Sunday, June 9, 2013

Whoops! Fell Off the Blogging Train

Sorry about that....I didn't forget it's just been a busy kinda week.  I had briefly thought scheduling the posts for the week last weekend, but changed my mind.  I guess I should of done it after all LOL.  OH WELL!  No biggy.  I can and will catch up this week ( I hope :D )

This week I got to go to Whole Foods.  Oh how I love that store!  Mostly went to look and check prices.  Their produce department isn't as big as I thought it might be.  I picked up some Israeli Couscous.  I have no clue how to make it or what to do with.  I've been wanting to try couscous again, but I don't care for the finer one.  A friend suggested I try this instead.  So we'll see.

I really need to work on my weight and eat better and cut out the bad stuff more regularly.  When I came out here 2 years ago, I was 115 lbs.  Slightly underweight as I had been all my life.  Now I'm not a big junk food person (soda is probably my biggest weakness, and I've been good at limiting myself to 1 a day if I even have it).  My activity level is no different really from 2 years ago to now...yet some how I've gained more weight than I intended and I'm up to 160 lbs.  (but I don't feel like I weigh that much)  I've NEVER been that heavy in my life!  Not even 9 months pregnant with my girls, with both pregnancies I only ever hit 140 lbs. 

The thing is I don't know how to lose the 25-30 lbs I'd like to shed.  I have a lot of food allergies so I have to be careful.  I also have to be careful if I did any sort of work outs too as I have issues with my back and knees.  I honestly don't know what to do or how to start.  Suggestions?  Advice?

I've been finishing up another piece of art this week as well.  It's a piece I had penciled months ago.  I just didn't know what medium I wanted to do it in or if I even wanted to finish it.  I colored it with oil pastels.  I am going to call it done for now.  But I am happy and unhappy with it at the same time.

Friday was 2 years ago that I made one of the biggest changes in my life.  I'm adjusting to life in Idaho.  My beloved and I are doing great.  In many ways I feel like I am finally being me, coming out of my shell.  Yet in others I feel like I have more healing and more growing to do.  The biggest challenge in all of this is being away from my girls.  I miss them very much.   Accepting their choice to stay there is probably one of the hardest things I've had to do. 

As for the Ogre, I have not spoken to him since I left and haven't had any email correspondence with him since that October.  Listening to my girls, he hasn't changed at all.  I'm not surprised though. 

With the 2 year mark having passed, PMS, the New Moon, and no chocolate...I'm having those doubts of not being good enough creep in a little.  You know the little voices that say 'your arts terrible!'  'you're not worthy of (fill in the blank)'  'you're a terrible mother'  and so on and so on.  I'm really trying to keep it under control and ignore them.  I know it's mostly the moon phase and PMS.  When my cycle falls during a specific moon phase, my emotions run amuck.  Thank you hormones and Aunt Flo!!! NOT!!!!!!!!!!  I know I'll get through it.  I always do.  I'll probably end up crying on my Beloved's shoulder at some point this week because that's what usually happens.  Then he'll hug me and tell me everything will be okay and it usually is.

I'll try my best to catch up on the NaBloPoMo this week.  I know we have a couple of busy days coming up again, so I might fall behind but I'll try not to.   Have a great week!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

An Amazing Feat!

Who knew!!??  I did NOT think it was possible!  It's amazing!  I need to make the calendar...seriously....

I went to Michael's  today and bought NOTHING!  NADA!  ZIP! 

Not that I didn't find things I wanted but I was a good girl and just browsed today. 

I'm looking for oil pastels that are good but inexpensive.  They had (surprisingly) the Crayola brand that had 28 colors (I think) for $5.99! They also had the Sakura brand both the student grade which I have a set of already and I like well enough, and they had the next step up from that 25 colors for $16.99.    They had a few soft pastels but that's not what I'm interested in right now. 

I am currently using the student grade Sakaru brand, Reeve's both their oil pastels and their water soluble ones, and some cheap kiddy art kit ones.  Blending is where I'm having to most difficulty right now, I find the Reeve's don't blend as smoothly as I'd like.  I have found that if I use a bit of baby oil it helps. 

Still not sure how I feel about them, but they are kinda fun.  And who knows...maybe I'll even share something I made.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

June is NaBloPoMo and BuNoWriMo

NaBloPoMo June 2013

In an effort to post more often, I thought I'd try participating in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month).  It's like NaNo but for blogging.  The theme is "ROOTS"...genealogy.  It has daily (M-F) prompts that you can use if you choose to.  Since genealogy is actually one of my passions I really think I might be able to do this.

 It is also BuNoWriMo hosted by The Burrow.  The goal of course, to write 50,000 words in the month of June.  You can also read more here at their blog.  They also have a Facebook page.  If you are familiar with or have participated in NaNoWriMo in November, then you know what it's all about.  Same idea, different month.

Now I don't yet if I will attempt the novel one, even though I've been thinking about it.  I don't want to over commit myself and fail.  Especially since I have finally started arting again.  *happy dance*  I've been experimenting with oil pastels.  I'm still not sure if I like them enough to use them frequently.  Part of that could be because I have some really cheapy ones, the brand that everyone pretty much says to avoid LOL.  But I will use what I have for now.  And that was pretty much how I spent my Memorial Day weekend, at my easel making art.  And BOY!  DID IT FEEL GOOD!!!

So now with a little luck, you may have another post from me tomorrow :)