So here's the thing - this post is simply not coming together in my head the way I need it to. I am trying to be clever and witty and weave in some tidbits from childhood that you might find interesting but to be honest, it ain't happening. I suppose my choices are as follows:
1) Noodle on this post a little longer and hope that the cogs in my brain finally unstick and I can express myself in the most genius fashion ever.
2) Spell it out in plain English.
I am opting for choice #2 because even though my calendar is "empty" today, I have a shitload to do and feel like I need to push forward with my day.
So, most importantly, what I wanted to do today, was to do some more shameless promoting of a loved-one. This time, for Karen Banker, who is a dear friend, my own personal consigliere in most life-related matters, and one helluva an artist.
Karen currently has a one-woman show, Thought For Food, at the Microcosom Art Gallery located in Cosmos Cafe in Uptown Charlotte on the corner of 6th & College Streets. The exhibit runs from April 1 - April 30 and this coming Friday, April 10th, there will be a reception from 6 - 10 featuring complimentary food and wine. I highly encourage all of you to go check out the show. Karen is extremely talented and I promise, you won't be disappointed.
Speaking of artistic abilities, I thought that I had some. I really did. I have always been a creative person and as a kid my hands were permanently stained with ink or dye or paint because I was always, always, always doing something arts & crafts related. Most kids went Christmas shopping at Toys R Us. Mom took me to Lee's, a professional art supply store on West 57th, where I would stock up on every kind of marker, paint, pastel and pencil available.
As for the quality of my work...well, I was a child and I personally believe that you never, ever, ever squash a child's dream and I suppose my parents did too because I was always told that I was good. Talented. Artsy.
But now...well, now I am feeling rather frustrated. And I don't know if it's due to my own lack of artistic abilities, or the fact that I feel severely hamstrung by my lack of technological knowledge.
I am trying to redesign my blog. I know it won't happen in a day. And I know it won't happen within the confines of Blogger (which is great but also somewhat limiting in terms of color choices, font choices, design elements, etc.). But every time I visit a "professional blog" (see my new blogroll for some of my favorites - professional and otherwise) I get an itch to kick ITAC up about 100 notches in the look and feel department.
So I started out small this morning, by trying to fool with the template and some of the color and font choices (again - so limited). I only meant to spend a wee bit of time...but it's now after 12pm and I have been at this since 10am. And I am still not satisfied.
After several frustrating hours, I left it at the point where the blog felt readable and unoffensive aesthetically. But as I said, using a Blogger template sort of limits you in the layout department (Why must my 800 labels appear in one long column? Why can't I change this? And why can't I have 2 separate sidebars? And how do I add borders? ARGH!), unless you can manipulate the code, and I don't know code. Clearly. Hence - where Art and Technology meet.
So bear with me as ITAC continues to undergo a redesign. And in the meantime, as I said, if you really want to see some awesome art, check out Karen's show in Charlotte.
Now I have to go tend to my farm.
And if that ain't country. I'll kiss your...
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