Fall Time!

We went by Whole Foods today and I was so excited because there were pumpkins surrounding the entrance.  I decided to buy one and figure what to do with it later when I got back home.  I don’t want to carve it, but do something decorative (paint or buttons or ribbon or something).  I was researching on Pinterest and Google, trying to find the perfect idea.  Perfect would mean I already owned all the supplies, it wouldn’t take very long, and it would be super cute.

Well, I got side-tracked and ending up finding another fall craft, that met all the above requirements, except that it didn’t involve a real pumpkin (the main ingredient).  But I dove in anyway.

I got the idea from this blog.  But then made it way easier by using a hot glue gun rather than a sewing machine and scrapbook paper rather than fabric.

And voila!

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And here is a work in progress photo. You can see the neglected actual pumpkin in the background.
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In other news I’ve been watching a lot of New Girl this weekend (it was playing on the iPad in the above photo). I just got into this show. So fun!

Nachos are ready. Gotta go.

British Bounty

I had some extra time yesterday so I filled two more pages of my sketchbook with some fun color.

Drawn from an embroidered throw pillow I have that used to be my grandmothers

Drawn from an embroidered throw pillow I have that used to be my grandmothers

Doodled

Doodled

Both were drawn and colored using Prismacolor Pencils–not the watercolor kind–and both were drawn and colored while watching Doctor Who. It just keeps getting better and better.

Though I do kind of miss the old doctor. Still getting used to this new bloke.

What do you think, fans-of-the-show? Which Doctor is best?

I’ve found myself into a lot of British things lately (hence the silly title of this post).

A novel I’m reading, about the hijinks and dysfunctions of a Britsh royal family

My brother and sister-in-law, of course, who are living in Glasgow (is that still considered British since its apart of Great Britain? Or just Scottish? I’m sure one of them can tell me…)

All very marvelous, indeed.

‘Barn Owl Viewed from the Side’ by Vincent van Gogh (1887)

Unprofessional

When (Lord willing) I have kids and (Lord willing) I get to stay at home with them, I want to have some crazy awesome hair. Like dreadlocks, or bright pink, or bright red. Take the opportunity to not have to look “professional.”

 

No, I’m not going to get a large chest tattoo, but I do like the bright hair.

 

For now it’s just a dream.

Just get it done.

I did another Rothko-esque, oil-pastel-on-recycled-cardboard color-play last night/this morning (sorry if that sentence was very confusing). I didn’t like it as much as my last one, at first. I think I was just putting more pressure on myself because the first one had such a good response on my blog. But then I remembered this Andy Warhol quote . .

Source: Uploaded by user via Laura on Pinterest

 And so I decided I needed to stop stressin’. So here she is.

And here is where I am currently. At my new nieghbor’s house (yes, bumming off of her internet) with one of her Sphinx cats. This is Elliot. And yes, he is wearing a shirt.

She has three Sphinx cats. They are all super sweet.

At the Lake

I just can’t stop being outside today.  
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Ryan and I tried out our new Texas State Park Pass today and went to Lake Ray Roberts. Went walking/running on a trail, felt the water, took some pictures. The water is still pretty cold, but Akon found it refreshing. Though he was a little uncertain about the slippery rocks

And of course as soon as I came home I had to upload all the pictures to facebook and blog about it (sitting on my porch swing, because I want to stay outside, like I said). It’s like our adventure is more legitimate whenever I share it with others. What if we had taken no pictures? What if I never mentioned it? I’m afraid it would just fade away.

Which is silly, but I’m sure you can relate.

Like I mentioned last Monday, I’m just trying to soak up this beautiful weather while it’s here.

I’m Glad

Sitting on the porch with my honey. It’s a beautiful day here in Denton. Exactly a year ago this week we had snow and ice, while today it’s seventy degrees and breezy. I’ll take either/or: I like snow, and I like seventy degrees.

Unbeknownst to me when I woke up this morning, today was my first day subbing. I thought it would be another week until I was in the system, but I got a phone call at about 9:30, asking if I wanted to work this afternoon. I like to be mentally prepared for things. This was not part of the plan for my day, but I didn’t have a good reason to say no, so I took the job. And so I spent the afternoon with a cute second grade class. We read the Tortoise and the Hare, talked about cause and effect and the moral of the story (“Don’t fall asleep while running a race” according to one student), ate M&Ms, and did other 2nd grade-y things. I’m glad I took the job. I’m glad my first day is now behind me. I’m glad to be working again, but still have a very flexible schedule. I’m also super glad to be working in the same town that I live in. I did my student teaching 40 minutes away from home — 8 minutes away is so much better!!

So it seems I’m glad about a lot of things.

