Tuesday Totals: April 1, 2014

These First Tuesday posts are here to help keep me honest with a couple of my goals, but I may include some other achievements as well. Because, you have to celebrate the small stuff sometimes too, you know? (not the really small stuff, like actually getting up on time, or managing to get the laundry folded right away, although some days those can feel like pretty big accomplishments.)

Writing:

Two main projects going (goal, total word count, and progress)

No-see-ums: 55/60K goal, 6929 total word count,  targeting 500 words each week

Seasonals: 40K goal, 1001 total word count, targeting 500 words each week

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Weight Loss:

My husband and I are both trying to get in shape, eat healthier, more exercise, you know the drill. We started a little friendly competition to help motivate ourselves with a race toward losing 20 pounds.

Weight lost: 9.8/20 (slowly but surely, and still in the lead.)

Wish me luck! I’d love any words of encouragement!

Where have you been?

Oh, it has been a rough couple of months. February and march flew by with way, way, WAY too much going on, so this poor little bloggy got left in the lurch. But, Spring is finally here (although we did get more snow last night) and it is time to get the house in order. So, a quick little post to set the stage on what is coming…

B taking over the drawing tablet.

B taking over the drawing tablet.

Going forward, I will be back with my Friday Favorite posts. April’s favorites will be focused on writing. Hopefully there will be some tidbits you enjoy and find interesting, even if you are not a writer.

Tuesday totals are just going to be posted once a month. First Tuesday of the month. Which means next week gets one on April first. April fool’s day! Should I go serious on that one, or have a bit of fun?

Garden updates will also be starting! We have 3 more raised beds to add to the plan this year and are getting the first of our cold weather crops in this weekend. I’ll be keeping you up to date on our progress there and May’s favorites will be garden related as well.

And then there will be the random writing and drawing posts, and whatever else may be catching my fancy. Let me know if there is anything you want to see more of.

Happy Reading!

Friday Favs: Jan 31, 2014 – Charles Santoso

So a little backstory on this one. I write (I need to post more of my writing on this site, but that is another topic). Or, I tell stories. I often spend trips in the car telling stories to my daughter based on her requests. This has developed some favorites (like the one about the horses and the dragons), and has led to more requests. Typically in the vein of “Mommy, tell me a story that has X and Y.” (Fill in the X and Y variables with any random topic in the mind of a 5 year old – things can get pretty interesting and challenging)

So, one of these requests was for a story with Fairies and Zombies. After writing this story, I went looking for pictures of cute zombies online, which is when I found this one, and fell in love with Charles Santoso’s work.

The cute zombie boy I found by Charles Santoso

The cute zombie boy I found by Charles Santoso

His aesthetic is very endearing, cute, fun, and fantastical all at once. This is another one of my favorites, from a series he did after the Japan tsunami.

Passing Hope - Charles Santoso

Hope – Charles Santoso

You can check out more of his work at his website or his tumblr.

I hope you enjoy his work as much as I do!

Bright Owl Zendala Dare 89

Here is my take on this week’s zendala dare from the Bright Owl. It is a pretty interesting template this week, and I decided to focus more on the negative space. I saw a monotangle of aura-leah (which of course I cannot find now to link to) that inspired me to give it a try on this one with a little fescu to emphasize the strings.zendala89

I’d love to hear what you think, and be sure to check out all the other great work for this dare.

Friday Favs: Jan 24, 2014 – Simon Beck

This week’s artist is one with a rather unusual back story, with simply amazing results. (Also perfect for sharing this week as my part of the country is completely covered in snow)

Simon Beck creates beautiful images in the snow by just walking the patterns. He began this as exercise as he is no longer able to go running, and the designs just starting flowing from there.

Simon Beck image from MyModernMet

Simon Beck image from MyModernMet

His work reminds me a lot of zentangle, but on a much larger scale!

There was a great entry on him over at My Modern Met or you can check him out over on his facebook page.