An Ostentation of Peacocks Parades Vibrant Plumes

Lots of focus on the arts this week. My daughter starred in her third musical through The Art Underground – The Little Mermaid. While she didn’t get one of the top roles, she plays four different characters and so is on stage for 2/3 of the show. So proud of her! Her final performance is this evening and then we start getting ready for the next audition.

Secondly, I’ve been getting the final art for A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS, and I am ecstatic! I wish I could share them all with you, but that would take away the fun wouldn’t it? Nonetheless, feast your eyes on this ostentation of peacocks fanning their tail feathers. Gorgeous, no? And don’t forget, if you have an iPad and you know you want the app, you can sign up to be a TROOPer, purchase it on release day and get a special price!

Quotes on Gratitude

“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” — Oprah Winfrey

“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.” — Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

“Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift. It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.” — John Ortberg

Gratitude list for the week ending November 17

  1. Em “killing it” in her Little Mermaid performance yesterday
  2. Again – the art for TROOP. Only a few more left to go!
  3. One of my in-person critique partners has agent interest in a picture book manuscript! A cause for celebration for us all.
  4. PiBoIdMo and the exercise of coming up with fresh ideas for picture books
  5. A “toenail moon” in a midnight sky
  6. Surviving a week filled with dress rehearsals, basketball practices, doctor’s appointments, field trips, and meetings. Sometimes, I realize, it’s okay to be grateful for just making it through to the other side. 🙂
  7. My homemade Amatriciana sauce – I do believe it is going to be a specialty of mine now.
  8. Waking up early enough to write in my journal a couple of mornings this week. I’d gotten out of the habit, and I’m trying to get back in.
  9. Making steady progress toward getting ready for 12 x 12 in 2013
  10. A long nap on a day I really needed one

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. Please share your sauce recipe!

    • Saute 1/4 lb of diced pancetta in olive oil until golden brown. Add 3/4 cup finely diced onion, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1/2 tsp of crushed red pepper (or 1/4 tsp. if you have folks sensitive to spicy food), and fresh cracked black pepper. Saute for a couple more minutes. Add 28 oz. of diced or whole canned tomatoes (if whole, crush them by hand), a tablespoon of tomato paste and a spoonful of sugar. Add a few leaves of fresh basil if you have it, or a tsp. or so of dried basil if you don’t. Simmer on medium-low until thickened. Mine turns out so thick I can eat it with a fork!

      The sauce is best with Bucatini if you can find it (it’s like spaghetti but with a hole in the middle. If not, it tastes great with regular spaghetti or linguine.

      Buon Appetito!

  2. Yum and great quotes and list as usual 🙂

  3. Love the peacocks, Julie! I look forward to seeing them all. Thanks for your hard work focused on next year’s 12×12…

  4. Looking forward to a Troop of Monkey’s release. Liked Oprah’s quote the most. That’s real growth. Am part of a seed thought meditation group that meditates on something specific daily and journal our thoughts. We come together at the end of the month to share. Love that discipline and balance in my life.

    • Pat, that sounds like an amazing group! I wish I could find something similar. I’m sure they exist in Boulder – just to find the time to find one! 🙂

  5. Beautiful illustration, Julie! It’s so exciting to see your story coming to life, isn’t it? 🙂 Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  6. Such colorful peacocks! Thanks for sharing. And congrats to your daughter (and to you) for a productive, artistic week!

  7. Kathleen Cornell Berman

    Thanks for sharing your sauce recipe, it sounds delicious. Glad to see you had a wonderful, productive week. I am looking forward to reading your new book and being a part of the “new” 12 X 12.

  8. Saucy post :•)
    The peacocks are gorgeous!!!!
    Yea, Em!
    I saw that moon, too…

  9. Last week at my school, 5th and 6th grade did our operetta on Wednesday, and I am glad your daughter was in one too! 😀

    • Good for you Erik! I think musical performances are a wonderful way for kids to express themselves. Hope you enjoyed yours.

  10. The illustrations are gorgeous! When I grew up we lived very close to a city park with roaming peacocks. They were often in our yard, spreading their colorful fanfare. And screaming like crazy! I never knew they were called an ostentation as a group, but they certainly were ostentatious.

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