Thursday, November 01, 2007

I'm moving...

And man, is it a move! My family is moving back to the east coast after living in California for the past 9 years. This is a BEAUTIFUL area to live in, but the schools in this state are horrendous and the cost of living is out of this world. It is also extremely crowded; we miss the beauty and tranquility of NY state.

So, we're moving because my husband got a WONDERFUL job opportunity in Connecticut. Both of our families live on the east coast and we saw this as the perfect opportunity to go back. Needless to say, my children are not thrilled, but they are very understanding and I think a little sick of California living as well. My oldest (18 years old) is having the hardest time out of the three boys. He goes to the local community college with a bunch of his friends and would like nothing more than to stay. But realistically speaking, he knows it isn't feasible.

I'm currently miserable because my husband is already in CT working and I'm here in CA teaching full time, taking care of the kids AND working like a slave to keep my house neat and clean for the people who are coming through. I HATE THIS PART!!!!!

To get through this move, I thought about keeping a written journal to record this whole pain in the arse experience, but then it hit me...why not record this experience by making the 3x3s that I love to make? So here we go...

This is the first piece I made on October 29th. It's called "Get a Grip!" I used blue acrylic to reflect my mood and Kosher salt for the tears I've been crying just about every day. The wings will help me fly away from all the stress. The red crown represents the fire I know I still have somewhere inside me...it just needs to be rekindled.

This piece was made on Halloween. I was home all alone. All three boys were out and about. I ate dinner by myself, had a glass of wine, and made this on the kitchen table while waiting for the doorbell to ring. I also worked on a RR journal that evening as well. First quiet and completely relaxing night I had in a long time...

I made this one this evening. It's called "SELL MY HOUSE!" I had to lower the price of the house because the market here is just horrible. I'm trying to keep a positive attitude, but it's so incredibly hard. the houses here used to sell in a day; LITERALLY! Now they're on the market for weeks. I'm not a happy camper.

Check back tomorrow...I'm going to try to make a 3x3 everyday...





11 comments:

Joanne Huffman said...

Sandee, I think your 3x3s are a great journaling technique. I hate moving as much as anyone and have a lot of empathy for what you're going through. It's great that you can express it with your art.

Have you tried burying St Joseph? It's supposed to work.

Joanne

Big Bunny said...

Sandee, U R truely amazing!!! I think it is very healthy to put these feelings in writing...facing them head-on. I am deeply sorry for the pain you are feeling...but in awe of your intellegnce. You continue to be my inspiration! I love you. You are great!

Angie in AZ said...

OMG, how do you find such perfect images for how you are feeling and what you want to say! These are great and will make a wonderful LFB of your own when you finish. And hon, if the house isn't perfect when everyone comes through it, it won't be the end of the world. The people know someone still lives in it and probably know before they come that your name isn't Martha! Breathe! Hang in there!

christy grant said...

Sandee I love your blog and the banner is awesome! The 3x3s are great therapy and look wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Sandee, PLEASE be sure to email me your new address please!!!
I have not yet finished my special zine for you but it IS on my to do list!
I have been working on some personal deadlines.
BUT I did get the special items to finish it up!
*Smiles*
Amber Dawn

Cat said...

WOW...Sandee, this is such a great idea....and you do the 3x3's so nicely! Love the ones you put together for your journal!!!
I know your house will sell....hang in there and look to that brighter day!!!
Let's see, I've got 15 or so moves under my belt now and each one was a PITA!!! But the pay-off at the end makes it all worth it!
xo,
Cat

kathy mc said...

What a cool idea. Very nice. Good luck with the move. Love your art. Your journal pages are wonderful.

primdollie said...

Love the idea and the 3x3's really super art and great idea!! I hope the move will go quickly and smoothly I feel your pain and know all too well about such a mess so hang in there and keep arting and all will go well!!! hope the boys transition ok I was lucky no kids so that was a big plus!! but they will be ok and all will go well! sending you giant hugs!! Linda

Aileen (Pronounced A-Leen) said...

Sandee, great idea to journal through 3x3s! They're wondefully symbolic and will be something to look back on good or bad and remember. Somewhere in there your sense of humor is still alive, I can hear it and see it in your art so keep fanning the spark and keep it alive, it will see you through this awful part and one day you will be happily settled. *hugs*

Jodi said...

Sandee -- I enjoyed reading your "story" through your art. What a cool way to journal the experience! Hang in there sweetie!!! (((hugs to you)))

Aimeslee said...

Oh my gosh, girl, and here I thought you hated my guts over something I was totally clueless about that I had somehow done....geez. I cannot believe you are having to do this, but it'll be the best thing you just wait and see. Kinda like having to walk on hot coals in order to get to Nirvana, huh? Well, you will be in my thoughts and YOU BETTER EMAIL ME YOUR NEW ADDRESS! Or I'll come sit on ya and that's not pretty. ROFL BIG hugs, xoxo