Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

sketch #51



These guys (and girl) are from a story I'd write, if I were the kind of person with any motivation whatsoever.  Instead they will probably live forever in my imagination.

Only one more week to go and my year of sketches will be complete. 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Tree!


We finally got our Christmas tree on Monday.  You may notice that this tree is a lot... different as far as overall shape and size than our tree last year.  That is because we are taking turns picking the Christmas tree, and Chris and I happen to have very different tastes in trees. 

I was very sceptical when he expressed interest in this tree at the tree lot.  It really isn't my sort of thing at all.  But it looks nice now that it is inside and all dressed up.  I just wish it was a little bit taller.

Monday, December 13, 2010

sad eyes

Hey look, some art!  And it isn't even Sunday.  How odd.



What's that white thing she's leaning against, you ask?  Darned if I know.  Let us just assume it is a very sharply pressed tablecloth.  Or something.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Where is my motivation?

I'm feeling pretty down this holiday season.  I (as usual) had a lot of grand ideas about decorating and baking and the whole Christmas deal but the fact is I have done very little.  I bought some ribbons and poinsettias to make window swags, but they are still sitting in a bag in my kitchen.  I haven't made any cookies.  I don't even have a Christmas tree yet.

Chris is never home (the holiday season wreaks havoc on his work schedule) and I really don't see much point in doing these things alone.  Christmas is supposed to be about love and family and tradition, but in reality it is mostly me sitting at home watching Netflix with the cats.

Kylie has been helpful; when she is around Christmas can't help but happen.  But I can't always expect her to be at my house forcing me to be jolly.  The fact of it is that I look around at my empty, undecorated house and think "what is the point?"  No-one is here to enjoy it except me, and I really don't enjoy much of anything when I am by myself.  So why bother?  Why not just fall asleep on the sofa watching some documentaries, covered in a blanket of purrs?

This disregard of Christmas would be fine if it was making me happy, if it was lowering my stress levels, but it really isn't.  I browse the internet looking at the blogs of people who have full, happy houses with decorations and baking and cheer and I just feel worse and worse for myself. 

My mum says that I should probably get used to it, since Chris will have to work like this for the REST OF OUR LIVES, but that just makes me want to weep.  This is not Christmas, this is not fair.

Not really sure what to do.

sketch #50



Wow, sketch number 50. That means there are only two more sketches left this year.  Can't believe 2010 is almost over.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tuesday Tunes

Heard this at work and instantly fell in love.  I just adore the gypsy-ish feel!


Secret - The Pierces

Sunday, December 5, 2010

sketch catch-up

11/21:

I had a dream about this girl. Wanted to get her down on paper just in case I ever meet her. Proof, you know. Of my latent psychic abilities.

11/28:

More Agatha Christie fan art! This time I have sketched characters from Towards Zero.

12/05:

Back to random people. Tried drawing a guy this time, since I tend to favor the ladies.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

For Your Enjoyment

gross

I went to the dermatologist yesterday for my follow-up appointment.  Turns out that horrible thing was a fibroma, nothing to worry about.  Very good news. 

I got my stitches out.  It's pretty gross, the place where my fibroma used to be.  Not as gross, mind you, as the fibroma was, but not the smooth, pristine bit of leg I had been dreaming of either.  It's kind of purple and lumpy and not very nice in general.  I know it is dumb, since this is not an area anyone will probably ever even notice, but I am feeling kinda down about it.  Hidden as it may be, this is still a (small) blow to my self-esteem.  Or, rather, to my extreme vanity.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Small Business Saturday

As some of you may know, today was Small Business Saturday.  Boy did I support some small businesses!

Aunt Lois with all of our purchases!
It is a tradition in my family for all the girls (well, most of them most of the time) to go shopping on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  This year we went to Lititz.  Let me list the places I patronized:

Zest - two fancy teas and a bar of handmade soap
Lilypad - (fake) fur hat
General Sutter Inn - butternut squash soup and a chicken cordon blue sandwich
Curiosity Shoppe - vintage globe
Spill the Beans Cafe - two hot chocolates and a smoothie

All the guilt over spending like a crazy person is equalized by feeling good about supporting small business. What a great day.

New hat!

