Creature Design #1

25 11 2008



This is one of my favorite things to do. I sit down and design biologically plausible, extraordinarly dressed creatures. It’s good times on a rainy day.



21 11 2008

I tutor math.
I make my art students memorize poetry.
I enjoy walking in a rainstorm more than just about anything else.
I like musicals.
I cry from happiness when the guy ends up with the girl.
I wish that I could read Latin.
I am learning piano because it’s really hard and I believe in challenging yourself.
I am afraid of falling. Not of heights, mind you, just falling.
I don’t think that you should ever make floors out of any type of clear material.
I think that James Bond movies are a waste of time.
I enjoy people who don’t take themselves too seriously.
I love to laugh.
I love hugs.
I am worth not only a herd of cows, but according to Granny the Great, a stallion or a black panther.
I collect quotes.
I think Dwayne Johnson (ie the Rock) has a great smile.
I have always wanted to have a mohawk.
I have an insatiable appetite for sweets.
I like to exercise and am proud of my two abs.
I like to be with people but I need to be alone.
I love to read others blogs and get grumpy when they don’t update but I rarely get my act together enough to update my own blog.
I love to travel but don’t do much of it.
I miss being young enough to hide in the racks at Fred Meyer.
I wrote a children’s book and sometimes read it when I need to chuckle.
I want to be proposed to at Disneyland because getting married there is too trite. I would prefer if the proposal involved a dozen cast members in choreographed song, but that’s negotiable.
I paint.
I draw before I paint.
I read. A lot.
I love to swim more than any other kind of recreation (other than napping).
I sleep more than anyone else I know.
I think life is an adventure and each moment should be enjoyed as such!

And that’s enough about me. What I’d really like is to hear more about the people who read this little blog tucked away in a dark corner of the web. What kinds of things can you tell me about YOU?

Someday I’ll Learn

17 11 2008

I don’t process stress well. Mostly because I never recognize that I’m stressed out. Instead my neck just gets more and more tight, my shoulders inch closer to my ears, I want to be left strictly alone and the thought of any form of communication makes me completely grumpy.

You’d think after twenty-one and a half years on the planet I’d recognize the symptoms. Back in the day the main symptom was panic attacks. God rescued me from those a few years back and since then I just don’t realize I’m under emotional strain.

So I admit to you, dear readers, that life is not all honesuckle and snoozes. Sometimes it’s tough. I mean REALLY tough. And I feel silly for feeling left out/left behind/lonely/ young and hopelessly Jo March-ish. But occasionally it’s ok to feel that way as long as you don’t dwell on it.

I believe that God is who He says He is. And that’s the bottom line. Read the rest of this entry »

I tore my gluten threads

11 11 2008

Mondays are officially baking days. I’ve decided now that I’m working to set aside an entire day for nothing but relaxing and LIVING. Now, some of you think that my life already includes too much relaxing. I beg to differ. Nowhere can I find that life is improved by constant activity or busyness.

Now since Mondays are baking days, Sunday evenings are used to find Monday’s bread recipe. Last Sunday I spent a good chunk of time reading articles about how to bake bread. Apparently you knead bread in order to form the gluten strands that give bread it’s internal structure. Additionally you are NEVER supposed to cut into a warm loaf of bread because it tears the gluten strands and ruins the bread.

Yesterday I made lemon/nutmeg/potato/old recipe bread. (That isn’t the official name of it, by the way.) Well it took so long and smelled so good when done that mom and I were dying to try it. So we did the unthinkable and cut into the still warm-from-the-oven loaf. We tore the gluten strands, but for a good cause and with no visible negative effect. Read the rest of this entry »

Hello from KC!

7 11 2008

Hey all! It’s my first chance to really sit down and write anything, but it’s going to be a short post because I’m watching ‘Road to Perdition” with my brother in law.

It’s been an awesome trip. Yesterday I didn’t change out of my PJ’s, nor did I leave the apartment. I just wandered around holding Caden and watching TV or drawing. My nephew is the cutest thing ever, P.S.

Today I had a photo shoot with the very talented Nick Loux, for which we went to the Art Museum here in Kansas City. I’ve wanted to go to that museum since Jen moved here and today was my first chance. We spent most of out time outside but the parts of the museum that I did see were massively impressive.

Tomorrow we go home, to the great sadness of my sister, the great joy of my mother and the immense relief of my father.

I can’t wait to get the pictures back from my shoot with Nick. He was really excited about some of them and I had SO MUCH FUN!

That’s all for now. More when I get home and catch up with the work I’ve been ignoring these many days.

On Another Note

3 11 2008

A different sort of drawing from the girl who brought you fairies, mermaids and cheery things galore!



3 11 2008



This is pencil in a sketchbook. It was an effort at something approaching photo-realism, which is my great weakness. I am still really proud of this picture even though I did it a few years ago.