work work work

Who isn't busy right now? I mean c'mon. Work is getting in the way of my fun, but hey, I'm still getting stuff done.

Baby blanket and accessory nearly completed so pictures will be up soon-ish. I got socks on the needles as well and while I'm photographing blanket I'll get that done to.


I finished a painting for our living room to replace something that HAD to come down. It looks great. Photo shoot soon I swear it. I am starting a new series in self portraiture. I find I can recreate all my friends and family just fine, but when it comes to me, it NEVER comes out even close. I'm sure it is a problem with my perception of self. I probably focus on something as a flaw that isn't real, exaggerate it, then can't figure out what is wrong with the picture. I intend this to be either an exercise in learning to really see myself or some kind of bat crap crazy documentation of what I see.

Haven't started yet, but my creative juices have been flowing which is a big start. Yesterday, the daughter of a good friend got up close and personal with a marker which was documented for Facebook. The pictures of her are so fantastic. I mean she has recently woken from a nap and out of embarrassment was recently crying. She is a beautiful beautiful girl and her smile is fantastic, but something about her sad little eyes and the marker on her face got my fingers moving. I would love to paint it at some point, but here is the sketch as I left it last night.

Smoked Turkey Tail and Bean soup was heaven. I want some right now thinking about it. If you ever see smoked turkey tails, use them in a soup. Delish.

Everything Else
I have huge unprintable things happening on the horizon and while I am really excited, I'm also very stressed.

On Sunday I have my very first shift as a Birch Aquarium Volunteer. My Mom thinks I'm doing it for the 10% discount at the gift shop which doesn't hurt for sure, while others are programming PETA's emergency number in their phone for when I start petting starfish raw. I just love aquariums and there is nothing about spending a weekend morning/afternoon there that I have a problem with.

Plus, it will be nice to wear normal clothes and look nice on a more regular basis rather than dirty, oily, ripped up t-shirts and steel-toed boots. Sometimes I like to remind folks that I'm a girl and I'm pretty. So HA!


Yarn Raffle

I hate to dilute my chances of winning a yarn raffle but it is time to help a knitter in need.

Violet of LimenViolet fame has been hurt by a cheating husband. In order to do what one must do at this point in time, she is building some funds of her own, either legal business, vacation or walking out the door, whatever it turns out she needs cash for. I've been there. I've done that. I wish I had thought of raffling off stuff, preferably his, but I digress...

She is putting on a raffle. Wollmeise. You know you want it.

Help a knitter out, maybe score some yarn.

Good luck V.


I have been and done very exciting things. However, you are going to hear about my worms today.

Did I tell you my roommate and I got worms? For composting I mean. They are beautiful, productive little minions. Specifically they are red wrigglers. We bought a composter called The Worm Factory from a company called Cascade. What I liked about this was it was all self contained. Excess moisture drips into a collection tray in the bottom which leaches nutrients all the way down and makes a great quick fertilizer for my potted plants.

We are not the epitome of environmentally conscious and I have to admit that sometime a recyclable will end up in the regular trash. Particularly when the recyclables are full and I don't feel like going for a walk outside. However, you can't deny the earth friendliness of composting.

When we first got the little guys we made a huge mistake in feeding them. We gave them veggies that had turned. We discovered that it takes them a few days to acclimate to their new home and they didn't eat that first meal quickly enough to prevent flies. Due to that and our deathly fear of overfeeding which we were warned about repetitively we only fed them every other day and we fed them fresh food. However, as of this week we decided to start feeding them every day. And they are finally eating actual leftovers and kitchen scraps. Like they are supposed too!

They have multiplied and are consuming their dinner rapidly. It was very soft and moist soil so I lined a new tray with newspaper to prevent the soil from falling into the water collection tray, stirred it up to give it some oxygen and covered the top of it with the dead leaves that have fallen off my tomatoes, partially to control moisture, partially to keep flies down.

Seriously. Those tomatoes. What the hell? They look completely dead. No leaves and yet they are dropping phat lewtz. Um I mean they keep giving me tomatoes. I wish I could say the same about the cucumbers but those are probably just straight up dead.