Friday, June 29, 2012

Adding a Little 'Something Extra'

Tomorrow is the grand opening of Studio 116 in Brudidge, AL!

Last week, Melanie and I were busy in the print making lab making commemorative posters.

We each took several to add our own personal touch to.

I came home with five.  But it's been a rough week and extremely busy at my internship.

So as of this moment, I've decided that two of the posters I came home with will do just fine the way they are.  And I've finished the other three.

That said, here they are!

It's prismacolor pencil over screen printing and, believe it or not, a wash of acrylic.


When we screen printed this one, the '6' in 116 complete disappeared and needed help to pop, so I volunteered to help it do so (;

Here it is with flash to capture the actual colors better:

And the third:

With it being for the fourth of July parade, I wanted to do one that celebrated the holiday.

All of the commemorative posters will be available for purchase tomorrow at Studio 116!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

These Things Come In Threes...

I don't know if this is the case for everyone else, but for me, I've often noticed that bad things tend to happen in threes.

As frustrating as these particular three have been, I'm glad they're more on the anxiety side of an anxiety vs. panic scale.

Irritation #1

So last week, I lost three gallons of milk.  The first was half full and completely curdled on Monday.  I figured it was because it hadn't been used.  So two new gallons.  Well, three days later, and half a gallon in, we could tell that gallon was starting to turn.  But as I opened the new gallon-- it was -also- starting to turn! And I finally realized my refrigerator was telling me it was going bad.  It maintained upper 40s until we got a new fridge on Monday... that took -6 hours- to get...from a warehouse all of 20 minutes from our house.  "How's that possible?" you ask?

1.  My father in law loaned us their covered trailer...but trying to get it, the sand in front of it was loose-- and we spent an hour and a half freeing my truck.  Fortunately, he was kind enough to a. tow my truck out of the muck with his suburban, and b. to let us use it with the covered trailer to go get our fridge.

2.  We have an older home...with narrow doors.  And bought a large side by side...  We had to take off both the doors AND the hinges in order to get it in the house.

As frustrating and time consuming as it all was-- with ice packs in the fridge that I traded out every day, we didn't actually lose anything and now we have a nice new fridge with crushed ice coming out the door.

Irritation #2

So yesterday, while working at my internship, I get a call on my cellphone from a number I don't recognize.  I answer it, and the woman on the other end greets me by name... it turns out that my big dog had wandered into their yard, and she was calling the number I had on her collar.  She was two blocks away from home.  The big warning went up for me because if she was out-- it meant I had two more dogs out as well!  So I dashed home to gather her up and head to the house to figure out 1. how they got out and 2. where my other dogs were.  Fortunately, as I approached my house, it turned out the other dogs were right there.  I rolled down my window, didn't even pause, and called them inside.  They met me in the yard.

It turned out that my pit bull had pulled the fence.  I fixed that.  And shortly after, she was back in the front yard!  So I put her back in the back, then -called- her to the front.  Thankfully, she told on herself and I discovered she'd forced a hole in gate.  I've patched it as well as I could.  It held today.

Irritation #3.

So while I'm dealing with the dogs, my boys are swimming at their Grandparents.  And my youngest is stung by (what we presume at this point) was a yellow jacket.  In the forehead.  Mom put topical antihistamine on it and an ice pack to reduce the mild swelling, and as soon as I got him home, I dosed him with oral Benedryl.

Fast forward to 7 am this morning, when I was getting ready for my internship.  I figure I'll check on him, just make sure the swelling has gone down.  So I walk in there, gentle roll him over....

And -THIS- is what I see:

I rushed him to the emergency room.  They basically kept us there for observation for 40 minutes because he wasn't having any difficulty breathing.

While waiting, we saw this:

(:  Someone in the ER has a well developed sense of humor (;

When we finally saw the doctor, he said, "Just give him benedryl every 4-6 hours.  When he sleeps, keep his head elevated to allow the swelling to subside.  And you can put ice on it to help reduce the swelling through the day."

Tonight, I came across some very helpful information that -finally- helped to put my mind at ease!

It explains why my boy is even MORE swollen now than he was this morning and why, as painful as it -looks- that it's (thankfully!) not bothering him.

...And that I can expect him to look like he's been in a prize fighting match for the next week...

...there's a reason it's called 'Sting like a bee'...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

There's Nothing Wrong With Being Happily Married

This post is inspired by Getting Married and Other Mistakes by Barbara Slate. This graphic novel offers a raw, yet humorous look at what happens to Jo after a surprise divorce. Join From Left to Write on Thursday, June 28 as we discuss Getting Married and Other Mistakes by Barbara Slate. I received a review copy of the graphic novel and all opinions are my own.

You can get a copy of your own from their facebook affiliate.

I have to admit, when I saw that From Left to Write would be reviewing our first graphic novel-- I jumped at the chance! And it's a good light touch at the subject. But this isn't a review. It's an inspiration.

And in the last two months, I have been privy to many a conversation with happily single friends. Or happily divorced friends.  
Or working on their way to being divorced friends.  
Or unhappily married friends....
And the general consensus is always that:
It's better to be single or divorced than unhappily married!

And I agree. That's an absolutely true statement.

But as someone who's been married for well over a decade, I would like to point out:

*There's nothing wrong with being happily married!*

My little boys ask me all the time, "Momma, whose your best friend?"
My response has always been, "I married him."

And I promise-- that, right there, makes all the difference in the world.

Long, long ago, as we were getting ready to be married, my mother and I made my wedding dress. As we were working on it, she asked me how he proposed. I stopped sewing. Looked up at her with a blank look on my face. Looked over at Mark. He looked at me. We had a moment of shrugging. And I looked backed at her and stammered, "'t....We both, just (shrug) ...assumed." With a quick glance back to him and he nodded.

Then there was setting up the 20-questions meeting with the pastor. He warned us to set aside 2 to 4 hours to go through all the questions in the book. So we did. When we showed up, he opened it up, leaned over, read in the book and asked, "So, how long have you known each other?"

Again, I looked at Mark and he looked at me and I said, "Seven years? Eight?" Mark confirmed the eight...

And the pastor closed that big book of questions and said, "Whelp, we're all done here. You're obviously not rushing into anything and clearly know plenty about each other." And that was the end of that.

I'm not saying it's always wonderful. (You have arguments and disagreements with your best friend too, after all!)

But what I -am- saying is that being friends has always meant it's worth it.

And yes, I love my husband. And I love being intimate with my husband. But I also enjoy sitting with him to watch a movie. Or read a good book. Or play with the kids. Or joke. Or -just- -hang- -out-.

Marriage isn't for everyone.  

And it doesn't have to be.  

But it's still the right choice for some of us.
And that's perfectly alright as well.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I Swear I Haven't Been Completely Inactive This Summer!!

In fact, I've spent most of the last month working on my internship!

But I've been blogging for that through it's own website:

Studio 116

So if you'd like to see what I've been up to for June, feel free to visit the link!

And if you happen to be in Brundidge, AL this Saturday, I'll be there for the Grand Opening of Studio 116!

We'll have the art gallery set up, live demonstrations of several local artists, a Jackson Pollack-esque drip painting area for kids, sign up sheets for workshops in July:  All beginning after the Brundidge 4th of July parade that starts at 9!  We'll also have live music beginning at 6 pm (:

Hope to see you there!!

Posters Melanie and I screen printed for the Grand Opening (: