Thursday, May 19, 2011

Projected Project

Breathe Deeply
Hello everyone! I'm sorry that I missed you last week. I made a huge push to finish my office before my parents came to visit this week. The hard work of organizing my home is finally finished. All that remains if finishing touches, which I can languish over for the next several months.

Breathe a sigh of relief with me as I ponder the effects this will have on my writing and on your reading. Though I don't have a new post for you on Queen Victoria, I do have some research perking in the wings. That means that I will have a post for you next week.

I will be introducing the Aesthetic (Late Victorian) Period and the final years of transition between Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra. This period is filled with renewal...a renewal of intricate and delicate jewelry, a renewal of hope for a nation left too long in mourning, and the renewal of innovation in science, medicine, and the arts. I look forward to delving quickly and deeply into this part of Queen Victoria's reign.

For now, I leave you with a photo and a quote:

Late Victorian Brooch
"The late Victorian Period, known as the Aesthetic Period or Movement (1880-1901) was a direct response to the overindulgent fashions and to the stuffy formality and strict protocol of the Grand Period. And after 27 years of mourning, even the staid Victorians had lamented enough. During the Aesthetic Period a sense of fun and lightheartedness returned to jewelry. Whimsical motifs such as griffins, dragons, crescent moons and stars, butterflies and salamanders, were crafted into jewels of astounding beauty." ~Judith Anderson

Thursday, May 5, 2011

What Can I Say?

What Can I Say?
I have had so many plans for this post. Alas, they have all come to naught, and it's already Thursday going on Friday. Therefore, I'm here, checking in with you to tell you that I don't have anything to say about the Victorian Era today.

I do, however, have plenty to say about my's a wreck. At the risk of sounding like a whiny child, I'm just going to say that our garbage disposal started backing up night before last. Our landlord fixed it as promptly as he possibly could, and it's working fine right now, but the evidence has piled up on the counters and frankly, it's just overwhelming.

So, I'm actually here writing this post, which has up until now taken a backseat to my daily life this week. And the truth is, I'm procrastinating the inevitable...I'm going to have to tackle that mound of dishes. Right now, I am imagining my's firmly planted upon my head, and I am standing regally with excellent posture.
Piling Dirty Dishes
I am looking at the pile of dirty dishes, and I'm saying to myself, "You are a queen. You can do this." I'm under no true delusion here...I can't do it all at once. I'm sure of that. But the other day I found a tactic that worked well for me. I started with the worst dishes first. I set a timer and washed the pots and pans for fifteen minutes. The next day, I spent another fifteen minutes, and lo and behold the whole kitchen was sparkly and clean once again...something that had not happened in over a week!!!

So what am I trying to say here? What is the message to you? The message to you is that I didn't have time to research because I just didn't have time. Things are building up in my business, and the pull to work on the things that are actually paying me money right now is strong and hearty.
What to Do?
Also, the importance of working well...keeping my priorities (hubby, kids, and home) in weighing heavily upon my heart. I cannot in good conscience leave my blogs to wilt and wither after all the hard work I've put into them, but I also cannot continue to update them weekly with fresh research whilst working on income-generating projects that will actually help pay the bills.

So I'm going to do something different when I don't have time to do fresh research here. I have written so many posts that I love on here, and I thought to myself, "Why not just start capitalizing on the work I've already done and also gain the benefits of the link backs?"
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So here is one of my favorite posts, which happens to be about one of my favorite men. (Since I'm in a very sentimental mood, you'll have to put up with a sentimental link back.)

Until next week, I wish for all of you to meet with success in all you put your hands to this week!