"Self on the Event Horizon," Oil on Canvas.
Gas Light Gallery and Studio
12 E. Peoria, Suite 200
Hours: Noon-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Runs through: Feb 26.
Artist's site: http://reflectionsink.t4p.net
A random sampling of Jenna Tomlin's favorite authors reads like a
fantasy/sci-fi Who's Who: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, Ursula
K. LeGuin, Douglas Adams ... and the list goes on.
That bent toward the fanciful and othertimely shows up in Tomlin's personal
style and in her art, too ... particularly in her drawings and oil paintings.
(Tomlin is also a jewelry designer and an art photographer; she wears a lot of
hats both literally and metaphorically.)
Tomlin has three oils in the Visual
Expressions group show, the
inaugural exhibition at Paola's new Gas Light Gallery and Studio. And even if
you saw the paintings at Tomlin's December show at Red Door Studios in KCK, a
trek southward from the metro area would be a good thing.
(If a weekday trip to Miami County isn't in the cards, no worries. From 6-9
p.m. on Saturday, Gas Light and D'Marie
Gallery and Espresso Bar will
host Paola's first Art & Wine Crawl.)
Tomlin's art is worth the drive. It's introspective and expressive, heartfelt
and thoughtful, calming and challenging all at once. And Amanda Martin, Gas
Light's owner and director, has used one of Tomlin's painting to pull off one
of the best presentations I've seen in a while.
The piece in question is Self
on the Event Horizon, pictured above. It's displayed in a way that
reflects both the enigmatic, fourth-wall-testing visual impact of the work
itself and Tomlin's comments on the painting:
Viewing and perceiving life is influenced by our genetics, our upbringing, our
culture and so many other things, but it all starts with each one of us as an
individual and how we choose to react and process every event that occurs in
our life. This painting is about one such event, an Event Horizon. It's the
unknown and how do you expect anyone to react to any one thing they might
encounter. You have no idea what this Self is experiencing, you can only
judge by her expression and body language what she has come across in life.
Tomlin's work (all of her paintings, not only this one) embodies that truth:
While each viewer is free to make up his or her own work, only the artist
knows what's real ... and what is fantasy.
Saturday the 23rd of January, 2010
I intended my KCPT (BBC on local PBS) first
High Tea on
Saturday. I wore my best outfit complete with lace and and crochet.
The theme was British comedy and that there was even pup trivia. My table got
several incorrect, but we had so much fun but it didn't even matter.
Directly afterwards I attended Gas Lights
Studio's Grand Opening with three of my oil paintings in attendance.
Saturday the 2nd of January, 2010
Farmer's Market was slim to bare today, but
there were two kid goats in a play pen being babysat. Born 6 days before
Christmas and full of fantastic baby goat energy and little bleats. I
played with them for awhile while arranging to set up a goat milk pick up time.
My awesome new boots from NativEarth. Custom crafted from a cast of my
feet and legs.
Thursday the 31st of December, 2009
My first Kansas City show went very well
for a cold, winter, everyone already has obligations and plans event. I
had a great time.
Snow started falling on Christmas Eve and
fell through to Christmas morning. It was beautiful to watch through the
window with the cats and I delighted in the glowing Christmas lights we had
around the window and living room. Large, soft, and very cold, snowflakes
kept drifting and blowing around the darkened treetops and eves of the rooftop.
Next morning everything was white and bright and unmoving; until the 4-wheel
truck with the snow shovel attachment came through, then with some careful
maneuvers, the rest of us could move about. Presents were opened and
oatmeal was made (and one large bowl presented to a cold father who had finished
shoveling the walk), then a frantic Christmas dinner dish was made and a salad
tossed in a small tornado of rush as the noon hour approached and the drive to
Uncle Mike's and Aunt Jayme's still had to be done. Dressed and laden, I
and my mother made the surreal drive down the highway, where dry snow swirled
and circled the wheels of my car. My tank of petrol was low on fuel and
despite my best efforts at a local station, the pumps were all froze. So
to the merry house of family we did continue, and drink, food, laughter and
story thus ensued. Birds danced and pecked happily at the feeder outside,
as the people inside piled high their own plates. As the darkness grew,
one by one, we took our leave of the bright house of family and dear friends to
brave once again the cold and the snow. The daunting hills took shape in
the dark and gave no forgiveness for any hemming or hawing. Too slow
was my progress the first time around, and fearful of sliding into my mother who
was trying to give my car a push, I went back down and started over. With
the little light softly glowing that warned of no petrol, I zoomed up the hill
in secondary position. Safely home and warming up, I reflected how quite
pleased I was with this family tradition of celebration and reunion and how glad
I was to be home to enjoy it again.
Also, I love that my new HP Pavilion has a
glowing console and touch controls. awesome!!
Hammond really likes his new Christmas toy
Posted new drawing from two weeks ago:
Long Pose - Nude Reclining
Monday the 30th of November, 2009
Check out my
page for new drawings of my Long Pose sessions at Red Door Studio!
You are most cordially
invited to attend my first ever
Kansas City Art Showing!
Second Friday Art Walk at
Red Door Studio.
738 Armstrong Suite 200
to seeing you there and tell all your friends who like art to come by as
well!!!! There’s several other amazing artists who will be showing as well.
I-35 to 7th
Street all the way down to Armstrong (you’ll be driving for about 5 miles) and
will be on your right. Look for the bright red door and then go up the stairs!
6pm-8pm December 11th, 2009
street parking, and the meters are free after 6pm
Friday the 27th of November, 2009
Thanksgiving was awesome and I love being
close to my family again.
Passed my Property and Casualty Insurance
test the first time. yay! Now there's more I can do and learn at
Dad and I went to see Wicked on the 17th.
I really loved the relationship between Elphaba and Galinda (later known as
Glinda) in the play and there was some fantastic singing. However, there
were some interesting adaptations from the novel that had me bulking in places.
Having read all three novels in the series from Gregory Maguire, I probably knew
too much going in. Still, I'm so glad we went, I love going to the
Went to a really nice Gem and Mineral show
with Linda and got some awesome beads!! Made some new necklaces:
I have a show next month - Second Friday
Art Walk! Finished my self portrait this afternoon to be included in the show.
Sunday the 1st of November, 2009
Weekly live model sessions are really
helping me focus and improve my sense of proportion and contrast. Check
out my Drawings Page
for some of my new drawings from those sessions.
Mom and I went to see a production of Into
the Woods at Spencer Theater and while I kind of remembered what the play was
about, I was so enthralled by the entire performance that every moment was new
and exciting. The witch was my favorite. On the 17th, dad and I are
going to see Wicked and I am so... very... very...excited about that.
Last weekend I went to this event called
WaterFire that was first stated in Rhode Island (I believe) and is now also
being done here on the Plaza in Brush Creek.
It is bonfires lit on water - a half mile of river has bonfires down the middle,
fire dancers, opera singers, jazz being played, Circ de Soule type performers
and dancers. It was really surreal and beautifully eerie.
Otherwise, I'm working on three new
paintings and working at getting my insurance license. I'm planning on
taking my test this week.
Monday the 7th of September, 2009
A few weeks ago I
visited the Kansas
City Toy and Miniature Museum. Wild and crazy detail. Really,
super impressive skills involved at every turn.
Small town parades
are awesome, especially when at the very end of the parade is a little carnival
setup. The Parkville parade was everything anyone could hope for in a
small town parade with lots of pride and love. Endless Shiners, two high
school marching bands with cheerleader squads, dogs, clowns, fire engines,
motorcycles and about 15 minutes of speeches. Loved it.
Friday evening dad
and I went to First Friday Artwalk down on the Crossroads and looked into a few
galleries. The most important task however, was working our way into the
Irish Festival to get Comedy Club tickets to Saturday's 8pm show featuring live
all the way from Ireland: Ardal
O'Hanlon!!!! If you aren't a BBC nut like myself, you likely will not
recognize the name. Rest assured he is a very famous Irish actor and
comedian and I think he's just fantastic.
Three things to remember. 1) Don't be afraid to ask. 2) Always have
a Plan B. 3) Bring your own pen.
He did a really funny hour-ish long set and
then afterwards I talked my way into an autograph (about 4 of us did actually.)
Happy dance commences in three....two...one...
The vertical shower has a sense of dark humor.
The fountains were foaming green water over the weekend in honor.
Sunday I dressed myself all up in garb and
took myself off to opening weekend of the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.
This weekend's theme was pirates. There were several purchases to enhance
my garb and overall a brilliant time was had with the stories, the musicians,
the magicians and the jokes and everything else.
<-- everything else.... Next weekend I'm going to take my mom and
the theme is Joker's Court.
Today is all about art projects.
Several bits and bobs have already been made and crafted. I have a new
painting I'm working on. It has a library theme.
Friday the 14th of August, 2009
Third week of my new job and I still like
it. The people are nice, the work is decent and I'm learning something new
everyday. Hammond is still breaking out of his shell: loves this
house with all the windows, loves that my dad is usually up around 4:30am and is
eternally fascinated by the little black cat that wants nothing to do with him.
I'm off to the Kansas City, KS 2nd Friday
Artwalk. First Friday at the Kansas City, MO Crossroads was so much fun
last week - street dancing, techno and live painting, live bands everywhere,
little hallways filled with artwork off side streets (there was a series done
with tea, coffee and paints that I really liked) and people everywhere.
Sunday the 9th of August, 2009
I have lots of photos for you.
Tulip Forever - first inspired by my friend Sara'a tulips and then the
historical influence of the tulip.
Turquoise, Purple and Gold Part 1
Turquoise, Purple and Gold Part 2
they hang together like so
Thomas Hart Benton's house and art studio
that we toured. I just love his studio space.
Weekend trip to Amarillo, TX to help a
friend scout out his new job site and future residence.
High Art TX style??
Got to have the tank.... Revitalization. Car show!
Little saying signs were everywhere - hidden like a game.
This is where he gets to work now.
Watkin's Mill that we went to on Saturday
after a morning spent at the Liberty, MO Farmer's Market.
Main Pathway Sheep!!!
Back of the house Chicken coop and garden Side of
house and outside kitchen Inside of the textile mill
An 8 Horse Power Engine (can you guess how many horses could turn this engine?)
Sunday the 2nd of August, 2009
Painted both paintings last night and by
the end was covered in paint and gold. Will post pictures next week once
they dry enough to be moved and photographed.
Saturday the 1st of August, 2009
Fist week of new job at the Insurance
Agency went really well. I think I'm going to continue to fit in and have
a decent job. Have a new painting in mind - actually two. Very
similar to each other in Royal Purple, Phthalo
Turquoise and Gold and this time they will be abstracts which is a
departure from my normal.
Dad and I have been doing a different
Farmer's Market every Saturday since I got back and there have been some
fantastic Markets in some lovely little towns and some dinky little Markets with
not much to offer. However, I have now fallen in love with the town of
Parkville and dad and I have found wonderful little gems and moments in our
travels. We found one today called the Red Apple Barn with the most
amazing view of hills, trees, green and fields and they sold sweet, sweet
peaches. I also now know what a tobacco plant looks like and have
discovered they are a very beautiful plant indeed.
Friday the 10th of July, 2009
I just finished my painting.
This painting is more then just Sea Turtles
are at risk because of nets and gourmet dining. Her environment - her
ocean and land masses - are also something else: us. We have our routes we
take, our unknowns we face and our traps that sometimes we run into with no
knowledge that they are there, but sometimes we do know. They can be
pretty even. Pretty little traps that give us small odds of escaping.
The world of this painting is topographic. We have our islands and coasts
with deep waters; it is also a place setting with a bowl, napkin, spoon, wine
glass (with white wine) and a candle in its glass casing. Our struggles
and traps are not quite the same as hers, but there are many common threads if
you take the time to reflect. This painting isn't just about her plight -
it's about everyone's. Whatever net you got trapped in, whatever holds you
back, whatever got you lost or stole your breath from you this is about that
Monday the 29th of June, 2009
I am now on Facebook.
Bought my paints and am underway for a new
painting called Turtle Soup
It's a commentary on all sea turtles that are endangered and threatened not only
because of pollution, demolition of hatching beaches for commercial pursuits and
discarded fishing nets but also because there are countries out there to whom
sea turtle flesh is still consumed delicacy. The turtle swims in the open
sea through the topographic map that is also a table setting and is now caught
in a (still to come) net and a soup bowl.
My Uncle Russ's 60 and 1/2 birthday was on
the 20th - there was a scrapbook that we all helped add to and this was my
Went to The Kansas City Union Station
Narnia exhibit. This is from the website: "Step through the wardrobe and
into the wintry world of Narnia where in the midst of summer, you'll feel the
snow on your face and experience the chill of the witch's ice throne first-hand.
Based on the C.S. Lewis classic books and Disney blockbuster movies, the
exhibition includes more than 150 original costumes, set dressings and props
from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian, as well as newly
created educational hands-on activities and videos." Saw first edition
Lord of the Rings book in the recreated C.S Lewis office. wow! 3500 copies
of each were ever printed. These were on loan from someone; I don't
remember their names. The books weren't reprinted until 1965. you
first have to wait in a little room while the lights dim and then the wardrobe
doors open and it 'snows' on you when you walk though. The exhibit was
great, lots of movie props and costumes- it was really well done. There
was a combination of science and the themes from the books/movies to bring the
Monday the 15th of June, 2009
I need to buy some
new colors of paint - small tubes and some linseed oil. I have a new
painting that's all sketched out on my new canvas. Hammond helped of
course. He's very good at that. He watches for hours and then offers
his advice. His advice usually starts with you need to rub my ears now and
ends with tummy rubs with the inevitable cat fur all over everything.
First Friday Art Walk
over at The Crossroads was intensely fabulous - went with mom and dad - saw lots
of really cool galleries and artwork. My desire now is to have a work
space rental so I can work there and then open my space on First Friday's so I
can sweat buckets and smile with fright as thousands of people stare at my
cherished work and offer critiques and criticisms. Maybe one day someone
would even buy a piece! I would have to like them first though. I
got lots of ideas and had lots of fun. We walked quite a bit; more then I
thought it looked on the map, but we saw so much.
Dad and I went to a
Scottish Highland Festival on Saturday after our run to the Farmer's Market
(we're doing a different one every Saturday. We explored the Liberty
Farmer's Market this week.) The Caber Toss was our first event and we
watched intently as men under 190 lb tried their best to pick up
toss end over end
long wooden pole. It was fairly exciting and very interesting for 30
minutes. We cheered when one would succeed and groan when one came close.
Many didn't come close. Other's tossed hammers, stones and bales of hay
There was Clydesdale Horses
two Highland calves not doing much of anything, plenty of vendors and clan
tents. A glass of cold Oatmeal Stout accompanied a nice sit and listen
to music on stage
for awhile before one last walk around.
Monday the 1st of June, 2009
My list of things I'm doing today:
Buying Rufus his very specific canned dog food, going to the gym to use my free
pass and then joining, calling my beloved comic store in Tacoma (Comic Book Ink)
and having them ship my last folder of new comics and scanning in my list of
comic issues I have that I don't need to e-mail to Jennifer (I promised her my
double issues of Strangers In Paradise and the Volume 1 PB of The Maxx).
Hopefully internet will fix and stop being squidgy so I can download my car
insurance form I need to fill out and I can go to The Pitch online and figure
out what's what with the Crossroads Art Fair in Downtown KC this Friday.
Thursday the 21st of May, 2009
What is matter made of? Atoms.
Neutrons, protons and electrons (to start with anyway; I won't be going into
quarks here). Electrons are the fluff of negatively charged particles
surrounding the protons (positive charge) and neutrons (neutral charge), but
most of the atom is empty space just like the Galaxy. The negative charge
of the electrons is what prevents objects from passing through each other (why
we are able to walk across the floor but not through the wall). If you
have one proton, you have one electron, your atomic number is 1 and you are
hydrogen on up to 92 protons and electrons in which you are now uranium (leaving
out the other man made atoms). So once you have your hydrogen, how
does one get helium and so on? In the deep of a star at 40 million
degrees, hydrogen atoms come together so fast that the repulsive force does not
have time to act the and the short range nuclear forces are engaged to make a
helium atom (now with an atomic number of 2) and when that star has gone though
all the hydrogen atoms (barring whatever matter has not escaped into space) we
come to the next stage in the star's life which now depends on how much initial
mass there was in the beginning of it's life. In some stars (like our Sun
in 5 billion years) the helium rich core will actually begin a second round of
reactions and we'll get carbon and oxygen atoms but then those reactions will be
depleted and the star will expand and pulsate expelling matter into space
and slowly heating up one last time and cooling into a small white dwarf
massively dense cooling into space. Atoms made in the interior of stars
are often ejected back into the interstellar gases from whence they came.
The life span and life path of a star depends on the initial mass of the star
when it formed. Stars that go through red giant phases have most of
their outer atmosphere blown away back into space, supernova explodes most of
their mass and from those atoms returned to space, the next cycle emerges.
The death of a star gives birth to a new batch of stars and with it, a new batch
of stars. In the massive stars, the successive addition of further nuclei
build on successive layers and we have iron and silicon atoms emerge which are
swept up in elemental interstellar gas clouds and collapse into planets and
stars. Our DNA, a miracle of atom formation, is made up of star stuff.
Intelligent life on this planet recognizes that we are made up of DNA and atoms,
we have learned this and passed it on in books and stories. This story has
been in my head for quite awhile and the past few months a painting emerged that
I finally got painted on Tuesday. I call it
StarCreatures. It's all about atoms, stars and the miracle of
Sunday the 17th of May, 2009
Comics Page for
Emerald City ComicCon 2009.
Thursday the 14th of May, 2009
I live in Kansas now. I grew up in
Kansas, and now I'm back; back even in the room I lived in when I went to High
School. A lot has changed in those years, but it's still an odd sensation
being back and knowing this isn't a vacation. All my stuff is here, and
that's a big cue for my brain...and Hammond is here. He likes it.
Not to sure about the small black cat that runs around sometimes and says the
most vulgar things about his inhabiting the house as well. Holmes will
just have to learn to deal. The elderly Rufus doesn't really seem to
remember and when they did meet, it wasn't a big deal for either of them.
I would like to say a few things about the
drive - we will call it a drive for now, but it was more like an endurance trial
- Wyoming is excruciating. Scrub everywhere you looked and not a tree in
sight. There were some freakishly immense wind catchers at one point.
Otherwise the drive was drivable.
Hammond demanded the AC on the second day for several hours before I realized
what it was he was demanding. Drivers on the open road are almost
impeccably polite. Turn signal to pass on the left and turn signal to pull
back into the right lane, people switch lanes to give merging people plenty of
space; as soon as city view comes into sight all that lovely polite goes to the
rubbish heap. This would have been Omaha, Nebraska which is when we got
cell phone coverage back as well. I believe we lost cell phones somewhere
in Idaho which means we didn't have coverage for about 1500 miles out of 2000.
However, I did love all the hawks that flew overhead and we passed though the
Cascades and the Rockies which offered fantastic panoramics at points.
There were some wonderfully deep canyons, steep tilted rock formations,
multihued rocks and rushing rivers and creeks. That part was nice.
Leaving Washington was an interesting
experience. I don't mean the boarder down into Oregon, which did lend an
odd sensation, but the weeks and months leading up to my departure. At
first it was all just about packing and the almost theoretical time table of
leaving with friends and co-workers. Then last weeks were jam packed with
leaving parties and last dinners or dances. I actually think things
started to come to a finale around my birthday with the anti-climax being the
5am driving away from the Prospect house on the 6th of May. There's
several people I really miss and they were the hardest to leave. However,
this move does afford me lots of new opportunities and I plan to take advantage.
I want to take some classes, paint a new series and I have this weird children's
book in my head I want to get out, cook to my heart's content (which I've
already started doing to my parent's delight) and I don't know what else.
Sunday the 22nd of February, 2009
Sara and I went to
the Port Orchard Pythian Installation meeting on Saturday. It was something
neither of us really wanted to do, but I went for her, and I think she went for
me and we both felt we ought to go and support another temple because they did
the same for us... well, after arriving and a several hour delay, and lots of
chatting with everyone and most of our Sisters showed up, we had the ceremony
and then proceeded to picnic indoors. Frothy punch with ice cream (that tasted
purple) two kinds of potato salad (one with pickles and such, one with a mustard
base, neither of which kinds mom or I make when we make potato salad) and well,
sandwich stuff and pasta. We had a nice time and when we left we both expressed
to each other how intensely we realized how important diet and lifelong exercise
is. Really important. Cause... wow.
And you totally need
to check out Zoë Keating on You Tube.
She's a whole cello orchestra in one woman and a MacBook. If you watch the
videos, you'll see her sampling herself and it's just mind blowing and awesome.
Friday the 20th of February, 2009
I was standing there
looking at sandwiches, morning the lack of mozzarella and tomato, and turning to
look at potential cucumber sushi, I had this sudden thought of experiencing new
foods with my dad and maybe making our own curds and whey just months from now
and I smiled all they way home thinking of all the great stuff we're going to
get to do together.
Then I got home and
turned on a documentary on the Nazi Concentration Camps and that was that....
Actually, I think I appreciated the fact that I get to go home and see my father
and family and having dinner within easy reach more even though I had tears in
my eyes listening to the stories of the survivors thinking how sometimes the
fragile balance becomes broken and how insulated I am. And how grateful.
Did I forget to
mention my housemate thinks it's outrageously unfair that I made her live-in
boyfriend pay 1/3 of the utility bill? Yes. Apparently when he turns on a
light or water tap, it comes from beyond the mortal realm and not the power
company. I believe my response was somewhere in the vicinity of "that's crap,
he pays 1/3 so stop complaining". She tried to get sympathy at work and got
laughed at by every single person there. Since he has no money, or income, she
got to pay for him again. Yup.
Sunday the 15th of
Noticed for the first
time that Hammond actually seem to like looking at my David Mack ink sketches
not just batting at the frame (which he does a lot). I was watching NUMB3RS
this morning and looked up to find him staring intently at the Tigerlily
sketch. I expected him to start trying to life the frame from the wall which is
what he seems to like to do after staring at it, but I think he actually likes
what he sees.
Saw Jonathan last
weekend and we generally caught up over dinner. Spent about 3 hours over dinner
and sitting in my car. I had a nice time and I believe he did as well. He said
he did and I'll take him at his word. I'll call it bitter-sweet. I think I
can call us friends again, but I know there's still hurt there.
Have been packing
some more - have quite a few stacks piled high which the cats explore at every
opportunity, leaping and sneaking and sometimes put into time out. I want to
get as much as possible organized and stored ASAP just because I have the
feeling like if I don't, something will go badly wrong. This is besides wanting
to do the perfect pack, which I thinking I'm doing a pretty good job with-
shelves are empty and walls fairly bare. Glass vases waited for a cold storage
container lined with Styrofoam- score! Sara and Phil already said they wanted
my pretty bricks and hand painted flower pots since I don't really have the
desire to pack them.
Last Saturday Sara
had a Red Dwarf season 1 marathon with a slurry of curry. I brought some Thai
curry and she brought some Indian curry and wine, then about 7 of us flopped
(some gracefully and some not) in front of the television set for 5 hours of
laughs. I don't think I realized just how much Guppy loves curry until he
popped into the kitchen every 5 minutes to ask if we could eat the curry yet. I
went to Le Le's Thai and Vietnamese and Sara called into Gateway to India. So
yum-tastic. I ate a little too much, but it was spread out over about 6 hours,
so it wasn't as bad as it could have been. Leftovers were devoured later in the
week and inspected by Hammond and the newest addition to the house, Jack, a
little white Sphynx kitten.
Saturday the 17th of January, 2009
Changed up my
page - realized it was outdated looking.
fixed a bracelet that's needed fixing for 8 years, finished a necklace, and have
continued with packing. Work provides pretty much everything I need
(boxes, packing and wrapping material), which is awesome. Gone though most
of my books and nick-knacks and then I'll start on other stuff, but this is
going to give me pretty good idea of what I have to work with in terms of
volume. I have several more months, but since this is a 2000 mile trip,
I'd like to get it done as efficiently as possible.
youngest cat) passed away this week and so we've been dealing with that loss.
The others have been more cuddly and frisky since then.
