Stiletto Heights

I am Jennifer Gordon- a mixed media collage artist and comic writer living in Columbus OH, with my fiance and love- Keith. I specialize in paintings, ACEOS, journals, art boxes and more. I am always available for commissions! Visit my etsy shop at: http://www.stilettoheights.etsy.com

Thursday, September 06, 2007

The Perfect Day Off Goes Somehting Like This




Happy Thursday

So, my bubs had yesterday off from work so we decided to have a "real" day off...we decided to walk into Westerville and roam around the book stores and the antique shops. It was bliss, knowing we did not have to be anywhere or do anything, just walk and roam...

It started with a visit to the "nice" post office where everyone is friendly and they help you, also when there is a long line people don't start stealing stuff off the walls, like at the post office I usually go to.

Then we headed to a wonderful little used book place called "The Book Manor", now you need time to go through the book manor as it really does not appear to be in any kind of order, sure there are "sections" but those seem vague and there are books piled everywhere. I scored a good vintage Nancy Drew (I opted for The Haunted Bridge, rather than the Haunted Showboat)...then we wandered to an antique shop and then decided to have lunch.

We decided on The Old Bag Of Nails pub, because we have gone there for drinks a lot and the atmosphere is great....though much to my chagrin the menu reads like a vegetarians worst nightmare....there was nothing for me to eat.

Needless to say I ended up eating a plate of mozzarella sticks, I could have gone for a salad but you know me and the cheese.

now.....after the meal we wandered a bit more and actually made our way over to an establishment that I have been meaning to check out....now I don;t want to say the name, as I'm positive the owner "googles himself" an awful lot...and that's not all he does to himself I'm sure.

So anyway, I will just say that this is a theme bookstore...right when we walk in I am at once overwhelmed with the smell of cat. You know that mix of pee and funk that happens when there is a cat in a small space.

Yet...............the space was huge it being inside an old Victorian house. But why? Why would a bookstore smell like cat, so of course I don't edit my brain monologue and say out loud, "it smells like cat", and when I turn the corner I see....that there is a GIANT cat laying on the front counter almost hiding the GIANT man who was click clacking on the inter web right behind it.

ugh, it was not a pleasant site...now I really don;t have anything against cats at all, other than being deathly allergic to them, but why??? Why would you have a cat in a store....and why would a big building smell like cat pee so much.

I wander a bit as does my bubs, the place seems cool, but the kitty stink is overwhelming. The carpet is covered in cat hair, there are tumbleweed size cat clumps everywhere....and that's when we see it, a separate wing of the shop devoted to cats...a cat gift shop...and that room...the carpet looked white with cat clumps.

ugh, by then my throat is closing and I am fearing that we will need to rush me to the hospital, so I bolt from the cat haven, bubs on my tail (note the pun), then we are back into daylight and the normal world.

I turn to my bubs and say, I bet he lets his cat just pee all over him, and my bubs agrees and mumbles something about the man loving it...

it's all bad, it's awful.

From there we went in to a couple more places and then headed home to drop off goodies and then head out again to get ice cream so we could have a sitting on the front porch date together. I usually refer to them as "swing dates" but I was afraid if I wrote that you would all get the wrong idea.

So there you have it, a single day.

the photos today are of two collages I have done, based on the Romeo and Juliet ballet, they are listed separately in my shop but they look wonderful together.

OK, enough cat blabber for today....catch you all tomorrow.

xoxo

PS- yesterday I ate cookies for breakfast, then had cheese sticks for lunch, then had some root beer and then more ice cream with a cookie (as a garnish) last night....yeah, as you see there was no "dinner" on that list, nor anything healthy so I must drag my butt over to the exercise bike for a bit.

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16 Comments:

Blogger Aaron said...

Oh, yeah, I forgot about the cat allergies. If you guys ever come out to visit, I'll have to "accidentally" lock my roommate's cat out for a couple days. Alternately, I can get you a paper surgical mask to wear like Michael Jackson. That might be kind of awesome, actually.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Chicalookate said...

Oh cat pee. Ick. That would ruin the experience for me. And it is hard to ruin a bookstore for me.

I love the new art. The blue makes me happy.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Jen Vecc said...

oh my cat. i really feel for you, i am also allergic to cats. i so would have just turned right around and walked out! two points for you!
:)

~jen

9:21 AM  
Blogger jungle dream pagoda said...

Except for the cat pee .it sounds like a really lovely day! I love the Rand J pieces,really beautiful!
I HIGHLY recommend the new Paper,we subscribe,its one of my faves/can't do without mags(+ I have a brush with Mister Mickey story). ...but this month...it is spectacular!If you lover to read about personal style.this is the can't miss issue.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Beej said...

Oh, man. Lots of bookstore people are also cat people. Cats all over stores. Crazy.

9:53 AM  
Blogger moogan said...

Minus the cat pee it sounds like a sweet filled day exploring the new city with your man. Hope you have many more as the autumn days start pouring in. When those cool days come has yet to be seen, though.
I was just at the old bag in worthington over the weekend and had the same vegi meal. too funny.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Craftymoose Crafts said...

Sounds like a wonderful relaxing day off--until you got to the cat palace!

Congrats on finding another Nancy Drew.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Ming_the_Merciless said...

I so totally identify with you on the cat pee smell thing. Once I visited an open house where the apartment smell of cat pee too. It was nauseating. Eck! I don't understand how anyone think they can sell their house with the place smelling like that.

Anyway, cheese for lunch, ice-cream for dinner and swing dates? Oh...you are sooo going to hell for that. :-) Can I come along?

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Noelle said...

I've only been in one cat inhabited bookstore that didn't smell like cats, and that damn cat scared the bejesus out of me when I spotted it sitting behind the counter. I think that smelly cat/bookstore owners give other bookstores a bad rap.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Chickenbells said...

That does sound like a perfect day, well...cept for the cat pee part...ewwww.....

8:52 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

What a great day! Despite the cat part.

9:30 PM  
Blogger CountryGirl_CityLife said...

your day sounded absolutely perfect until the cat pee. feel free to not be so honest all the time while blogging. I feel a bit nauseous now. This week is crazy, miss you much.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Bella said...

Cat pee....geez my cat used to pee on all of our furniture...i feel for you...it smells like crap...try and washing it w/ vinegar...:)

1:21 AM  
Anonymous Stacie said...

Lol...
I like cats, but not stinky ones, and i am deathly allergic anyway...but I hate walking into stores and seeing cats lounging all over the place. My allergies to them is severe and it sucks not to have at least a warning!

6:43 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Old Bag of Nails & The Book Manor! Love and love.

And fried pickles are SO on the menu at Old Bag of Nails. Not your taste?

5:45 PM  
Blogger m.Lee said...

Our cat that died recently had pee problems that had us mopping every day. It was horrible and the smell still lingered a bit in the one room we allowed her in. It stunk but we felt pretty powerless because nobody would take a peeing cat that needs IV treatment daily to every other day and she loved us. Giving her up would be a death sentence. So we suffered through it. It was hell. Having that in a business is just STUPID.

And I have to say that these are hands down my favorite pieces of yours so far.

I think I may tidy up my studio so I can maybe do some work tomorrow or early next week. blee's first week birthday is tomorrow!

6:40 PM  

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