1) The University of Alabama won another college national championship game! Good for them. We didn't watch the whole thing, but we checked in on the score periodically! We did watch the last part of the game, and if that was any indication, then I'm glad I didn't watch it all. Football makes me tense!
My coworker, who I'm sure I've told you is a HUGE Alabama fan (maybe even more so than my father was, and he was the most die-hard fan I'd ever known) was thrilled, of course. He came in with a big grin and an Alabama sweatshirt on. He and the pastor stood and talked about the game for a while, but I managed to tune most of it out. He's in there right now watching replays. I hope this doesn't last the rest of the week.
2) Kind of related, but not really... There is a chance I've mentioned this before, but I'm not sure. I'm almost hesitant to mention it now because it's a bit crass, but I noticed this and now I can't unsee it. I blame the classes I had to take in art history for my perception of it and I apologize in advance if you immediately think I'm gross for it. The college National Championship logo bothers me. I know it's a stylized football. I KNOW THIS. However, the more I look at it, the more it looks distractingly female. More specifically, it looks like a yoni. There are a lot of depictions of those in ancient art, and once I made the connection, I can't see it any other way. It's simultaneously funny and embarrassing.
3) I've been working hard on the wedding invitations that I talked about, and I've got several drafts so far! Yay! I'd like to make a couple more, though, just to be safe. I know that sounds crazy, but I'm always afraid that I'm going to hand over a bunch of drafts and they will not like ANYTHING. I even flat out copied the one she sent me as an example (with minor changes, of course) so that she can't be completely dissatisfied with everything. As silly as it probably sounds, doing any kind of creative work is nerve wracking. When you pull pictures or words out of your head for someone else to judge, it's a very vulnerable feeling. It's like pulling out your liver (you know, to show someone who likes livers) and hoping that they don't say "Oh, that's a sub-par liver." I mean, it's the only liver you have! It's even worse when you can't get the stuff out of your head and translated onto a page. Don't get me wrong, I love doing this sort of thing. When it all works out, it's a fantastic feeling, but when it doesn't, you can't help but feel like you will never be able to do anything creative again.
Oh, such a tortured existence for an artist. :) Ha!
4) We have a couple from our church getting married in the fall and they're so cute. They are an older couple that have been dating for several years and finally decided to make it official! There is something so sweet about older people deciding to get married. I know that sounds a bit condescending, but I really don't mean it that way. I mean, it's wonderful (and getting more rare) when people can get married young and stay married for a million years. However, I always think it's special when people who think that kind of thing is over and done with for themselves find someone else to love. It's nice. Hooray for love!*
*Yes, as jaded and cynical on that subject as I've been, you know I have to mean it to say it! :)