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  • 4:30 AM

    January
    24
    2005

    Stupid dream!

    I thought I was going to get some sleep. Yea, right! I was having this God-awful dream and then suddenly, on the verge of tears in it, I guess I forced myself awake so it would end. Now I’m awake, but the dang thing is just replaying in my head!

    Coffee. Need…lots…of…coffee.

    When I was a kid, I had a foolproof method of going back to sleep after a bad dream. Worked every single time. I’ve even shared it with our girls, and it seems to work for them, too.

    M-I-C… K-E-Y… M-O-U-S-E!

    The opener for the Mickey Mouse Club! I would close my eyes, and picture the beginning of the Mickey Mouse Club. I’m pretty strange huh? It always worked though. I was one of those kids that had monsters peering through the slats in the closet door, and I had a big alligator under my bed. (That made getting out of bed fun!) I had to do something, right?

    Some of my worst dreams when I was a kid involved wading through this impossible texture. It was like sand in a sandstorm in a tornado, with gel or some kind of liquid compound that made everything impossible to get through. Thank God I don’t have those anymore. Blech.

    Now I get to have dreams where every one of my insecureties plays out before me like a 3-d movie, and I’m in the front row without popcorn or a drink. In fact those tend to have a character or two in them from life, of course, that reaches out of the screen and pulls me right into it. People that I trust, even! So now you guys know why if I get upset with you for no apparent reason. #1, you’ve kept me up all night. #2, quit playing off of my insecurities! Meanies.

    I did hear from Mark lastnight, he’s doing ok. Their schedule changed at the last minute, you’d think after 18 months that would be something I’m used to, something that is so commonplace that I don’t freak myself out. I know that “Gno-Gnus is Good Gnus”, but what can I say? I’m a ‘wanna-know-it-all’ kinda girl.

    Anyone else have too-real dreams that keep you up all night? Make your heart race or wake up weeping?

    For Kris:
    dory

    Got Snow?

    January
    21
    2005

    Oh man, Cao posted this link and I have to share! This is (gross) fun!!!

    Write a Message in the Snow!

    Man Pants.

    January
    18
    2005

    I saw this through another blog lastnight, Dolce and Gabbana have been working on some new menswear.

    Jeans.

    Now as a woman, and an artist (I’m using my scapegoat now), I can appreciate the frontside of a slender young model in this new line of jeans. Butt. (and I say that as more of a pause than anything else.)

    Butt.

    That’s my problem. Turn the guy around, and how much of the backside do you get to watch? Iew. I’m sorry, that should not be in the public view. That’s not leaving a n y t h i n g to the imagination, you know?

    Here’s my other problem.

    Let’s say a guy, not that everyone doesn’t have a beautiful body, but out in public let’s say you see a guy in a pair of these jeans. He’s got 3-20% body fat, unlike these models who appear to have like 1% body fat.

    How’s THAT guy going to look in these pants?

    And besides, don’t most “youngin’s” wear their regular Levi’s down this far? And D&B wants the boys to spend over $100 a pop for something they can do with a pair of Levi’s?

    I swear every time I’m out in public I want to run around pulling pants up, am I the only one with this urge? LOL

    (should I shut up about it and just buy a pair of the “LOVE” version for my guy? hehe)

    10 Things I’ve Learned in 2004

    December
    27
    2004

    Here’s my list of 10 things I’ve learned in 2004:

    1. I learned that no matter how many times you click your heels together, you can’t bring your loved one home from Iraq.

    2. I’ve learned that no amount of treadmilling will completely melt away your love handles.

    3. I’ve learned that over 90% of the time, I end everything I write in an exclamation point!

    4. I’ve learned that overusing exclamation points can sometimes be a bad, bad thing.

    5. I’ve learned how to calculate square footage from measuring in inches.

    6. I’ve learned that sometimes, being a launching pad for someone else’s dreams can be really really cool.

    7. I’ve learned that being under my own microscope is pretty tough. Being under someone else’s is just plain annoying.

    8. I’ve learned that good friends are a treasure, and they should be kept under lock and key in your heart.

    9. I’ve learned that stress makes time fly.

    10. I’ve learned that every moment you get to spend with someone you love is a precious, precious gift and should never be taken for granted.

