Thursday, July 30, 2009

Another day in paradise-


Hey, what's up? It's Thursday and here I sit again . . . alone. Steve has been working his adorable little ass off for the past few weeks. But it's okay, it gives me time to do the things I would otherwise put off if he were here. Like writing in my blog. The next time there's a large time gap between updates, you should know that Steve's probably home and we're hanging out.
That's what's cool about Steve and I-We've been together for 18 years now, known each other for 19, been married for more than a year, and our best times are spent with each other.
(I'll tell ya' a secret. The characters Johnny and Joey in my children's series. They're brothers and they're the best of friends, and have the best times when they're together. Sound familiar? It's the way I feel about Steve, so I put it in the books.)

You like the picture? I took it on our honeymoon in Canada. Obviously at Niagara Falls. Steve got me a bad-ass camera a few years ago for Christmas and I've been taking better pictures ever since. It came in handy at the falls because I could zoom in really close to the water.

Man, that was such a great trip. Steve and I were talking the other day; We agreed that the best times in our lives for the both of us was in Canada, when we got married.
We always say that everything happens for a reason. Maybe the reason that most of the states in our own country are still full of bigotry is because that would make us have to go to Canada to get married.
Because Canada made our marriage experience incredible.
I think it would have been fine in Connecticut or somewhere, but there was a reason we went to Niagara Falls.
And something I learned when we got back is that, Niagara Falls was where my mother and father honeymooned. I never knew that.
But now that it's done and we're married, those ignorant states can step it up and make our married legal everywhere. How 'bout it?

So, work sucked only slightly today. There was a hint of possible good news with something, but I'm not going to jinx anything, so ZZZZZZZZP!
But it made the second half of the day bearable. I spent most of the day looking up New Moon movie news. What? I'm a fucking freak about the Twilight series. I've read the books twice and I'm gonna read them a third time when Steve and I take our road trip (a shorter road trip than planned).
Taylor Lautener (forgive me Jake if I misspelled your name!), is so hot right now! He gained 30lbs for this movie and will have to gain another 10 by the last one. If you don't know why, then I'm not gonna tell you. But I will say that in the books, Jacob Black just gets hotter and hotter (no pun intended, if you know what I mean).
Anyway, we still have to wait until November, which sucks, but it's almost August so it's not that far away.
Okay, I'm tired of writing (that's a great thing for a writer to say). But I've been working all day, so give me a break.
Be good.
Later-

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Finally done!

Okay, so it took a little more than three weeks and who knows how many hours, but the black panther is done! Or the panther as black as I could get him.

It took hours of shading and then shading over again to get the dept of the black I managed to get.

I always seem to choose projects that are more difficult than most others. I don't know why.

Anyway, there it is.

Tada!

Later-

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Burning on a Sunday afternoon-

What's up? As you can see, I've been busy on my latest wood burning project. I'm taking a break right now.
It's going to be my favorite, I can tell. It's been hard, but I've worked on it every day and I'm finally at the stage that I call "fun-shading". The initial shading of this piece was hard and laborious because I was just getting all the black parts black, and that was a lot of fucking shading.
Now, the shading is the kind where I can add different levels of shade, and that gives the picture all kinds of realism.
I still have a long way to go, as you can see by the cat's blank expression. I haven't even gotten to the hair on the face, and that's done one hair at a time.
I'm saving the eyes for last because I'm gonna try something different with this one. I'm going to color the eyes they are in the original photo, which is a really deep gold. I have to get some oil-based colored pencils to do that. I can't wait until it's done, it's gonna look sweeeet!
Okay, break's over. I'm going back to work.
Later-

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A new day-

It's a new day and things seem a whole lot better. Not that things have changed much. The weather's still hot as all hell. Work still sucks. The house hasn't sold. But it seems a good night's sleep (and a big glass of wine) makes all the difference.

Steve is working a double again today. That part of the day sucks, but we spoke a few times and he's doing okay. I worked on the burning I'm doing (the black panther) and it's coming along nicely. It's just taking a while because, well it's a black panther.

Saturday we're going to see Harry Potter, I just got our tickets online. And, I found out some good news about the Twilight movie series. As you probably know New Moon comes out in November. Well, the third one, Eclipse, comes out the following June! They're gonna crank them out, which is great!

Well, I'm gonna keep it short today because I have some things to do. I'll check back with you soon.
Later-

Monday, July 13, 2009

Bitter party

Okay, I've had one of "those" days again, so I'm feeling a bit bitter about everything. So if you don't want to hear someone bitch and complain about the stupidest things, then just stop reading now.
Go ahead, close the window, leave. Leave me here to wallow in my self-pity and bitterness.

Okay, first off on the list-


I don't know if it's just me, but I hate the feeling of being "put off". Allow me to explain.


We live in the era of technology. We're so easily connected with one another if unfathomable. You want to send a letter to someone, just email them and they get it. You want to call someone, reach in your pocket and pull out your phone. You don't actually want to "talk" to someone but you want to converse (and please never use the word conversate around me. It's not a word.), then simply text them.


This is what I'm getting to.


Yesterday I, correction, Buster and I were thrown from our home so the realtor could have an open house (I hate them, and this was the last one). It's 104 degrees and I have to find something to do for three hours with a dog covered in ten-inch-long hair. Not an easy thing. So, we kick it at The Home Dept, PetSmart, Lowes, anywhere that will allow a dog and has air conditioning.


