Sunday, June 27, 2010

heartbeat song

getting ready to leave for the Celtic Fling. I haven't done the ADiML post yet, but I am going to put my sketch up quick before I forget. here you go:



Chris told me that if I am so bad at drawing hands, I should practice. what a crazy idea! so I took his advice and these are the results. I think they turned out okay. well, most of them.

okay, I should get going. but if you are going to the Celtic Fling this year, or the Ren Faire for that matter, I strongly suggest you order your tickets online. it's a lot cheaper and you won't have to stand in those ridiculous ticket lines (I assume). so there's my money-saving tip for the day. I'll be back later, hopefully, to finally do that ADiML.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

click click

oh hey, look, it's me! can you even believe it? I cannot.

uhhhh, excuses... it was really hot all week and my motivation to do much of anything was a casualty. I did keep up with my aforementioned workout, shockingly enough, but that's about it. Chris came home one day when it was in the mid to high 90s and found me on the treadmill. he was all "you're even doing this in the heat?!?!" it was pretty funny.

I just uploaded the pictures of my day (last Saturday), and I'm going to be working on my ADiML as soon as I am finished with this apology post.

our new furniture should be here any minute. it was supposed to come between 10:00 and 12:00, but they are running late. I have to say, I did see that coming.

oh, and here is my sketch from last week.

this week's sketch will be up tomorrow. probably. we are going to the Celtic Fling tomorrow, so I may end up being too hot and tired to do much of anything when we get home. I will try my hardest.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

slacker

I did take pictures all day on Saturday, I just haven't posted them anywhere yet. it's a lot of work! I am aiming to have them up and finished on Saturday. maybe even Thursday. it all depends how busy I am.

I have been very busy because I have started this new workout that my sister sent to me. so the very little free time that I had previously is now mostly spent on working out. and then showering, because it is very hot in my house (and everywhere else). and Chris gets all in a mope when I blog while he is talking to me. or while we are eating dinner. or while we are watching a movie. he's so needy. but I'm working on getting into the swing of this new schedule. I feel like I have a lot more energy. last week my legs were killing me, but this week they are not really bothering me at all. I feel this is a great improvement.

...see? he just got home right now and he is already shouting for my attention. goodness. but yeah, I'm trying to work this scheduling thing out. argh.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

dreaming for me

I bet you are dying to see more pictures of my garden, aren't you? well, you are in luck! I harvested my first round of green beans tonight!
aren't they lovely? I cannot wait to eat them. they smell delicious. I don't think there will be nearly as many green beans as there are sugar peas, though, which is a shame. I am most definitely going to need a bigger vegetable garden next year. I require more green beans!

the cucumber plant has suddenly taken off.

it is vining out all over the place. hopefully the cucumbers themselves will turn out better than the one I had last year. it's amazing how much changes in a year, isn't it? hmm. these pictures make me realize that my garden is full of weeds. I will try to remedy this situation over the weekend. my patio is covered in weeds as well.

Art of the Avenue is this Saturday, I am pretty excited about it. I think I might do A Day in My Life on Saturday. I've been meaning to for a while and this seems like a good opportunity.

other than green beans, this has been a pretty boring week. it is long and dragging and I am glad it is almost over.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

sketches!

hey, remember several thousand weeks ago when it was new year resolution time? I made a 4th resolution to post at least one sketch every week? well, I am catching up on that right now. you see, I have been sketching - I sketch all the time! I am just very bad at scanning and posting and what have you. so here are all my sketches for the year so far (even the ones I already posted)- by my calculation we are just starting week 24.










so there you go. they are all thumbnails, in case you didn't notice. you can click and go to the actual full-size picture. I intend to post my weekly sketch on Sundays, we'll see how that works out.

no excuse

sorry for the complete lack of posts this past week. I was very busy with life. with looking for a sofa and taking that kitten to the vet, there wasn't a lot of down-time.

speaking of the vet, I have to again mention how amazing it is to know my sister in an adult capacity. Tuesday we had scheduled to take the Mako to the vet for his check-up. I know, I know, we waited quite a while. I am a terrible parent. but anyway, our appointment was at 6:20. Chris usually gets home from work around 6:00, so we figured it would be plenty of time, as long as things went according to plan. the last thing I said to him as I left for work that morning was "don't leave work late today, whatever you do!"

so at 5:45 I get a call from him. he has not yet left work (he gets done at 5:30); he can't find his car keys. I immediately begin a meltdown. there was no way, I informed him, that I could go to this appointment alone. not only was it a big deal and something I was not comfortable doing alone, but I didn't know exactly where the vet was located or where to park. for those of you who lack my severe stress problems, let me just tell you that this is an incredibly big deal.

I called my parents to see if one of them could go with me, but they had already arranged to go look at a car they wanted to buy. so I decided I would have to tell Chris to call the vet and reschedule. there was no was I could do this on my own. but then, my ever valiant sister came to the rescue. she would come along, she knew where the vet was located. she was even willing to walk into the building first, so that if we went in the wrong door, she would look dumb instead of me. and she would talk to the receptionist for me! terrific news!

so I called Chris, who had found his keys, and we decided to meet at the vet's office. so we got there safely, with my sister directing me, and we were only about five minutes late. but I seriously do not know what I would do without her.

there seems to be this thing between us, we are genetically designed to help each other through stressful situations. if I have a meltdown and am unable to function like a normal person, my sister is suddenly calm and collected and able to take on the world. if she has a crisis and cannot cope, I am suddenly efficient and cool-headed and ready to take charge. it is an amazing thing, really. I would be willing to bet that it happens without our knowing it when we are not even around each other. I would be willing to bet that my urges to clean the house and organize things and streamline the running of this household coincide with my sister's high-stress days. we are a well-oiled machine.