Sunday the 4th of January, 2009
quiet and New Year's odd. Christmas I spent by myself but went to a
Christmas party the Monday before and another party the weekend after. New
Year's I went to the Elks; ended up meeting some new friends and had one nutter
of a guy come up to me as he was leaving to inform me that he had taken a photo
of me and it was very beautiful as was I. He was a little drunk.
I've also make
the decision to move back to Kansas to be close to my family. I've always
missed them, but now seems the right time to move back and be with them again.
Work already knows and I've started figuring out what and how to take everything
back. I've already told work and Sara (and Jenn is co-worker and
housemate). Hammond will have to endure the pack, drive and then Kansas.
re-reading the Harry Potter series. Started on Christmas Eve and finished
on the 3rd then moved on to read Beowulf on Sunday. Jennifer got me a most
excellent version for Christmas. I'm still in the middle of 3 other books
and I really should finish those before I move on to The Dead Sea Scrolls, but
it looks so interesting. Of course, now that I've started to pack up some
of my books, I get distracted by every other book. At least I've given
myself time to account for all the distractions. Sometimes I bring a good
to the gym so I can read on the bike. An hour seems to go by much quicker
that way. Sara wants to get me into the pool and I think next Friday we're
meeting up. I just haven't felt ready to get back in a suit. But all
the weights and cardio have made a difference, and I know swimming is a great
workout, plus lots of fun. I just need to get a cap for my hair and make
sure my goggles are still good.
Monday the 15th of December, 2008
Came home to find a father safely arrived in the room all prepared for him.
Dinner was had at Silk Thai where we laid out thoughts and potential plans for
the week. Looking forward to father time because work is crazy this week
with the remodel project. The lobby wall is being taken out and redone and
the outside is eagerly saying it's hellos.
Early morning rise for a walk though Point Defiance trees and a breakfast of
waffle at Antique Sandwich Co. Landscape was obscured in fog and wreathed
in the tendrils of little clouds. It's been so long since I had an early
morning winter walk I had forgotten what it was like. Lots of little birds
flitted around and sang their early morning songs. Fantastic way to start
the day. Dinner wasn't put on any pedestal tonight. Too hungry to
change out of scrubs so we decided to go to Shari's. It worked out just
fine because they don't care what you wear really, they are open 24/7 and serve
pretty much everything even if it isn't great food.
Dec 11: Had
breakfast at a little cafe I've driven past but never been in: The Old Milwaukee
Cafe where they serve only breakfast and are only open until 2pm. Really
nice breakfast and good coffee. When I got home from work we went out to
Europa Bistro for some yummy Italian food and the headed over to The Mandolin
Cafe for some hot chocolate.
Vacation Day! Dad and I took a wind whipped bus trip up to
The Museum of Flight in order to
wander around and do all the Flight Simulators. When we first walked in we
decided to follow a Docent who gave a 20 minute talk about DaVinci and the
Wright Brothers mostly and from there we headed over to the simulators.
The X-Flight Simulation was really fun but we couldn't figure out who was
actually the pilot and we crashed only a few minutes into the full on simulation
and that was the end of our flight. The big pod WW2 Simulation was a story
flight; all pre-programmed. We flew over Iwo Jima and let our ship know
coordinates and battle moves. The glasses we wore made it 3-D and the pod
moved according to the way our plane was flying. I liked it because we
actually got to 'fly' longer then we did when we were actually flying in the
other simulator. Went up to the WW1 and WW2 rooms. Very interesting
stuff, but I liked the WW1 room the best. I loved all the interactive
stuff. There was a lunar landing room and a station where you could try to
land your pod. Dad and I both crashed. Fell asleep on the bus ride
back. Stopped off the The Black Water Cafe for coffee and a cookie before
heading home to finish warming up.
Took the bus to Seattle. Walked up and down the new and really awesome
Seattle Public Library, walked across the street for hot drinks to keep out
hands warm while walking to the
Seattle Art Museum. I always like walking around SAM. Always
something going on, some new little exhibit and dad and I had a great time
exploring. I pointed out several of my favorites but couldn't show him the
surreal paintings I love because a really good Edward Hopper exhibit was using
those rooms instead. Then we had lunch, tried to take the MonoRail to
Seattle Center, but it wasn't working. Dad has never seen it working all
the times he has been up there. It's a jinx. So we walked over to
Pacific Science Center where we took took a
confused route to the Lucy/Ethiopian Exhibit. Once we got in however, wow.
I realized that none of my classes or really anything else I've read covered
anything about Ethiopia and it's rich history and historical importance. I
think this isn't limited to my experience however and that this exhibit is
really important for getting people to recognize the people and history of
Ethiopia. Then we got to see Lucy. I got a little teary eyed
for a second. They also have a recreation of what she probably looked
like. She's very pretty.
interesting website: eLucy. You can 'meet'
Lucy here and take a look at the bones and why she's so important.
A day to decompress, finish laundry, and see a movie. After de-snowing the
car we took lunch at Pomodoro's, then walked Proctor looking inside shops and
debating if we wanted hot chocolate. Eventually we decided against and
came home to print out dad's boarding pass. We ventured out into the snow
once again to go see The Secret Life of Bees at the Blue Mouse Theater.
Dec 15th: Got
up for a coffee and light breakfast at Starbuck's before heading to the bus
depot so dad could catch a bus to the airport. A very, very early bus
Saturday the 6th of December, 2008
Shelton Friday after work and waited for the caravan to arrive to guide us to
the cabin. Listened to NPR talk about Fantasy/Sci-Fi and Philosophy for an
hour. It was a great hour. Night time. Got to the cabin and made my
Eventually we got around to playing Pictionary. Saturday after a big
breakfast I took Barnacle for a walk around some of the property
A shed that's said the be haaaaaunted -->
A stream that runs just to the side of the cabin -->.
One snail -->.
Lots of ferns
and trees -->.
Evidence of beavers, but no actual sightings. Thanksgiving feast was later
that afternoon followed by some of us watching movies and others playing Risk.
Pumpkin pie was made from a real pumpkin that once was canvas to a painting of
Charlie the Unicorn from Halloween. It was tasty. Sunday was just a
few people - most everyone else had gone home. Came home Sunday night.
I had a lot of fun, but it was also very stressful. I think a lot of that
was catching and absorbing the family undercurrents.
making up my studio for dad's arrival. Hammond's approved it. So I
think we're set.
Sunday the 22nd of November, 2008
Picture of the
Hammond bringing me the ball to throw again.
Friday the 21st of November, 2008
I joined the
Elks Lodge Tacoma Temple #174 on the 12th. I can't say much of anything
about the ceremony, but I would like to say that it was really very nice and
especially that it was incredibly eloquent. So I have a lodge/club for
drinks and networking and a gym attached, a bowling alley and a swimming pool
ect. It's nice. I bought running shoes so I can go work out on
treadmills and weight machines. I already know several members and
realized I probably know more. Plus, lots of historical context and stuff.
I have been
cleaning out and rearranging my studio for my dad's visit so he has a room to
sleep in. The shoes he left here are very excited. I'm pretty sure
we both have lists of activities. I took a Friday off so more could be
added to the schedule.
So next week
is a short week because of Thanksgiving. The actual day I'm spending in
tranquil me time and Friday after work I'm driving up to Sara and Phil's cabin
to spend a Thanksgiving holiday weekend with their family. I'm looking
forward to this. I'm also realizing I need directions because I don't
really know where it is. At all.
Last Friday I
went to a Bead Show at the Tacoma Dome. Pretty shiny happy.
Afterwards, I drove to the Python Temple to sell bottled water and cookies to
people waiting to see a concert which we then went up and watched as well.
The group was called Uncle Bonsai. I would akin them to Lullaby Baxter
Trio for type of music sung. I enjoyed it.
Saturday the 1st of November, 2008
Ok, so I've
been busy with work and beading projects. I've also been considering the
fact that Christmas is coming up sooner then last I thought about it.
Halloween came and went with costume fun and friends. I did upbeat gothic
witch for work and all in black witch for the party.
really bad chin acne and consequently some ointment gel to help clear it up.
He hates it. I asked Jennifer to shave his chin it got so bad. The
defurred chin takes the gel better and so it's starting to clear up again.
He still hates it.
hours at SAM last weekend sitting in the surreal paintings room and going
through the Beads from Around the World exhibit. Lots of inspiration.
In the Modern Art room there's this on painting dedicated to Picasso called "On
the Wall" by Sean
Landers. There's a letter written to him from the artist in the
painting and the last two lines read "Never let me take for granted my good
fortune and help me every day I live and every canvas I stretch to better myself
and my art. I so want to be what I know I can be that I will, in fact, die
trying." I like those words. The surreal room is still my favorite
featuring several: Morris Graves, Mark Toby, Leo Kenny & John Covert. It's
not cozy like several of the rooms at the Nelson that I love so much, but it
Sunday the 28th of September, 2008
Went to a re-opening of a doggie boutique yesterday with
Sara and Guppy. New doggie fashions on display along with provided
Mojito's and Pomegranate Martini's. Saw lots of dogs and several of our
clients. Then we wandered down to a fantastic little cafe that I've been
wanting to go to for awhile and it completely met my cafe desires. We had
several lovely cheese plates and glasses of delicious wine. Thought
of my dad when we sat down. I'll have to take him next time he visits.
Also, there's nothing like a good hand wrestle with a
little squirrel to brighten a grumpy day. Jennifer is rehabilitating him -
we've had him since he was about a week old so I would say he's about a month
old now. One of our clients found him and kept him for two days; he was
very weak when he came to us. As soon as he is big enough to deal with
other squirrels, he will be released. Right now he is learning about the
wind and grass in his outdoor cage, but he comes in for most of the day and
**note*We actually do know how to care and deal with baby
squirrels. This is NOT a job to be taken lightly or easily.**
Sunday the 21st of September. 2008
Took Sara to
Seattle Art Museum yesterday - we walked and talked, had lunch, saw the art
works, had a snack and took the bus back. We had a really great day and I
totally need to take Sara to SAM more often. When she actually has time in
her insane schedule, I will. She's a lot of fun to go to the museum with.
I also introduced her to the concept of gelato. She had a scoop of mango
and blueberry. I decided to go with a latte.
Sunday the 14th of September, 2008
meeting was had on the 8th - first one since summer break. I'm also
working on joining The Elks so I can make connections and join the gym.
Resume is also updated and being sent out. I'm working on the assumption
that a better paycheck will make life just that much easier to live.
there has been cheese, tea and the watching of DVDs while I work on the computer
because there really isn't on TV anymore but I've heard that House is new this
week and Jennifer and I are pretty interested in that.
on figuring out how I want to do my tulip flower - I pretty much know, but not
entirely. Also I figured out the tool I need for another painting - a
ruler. Who would have guessed? The ability to draw a straight line -
Sunday the 7th of September, 2008
the cutting of some of my hairs. Sara, Karen and I went to Left of Center
in Auburn to have trims and styles done to our hair. Afterward there was
some munching of luncheon. Later on that night Sara, Phil and I went to
Hell's Kitchen to see a band called The Petting Zu because they both know
the lead singer and lead guitar (we were on the Guest List). It's hard for
most girls to pull of funky metal, but Jamie did a great job and the rest of the
band was really awesome.
Today I got up
and decided I needed some new books to read, so I headed over to Tacoma
Bookstore and browsed. Am now enjoying a new Asimov and have actual other
books to read that I haven't already read twice over. Then I decided to
hop on a bus and go up to Seattle to see SAM's Impressionist exhibit.
Really well researched and put together. It was all about the
connections between the modern Impressionists looking to move forward and set
their own style and the connections they had with past European masters - the
inspirations and the rebellions, the criticisms against the Impressionist and
the admiration for them and vice versa. There were Renoir's, Manet's,
Velazquez's, Monet's, Cezanne's, Fragonard's, a Aert van der Neer (Skaters on
a Frozen Canal by a Village), ect. There were easily 100 pieces.
The earliest piece being a Raphael Santi sketch from 1510 and the most recent
being a Renoir; Nude on a Couch from 1915. Wandered around the rest
of the museum for a little while afterwards looking for old favorites (some of
while had been taken down) and discovering some new favorites and glowering at
such things as White Canvas with just a little Yellow around the Edge.
wandered down to Pioneer Square, bought lunch and a coffee - drank the coffee
while window looking and was standing looking at some wicked boots when one of
the guys came out to eat his ice cream and we got to talking about boots and
clothes. The store sells men's utilikilts and men's boots with lots of
steel and straps, and I wanted to try on a pair just because. I stomped
about like a five year old girl in daddy's steel toed boots for a minute.
The guys and I talked jobs and schools and he saw the book I was reading
(Asimov) and I started talking Science Fiction and we started taking geek.
I tried on a heavy black utilikilt and it looked really awesome. Did not
buy anything, but had a lot of fun. Left there and found a little secluded
spot to eat my lunch and then I rode the bus home.
Saturday the 16th of August, 2008
doing quite a bit of painting today. Feel very good about it.
Working on two paintings now. One is the Tulip painting and one is At
World's End. That last one was one that I rushed to get to some kind of
finish and was never happy about. It's been worked on to some end, but I
kind of just needed to almost totally redo it while keeping the spirit of it
alive. I'm getting to the point where I'm starting to become pleased with
the results; now the paint dries. The Tulip painting is nearing some
completion; the leaves, stem and bulb are looking good. The paint
again needs to dry before I will work on the petals or roots.
rereading Watchmen. Finished watching The Deep End. What in the
world does the woman say to her husband at the end? But I like
seeing the lead actress in something that leaves her vulnerable. She's
interesting to watch and all I've known her in have been Powerful characters
(The White Witch for example).
going to Hemp Fest in Seattle with Jennifer and several of her friends. I
think the plan is to drive to Bremerton and then take the Ferry over. Have
never been, but it should be fun and I'm looking forward to the Ferry ride.
Wednesday the 13th of August, 2008
friend's/co-worker's daughter Brianna tuned 14 on the 2nd and Jennifer and I
went to her birthday party. Went out to lunch with Gary beforehand and we
had the worst food ever prepared at this beautiful little Chinese buffet
restaurant. We left after an hour having barely touched any of our food,
hungry and nauseous at the same time. Arrived at Bri's house just a
little, but I don't think it mattered much. We spent time inside and
outside at a picnic table chatting and eventually opening presents and having
burgers ect. Had lots of fun hanging out with everyone and no, there
wasn't anyone her age, just us old people. ^_^
<-- earrings I made for Bri
Busy week at
work last week and this week we are interviewing for one of out Assistant
positions that just opened up a few weeks ago - our going away party for Kendra
was last Wednesday at Guadie's. Dr J was awesome and picked up the tab for
everyone. I spilled salsa on myself twice before my Margarita had even
shown up so I swore off the salsa for the rest of the night. Dr Moore's
last day ever is going to be this Monday because she's filling in for Dr J as he
takes a quick break from work work and then she leave forever off to Virginia.
Really going to miss her, but at least for the sanity of Dr J and the rest of
us, we have a really awesome relief Dr coming in quite a few Tuesdays and
Fridays. She's very cool and very good.
Keep trying to
take Sara to the Seattle Art Museum for the Impressionism Exhibit, but the women
keeps being insanely busy. However, I am determined at some point. I
made more headway in the painting her tulips inspired though over the weekend.
Once the paint dries again, I will be working more on the final piece of the
painting. Sara had me watch The Hours a few weeks ago and then asked me
what I felt at the end. My answer was, I cried at the end for their grief
and relief but I felt happy at the same time. Now she has we watching The
Deep End. I'm about 20 into the movie but broke away to watch some
watching the Olympics, and I keep trying to work on other things at the same
time so I don't just get glued to the TV. It's hard sometimes. Very
Monday the 28th of July, 2008
Linda and Popo
came to Seattle on the 5th to catch their cruise ship to Alaska, but it so
happened that they had an evening to hang around in Seattle, so I got to go up
and hang out with them for a bit. Showed them around Pike's Place where we
caught a bite to eat and found some yummy ice cream in a little chocolate shop
in Post Alley.
<-- Popo and me
(housemate) went down to California for a 10 day visit and the cats became very,
very needy. They need more then one human in the household I think.
roommate) came and visited me from California this last week. We hung out,
went out to eat with our old friend Carl one night, went out to see Dark Knight
another night and caught up with each other's life in general. On Friday
after work, we started our drive to Mt Hood down in Oregon. On the way, we
stopped off in Olympia for dinner and coffee. Our visit to random
Starbucks yielded my friend Gary, who while does live in Olympia, there should
be no reason for him to be in random Starbucks at the same time as me. So
yay, I got to introduce him to Jennifer and we stopped and chatted. Happy
chance encounter. Go universe. Mt Hood is beautiful. After
dropping Jennifer off at her family reunion in the middle of nowhere that had a
suspicious number of people populating it, I drove back down and stopped off on
the side of the road for a quick walk in the woods. Found a perfect little
spot with lots of tiny little trees that were quickly repopulating a clearing.
I had my perfect moment of wind, sun, birds and insects and nothing else.
No other sounds - no sounds of people, only wings and wind. Beautiful.
Saturday the 22nd of June, 2008
look, it's me!!
Last night was
Jennifer's birthday and we all spent it at City Lights playing really bad games
of pool eating fries and drinking Spider Bites with Sour.
Tuesday the 17th of June, 2008
Night of June
17th was my friend Mike's Birthday Roast and was a real Dean Martin zinger.
It was held at Guadalajara's an hour later then intended because we couldn't
stop talking long enough to go sit down and then someone needed to go get a
drink and didn't that just sound like a good idea to someone else too. It
works only because we love. The Roast lasted about 2 hours I think and Joe
started the dance off with some awesomeness I didn't expect and it just got
better with each subsequent Roaster (except at one point where there were
watermelons in Equator and mice involved, unfortunately I just didn't understand
where the guys story was going. Or where it had been.) Shared stories with
people, met Mike's mom and hung out with Joe and Gary. Gary knew my
Charlie the Unicorn comment which made me so happy. It was cute.
After the Roast was complete, I decided to not close down the bar as I had to
work the next morning up in Seattle.
after work, drove over to Joe's to watch Really Bad Movie Night. Hell
Goes to Frogtown was the title and it was really bad. It was something
like a lame porno plot with mutant frog people, only the actual having sex on
screen has been left out. An experience was had by all.
my O&Co giftcards this last Sunday at work and bought a nice bag size of
delicious product. I'm planning an hors d'oeuvre kick back on the front
porch with a glass of wine and several good friends. So far I've heard
lots of "Yes!, when can we do this?".
To my dad:
glad you got my song ^_^ I may not always call, but I think about you
Saturday the 7th of June, 2008
Sara lent me
season 2 of Deadwood and I have to say it's all very exciting and full of
I took Guppy
to go see Prince Caspian last week and I loved it, loved it, loved it.
Guppy and I talked Narnia all the way home.
Comics Page to
include the Convention report (now with pictures).
I walked around the Seattle Art Museum for a few hours to see some of the new
rotations and old favorites.
interesting week at work; got bitten and scratched, but I feel no ill will -
Kobe the cat was in quite a bit of pain and I was there holding him, a baby
pigmy goat named Billy came in with an umbilical hernia and we spoiled that baby
with all our attentions, lots of puppies and two very cute white rats named Josh
Sara, Mary, Jennifer and I got dressed up and played pool all night at the
Temple and then Jennifer and I proceeded to have fun running around taking
Monday the 26th of May, 2008
Convention was awesome and wonderful. I met Brian Haberlin (amazing
writer), 'Moritat' Norman (ElephantMen artist), Tim Sale (the talent behind
Heros paintings), Richard Starking (ElephantMen writer), J.Michael Straczynski
(amazing writer!), Bill Willingham (Fables), Jamie Bamber (Apollo from
BattleStar), Wil Wheaton (yay!), Julie Benz (Darla from Buffy/Angel), Andy Ownes
(artist on Buffy Season 8/Fray) The clown behind Angus Oblong (who was wearing
fantastic clown makeup)
and the guys at Konsequential Studios (again).
autographs from Wil, Julie and Jamie and heard them speak at the Q & A's.
Really enjoyable. Wil talked about his childhood, blogging, being a geek
and loving it. Julie talked about her recent movies (Rambo for example)
and mentioned how she is now wanted by the Burmese government. Jamie of course
was asked all about the final episodes of BattleStar Galactica and and had the
audience cracking up the whole time.
signed my Man Hunter issues and Trade. Tim Sale did a really quick sketch
of Hiro with his sword for me. Richard and Moritat signed ElephantMen for
me and Moritat did another sketch for me (and he remembered me from Comic Book
Ink 2007). JMS signed my Midnight Nation Trade, Rising Stars Trades and my
Book of Lost Souls issues, plus then I also went to his Q & A panel.
Willingham was fun to talk to while I was standing in line, now, I don't read
Fables, but I was getting several signed for Jennifer and he loved that I was
doing that. Andy Ownes signed my Buffy Season 8 and Fray issues and then
pointed out the guy who did the coloring (Dave Stewart) on the issues as well,
so I got them signed by him as well.
(housemate) was really excited over the Oblongs when she saw they were on my
program guide, so I picked up a little piece of original signed artwork for her.
The guys at Konsequential Studios had 2 new issues out since last year and I
picked those up. Picked up at lot of free posters, comics and bookmarks
around the room and from promotional booths. Most of it I made into a
present package for Stephanie's three kids. I also bought them each 3
little prints signed by the artist from Artists Alley. They featured
animals - one was birds, another was lizards and the third was cats with a
silhouette of a mouse in top hat in front. The artist lady was wearing a
huge demonie looking bird head costume.
2 days of geek
and I had such a blast.
weekend saw me flying back to Kansas for my cousin Shannon's wedding. It
took place at The Elms Spa and Resort
in Excelsior Springs, MO. I was bad about
taking pictures of the wedding, but I got pictures of Rufus and Holmes while I
was home! It was entirely too short a visit, but I got to see almost all of my
cousins and my aunts and uncles, plus there was lots of dancing and talking.
Mom and I went swimming before the ceremony - a hot springs tub and a lap pool
(that was over chlorinated by a half). Had a quick lunch at The Mills
where my mom, dad and I had flashbacks to our own small town and farmhouse;
realized mom left her outfit at home, and then there was a quick shopping frenzy
at a little consignment shop that was highly geared towards the 15-25 crowd.
However, mom and I picked out a really cute outfit for her and we made it back
in plenty of time for a drink or two. The ceremony was stunning and
bubbles were blown after the couple - colors in white, red and black. The
reception was lovely and there was lots of mingling and chatting all night.
bought a few pieces of basics for my wardrobe, went out with friends to play
pool, did laundry and on Monday caught the tail end of a BBQ.
Saturday the 3rd of May, 2008
Ok, so nothing
written for the month of April.
I'm working on
a new painting. Part of my inspiration is one of Sara's tulips.
Pinky died and
I'm planning to buy her a tulip for her grave that we dig in the garden.
adopted named Spot.
close to finding a real home, but for now is staying at Jones and everyone is
happier for it.
making the 3 necklaces and earring sets that I bought the beads for in March.
Need to buy
more rechargeable batteries so I can take pictures of everything and post them
(my batteries just died for real last week after 4 years of reliable recharging)
Congratulations to Shannon and her upcoming wedding which I will be attending
^_^ Can't wait to see everyone!!!! I miss you guys!
Congratulations to Andee and Scott!!! Lucky kid indeed.
birthday's, but then I also saw them at their birthday parties so it's ok.
Lent Sara my
boxset of Serenity in exchange for her 1st season boxset of DeadWood.
this month for far-
Had a very
good date last night with a guy I met at work. Good end to a bad day -
with sad news this morning as to the outcome.
Comic Con is next weekend!!!! Much happiness and delight.
the movie is just about out. I'm excited. I've already told mom we
have to go see it while I'm home.
Saturday the 29th of March, 2008
Gary and I went to Bento and ate a whole table top full of food - it was all
very fun and very yummy. Showed him my studio/gallery and we watched TV
out of the corner of our eye while talking to Jenn. Then tonight Jenn is
taking me out to a drag show that her ex-girlfriend is singing at.
work is going well. Studio is all set up and I'm back to painting.
Have some new beads I bought at a recent bead show last Sunday and am designing
several new necklace/earring sets and I have those set out to work on. I
have a stack of books I'm reading though. And I'm slowly working on
updating my wardrobe - my first step was a really cute Easter dress for my
birthday and a new pair of shoes. I figure one new thing a month and
keep weeding the old stuff that doesn't it well out for GoodWill. When I
go to interview for positions, I want to be able to present myself and then have
something to wear other then scrubs to work.