Well, there's only so much you can look at in The Home Depot. So, I sit around acting like I'm waiting for someone on the lawn furniture and text a few of my "friends". Three actually. Simple message "I'm bored, sitting at The Home Depot, having an open house. What's up?"


Now remember, we're in the age of technology. Everyone has their phone on them. But do I get a reply in the say five minutes from anyone of my "friends" . . . no. Ten minutes . . . no. Half an hour . . . hell no. An hour . . . (note: I didn't sit in The Home Depot the whole time) no.


Four hours later? No!!!!!

The next day I got all kind of excuses: "Oh, I didn't have my phone with me." "Oh, I was soooooo busy." "I didn't see your message until this morning" (?)

I know, it's a stupid thing to get upset about. And if it was just one person, I wouldn't be this upset. But three of my "friends"? Kind of makes a guy feel a bit unloved. Makes the feeling that a move out of state is just the thing he needs.
Steve and I are getting more and more tired of the heat and the traffic and the same ole' shit.
Perhaps it's just because I had another bad day, but it just seems like everything would be so much better in say Canada, Portland, where ever.

Another bad day. There have been a lot of those lately. Could one be the cause of the other. Could our urge for a move be causing every day to be a bad one? Could the days be bad because all we want to do is get out?
Who knows?
All I know is that, the house isn't selling (another thorn in my paw). Oh, people have looked at it and loved it; "Oh, the house is beautiful. It looks like a fucking model house." "We loved your house, it's so fucking great." But are they making offers? No.
And to continue keeping the house looking good I/we have to water the lawn and the flowers and crap every night. But they're still getting fried to a crisp!
Okay, that's about it.
The point of a blog is to get things off your chest, so I did. I warned you at the beginning that it was full of bitterness and pity, but you didn't listen. You just went right ahead and read on, so it's your fault if you're feeling awkward.
I'm done now.
Have a nice night.

Friday, July 10, 2009

It's Friday!

Well, it's finally Friday. It's been a long week. I haven't posted a new entry since Michael Jackson died. That kind of threw a wrench in everything and got me off course.
But I'm back.
I got a new burning pen and a new workbook and have started burning again. The photo here is the only one of people that I've done, but I love the way it turned out and I plan on doing more. This photo and others I plan to do like it is the reason there is a disclaimer before you enter my blog. Oooooh, nudity.
Right now I'm working on a black panther. I may have bitten off more than I can chew with it, but we'll see.
Anyway, not much has been going on. Steve and I haven't sold the house yet, but we've had a lot of traffic. A lot of pain in the ass traffic. They call and give a little notice and then we have to get everything looking nice and take Buster out and wait for strangers to walk around our house.
It's going on a month now and we're over it. Again!
I was supposed to go to the gym on my way home from work today, but it didn't work out so well. Again I had every intention in the middle of the day, but by the time five came around, the car just wanted to drive home.
So I made a cup of coffee (yeah, even though we're having another fucking 104 degree day). But I needed a pick-me-up before I start burning.
I haven't heard anything else about the movie. Hopefully the next time I hear something the final draft of the script will be done and we'll be that much closer.
Speaking of movies--Harry Potter is almost here! We're gonna try and go Thursday night. I know it will be crazy crowded but we don't want to wait until Saturday morning like we were going to.
Other than that, I think it's all good.
I have to keep this short because I have a lot of work to do.
Be nice to each other.
Later-

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Again with the plan change-

Well, Mr. & Mr. Undecided are at it again. Remember I just told you about the plan Steve and I made to take a two week driving trip to Portland? We've changed our minds. We started putting the whole trip together, figuring out how many hours a day we'd have to drive and all that crap, and we realized that it may be too much for the baby to be cramped in the jeep for so long. Of course we'd stop every few hours to rest and stuff, but still, to make it there and back and do what we wanted to do, we'd have to push ourselves and we don't think it would work out.
We still want to go to Portland, but we think we'll just fly. That way, while we're there, we can do a day trip and drive into Canada and visit Vancouver.
So now we're trying to figure out what else we want to do. We still want to take a trip with the three of us, but we can't figure out what to do. We thought about going to the Texas coast, but that seemed boring. We want to camp, but not spend the whole time camping because we have a feeling we'd get bored pretty quickly.
Oh, fuck, I don't know!
We still have to sell this house before anything happens anyway, so we have time to figure this all out.
Anyway, I haven't started another wood burning yet because I'm waiting for a new pen that I ordered. It's vented. Nice. Maybe my hand will come out of each project a little less traumatized. I can't wait to start that panther, it'll be pretty sweet (I posted the picture in the first blog or so).
Well, I'm just killing time right now before I get ready to go to the gym. It opens at 8 and it's only 7:30. Then I'll tackle the grocery store and then come home and wait until the fireworks start and have to soothe Buster all night. He's one of those big dogs who are afraid of fireworks. He'll spend the entire night pacing around and hiding behind chairs and shit. It's the one thing I dread about the 4th of July. And this year I'm a bit reluctant to celebrate anyway. I mean, we're supposed to celebrate our independence, but some of us aren't free enough to marry who we want.
Anyway, I'm not gonna get into that.
I wish everyone a safe holiday. Be nice to each other.
Later-