Friday, November 26, 2010

still alive

Yes yes, worry not - I am here.  Minus a growth, plus a Keurig (which I have yet to use because I am so busy ALL OF THE TIME).  I owe what, like, three sketches or something?  I'll have them tomorrow.  Maybe.  We'll see.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Keurig

for a while now I have had a vague yearning for a Keurig machine.  recently, though, it has become a more persistent need.  Saturday did not help.

on Saturday, while Chris and I were shopping for bathroom accessories, we went to Bed Bath and Beyond.  at BB&B, there was a Keurig lady giving out samples and doing demonstrations.  I thought we'd get a little sample size, but no - she gave us each a full cup of free coffee (or tea, in my case).  she also explained the finer points of Keurig use, which was nice.  we both acted like we had never heard of a Keurig and I think it really paid off.  I mean, not only did we get free drinks, but I did learn some new things about them.   I had been intending to buy one, eventually, but probably only the cheapest one.  the sales lady told us that the Keurig B-70 B70 Platinum can not only be programmed to shoot out a warm cup of coffee for me automatically every morning, but it also has a special iced tea/coffee setting.  this excites me more than I can properly express in words.

needless to say, I will definitely be buying one now, hopefully on Black Friday.  and probably the platinum.  so that Keurig lady did a good job, I think.

Monday, November 15, 2010

sounds

Chris and I had a rough Saturday night.  some time after we went to bed, I heard a sound downstairs.  it sounded like someone (or something) banging against metal.  maybe the railing on the side porch?  or perhaps something banging around in the basement?  I waited a few seconds and heard it again.  at this point I frantically started trying to wake Chris, which took several minutes because he can sleep through anything.  eventually, though, he was roused and we went downstairs to investigate in our pajamas.  he had a sword, I had my trusty axe.

we couldn't find any signs of break-in, but the back porch light was on nonetheless.  you see, the switch to the porch light is inside the house.  totally weird.  we went back upstairs and after a few minutes we heard it again.  in a panic, we ran back downstairs.  even with another full house inspection (basement and attic included) we could not find anything amiss.  with nothing else to be done, we went back to bed.  Chris fell asleep after about twenty minutes, but I strained to hear suspicious sounds until I eventually succumbed to exhaustion.

when we went to bed the following night, I was still pretty nervous.  if we could have just found a cause for the sound I would have been okay.  but finding nothing except a lit back porch light?  that's a bit troubling.  this is going to sound dumb, but the only thing I could think of was Paranormal Activity 2, which we saw a few weeks ago.  perhaps a demon or ghost was after us. feeling sheepish, I mentioned this to Chris.

"yeah," he said.  "I was thinking the same thing."

this sent me into an unrelenting panic.  you see, when you think of these things as a child, you have parents to protect you and explain things away.  now, however, I have Chris to protect me.  and to tell me that yes, he also suspects that the bumps in the night are probably caused by ghosts and/or demons.

not terribly reassuring.

seriously, it's pretty gross.

as some of you may know, I have had a... growth on my upper thigh for about a year and a half.  some of you have even had the honor of viewing it.  to those of you who have not: count yourself among the lucky.  just about everyone who has seen it has recoiled in horror.

but anyway, I finally went to the doctor about it last Thursday.  it's gotten noticeably larger over the summer and I was/am starting to become rather alarmed by it.  my doctor thinks it is a dermal nevus. I have an appointment with a dermatologist on Friday to hopefully have it removed.

just thought you might like to know.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

sketch #46

hey look, it is on time this week.  how unusual.


mostly just some random people, two sketches from Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

sketches

so, I had intended to post sketch 44 last Monday after my money diary wrap-up post.  unfortunately, halfway through the money diary post, I had to take a trip to the Ephrata hospital emergency room.  not for me, but for my dearest Chris.  allow me to set the scene...

 
it is anime night at SteveMikeBobby's house.  all the lights are out for maximum viewing pleasure.  Chris goes into the bathroom to clean off his streaky glasses.  he turns off the bathroom light as he exits.  he cuts the corner a little close when attempting to enter the kitchen.

in the living room, we hear a loud thump.  we ask if he is okay, and he responds that he is fine.  there is a 30 second pause before he calls out to us - "maybe I am not as fine as I thought..."

long story short - he need five stitches in his eyebrow.  so you can see how that could cause a delay.


I don't really have an excuse for the rest of the week except usual busyness and lazyness.  but now you get two sketches together - isn't that exciting?



these are some more characters from the same comic idea featured in sketch 43.  the girls featured in sketch 29 are also from this idea.  and sketch 22?  that's just an old sketch of the girls in 29.  crazy, isn't it?


the one on the left is my creation, there really isn't any story there.  the girls on the right are from Wheel of Time, which has been quite the preoccupation this week.  we are about a third of the way through the Towers of Midnight audio book.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

money diary - week four (10/22 - 10/31)

so here it is, the last week of my October money diary.  yes, this week is a few day longer than a week should be, but it seemed silly to do a post for a tiny week portion.  so I just lumped it all together and you're just going to have to live with it.

now, on with the run-down:

