I created this colouring page for my Patreon over the weekend, inspired by the words on a different image on the internet. You can download it for free here (link is under the pic to the right) and print it on the paper of your choice in the comfort of your own home, however many times you wish. Want and have the capabilities to print it poster-sized? E-mail me and I’ll see what I can do. I also almost completely rewrote the intro to my Patreon and added a new reward level yesterday so if you felt like checking that out for me, feel free.
Above is “Raspberry” by Grouplove, as recommended by Alex and Ronny during our friend post-Xmas/pre-2014 party yesterday. Ronny said he was reading something about them or about the album (Spreading Rumours, downloading now…) where the writer said they made the best Pixies song of the last 20 years. I couldn’t agree more. The Pixies are currently touring without Kim and have new material created without Kim and I’m sorry but no Kim, no deal. Pun intended! I listened to the first song they released without her but I thought it was garbage so I never bothered with the rest of it.
In other Pixies news, I Kickstarted a big Pixies coffee table book for Blake for Xmas like, almost a year ago now? And they said they’d deliver by Xmas but like, 3 or 4 days before Xmas, they sent out an e-mail saying “sorry, not until February…” and I was like, “GEE, THANKS FOR TELLING ME THAT A FEW DAYS BEFORE XMAS” because I only got Blake 2 things and that was one of them and it’s not easy for me to get out and get something else, also I don’t exactly have money to buy more things so that was a bummer.
I also Kickstarted the game “Stonehearth” because I thought Wes would like it and their delivery date for beta was supposed to be December 1st but they e-mailed and said they weren’t ready and that instead they were going to release “alpha 1” version of the game that is super bare bones and glitchy and you can’t save your game I think on Xmas Day. I haven’t bothered to download it yet because…
…for Xmas I got the 2 newest Sims expansions so now I have ultimate power!!!!!! (For someone who refuses to play with mods or custom content created outside the Sims Exchange.) I’ve spent the last 5 days creating my family and building my house. I’m about halfway finished the latter.
Xmas was good, everyone liked their presents and we had turkey and stuffing. Actually, Xmas Day, ALL I had was stuffing for dinner, then later on I had a turkey sandwich. The next day, Boxing Day, we went to my mom’s with my brother and there was a super creepy moment there where John and I said the same random thing at the exact same time, “this ham has the texture of cat food” and it was like we were one. My mother just about had kittens, it was so funny.
I talked to my brother a lot about his girlfriend. They’ve been together for 9 months, met on a dating site, she’s THIRTY (he’s 28 ooooooooooooh la la), she’s Croatian and then at the end of the night when we dropped my brother off, I got to meet her. She’s a giant! But then again so is my brother so that’s probably good. Anyway, she seemed alright in the 20 seconds I said “hi” and “bye”. In that 20 seconds I could tell she was leagues more mature than my brother, also good.
I am SO grateful that my coworker could fill in for my mornings on Boxing Day and Friday because Boxing Day was an early morning with having to pick my brother up (and we were running about 2 hours early because Blake and I had a miscommunication) and a late night for the same reason, so I would have been useless at 5am Friday morning for work.
Not doing anything for New Year’s Eve because I never do and I have to work in the morning BUT the Winter Classic game is in the afternoon so that’s definitely in the cards. Speaking of cards, Wes is like, a Cards Against Humanity savant. This was one of his contributions last night. He’s TEN.
I made my mom a painting for Xmas but it wasn’t finished until late Xmas night so I didn’t have an opportunity to take pics of it. Well, good pics anyway. I wasn’t happy with how it turned out but she liked it and that’s all that matters. In the new year I’m going to post what I made my Secret Satan but I think she’s going to be in high demand so I’m not going to post her until I have prints etc. set up in my Zazzle shop, pending the pics I took before I shipped her off to the US are good enough.
So yeah. Happy New Year if I don’t post before then!
