D-Squared T-Squared – Week 52 and Wrap-Up

 

 

For our final creative joint-activity of the year, Mister and I opted for a food project for New Year’s Eve: Goose. For those of you who eat goose each year during the holidays, this may seem like a non-event. But neither Mister nor I had ever prepared a goose before. Hell – I’ve never even eaten goose. Unless you count foie gras, which I should, but don’t.

 

 

Anyhoo, we found a recipe and then watched several videos on the YouTuber, after which I felt ready to tackle the bird. (For the record, the only changes we made to the original recipe were 1. adding zest to the salt/pepper mixture spread on the bird and 2. cooking the hell out of the poaching liquid, as there was only fat in the pan after roasting [no pan juices].) And y’all, because cooking does not freak me out, that was it. The goose was not only gorgeous, but also divine. It got rave reviews and I happened to love it.

 

 

Now! This marks the end of our weekly, organized-ish D2T2 activities. I won’t claim it was easy to undertake creative endeavors each week. And sometimes we, well, we failed. But all in all, it was a cool experiment. Our right brains were kicked into gear and we tried some things we otherwise wouldn’t. There was photography, painting, food, flipbookits and outings. There were other things, too, and some are still in-process. But if I’m telling the truth, I’m grateful it’s done. I’m also grateful to have done it. I loved working with Mister on projects. That interaction was a new experience for me. And though I practice artistic action fairly regularly, Mister doesn’t always get to. So, to my mind, this was good for him, too. Not only did he get to use his creative muscles, he also got to show just how creative he is. Sadly, not everyone gets to meet the artist within.

 

 

 

So, yes. Drunk-Dial Think-Tank has shut the lights and closed its doors. But it will never really be gone. To misquote Hippocrates, “Ars longa. Vita brevis.” Art is long. Life is short.

 

 

 

True dat, Troy. True dat.

D-Squared T-Squared – Week 51

 

 

Mister and I went on a creative outing this past week. Our target? The Frederick R. Weisman Foundation.

 

I’ve been before, true, but Mister was new to the experience. And honestly, I felt like a newbie, too. That’s how spectacular this place is. We were simply awed by the collection and I would go back again! For reals!

 

As photos are not allowed inside the structures, Mister snapped the above photo outside (totally allowed). I love that the Foundation extends their love of art to their mailbox. I love the mailbox, too.

 

As I’ve written before, if you find yourself in the Los Angeles area and can get a reservation for a tour, please do. It’s a fascinating collection. One you’re not likely to forget.

D-Squared T-Squared – Week 47

 

 

I hate to say it, but as the end of the year approaches, our creative endeavors are slowing. I mean – they’re not, but they are. Wha?

 

Take this last week, for example. The most creative focus I experienced had to do with food. As it was Thanksgiving, that isn’t too surprising. And believe me when I say it was creative.

 

But I feel like that’s incidental creativity. And though I certainly enjoy the spark and the finished products, it seems a little cheat-y as far as D2T2 aims are concerned. Dems da breaks, though, and that’s all I’ve got for this past week. A select few were actually around to sample my creative food-ing. As for the rest of you – you’re just gonna have to trust me.

 

There’s always next week, right?

D-Squared T-Squared – Week 45

 

 

When Mister and I first came up with the concept of “Drunk Dial Think Tank” and all its creative possibilities, our hope was to involve other folks and their ideas. While we’ve occasionally pursued projects with friends, it’s been rare. And the ideas have thus far come from us. Last weekend changed that. In fact, the project had nothing whatsoever to do with us. We were merely along for the ride, helping out where we could.

 

Our friend Tiffany is working on a project involving Iggy Pop. It’s a photo mission and it’s pretty flippin’ cool. She’s snapping pics of Iggy all over the world, in various situations and locales. While at sea together, Tiffany accepted our help with this art project. Mister and I may have thrown out an idea here and there, but make no mistake. The project is all Tiff. And it’s spectacular.