Thursday the 27th of March, 2008
So last night
had me at a 100th Monkey party with a really tight band inside a church that
reminded me more of a 18th century English manor. Very in the spiffy end
had me at my friend Joe's birthday party (another band was playing that one) and
the theme was White Trash which I didn't know about. I brought Jennifer
with me so she could meet my friends. I think she had a good time despite
only knowing me. I have good friends, I don't think she was lying.
Odd yes, but good mates.
I got two of
my easels back finally and now have the studio all set up. In fact I have
a drinking buddy of mine coming over tomorrow to take a look - we've talked
about my paintings before and he keeps asking to see them, so at the party last
week we exchanged numbers and I called him Tuesday to invite him to the 100th
Monkey. He couldn't come due to work (nurse w/ 12hours shifts) but he
asked if he could come over this Friday instead.
Sunday the 16th of March, 2008
So the show up
around 3pm party started off as the lamest thing ever - it was at least 5pm
before anyone showed (people kept calling to say they were sorry they couldn't
make it: death in family, broke up with boyfriend and moving out of shared
apartment...ect) and then it was just 2 people. All the effort of the last
month seemed wasted and all the food we prepared was going to waste!
Joe called and said sorry he had moved his party back a week so it wasn't a
shared party after all and everyone wanted to come but they were still at work.
So to make up for it, he was going to come by later and take me out for a drink
at Guadalajara's that night when he got off work. ok. An half an
hour later a third person showed up. We started up the BBQ and started to
eat and have some drinks. About 6:30pm about 10 people arrived and then it
became a party - mostly Jennifer's friends. Joe came by about 8pm and it
turned out the about 30 people showed up at Guadalajara's for my birthday.
There was food, yummy fruity drinks and Karaoke. Mike signed me up to sing
Peggy Lee's Fever and I got much applause and many cat calls. A lot of
people got up to sing and there was even some really hysterical dancing. I
laughed so hard the entire night; I had so much fun. I even got some
presents and balloons! Jennifer had fun here at the house and I called and
told her the one drink had turned into something much more. Mike drove me
home around 1:30am and I just crawled into bed with Jennifer so I didn't have to
climb the stairs. Very tired. And we still have lots of food left
Sunday the 9th of March, 2008
Had our Open
House yesterday at Jones Animal Hospital and I suppose it was a good success.
I thought there would be more people showing up, but apparently the 75 people we
did have showing was a good number. It was a carnival theme, so there was
a popcorn maker (which I was in charge of and now have a nice little burn shaped
like a leaf on my right hand), lots o games with prizes, a freak show room, and
a general showing off of our rooms and equipment. Afterwards a group of us
went out for dinner cause it was a long day and it's my birthday on Monday.
Phil and Sara
are working on our backyard right now - they left all their junk (chicken coop,
recycling, garbage, dog crap, wood piles, brick piles ect) there when they left
with the promise of getting it cleaned up so we could have the backyard to
actually go out into. Well, Jennifer and I are planning a party on the
15th for a house warming/spring celebration/Ides of March/several birthdays and
I gave them an invitation to the BBQ. Since we had been promised our
backyard by the end of February, they are now working on it for us, for our
party and while they do that, we are getting the insides of the house ready.
Also, I broke
up with Jonathan. He's a great guy, I wish him very well with lots of love, but
there was too much unsaid and without realizing it, we grew apart and
communication fell behind. That's all I'll say about it.
Monday the 18th of February, 2008
Got back from
Las Vegas last night. Spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday celebrating
Jonathan's 30th birthday with his family and some close friends. I think
the next time I go, I want to see some shows, but for my first time in Vegas, it
was beyond awesome. (But I have to admit, watching someone play Black Jack
isn't very exciting.) We stayed at the
Venetian, but we also explored Harrah's (mostly in search of the $10 Black
Jack table), Circus Circus (to play some arcade games plus I watched some cool
trapeze artists), Caesar's for shopping and a peek in the casino and The
Mirage for a look at their fish tanks. I was so all about the food - I
think I gained 10 pounds in pastry, coffee and all the other food we had, but
oh... it was so good. The dinner we had Saturday night for Jonathan's birthday
was fabulous; we had a private room at a really wonderful Italian restaurant
inside the Venetian overlooking the plaza and the Grand Canal where there were
Opera singers and other performers. Oh, and did I mention how scrumptious
our room was? Very, very wow.
Sunday the 3rd of February, 2008
Went to a wine
party in Olympia to celebrate my friend Gary's graduation from nursing school
last night. Good times, lots of wine.
today doing more organizing. Brought my filing cabinet upstairs - finally
- and in doing so also finally got all those papers I need to keep all in one
place. Looks so much better. Art Studio is almost finished!
Now I just have to get my 3 easels back from the movie set.
Pinky and her tumor
our hospital cat loves coffee (she really does love coffee).
Wednesday the 23rd of January, 2008
friend Steph went in yesterday to be spayed and Jennifer and I went over to see
her in the hospital last night to see how she was doing. I think the
answer was: hungry!! In other news we are adopting a little rat named
Pinky. Pinky had a tumor removed today and no one wanted to take him home,
so Jennifer and I are. She is very sweet and adorable. The tumor
looks like a brain (a very smooth one though) and Jennifer named it Brain.
Went up to
Vancouver, BC over the weekend to see my long lost friend Danielle. Julie,
Stephanie and I all went out to dinner with her and we laughed ourselves silly.
It's been five and a half years since the four of us have been together. I
missed her so much and could never figure out what happened that we drifted
apart and lost contact with her. Well, we got busy and stuff was
happening, but that's all crap and we found each other again!!
Wednesday the 16th of January, 2008
Jonathan and I went out or the first time in almost a month since he's been in
Denver for several weeks and then right after he went home, Jennifer and I got a
call from Sara and we all went out to the SilverStone for drinks and dancing.
Strange, yet fun night out.
Monday was all
about playing and cuddling with a bobcat kitten and the death of a beloved
patient. All before 9am.
is going to be all about going up to Vancouver BC and reuniting with an old
Tuesday the 1st of January, 2008
Congratulations to all those who made it to a New Year. I personally
wandered around First Night Tacoma with Sara and Guppy where there was lots of
open houses and shows. Fireworks went off at midnight. I was pleased
with the whole shebang. Had today off from work and I just slept in and
relaxed and did laundry.
Thursday the 27th of December, 2007
It snowed here
on Christmas Day (smile). I watched the big, fluffy flakes float down from
the sky with Hammond for about 30 minutes out the upstairs window. Later
that day I went over to Sara's new house for dinner and the eventual meeting of
Phil's long lost son and new grandbaby. Good times.
Monday the 24th of December, 2007
party was so wonderful and full of love and laughter. 3 paintings have
sold so far. yay!!!
Work is going
well - around the holidays everything gets nuts, but it's going just fine.
We had our office Christmas party on the 18th. Wasn't expecting much, but
it turned out to be fun and we all got really nice gifts besides our Secret
Santa gifts. Finally also my O&Co gift card which was really nice. I
finished up my Christmas shopping last night! Sorry to those people I'm shipping
presents off to - I love you and so you're all getting New Year's presents
instead of Christmas presents.
The house is
still slowly being unpacked, but it will probably be another few months before
everything is unpacked. There's just so much stuff between the two of us!
Joe's Solstice Party - the theme was Wear the Worst Christmas Sweater You Can
Find (mine was a really bad oversized black sweater with an embroidered snowman
who had a halo) and our White Elephant gift exchange theme was Bring a Really
Bad Gag Gift (I brought a cowboy statue).
Saturday the 15th of December, 2007
are being installed by Sara and her father and I'm doing my part by staying out
of the way and supplying coffee. I offered eggs, but everyone passed.
We have so many eggs right now. I think the darling chickens have supplied
us with at least 3 dozen eggs at the moment and that's with us trying to eat a
lot and me giving some away.
wrap party is tonight and I'm excited about that. I may or may not be
getting my art supplies back - there still needs to be a montage shot of my hand
painting apparently. I'm not sure when this is going to happen but I'll be
needing my stuff back before that happens - I don't even know which painting
they want me working on or if they want a variety of paintings. They just
need someone who knows how to paint...painting.
In the mist of
work and other stuff I have some kind of sore throat crap thing that's got me
all croaky and achy. It sucks. I have a headache from all my
The new house
(well, technically old since it is over 100 years old) is coming along and so
far it's really nice living in a house. I do miss having a bathroom right
around the corner from my bedroom though. oh well, it's a good house.
I'm enjoying living here. Plus it is nice to have someone else to talk to
at night if I want to and Hammond loves chasing the other cats around the house.
That's amusing to watch.
Thursday the 13th of December, 2007
Work has been
going and doing its thing. We are still unpacking the remnants; not much
left, but there's still a few boxes and organizing that we haven't gotten to
yet. It's just so nice to not have to in order to function, that we're
kind of letting the rest go for now so we can rest.
Tuesday the 27th of November, 2007
see the trailers to the movie Seconds that I worked on (my paintings and
They are up on
YouTube, but the link there on the right hand sidebar.
Monday the 19th of November, 2007
Last night I
took Jonathan to see the movie set of Seconds. It was so much more
then I had hoped and I was so happy and proud of everyone. We watched
several pickups being shot, and wow was I blown away. I'm very excited to see the
full film! And evidently my paintings are going over very well and several of
them now have price tags. The idea of which utterly shocks me. I wasn't expecting to have
to think about pricing for a few months. Also, the concept of selling one of
my paintings is so strange; I understand the concept and agree that this is the
end goal of my work, but, the actual
agreeing to sell is totally different. There is a large part of me that doesn't
want to sell; it's very hard to sell something that you love and put so much blood, sweat and tears into. However, this is
apparently, what I am going to do. There are 4 paintings that prices have been asked of and at
least 3 will sell before the film unveiling. This is something I will deal
with for every piece I sell, but that's what children do - they grow up and
leave you to become part of the larger world and that's my hope for my paintings
Now all I have
left to do is pack and move a few blocks. Then I have several paintings I
want to paint.
Sunday the 18th of November, 2007
The movie is
shooting and my paintings are going over quite well. My dad and I had a
wonderful time while he was here; we went to Point Defiance for walks, Fort
Nisqually on their free day to poke around, climb a tower and watch the smithy,
The Antique Sandwich Company for several meals and cider, the Recycle Plant
because I had intense amounts of recycling to be taken in and sorted, Jones
Animal Hospital to see where I work and meet Jennifer and dinner with Sara, Phil
and Guppy. There was lots of play time with Hammond and the two of them
bonded over early morning window watching. We didn't really 'do' a whole
lot, but we did spend a lot of time together and that's the really important
part - we had a really wonderful time together. We even swapped mystery
books! My Rule of Four for his Still Life.
Tuesday the 6th of November, 2007
check out my
Media Page and see what I've been working on like a mad woman for the past
Just in time
for my deadline is my producer picking everything up and taking them to the set
and my dad's all set to arrive for a visit!! Yay visit!
Friday the 19th of October, 2007
munching on my toes, so I figured what better time to update my blog.
Mostly, there has been work and painting. Jonathan took me art supply
shopping at Danial Smith and made me a very happy girl. My deadline is the
5th of November. This is me freaking out just a little. Which is one
reason I haven't been updating. Late nights and with work being busy I've
had to come home and sleep off massive headaches or try to paint as much as
possible and my time is running out! meep meep meep. Also, it's very
probable that a friend and I will be moving into a house together come December.
My dad's going
to be visiting me too!!! Right after my deadline - so maybe I'll be able to
clean up my apartment again ^_^ just for him ^_^
Thursday the 27th of September, 2007
Party last night was so amazing. Sara and I had way too much fun. We
were very pleased.
I can now say
that I've shown my artwork at The Tacoma Art Museum. (there is much glee)
I showed my
Ascension and it was very well received - several cards were given and
Saturday the 22nd of September, 2007
Heron Island: Our Trip
Started off at The Ram Dock
Point Defiance Park: Rounding the Point
Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Passing under Tacoma Narrows: The Two Bridges (Old and New)
Putting Up the Sails
Island in the Sound: Actually Fox Island
Sea Lions and Some Herons on a Buoy: A female lion swam after us for a little
bit and that's her in the last photo - upper right.
Guppy reading gaming reviews to us
The Island Prison
Seals Napping across from the prison island
Zittles: Or Where We Stopped for Lunch
Sara and Guppy landing the buoy for a tie off. We reached Heron Island
where Sara was given a buoy to tie her boat to for free, hence the sailing trip.
Karen and I had been set ashore with all the stuff we were packing out. We
see the Ferry we have to take to get to the Mainland.
Oh look! A young buck nibbling on someone's lawn.
We get a ride.
We all get to ride. Thank you Malcom!
The Pink Princess Mary
So pretty; what a fabulous day on the boat.
take the ferry back to the mainland.
We wait to be picked up and taken home by Phil.
We make Water Art with sticks.
We finally go home.
Friday the 21st of September, 2007
invited me to come on a sailing adventure with her! We're going to take
her boat to it's new mooring home about 5 hours south (by sail boat) and I'm
packing a bag ^_^
I was warned
that anything could happen - like running out of gas - so I should be prepared.
Very exciting. I should also bring some food.
Saturday the 15th of September, 2007
chickens this morning (I got 3 fresh eggs out of the deal this morning) and then
had a two hour breakfast with Jani. She also gave me some books she didn't
want to move, but didn't want to just 'give away'. I now also have a cool
Last night I
went over to Joe's and watched Ghostbusters I and II with him and a bunch of
friends. Hysterics ensued.
Wednesday the 12th of September, 2007
clean and getting cleaner. Landry is done. Dishes are done.
wearing his halter pretty well now -->
Pretty in pink and about to tackle a twisty pipe cleaner.
I am So Cat
Normal Kitty Pounce Face
with Sara, Jenn, Melissa and Stacy from work last night. Lots of fun and
we even had about 20 minutes of wind! Real sailing time!
catnip seeds, so we'll see if they grow. Hammond doesn't seem to keen on
catnip. I bought him some dried catnip and he ignored it. odd.
In sad news,
Jani is moving to Texas. Good news for her, but I'm sad to see her go -
I'm going to miss her. We're getting together this Saturday for coffee and
Sunday the 9th of September, 2007
Bumbershoot last Saturday which was claustrophobic with crowding at first and
then as it thinned out got much more fun. Was able to get a Mainstage pass
(limited supply due to capacity) and
went to see Gym Class Heroes and Panic! At the Disco. Also saw this
amazing band I had never heard of (which is why I love Bumbershoot) called Gogol
Bordello. They do a wicked gypsy two-step rhythm infused with ska, punk,
rap, reggae and twang and the whole crowd was jumping around and dancing wildly.
Much fun. (some photos to come in the near future)
a cleaning frenzy in my apartment including 4 loads of laundry. There is
much improvement and Hammond is pleased. You know the mess is getting out
of hand when your cat starts to try to scoop the mess into one pile instead of
many. Now all that is left is some winter laundry for storage, moping and
vacuuming. He hates it when I vacuum. The DVD player is inhabited by
genies to be played with and the vacuum by demons to run away from in terror.
I bought him a
harness and leash because he wants to go outside so badly. It's going to
be a very slow process, happily he's very nice about letting me put on the
harness. It's the whole leash thing he doesn't get yet. It doesn't
help that I live on the second floor and navigating the stairs are terrifying
right now. I get that.
Wednesday the 29th of August, 2007
There was a
happy day of Renaissance Festival over in Gig Harbor with Jonathan (bought a
feather for my hat too!).
Sara and Phil
had a ring blessing ceremony last Friday which was pretty cool and then here was
a party afterwards in which there were lots of people, drinks and dancing at a
local bar/club. Good times. Jonathan even managed to come down for
the last leg and so met some of my friends (and co-workers) which was also very
cool. Did I mention there was dancing? Oh yes, quite a bit of
dancing and Jonathan even managed to do a bit of leg limbo (I give credit for
the 3 minutes of trying). Quite the revelry.
decided which day I'm going to Bumbershoot - I have Saturday and Monday off, but
oh! which to choose! I'm thinking Saturday actually because Monday Sara
might have her boat in the water and I'm invited!!
Am in dire
need to doing laundry. I fear there is danger of being overrun by dirty clothes.
Nothing new there - really.
Pursued one of
my favorite bookstores the other day with a friend of mine - one of Sara's sons
- Guppy. He needed some new reading material and I happily stepped in for
the chance to start several new chapters of my own for a bargain price.
Friday the 3rd of August 2007
The Simpson's Movie is
hysterical and I was singing Spider Pig all the next day.
Work is busy, I still love it even
when it bugs me. I actually get to learn information and pass it on to
people instead of having to always turn it over to an assistant or tech.
This means of course that I'm having to learn a lot and learn it fast.
Went to The Highland Games over at
the King County Fairgrounds with Jonathan last Sunday. That was fun.
We watched log tosses and all sorts of Scottish dogs were running around doggie
courses. There were lots of bagpipes and drummers, kilts and clan tents.
Wicked Tinkers!!!!!!! Highlight.
Just about to toss the log end over end.
Monday the 23rd of July2007
July 4th weekend: Flew to Bethesda,
Maryland for the 4th and stayed till that Sunday visiting Jonathan's brothers
(Ben & Justin) and their wives (Janet & Megan) for a fun holiday weekend walking
around Washington DC. We also took a day trip to Annapolis for a sailing
tour which was really awesome.
Went to the National Gallery of Art,
The American Art Museum and
the National Portrait Gallery
Took pictures in front of The National Archives, but didn't have a chance to go
On our way to the Lincoln Memorial we walked though this little part with - this
is a World War memorial
Lincoln Memorial was crowed as usual
We walked though the Vietnam Memorial
Looked over at the Jefferson Memorial
Ben and Janet took us all up to Annapolis for a sailing trip on the
On our last day Jonathan and I went back to Georgetown for one last walk around
and we walked down to the Potomac to watch the rowers
This is the very last stop - it's an
old stone house
with a really nice garden in the back.
This last week at work has been a
long one. Monday was terrible (started my day off with an accidentally
murdered dog by police raid where they got the wrong house) and ended with me
going home to a glass of wine. The week ended pretty well though.
Jonathan brought me my very own copy of the new Harry Potter at lunch on
Saturday. Sunday I unexpectedly had nothing to do and so started to read
my shiny new book at 12:30pm; I realized at 10:30pm that I had been reading all
day and decided to finish. I finished at 12:30am twelve hours after
starting. It's just a darn good read and I couldn't stop reading.
Tonight I had a lovely dinner at
Pomodoro with my long time friend Mary Messell (who is not a Messell anymore,
but still a Mary) who is visiting Washington/Tacoma on a short vacation trip. I
met her husband, Ken, and she met my cat, Hammond. We talked about old times and
got caught up a little on old friends and family. We had fun.
Jonathan took me to a
Rush concert Friday night (traffic was so bad
we missed the first hour of the three hour concert - one hour to get the last 7
miles) and followed them down to LA to see their concert down there. He
and Jennifer FINALLY we able to have lunch and they left me several rather
adorable messages while I was at work today. Rush puts on a really amazing
concert - I had such a good time. The music was just phenomenal and the
video and lasers accompanying were brilliantly well done. He bought me a
tour shirt afterwards too. It's cool.
Friday the 29th of June, 2007
I love my new
job. I fit in very well and even though it's really busy and I'm learning
a whole new system, so far it's really good. Plus I love seeing all the
puppies come in. Dr Jones (who owns the practice) is getting married this
Saturday and everyone is going to the reception and that should be lots of fun.
I have no idea what I'm wearing.
Julie also asked me to do a bunch of paintings for her debut movie (she wrote
the script and is part of the production staff). The movie is about a
young painter/artist and I'm in charge of painting a hella lota paintings to
fill up her walls Narnia style. uff
Life is not
quite so crazy busy, which is just a farce, because it's still really busy, but
there's just more of a schedule to it. eh. This is still good.
Right now, I'm happy.
Thursday the 14th of June, 2007
A lot has
happened, but at the same time, not much has really been happening.
NEW JOB!!! A job that I think will be fulfilling, and is a nice easy
commute. Jones Animal Hospital. I'll be working the front desk like
I was at MetVet, but this place is really busy and has been around for 50 years.
It's very much a family environment - plus my very good friend Sara works there
have a really nice part time thing going as well up in Seattle working at O&Co -
which Jennifer recommended me for the position as she works at the same company
just down in LA.
Concert! June 7th at the Key Arena. They decided to do 2 Seattle
shows, which turned out to be really awesome for the thousands who didn't get
first concert tickets. 3 encores to boot. Played all the songs I
wanted to hear (Message In a Bottle, Roxanne, Don't Stand So
Close To Me, Do Do Do-Da Da Da and Every Little Thing She Does Is
Magic) and played them damn good too. Sting sounds great and Andy and
Steward were amazing. Walking In Your Footsteps had a lazar
light show of dinosaur skeletons walking around all the walls and Roxanne
had everything lit up in red lights. Really cool stuff.
Prom is going
on all over the place. Every weekend I see dressed up teenagers walking
the streets of Seattle. I remember Prom. It was fun.
lots of work. Not much laundry. I keep getting quarters earmarked
for the occasion, but then I inevitability end up using them as bus fare because
I refuse to drive to Seattle for work.
full of bounce and keeps secreting all this toys away.
taking me away to Maryland for July 4th to visit family (his - more specifically
his brothers and their lovely wives).
generating a list of stuff from O&Co that I want to buy. For myself and
friends. I keep having to stop myself. It's just so yummy.
But first I need to build up my cash supply.
13 - funny movie, enjoyable stuff. Pirates of the Caribbean: At
World's End - also fun and slightly strange. A fourth movie is SO being
made, my goodness the cliff hanger. Spiderman 3 - really good
special effects it had a good conclusion.
Sunday the 27th of May, 2007
My art show is
down as of the 15th.
Flew to Kansas
on the 5th for a weekend visit for a visit and took Jonathan with me.
First thing we did was say hello to Rufus (who had just gotten a shave) after we
got back from the airport and dinner (dinner with Uncle Mike and Aunt Jayme -
yay!). Thunderstorm arrived that night and it was really nice to got to
sleep with thunder and lightening.
The next day
there was a big Family Party and almost everyone was able to come! It was
so great. ^_^ That was Sunday. Another thunderstorm that
Monday I took
Jonathan out to visit my old farm in
The farm is now owned by a really nice woman (with husband and small child) who
is dedicated to reviving the farm (after a decade or so of neglect) and making
it into a working Organic Farm. She even has goats! I was very
pleased with the way things were going. The barn is now a barely standing
shell of a thing, but that isn't surprising. It's old and not repaired.
The pasture is still mostly grown over, but about 7 years ago there was a
pasture fire and that helped get rid of many of the weedy trees that had
overtaken everything. She has about 5 horses, chickens, cats and a really
awesome shaggy dog. There's several small gardens and I'm sure she'll
expand those later. She's really into the history of the farm and has done
lots of research - our house and farm is an original Homestead farm and house
and there's lots of history to be had. Even our trees are rare and old.
I love my old farm. I'm really happy there's someone who lives there who
loves it even more then I do.
Gardner proper for a quick look since I hadn't driven through town in well over
15 years. The outskirts are really built up, but the small little town of
red brick buildings I remember along Main Street is quite intact.
that night, mom, dad, Jonathan and I went out to The Plaza and a walk about.
Since the Nelson was closed, we just walked around it and I got my first view of
the newly completed addition to the museum. I'm not crazy about how it
looks next to the old world looking stone monument that is the original
Nelson-Atkins Museum. We all decided it should have been build across the
street (on land also owned by the museum) and have housed modern works of art
with tunnels connecting the two buildings.
We flew back
early that next morning. Hammond was not amused that I had been gone even
though my friend Sara and her son Guppie had done a wonderful job of coming over
and looking after him. He was a bit clingy for a few days but seems to
have gotten over it.
So, I've been
interviewing at several places in Fife and Tacoma, some sound really quite nice
and some sound only ok. At the moment I'm working in Seattle at
O&Co's Pacific Place store (their sister
store is L'Occitane). I really
like the shop, I love what we sell and the people I work with are pretty cool,
but I'm not crazy about the commute (even taking the bus).
Saturday the 28th of April, 2007
a virtual gander at my show.