    So? What’s on your list?

    EWebscapes Plug :)

    December
    20
    2004

    I just have to share this gal with you guys. I mentioned Lisa, she’s the gal taking the reins on revamping my blog layout and making the functionality SO MUCH better. She is also the gal I’m painting Talis & Meowface for. We’re trading services, which is awesome in itself!

    You know how frustrated I am with Blogger, well I’ve installed WordPress and it’s a whole new coding language to me. I am the type who would sit and fiddle with learning the code, and I knew that if I did that I would not finish my commissions for everyone in time for the Holidays, so she graciously took over my headache so that I could get my butt back into the studio! THANK YOU, Lisa!!

    I was blogsurfing lastnight, have you ever done that? You must! Here’s a great place to start, Lisa’s design samples. Have a look at the awesome graphic & coding talents this girl has. Pay special attention to the features on each of the blogs you look at. Layout aside, there are so many neat features that turn each blog into its own information headquarters. You can search each blog within itself for things you remember but can’t find thru dated archives. A calendar to read up from your last visit. A list of referring websites. SOooOOoo many things that I didn’t even realize I was missing until I stumbled across her website!

    I know it can be time consuming, but it’s fun and informative, so surf those blogs! And if you have one, tell me where I can find you if I haven’t already. If you don’t have one, drop Lisa a note; her whole biz is hosting and designing blogs for folks! She’s awesome!!

    Naughty or Nice?

    December
    19
    2004

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  • Sock BANDIT! – Tweaked & Scanned

    December
    18
    2004

    Here’s how my little Alien Sock Thief Bandit (thanks to my hubby for the title change!) turned out. You know, the more I look at him the more I laugh! I hope he gives you a chuckle, too. :)

    (psst…he’s still available to buy! I may list him on ebay. Mayyyybe.)

    A Sock’s Secret

    December
    16
    2004

    Now I know I could get in big trouble over this, but it’s time someone let the cat out of the bag. I know what happens to the other sock. I’ve seen this guy before, on a late summer’s eve, but this time was different. Right out in the open for anyone to see, I saw him through the windows as I was driving past the laundromat. There he was, opening one of the dryers (the owner of the contents apparently indisposed) to snag a sock.

    He saw me watching him with a look of confusion on my face, and turned toward me. I was a little frightened as he started lifting his finger up toward his mouth, I didn’t want him casting any wierd spells on me, or zapping me out the door or something. But no, he pressed his finger onto his lips, showed me the sock and simply said “SSsssSSssssshhhhh”..and as he tiptoed away I knew I had to paint this experience. I was up until 1AM with sis, mulling over every detail of the events of the evening. And here he is.

    Hehe. 8×8 Oil on Canvas Panel, I’ll scan when it’s dry. Title: “Sock Thief”

    Eggnog Cookies!

    December
    14
    2004

    (repeat post November 15, 2005)

    If you like eggnog, and you’ve never had these cookies, make them. You’ll thank me for it. Please don’t spike the batter. I cannot be held responsible for irresponsible behavior. LOL ;)

    1 c. butter softened to room temp.
    1 c. sugar
    1/2 tsp. nutmeg/cinnamon or 1/4 tsp each
    1 c. eggnog!
    1 tsp. baking soda
    4 c. flour

    Beat butter & sugar until it’s creamy. Add spices, nutmeg Eggnog & baking soda to butter & sugar, blend well. Add flour 2 cups at a time, mix (with mixer) until combined. Spoon onto nonstick cookie sheet, dip a cup in sugar (holiday colored sugar, sugar/cinnamon, sugar/nutmeg, your call), smoosh the dough a little – don’t flatten them. Bake at 375 for right around 11 minutes, when you can see the bottom edges are golden brown.

    Pour a glass of brandy. Chase warm cookies with brandy. MmmMMmMMmmmGood! (I didn’t try that part, I am just imagining. heh!)

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