My Portion of Groceries: $72.28
Movie Ticket: $7.00
My Portion of the Mortgage: $523.90
My Portion of the Gas Bill: $8.04
Gas for Car: $20.01
My Portion of Cell Phone Bill: $93.43
Restaurant Food: $61.17
Halloween Party Supplies: $57.60
Halloween Candy: $6.06
My Portion of Storage Ottoman: $40.64
Student Loan: $37.80
Mice for Snake: $5.28
Housekeeping: $15.00
Alcohol for Halloween Party: $48.61


that's a grand total of $996.82!!!  wow, that's a lot.  I mean, I was expecting a lot, but still.  That's impressive and terrifying. in fact, I think that's more than the other three weeks combined!  wow.

but anyway, if you add them all up, my total for the month is $1801.04!  that's a daily average of $58.10, for those of you who like to obsessively break things down the way I do.

this little money diary experiment was pretty exciting.  mostly my spending is pretty much in line with what I expected, but it is interesting to see everything in spreadsheet form.  for example, I know that this month I spent more on restaurant food than I did on utilities.  that's interesting, don't you?  it just really puts things into perspective.

another thing about the money diary is that I really enjoyed tracking everything I spent.  I enjoyed it so much, in fact, that I am going to continue doing it in November.  don't worry, I have no intention of doing weekly blog posts about it this time.  however, when January rolls around, you can expect to see weekly posts again.  in January I intend to try and cut down on unnecessary expenses to see what I can do to (reasonably) cut costs.  it'll be fun!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hallowe'en Party

the Halloween party was a big success - or at least it was to me!  I was so happy to see everyone in costume!


Kylie and I spent the day making pumpkin seeds, coagulated blood dip, and a flayed head.


Meghan came over to help us decorate.  I just can't get over how well everything turned out.  I'll make a slideshow as soon as I can get the rest of the photos from Kylie.  she was my photographer for the night.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

hope he doesn't mind

Chris and I carved our pumpkins tonight:

 
some of you may already know this (some of you being my mum, dad, and sister), but I have carved the same face on my pumpkin every year since 1998.  my OCD sometimes causes unrelated occurrences to link together and renders me unable to change certain things for reasons that don't make any sense to your average person. pumpkin carving was one of those things...

until now.  this year, I carved a different face on my pumpkin.  I know it probably doesn't seem like a big deal to most of you, but it was very difficult for me.  if it wasn't for Chris cheering me on, I probably would not have done it.  but the way I figure, I have started a new chapter in my life.  this is the first pumpkin I have carved in this house that I own.  I think this is as good a time as any to let up on one of my bizarre compulsions.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

money diary - week three (10/15 - 10/21)

third week down:

Gas for Car: $20.01
Restaurant Food: $52.05
Alcohol: $9.53
Halloween Party Supplies: $13.78
Powerball Tickets: $3.00
Credit Card Payment: $40.00

this week's grand total is only $138.37 - even less than last week!  next week, though, will include my mortgage payment, so I imagine that will take care of any prideful feelings that I have about this relatively cheap week.  life is expensive!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sketch #43




this week's sketch mostly doesn't have a theme. the top picture(s)are of the same person and are an attempt at trying out a body that is different from my go-to body types. this is something I know I have trouble with and am trying to improve.

the bottom four are some character sketches for a comic I have been considering for the last three years. every now and then I get this intense urge to do a webcomic, but usually it fades quickly. this time, though, it seems to be sticking around...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

decorating is hard

so I've somehow managed to get behind w/ my holiday decorating.  I had hoped that if I started thinking about what I wanted to do waaaay before the holiday I would have enough time.  that maybe my laziness and general inability to pull things together would be equaled out by my preemptive planning.  no such luck.  I was collecting ideas for my halloween party back in August, yet here it is - a week until my party - and I still haven't even bought most of the supplies I will need.  I don't even have a costume!  I really don't understand how time gets away from me so fast.

so I guess I have to buy things early as well.  and plan a concrete day to actually put them up.  I had sort of planned to put my porch decorations up last Friday, but it was waaaaay too windy to try and string up spiderwebs.  also I didn't have most of the items I would need.  ugh.

