doodle day

Whenever I have a free moment I try to doodle, whether it's using a pen, pencil, paint or pixlr.  So I thought I'd start a new weekly post called "doodle day" where I post one of my drawings: cute, funny, strange or otherwise.

I’m still in a octopus-squid mood.  They’re so fun to draw!
Speaking of my nails, sorry for the lack of a mani on Monday.  My nails are clean and plain right now.  It feels weird but every once and a while I need to give them a break, that and we’re driving to Cincinnati Thursday for a wedding and I don’t want my nails to be old and chipping by the time we’re dancin’ at the reception on Saturday.

mani monday

Happy Monday!

Today I used my day off to get work done for my other job…yay!
It wasn't exactly how I would choose to spend the end of a three day weekend but it was pretty nice having a leisurely Monday morning and working in my PJ's.  I need to find a job that lets me work from home!

I was a little stumped this weekend when deciding what to paint on my nails.  Then The Man mentioned that the blob of polish I was working from looked like an octopus, and here you have it…
Octopus/Squid/The Kraken nails
How did you spend your Monday?

mani monday

Happy Monday yous guys!

It's a balmy 36 degrees right now and I'm loving' it!

I decided to use this mani monday to practice my line work…
Thin straight lines are still one of the hardest things for me to paint, half way through my hand always wants to flinch.  Next I think it's time to practice painting words on my nails.

mani monday

Well, I know it' not Monday, but work was cancelled yesterday due to "Chiberia" (that's what they've coined this deep freeze) so today is the new Monday.

It's cold and snowy and there's no end in sight, so I put a little pop of pink on my nails.
Some neon flowers to brighten my day.

in 2014

This past week the blog-world has been filled with resolutions, fresh starts, and a can-do attitude.
I've never been one for making resolutions, they're too easy to break.  People always choose too huge of a task, and for some reason the word resolution feels like it comes with a deadline, as if all your statements need to be finished and wrapped up nice and neat by the end of the year.  There's too much room for disappointment.

But for the past week I've been doing some reflecting.  After reading at least 20 resolution posts from all those can-doers, I've been inspired to make a little list of my own.  I still won't use the word resolution, but I think "goals" has a good ring to it.  It's more of a desire to achieve something greater, as opposed to a commitment to finish some self-improvement by December 31st.
(I know these are arbitrary definitions I just created, but it's my blog, so go with it).

So, here's my list, some are pretty cliche, but that's ok with me:
  • Drink more smoothies - This summer I started to drink a smoothie for breakfast almost everyday, it felt so great! I started loosing weight, and the eczema on the back of my neck went away for the first time in 10 years. Then the winter hit, and I just can't seem to wake up in time (that, and drinking ice when it's -17 outside doesn't sound appealing most days).
  • Get the studio organized and usable - The second bedroom in our apartment is supposed to be a creative space, but instead it's been the hodgepodge/storage room for the past year and a half.
  • Post one drawing a week - I started "doodle day" a while back and I really want to get back into it. It doesn't have to be fancy, or finished, or even good for that matter, just as long as I'm being a little creative once a week, and creating more material for this blog.
  • Work on one project a month - Speaking about being creative, I have so many projects and ideas I've wanted to start for years now. I need to stop waiting and making up excuses (like the messy studio) and just go for it.
  • Plan an exercise routine with The Man... and stick to it - Here's the cliche.  The Man has been talking about doing P90X together for some time now, and I've been fighting it, (because the idea of working out everyday for an hour sounds like living-hell to me) but after spending Christmas in Hawaii and seeing too many pictures of ourselves in bathingsuits -mid winter- I think it's time to go for it.
  • Create photo albums of the last 4 years - This is something I've been wanting to do for years.  I love how easy it is to take digital photos, but there's something about flipping through the pictures of a photo album that scrolling through iPhoto can not duplicate.  As a kid my favorite thing to do was to sit and look through the albums my mom had put together (mostly to find pictures of myself), and now that we have a real computer that can handle me uploading all our pictures since 2009 I'm going to do it.
So, there you have it.  Maybe I'll be able to stick to these, and maybe I won't, but just telling you about them will give me the push to start at least a few.

Happy New Year,
Keep warm and safe,

happy new year!

2014!! What?!?

I can't believe how quickly the holidays zoomed by!
Last night, after much deliberation, The Man and I decided to stay at home and ring in the New Year just the 2 of us.

We had a lovely dinner of steak, salami chop-block bread and I made this garlic butter roasted mushroom recipe from smitten kitchen.
And, to get into the New Years Eve spirit, I drank champagne straight from the bottle!

2013 was a pretty great year:
I got a new job,
The Man quit smoking,
I started doing my nails every week, and got a lot more intense about it!,
and The Man and I made some big decisions that I'll be telling you more about as 2014 continues.

Speaking about nails, this week I did sparkly New Years fireworks:
Happy New Year to you all,
and may this year be even better than the last!

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