Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Confession Time...

Guys...

Oh geez.  Just rip it off like a band-aid, right?

Ugh.

Okay.  The last thing I want to do is confirm another one of Mike's glaringly obvious assessments on my nature.  Or is it character?  

Let's go with habits.  It's a habit.  But it's not that bad.  Really.

Wait, that probably made me sound bad.  Like I'm in denial or whatever... 

It's something I know I do, but I can't help myself.  So the obvious solution in my head is to deny it when Mike points it out.  Deny, deny, deny.

Okay - It's denial.  

Story time.  (Ugh, when you read this Mike, just know I tried to control myself.  REALLY! I tried.)

We ordered a few area rugs on the Internet for our main living room and some high traffic areas in our home because we have hardwood floors on the main level and we have rambunctious Huskies.  We are attempting to preserve as much of the floor as possible.  

Note I said attempting.  

Anyway, the big area rug for the living room we ordered is something like 11 ft by 15 ft.  Lucky for me it was delivered before Mike left on business this week so we could wrangle the dang thing through the front door together.  

Let me tell you, that bitch was HEAVY.  

Once we got it through the door, we unwrapped it and put it out in the room.  It's a fantastic rug (way better than the one we had before).  

Confession time...

Mike left Monday afternoon.  We never really cleaned up the wrapping that protected the rug (left in the foyer by the front door), and every time I walk by it catches my eye.  

Now.  This is the point in the story where my husband will get this exasperated feeling because he knows what I am about to tell you...All I can say is... LOVE YOU HONEY! =D

It was like this weird itch.  I call it my Artist instinct because...well...you see...Hmm...  How do I explain this to you...?

I look at things...objects...and my mind does this thing where it goes through several different scenarios on what that particular object could be turned into... 

Does that make sense?  

So I nab it and squirrel it away somewhere until I'm ready to pull it out and use it.  Or forget about it and rediscover it later.  Whatever.  

Cardboard, paper bags...sometimes weird things like these odd little metal paper clip looking things that came attached to a few of Mike's Banana Republic shirts he ordered offline.  

I took those.  

Actually, I forgot where I put them...but I took them.  

The wrapping on the area rug was this heavy brown paper with a thicker plastic wrap over it....



I took the brown paper....

I rolled that bitch up and dragged it (figuratively) to my studio downstairs.  I can cut it down and use it for drawing, painting, etc...

Wait...  A weird image of a serial killer dragging his next victim away just popped into my head....weird.

I blame our binge session with the second season of Hannibal on that one....(great show - Super Creepy - But great show)

So yeah.  I  like to collect things...FOR ART!

I hear Mike in my head correcting me: 

"FOR HOARDING!"  

Jerk. 

It's really more like recycling.  Go Green...and all that jazz...right?


XO-

ANF


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Be Careful What You Wish For...


...or "think" for...??   ...Maybe??  

Does that even make any sense?

The obvious answer is no, however I think that probably fits best under this circumstance....  

Let me take you back to a time when I looked at my calendar and wondered how I would ever find enough things to fill my days, aside from my normal routine. 

HA!  

The cosmic universe is having a pretty big laugh at me right about now, I suspect.  Funny bitch.  

I actually have to use the calendar app on my phone to keep track of all the "extracurricular" engagements that I have been committing to lately.  I'm not sure if its just a sort of "summer fever" thing, or if everyone in my life all of a sudden decided to plan events, etc at the same time.  Ever feel that way?

My money is on bio-terrorism.  Seriously.  

Think about it.

I suppose its better to be busy, than bored I guess.  Plus Google gets a workout from all the reminders set to be sent to me in the coming days.

Ah well, suppose I should just shut up and be a happy bitch then.  

In further news...

I'd like to report that the shower for my Best Girl was tons of fun!! Here's a few photos to prove it :)

She had to chew a piece of bubble Yum Gum for every wrong answer in the 20 Questions Game
The Bride to Be cutting her Shower cake

There were of, course, lots and LOTS of fun photos from the bachelorette portion of the evening that were pretty good too.  Let's just say with the more wine consumed, the evening eventually devolved into a three woman rave.  I think the only tame photo I can post is this one of that evening.  

For the sake of the Brides' sanity and since I actually enjoy breathing oxygen, I will refrain from posting the others. 

(for now.....)


But trust me, they were so goooooooooood.  

AND THE VIDEO!  AHH! 

<insert wicked cackle here>

Ash being very patriotic
After the shower, we had friends visit from out of town over the July 4th weekend.  That was a blast - we did a BBQ on the 5th and made wayyy too much food.  I think we were eating leftovers for DAYS afterwards, but the good kind of leftovers, ya know?  

Steak, hamburgers, hot dogs, etc.  

the kind of leftovers that require extensive gym time afterwards...

We also got to know a couple of the neighbors a bit better which is always really nice, and we finally got to play on our new gaming table that Mike built from scratch.  Oh man, if you could have seen his face!  He was the happiest guy in the room.  

And the table is awesome. Obviously

Let's see...what else....

Oh!

I should be posting another piece of work for sale to my shop this week.  It's a small 12" x 12" piece called "Rainy Days" :


I am also putting the finishing touches on a commissioned piece this week as well so I can get it out the door before the weekend since I am heading out of town for a few days.  Gonna be visiting my mom and sister since my Mom's "39th" birthday is next week.  I haven't seen them in a few months (since we moved into our new place) so I'm excited to spend some time in their neck of the woods for a bit. :)

Man that was a big update....

Sorry about the novel but when you're busy, what can ya do??

I hope everyone elses' summer has been lot's of fun so far!


XO-

ANF