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Thursday, September 13, 2012

2 Dead Blokes

Felt very good to have a messy piece of velvet black chalk in my hands again!

And I have new seasonal art!!!

I have never really studied skeletal structure in figure drawing, but see how helpful it can be. When doing a sketch you often have a few seconds to get a basic shape laid onto the paper. This knowledge will help when going back to complete the drawing.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Portrait class starting soon

Slightly terrifying - starting at the beginning?! So exciting, it's way past time!!! So much inspiration all around!

Can't wait to try work on a portrait of my favorite subject, Jamer D. And since the final project is a self portrait...can I get us to stand still for a few hours?!!! It'll be fun to try anyway!!!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Sunday, May 6, 2012


This weekend was amazing, started out on Friday with 2 appointments, a jog, and then the Doors tribute concert!

Saturday up early to set up for the 2012 LLS Man & Woman of the Year Galla! A brief break and then off to the Galla!

Thank you Carl for such an awesome picture of dad and I!!! Great night, Fe won The Community award and the Woman of the Year!!! She'll tell you it was a team effort, and I am sure it would be impossible for one person to complete the 10 week program on their own, but Fe was the force of the team and an amazing, gracious front woman! She raised an amazing $58,777.30 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!!!

Then today Carl and I decided to ride our bikes to church! Not a long ride, but quite a hill, I know Kansas, but really there is one hill and it is on the way to church! I am so glad to have happy adventurous people around me, it makes life worth living!

We finished off the day at grandma and grandpa's for a lasagna dinner and strawberry apple pie I made for dessert.

Hate to see Mondays coming, not done playing this weekend! Am ready to move ahead, Rose ought to be home Tuesday night and we are heading into the single digit count down to Jack's graduation!!!

Friday, May 4, 2012


So, I went for a jog again today, yah for me! While I was hoofing' it around the neighborhood I started feeling like I was never going to improve, a mile is always going to be painful and excruciatingly slow. I am looking forward to 5k's and obstacle courses, but it seems so far away when I am out there panting away.

It was 90 degrees outside today, I had not had any lunch and not enough water to be running (that's what I call it, don't judge!!!) in the heat, I did make it a mile again, last three times out, so all in all pretty good, and I can try again tomorrow.

Lessons learned, no matter what the circumstances are it is important for me to stay on my schedule and to be drinking enough water all the time, not just before and after I exercise.

I will say I am impressed that I got out and ran today, by myself, my coaches had to work. I am sure I could have made it a little further had I had there help, but it really is a new thing for me to want to run on my own!!!


Tomorrow I will head out again with my coaches!!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012


I have had a vision of me for several years now that I kept at a distance because quite frankly I was afraid of how hard it was going to be for me to make the vision a reality. I will be the first person to admit that I am comfortable. I have a comfortable life.

I am ‘quantumly entwined’ with the most amazing man on the planet, and although he still makes me melt, we are comfortable. We eat what we want when we want, we go where we want when we want, we buy what we want (well, mostly) when we want, we go to bed next to each other in a warm house we wake up next to each other in a warm house, we enjoy lazy weekends at swim meets - strolling through Atwoods, going to a gallery or taking in a show.  One of our favorite things to do is load up the family and take a road trip, our vehicle, our speed, our destination; can be an hour or maybe 24, doesn’t matter to us, it’s an adventure and we are happy to have it together. Comfortable - cozy.

I have three awesome children that are doing great at creating their own lives, we offer advice and are there when they need a hug or a hand, but at this point, we are pleased spectators – loving the beauty of them! It’s wonderfully comfortable.

After years of being comfortable, uncomfortable is not a pleasant thought, but after years of being comfortable I am also a middle aged female that is a heavy smoker and 30 pounds overweight. I carry my 30 pounds pretty well, although, the back rolls are getting to the point that I can’t hide them. My smoking doesn’t really get in the way anymore, everyone knows I smoke and although they maybe wish I wouldn’t they have long since given up telling me I shouldn’t. I don’t have problems exercising, because I can’t – hard when you’re a heavy smoker, best just not to worry about that today. So I stay comfortable, because it’s what I do, easy, cozy. It’s not hard when your imperfections don’t inhibit the love you get from those that matter to you!

But I realized last August that I had smoked for 29 years. 29 years, I can’t fathom and don’t even feel that old, but the math doesn’t lie. Now I don’t really know if I started smoking when I was 14 or 15, I may have even been 13 – it’s not something you mark on your calendar. But wow, and at my 2 packs a day for the last at least 10 years or so how many more years can I do that?
I stood with my youngest at church last summer and smashed a clay pigeon I had written what I needed to get rid of in my life this year. He asked what I put on mine and I told him – smoking. During this year he mentioned it once to me, but then let it go, I haven’t forgotten. You never want to let your kids down, but more than that I didn’t want to let myself down. Although I am comfortable I am tough. I married an Airman, spent 21 years with the Air Force, I’m not going to complain or tell you it was all that hard, but, it makes you tough. You can do anything you have to because you have to and when you get through it you say, wow, that wasn’t so bad and you hit the next challenge head on. I didn’t want to look at myself and say wow, couldn’t handle that huh?
So, on April 23, 2012 I quit smoking again!!! Yes, please don’t think I haven’t tried thousands of times and please don’t think that one week and 3 days is really quit, but… we started walking regularly, then walking/jogging. We have decided to run a 5K in June, so I am in training. My knees hurt, my thighs are tight, I’m tired, but I am one week and three days quit, and jogging (very slowly) 1 mile – walking 1 mile in the mornings before work!
I decided to spill this all over the internet because it will live here forever and I want to have to live up to that!