everything.

Halloween & related crafts= awesomeness

Your Spooky Movie List= great!

Your pic= very pretty!

Good luck with all of your goals! I have about 92 credit hours of pre-reqs under my belt... I could literally go into ... 3? 4? different degree programs.... if only I could make up my mind

Lara Starr said...

1) Your hair does not look wierd!
2) I'll join you for a double dose of Bette - "Charlotte" & "Jane"

Daphne said...

Leslie: ooh, I want to hear all about it. I know I would love it. It's awesome.

Barefoot: thanks! I have approximately one million credits of prereqs too... I'm qualified for just about anything!

Lara: come on over!

Stefanie said...

yay for butternut squash! I love the stuff. Marvelous list of very achievable goals you have made. I look forward to hearing about them as you progress. I know you will be a success in school and with the art!

stefanie said...

Oh, and I love the photo!

Susan said...

You look gorgeous, Daphne! And Happy Fall to you too!!

I love the movie list....i was so delighted to see The Changeling and Don't Look now on there, as well as The Haunting, all three are on my all-time scary list!! I agree, you should see Let the Right One In, and now I'm going to go add Ils to my list too!!

And I love the idea of your art show, you know i love your art, I think it's a great idea. I wish I could cross the continent to come to it! lol