I’m also glad that I used my crockpot for the first time a couple of nights ago. I was so impressed with myself that of course I had to take a picture.

Spicy lentil soup –> yum! And tons leftover. Mi gusto leftovers.

A Birthday!

It’s a special lady’s birthday today.

The one on the left; it’s her birthday (the other one is me, silly). Mi madre. She is a special, wonderful lady, and this is a special birthday. I won’t tell you which one it is, because that’s not really my place.

So today we had a very special meal.

So yum and fun and nostalgic.
And speaking of nostalgic, here is the beautiful birthday lady, my Momma, Christmas morning 2002


2002 is as far as the pictures go back on my computer, so that’ll have to do for now. That must have been the Christmas I got my first digital camera. Anywho, she is the best momma a daughter could ask for. I love her.

I’ve been feeling the itch to blog today, but don’t have anything particularly new or exciting to share with you just yet. As in, no new drawing or other cool project. Don’t worry (I know you were), I am working on things, just not anything I’m ready to share yet.

Hm.

So here is an illustration I like that I came across on Pinterest (of course). It’s by Mike Lowery

Doesn’t that make you smile?

Me too.

🙂 <—- see?

Ode to a Cookbook

I bought tofu for the first time yesterday. No, we are not becoming vegetarians, we are just going to try and eat less meet. Mainly because good, organic meat is expensive, and Americans eat too much meat anyway. A pound of organic tofu is costs much less than a pound of organic meat.

Anywho, I bought tofu. I was inspired by one of my favorite cookbooks to do so — The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest by Mollie Katzen (called “New” because it is a second edition). I first encountered this cookbook when I lived on the World Hunger Farm (where Ryan and I met). Here is a picture of some of the cool people that were there that summer (what a summer).

At the farm, everyday a different person would make lunch for all the interns/volunteers/whoever happened to be around. When it was your turn to cook, instead of working on the farm that day, you’d spend the whole morning in the kitchen. I dreaded the days when it was my turn to cook. I barely cooked for myself, let alone 20+ people! I only ended up cooking two days that summer. The first time I made fried rice with a wonderful assistant.

The second time, I discovered this awesome cookbook and made fabulous, world famous, quiche. Ryan helped by also making some tomato basil soup or something (I think he had professed his feelings for me the night before, so it was kinda awkward, but awesome). I don’t have a picture of that cooking adventure, so here is a picture of him tie-dying with our friend Whitney.

So cute and hairy.

Anywho, all that to say, I fell in love with that cookbook (and that boy). Not only does it have fabulous, vegetarian recipes, it’s also just very encouraging. For instance, before introducing the quiche section, she has a few paragraphs of encouragement,

“If you can make a pie crust, you can make a quiche. But maybe it’s the crust itself, shrouded in mystique, that is intimidating. In the following pages you will find recipes for a variety of both traditional and fanciful pie crusts, spelled out in full detail, so that even the least confident beginner can quickly become proficient.”

I was definitely a less confident beginner, but ended up making about 4 or 5 fabulous quiches.

She also has a nice little introduction to tofu, followed by some intriguing tofu recipes.

“So what is this stuff called tofu? Are you afraid to ask, because it seems that everyone else knows, and they’ll think you are a dope? I am happy to offer a few words on behalf of tofu, having been completely won over by the charms of this humble and versatile food.”

And she goes on to explain what it is, which tofu to buy, and why it’s awesome.

So tonight I will try her Broccoli and Tofu in spicy peanut sauce recipe. I’ll let you know how it goes, if I remember. Looks pretty easy.

Forgot to mention that Ryan bought me my own copy of The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest for my 23rd birthday (Two and a half years ago!). The first page of my copy has a super sweet note from him, so that makes the cookbook ten times more special.

Woohoo!


I did it! I walked across that stage. I shook a bunch of hands. I recieved a big green folder that promised me my diploma would be in the mail shortly, granted I passed this semester’s classes. Don’t worry, I did.

I didn’t get as many pictures yesterday as I wanted, but here is a funny one. I like everyone’s faces.

Everyone has their own thoughts going on. I look like I’m having a happy moment. Momma is directing us to take pictures. Looks like no one is following her directions . . .

Whoever had control of my camera yesterday (Ryan and Victoria, his sister) were into candid shots, rather than posed, pretty ones.

Than we all went to Chuey’s to celebrate.


Victoria entertained herself throughout dinner by sneaking photos of her parents.

It was all very wonderful. I’m thankful to have graduated, but more than that, I am thankful to have such wonderful family and friends. Really.

And we get to do it all over again today for Will’s graduation! This time I’LL be in control of the camera.