Sunday the 22nd of April, 2007
Just in case
you were interested. This is my showing.
When I was
in high school, I had the opportunity to study our resident Orca pods with Ken
Balcomb on San Juan
One of the young and frisky males of J pod was the inspiration for this piece.
the huge and wonderful (and very temperamental) bull moose who used to live at
Northwest Trek, but who sadly died several years ago during the huge storm when
a tree fell on his head.
Intelligent and interesting, if not slightly destructive to your garbage can at
night, raccoons are full of quirky personality.
Oils on canvas
24 x 24
boulders of the grassy plains; once they roamed so far and wide they were even
to be found here in the
a controversial species – are they a threat to your livestock and are your
children going to be eaten on their way to school? Or are they beautiful and
powerful hunters with a very important impact on their environment? I prefer
the later argument to their preservation and re-introduction into the wild.
illustration cover for a short story about a beloved dog who comes back from the
beyond to watch over his family and protect them from harm.
drawing with nib on paper
Hammond also helped me draw this – he added in the grass in the right corner.
Bear at Rest
with touch of watercolor on paper
on a warm and sunny day against a handy tree.
Sniffing a Flower
with touch of watercolor on paper
good, wonder what kind of flower it is or how tasty it is?
on the Wing
with a touch of watercolor on paper
delicious updraft of wind, dragon loops about for a 360 view.
with a touch of watercolor on paper
I know I
look soft and cuddly, but really, I’m not.
Bonsai for Earrings
polymer clay shaped and designed – capable of holding several pairs of
*earrings. Functional Artwork.
(also made by artist) displayed on Dragon Bonsai are $20 each.
polymer clay make up this ethereal creature floating through a bed of citrine
and peridot seaweed. Moonstone accents. Hangs on a strand of light and airy
seaweed or you can choose to sit it on a table or shelf.
always some mischief to get into.
and Pastel on paper
are better then yours.
Saturday the 21st of April, 2007
Night On The Town
Met Vet welcomes
emerging Tacoma artist Jenna Tomlin. Jenna moved out here from Kansas a few
years ago to attend college, but the wheat fields have never beckoned her back!
Her love of the Northwest is evident in her work, and is sure to please. Join us
Thursday evening, April 19th, between 6-8pm. For those of you
treating yourselves to the Night On The Town festivities, we will be featuring a
surprise gift for your garden!
was small, but there was a lot of great feedback and some rave reviews.
There's 15 pieces in total, but I didn't have time to take pictures, so unless
you were at the reception, there's 8 pieces that haven't been seen on this site.
Tuesday the 17th of April, 2007
My show is
hanging tomorrow!!! Thursday evening is the open and reception at MetVet.
6-8pm. Hardware is install for the canvas paintings and my other pieces on
paper have frames so that they can hang properly.
Saturday the 7th of April, 2007
I have been
painting this week - finishing paintings actually.
I have a
pointillism piece in mind to start on now. My first show is the 19th!!!
I have 2 pieces I want to finish for it and then I have to install the hardware
so everything can be hung properly.
Monday the 2nd of April, 2007
City ComicCon 2007 made me a happy person. For a full review and lots of
pictures >> Comics
Page. Top of the page. After the convention on Sunday, I
called up Jonathan to make dinner plans and we headed over to Bellevue for
dinner and a showing of Blades of Glory which made us both laugh so hard
my sides hurt.
Monday the 26th of March, 2007
Way Viaduct Tour photos as promised. 9:30 am Saturday morning (coffee
provided) - a bunch of us civilians put on hard hats and vests and off we went
on short educational walking tour with 3 stops starting at 1st and Columbia.
Link to some Bodies (in Seattle) photos
Saturday the 24th of March, 2007
Jonathan and I went to see the Seattle Bodies...The Exhibition Exhibit. Really well
done, not an Art Display at all, but a really respectful, elegant and
educational display of human anatomy. I recommend anyone go and see it if
Got my shiny
laptop back from Gateway Friday. New keyboard and new whatever else - it
works and that's all I care about.
Today we both
had tours of the Seattle Viaduct. It's closed every 6 months for a full
inspection and they give public tours you can sign up for (if you know about
it). It's really cool to hear all about the maintenance and the earthquake
damage and future plans. Photos will be uploaded tomorrow when I'm more
awake, it's too late tonight for a full on photo mull. After the Viaduct
tours (we had separate times) we headed over to Pike's Place for lunch and then
Pacific Science Center to have a look at the Grossology display. We
were mobbed by kids so didn't stay long. Plus my meter was running out and
I wasn't interested in getting a ticket. I think we're planning on a long
Thursday lunch of the science of gas and snot.
I took Jonathan to my friend Joe's birthday gathering. So he got to meet
some of my long time friends - I haven't seen most of them in 2 years and that's
just not right. Good day.
Tuesday the 20th of March, 2007
Birthday at The Melting Pot - eaten dinner and desert.
Hammond watching me type on the backup laptop.
Moose (bad picture - sorry)
Ascension (need to get a better shot in better light -again sorry)
Tuesday the 13th of March, 2007
So, my birthday over the weekend was fun; as mentioned, Jonathan and I went to
The Melting Pot and ate lots and lots of food. There was cheese fondue with
apples and bread, then salad and immense amounts of veggies (plus meat for
Jonathan and tofu for me) for cooking in the broth fondue. We decided that even
though we had just eaten about 5 pounds of food, we needed the chocolate fondue
as well so we ordered a white/dark chocolate fondue with fruit, brownies and
cheesecake to cover with yummy melted chocolate. I took pictures - I'll have to
get them up soon. Dinner lasted 3 hours. Apparently having a 4pm reservation
was a good thing. After digesting for an hour, we went over to Chopsticks where
not many people actually showed up, but where we still had fun for awhile
anyway. Didn't think to ask if there was a cover on the weekends and it turns
out there is. Also, it was REALLY loud. So after a few hours, we walked over
to O'Malley's to have beer and an actual conversation everyone could hear.
finished Ascension and I'll be downloading
a picture of that tomorrow and put it up. I've been working on a painting
of a Moose as well and I'll put up a photo of that too.
Have a 2nd
interview with SCS, the company I interviewed with two weeks ago, lined up for
this Thursday as well.
Friday the 9th of March, 2007
I'm a mean,
mean person because I forgot that Jonathan was awesome and got us tickets to
this really amazing play last week called Proof at Tacoma Actors Guild
(which announced suddenly Thursday that they had to close permanently because of
cash shortage) about a brilliant math Professor's daughter who is dealing with
her father's recent death, living in the shadow of his genius and trying to
prove her own worth as a mathematician while trying to take back the years she
had to give up University (and life) to care for him while he deteriorated
mentally. It was really good.
Jonathan and I went up to see his housemate Jeremy perform at
Tula in Seattle
(where we saw him last time).
Tomorrow we go
to dinner at The Melting Pot - I just made reservations and managed to get us in
at 4pm. Good thing I called tonight!
Wednesday the 7th of March, 2007
Hammond is now
neutered! He took it pretty well actually. I brought him home
Tuesday afternoon and the first thing he did was play with his jingle ball toy -
I think he might have still been high on medication. As Roo can attest to,
I found the evening highly amusing.
planning out my birthday party for this Saturday - Jonathan and I are going out
to dinner and then I've been telling everyone to meet me at Chopsticks on 6th
Ave at 8:30 for drinks and general shenanigans.
I don't really
remember anything eventful that's happened since last I wrote - I've been mostly
obsessing over the ComicCon that's coming at the end of this month. Then I
went shopping with Jani the other day because I wanted to buy a birthday dress
and platform boots for this Saturday. I did a good job in the end - I'll
have to remember to bring a camera. Prom dresses were my inspiration for
the event. Went to see Ghost Rider for the hell of it and I had fun
watching it. It isn't anything special, but I did have fun watching it,
which is what I wanted. I'm waiting for The 300 to come out and I'm very
Oh! My friend
Jani told me what my birthday present is from her - she actually managed to get
several tickets to their second show here in Seattle (sold out in 15 minutes)
and she is taking me with her! woohooo!!!!!
Tuesday the 27th of February, 2007
interview at the Humane Society by a hair which annoys me - they placed the
position right before my temp agency hoop jumping, darn them. I have an
interview with some refrigeration company for a position at their head office
this Wednesday though.
Went out to
try my first batch of jewelry consignments to retailers on 6th Ave, but they
either weren't open or weren't interested. I have several other places I
want to try, but other then that I'll have to do more research and find out who
actually does consignments that I don't know about yet.
Wednesday the 21st of February, 2007
Had my eyes
checked out last week - everything looks good and I have the same prescription
as last year. I like that. Have to remember to go and pick up my
contacts though - I keep forgetting.
Monday was our
2 year anniversary and it was a strange day. We both had those long,
annoying days at work that really suck and the gray rain didn't help me any.
Plus I discovered my cat really did mess up my laptop by overheating it - he
slept on it all night the night before and I woke up to the alarm going off.
My laptop seems better now, but Monday it wasn't responding to my commands and I
couldn't order the present I wanted to pick up before leaving, and that sucked
as well. It was, however, a really nice dinner at Cafe Flora. I'll
just have to give him my card and present later.
But check out
the flowers I got!
A perfect lunch surprise.
So I started
Jury Duty yesterday, but they didn't need me when I arrived and sent me home as
soon as I arrived. Went back today and I waited to figure out when I could
tell them that I couldn't afford 2 weeks of not working and what could I do
because my employer wouldn't write me a letter - so finally I just raised my
hand during Q&A and asked and they got miffed that I didn't tell them waaaaay
back when (but there wasn't any place for me to tell them that I could figure
out) and 5 other people raised their hands with the same problem. I was
dismissed. I actually want to serve, but right now, I just can't.
Saturday the 17th of February, 2007
celebrated a guy getting his head chopped off thus becoming a saint and the more
recent meaning of Hallmark's Buy Stuff Day. Ok, ok, I did buy a card, but
it was a really cool one. Jonathan and I managed to get reservation at a
nice little place call Old House Cafe. Really nice dinner, plus it even
came with little gifts on the table. Candy sugar hearts and (what we
thought was chocolate) a little rhinestone covered picture holder.
Jonathan's birthday and I need to go get ready for that. He wants to go to
the new Olympic Sculpture Park which should be perfect today and then who knows
what else, but there's plans of people meeting up at an Irish Pub this evening.
And Monday is
our 2 year anniversary. Crazy.
Sunday the 11th of February, 2007
bought me my Christmas bookshelf last night! I'll be putting it together
Took a better
My Art Walk at
the First Congregational Church has been pushed back a month - good news for all
actually. I can finish the ones I wanted to do for this show and Sara can
get the railings hung and the news out more.
Friday the 9th of February, 2007
Ascension - the start of it anyway. I know the figures
are a little fuzzy; they are supposed to be a little smoky looking, but the
photo did come out a touch out of focus. I'll work on it some more when
the sun comes up. *this photo has been deleted and
replaced by a much better picture. Link above.
Tuesday the 6th of February, 2007
Filled my taxes. woohoo.
Saturday the 3rd of February, 2007
He tested negative for feline
leukemia and FIV! yay
Ooooo... and I've been selected for
Jury Duty. How interesting.
Jonathan and I went to see Pan's
Labyrinth. Fascinating movie - gritty, beautiful, haunting, horrifying and
just doused with sorrow and lose. Jonathan and I both had different moments that
made us cringe and look away. There was an interesting mix of liberation
in this movie - physical and mental - but it doesn't really end in triumph with
a winner. It ends and we hope for the better for those who survive.
It's all a test of spirit and will; in the end, do the underdogs and innocent
really get their deserved applause for their actions and suffering? Does the girl really become a
princess again or does she just die? Maybe it doesn't matter; maybe with
her last breath all that matters is that she believes she is the princess again.
Also, I loved that it was all in Spanish. Extremely good movie, but hard to
watch because it really draws you in.
Thursday the 1st of February, 2007
Specs: Abyssinian Mix - Ruddy
coloring - about a year old
Came to work with me today to get
weighed - 8.95 lb (meow meow meow) There's a
picture of us on our webpage
now - scroll down to the bottom of the page.
We have a tech appointment tomorrow
at the clinic for a blood draw because I need him tested for Feline Leukemia.
Then he'll get neutered probably next week. He gets along with everyone -
even the dogs and cats he met!
Wednesday the 31st of January, 2007
His name is Hammond *sigh*
This is the lovely stray cat that
wouldn't go away Monday at the Clinic and I took him home over lunch so I could
take him to the Humane Society the next day when I had time - too late, I
inadvertently named him the next day and bought a bag a litter. He's such
a good cat and we get along extremely well.
I went to Canada over the weekend -
more correctly, I drove up after work on Friday and spent Saturday with my
friends (Julie and Steph) and drove back down Saturday evening so I could go to
work on Sunday. Not much sleep to go on, but sometimes it's well worth it.
With three different schedules, we had to plan this on out about a month and
half in advance, so even though I wasn't feeling all that well (had a migraine
or something + fever + cramps the night before) I went anyway. I had a
great time too!
Monday the 22nd of January, 2007
I was informed that I have been lax
in my blog duties and it turns out she was quite correct!
Well, my mom was here, we were
snowed/iced in for quite awhile and she was actually here for two days longer
then first scheduled because KCI was also all icy. But! This allowed
us to go to the Museum of
Flight to see their Leonardo di Vinci exhibit and have another dinner
with Jonathan (with a visit to the Clinic to kennel the cats afterwards - I
kenneled, they played with cats). We didn't really get out like we had
hoped, but nevertheless, we had a great time just hanging around local
neighborhoods and my apartment (of which I kept warm, just for her).
I started a new painting while mom
was here and
what it looks like now. It isn't done yet, but it's getting to a
decent point now. It's one of the pieces that's going to be shown at my
April Show at the Clinic. Sara asked me to do another show at her church
next month and I'm working hard on preparing that show too. I'll be their
first featured artist as they join the great Third Thursday Art Walk Tradition.
I have another painting I just started of a moose and I have 3 designs I'm
working on to perfect before transferring to canvas. I'll need more canvas
I'm also working on taxes and a
presentation to local shops to see if any will do consignment for my jewelry.
Plus sending out resumes.
Tuesday the 9th of January, 2007
My mom is flying in from Kansas today. Everything is almost ready.
Just have to do another load of dishes and take out the trash before I go to
pick her up.
* Picked up and we had dinner at Shari's. Breakfast for Dinner.
Sunday the 7th of January, 2007
Finally bought my 2007 calendar.
Went to see Night at the Museum
yesterday with Jonathan. Enjoyed it. Exactly what I expected to see,
no surprises, but nicely done and really cool special effects with all the
animals and statues coming to life.
Tuesday the 2nd of January, 2007
Went to the Eagle's Club with Sara
and Phil for New Year's fun and celebration. A live band, good food and
lots of mini wine bottles. It was quite fun and we got home late.
Wednesday the 27th of December, 2006
I must say, that was a really
smashingly wonderful Christmas.
Flew out on the 23rd - a Saturday -
with the foolish idea that by this time Denver Airport would be cleared enough
that my flight would basically be on time. My flight was initially
scheduled to leave at 8:25pm and that was roughly the time flight 848 was
leaving Denver to come pick us up.... therefore, I did not arrive in Denver
until 3-3:30am Sunday. However! I did arrive! It just took a
while. I did finish reading Catch-22 while waiting though, so that
was something to be sure. Jonathan picked me up and took me to IHOP for some food because by
that time food had been a long way away for me. (attendant offered me a
choice between Cheese Nacho Doritos and Original Sun Chips... woopie) Ben
(Jonathan's oldest brother), Janet (his awesome wife) and Anne (9 months) had
already flown in; they just missed having their flight cancelled, so everyone
was really happy they managed to make it. I have to say though, that while
the feet of snow was a pain to deal with, it was very beautiful and it certainly
made the mountains gorgeous.
Later when we woke up Sunday, I
lounged around for a bit catching up with Ben, Janet and Allison (his mom) and
played with Anne while Jonathan went out to complete his last minute shopping.
That night several of us did our last minute present wrapping and everything got
arranged under the tree.
(Jonathan and Anne)
In the morning (Monday - Christmas
Day) there was breakfast - quite the breakfast feast. Justin and Megan
arrived (if you don't remember them, Justin is Jonathan's other brother and I was
wedding). Then there was the gathering round, the handing out and the
balancing act of gift piles on laps (I got presents too!). We all opened
together and shouted out our thank yous over everyone one else. Anne got
quite the pile of gifts and I think she was delighted with everything she got.
Afterwards, there was coffee while dinner was finishing and some tossing of a
football before Justin and Megan left. Later, since Anne had many
baby-sitters available Ben, Janet, Jonathan and I left early after a quick
dinner to see Casino Royale (second time for Jonathan and myself which
was fine with us).
(Me, Anne, Janet,
Ben, Justin, Megan) (Megan and Allison)
Tuesday Ben, Janet and Anne packed
to go for a few days of skiing, so we said our goodbyes to them. Jonathan
and I went out to the Denver Art Museum for a few hours, ate at a place called
Noodles, wandered around Tattered Cover Bookstore because I saw the sign out
front and just had to go in (plus more coffee is always a bonus). If you
don't know Tattered Cover, then let me paint a picture (because I didn't know it
either) quickly. Have you seen the first Harry Potter movie? Or read
the first book? It could be right out of Diagon Alley this place.
It's fantastic. Big windows, large plants, old school desks, wonderfully
upholstered lounge couches and huge cushy chairs everywhere. Wide
staircases, plush carpet, aged wooden accents everywhere you look, and of course
hundreds of shelves with sleek, cursive handwritten signs telling you where
everything was. We bought coffee and wandered around just to be there for
awhile. Then we stopped off at Virgin because Jonathan wanted to see if
they had a specific something and they didn't. Borders Bookstore was our
next stop (we both have giftcards there) and I bought THUD! in paperback.
Next, we stopped over at Justin and Megan's house because they don't live too
far away to visit and for me to meet Megan's 2 cats. As we were heading
home, Steve (childhood friend
of Jonathan) called saying he had picked up another long time friend, and we all
went out to IHOP again. I think we got back sometime around 2am-ish.
I leave for the airport today - my
flight is at 8:30pm. Not sure what Jonathan and I might do. He's
still asleep. We had talked about going to the Mint for a tour because we
didn't have time yesterday. I like that idea. I'm all packed and
*Addendum. Didn't go to the
Mint. The tours were all booked. Had a nice lunch with Steve, Mike
and Shawn instead. Got to Sea-Tac just fine and took a Shuttle back home.
Friday the 22nd of December, 2006
Flying into Denver, CO tomorrow
night and I'm sure the airport will have those 21 + inches of snow under
control. White Christmas indeed.
Finished my shopping yesterday and
mailed off my packages today. Sorry, they aren't going to make it for Christmas,
but hey, I'm keeping the present opening season open just that much longer.
I hope I packed everything - hat,
scarf, gloves, santa hat, passport, flight schedule. clothes, gifts and camera.
check. cool. And now to call Frontier and get my seat assignment for
Monday the 18th of December, 2006
Party was a good party - lots of
yummy food (my favorite was fresh mozzarella balls that had been soaked in sweet
balsamic and basil leaves that I kept going back for), gamboling (free chips &
giving chips back at the end), karaoke, an interesting band (that started out
with "Happy Holidays...She's a brick ... house..." yeeeeah), plus I got to
meet lots of Jonathan's co-workers. Got all dressed up and even had our
Wednesday the 13th of December, 2006
I bought shoes today; my old ones
were falling apart so I finally decided to go after I got off work today.
Apparently I've worn hiking shoes so long I really thought I wore a size 7 1/2,
but really I wear a 7. I just went to the Payless next to my comic shop
and they were having that buy one get one half off sale. I found 2 pairs I
really liked, so I have 2 new shoes and threw out one pair that was all cracked
and ripped. However, I now have shoes that will go with my outfit to the
Microsoft Christmas Party this Saturday. That's nice.
Sunday the 10th of December, 2006
I did really well at The Tempest
Lounge show Saturday night. I was pleased. Over $100 in 2.5 hours.
Now I know the venue that works for me, now I just need to find more that are
Also saw The Queen tonight
with some friends - really well done.
Friday the 8th of December, 2006
Tomorrow is chock full of Dickens
fun around town and then at 3:30 I'm setting up for my showing at
The Tempest Lounge for their first
Annual Trunk Show featuring local artists (it's just a 2 hour showing for
sales). Afterwards a few of us are going to see The Queen at The
Grand down the street. Hopefully by then all this mucus will have drained
out of my head. ::bleh::
I bought some black velvet to drape
over my push pin board for my necklaces and a black lampshade that was on sale
to display my earrings. It looks really cool. I'm bringing
Man in the Mirror besides some of my
jewelry to sell. It's small
tables, so I'll be passing out my cards rather then showing a lot of stuff.
I hope it's better then last weeks sale.
Bought some more canvas, and I've
also updated one of the little paintings I was working on - it's called
I showed it at the Craft Fair last week.
Tuesday the 5th of December, 2006
I am a sick little girl - if I've
gotten you sick, blame the person who got me sick ^_^
Saw Stranger then Fiction
this Sunday; a very good movie. Really well done, and I hope it gets
nominated for something. Did a small craft fair at a local Elementary
school that bombed for all the vendors except the PTA sponsored coffee booth.
Oh well. I got to see some friends I hadn't seen in a long time. My
stuff was well and happily looked at, but none of the parents had come with the
idea of buying anything. I have another sale I'm doing this Saturday at a local
sexy cocktail lounge.
Jonathan bought me a ticket to
Denver so I can spend Christmas with his family ^_^ He's so amazing.
I've got my time off all scheduled and everyone seems quite happy to see me off
for a few days.
Now I have to go buy/make my
Christmas presents - I should have been doing this a few weeks ago, but I've
been busy working, and well, avoiding all forms of Christmas insanity.
Tuesday the 28th of November, 2006
Snow & ice... the news says that
this year is not only a crazy year for rain, but apparently this snow and ice
this year are also spectacular for this area. The news also informed me
that were were about 650 calls to road side assistance last night between
Seattle and Olympia. Fairly impressive. The highways were parking
lots last night and this morning. I'm just glad my clinic is just 3-4
miles down the road and even I hit a patch of ice and almost did a full 180...
ended up being more like a 100 and then I brought it around and under control.
Gave the car behind me plenty of warning about that section of road though!
They managed to miss most of it and only skidded about 30 degrees.
However, I must admit last night when I went out (ie walking across the street
to meet my friend Sara) the snow was gorgeous and lots of people were out having
Day after Thanksgiving was actually
pretty slow at Sears (I was doing Security in electronics that day)- but I did
get to witness some impressive human loathing. A woman of middle-eastern
origin was brought back into line by a salesman to finish her purchase and the
man next in line was offended because she had 'cut' in line. This isn't
kindergarten anymore right? She explained the situation, but he just wouldn't
back down and went off telling her to go back to where she came from, she didn't
belong in the States, God hated her and she was going to burn in hell... I
stepped in and told the man to stop with the talking and have some patience, she
thanked me and came back with I know my culture and my origins and my rights and
you better shut up because I didn't cut in line. This started the whole
thing back up again and by that time I had people I was helping and Security was
soon called and she was wanting to press charges because his nastiness level had
risen about 100 degrees and was red and blue in the face with all the yelling
and obscenities he was come up with.
I have to finish getting ready for
this Saturday - Sunset Primary School is where the Bazaar is taking place and I
still want to finish up several pieces. Jani is coming with me and I'm
looking forward to that. She fed me pumpkin pie and I brought the coffee
last Saturday and we had a hoot showing each other the jewelry we had been
working on and I burned her a copy of South Park's Make Love Not Warcraft
episode because she and Matt are big WoW gamers.
Thursday the 23rd of November, 2006
13 hours of work, one hour of
cooking and 4 hours of sleep and one hour of cleaning up after cats lead me to
say: Happy Thanksgiving!
I'm not off to find this lodge that
my friend speaks of where there are jolly people, and lots of food, all of which
are expecting me.
Tomorrow I work another 13-14 hours
and I am prepared to spoil myself with pie and coffee at Jani's house on
Sunday the 19th of November, 2006
Went to the opening of
Kulture Lab gallery yesterday
which was full of hipsters milling around chatting, sipping wine and listening
to the DJs tunes. Jonathan and I took in all the sights and then went next
door and had a latte in a more quite setting.
