First of all, as always - a few house keeping items:
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It has been a very troubling winter for me.
- Winter is never easy, especially when it's not unheard of for it to be -40C (-40F) for any given amount of time.
- We tend to never leave the house unless we absolutely have to.
- Driving conditions can be serious and in many cases hazardous to our health.
- The sun rises around 8 am and then sets again around 4:30 pm, so there's limited sunlight, which we all know is crucial for those who suffer from depression.
Add to this; children in enclosed spaces, preschool, daycare, collecting and sharing germs - inevitably leading to illness... I don't like to be a germophobe, but for my special family - germs often mean serious illness, what is sniffle to one child can quite quickly, and easily, become pneumonia for mine. Artoo is not even 2.5 years old and has had pneumonia more than 6 times.
I feel the pressure of being a mom, and a wife, and a home maker, and a professional, and an artist, and a friend, and a blogger... and i have a hard time with reliability. To clarify, i have a hard time dealing with the uncertainty of my kids' health and how, by result of this, i can be sometimes unreliable. When friends or family invite us to functions or gatherings, my response is always the same. "I'll be there, unless i'm not."
and that's about all i can do.
i'm not sure why i'm
Everyone of you is responsible for talking me down of my self inflicted ledge of the past few days. I want to say thank you for that. I worry about a lot of things. You helped me realize that, yeah, i do give a challenge each week - but that my blog is more than that. And that's something for me to hold on to.
I feel, on the whole, so much better than i did a few days ago - and thank you for making me feel like this was a safe place to share those feelings. I don't want to make anyone feel uncomfortable, it's really not my intent. there will be no pursuing TMs (it was written a bit tongue in cheek in my post - a)it's not really realistic b)who can afford lawyers? Not this lady). I'm going to stick around and continue my challenges in MY OWN WAY as long as i'm able and as long as it continues to make me feel all warm and gooey inside.
you certainly all helped with that last part.
Anyway, Onwards and upwards, right?
here's a few photos from the last couple of weeks. i feel like i've sort of fallen off the life story train. ;)
I took a road trip with my brother and my mom and dad to Calgary a few weeks ago - to go to my cousin's wedding:
|Me and the beautiful bride, my cousin Melissa - i used to teach her voice lessons when she was 12!|
|Seeing as B-rad stayed home with the kiddos, my girlfriend Christine was my date. |
She was a hoot.
|This is me and my mom's mom (it was my dad's mom who passed away) |
i haven't seen her since Artoo was a wee babe.
|Artoo - not so wee anymore.|
|I love my family, they are so funny. This is a shot of my aunt and uncle - and my dad, hiding behind the couch...|
Kilroy was here.
|Chewie - also getting so big... he likes this 'pointy hair' picture.|
|Colouring some Adventure Time in the kitchen|
|Sometimes, i find pictures like this on my phone.|
|this boy loves chocolate pudding.|
oh - another thing that happened this week - back in January i entered a contest on facebook to win a complete makeover and glamour shot... and i won. The makeover was on Saturday.
|Hair Make up and Photo by Blissful Hair and Make up|
Weekly Challenge #109: "Zentangle Quest"
A few weeks ago, Maria Thomas posted a really neat blog post about a new technique or method of using tangles. You can read about the technique and the photo that inspired it here.
In this exercise, you start with random parallel lines indicating inner and outer folds or curves, add in the banding (in wide aura style, resonant with static). Then, enhance those bands (or not) with tangles you already know and love.
|this photo belongs to Maria Thomas|
Rick and Maria have yet to come up with a name for this particular technique - so if one of you has an idea of what to call it leave your suggestions in the comments. Maria tells me that she just may have a "goody" for whoever comes up with a name they like.
It's important in this technique, to make sure that your 'stripe' lines are parallel to really achieve the look of bands coming around the bars. *if you want to see an example of what i mean by that - check out the top two 'bands' in my tile and you can see where one section the lines were not parallel* Also, i found that when shading, if you put your darkest line immediately to ONE side of your verticle bar and then smudge out, it helps to create that illusion of 3D.
|questing for the best name for this technique!!|
My tile is an example of 'no mistakes' in Zentangle - i picked up a sepia pen, instead of a black pen, and decided to just go with it after making my first initial lines in brown. Seeing as i was already 'out of the box' i decided to try using my water soluble graphite as my shading pencil, which i've done before, but i'd never actually activated it with water before. I have mixed feelings about these mixed results... but that's part of the fun. I definitely see some potential though, perhaps i'll experiment in the future...
If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here)
Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)
If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will post it here. (See the contact tab above for my email address). The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine.
I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??