 

As it’s her project, we await a sample of her work. When she’s ready, we’ll share. Until then, Iggy Pop and Tiffany rule. Just like always.

D-Squared T-Squared – Week 44

 

 

This past weekend was, as you know, Halloween. So I talked it over with Mister and set a goal: carve a pumpkin to look like a kid we know.

 

We happen to like this kid, and we also happen to like his parents. So it mattered to us. But we also figured, worst case scenario – just toss the danged thang in the trash. It was worth a shot, right?

 

After muddling around with a picture in Photoshop – the longest part of the project – we deemed the affected photo acceptable. The rest, as they say…

 

In the end, I didn’t think the punkin looked much like the kid, but it wasn’t offensive either. Our friends liked it, and that’s all that mattered.

 

For the record, I wanted to add devil horns. But you know how people be about they babies.

 

D-Squared T-Squared – Week 43

 

 

 

This past weekend’s creative endeavor was pasta, in honor of World Pasta Day.

 

Mister and I decided to make a pumpkin-ricotta stuffing for ravioli and we got to rolling. And stuffing. And eventually – eating.

 

Here’s the straight dope: it was okay. The pasta could have been thinner. The ravioli could have been smaller. (The giant pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter we used was a bit too big.) Even the brown butter-sage-balsamico sauce could have been, well, something.

 

 

In the end, everything simply was what it was and that was that. It was a lot of effort for a so-so dinner. And the experience might have caused some to stick to store-bought. But we’re not giving up. We think we can make better pasta and we’ll keep at it. I mean, it’s food. And food can be marvelous, delicious art, right? Right.

D-Squared T-Squared – Week 40

 

 

I’ve shared a couple of these photos already, but as they’re part of the “good” shots I got in London, I’m sharing again.

 

 

I love photography. I love the work of people who are adeptly skilled at its finer nuances and I love the lucky snaps that any random person may snag. It really is a numbers game for most of us. Personally, I have to take about a jillion photos to end up with a handful of pics I actually like.

 

 

All I can say is, thank goodness for digital cameras. Makes life a lot easier. And by easier, I mean cheaper than film.

D-Squared T-Squared – Week 39

 

 

Mister and I worked on various art photography ideas while in London, and we’ll process those and share soon (as if I haven’t shared enough pics in my various London blog posts). Since we were both armed with our own cameras, we only have to weed through about 2000 photos. You know, to find the handful that are actually good.

 

In the meantime, I’m going to claim our Week 39 artistic endeavor as all the museum-ing we did in London. (I get to make that call because I’m the boss of me.) Seriously – there were times when my brain overloaded on so much art. In a good way, granted, but still. That overwhelmed feeling we experienced is called Stendhal Syndrome and I succumbed more than once. Being the dork that I am, whenever I felt myself getting googly-eyed over so much art/beauty/Harry Potter/Kate Bush magic/history, I would say, “I think I’ve got Seinfeld Syndrome.” Makes no sense, I know. But that is what I said and I’m just being honest.

 

Don’t get me wrong. Stendhal Syndrome isn’t a bad thing. Feeling so deeply is wonderful. Art is wonderful. Mister and I saw some amazing things and we were emotionally and physically affected. Let’s hope one of the effects is more creative endeavors. Fingers crossed.

D-Squared T-Squared – Week 38

 

 

I’m just back from a big trip and I’m lagging. So my D2T2 efforts are in need of processing. As soon as I’m awake during daylight hours, I’ll share some photo art.

 

Woo-hoo!

D-Squared T-Squared – Week 37

 

 

We decided to take a break from the Mystery Project and tackle a different artistic endeavor. So we’re smack dab in the middle of a photography session. And it’s fun! We haven’t tweaked any of the photos yet, but will share some once they’re ready.

 

And yes, we will return to the Mystery Project. That one’s slow-going, but will eventually see daylight. Swear to beans.