So the other day in the car I started telling Blake about my friend Brett, Canadian, who recently moved to NYC, who also recently realized that or rather it was pointed out to him that Canadians and Americans say things differently depending on where you’re from. And so on Facebook, we had this discussion about it where I attempted to explain these differences phonetically which is funny because I suuuuuck at that and so that was a few weeks ago. But I was just telling Blake about that and this went through my head…
….save the draw-ma for your maw-ma – holy shit it rhymes! That is so funny! I’d only ever seen it in writing! And so I burst out laughing and Blake’s like “dude, wtf?” so between fits of laughter I tried to explain all of the above to him about Brett in NYC and that because we say “drama” so it rhymes with “grama” or “gamma” and that I FINALLY UNDERSTOOD EVERYTHING (no, a joke from like what, you guys, 1999? I know it’s an American joke. I know it’s old. Yes I can read and yes it’s quite possible that I am mentally retarded).
So yeah. That happened and it was funny and I hope it translated even a little bit to text.
See this is my problem in life, one of my many flaws; I am prone to laughing out loud at inappropriate times having absolutely nothing to do with my surroundings. One of the many reasons I have a trouble being out in public. :o/
So I’m pretty sure I’m not going to do the studio tour. Especially because I don’t even have a studio and if we want to sell this house, we’re going to have to put a lot of my art supplies into boxes and into storage so I won’t be able to paint and I think it’ll be really awkward sharing space with another artist I don’t know. Or barely know. So yeah, I’m going to maybe talk to Brian about how last year was before I make my final decision, but I don’t think I’m there yet mentally. I’ll still promote the tour when I’m set up at the township office in August though but I won’t be going to SGAA meetings anymore either because there’s really no point if I’m not in the tour.
Today Blake is mowing the lawn or rather doing the first mowing. It’s pretty high so he did it once with the blade higher and then Madison will go over it later in the week with a lower blade. He feels all manly because he gave the lawnmower a tune up all by himself (with maybe the help of the internet). And now he’s inside having completed his task.
I have a thousand pictures to go through so I should probably go do that.
1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
So many things! I had my final surgery on July 19th and went to Squam with my mom mid-September where I took a photography class with the wonderful and amazing Thea Coughlin and a painting class with Sarah Ahearn, two people whose work I really respect. After Squam I took another photography class mostly by myself (Alex took the class too and Blake drove) and started relearning how to drive. I’m still learning how to make the car do what I want to do and I need to relearn to automatically scan for signs, like speed signs etc. I’ve driven before – a lot in fact – but it feels like I’m doing it for the first time.
Also for the first time, I walked into town with some of my paintings and asked the person at The Conservatory, a brick and mortar store in town that sells local art, if they would sell my paintings there. They said “yes!” and wanted my ACEOs too. I’ve ordered a bunch of things from Zazzle to put in The Conservatory, but ultimately I want a button maker so I can make my own buttons.
2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. My year starts in September anyway.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not really. Mariko welcomed a daughter, Claudia, and my internet friends Missy and Dana just brought little Coraline into the world a couple of weeks ago.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nope. Thank god.
5. What countries did you visit?
Just the US of A.
6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
More courage and energy. A bigger workspace or to get my workflow in any workable order. More money would also be nice.
7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
July 19th because that’s when I had my surgery.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Having my surgery and going to Squam with my mom.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Trying to explain social programs and how the system works if you figure out how to work the system. People didn’t get that post or didn’t get what I was trying to convey, so it was a total fail. Other than that, I think I’m pretty much winning life.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
In the beginning of 2012 I was still pretty sick from my 2011 ordeal. I wasn’t really keeping down any food, my hair was falling out.I felt sick constantly, I was in pain due to pancreatic attacks and we were at the hospital a LOT.
On July 19th I had surgery on my stomach called “repair of massive ventral hernia with mesh/component separation + cholecystectomy” which means that they cut me right down the middle, removed my gall bladder, then put this mesh thing in the front of my stomach and sewed my stomach muscles onto it and my surgeon did a fucking AWESOME job. And my homecare nurse Cheryl, was excellent and I still miss her. I mean, she came and looked after me for an entire year, every other day.
Because they had to cut my stomach muscles open all the way down the middle, recovery fucking suuuuucked. I was in so much pain. You use your stomach muscles for EVERYTHING so when they hurt, they hurt. Luckily though, it’s kinda like childbirth: you forget the pain.
