Archives for December 4, 2008

Not the Day I Had Planned

Charlie did not have therapy today. His OT is at a feeding conference somewhere, so we had the whole day to ourselves.

As I mentioned yesterday, the only thing on the agenda for today was a trip to drop off my application for the art show. I stayed up late trying to get in some therapy hours, Charlie got up early and we hung out for a while and then he took a nap. I took one with him. We were ready to go at about eleven and I thought I’d hit McDonald’s since there wasn’t a thing in the house and both Charlie and I will eat Chicken Nuggets.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned that I live in a small town. Well, today they had an inspection sticker check-point set up and they were ticketing anyone who didn’t have an inspection sticker.

When I moved down here from Arkansas, I was a little overwhelmed with the brain injured baby, the hydrocephalus diagnosis, the subsequent brain surgery, the epilepsy, and the subsequent house arrest ( because of the medicine we were taking). Somehow, I forgot to register my car in Louisiana OR get a Louisiana driver’s license. I’m sure there are normal people out there that take care of things like this, but truly and honestly I hadn’t thought about it in awhile.

So when I pulled up to the check point I:

Had no inspection sticker.
Had an expired registration from another state.
Had an expired driver’s license from another state.
Had an expired insurance card ( I have insurance–I just couldn’t find the card).

I was completely honest with the officer: I told him that I knew the stuff was expired, I wasn’t going to waste his time telling him some story, and that I was prepared to deal with whatever punishment I received. He actually let me go, but told me that he could have had my car impounded in addition to about a bazillion tickets. NOT COOL! I think he only let me go because I had the baby in the car and he didn’t want me to have to walk home.

I figure I’ve got to take care of this, so I go back to my house, call my insurance company, gather up some paperwork, and head to the DMV. Actually, I called my mother who agreed to accompany me to the DMV because trying to do anything with a one-year-old who can barely sit much less stand, is a chore.

At the DMV they won’t issue me a new license because my old one is expired and I don’t have a copy of my birth certificate. They would let me register my vehicle, but I decided to wait til I’m doing the license so I can take care of everything all at once. So tomorrow I get to go back to the DMV from hell again. Yippee.

In other news, I did manage to get the application thing taken care of. It is a juried show and I have no idea if I’ll get in as I know very little about the show and what kind of works they’ve shown previously. I figure, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Anatomy of an Art Application

I (not so) wisely posted on my blog that I wanted to enter a Mixed Media Art Show. I did this in an attempt to get my butt in gear. Well, let me tell you how things went.

Sunday: Look at upcoming week in planner. Notice that entries are due Friday. No biggie, I decide–plenty of time. The paintings are already finished–how hard could the application process be?

Monday: Hook up new scanner and scan in some paintings. Feeling good.

Tuesday: Look at prospectus and realize that scans are not accepted–only photographs. Realize that it’s too late to get any good light and I will have to get up early, take new photos, and drop off entry at the post office.

Wednesday: Get up early and take photos. Realize paintings are unsigned. Paintings may not be altered from the photographs, so I sign my painting, finish the edges, and take another set of photos. Burn photos onto a CD. Check prospectus, find errors in my entry package and correct them. Create labels for CD. Print and fill out entry form. Stress unnecessarily over the blank labeled “value” for each painting.

Realize that it’s too late to drop entry in the mail. Decide that I will have to hand-deliver it tomorrow. Fill out entry form again because I didn’t like the way that the first one printed out.
So. . . hopefully I didn’t do all this running around for nothing–fingers crossed! In other news, I found out that I can enter three paintings on one form, so I entered the two in my poll and a third one. You may start to notice a theme.
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