I'm also out of food again and will
have to go to the store tonight... and it's raining again. drat.
This month's Third Thursday was a
huge hit and a lot of people came out. We all had a great time and there
was lots of wine and cheese to be nibbled on.
Still getting ready for the Bazaar
on the 2nd. New necklaces are being made and I've picked out the one that
I'm donating to the raffle. Plus I'll get to see many of my Farmer's
Market friends so that a lovely added bonus.
Thursday the 16th of November, 2006
Rainier National Park Images of the Flood (thus far) Now for a really
good look at the flood damage (thus far this November) check out that
Slide Tour (pdf
Now I'm off to look at artwork
displayed at this month's Third Thursday Art Walk in Tacoma.
Monday the 13th of November, 2006
Mario the cat leapt out of his cage today as
our Vet Assistant opened the door to give him some food, with me on the other
side, and I discovered a face full of metal door and bloody lip. Thanks
little fuzzy dude.
Sunday the 12th of November, 2006
Ah, right. That's what rain
looks like. I had forgotten. We'll all be washed away by weeks
Saturday the 11th of November, 2006
There's sun AND no rain at the
moment. Loving it.
As promised, photos:
and two others I'm working on
Wednesday the 8th of November, 2006
I totally forgot last night - on
Saturday I went to the Tacoma Dome's annual Gem Faire with Jani. I love
going to Gem Faires; everything you could possibly imagine is there and more.
This is one of my secrets to finding amazing beads. We walked
all the booths, decided what we wanted - a few things we were there to
specifically buy - and then we walked back to find the best deal (or at least
what trumped what on the scale of must have). I found some rainbow
obsidian that was gorgeous - hard to find too - at $10 a strand!!
That was my best buy of the day.
What I got.
I also have a gig in the works for
Dec. 2nd. Sunset Primary School is having a children's craft day and
bazaar on December 2nd and I was recommend. So I've e-mailed the lady in
charge and hopefully they still have space. The booth fee is a donation of
a handcraft item. I can do that ^_^ I think I'm also going to bring
some small paintings. I bought some small canvas the other day and now I
know what I'm going to use them for!
Tuesday the 7th of November, 2006
Dropped off my vote today in the
same fell scoop as registering my car. The DMV was remarkably productive
and efficient today for me.
Had my 3 month review today which
was interesting - I'm doing a very good job for my 3 months so far with my very
limited background of the veterinary/bookkeeping world, but because she was
measuring me against someone with 5 years + experience, I only did marginally
well in several of the categories. Mostly in bookkeeping and veterinary
terminology - like I still don't know many of the diseases out there let alone
how to talk about them and I still have very limited bookkeeping knowledge.
eh. This is what I expected, but I didn't expect to be judged by a 5 year
standard, but I think she did that to keep it consistent for everyone, for every
review - still felt a bit harsh though.
Went to a Baby shower last Thursday
for one of my co-workers. I had gone baby shopping with a friend on
Halloween because we were both lost on the concept of baby shopping so we
figured we would be better off shopping together. It worked out pretty
well. It was a good way to end a day with a slight hangover.
Monday night I went out with a
co-worker for a drink because she had made the decision to lay one of her dogs
to rest - I think she was 18, so was quite old and senile. This meant a
long, hard day for her to go though, so I suggested we walk down to this new
restaurant down the street from us and have a glass of wine. Turned into 2
glasses and a Spanish cheese plate. As we were walking back home, she
suggested we stop into O'Malley's for another drink, later, we walked back to
her house so I could meet her dogs, and had a glass of wine there. When
her husband came home, he invited us back to O'Malley's for another beer or two
and we all sat around talking about art and culture when their old pastor showed
up and we all ended up walking to my apartment so I could show them around my
artwork. Unfortunately, I forgot to drink any water before I rolled over
and went to sleep after they left. Oh well.
Did more painting on my raccoon.
It's finished! I'll put up photos tomorrow. I want to start my Moose
next. Now I need to find the right size of canvas (I do pre-stretched
right now to make it easier for me).
Saturday the 28th of October, 2006
Had a very good dinner with dad and
Jonathan last Saturday. We went to Pomodoro.
I took dad to several local cafes
(Kickstand, Blackwater and Doyal's) with a quick walk around King's Books.
Also, dad came into the clinic to kennel the cats on Sunday. We both
enjoyed that, unfortunately, most of our Society cats were sick so couldn't be
taken out to play.
We had an awfully good time, even if
we didn't get the car transferred over to my name while he was here - Is It a
Fax Copy, Or Is It Not? grrrr...... Kansas vs Washington rules.
Therefore, I have to wait till next
Tuesday to go back to waiting to wait in line for my number to be called - again
- then I can get the car insured in my name
Did some painting as well - a
raccoon. I want to do a little more work before I post a photo of what
I've done so far. Plus dad found a PYREX deviled egg plate on eBay that's
exactly like the one that shattered and it was delivered yesterday! I
still find it amazing that I have a replacement.
Jennifer's mom also commissioned me
to do a Bonsai for Jennifer's sister: Bonsai 72. I finished it today and
since I thought her birthday was a lot sooner then it actually is, I guess I'll
ship it off sometime next week instead of rushing it off to the Post Office
Otherwise, I've been working a lot.
Keeping up the clinic's website, coming up with a design for the pet food
donation drive next month (all good stuff for building resume ^_^) and all the
rest. I still having entirely cleaned up my living room. I have
empty boxes I need to break down and lots of new/old stuff that is piled up for
lack of space. Ah! For the love of more shelves!! ::grin::
Saturday the 21st of October, 2006
Third Thursday Art Walk was quite
successful. Plus a jolly good time. Found some really amazing jazz
themed pieces I just adore.
Dad arrived Friday (crazy person),
after driving from KS to WA in something like 40 hours. Emissions testing
is done, my 8 bags of recycling are recycled, Goodwill was given to (and a
fairly decent replacement for my old glass palate was found and bought),
groceries were bought (real salad!), a walk in the park was had and so was
lunch. I also have many more things added to my apartment - things from my
old room. Books, a large organizer/dresser (that was stuffed with stuff),
a waffle maker and lots of old photos (most of which are doubles, but I still
have to go though them all). All this is unpacked, but not fully gone
though. I have given some of it away to Goodwill already and thrown some
stuff out. My main goal is to go through all the photos and sort them out,
followed by figured out what in the world to do with ALL those little
Tuesday the DMV will be politely
stormed, afterward my insurance company will soon topple to my demands.
I'm sure I will have to take a number and wait in line for all this to occur,
but occur it will.
Tonight, Jonathan is battling
traffic in an attempt to meet us for dinner.
Wednesday the 18th of October, 2006
My dad is starting his journey to WA
tonight starting at midnight - his time. I should be seeing him Friday or
Saturday and then I'll have a car again!! Well, I have to buy it from
them, but at least I know the history of this car and it's a good car.
Plus! With a car, I can start eBay
up again - getting to the post office without a car is difficult. I can
also go buy a canvas or two and transport it home safely to start some of the
larger paintings I want to start for my April showing. I don't have much
time left. I know exactly what I want to paint and I haven't painted
anything for the past month, so I feel like I want to start painting again now.
Had an unexpected and wonderful
lunch date with an old friend yesterday. Was waiting at the bus stop and
my friend Joe drove up and gave me a lift home - since we haven't really hung
out in ages, we walked over to a cafe and had lunch. yay old friends ^_^
Sunday the 15th of October, 2006
Pratchett was extremely funny and
wonderful to listen to as always - I have video and photos which will be
downloaded later this week (Jonathan's got my camera right now so he could take
pictures of his Viaduct tour yesterday). Got 3 books signed and Jonathan
carried on the "Hi Terry", "Hi Neil" comments in his Good Omens.
Terry was very confused about this - I will go ahead and blame this on tour
exhaustion. He talked about the Hogswatch movie that's just
wrapping up (special effects) and the props he rescued from the dumpster that
he'll auction off later on for charity.
Signed up to man the MetVet booth on
Saturday for Canine Fest at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. It was interesting
and I think we spread our name out there pretty well. There were some...
shall we say, interesting, folks that came by, but for the most part, there were
lots of awesome folk with their really cool dogs.
Tuesday the 10th of October, 2006
wow, almost didn't get tickets to
Terry Pratchett! I've been playing phone tag with the women in charge of events
at Univ of WA Bookstore for almost a week and when I got a hold of her just now
the tickets had been sold out! I happened to mention that I had called
earlier and how sad I had missed out and she asked if I was me and I said yes I
am and turns out she had squirreled away 2 tickets for me. yay!!!!
The lady at South Hill Vet still
hasn't called me back. I left her a message yesterday and I was hoping she
would have called me back by now.
Sunday the 8th of October, 2006
Might have a full time job offer
from South Hill Veterinary Hospital - filled out the application paperwork as
requested now I just have to wait to hear back.
Jonathan and I went to
Fort Nisqually's* Magical
Candlelight Tour last night - it was very pretty. Lots of volunteer actors
in period dress acting out their parts and we walked though and 'eavesdropped' -
they weren't supposed to be able to see us. We got to see a wedding
reception, blacksmithing, the kitchens, and lots of people who were at the Fort
as tradesmen or who were looking for work. Lot of dancing and music and at
the very end (we were the very last tour) there was a rain drop.
* Located in Tacoma's Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
is a restoration of the Hudson's Bay Company outpost on the Puget Sound where
visitors can travel back in time and experience life in Washington Territory
during the Fur Trade era.
Monday the 2nd of October, 2006
Bought my first bus pass at lunch.
Took at night sail on my
friend/co-workers sail boat and ate Chinese with her and one of her sons.
I love watching the phosphoresce sparkle as the boat passes; it's like little
jellyfish and diatom stars winking on and off. Exactly what we both needed
because it was a long day at work.
Sunday the 1st of October, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Terry Pratchett, will be promoting
Appears on/at: UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE
4326 University Way, NE Seattle, WA 98105
will find a way there.
Saturday the 30th of September, 2006
Here's a very good article my dad
Op-Ed Contributor: Pirates of the Mediterranean
By ROBERT HARRIS
In the panicky
aftermath of a daring terrorist attack in 68 B.C., the Roman people made
decisions that set them on the path to the destruction of their Constitution.
One cannot help wondering if history is repeating itself.
In other plots for the weekend, I'm
making Jonathan dinner and I think he's bring the cheeses and wine.
Wednesday the 28th of September 2006
100th Monkey Party was lots of fun;
I ended up going by myself, but that was ok. Met and talked with people
there, listened to the live music (two bands were playing; one upstairs and one
downstairs). It was a good thing I got their early-ish because the wine
went really fast (I bought a bottle from
Bacchante Wine to add to the spread and it turned out they were going as
well), but I didn't have a chance at buying one of the Monkey Tiles because they
were gone by the time I got there. Had a lot of fun and took the bus home
- no problems.
Tuesday the 26th of September, 2006
Had an awesome weekend thanks to my
friend Julie. She asked me to come up to Seattle on Saturday to watch a
play that a director and several actors she knows (and has worked with) were
putting on at the Northwest Actors Studio. A play called Maiden's Prayer -
a very amazing little play especially considering these are student actors.
Nice studio too. Well directed and well acted.
Not only that, but
Adrienne Wilkinson decided to
fly up from LA to see this play and see my friend Julie (Julie has interviewed
Adrienne several times). Incredibly sweet person,
I met her
briefly at the Seattle Xena Convention, but I got to spend the entire
evening sitting next to her and chatting. We talked shoes, hats, where we
were from and Mt Rainer. Afterwards we stayed for the cast party since
Julie knew them all and took still photography for the cast and crew.
Sunday, Jonathan and I watched the
last season of Red Dwarf and went to a little cheese tasting event hosted by my
local, posh supermarket. I needed to buy some bathroom supplies and he
took me - turned out there was a cheese tasting line outside and I can't resist
yummy cheese. There were some yummy cheeses there.
Tomorrow I'm hoping to make it too
the 100th Monkey party.
It's very close to me this time. Hopefully I can get a ride from Julia
(reception at my clinic), or Jonathan might come down to come with me..... if
neither, then I want to go anyway.
And my dad sent me this really cool
digital vortex heater - a Vornado. It looks awesome and I love the diagram
sketches of what the thing can do. I'm looking forward to using it.
Plus I think it'll save me quite a bit in heating costs when it gets chilly
(which might be next week).
Thursday the 21st of September, 2006
Third Thursday Art Walk - took
Jonathan to the Clinic, but we ended up not doing much walking. It was
fun, he got to meet most everyone there, plus time with the cats. Word
(our big, gray, cuddle bunny cat) was adopted today, so we celebrated that as
well as our new featured artist:
Tuesday the 19th of September, 2006
oh wow! I forgot to mention
This is Jeremy, one of Jonathan's housemates and a fantastic jazz drummer.
We went to watch (and listen) to him play last Thursday (the 14th) at a club in
Seattle. You should check out his website and listen to him play.
Monday the 18th of September, 2006
Sorry it's been so long. Not
too much has really happened - mostly I've been working.
It turned into Autumn overnight here
- it was bright and sunny until a few days ago and then it turned gray and
Saturday was nice though. Nice
night and everything. Jonathan came down and we went out to eat and then
we went to see The Illusionist which several people recommended to us.
Reminded me of something out of a Sherlock Holmes story and reminded Jonathan of
The Usual Suspects. It was very well done and very pretty. We
both really liked it (even though we both figured out the ending about half way
though the movie).
Wednesday the 6th of September, 2006
Drama last week - break ups are hard
and consoling a friend long distance is just as hard. Especially at 2am.
However, they are now on a break, instead of a break-up. This is good, but
still keeping my dear friend quite nervy about the whole situation.
Drama on Thursday - one of my
friends had the rug pulled out from under her, got drunk, cut and almost ended
her life. I'm insanely happy to say that she had an epiphany yesterday and
is turning her life around. Talking on the phone to a drunk friend who has
made provisions for her kitties to be taken care of and is insisting that she
will never write again is a hard, hard thing when there is no way you can
actually go to that friend in person.
Bumbershoot on Saturday - yay! Lots
of fun, lots of music, art, vendors, food and a ride up the Space Needle with
Drama at work- miscommunication is a
bitch. My boss thought our Vet Tech had up and quit, when she had actually
just given her 2 week notice. Not worded quite as clearly as it could have
been. There was heart-ache, confusion and "What Now" followed by me giving
hugs, tissues and general "We'll Get Though This". The notice is
understandable and foreseen - she has a 2 hour commute to work every morning.
Re-connected with an old friend by
chance on Sunday. I was waiting at a bus stop and he came walking past
with a take out pizza. He gave me a ride home and we got a little caught
up. I didn't realize just how much I missed him; I miss all those guys I
used to hang out with. I want to know how they're doing, but it's been so
long. I wonder if they are still hanging out or not, or if anyone is mad
at me for drifting away. Maybe I'll get to find out now.
Oh, also, doing research to find out
how much Transmission shops are jacking up their price to put in a new
transmission because I'm a girl. I've been talking to other guy friends
who say a rebuilt transmission shouldn't cost more then $500 and shouldn't take
more then a few hours to put in, so I should be able to get away with $1000 and
it would be back months before I could get it back from a mechanic school at
this point... like a week or less, which would get me back to Farmer's Markets,
get me away from all the Drunk Guys I get to sit next to (and try not to talk to)
at bus stops, and means I don't have to wait at Drug Central 6am for my transfer
just so I can get to work in the morning. I don't like putting myself in
that situation just so I can get to a crap job I want to quit anyway.
Plus, I like being able to get to the Bank or Post Office without waiting around
for an hour. So if my parents can help me out with that, this would be
appreciated. It's not the best of cars, but it's better then trying to buy
a new car at this point honestly. I don't like this car, I don't want this
car, but I need a car - if for nothing else then to find a job that will allow
me to buy a new, actual reliable car. So that's my rant for the night.
Sunday the 27th of August, 2006
Update on car quickly: Safe to drive
until transmission gives out. Maybe a month. Ok. Next Sunday
will be going to look at some cars.
Thursday worked on some costumes for
the clinic - Pet Parade. My fantastic glass palate smashed into a thousand
pieces by sad happenstance. It was a Deviled Egg plate, so I might be able
to find one just like it at Good Will or eBay. Clear glass, perfectly
smooth. Perfect for paints.
Went to my friend Mike's wedding
yesterday and Jonathan and I spent the night at University Tower Hotel so we
wouldn't have to worry about driving afterwards. Beautiful wedding and
reception held at the Lake Union Cafe - stunning. Afterwards some of us
went to pub, but I can't remember the name. Awesome barkeep and very good
Today was about sleeping in,
breakfast with Megan and Justin (which was more of a lunch by the time we got
served), and walking around University District a bit. Then Jonathan and I
went to SAAM to see the new exhibits before they left. Morris Graves is
one of my favorite artists and he actually originated here in the Pacific
Northwest. He died just before I became acquainted with his paintings so I
very much wanted to see these watercolor/tempera paintings of his before they
Then Jonathan drove me back home and
after some coffee, I took him into the clinic to meet the cats (and see if they
needed food, ect).
A very, very good weekend.
Wednesday the 23rd of August, 2006
Car went to see a Transmission guy -
not much to be done since the car isn't worth an additional $2000 investment.
I'll go pick it up tomorrow and drive it home.
I have an Art Walk art hanging April
2007 at the Clinic. yay!! I have about 5 pieces in mind to do a
series of Pacific Northwest animals to complete the Bison one I did (has to be
animal themed and I have only 5 or 6 paintings that would fit).
I've also been recruited to do
several costumes for the 2006 Pet Parade that's this Saturday. Several
dogs are going as well known European paintings - I don't know which ones yet -
and I'm doing the frames at work tomorrow, which means I'm bringing all my
paints again. I requested colorful wire be bought so I can rig up the
cardboard that's going to become the frames to attach to the dog's collars.
Small, tight coils will allow the frames to bounce and still give plenty of
strength to hold it up. Now I just need to make sure that the bottom is
heavier then the top so it doesn't spin around. I'd prefer it if the dogs
had a full body harness, but they don't. Makes it more tricky, but I think
I can pull it off.
Sunday the 20th of August, 2006
Damn fine weekend. 18
month anniversary was celebrated on Saturday. We walked Theater District
and ate over in Opera Alley at a little restaurant called Over the Moon Cafe.
Then we went to see Superman Returns which I hadn't seen yet. Good
movie, good date.
Today after work, Jonathan came back
down and we made it to the last day of Gig Harbor Renn. Faire. I had corn
on the cob and he had his turkey leg. Watched Heather Alexander sing, and
Thomas juggle (big hug for Thomas after his crappy week that was worse then mine
by far). Drank lots of sasparilla, watched a dragon and a troll dance and
some jousting up on the hill top. Oh, and I finally found a hat for
Jonathan. I liked the tri-corner look, and we finally decided on a custom
made tri-corner. It's an awesome hat. So I had to take pictures of
Friday the 18th of August, 2006
Car at mechanics for a looking over
plus oil change since it's due.
Walked back to the clinic last night
for the art walk. The clinic cats were out in force by the time I got
there and I think they had just as good a time as the people who were there to
talk art, eat cheese and drink wine. I know Tiny did. That kitten
knows how to work it.
Had an amazing time and really
discovered a part of Tacoma I knew was there, but hadn't every truly encountered
before. Did some networking, promoting, hosting and meeting of really
awesome people. Did lots of 'window' shopping and poking around at other
Art Walk venues with fellow Art Walk enthusiasts. Met artists and
newspaper journalists and I now have many more ideas then I did before.
(And yes, I got a ride home that night)
Thursday the 17th of August, 2006
It's nice working in an office, and
even better when I get paid to do art projects for them. It's 3rd Thursday
Art Walk and the clinic is a part of that walk and I did up a funky sandwich
board to point the way to us. Pretty fun. Later this evening I'll go
back for a glass of wine and see what the new artist put up. I'll have to
walk around to the other art houses too.
Car Update: I have to grudgingly
admit my dad was right that my car needed more transmission fluid. It
seems to be running just fine now, but I'm having my mechanic check it out ASAP.
Wednesday the 16th of August, 2006
I was given beets at Market last
week, but have never prepared beets. So I came up with a recipe on the fly
and they turned out so well, I thought I would share. Preheat oven to 300.
Peel and slice your beets about 1/4 inch thick. Lay in a glass pan and
sprinkle a little sugar over them. Next, pour some olive oil into your pan
so that is all your beets get some, but don't down them. Add salt and
pepper to taste. Put your beets in the oven for at least 30 minutes or until
knife tender. I added a bag of frozen vegetables in after 15 minutes and
just let it all roast together. The olive oil keeps anything from sticking
to your pan. The beets and other vegetables turned out perfectly.
Tuesday the 15th of August, 2006
Sunday the 13th of August, 2006
I hate my car. I really do.
The clutch is going, and so is the transmission. It's going to kill me - I
know it is. All those minor problems I was worried about just a few months
ago? Oh no. Reverse? If it wants to. And now, going into first
gear is darn near traumatizing some days. And forget trying to go up a
hill - suicidal. Jonathan can vouch for that. My car scares me.
It scares others too. I really do hate this car. A Lemon in
the true sense of the word. And I need a full time job to get financing
for a new used car and getting a full time job in Tacoma with no car is tricky
business. Sadly, I might have to do this. I suppose I'd save money
on the car insurance and whatnot. bleh. Sucky situation.
Anyway, today was a full day of work
and then fun at Gig Harbor Renn. Faire. Jani drove. Yummy tidbits,
some honey mead, song and dance and Matt bought me a really cool arm band and a
sweet Cavalry fabric hat. Jonathan and I are going to go next week.
Well, next Sunday. We're trying to think of what to do Saturday because
the 19th is our 18 month mark. pretty cool.
Tuesday the 8th of August, 2006
I am a tree apparently. I bet
you didn't know that. Apparently I am since a small kitten has climbed up
my legs and dress more times then I can remember today. He even took
several running leaps.
What a way to start a day. Who
needs coffee when you have a friend with sharp little claws? *ouch*
Made enough money cash at Market so
that I could go into the Bead store today and buy some alternative backings for
costumers. Some people can only take gold, some want post backs and now I
have some so that I can just switch out the normal hook backings I have on my
earrings. yay! I've lost more then several customers because I couldn't in
the past. I'm also going to make several eye glass holder strands - I
found several clear and several black plastic slip-on pieces. Several
people have asked if I could make them and ... now I can! Plus, I have
enough that I can buy the paperback Harry Potter and the Half Blood Price that
just came out and still have enough in the cash box to make change for next
Saturday's Market. My system is that the only money I have to spend is the
money I make at Market; everything else goes towards paying my bills and rent.
It seems to be working.
Monday the 7th of August, 2006
Learning more new stuff at the
clinic. My head isn't quite as jumbled anymore. First day "on my
own" and it went well.
New location at Market went very
well I'm happy to report. Moved 2 blocks down - it's pretty, more
sheltered from the busy street and much better vendor display setup.
Not to much going on besides work
and Market. After work on Sunday, Jani et al and I are heading to the Gig
Harbor Renn. Fest after work to frolic. Jonathan, alas, cannot make it,
but I hoping the weekend after he will be able to. I'm still hoping to
drag him to Kansas for a bit in October and then we can make it to the Kansas
City Renn. Fest - as well as some other places, but that's neither here nor
there at the moment as they are just fancies in my head for the time being.
Wednesday the 2nd of August, 2006
3rd day of new job. Did well,
I was mostly on my own for the first time - only a few mistakes in the morning,
but they were all sorted out and I did a very good job in the afternoon.
Reception is hard. Still love it though. This week is one of long
hours and a crammed brain. My head still echoes with the meows of our 2
month old Humane Society kitten - his name is Tiny, because he is, but
hyperactive and loud. I suppose like most kittens. Ours is in the
front room with us all day, so we get to hear him. A lot.
Fortunately for him, he's adorable.
Saturday the 29th of July, 2006
Perfect day to wear velvet and wear
it we did. Where to? The Scottish Highland Games of course.
Next month it'll be the Gig Harbor Renn. Fest.
Wednesday the 26th of July, 2006
Oh, I am so very happy right now.
I just got finished calling everyone and so now I am updating my blog.
Here's where I will be working as of tomorrow:
I will be keeping my post at Sears
as well, so I'll be juggling between the two, but the Met Vet Clinic is now my
primary position and I'll be letting Sears know about it when I go in on Friday.