I already know what I want to do for fall/November/Thanksgiving, but again - I need to buy the things I intend to use to decorate.  I need two corn stalk bundles, gourds (which I did buy on Fall Activities Day), some pumpkins (hopefully I can just use the reverse side of the pumpkins we carve), and maybe a hay bale or two.  I wish I had some sort of rustic bench or table for the front porch as well, but that might be asking a bit much.  I'll have to keep an eye out next time we go antiquing.  I wonder how much a bench like that costs...

anyway, that's the list of things I need to purchase by 11/01, along with all the last minute halloween things.  this is all very distressing, what with the money diary and all.  I don't want to know how much money I am wasting jsut to decorate my house.  but alas, it must be done.

oh, and maybe I'd also like some fall leaf garland.  my parents had some, I think.  I wonder where they got it...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

money diary - week two (10/08 - 10/14)

here is the breakdown of my spending for the second week of October:

My Portion of Groceries: $37.00
Hay ride @ Weaver's Orchard: $4.00
My portion of the Comcast Bill: $33.56
My portion of the Electric Bill: $27.97
Restaurant Food: $32.64
Pumpkin & Gourds: $10.47
Halloween Party Supplies: $12.70
Housekeeping: $15.00
Go Daddy: $3.99
Powerball Tickets: $3.00

this week's total is $180.33 - much more reasonable than last week's $485.52.  $180.33 is a number I can live with, not a number that sends me into fits.  that being said, I am still really struggling with the difficulty of spending normally.  keeping track of these expenditures instinctively makes me want to spend more.  I think that in November I will do another money diary - but this time I will purposefully try to save money.  that way I can find out where I can realistically save without it being a complete downer.

42

at work we are re-listening to The Gathering storm in preparation for the release of Towers of Midnight. in honor of this, I decided to sketch a few Aiel characters.


as a person with red-blonde hair and light eyes, you can't blame me for having a soft spot for the Aiel.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

abomination!

so Chris and I (but mostly Chris) tried to make crescent chicken for dinner tonight.  for those of you not in the know, crescent chicken is an amazing chicken/cream cheese concotion that is spooned into a crescent, folded up into a convenient pocket, and baked to perfection.

...well, they're usually perfection...


we just so happened to be really bad at folding crescents.  also, we did not buy enough crescents, so we improvised with some buscuits. 


they may look a little iffy, but let me assure you - they were delicious.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

41

here it is - my late sketch for last week!



I'm not entirely sure what this drawing portrays - you'll have to forgive me, it's been about 18 years. if the rest of the notebook is any indication, though, this is some Baby-sitters Club fan art. I'm pretty sure this is Claudia and some children she is babysitting.  you see, not much has changed. Even at eight I was drawing pictures based on books I was reading. at least I am consistent.

Monday, October 11, 2010

heymans

greetings!  I know I am late with my sketch, but I have a super-special retro edition sketch in mind for this week.  my mum brought over a box of my old stuff from the basement and inside were a bunch of drawings from 1st - 3rd grade.  I had intended to scan them today, but instead I fell asleep on the sofa.  and now I am at SteveMikeBobby's house, so it's just going to have to wait until tomorrow.

until then, perhaps you would like to check out some free newsletter templates?  newsletters are a great way to share information with co-workers, family, friends, and clients - and these particular templates are the best!

also, as requested, I have put a permanent link to The Hateful Hovel over on the sidebar.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

money diary - week one (10/01 - 10/07)

so the first week of October is over and I have been very diligently recording all of my purchases.  so far, my grand total for the week is $485.52 - rather alarming!  but don't get too frightened for me - it is not all impulse buys.  here is the breakdown:

Ren Faire Admission: $25.00
Movie Tickets: $19.00
My Portion of the Oil Bill: $66.50
Car Payment: $271.96
Gas for Car: $20.01
Restaurant Food: $59.35
Powerball Tickets: $2.00
Kylie's Birthday Gift: $21.70

honestly, I am a little upset at my restaurant spending.  I mean yes, I did include my ren faire food in that column, but that's still a lot for one week.  especially for a week when I didn't even go out to eat all that often.  I hope next week is a better week for this column.  also, I don't go to the ren faire or movies every week, so the entertainment column is higher than it usually would be.  but that is why I am doing this for a whole month - to get a better idea of my average spending.

the hardest thing, I think, is not letting the fact that I am recording my expenditures affect what I spend.  like I look at that total for the week and I think "wow, I'd better not buy anything else this week" - but that's defeating the purpose.  I can adjust my spending after I figure out my biggest spending problems.

but nonetheless - here's to hoping next week's total is lower (but it probably won't be)!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

domestic

I've been feeling kind of guilty lately about my lack of domesticity.  there are a lot more girls in the group all of a sudden, and seeing all of them (both new and old) constantly make food and clean things has left me wondering why that part of myself seems to be missing.  I mean, I am pretty sure I could cook/bake things if I wanted to, and the things I have cooked/baked in the past have all been pretty good (if I do say so myself), but the desire is just not there most of the time.  occasionally I get the urge, but it is usually only because I have seen other ladies doing it and feel as though I should.  peer pressure!