So yeah, sick, but also better.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Blake of course. He’s just the best person I’ve ever known. He even dealt with my drains after surgery.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Jeck’s. You just don’t do that to someone, especially someone you’re supposed to be friends with.
14. Where did most of your money go?
Camera equipment and food.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Squam! I was finally going to meet my super good friend Belinda!
16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder? Happier
Older or wiser? BOTH
Thinner or fatter? Fatter
Richer or poorer? Richer
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish I’d have painted more. I have a lot of unsold paintings but not enough for some of the things I want to do with them. I have to start being a little more prolific.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
We had Xmas with my mom on the 23rd and then on Xmas Day we just stayed home, played Warcraft, watched Doctor Who and ate turkey.
22. Did you fall in love in 2012?
Yes, I fell in love with photography.
24. What was your favorite TV program?
Walking Dead or Mad Men
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
26. What was the best book you read?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Fucked Up or Die Atwoord.
28. What did you want and get?
I wanted a DSLR so I bought one.
29. What did you want and not get?
A neat camera strap. I even made a whole post about them and the family didn’t get the hint.
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Life of Pi, I think. I didn’t see many memorable movies this year. I really liked Cloud Atlas but thought the book was better.
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 33 and we went out for dinner but I forget where.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More money. But I’m working on that.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
HA! Yoga pants, various t-shirts, various hoodies, fingerless gloves, black crocheted hat
34. What kept you sane?
Anti-psychotics, photography, Blake and the kids.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Just the US election in general.
37. Who did you miss?
Nicole, my brother.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
Definitely Thea Coughlin. She changed my life.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012:
Life is long and slow but fragile.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Listen to the girl
As she takes on half the world
Moving up and so alive
In her honey dripping beehive
– Just Like Honey by The Jesus & Mary Chain
“If you don’t build your dreams someone else will hire you to help build theirs.”
So I’m reading Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris, which is the latest and second-last Sookie Stackhouse book and normally I don’t have many problems with this series because it’s just mindless fluff for the most part and while a lot of the characters in the books are “simple” (I don’t want to say “ignorant” because that makes them sound dumb when they’re not dumb, they’re just country) redneck types who like to speak with a certain…dialect…including Sookie, something I read just literally made me scream.
Sookie Stackhouse, the main character, thinks to herself near the end of the book: “This past twenty-four hours had been my personal trail of tears. No more!“
Just so EVERYONE KNOWS “trail of tears” is not just a phrase Charlaine Harris thought of herself. She didn’t write it with Capital Letters or anything, but someone should really make her aware of the fact that THIS IS WHERE THE PHRASE COMES FROM.
“The phrase originated from a description of the removal of the Choctaw Nation in 1831.Many Native Americans suffered from exposure, disease and starvation en route to their destinations. Many died, including 4,000 of the 15,000 relocated Cherokee.“
It’s been used other places, some equally ignorant and unacceptable I’m sure, so it’s possible it was just in the back of her consciousness due to that, but I mean, even the Billy Ray Cyrus song, who is as redneck and Southern as it gets, is about THE Trail of Tears.
So no, Charlaine Harris, Sookie Stackhouse’s relationship problems are not exactly on par with the deaths of thousands of Native Americans, most of whom were children, and such casual use of such a racially loaded phrase really took me aback.
I’d write Charlaine Harris an e-mail with a link to this post but I doubt she’d ever see it or care. This is just another thing showing how invisible First Nations people are – and their history really is – in white society. Not that I’m an expert or anything but for fuck’s sake, it’s a REALLY well known phrase and the way she used it, saying that it was Sookie’s “own personal trail of tears” means she must mean it in reference to SOMETHING, that “trail of tears” holds significance to her in some way, so I wonder what it is if it’s not THE most famous use. Bitch, don’t you Google? And again even if that is the case, it just shows once again how whitewashed Native American/First Nations history really is. For fuck’s sake! I don’t even know what else to say. *shake my damn head*
“If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it.” Albert Einstein
(I understand the Rule of Thirds when someone shows me a picture that follows it with the grid over top but I can’t see the grid in my head so I can’t take pictures using the Rule of Thirds on purpose and I KNOW someone is going to ask me to, like in the class I’m taking in October, and it’s going to make me cry. :o( )