“Cookie Down”

“Cookie down!” My daughter, Andy, screamed! The rest of us looked up from our dough sculpturing projects to see billows of black smoke coming out of the kitchen.  

  

A few minutes earlier, Andy had noticed something cloudy in the air and gone into the kitchen to investigate. Upon opening the oven door, smoke belched out because one of our cookies was ablaze. After rushing around opening windows, we laughed so hard we cried.  

How silly of me to think the girls would make Christmas ornaments.

 

This particular “cookie down” story happened during our 2009 Christmas vacation. My other daughter, Elya, gathered her college girlfriends together for an afternoon of dough sculpturing at Mom’s so they could experience some “homespun creativity.”  

  

And like a good creative eclectic, she wanted to multi-task, “Mom, let’s bake cookies while we sculpture so we can decorate them and have a snack!”  

We got so transfixed on our sculpturing that we failed to set the timer. The rest is history.  

This week I had another “cookie down” experience of a technological sort. The web hosting company for my creativity site, http://www.refrainfromtheidentical.com, would not upload photos. Every time I tried, this annoying red error message appeared. I had an icky feeling of powerlessness because I dreaded the possibility of all my hard work halting if the technical difficult was not fixable.  

This experience got me thinking. Yes, sometimes life has those “cookie down” moments. My multi-tasking distracts me and I fail to notice that another neglected plan goes up in smoke. Before I knew it, a week had passed without me really pressing the hosting company to fix the problem. 

 

Yes, sometimes I curse the complexities of my demanding life—all-consuming career, scattered creative personality, inability to focus. Yet on  a positive note, having my site down made me grateful that I diversify. I do not need to depend upon one particular pursuit or project because I always have other “irons in the fire.” My life is full of “sculpturing in the other room” projects  even when some cookies go up in smoke.  

 

After five days, I finally posted on the site. It is fitting that this post is a reflection by my mother who first modeled multi-tasking for me. Click on the photo link and enjoy…  

"My Happy Room" by Dee Cosola (JoDee's Mom)

 

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About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, http://refrainfromtheidentical.com. Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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3 Responses to “Cookie Down”

  1. Barbie says:

    I wish I could come over RIGHT NOW to do some dough sculpturing! Remember how we did that in high school?? Whoda thunk…..you would still be doing it NOW! With Elya’s COLLEGE mates???? WOW!

  2. writerdood says:

    That’s awesome. “Cookie Down” is like the military’s version of “Broken Arrow” for a kid. A major disaster has occurred! She’s definitely coined a new phrase there.

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