I went over to my parents' house the other day and was nearly knocked flat by the delicious smells as soon as I opened the door.  apples baking, chicken roasting...  I had forgotten how much I missed those smells until that very moment.  unfortunately, I really don't want to be the one providing the smells, I just want to come home to them.  I don't want to bake the pies and roast the chickens, I want them to be waiting for me when I arrive home after a long day of work.  Chris says that this is easily fixed - I just need to make enough money so that he can stay home and be my house husband.  I am lucky to have a guy who disregards gender roles as much as I do.  this doesn't change the fact, however, that I sometimes feel that he must be sad to have gotten such a backwards lady when all the other guys have domestic goddesses at their beck and call.

and don't even get me started on cleaning!  I go on cleaning sprees sometimes, but it only out of desperation and disgust.  there is no feeling of duty and honor, or whatever it is housewives feel when they are making their homes spotless showpieces of domestic pride.  I just want someone else to come in and take care of it.  I want a nice house, don't get me wrong.  but I want the house to just be nice when I come home to it.  I do not have the time or energy to work nine hours a day and then come home and clean.  and I don't even have any children!  I don't understand how my parents did it.  I am constantly reminded of how amazing they are.  seriously - at my age, my parents had already had me and my sister.  that is insane.  INSANE!  I don't know if I could ever handle that, let alone handle it now.  goodness.

but I am trying very hard to care more about these household things.  I mean, I don't think I'll ever be some 1950s style housewife, but I could at least wash the dishes and heat up a frozen pizza every now and then.

Monday, October 4, 2010

late sketch!

here's my sketch for last week.  I didn't get to post it last night since I was busy doing things.


these are my takes on two of the characters from Five Little Pigs and some extra lady that I just felt like drawing. can you guess which is which?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

money diary

you may have noticed, if you follow my twitter, that I have been making Money Diary tweets.  This is because I am keeping a money diary of all my spending for the month of October.

inspired by these money diaries, my co-worker and I have occasionally done weekly money diaries, but this time I decided that it would be interesting to do it for a whole month.  that way I'd get a better feel for how much I am spending on average throughout the year.

I will not be twittering all of my expenditures, that would just be annoying.  it will be only the things I buy while I am out - which, I imagine, will mostly be food.  this way I will not forget to enter anything on my money diary spreadsheet when I get home.  bills and stuff will be easy to remember, so I will not need to tweet them.

I am super excited to see what the results are at the end of the month.  don't worry, I will share them here when the month is up - no matter how appalling they are.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

hooray!

my parents are back from Paris!!!  I'm glad they had a good time, but I am super-glad that they are home!  I missed them a lot and I hope that they don't go traveling again for a long time.

I am now the proud owner of an authentic Parisian baret and sweater, as well as some tea and an adorable one cent euro.  Chris also got a new hat and an awesome leather lighter.  I tried to take a picture of these things, but it is dark and the picture did not turn out well.  so I guess you'll just have to imagine them.  and I'm sure some of them will show up in future pictures.

but yeah, I am really happy that they are back.  I was sad and broken up without them.  <3

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cozy Mystery Wrap-Up

so I did finish the Cozy Mystery Challenge, I just didn't actually make individually posts about all the books.  here are the books I read:

1: The Cat Who Could Read Backwards
2: The Body In The Library
3: The Cat Who Knew Shakespear
4: Peril At End House
5: The Cat Who Dropped A Bombshell
6: The Sittaford Mystery

I have to say, I really enjoyed this challenge.  I used to think I hated mysteries, but I have really come to love them.  they seriously make up a large majority of the books I've been reading in the last few months.  this list is only a sampling of the mysteries I have read/listened to over the last few months.  and I definitely intend to continue reading/listening to them.  thank you, Cozy Mystery Challenge!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tuesday Tunes

here are some songs I found while browsing the internet.  I greatly enjoy them.  I'm leaving them here so I don't forget about them.


love cats - the cure


animal tracks - mountain man


fuck was I - jenny owen youngs

Monday, September 27, 2010

squash soup

tonight Chris and I made squash soup for dinner.  we baked the squash last night during my  vigil so that it would be ready to go when we got home from work today.  it worked out really well and it was delicious.  here, have some pictures!

buttered and seasoned squash, ready to go in the oven.
baked squash.
squash and several other ingredients in the blender, ready to be blended.
blended squash, after cream has been added.
finished product.


oh, and in case you were wondering, my parents made it safely to Paris.  hooray!  last I spoke to them, they had taken 29 pictures of the Eiffel Tower and were heading out to dinner.  I ate a baguette with dinner as a show of solidarity.