Monday the 24th of July, 2006
Have another interview in 2 hours at
a vet clinic - hopefully this will be the one.
Saw Clerks II last night -
hysterical and all kinds of lewd.
Started Paradise Lost on
Saturday. Milton's epic poem on the Fallen is very moving thus far.
I've only gotten to the second chapter at the moment. I've also decided I
need to buy more Herman Hesse. I have Damian, which is quite
excellent and amazing and deservedly put Hesse on the literary map, but his
later works intrigue me and must be read at some point. Siddhartha
is this next one I want to buy actually then Narcissus and Goldmund.
I need a proper room for a library ::sigh::
Thinking about a short segment that
I'm illustrating and also coming up with the next painting I want to start.
Not sure which image I want to go with. This week will see more resolution
Spent Sunday hurrying in and out of
the Glass Museum and taking a nice long walk along the Point Defiance shore.
Nice shade and lots of dog watching. Much in the way of adorable.
Afterwards, stopped to smell the roses and walk though the Test Fuchsia Garden.
Experimental of them.
Thursday the 20th of July, 2006
Tuesday night I went to a punk rock/indie
concert at the Tacoma Public Library. The name of the band? You
guessed it: Draco and
the Malfoys opened for
Harry and the Potters.
It was a stunning sight - an entire library wing was stuffed with kids (there
were even people watching outside at the windows who couldn't get in).
We're talking 6 year old kids to seniors in high school. (Parents
accompanying the younger kids of course.) Costumes were a must for a large
portion of this fan base. And yes, I call them a fan base because they
knew ALL the words to the songs. The reason I went was one of a larking
nature. I saw a little blurb in the day's paper at work and thought "what
the heck, that sounds like fun". Not thinking it would be a huge turnout.
It was being featured at a library for goodness sake. I was so very, very
wrong. Thronging! Chaos! And lots of fun. What a great
way to bring people to the library - give them a literary concert.
Sunday the 16th of July, 2006
Market was good. There were
some silly people asking silly questions and small children grabbing at my stuff
like always, but I also had some amazing feedback and genuine love of my stuff
as well as some nice sales. It was ... very uplifting. Praise I
haven't gotten in several weeks and was much appreciated.
Jonathan and I went on the Spirit of
Washington Train - the culmination of my anniversary/birthday/valentine's day
present to him. Fantastic time. We both took lots of pictures
(digital photography is such an amazing technology) and ate ourselves silly.
For more go to my Travel Page. Hours later, I'm still stuffed. Despite the thought
that if I eat one more bit I'll vomit feeling, it was a perfect day out for this
excursion and I had a wonderful time. I loved standing out on the open air
car and having the wind blow my hair around and having to jump back occasionally
as a little twig would come whizzing by.
Thursday the 13th of July, 2006
Re-listed some Copper Bonsai - now
that the fireworks are over and people are back from vacation, I'm hoping those
watchers and bidders will be back.
Jonathan and I are going on the
Spirit of Washington this Sunday - yay!! I'll be taking pictures for sure.
Did some retouching on my Pirate and
Jinn paintings - new photos are up for you to see what I did. Just some
little things to add more detail here and there.
New season of Stargate SG1 and
Atlantis this Friday!!
Oh, and no Fox Fire for me. I
got a message yesterday from them. More applications to send out now.
Saturday the 8th of July, 2006
::grumble:: the search for a full
time job continues..... in the meantime, I'll hear back from Fox Fire by the end
of the week if their part time job is being offered or they want another
Market went pretty well. Sold
a decent number of $10 and $15 earrings.
In truly sad news, I won't be going
to Prairie Home Companion on the 21st - sold out. I didn't have enough
money to buy tickets and Jonathan offered to buy them, but didn't buy them soon
enough. Lawn seating too - I guess with the movie release there was a lot
of interest. ::mope::
Thursday the 6th of July, 2006
The flood has arrived - I had a
second stage interview today for an hour, my art audition today, another
interview tomorrow and a call-back to make to set up yet another interview.
Hopefully this will all land me another job and a small exhibit from
January-June 2007. If I'm one of the chosen artists, I can put up several
pieces and hang whatever I want except - with the exception of my nude. I
figured that, but wanted to bring a photo of it anyway because I'm rather proud
of it. I showed a range of photographs, watercolors, acrylics and
oils in the 5 minutes it took to flip through my portfolio pages - the art
curator of the store said he was impressed and loved that I did a wide range of
I did some appointment stuff -
computer and phone - on my interview/trainee session today. It ended with
me calling people to confirm appointments and the last call I made was to a
woman who hadn't made the appointment, now lived in NY and wished to complain
about some gossip that had gotten back to her. Strange all around.
But other then that, it went quite well and the people all seem quite wonderful.
It turns out it is *not* the full time position I thought it was though.
It's a 25-30+ hour a week job, which means I'm trying for a night position right
now and that way if I do get the Spa position it won't conflict. I need a
new car which means I need lots of work right now so I can afford one!
Crazy week which has me going all
over the place, but I'm really enjoying it. It's a week of anxious relief.
Wednesday the 5th of July, 2006
Had a really awesome interview today
at Fox Fire Salon and Spa up the road from me. oooooo nice place!!!!!
I have a 'practice' hour at their front desk tomorrow. yay! My
enlargements are almost ready for pickup so I can show them tomorrow and
then all over town. I think I'm taking in a total of 12 pieces to show and I
think that should be enough. That's what I'm comfortable taking in and I
hope it's enough..... never having done this before.
Tuesday the 4th of July, 2006
So, did any of you watch the
Discovery launch today? I did and it was really cool. I've also
I've finished taking pictures of the
five paintings I'm going to start auditioning - I wanted perfect pictures to
take for enlargements.
My five are:
Man in the Mirror
Sunday the 2nd of July, 2006
Taste of Tacoma was taaaaasty -
Fresh Spring Roll, Turtle Crepe, Fresh Veggie Crepe, Mango Lemonade,
Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge, and Seasoned Curly Fries. Jani and Mat ate
a lot more then I did and had stuff like Gater on a Stick and Seafood Pockets.
Oh! and Thursday I have an
appointment to audition several of my pieces (some photography and some of my
oil paintings) to hang at the S. 38th Borders next year. The pieces hang
for 6 months at a time so I'm auditioning for space 6 months from now. I'm
excited. Next I'm going to go to Barns and Noble in Lakewood, because they
do featured artists quite a bit and also find a cafe or two that I like.
After I get some credibility, I'll want to try for galleries.
I also have another interview this
Thursday the 29th of June, 2006
Last Sunday, Jonathan and I went
over to Seattle to walk the EMP building Seattle Center's. I had never
been to the Music half of the building and
he had never been to the Sci-Fi half
and we both hadn't gotten over there recently for the new
DoubleTake: From Monet to Lichtenstein was amazing. It's a pairing of
pieces that don't seem to go together, but it ends up working very well - each
one contrasts and compliments the other in ways you never really thought to go
looking. These pairings include Impressionist and
Post-Impressionist works from masters such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste
Renoir, Edgar Dégas and Vincent van Gogh with modern and contemporary works from
such artists as Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein.
Radical in their times (and some still are) are now in the glow of classical
masters. One of my favorites was Gerhard Richter's “Candle” because it was
so perfectly rendered, Jonathan and I actually thought it was a photograph for
the first second. It's oil on canvas. Besides that though, to me,
the glow of the candle from the simple flame captures a perfect moment of calm
and solitude on canvas. John Jasper's "Numbers" was really cool - sheet
metal pressed with numbers (1-9) in an attempt to turn a sculpture into a
painting. The surface reflects the light in all sorts of interesting ways.
Good exhibit. Good day. Being a SAM member paid off once again.
From Paul Allen's
“The DoubleTake: From
Monet to Lichtenstein” includes 28 pieces:
- Bayer, Herbert: Metamorphosis (1936, reprinted 1968)
- Brueghel the Younger, Jan: The Five Senses: Sight (ca. 1625)
- Canaletto: The Grand Canal, Venice, Looking South-East from Saint
Eustace to New Rialto Buildings (ca. 1738)
- Cézanne, Paul: Mt. Saint Victoire (1888-90)
- de Kooning, Willem: Untitled XII (1975)
- Degas, Edgar: Woman Seated in Front of a Piano (1882-85)
- Ernst, Max: Lanscape with Lake and Chimeras (ca. 1940)
- Fischl, Eric: Krefeld Project, Bedroom, #6 (Surviving the Fall Meant
Using You for Handholds) (2004)
- Gauguin, Paul: Autumn at Pont-Aven (1888)
- Gauguin, Paul: Maternity (II) (1899)
- Goldin, Nan: Stromboli at Dawn, Italy, 1996 (1996)
- Johns, Jasper: Numbers (1963-78)
- Lichtenstein, Roy: The Kiss (1962)
- Manet, Edouard: View in Venice - The Grand Canal (1874)
- Monet, Claude: The Grand Canal, Venice (1908)
- Monet, Claude: Rouen Cathedral. Facade. (Afternoon Effect) (1894)
- Monet, Claude: Water Lilies (1919)
- Monet, Claude: The Mula Palace (1908)
- Picasso, Pablo: Four Bathers (1921)
- Renoir, Pierre-Auguste: The Reader (1877)
- Richter, Gerhard: Candle (1982)
- Rothko, Mark: Yellow over Purple (1956)
- Seurat, Georges: The Models (1888)
- Signac, Paul: Concarneau. Morning Calm. Opus 219 (Larghetto) (1891)
- Struth, Thomas: Paradise 14 Yakushima/Japan (1999)
- Turner, Joseph Mallord: Depositing of John Bellini's Three Pictures in
the Church of the Redeemer, Venice (1841)
- van Gogh, Vincent: Orchard with Peach Trees in Blossom (1888)
- Yanobe, Kenji: Atom Suit Project: Desert (1998)
Tuesday the 27th of June, 2006
Dismissed! On the grounds that the
whole thing was just really messy (I said, trooper said) but technically because
"it" (I'm assuming that "it" would be issuing the ticket) wasn't filed in a
timely manner. All I really care about is that my traffic ticket was
dismissed. (big huge sigh of relief)
I've been working on my Nude and
he's almost finished. I have a hand to finish - details - before I'm
theoretically satisfied with the results. At that point, I'm going to see
if there are any local galleries, cafes or Border's Bookstores that will hang my
work. I have 4 paintings that I think I want to show right now.
Wednesday the 21st of June, 2006
Longest day of the year.
Didn't really do too much on my day off. Found a really cool blog off a
New York Times article:
Language Log. Send out some resumes, talked to my dad and
refined my court presentation (mostly because I have no idea whether to expect
Night Court or Judge Judy on my day in court, but my dad said it
won't be anything like Judge Judy). Made some pasta for lunch/dinner and
started a new novel: Reading Lolita in Tehran.
Monday the 19th of June, 2006
Wow and finally. Finally got a
hold of my insurance agents in person and got stuff e-mailed to me!! There
should be more e-mailed to me soon and this should give me a pretty good case
when I go to court on the 27th to fight that traffic accident ticket.
In other news, I have been happily
stuffing my face with strawberries. Got a half flat at Market and because
they are perfectly ripe, they have to be eaten quickly. I was planning to
feed more to Jonathan when he came down on Saturday, but we were out rather late
and I didn't get a chance to feed him more then one strawberry.
Sunday the 18th of June, 2006
My world is going a bit insane.
If that insurance agent lady from Farmer's doesn't call me back Monday regarding
copies of records I need for my court case, I will go crazy - crazy I say!
In other news, I sold some pretty good stuff at Market plus several people used
my credit card machine finally. I've also discovered people like
!Specials! and stay to look a lot longer when you tell them there's a little
something extra they might get if they buy something. About 80% of the
people I told my Special to stayed for 5 minutes whereas before they might have
stayed to look around for 30 seconds to a minute. This is important to
Cars is a fun, cute and funny
movie. Recommended to see (some cheesy moments call for an eye roll or
two) and the animation is amazing.
Three Bonsai are up on eBay, several
are being highly watched and I've already gotten several questions and comments.
This is very good for me. I am pleased.
Tuesday the 13th of June, 2006
Rethinking layout of Market booth -
tiers of tables and more hanging signs to let people know what's going on.
Going to hang stuff on the outside to attract people's attentions (the shiny
object syndrome). Gonna start showcasing the $20 necklaces and $5 earrings
Putting Copper Bonsai BACK UP ON
eBAY!!!! One up today and another one or two later this week. I'll
be staggering more next week as well (and so on).
Saw The Prairie Home Companion over
the weekend! ::happy grin:: I just have to say that Kevin Kline as
Guy Noire was brilliant. Now I really can't wait for the show to come to
Seattle at the end of July!
My friend is having her baby today.
A little mind boggling. Am looking forward to meeting this baby.
Thursday the 8th of June, 2006
I have a headache; I've had it for
several hours, however, I think the reason is I wasn't able to get much water to
drink at work today. Drinking water and tea now and it's going away.
Watching So You Think You Can
Dance. Cheesy of me, but I love watching good dancing. I watched
last year too. I was a Fame fan as a little girl - it shows.
Worked on my jewelry commissions
today - men's bracelet/necklace set and a bunch of gilt wooded beads for hair
weaving. All I need now is some black cord to finish it all up. I'll
pick that up tomorrow. I was going to buy it today, but I got my headache
and wanted to balance out my system rather then squinting at beads for an hour.
Cause that's what I would be doing if I had the material I needed. Instead
I did dishes and made pasta for dinner.
Tuesday the 6th of June, 2006
Baby Shower/Dinner Celebration
tonight that one of my friends and I organized for one of our other friends.
Just a night out for her really - we all went to Red Robin for dinner. It
was a lot of fun. This is what I gave her for the baby's room for her and
Makayla (baby girl) to look at.
Saturday the 3rd of June, 2006
I saw a nun in habit this week.
Today I saw the annual University
Place Yellow Plushie Duck Parade. It passed right by my Market.
A little girl told me my sense of
color mixing was genius. Made some sales, have two more commissions.
I'm very bouncy today and I'm not
Wednesday the 31st of May, 2006
Got to having a wonderful dinner at
a local Thai place with my Uncle Mike and Aunt Jayme. It's been ages since
I've seen them and I had a great time catching up. And I just now noticed
I got peanut sauce on my shirt ::laughs:: Doesn't that just figure ^_~
Plus I finished the necklace and
bracelet commission. They look very nice - of course. Wore the
necklace to dinner for it's test run - everything checked out.
Tuesday the 30th of May, 2006
My Uncle Mike is in town (sort of
... same state, same side) and we're going to have a lunch (or dinner) tomorrow
before he has to catch his plane back to Kansas. yay! Sad
circumstances preclude the visit, but it's been ages since I've seen him.
X3 is not a bad movie - Singer not
directing showed however. Characters did things that seemed very out
of character to me, but I'll take it as different timeline via Movieland.
Was annoying in places, other places I could ignore it and enjoy it.
Finished planning second Baby
Shower/Dinner Celebration for my friend. Red Robin on the 6th - everyone
can get what they want and no dishes to wash afterward for us.
Events move forward strangely for
just about all of my friends. shazaam indeed.
Thursday the 25th of May, 2006
Went to a Baby Shower last night for
a friend of mine. It was nice, and happily there was only one game (sadly,
it was one that included diapers and melted candy bars). The person who
was supposed to bring the games got sick and couldn't come. Darn the luck.
Come up with something to eat from
Resumes sent out
work on painting
work on bracelet commission
Monday the 22nd of May, 2006
Gosh, two of my shows are ending
within a day of each other: Alias and Charmed. All for the
best I suppose, I probably watch too much TV anyway.
Sold some more earrings, got a
commission for a bracelet/necklace set from one of my vendor neighbors at
Market. More compliments. Next week, I'm hoping for more sales.....
Saw MI3 last night.
Both Jonathan and I were thinking of not seeing it, then ended up going out and
seeing it. It wasn't a bad movie. Enjoyable actually. I
wouldn't go see it three times, but it was fun. We even got captioning
with our screening. I caught myself reading the dialogue instead of
watching the movie several times and had to make myself stop -i.e. when the
subtitles came on, I asked Jonathan why the font suddenly changed. oh
On the trilogy note; am anxiously
awaiting X-Men 3. yay Angel and Beast!!!!
Heat went away to be replaced by
rain and grey.... funny that. Just when we were making records.
Friday the 19th of May, 2006
The King Must Die and The
Bull From the Sea by Mary Renault. If you can find them, buy them and
read them. And do so in order please, they are a Part One and Two.
In these pages the classical tale of Theseus, King of Athens, Bull-Leaper, Son
of Poseidon, plots the events of his life with the grace of the gods. We
see Theseus as events might have been - which would later be spun into Harpers
tales of even greater wonder - and see these events bring him the love of his
people, the love of his life, the expansion of his kingdom and later the tragedy
that would take everything away and still leave him King, but without the heart
to rule. Beautifully written and very well laid out. Mary Renault
has done her research and has a wonderful gift of common sense that brings the
ancient would of Crete and Athens along with their people and beliefs to life.
And now I have to finish my Market
sign for tomorrow before I have to go into work tonight - bleh.
Thursday the 18th of May, 2006
One Personality Test later I'll find
out by next Friday at the latest if I got the position or not. If not, it
was still an interesting interview: Q: What Is Your Favorite Book? A: I
have about 50, take your pick.
In other news, my high heels went
over well. (I'll have to ask Jonathan if he agrees, but I think he did) It's
nice having a bit of additional height once in awhile. Walking is still
something I have to think about when I wear them though. (laughs)
Copper Tubing is being all twisted
about to make some more hanging Bonsai, and I have beads lining up to string on
silver wire for earrings. I'm also painting up a sign that explains what the
Bonsai are to help dispel that confused look some lookers get upon first
encountering my creations under the canopy.
Summer seems to be here early.
All of a sudden it's in the 80s and I'm glaring at the sun and wishing for
clouds. Although that does mean everything is blooming and green.
Also means the snow is melting. Mud slides are now of concern in the
mountains. (so everyone drink their water and save the trees!!! hah hah)
Oh, and no, I haven't had time to
take my car in... sorry!!! I will very soon, I promise!! Although it
would help if I weren't so broke. =P
soon to be remedied I hope! My goal is to actually SELL more of my stuff
at Market this weekend! Which means I need to make more of those $5, $10,
$15 and $20 earrings.
Tuesday the 16th of May, 2006
We (dad and I) think one or more of
my belts isn't perfectly aligned, so I'll have my mechanic look at it Wed or
Thurs (depending on when I can get it seen). Shouldn't be a difficult job
In happy news I have an interview
tomorrow for a position at a Realty agency near the Mall. I bought a pair
of 3 inch black heels for the occasion ^_^
What else... oh yes, it is very hot
out up here today. Summer is coming too early! I got off work and
the time it took for me to walk to my car I had started to get sticky. I'm
such a wimp about the heat now.
(drinks lots of water)
Saturday the 13th of May, 2006
My canopy (plus a Jani) at University Place Farmer's Market today.
Sold better today then last week - 3
pairs of earring!!!
Have ideas for better presentation
of wares for next week. However, I am still satisfied.
Missed a date with Jonathan last
Thursday; my new crappy car just isn't to be trusted in traffic/long drives.
I had to turn down dinner in Seattle, and felt really crummy doing it. I
don't like always having him drive down to see me, but unless we meet halfway
though or I take a nice long time with the drive, there isn't much to be done.
Well, I can take the bus, if I can figure it out, but that isn't really
contusive to spur of the moment anything. sad.
Tuesday the 9th of May, 2006
First Market was good - people
looked, played and seemed interested. I think people will come back after
payday and later in the season when Market gets bigger. I'm happy with the
Friday the 5th of May, 2006
Bonsai Gallery updated
Wednesday the 3rd of May, 2006
Card tables - check
folding chair - check
table cloth - check
Bonsai - check
necklace cards - check
necklaces - check
pricing - check
money box - check
mirror - check
10' x 10' canopy - check
receipts - check
still need to make a sign for my
stall, make copies of my brochures to hand out, and I had a great idea for a new
Bonsai this morning!!!
Wednesday the 26th of April, 2006
Ah yes, it does look like I need to
update. Car was looked at briefly on Friday as well as Emissions Testing
(passed) and Registration (plus paying sales tax on car. ouch!). So car is
all good and whatnot. I have a court date set to contest my accident
ticket (June 27th) and I even got the accident report copy sent to me Saturday.
Not much I can do for the moment, so with a little prodding from my dad, I'll
stop worrying over it.
May 6th is my first Farmer's
Market!!!! iik! Excited and nervous.
Jonathan is off on the east coast
attending his Grandmother's funeral - I'll have to call tonight and see how
things are going.
Bought myself a coffee plant over
the weekend. It's pretty; big, green glossy leaves and one day it will
even grow beans. I still want to get a few more carnivorous plants to go
around the other plants, but those will have to wait a week or two. It's
my plan of attack for those little bugs that like to eat my other plants!
*eyes future little fly bugs as plant food* I'm putting together a terrace
of sorts to better allow my plants the light they need. I'm using old
terra cotta pots, bricks and planks to construct a four step platform. Or
three... I'm not sure yet. It's a fun construct.
Thursday the 20th of April, 2006
Well, today was frustrating.
Was asked to come into work today, and I said yes even though I knew that would
cause me grief for getting my car stuff done on time. Yup. I was
right. Cold vets, cramps fit to tie my insides into nice little knots and
a nice bashed finger latter I got out of work late, ran into stand still traffic
on the highway and proceeded to get myself lost getting to the Emissions
Station. 2 hours latter and Station not found, one of my belts starts to
squeal and I turn around and literally and purposely limp myself back home.
Nothing over 35 mph. My new little 1994 Ford Probe has a preexisting
appointment at the mechanics first thing in the morning and it is going directly
there. It desperately needs an oil change and basic looking over.
Three days is just not enough time to get everything done before the temporary
tag expire! I'll have to walk to the DMV to get another three day temp
tag. The Emissions Station is open Saturday morning, so I can take it in
then (with directions this time. I've been there before and I knew the
roads to turn on, but I couldn't find the last road!) and go in first thing
Monday to get my new plate and register the car. Temp tags will be just
expired and I hope that's ok because it's going to have to be. I can't do
It was good to finally get home,
call Mom and Jennifer and get all my complaining out with and then crawl into
bed with a blanket to warm up. Long day.
Sunday the 16th of April, 2006
No insurance check yet; I was told
it would be delivered Friday at the latest. Hopefully it'll be here
Monday, but somehow, I'm not betting on it. It'll work out, however, it
will just take longer then originally planned.
"The 10th planet turns out to be
barely larger than tiny Pluto, a new photograph by the Hubble Space Telescope
shows. The object — still unnamed more than a year after its discovery but
tagged with the temporary designation 2003 UB313 and nicknamed Xena by the
discoverer — covered an area only 1.5 pixels wide in the digital image, taken by
the space telescope in December. But that was enough to extract the diameter:
1,490 miles, give or take 60 miles...Astronomers have not decided whether to
name 2003 UB313 an official planet or to demote Pluto. In recent years, many
astronomers have said Pluto should be regarded just as a member of the Kuiper
Belt, a ring of icy bodies beyond the orbit of Neptune, too small to be a
full-fledged planet. Since 2003 UB313 is almost a twin of Pluto in size,
the two distant objects could eventually share the same fate of terminology."
Thursday the 13th of April, 2006
Well, I was right - the '94 Ford
Probe was a winner. Good car, good mileage, good tires, good engine, good
brakes, and good price. I'll be picking it up Saturday morning and handing
over my check.
Things are slowly coming together
And I'm hungry. No food left
in the apartment. Everything's been eaten - I've cooked some interesting
concoctions this last week to utilize anything left. I have to go buy some
Wednesday the 12th of April, 2006
I'm hoping tomorrow's test drive
proves to be the winner. So far the one car I've kinda liked at the Saturn
Dealership was sold the next day, so that one's gone. Haven't gotten my
check from the insurance company yet - should be here tomorrow.
But I have a new lead for ticket
vindication - name and number of agent who took the claim of the guy in front of
me. She's also dealing with the lawyers, so she should have a good idea of
what's going on. I've left a message for her and hopefully she'll get back
to me tomorrow as well.
