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Cascadia Art Museum is hosting their first holiday weekend this weekend, with events starting this evening. Looks like a lot of fun!

 

First Annual Holiday Weekend

Thursday, Dec. 3 to Sunday, Dec. 6

Join us for our very first holiday weekend, packed with deals and events for the whole family!

  • Enjoy a 10% discount for non-members in the museum store these four days only!  Members receive a 20% discount!
  • Thursday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – 2 Hour Adult (11 and older) card making workshop with local artist Angela Bandurka.  Reservations are required.  Details below.
  • Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Free drop-in family card making workshop with Mona Fairbanks and April Richardson.  Details below.
  • Sunday at 1 p.m. – Weekly walk and talk with our curator David Martin, on the Vintage Christmas Card Show
  • Sunday at 3 p.m. – Slide show history of the Northwest Watercolor society led by David Martin.  Details below.
The Edmonds Christmas Trolley runs from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, offering free rides!
Free Cascadia Art Museum Tote Bag with a purchase of $100 or more!
Thursday, December 3, 2:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cascadia Art Museum Multi-purpose Education Room
Adult (11 and older) card-making class with Angela Bandurka as she guides students through the process of painting an ornament with acrylic paint on watercolor paper as a holiday card for single use or multiple reproductions, or, as a framed work.
Cost: $10. Supplies provided. Museum admission not included.  30 participant maximum.  Reservations are required by contacting Tara Shadduck atadmin@cascadiaartmuseum.org.

Saturday, December 5, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Cascadia Art Museum Multi-purpose Education Room
Family drop-in card-making class with art educators Mona Fairbanks and April Richardson as they guide instruction on two card making genres: watercolor stamp making with pen work, and, small run, native plant printmaking on a portable printing press.
Cost: Free with Museum admission. Supplies provided. (Children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult.)

Sunday, December 6, 3 p.m. Cascadia Art Museum Multi-purpose Education Room
Curator David Martin will lead a slide show lecture on the history of the Northwest Watercolor society.  Cost is $5 for the public, members may attend for free.  Seating is limited, so it will be first come, first served.

Ah, very wise words; ones which I should embrace as deeply as I can. Often, I’m absorbed into the trap of comparison, and lose sight of “enough”. Losing sight of MY goals and dreams.

This also reinforces the importance of having your own goals and dreams. Vision gives you something to focus on, pulling you forward. That’s critical to avoiding a self-pitying spiral of misery.

Very, very cool.

Recently, I decided to host this site on my own servers. In that process, I thought I ported the whole thing over to NotJustSeattle.com. However, something broke in that process and I see this site remains, and is independent of my main site. With that, going forward, I’ll update NotJustSeattle.com, and these pages will be left to languish. At some point, I will either find a way to port the wordpress url over to my site, or I’ll simply kill this.

 

Anyway, see you on the internets!

I constantly get spam messages regarding how to get REO (bank owned properties) contracts. Lately, with HUD changing their listing broker structure, I’ve seen a battery of “act now! HUD’s reassessing their contracts…” missives. The sad/funniest part of the whole thing is that it really is, now, too late. BLB (the company that has received the HUD contract for Washington) has closed applications and is in the process of reviewing. Scammers can’t quit, I guess. 

Noticing a lack of community forums for these towns I’m fond of, I went ahead and whipped out these new pages:

Edmonds Living

Lynnwood Living

Come on by and give them a “like”.

Happy News Years!

Had a little fun with Gimpshop this New Year’s Eve

I just received a note from my almost-former fitness club, Vision Quest (read it here, if you wish). They have been acquired by Fitness International, LLC. If my brief bit of research holds true, they’re the parent for LA Fitness.

I bear them no ill will, and truly wish them and they’re staff the best. I found them pleasant and helpful. I great weary, though, of worn gear. Yeah, I’m not a treadmill runner, preferring my stationary bikes. But being relegated to barely functioning, decades old equipment wore me out. Anyway, I hope the new owners are prepared to invest and bring the facilities up to date. Sadly, I expect they will simply close sites and push people to existing LA Fitness locations.

It’s sad to see truly local companies fail and vanish. I guess, at one level, it’s the way of things. It’s hard to compete with the extra-large in commodities.

Just found this in my inbox. Would be a lovely gift for me. *cough* *cough*

Hey Santa!

 

Adobe Creative Cloud

Autoplayed videos; oh, how I loathe thee! I’ve been grousing about this for years. And now, NOW Facebook wants to launch into the space. Grrrr…

The radio piece I heard this morning didn’t  have much, except stating the auto-play piece. Reading this article on AdAge gives a bit more balance. Apparently, scrolling or swiping past will stop them from playing. And the mobile app won’t play them unless you’re on wifi. I guess that’s better than some of the ways these are executed, but still…

What I find most interesting, though, is their eagerness. Yes, this has a large revenue potential ($1 *10^6/day, plus the ability to deeply refine their  targeting), but, BUTTTTT I don’t know anyone who isn’t annoyed by them. I wonder how much this will alienate users, perhaps driving them somewhere else? Ok, I really don’t think that this will drive a max influx of Google+ users, but I do believe it will drive a lot of people to download Adblock, or one of it’s kindred products.

 

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