I'm still awake!

today Chris and I went to IHOP for breakfast/lunch/dinner.  we both got the new york cheesecake pancakes - they are just about the best thing ever.  like, seriously.  they are a stumbling block to me.  you see, I would like to try so many other things on the menu, but I cannot make it past the first page.  Chris and I swore a solemn oath that we will both order a non-breakfast item the next time we go there.  after that we went to Bed Bath & Beyond to check out their bathroom accessories.  we found a whole bunch of really neat sets that we liked - I cannot wait until it is time to buy them.  our bathroom is going to be the best bathroom ever.

after that we went to the Halloween Adventure store.  Chris was trying to get ideas for a costume, but instead he thought up a really awesome costume for me!  I am dying to talk about it, but I think I will keep it a secret.  I also think I will have two costumes this year- one for my party and one for answering the door for trick-or-treaters on Halloween.  I think for answering the door I will be the bride of Frankenstein.  or maybe I will leave that for next year.  I am not sure.  so many things to plan for October!  I need to decorate my porch, put together a menu for my party, decorate for my party, get my costume together, help Chris get his costume together...  the list never ends.  and on top of that, there are a bunch of autumn activities I would like to do in October as well.  I want to go to Green Valley Nursery, Weavers Orchard, the Home & Garden Expo, the Ren Faire...  it is going to be a busy month.  goodness, I am exhausted just thinking about it!

speaking of exhausted, you may notice that I am up way past my bedtime.  that is because my parents are currently 39,000 feet in the air, traveling towards Paris at 655 mph.  how can I be expected to sleep when I know that sort of craziness is going on?  somehow I feel that my obsessive tracking of their flight will help to keep the plane in the air.  and my wonderful Chris is staying up with me.  he's been really great today, suggesting we go to all of those shopping places when I know he would have rather been at home painting Mike's avatar.  and he continues to comfort me every time I become weepy for seemingly no reason, even though he thinks plane trips are not a big deal.  seriously, that guy's pretty great.  but don't tell anyone - it will ruin his image.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

cat pictures!

awwwwww!  it's time for cat pictures!!!

mark my words - they'll be cuddling by the end of winter.

I brought in the potted palms aka the Cat Buffet. 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

slaaaaacker

I know, I know.  I am such a slacker.  I'm just very busy all of the time.  but don't worry, I've not fallen into a September depression. quite the opposite, actually.  there has been a happiness epidemic going on around here and I have certainly caught it!  I'm just excited and thrilled about so many things...  it's exhausting!  but strangely enough, I have been getting to bed later and later.  I just don't have the desire to sleep continuously that I preciously did.  I think this is a side effect of the happiness.

I'll be honest, I think a good deal of this happiness (for me anyway, I can't speak for the numerous others who have been infected by the disease) thing has to do with my recent engagement.  I never really expected it would make such a difference, but it really does.  I mean, don't get me wrong, I have wanted to marry this guy since my senior year of high school.  it's just that I didn't think, after living with him for two years, that actually being engaged would really matter.  it's strange the way these things work, isn't it?

but aaaaaaanyway, there's a new post over at The Hateful Hovel about the general style ideas for the bathroom.  right now the bathroom is completely empty except for pipes, but I am told that that should change very soon.  just another thing to be happy and excited about!

I had a night to myself tonight for the first time in weeks, and I decided to spend some of my time coloring a sketch, something I haven't done in a while.
it's not the greatest thing I've ever done, but keep in mind that it is just a warm-up.  also, it's an older sketch.  I'd really like to do more arting.  I miss having the free time to just draw and color all day. and to think, I never appreciated all of that time!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

3 Sketches!

here are two late sketches and one that is on time.


this is a sketch of book characters from some books we've listened to at work.  Lola Quincey from Atonement and the twins (Julia and Valentina) from Her Fearful Symmetry.


more book characters.  here we have Varenka from Anna Karenina, two versions of Hanna from The Reader, and Rose from The Forgotten Garden.



these are just random. no stories here, folks.

3 Weekends of Fun

Hey, check it out!  I finally uploaded my pictures from the last few weekends!  It is a miracle!



The first few are from Gamesday.  I didn't get very many because my battery died.  I brought my cord along for that very reason, but would you believe the cord died?  True story.  I had to buy a new one, which didn't arrive in time for my trip to the beach.  Luckily my co-worker let me borrow her (much better) camera, so I got lots of beach pictures.  I did have my camera for our trip to Longwood Gardens, so I got lots of pictures there as well.  Enjoy them!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

blech

I do not like this new, accidental layout.  something must be done - but not tonight.

expect lots of pictures from my recent Very Busy Weekends.  also, I should soon have a bathroom update at The Hateful Hovel.  sorry about all the slacking, I've been very busy.

oh, and I guess I owe you a sketch as well.  hrmph.  I'll get that up soon too.  ugh, so much to do.  I've spent most of the evening looking at decorating blogs (and I spent the other half sleeping) and I realize how much I don't do around here.  it's so depressing.  maybe I'll post some pictures of my terrible clutter to shame myself into doing something about it.  I doubt it will work.  SIGH.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

34

here is my sketch for the week, before I go to bed.