Tuesday the 11th of April, 2006
Washington State Quarter design
Plus one of my good friends (who
created the space for this site) has now also created ===>
This will be featured on the fliers I will be giving out at the
University Place Farmer's Market booth I'm getting. This one is going
through, so I'm quite excited.
Sent in my request and $5 to get a
copy of the Traffic Report. Let's see how fast that goes through.
Still trying to get a copy of the statement of the guy in front of me who said I
did not hit him. I think I should be able to subpoena a statement from him
or the insurance company. I'll have to look into that now that he has a
lawyer to sue the guy who was behind me.
Had a review a work - seems I'm
doing a nice enough job to get a raise. I don't think it's much of a raise
Monday the 10th of April, 2006
Got a call today from a Farmer's
Insurance agent needing a recorded statement because the guy who hit me
apparently (and I actually called and confirmed this) had lapsed insurance so
the guy in front of me (who's car I was pushed into during the accident) is
suing said guy who was driving the Mini Van. I asked before the recording
took place if the guy in front of me remembered how many hits he felt (because I
felt myself stop) and the insurance lady told me that he said I did not hit him.
The impact came from my car being driven into his. Unfortunately because
he has lawyers involved I won't be able to get a written statement. But I
can at least say I was told it in court.
Ongoing: looking for work, looking
Have until Saturday to return rental
car which means I want everything finalized by Friday.
University Place Farmer's Market
looks like that's where I am going to end up. Kent Farmer's Market
disappeared and I can't get any word from them. No loss to me.
Have a new conceptual painting in
mind. I've been laying on some primer, but that's it thus it for the
canvas so far. I have to work the details out paper first. Which
reminds me... I have several conceptual sheets I need to work on as well.
Saw Lucky Number Sleven with
Jonathan over the weekend - reminded me a lot of Usual Suspects.
A very enjoyable movie. We both worked out most of the plot by the half
way point (if not much earlier), but the movie still managed to surprise us with
little twists which was nice. I loved the banter in the movie. Lucy
Lu was incredibly adorable.
Wednesday the 5th of April, 2006
Mom tells me to fight the ticket
even if I think I can't win. Just so my version of events is on the
record. So that's what I'll do. I didn't think it would make any
difference, but mom tells me that just doesn't matter and who knows I might just
get a sympathetic judge. The ticket was for following too closely and I
wasn't at all, I just happened to hydroplane when my slow brake turned into a
Got my car quote today as well.
Less then I wanted, but about what I expected. Crappy new car here I come!
Not to much going on. Job
search continues - sending out resumes every day. Still coming across
little programs that I forgot I needed to install on the new laptop like Real
Player. Still having fun watching my download speeds increase and being
able to multitask without freezing up.
Monday the 3rd of April, 2006
Allow me to rant for just one minute
- I got my traffic ticket in the mail Saturday. My options include taking
it in to court to object to its issue. However, it would be my word
against 3 Troopers who were on the scene when the accident happened, and I
figure why take that gamble. I still maintain I was able to stop within a
half inch and I think from their vantage at 9:30pm they weren't able to discern
that distance before I got hit myself. This seems like a sidetrack, but it
isn't.... while the guy behind me was most definitely at fault, I aim my
annoyances at the guy who stopped in the middle of the highway for no reason.
And then stayed stopped. For maybe 10 seconds. Even with the
visual distraction and maybe someone cutting him off.... nope. I don't buy it.
He stopped and cause a 3 car pileup and then left - got off with no blame for
the damage he caused. Really pisses me off. I don't know what
happened up there obviously, but I see no reason why he had to stay stopped for
so long (or why he had to stop in the first place). He he hadn't,
the guy in front of me could have started to move again, there would have been no
question about my hitting him because the space would have widened as he moved.
I don't know about me though. I might have still been hit, but it wouldn't
have been as hard.
Anyway, now I'm done ranting.
I haven't heard anything yet about an insurance quote for my dead car - I'm
calling as soon as my phone battery charges up again. oops.
Been doing come cool Bonsai stuff.
Have one that I'm really into at the moment - it's a dragon.
Emerald City Comic Con
was awesome. Went on the 1st. It was at SeaHawk's Stadium again
which is a really good venue for this event. Visited lots of artists,
writters, publishers, venders and really cool fans. Well, really cool
people in general. Dropped in on the
Slave Labor Graphics Panel Q&A with Editor-In-Cheif Dan Vado along with
Roman Dirge (who does Lenore
if anyone knows that comic - Hot Topic carried it for a long time). I was
going after 2 issues of Maxx that I don't have, but didn't manage to find them.
Rare issues are hard to find, but that's the fun of them. Got my
Grendel issues signed by
That was pretty awesome. After wandering around for awhile I realized I should
have asked him for a sketch, but he was gone to lunch by then. Got my
DareDevil #4 HC signed by Alex Maleev who
seemed to be swamped by sketch requests.
Silver and got a limited edition print from him that he signed with a little
sketch of Rufus from
Kim Possible which he did
Character Development and Character Supervision for. Kim Possible is one
of my favorite cartoons. Teen Titans is my other favorite.
was there for the third year and I had to go and show my support.
They do a small little independent comic called Monk's Tale which is
really well done and they just released issue #5.
Image Publishing was there, and I
had a really interesting conversation with one of the guys there and a passing
Kabuki fan who heard me mention my love of David Mack, who had to stop and show
me his Scarab tattoo. ^_^
I stayed about until 2:30pm and then
went up to SAAM to meet Jonathan for a quick look about - we watched a little short
movie on display Shirin Neshat: Tooba.
I didn't understand the movie at the
time - and I still don't - but apparently, it's about the Tooba, or tree
of paradise, and centers around an image of the "feminine tree" (a symbol which
originates in the Qur’an), which I got because you see a woman in
the tree in the beginning. She's part of the tree, so it's obvious there's
something special about her and the tree. Other then that, I'm not sure
what the other people are doing besides running up to the tree and looking at
it, but by that point the woman has vanished... so I guess they got there too
late? I'm supposing 'You See What You See" is a theme. Good music. The landscape
looked like it was filmed in Central China, but apparently it was filmed in
Afterwards we walked Pike's Place
for dinner while I babbled on about the Comic Con. He understands - he
went to Sakura Con all three
Monday the 27th of March, 2006
Insurance business + car rental +
researching new car potentials + looking for new job + waiting = headache for
Jenna. Literally. Nice big tension headache and knotted all over.
I'm learning so much these days. Like how much rental car agencies wish to
charge you for Liability coverage you don't need. I didn't know.
Found out, went back to them and had it taken care of. See?
Something new learned.
If I sound bitter, I'm trying very
hard not to be. It's just the headache influencing my mood.
Jani picked me up this morning so I
could pick up my rental car and then she took me out to lunch at Greek.
Yummy hummus plate. Heard back from one of my agents telling me my car
will be picked up from the towing lot and reviewed in the next few days.
I've been sending out resumes like a
mad woman all yesterday and today. Really stepping up the search.
Cause my job right now just isn't what I want or need.
Saturday the 25th of March, 2006
Well, last night was interesting.
Was invited to a Pure Romance Party with a co-worker and some friends.
Basically we sat around and laughed, smelled and yes, even tasted an array of
bedroom enhancing products. That was fun. Left about 9:15 and about
9:30pm exiting the onramp to I-16 from I-5 N, the car in front of me slowed, I
slowed, he suddenly stopped, I hit my brakes, hydroplaned for about 4 feet,
stopped, and then the Minivan behind me crashed into me sending me into the
stopped car in front of me.
My poor Saturn is a crumpled mess.
I am fine, everyone involved is
fine. The Troopers made sure of that. My airbags worked. The
places my airbag hit me tingled for several hours afterwards and I was shaky
from the adrenalin. Called Jennifer and Jonathan when I got home and
before I went to bed I left a message with work. Monday is out for going
State Troopers were already on the
scene for a prior incident and the whole thing happened not 6 feet in front of
them, so they saw everything. I have a feeling this is why Car #1 stopped,
causing Car #2 to stop, thus causing me (Car #3) to stop and Car #4 got screwed
because I don't think he noticed everyone else slowing/stopping as he was so far
back. It is an onramp after all. People expect acceleration, not a
This is a dangerous onramp anyway.
I've witnessed numerous occasions of near misses as cars try to change lanes to
get into needed lanes. It's a short distance to make if you want to stay
on I-16 and not have a forced exit onto Sprague.
The other side is just as tricky and
slippery and the bridge from I-5 S to I-16 gets a lot of black ice in winter and
also since we have lots of drizzle around here fall, winter and spring, there
are many days when there is just a fine layer of water of the highway which
makes for prime hydroplaning. Cars spin out on this section of ramp, going
North or South, a lot. I've witnessed more then a few myself and seen the
remains of even more. This just happened to be a time when I
couldn't avoid it myself. There really was nothing I could have done
differently. I was already slowing and when I hit the brakes harder to
stop, I hit the water and momentum carried me forward. If the car behind
me hadn't hit me, I don't think anything would have happened. He probably
hydroplaned too but he was going much faster then I had been.
Anyway, I've made the claim and now
I wait until Monday to make and receive some more important calls and I need to
get a ride to Hertz Enterprise to get my rental car - my insurance covers that.
It's good to have full and complete coverage. It also covers the Towing
that was involved.
Speaking to Towing... my towing guy
was a bit of a ass. After he got my car jacked up, he wanted to leave, but
I hadn't gotten my Driver's License and papers back yet, I wasn't leaving
without them and he threatened to leave without me and make me walk!!! I
ran over to one of Troopers and told him - he made sure the tow driver wouldn't
leave without me. Then as the guy was driving me home, he tried to make it
sound like he was just following policy of getting out of traffic. Right.
I get that, I also say you better damn well give me the 5 minutes it's going to
take me to get my information back and get the report from the Trooper.
I can still smell my car smoking.
It isn't from my hair, it's just my memory. My memory of shock of being
hit when just milliseconds before there had been relief at not hitting the car
in front of me. Then dark, thick smoke and realizing I needed to move my
car over to the side of the road so it wouldn't be in the way of traffic.
I remember coughing and struggling to get out of my car and sitting down
watching my car as traffic pasted looking at the crumpled heap. Front
smashed in, rear driver's side window panel broken out, neither backdoor will
open nor the hatchback. It only took an hour to get everything sorted out
and me home. Seemed longer.
I got all my stuff out of my car
before going inside - even my jumper cables. Although I think I forgot my
sunglasses actually now that I think about it. My $10 sunglasses I got
with Sander and Mat after our Seattle Underground Tour. That was a fun
Now we see what happens next.
Thursday the 23rd of March, 2006
Had a day off yesterday so I went up
to Seattle to hang out, and latter met up with Jonathan for dinner up on Capitol
Hill. It was nice to see him in the middle of the week and during the day
He also gave me my
birthday/anniversary gift . I
love it. Practical and utterly wonderful and amazing of him. I'm
using it right now. It's shiny.
I'm so spoiled. ^_^
Tuesday the 21st of March, 2006
Saw V for Vendetta over the
weekend. It was a good adaptation of the graphic novel. Admittedly,
it was dumbed down and there were a few points left out that I thought should
have been included, some were changed that I felt should not have been, and the
ending was spiced up for special effects audiences. Other then that, I do
recommend this movie to anyone who has or has not read the comic.
I ordered a White Noise CD a little
while ago and it arrived yesterday, so I tried it out last night (I have noisy
downstairs neighbors) even though they were being quiet. I slept so well.
It's a Summer Nights background and sounds exactly like the Midwest on a
summer's night. I had the most vivid dreams of remembering my childhood -
like looking out my bedroom window over the cornfield next to us, walking around
at dusk through the lawn and pasture, playing with the dogs, smelling the air
and feeling the wind. I miss the sound of crickets up here. And
thunderstorms. Maybe I'll have to buy a thunderstorm CD now as well.
That was my second choice. I decided against it because it's been raining
ALL winter and I'm sick of rain. The Summer Nights CD makes me feel all
warm and snuggly.
Thursday the 16th of March, 2006
with the 4 commissions I just sent off (#56-#59)
Also, it seems I am working tomorrow
night, which means evidently I will not be celebrating St Patrick's Day with
everyone else. Bit of a bummer. Think people will still be around at
Still need to buy my ticket to the
Emerald City Comic Con (I'm going Saturday April 1). Jonathan is going to
Sakura Con, so I don't think he'll be really up to going - even though I think
it would be really cool if he did come. It is however, an early morning
event and he doesn't do mornings. Especially one starting with an 'S'.
They might open the doors at 10am, but you better be standing in line by 9am.
So once again, I'll go by myself, wander the aisles, talk to whomever I meet,
meet authors and artist and publishers - generally have lots of fun submersed in
the world of comics.
mmmm, I should post an updated photo
of my nude. Slight alterations, but important ones. I'll have to take a
Tuesday the 14th of March, 2006
Link of the day, brought to my
attention by Jennifer = = >
Fantastic. Useful. Will
suck up my time ^_^
Monday the 13th of March, 2006
Some of my favorite moments of last
1. Picking my dad up from the
airport and handing him a latte because I knew that would be exactly what he
would be needing
2. The atmosphere of Mike Night at
The Antique Sandwich Co with everyone sitting together regardless of if you knew
each other of not because you were all neighbors anyway
3. Coming home the next day and
hugging my dad hello and promptly going out to lunch
4. The Planetarium at the Science
Center because the Planetarium Guide was so sweet (and very knowledgeable) and
my dad was being such a smartass
5. The absolute calm of NorthWest
Trek the morning we arrived. No sounds of people for those first lovely
minutes as we took in the snow covered foothills and the dark trees on that
clear, cool morning.
6. Seeing Jonathan and my dad
hit it off like I knew they would
*7. Having the worst of my cold hold
off until I got home from dropping my dad off at the airport.
* It kinda sucked being sick (yeah),
but it wasn't too bad - as soon as I got home though, it got nasty. So
therefore, while not a favorite moment, if I had to be sick, that's the way to
do it. I'm almost over the cold thing now and hopefully a hot shower and
some corn bread I just made will make me feel all better!
Saturday the 11th of March, 2006
So for my birthday, dad and I went
up to NorthWest Trek -- his first time. It had snowed the day before
(oddly) and the snow was still feathering the trees and lent a bit of the fairy
tale air about the morning.
Walked in, walked down to the tram
station and was recognized by one of the tour guides I used to work with (we
have the same name, so I think that might have been a reason she remembered me
so well). There were maybe a dozen people on the free roaming tour, so
there was nice interaction without anything being overwhelming - we took our
time and had a great visit.
goats that are now yearlings, saw bison and elk and swans and almost
everyone but the cow moose.
Walked around the core area
wolves were active,
cougars frisky and
coyotes cute and happy.
Had a fantastic dinner at
Carmalita - introduced my dad and
Jonathan to each other and they hit it off very well. Wonderful food, wine
and conversation. Had a Riesling called Naked (2004) from a winery in
Snoqualmie (Columbia Valley vineyard). Fabulous wine
- certified organically grown. I originally ordered it for the
amusement factor, but I'm glad I did.
Friday the 10th of March, 2006
It's my birthday... It's my
Dad is here and today the winds and
rains seem to have dissipated.
Tuesday after he flew in we had
dinner at the Antique Sandwich Co and listened to quite a lineup of live music -
ranged from traditional guitar alt to Irish harp and ragtime piano.
Wednesday I had to work in the
morning, so in the afternoon dad and I went and had lunch at a little Vitnamise/Thai
place and watch the rain pelt the street and anyone who happened to be walking
outside. Hunted for a Gortex raincoat at consignment shops to no avail.
Yesterday we walked along Owens
Beach and had a huge breakfast at Ruston Inn then a quick drive up to Seattle
Center proved highly enjoyable - SciFi Museum and Pacific Science Center.
through Point Defiance
Butterfly Room at Pacific Science Center
Curious Butterfly alights on dad
There will be more later, but right
now we're leaving to visit NorthWest Trek
Monday the 6th of March, 2006
Missed the first 10 minutes of
UltraViolet which I think had some affect of my understanding of the movie, but
I still came to the conclusion that while it didn't suck and I did enjoy it, it
is a odd movie and not as good as I had expected. Lacked cohesiveness I
thought. Or rather, so much thought was put into tiny details like a tear drop,
that larger details such as character development were forgotten.
Took a photo of my
Male Holding Planet as promised. Not done, but getting close.
I have a father arriving
Also, I have decided what I want to
do on my birthday 1) not work 2) go to NorthWest Trek
especially since dad hasn't been taken yet 3) have dinner at
Saturday the 4th of March, 2006
All is clean and aired out - this
also included taking in my 7 bags of recycling ^_^
Did more painting today as well.
I'll post a picture tomorrow because lighting is bad right now. I did
however take pictures of
necklaces, earrings and
Bonsai 55 and those pictures are up.
Friday the 3rd of March, 2006
All the laundry is done, windows are
open (while not warm, still pleasant and it's been ages since that) and now I'm
cleaning up the spare room so that when my dad arrives on the 7th, he will have
a place to sleep! Mostly this entails vacuuming and moving a few boxes
Received another commission for 4
Bonsai on Monday - realized I had to order more copper wire and felt impressed
that a pound of 24 gauge wire has lasted me almost a year.
Took part in a Precious Metal Clay (PMC+
to be specific) class last Saturday and made 2 really cool pendants - plus just
learning how to handle to PMC and fire it was very, extremely helpful.
It's amazing and expensive stuff (retail is $30 for 18 grams), but really worth
the investment to make your own fine silver pieces. I won't be investing
for awhile, but I do plan to save up some money because I think the ability to
create my own silver pieces would be wicked to sell at Farmer's Market.
Friday the 24th of February, 2006
Must listen to this song.
Jennifer gave me the link and I had to share.
Thursday the 23rd of February, 2006
Big weekend. Lots of fun -
good times. Some beer to celebrate Jonathan's 28th with friends, a little
bit of shopping on Saturday with Jani and a lovely walk on the beach at sunset
on Sunday watching dirt avalanches cascade down the cliff side.
One year. I like that.
Also found out my stigmatism is
getting better - several weeks ago I had my annual eye checkup and my eyesight
is actually improving. Exciting ^_^
In other news, I'm working on
building my stock for Farmer's Market. More Bonsai and more necklaces are
being added. Earrings are needed next!
Tuesday the 14th of February, 2006
So, I hadn't realized until last
week, but this week has Valentine's Day, Jonathan's Birthday and our 1 year
anniversary. It'll be a 3-in-1 Holiday this weekend. I'm not sure
what, exactly, but it'll be interesting.... and definitely fun.
Otherwise, not too much going on.
Work, busy making stuff, working on an art project with Roo, and some cleaning
around the apartment. I bleached my floors over the weekend. They
needed it. The place smelled like a pool for 2 days. Wasn't
expecting that for some reason.
I'm really liking this art project
thing - it's rough artwork at this point, but the story is really starting to
Plus it's getting sunny outside,
warm breezes, blue skies and longer days. I was getting so sick of the
rain. (Although funny enough, it snowed in Seattle last night)
Friday the 10th of February, 2006
This is an important link -
hopefully it will not be hacked away by the time you read it -
this is a reprint of the 12 Dutch cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammed
(Peace Be Upon Him). Now, I
understand why these cartoon are insulting, the depiction of the Prophet
Mohammed is forbidden in Muslim religion. But there was a reason these
cartoon were made and printed: to test whether Fundamentalist Muslim had
affected the rights of free speech in Denmark.
Be insulted by the depiction if you
will, be insulted by the American Nazi Movement Propaganda (which I am), be
insulted by the editorial you read in the newspaper, but freedom of speech
should never be limited because someone is insulted by what they see or read.
Ignore it or dialogue about it - the choice is always yours, or should be.
Since no American newspaper reran
the cartoons and since the reaction to them really is quite a big deal, I think
getting the images out there is important so that people know what the reaction
is all about. I've always found it aggravating when critics lampoon a
film, documentary or comic simply because they have heard what the content is
supposedly about but refuse to actually see the item for themselves. Form
your own opinion.
Tuesday the 7th of February, 2006
I hadn't realized until dad told me,
and I went to look it up but the storms here over the weekend gave us another
loss - the bull moose
at Northwest Trek died when a tree fell over and he wasn't able to get out of
the way. An ornery but wonderful and beautiful moose. I was looking
forward to seeing him again. NWT has had several big losses these past few
weeks. Doc Hellyer died about 2 weeks ago. He founded the park 30
years ago. I got to meet the man once - fantastic guy.
Sunday the 5th of February, 2006
Finished my taxes last night - those
would be the W2 type this time. I'm glad those are out of the way.
No more tax forms for another year!!
Also, I came to a decision last
night. My job sucks. I need a new job. I'll do Farmer's Market
on Saturday or Sunday instead. It just fits better that way. Even if
I have to drive a bit for a really good Market. Shouldn't be too hard.
Might do Gig Harbour, or I might do Olympia 'cause I think they have a really
good one as well.
That's my new revised plan.
Spent ALL day Friday doing creative
things - clay, beads, paint and wire. Wow that felt good. Spent a
good chunk of Saturday doing the same, but I threw in a bit of reading as well.
Have several new Bonsai almost ready now. While I would really like to put
them right up on eBay, I also need to start accumulating stock if I want to do
this Market right. ::le sigh:: I have several old ones that never
sold, I'm thinking with some work they too could work.... that would help my
Friday the 3rd of February, 2006
Dear Voyageurs of the Prairie,
.....we'll linger in Seattle to do A Prairie Home Companion on July 21,
which will be taped
for broadcast on July 22, from the lovely Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery.
Well then, I know what I'm doing July 21nd. The
Winery is a lovely place. I went there once with Jennifer and Mary for a
concert years ago. It was sunny and warm. We brought raspberries and
a blanket and bought a bottle of white white there and twirled to the music
until we collapsed laughing on the grass. That was a great day.
Work has been sucking the creatively out of my soul
recently. I have today off and I mean to create! Painting, shaping
clay around my copper shapes and there's a necklace in mind I want to make as
well. Also one I need to finish up, but that can wait a day. Oh
yeah, and I have in mind a really great opening teaser to a story Roo has
created for a graphic novel. He hasn't written this teaser and doesn't
know it exists, but I dreamed it and mean to draw it up and send it to him.
Oh yes. A big BTW: Sunday is the Super Bowl.
You may or may not be aware. You know now in any case. I don't
normally watch too much, but the Seahawks are playing. First time ever.
So I'll be watching. Cheer them on a bit would you? Thanks
Page a bit. Still have several more to photograph and I should include
my earrings as well.
Sunday the 29th of January, 2006
Just revamped my Bonsai page a bit -
hopefully to reflect the needs of those with questions (FAQs if you will).
Did taxes yesterday for Reflections
Ink. Here's a fun fact: I did almost $2,000 worth of business last
WOOHOO!! and wow, I hadn't realized.
Am now also experimenting with
polymer clay - this is cool stuff. I'm sure many of you have played with this
stuff before. I got the idea of incorporating it into my Bonsais - later
on I want to start experimenting with Enamels, but I can't afford those right
now, thus, they wait.
Thursday the 26th of January, 2006
I just received the coolest e-mail:
I just wanted to let you know how big a
hit your bonsais were with my friends and sisters. Each one was more
beautiful than the next. They were a very special gift to give and I just
wanted to thank you again for creating them. I'm sure we will meet again as I
can't resist these (of course, I will have to make some new friends to give
them to :) ). Thanks again,
you, gentle reader shall judge for
yourself the coolness factor, but this e-mail really did make my day.
Have been making necklaces to stock
up for Market. Need to send off application and initial fee. Will do
that when I get paid this Friday.
And taxes. I've been puzzling
over the forms I got sent for over a week now. They make NO sense.
Jani and I have the same forms to fill out so we're going to moan and groan over
them this weekend together. If we can't figure it out, then Monday I'll
try H&R Block, but till then I refuse to give anyone $40 for simply
knowing the answer to my simple questions namely: "What the hell is this line
here talking about? I haven't slaughtered anything and I don't have a
licensed boarder home??!!??"
Sunday the 22nd of January, 2006
Hey!! The Seahawks are going to the
SuperBowl!!!!! YAY!!!! Seattle is in quite the state of excitement -
our first SuperBowl!!
Friday the 20th of January, 2006
gah! Finally I have two more
Bonsai up and ready for auction - #53 and #54 are up to see in my
And now they are up for
Thursday the 19th of January, 2006
Drivers puzzle me sometimes -
there's a left turn I make on semi-side street on my way home many days at a
light. Now normally there is traffic coming the other way, but rarely is
there much if any traffic on my side - plus it is a two lane street both ways.
