Sunday, March 19, 2006

life-by-number

I'm stiff and sore this morning. You might remember that I worked yesterday, and you might be thinking that I must have done something really exciting at work to warrant my back and neck pain today...

The truth is that several weeks ago while The Hater was gone on a trip I discovered the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby and picked up a couple of paint-by-number projects. The process really intrigues me, and it's been a great way for me to detach myself from everything else to concentrate on painting, albeit a paint-by-number.

My first one was a pot of pansies, which I think would make a great addition to any garage wall. Yesterday I almost finished one called "House Sitting", in which a cat is eyeing some bird-candy. It's not finished yet, but I'm sure it will be garage-worthy, too. You can't expect higher decorating standards for kits that cost $3 and $5, respectively.

So I stood over it for too long yesterday, playing. I finally went to bed last night when my neck was so tired I could hardly hold it up. I'm hard core like that. Soon I will smell of the heaven that is Icy Hot, and then I will attempt to finish my weekend-by-number masterpiece.

My next project should be to design a set of books called Life-by-Number. I think they could be like the Idiot's Guide to - books, but more classy. Or one big book with lots of chapters about how to do different things. I think it's a great idea, but right now I'm going to be partial to anything that involves a neutral neck position.

3 comments:

nicole said...

Completely NOT the point of your post but...you've got a HOBBY LOBBY??

I used to work with a woman that talked about her years working as a cashier there. I always marveled at how nifty a name "hobby lobby" is. For some reason it makes me a little jealous that we don't have one around here.

I know. I'm unhinged.

Angry Dissenter said...

I think Life By Number is a great idea. The only problem is that I would think it'd be awfully tempting to lapse into humor . . .

genderist said...

N: We have a Hobby Lobby and a Michael's within three miles of each other. Sometimes I punish The Hater by making him go with me. :)

AD: An instruction book for life would require a certain element of humor...