Gamesday was pretty great this year. better than it's been in years, I'd say.  the weekend in general was mostly full of awesome until today, which was largely unpleasant and infuriating. unfortunately my camera battery died about two hours into the trip and my charging cord has mysteriously stopped working, so I am going to have to wait and steal pictures from everyone else before I can share them with you.

this past week had been pretty busy and I doubt next week will be much better (hooray leaving for the beach on Thursday), but I'll do my best.  a little bit more was done to the bathroom while I was gone, but like I said - there is a bit of a camera situation at this current point in time.  I'm going to try and buy a new cable before the weekend, but I am not optimistic about my chances.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

oops

so I accidentally changed the layout of my blog when I was trying to change the layout of my new home decorating/renovating blog, The Hateful Hovel.  oops.  so now I guess I have a new layout.  I've been meaning to change it anyway, so no big deal I guess.  not sure how I feel about this one yet' it may very well change again.

but yeah, work started yesterday on the bathroom.  pretty exciting and terrifying.  go check out the aforementioned blog to find out more.

I bought a new bikini on Friday, even though I didn't think I'd be un-gross enough to wear one this year.  I think I did a pretty good job getting into some semblance of shape, and I doubt I am bad enough to look at that anyone is going to try and convince me to put more clothes on.  I still have about 9 pounds left to go until I am at my goal weight of 115, but I can deal with that for now.  some would argue that 115 is too low for someone who is 5'6" anyway (I'm looking at you, SparkPeople), so I think 124 will do for the time being.

I recently bought a little pink idea book at the recommendation of this blog post.  it has really been helpful in making sure that I do not forget all of the great ideas and stuff that I have while I am out and about.  I am incorporating a lot of ideas from this post into my household planner.  right now it is still in the planning stage, but I hope to have the best household planner ever by the time the new year comes around.  it will have everything - blog post ideas, daily to-do sheets, decorating sheets, garden planning sheets, gift-giving records, party-planning lists, grocery lists, meal planners, holiday cookie records -seriously, it will be the planner to end all planners.  speaking of to-do lists, if you are like me and cannot exist without one, I suggest you check out teuxdeux.com for a quick and easy free online to-do list.  it is amazing and I love it.

Gamesday is six days away and I could not be more excited about it.  and then, the following weekend I go to the beach.  and then, the weekend after that, Chris and I are going to Longwood Gardens.  best stretch of weekends ever.  cannot wait.

sketch 33

Thursday, August 12, 2010

caught in

last night my parents came over for dinner. oddly, it was the first time this has happened in the almost two years since I moved out. Chris and I made caribbean chicken w/ cantaloupe and pineapple salsa. I had intended to document the creation of this meal, but unfortunately a number of complications occurred and made this impossible. there was a ton of traffic; we didn't get home until 5:45 (my parents were scheduled to arrive at 6:30). then, when I started to assemble the ingredients for the chicken rub/paste, I discovered that I only had cinnamon sticks. I needed grated cinnamon. so I spent the next ten minutes grating my own cinnamon (and some of my fingers as well). and the pineapple and cantaloupe weren't cut into small enough pieces, so I had to re-chop those. and the mint was all the way out in the yard and it was really difficult to chop so I ended up just tearing it with my bare hands... it was a difficult time. but everything turned out really well and I was quite happy with it. it is a shame I didn't get pictures, it was a very bright, summery looking meal. I think it would have looked lovely in pictures.

but yeah, it was a fun time. there was something surreal about it, to me, but I often feel that way when my house, belongings, or general adulthood are involved with my parents. it is difficult to explain, really, it's just odd. it strengthens my general feelings that I am just masquerading as an adult. I mean, here are my parents who are actual adults, and here I am trying to pretend like I am one as well (but failing for the most part). I just cannot get over how ridiculous I must look to them and anyone else who knew me as I was growing up. I even feel like people who haven't known me that long (neighbors, co-workers, random passers-by) must feel that way, must look at me and find my attempts hilarious. I am like a child, pretending. it's almost unbearably embarrassing. I'm sure it will get better with time, but I've just got to get to that point. I think that actually behaving like an adult might help, and I'm really trying to do that, but it's so hard...

it wasn't as bad when I lived at the apartment as it is now that I actually own a home. the apartment, somehow, didn't count for as much. lots of careless young people have apartments and still continue to act like giant children. but owning a home is a big deal, it should have somehow transformed me into a capable adult. but that obviously didn't happen and I feel a bit disappointed with myself. I wish there was some way of telling when you've reached adulthood, some sort of rite of passage and a badge that is presented to you so that you know you've arrived and so that you can show it to others to prove that you are on the same level as they are (I am pretty sure this is a run-on sentence but I am just going to let it go and move on).