but yeah, in other news, we bought another sofa. hopefully this one will fit. it is gold velvet. yeah, that's right, you heard me. gold velvet. it was the last one and it came as a set, so they wouldn't just sell us the chair and sofa. I guess we will have to find a place for a love-seat...

let's see, what else... oh, pictures! I have a lot of pictures!

here is my garden as of 06/02:


and here it is yesterday:


it is growing at an alarming rate! there were suddenly green beans on my green bean plants yesterday! and the cucumber plant has spread out quite a bit. it has a lot of flowers on it; I find it hard to believe that such a small plant can support that many cucumbers. but I certainly wont' turn them away! I think I am definitely going to enlarge the vegetable garden next year. this whole grow your own food thing is far to exciting.

oh, and here is a picture of me and Mako in the car. he is the most well-behaved cat I have ever encountered:

he seriously just sat there almost the entire ride home. no crying, no running around. he just sat there! and he was so good at the vet! I couldn't even believe it. and the vet sent us the nicest thing - a welcome card with a packet of catnip seeds! I really like that place, I am glad we chose to take Mako there.

and here is a picture of strawberry picking last Sunday with my dad and sister:

there was actually a tornado warning in effect while we were picking. it was very windy. but that did not stop us from picking 6.25 pounds of strawberries! they are so delicious! but I have to say, the prices were a little ridiculous. we went to Ontelaunee Orchards - it was $2.49 per pound, right? strawberries are $2.50 per pound at the grocery store! I think we should get more than a $0.01 per pound discount for picking them ourselves.

in other news, I was pretty drunk last night:

three white russians, two shots of some sort, and a coffee/hazelnut concoction by Kyle will do that to a person, I suppose. Chris and I started the night out with some of his co-workers. I probably made quite an idiot out of myself, but luckily Chris finds it endearing. then we went over to Steve's and continued to have a great night until 4:30 in the morning! shocking, I know. and I even woke up early on Saturday. I am not sure how I managed to stay awake for so long.

that should pretty much bring you up to date on my week 06/06 - 06/12. hopefully I'll be able to post more regularly this week. this post is entirely too long, I doubt anyone even made it down here to the end.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Tess of the d'Urbervilles

so, I finished Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy for the Classics Challenge... This was one of the most depressing, frustrating things I have ever read.

Tess cannot catch any breaks in life. Part of this is bad luck, part of it is her own fault. When things happen to her, she immediately blames the on herself and takes actions that only serve to make things worse. it is like watching a car accident - you know it is going to end badly, but there is nothing you can do except stand by and watch the carnage.

also, this book is extremely to my largely feminist ideals. I understand that this story took place a long time ago and that things were (drastically) different back then, but still. the ridiculous double standards and unreasonable ideals are just beyond my the realm of my modern-day comprehension. I just cannot understand why any self-respecting (actually, I think that is a big part of the problem here - her entire lack of self-respect) person, woman or otherwise, would put herself so much at the mercy of other people. the whole book is just a long line of people using her as a doormat. I don't care if it is for love or money or whatever, I would not let myself be treated in such a manner. and then, on top of that, to fell guilty and deserving of such treatment? I just don't get it.

having said all of this, I did enjoy the book. just because I don't like the way a story turns out or agree with the actions of a character doesn't mean it isn't a good book. I am glad that it made me feel such strong emotions. I also admire that the author did not give in and give this story a blissful, happy ending. it is refreshing, really.

Friday, June 4, 2010

missing books

I was reading some posts from a blog I had a very long time ago and I came across this entry:

for the longest time I have been looking for a few books I read sometime between the years of 1998 and 2000. I had gotten them from the library, enjoyed them, and then returned them without thinking to write them down somewhere. now, many years later, I would like to read them again and am unable to find them. here are my very unhelpful descriptions:

1. a book about faeries in San Francisco. now, I know what you are thinking, but I mean real faeries. like, the fantasy kind. if it helps, I think some or all of the characters in the book who are people may enjoy punk music.

2. a book of short "scary" stories. there is a story about a kid getting out of a deal with the devil somehow, it might involve a red pen. it also might have stories that has something to do with wolves, a rescue team and a dead baby, and something about an Egyptian exhibit at a museum. or those may be in a different book of short stories.

3. a book that takes place in a world where every adult has disappeared. some sort of weird electronic pulse made them vanish. it also caused some people to have weird coloration, like the kid who is the main character, who has gold eyes. I thought that had something to do with the title of the book, something like "golden eyes" or something, but I can't seem to find anything.

4. a book about a girl who is living with her dad and stepmother. her real mother is dead, I think. they go to stay somewhere like wales or ireland or scotland. there is a ring where faeries come, maybe a stone ring, in the woods. there might be something having to do with her mother, I don't really remember.

5. a book about two kids, a boy and a girl, who may or may not be related. there are weird creatures living underground near them. they collect parts of people to replace their own, I think. for a reason I can't remember, the boy and girl end up going to their underground civilization. I don't remember everything that happens then, but I know the book ends with the boy giving up his eye or arm to them.

there. I know they are sometimes very vague, but those are the books I am looking for. I am going to post this on every blog and bulletin thingy I have access to, so don't be shocked to see it more than once.

so, I am still wondering about most of these. all of them, in fact, except number three. I found that one after extensive research. it is called Shade's Children. I read it again recently and it is still good, but not quite as awesome as I remember it being when I was fifteen. well, actually, I don't know that it isn't as good, really, just that it isn't exactly the plot I remembered. I think my memory took some liberties with the storyline over the years. so I would still recommend it, definitely.

but yeah, if anyone out there recognizes any of these plots, please let me know. I would love to find these books!