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Not another Ninja Turtle….

No knack. I don’t get it. I work in a wonderful world of creativity surrounded by artists and generally brilliant people, and I have the ultimate creative block. I can’t put a brush to canvas to save my life. Now mind you, I have canvases at home. I even had an easel till I sold it to my more creative neighbor Trevor in my garage sale a few weeks ago. And don’t get me started on my blogging ability. I just don’t think I’m a good blogger. I believe Despi and the cool kids asked me to blog thinking I could spread some of my everyday humor into this thing, but I’m just not funny in a blog. My wit and quirkiness is lost on paper. Go ahead, quit reading now – you’re just wasting your time. I’ve had suggestions of just being around scribes who can record my funniness in type, or maybe I’d be the first blogger to turn in a blog on video or podcast. After all – the Nugget Factory gave me a Flip Camera for On Procession, and those videos turned out pretty stinkin’ hilarious, If-I-do-say-so-myself.

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Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day…

It’s official – time flies. And I can’t stop thinking about it. Thursday night while watching my most recent guilty pleasure, Swingtown, the teacher asked the students to write a paper on the subjective nature of time. I hadn’t really thought about it like that before, but time – like art – certainly is subjective. My compulsive thinking about time started with my boss, Leann Standish, leaving the IMA last week after five amazing years at the IMA and moving onto do big things at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. I made her a scrapbook capturing moments with our team since my first day here nearly 4 years ago and this too has made me keenly aware of time. Am I the only one completely baffled that 2008 is half over?

It’s been a good year so far. I celebrated my “golden birthday” this year when I turned 28 on March 28th, which supposedly brings luck (I can’t complain.) Many of my girlfriends’ male counterparts have turned 30 this year (mine included) which means lots of parties and duh, birthday cake. Another highlight of 2008? Obviously the release of the Sex and the City movie. I have inadvertently begun asking myself questions a’ la Carrie Bradshaw. What does it all mean? When it comes to time, is it really on our side? (Gazing out my imaginary NYC apartment window with my tank top and “Amber” necklace…)

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My Own Museum

Well, nothing says “Time to write your first blog,” like being home sick from work on a rainy day. Staring at my walls, which are covered by works of all types, waiting for Ellen DeGeneres to come on, I’m uber-inspired to tell you about my very own museum I live in.

A lot of times when people find out I work at the IMA they assume I have an art background or have at least taken one Art History class. This is, in fact, not true. I do remember making a paper mache’ fish when at the IMA in the summer when I was about 7, at some of our Summer Art classes.

I began collecting art about 6 years ago when I got out of college and didn’t know what to do with all my free time now that I was in the “real world.” I started going to Goodwill, garage sales, thrift stores, and other places I could actually afford and started picking up art that makes me smile. It doesn’t mean I’m not a great art collector, it means I’m a treasure hunter. After all, how great is it that you can find treasures anywhere, like IMA’s new collection of Weegee photos that a couple of ladies found in a trunk at a Kentucky yard sale?

People also ask what my favorite kind of art is and if you walked into my house you’d realize it’s an eclectic mix, similar to my movie collection, my taste in music – heck, even my friends. Right inside the front door, before you head up the stairs, is a canvas reproduction on “American Gothic.”

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About Amber Laibe

Job Title: Manager of Affiliate and Volunteer Services

Interests: I love a good karaoke with my girlfriends laughing, being an Auntie to everyone’s babies, and playing Scrabble with my fam. I love watching The Office reruns with my boyfriend, going to lunch with my girls from work, pretending to play softball on the IMA team, shopping at Goodwill, taking pictures, drinking Red Bull, and collecting Bed Bath and Beyond coupons for my mom.

Favorite Movies: Stand By Me, Almost Famous, Garden State, Bottle Rocket, School of Rock, The Wedding Singer, and anything with John Cusack or Drew Barrymore.

Favorite Music: Madonna, Eminem, Kanye West (just his music, not him personally), Rolling Stones, The Killers, Vampire Weekend, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, 80’s one hit wonders, Modest Mouse, John Mayer, and mixes made by friends. Mainly anything but Jon Secada.

Favorite Food: Mom’s meatloaf, Kraft Mac and Cheese (with the powder, from the box) and red velvet cupcakes from the Flying Cupcake. And anything from McDonalds.

Pets: I have one dog, Blue, that I saved from the Muncie Humane Society when I was in college. She’s got scruffy hair, short legs, and she’s ornery, kinda like her mommy.

Something you should know about me: I would really love to illustrate children’s books. I’m a hopeless romantic. People tell me I’m an ‘old soul.’ Making people laugh rocks my world. I should constantly have a video camera with me to capture all the crazy moments in my life.

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