seriously, this adulthood thing is confusing and difficult and complicated and, as I said before, hard. but fun, too. I mean, I ate chocolate chex mix for dinner last Friday. how awesome is that?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

weekend

this was a pretty good weekend. on Friday night, we (me, Kim, Hannah, and Meghan) had a girls' night at Meghan's house. it was a lot of fun - even the long and arduous journey Kim and I had to make to get there. it's been a long time since I've been to a sleepover with a bunch of girls. it was like being twelve again.

we came home around 10:30 on Saturday morning since Kim had plans that afternoon. I spent the afternoon bikini shopping with Kylie. I found a bikini I like, but it is $80 and I do not know if I can bring myself to spend that much money on something so small. I did, however, buy a really weird shirt that I fell in love with for some reason.

after that, Chris came home from magic and we went out to dinner with my parents and my aunt and uncle. we went to Plaza Azteca, which is good since I have been trying to make Chris go there since I first discovered it last June. I got chicken chimichangas - they were amazing! while we were eating, Chris mentioned that I was refusing to buy curtain rods (because I think they are too expensive). so after dinner, the whole crew came along to Boscovs and made sure we got some - and awesome tiebacks to go with them. our living room windows look amazing!

Chris and I also went to Lowe's to pick out things for our bathroom renovations, which should be starting very soon. there should be a post listing our choices in a day or two, so check back often.

sketch #32

here's my sketch for this week:



I attempted drawing a child, which went better than I expected. I am not usually very good at their weirdo proportions.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

shark week

here's a preview of a little something I've been working on recently. I thought I'd post it here in honor of Shark Week - one of my favorite things about August. too bad I only have basic cable and cannot watch it.



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Now playing: The Decemberists - The Queen's Approach
via FoxyTunes

like you mean it

this week has been much better. I am feeling more myself, which is nice. and it is August now, so hopefully all of my bad feeling will stay back there in July. keep your fingers crossed.

yesterday, Kim and Dustin had a picnic on their newly-stained deck. my contribution to the menu was Herb Dip. I was running a little behind schedule when I made it (shockingly enough) so I didn't get to take any pictures of the mixing process, and it really isn;t much to look at in its finished form - just some yogurt with a bunch of herbs in it. but let me tell you, it is amazingly delicious. I cannot get enough of it, I think I'll probably have some in my fridge at all times from here on out. seriously. here's the recipe, in case you were wondering:

Herb Dip
8 oz plain yogurt
1/8 tsp dill weed
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp basil
1/2 tsp chives
1/2 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp thyme
dash of salt

just mix all of those things together and you are set. I used some herbs from my very own herb box - how exciting!

I also took some chips to the party which were too weird not to mention. I saw them at target when I was bra shopping with my mum (hooray for new bras that fit!) and I couldn't not buy them. Archer Farms makes Macaroni & Cheese and General Tso's flavored potato chips! can you believe it? the Macaroni & Cheese were good, but they didn't really taste like macaroni and cheese. the General Tso's, though? I thought they were pretty dead-on.

the party was a lot of fun, and the food was amazing. I would just like to say again how much I enjoy these friend (as opposed to family) picnics. they make me feel like a genuine adult, which is a pretty weird feeling.

we went bike riding again on Saturday morning. this time Chris came along, since he got a new bike Friday night. Chris and I went about the same as last week, about 5 miles. I was feeling fine, but Chris was pretty tired so I went back with him. Steve went on without us for 12 miles. he's really quite impressive. I am glad, though, that I was not tired after 2.5 miles this week. that means it must have been the heat and depression that stopped me last week, not some sort of muscle degenerating disease. hooray!

last night, as I was going to bed, one of the slats holding up our mattress wiggled free and fell on Mako. he is now afraid of everything that moves or makes a sound and he refuses to go upstairs. he doesn't seem to have been hurt, just terrified. it is pretty funny, the way he is jumping at every single sound and motion, since he has been entirely fearless up until this point. but I hope he gets over it soon, his fearlessness was one of my favorite things about him.

here is my sketch for this week. again, it was inspired by a book we were listening to at work: Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts. honestly, it was pretty bad, but that's what we were expecting. we like to listen to ridiculous romance novels just to get ourselves angry. but anyway, here is the sketch.


but yeah, I am hopefully going to be updating more often around here. I am trying to get my new organization plan underway, and I want to get some reviews written for my two challenges. I have finished books, I just haven't bothered to blog about it. so wish me luck.