As I make my indication and stop for this left turn to wait for traffic to
clear, inevitable someone comes up behind me - they slow, then creep, but 90% of
time they never, ever go around me. This puzzles me. Why not?
Why would they not go around me? There is NO traffic impede this move, but
instead they hover - they keep sneaking up inch by inch as if this will get me
to turn faster or change my mind about turning. I cannot turn while there
are cars in my way obviously, but they are more then clear at any time to move
into their right hand lane and continue driving - they are not wishing to turn
left with me.... so why wait? Why hover and fret? I do not understand.
Went up to Canada over the weekend
to visit some friends - New Westminster to be exact. Close to Vancouver BC
for those wishing for a clue. Crappy drive up - rain, rain and accidents.
Enough said. My friend Julie has a new apartment and two new kittens -
nice little apartment and adorable little black bouncy pouncy cats. A
cardboard box and a plethora of stuffed mouse toys were more then enough to keep
up laughing for hours. Steph, Julie and I exchanged presents, watched some
movies and went out to lunch - not much to speak of, but we had a great time.
Now that Valentine's Day is a month
away all the store are in full pink swing. This has me remembering my
childhood days of kids at school making each other doily cards and dad sending
me flowers at University.
Monday the 9th of January, 2006
Ok, since I have gotten several
requests: photo of lapis necklace
And, it's been raining a lot.
Seems to be a record, even for us.
Sunday the 8th of January, 2006
Let me take a moment to be mushy - I
just got the coolest necklace from Jonathan. We gave each other our
Christmas/New Year's presents last night - yay!! I'd been quite excited to give
him my present.
So, he got me a Tiffany
necklace with a Lapis stone shaped like a big lima bean on a tiny silver chain
so it almost looks like it's floating. It's the coolest - I love it.
It's all pure blue with just the tiniest bit of sparkle on the back. Plus
having just seen the Tiffany exhibit 3 times in the past week at SAM made it
even cooler. Jennifer would tell me I'm cuteing (cuteing: verb- being
extremely cute) now - and I am, I admit.
Other then that, I've just been
planning and getting ready for Market. It's months and months away, but
first years have to be approved and I still have to figure out what all I need.
Have been working on the nude
painting as well - progressing nicely. Have to wait for it to dry again
and then I'll go back in for more detail work.
Tuesday the 3rd of January, 2006
Last night was so much fun - I took
a friend of Jonathan's (Ben) to the SAM Member Appreciation party. First
off, he came down to Tacoma just to show me how to take the bus to Seattle -
that was so cool and I had a lot of fun with that. I think we left the
station right before 4pm. I had gotten off work at 3pm then rushed home to
change before leaving again to meet Ben down at the bus station. Five
minute Glam and Go Time.
Then we got off early in Downtown
Seattle so we could run around and look at stuff - we ended up going inside the
new Seattle Library because I had never been inside and wanted to. Found
the Pacific Northwest Special Reference section (or whatever that wonderfully
glassed off section is called) and by chance came across the yearbooks of local
high schools and spent 15 or 20 minutes going through those. Found Ben's
senior year high school book (and his senior picture) and then we read through
some 1925 yearbooks to see what people said about themselves or what other
people said about them. Most were standard, but it's their weird oddball
ones that are worth the scan (ex. I like burgers too!).
Next: Museum party!! Arrived..
Drank wine out of plastic cups - very ketch. Loved it. Loaded up little plates
with yummy cheeses and some crackers all the while dodging the human vulture
attack on same said items of food. Ate, drank, then went through Tiffany
exhibit. I had fun pointing out stuff I liked and jabbering on about
it all and everyone else was very laid back and we sauntered around the pieces.
More wine and this time mini cupcakes were being passed around!!! The joy!
Ben and I happily devoured several whenever the tray walked by and we sort of
tuned out the live band so we could talk. It doesn't get better then
sitting inside on Museum steps with cheese, cupcakes and cups of wine littering
your foot space talking about random stuff with people milling about doing the
same. Very laid back crowd they were and I'm sure it had something to do
with the cups of wine being handed out like water. 4th Floor exhibit was
still open so we walked around there too later on. I loved that we were 2
of maybe 5 people walking around up there - I love Museum parties. ^_^
There need to be more. With wine. Lots of wine. Wasn't the best wine
by far, but it was free and in quantity which made it fantastic.
And! cool free gift on the way
out. A really nice Chinese porcelain collection privately owned by some
insanely rich family or other but there were essays on the importance of and a
gallery catalogue in the back - a book such as you would find in Museum gift
shops. Well put together and I enjoyed reading it on the bus ride back
down to Tacoma.
First a short bus ride to Uyajimaya
to buy snacks to munch on while waiting for bus home - talked architecture and
rail systems and right on time the bus arrived and I got on. Thus the
story concludes because, well, nothing of any interest happened after that.
I learned how to take the buses,
went to a museum party (which had been a desire of mine for many years now) and
finally went inside the new Seattle Library. It was a great day full of
new experiences for me and I had a really great time hanging out with Ben (for
those curious: he came with Jonathan and myself to the Neil Gaiman Author Talk
and that is how I know him. I asked him to come with me because he was the
only person I finally thought of who might enjoy the party and it turned out he
enjoyed it just as much as I did, which I can say without fear of reprisal, was
a great deal.) and I'm very glad I got to know him better.
Sunday the 1st of January, 2006
SAM closes its doors for a year and
then some come the 5th. I hadn't realized just how long they were going to
close their doors (they have a huge expansion project underway),
and as a proud Member I want (nay, need) to cram in as much time there as
possible. So today I brought Jani to the Tiffany exhibit and we made
colorful cellophane dragonflies (something reminiscent of Tiffany's famous
dragonflies) at the Art Project table before leaving. I'm gonna hang mine
up in a window or something. Tomorrow there is a Member's only party that
I'm going to attend and on the 4th, Jonathan and I are going to go one last
time. Until SAM reopens, I'll be spending a lot of time at SAAM which
reopens after it's big spruce up on the 14th.
Wednesday the 28th of December, 2005
Man in the Mirror: new acrylic I finished
Nude holding Planet: new oil I started
Tuesday the 27th of December, 2005
::happy snoopy dance:: I've
been painting. There was a quick and intense painting yesterday -
acrylics, about 6 hours of layering colors, textures and careful lines. It
After I finished that one and stared
at it and made corrections for the next hour or so, I started on another drawing
for another painting. Finished the drawing on the canvas when I got home
from work and decided to start painting after looking at it for awhile and
making slight adjustments. This one is an oil painting (because this is a
slow painting) and I used the fan brush my parents gave me for a Christmas
presents. ::grin:: It was exactly what I needed and worked
Sunday the 25th of December, 2005
All I have to say is I love my
floss, shower scrubby, new brushes, canvases and flash drive. I've been
playing with my memory stick and thinking up new paintings to paint.
Bonsai #52 I did for Jennifer (her Christmas gift to her roomie)
Saturday the 24th of December, 2005
I was at work today setting up signs
and, as often happens, I get an 'um, excuse me' from behind. I turn around
and the guy standing there looks very familiar to me but there's no name
associated in my memory for him. He's looking for gift wrap and we're
pretty much out, if not completely out. I look in a few places quickly and
suggest he go look by other cash-wraps, but honestly, we're probably all out.
As he's walking away, I suddenly remember he's the guy in the frame department
at Michael's I talked to three days ago. I was asking about matting I
needed and he told me they were all out. We both got to tell each other we
couldn't get the stuff we both needed. Funny happenstance.
Tuesday the 20th of December, 2005
Packages are winging their way to
doors as we speaks although I think all of mine have gotten to their assigned
doors now. There are a few to be hand given - Bill, Audrey, Julie and
Steph. Jonathan will get his when he gets back on the 3rd. Gives me
more time to not worry about wrapping it.
Went poking around a craft store
yesterday and came across the isle with foam board. Stared at it for a
minute and thought they would make a nice mounted back for some prints and
photos I have. At the moment they are still lamenting and languishing
because I only bought one board to test out my thought on. $3 per Elmer's
foam board that will fit 2 of the prints and/or photos I have in mind. Not
too shabby a price for a mounting I can hang. I asked about them cutting
it for me and quailed at the $2 per cut answer. My own cut isn't quite as
pretty, but a little sanding to smooth it out and you can hardly tell the cut
I'm going to go back today and buy
three or four more - I have some wall space set aside and I look forward to
seeing these prints and photos on the wall and not just carefully stacked up on
Soon it will become tricky to find a
place to hang anything, but that day has not quite yet arrived and so I will
take my delight in hanging things where I will.
BTW: Once again - Happy
Birthday Jennifer!!!! ^_^
PS. I didn't realize I had
forgotten to update my Paintings Page - there are several paintings that I have
finished, but apparently forgot to tell anyone I had. Also I did some
touch ups to my Pirate painting. right, so here's the links:
Friday the 16th of December, 2005
I made potato soup this morning - so
nummy and happy. Had to call my parents and tell them about it. It's
has so many family memories associated it's impossible not to make the soup
without thinking of them.
Otherwise not much has been
happening. Mostly just some Christmas shopping and standing in post office
lines. I keep making this walnut-cranberry conserve and just eating it
almost as a meal. Can't stop eating it. It's just cranberries,
oranges, currants, walnuts and a touch of honey but it just melts in the mouth.
Wednesday the 7th of December, 2005
There is a possible rumor - nah, a
mere glimmer of a possibility - that a spa boutique in Long Island is interested
in carrying a small line of my Copper Bonsai. Apparently one of my lovely
costumers gave as an opening day present to this said spa, one of the Bonsai she
had bid on and many a person has commented on and expressed interest in said
Bonsai (being used as as jewelry merchandise display stand) in the boutique
area. So the idea might be to then to make merry with beautiful artwork to
then be displayed and sold in this boutique as a regular stock item. My
dad pointed out I need to contact my Casino Gift shop that has bought several
pieces and see if they need or want more. This time, I ship pieces up to
I need more canvas. I have
several paintings I want to paint, but I don't really have too much money to buy
canvas right now.
So, I'm loving my necklace
creations. They are not selling well on eBay oddly. In person, they
attract so much attention and delight that really fuels my desire to set up a
Farmers Market Booth and sell jewelry and artwork. I have no idea how I
would fair honestly. I think I would have to set myself up in the larger
Markets - the downtown and central Markets that are held once a month or so.
I need to find out how much all that might cost soon so I can maybe get things
Monday the 5th of December, 2005
Finished a 5 Copper Bonsai
commission. Very satisfying. Really happy with the pieces.
::baby it's cold outside::
Yummy Portobello Ravioli and funny
movie (Just Friends) last night with Jonathan. He hadn't ever been to
Pomorodo's and I had forgotten about it for the past year, so I was pleased to
remember it. Just what I needed after my long week at work. A short
nap, lots of coffee and I think I managed to stave off yawning too much.
Wednesday the 23rd of November, 2005
Wow the Fog outside is amazing!!
It's so thick you can hardly see anything but this cloud of silence.
Monday the 21st of November, 2005
Very bizarre stuff! So you may have
heard on the news about the Sunday shooting in Tacoma Mall. Which is where
I work. As it happens I had left work at Sears 30 minutes before to go
home when it all happened. Normally I would have been scheduled to work later
into the day, but that day we were scheduled to leave earlier, so when I
finished up I left about noon. How easily I could have been going to get my noon
latte for lunch when that guy opened fire at 12:30!!!! Several of my co-workers
were just leaving to get their coffee when it all happened but they were still
right by the Sears door and were able to get as many people inside as possible
before closing the Mall Entrance door. It all happened just around the corner
from them too so it was a really close call that they hadn't left 2 minutes
before. Most of them went home and have a few stiff drinks. Swat was
all over the mall just minutes later and put the Mall into lockdown. I guess the
one person that was seriously injured is stable. The guy wanted to get the
attention of his ex-girlfriend so he decided to shoot up a mall! Fortunately he
wasn't actually trying to fire into the crowd, but he did have an extra bag of
ammo stashed away for his automatic riffle. I am so glad I wasn't there.
In other news, I got an additional
position - Security! Funny enough it was offered to me on Sunday before
any of this shooting business happened. Mostly the job (on top of my ISS
hours) is to stand by one of the doors and check receipts with items purchased
at the store much like Costco does. I get to wear a bright red vest too!
And to top it all off, I start The Day After Thanksgiving. I will be there
to watch as the 6am horde stampede in. Never having done the TDAT sales
(and never having wanted to), this will be quite an experience for me.
Jonathan and I went to see the new
Harry Potter movie Sunday night!!! oooooo good movie. It was well
done I thought - I was a bit nerved at first to see how the novel was adapted,
but it was actually a wise movie choice and didn't detract from the main plot or
the main characters at all. We had a wonderful time.
Friday the 18th of November, 2005
My co-worker and I went out to the
site and volunteered for a few hours. We didn't stay for the very end
reveal because it was later then we thought it was going to be and she had to
get home for her kids. However, that wasn't why we went - we wet to help
out and we did and it was a lot of fun and quite an experience. There is
also a possibility that I will be on film behind the grey haired designer (Paul)
while he is walking up the front porch of the house proclaiming it is 2 hours to
reveal time - I'll the the girl crouched on the front steps covered with white
paint drops, paint brush in hand with a bright blue ear muff to match our
Extreme Home Makeover Tshirts (I've got mine all nicely washed with the paint
drops still there on the front). It was chilly out there. I don't think they
were filming when Ty walked past me a few times but I don't know. Last 2
hours they were done being coy for the screaming girls on the hill and it was
all in and out of the house with no warning.
I've got a few slightly blurry
pictures of Ty and some of the rest of the crew. They don't really come out much
except to film little segments while all the volunteers got herded back under
tents. Plenty of coffee under those tents to keep some of that chill at
bay. I was thankful for that. Mostly, I painted that day, but I did some
sanding, gravel raking for the driveway and the all important task of carrying
trash to the dump site. I can't post the pictures of the site because I
signed a confidentiality agreement, but I can tell you the episode airs in
January and the site is from Port Orchard, WA. I choose one picture I took
from the site but you can't see anything but people (Ty), and two from the day
some of the crew came to Sears and you can't tell which items in particular they
bought so it's ok.
Ty as seen through the plastic sides
of the tent
Paul and Preston as they were filming at Sears in Tools
Daniel as he was shopping for
rugs at Sears
In other exciting news, Bill is
coming to town!!!!!! yay!!!!
Sunday the 13th of November, 2005
The Crew came and went and I took
some pictures. A co-worker and I have decided to go out to the site on
Tuesday morning for the big unveiling. More pictures then. I wanna
get a pictures of the bus. Big, big sale tonight at Sears tonight so I'm
taking Jonathan and Jani because I can extend my discount tonight on top of the
really cool sales going on after 5pm until close. I need a few things and
I've been keeping my eye on some clearance items I really like/need like more
towels and some winterish shirts and pants/skirts. Not too much because I
don't want to run out of room, but there are defiantly some items I need to take
advantage of while I can.
The Legend of Zorro Returns
or What the Adolescent Asinine Kind of Tripe Plot Was THAT!!??!!
Bitter disappointment because I was
really looking forward to this movie. I was so tempted to walk out and
apparently Jonathan was of the same disposition but somehow we managed to stay
to the awful end and then we both raged afterwards on the way to the car.
Started off quite nicely and then about 1/3 it started to get a little funny and
1/2 way through it just disintegrated. I just glowered at the screen for
the last 20 minutes and felt horribly ripped off. blah.
Thursday the 10th of November, 2005
Seems Ty Pennington and/or His Crew
from Extreme Home Makeover are coming to my Sears this Saturday in the early
hours of the morning. I don't work, but Annette (co-worker) and I have
permission to come in and watch them pick all their stuff out and be apart of
whatever filming goes on. We think it will be fun. Camera is a must.
We would both go and help build the house - in Port Orchard - but we both have
prior commitments. The announcement didn't go out to Associates until
Tuesday. Doesn't happen every day, and so should be experienced.
Check out my updated
Gallery! There will be many more pictures going up, but this is my start.
Not all of it is going to be sold, but most of it will be.
Wednesday the 9th of November, 2005
Finally, finally have started to put
up my necklaces on eBay!!! 3 a day or until stock limits me.
Sunday the 6th of November, 2005
Son of a Witch - savored it
to the end. Fantastic read. Loved every inch of it.
Pirate Shores today!!! So close to the Buddha one I know, but it was a
very quick one and I wanted it to be a quick painting so it wouldn't get
overdone. I wanted light and if there was too much paint on the canvas the
effect would have been lost. It's almost a watercolor in that respect - I
really watered the paint down for exactly that effect.
I have been making more necklaces
and have some really cool ideas for future Bonsai - I've started to work on
getting all my stuff back up on eBay now that the holiday season of Shopping is
on us. I wanted to finish that up this weekend, but I've been really busy.
Lots of hours at work plus over at Jani's beading or finishing the workshop.
It's gonna be amazing and I know I'll be spending many hours in that basement
with my metals creating fabulous babbles.
Wednesday the 2nd of November, 2005
I have a hole in my nail. More
specifically, the right pinky nail. Right at the bottom. A few weeks ago a
shelf was dropped on my nail and it bruised a nice, interesting pattern all up
the nail. Lat night it started to flake off and before I new it, I had a
hole in my nail. I'm sure the nail will fall off in the next week or so.
How inconvenient. "_"
Finished my Buddha painting!!!!!!!!!!!
Slowly working on my Pirate painting
- I'm not sure at this point I want to add cloth to it. I really like
where it's going. Next time!
Did a big huge night shift on
Tuesday were I helped re-organize and direct the move of all the ISS (In Store
Support) signing supplies (rack arms, stock signs, sign holders, stuff like
that) to a new room. It was nice to make big decisions again. I'm good at
that stuff. And I do love organizing. I'm a freak.
Friday the 28th of October, 2005
Not much is going on - for those of
you who might want to know about work, well, it's signs. Paper signs that
I put up or take down and occasionally I print out pink or white tickets and
stick those on items. I like the people I work with, the job gets easier
as I remember where stuff is, but it's just work. There will be job
hunting in the new year. It still barely pays the bills as I work on my
artwork and jewelry making. There will also an interest in increased
production for sale.
Wednesday the 26th of October, 2005
On Monday, I went to see
Gregory Maguire and what an amazing reading it
was. He read for 30 minutes, three different sections - one scene from
Wicked and two from Son of a Witch, voices and everything. Lots of fun to
hear. There was a Q and A portion where he answered the question why he
did the sequel and the main reason was that about a year and a half ago he was
getting lots of "What happened to Nor?" from 12 yr old girls. It wasn't
anything he had really questioned himself because as an adult, he knew what
likely happens to political prisoners even if they are 12 yr old girls. As
of Abu Ghraib, he started wondering what happened to the
people we saw in those photos - and so he decided to write Son of a Witch
to find out what happens to her and ultimately to find out what happens to Liir
- what kind of a life does this 11 yr old boy now have. (The story starts
out 3 weeks after Wicked ends btw.) Then he brought out his Green Witchy
Puppet Chaperone and sang an additional verse he made up to the Over the
Rainbow song.... "Somewhere over the rainbow, she lives there too..."
For those people who bought their books for tickets to the signing we were given
broadsigns - basically a heavy parchment with hand pressed lettering of a quite
from Son of a Witch signed by the author - very surprised and I thanked
the bookstore curator (a very lovely woman who was so excited to be hosting this
event) because it was a gesture I have never seen before from an Author Talk.
Mine is getting framed!
Sunday the 23rd of October, 2005
YAY!!! Got my very FIRST
PROFESSIONAL PAYCHECK from SilverReef Casino in the mail (even if they did spell
my name with only one 'n')!!!!! I'm not quite counting eBay in here
because this was my Next Big Step. My next one will be to start working
Did some more work on my Pirate
painting last night. Got the face all done.
will be promoting
Son of a Witch at Third Place Books in
Seattle on Monday (sequel to Wicked). I'm really looking to
getting my books signed and hearing him talk for a bit.
Thursday the 20th of October, 2005
Updated photo of my
painting. Worked on it tonight. Still need to work on her face
and the ship... and I want to add fabric to the sails and her clothes. I
have some specifically for the effect, so I'll be playing with that to see if I
want to go ahead with that 3-D effect.
Also, my Buddha painting is almost
done. Just have to add the finishing touches to Saturn and her rings.
Then I'll be photographing it and putting that up.
Tuesday the 18th of October, 2005
Well, today was the day I went up to
SilverReef Casino to ply my wares - beaded necklaces (13 by me and 6 by Jani)
and 3 Copper Bonsai. There was amusement and disappointment mingled
together like the fog that permeated the entire day. They do sell beaded
necklaces - I looked. Not terribly impressive would be an accurate
description. Not impressed by the quality of the beads or the designs from
what I could see and that was very little because they were jumbled in a poor
lump at the bottom of the display case. There was an overstock
of beaded necklaces and so The Lady (not my contact who I was there to see and
had an appointment to see, but she was too busy and I understand how that goes)
could not buy more even though she liked what she saw a lot. I showed her
my Copper Bonsai and put examples of earrings and necklaces up - she liked them.
She bought all 3 ($40 each). So my 135 mile trip (one way) was not in fact
a waste at all and she told me to come back up closer to Christmas when they
would hopefully need more stock. So.... disappointment in not selling even
one of the necklaces I was so proud to make or even one of Jani's which
are gorgeous as well. But I did make 3 sales.... and I have to say, once again,
people love my Copper Bonsai's and that makes me really happy. When I got
back home, I e-mailed my contact lady and said I was sorry to have missed her,
filled her in on the details and mentioned that maybe the beaded necklaces they
carried would be happier on one of my display stands and that I hoped she would
contact me again when she needed to refill necklace stock. Long day of
driving. Going to have a big cup of tea now.
Monday the 17th of October, 2005
The new Charles Comfort Tiffany
exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum is so very exquisite. I didn't know he
did oil paintings, but he did. He also did a lot of watercolors to work
out designs because the watercolors would give a very good approximation of
light coming through glass. There were also some necklaces, lamps, windows and
mosaics along with vases, a chandler and some furniture he designed. Beautiful
stuff all over the place.
I've also decided that I need to
visit Post Alley (it's by Pike's Place Market) more often - I love the little
cafes there. Parents need to visit again so I can take them there.
Thursday the 13th of October, 2005
Had a lovely chat with my friend Roo
last night when he called - must get myself in gear and start translating his
prose into illustration. I keep letting myself get busy with other things
which while good is silly because I really like translating his stuff.
Working with Jani to get her
basement all fitted out for soldering, filing and sawing metal. That's
gonna be awesome when it's done.
Restocked my spice shelf and some
teas (blackberry, vanilla and apricot) yesterday as well. Desperately
needed that - it's been needed for over a month now. It's now a happy
Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the
Ware-Rabbit!!!!!!!! YAY!!! Saw that this past weekend ^_^ What
a great movie. All the levels of funny kid and funny adult (box that says
'may contain nuts was one of my favorites').
Monday the 10th of October, 2005
New start of a new painting!
Tuesday the 3rd of October, 2005
Neil Gaiman (warning - terrible
picture of me included) came over to Univ of Washington campus on Tuesday for
which I was bouncing around. I missed him last time he was up here and so
was very excited to finally get to go. A very good speaker indeed - witty
and all that. Reminds me a bit of Mat (and yes, I know the accent is the
same but that's not what I'm referring too). Read a bit from his new book
Anansi Boys and then signed books for the 750+ people that packed the church to
hear him speak. I'm glad I reserved my tickets early - I was 298 in line.
Got my wonderful Charles Vess copy of of Stardust signed as well as
American Gods and Good Omens (and Anansi Boys because I couldn't
Saw Corpse Bride over the
weekend - quite a nice film. I enjoyed the ride, although I did foresee
most of what was going to happen, I still enjoyed the characters quite a lot.
Saturday the 1st of October, 2005
Friday was the happy day that
Serenity came out in theaters - for me anyway since I hadn't been quick
enough to buy preview tickets. First showing of the day, I was there,
surrounded by other geeks and it was wonderful. The movie was a perfect
conclusion to the 14 episode TV show Firefly and had all the right elements to
make a really standout movie in its own right. At the end of the movie,
the credits rolled and the