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So long 2014!

So long 2014!

Happy New Year’s Eve! I’m chugging coffee, munching on Shirley’s coconut chocolate chip cookies and snickering at this old New Year’s Resolution list I found in one of my teenage notebooks. I can only assume I was in my early teens when I wrote this list because of the roundness of the letters. My mother always teases me that every year my New Year’s resolution was to “get a tan”, and I’m sure she’s right, but at least according to this list I’ve always been smart about protecting my face! (my decolletage…well, that’s another story…). The little smart ass note at the bottom is pretty hilarious too, since I’ve always been an oversharer my entire life, and have always WANTED people to read my blathering. Emotionally scarring–ha!

As is my yearly tradition, I’m gonna re-cap what I did this year. Let’s see how fast I can make this happen. What did I do in 2014?

pink eyeshadow
NOT MUCH, January. Some eyeshadow experimentation.

Corinne and I and our fresh gel manicures yesterday. I got berry, she got purple. Then we feasted on cheeseburgers. It was a good day!
Corinne coaxes me into getting my first shellac manicure, and now I’m HOOKED. 2-3 weeks of perfect nails without chipping for 20-25 bucks…worth it.

–arrival of a late Christmas present, the Sony camera–trust me kids, stick with Canon. Never again, Sony.

– became hooked on the books of James Lee Burke (damn fine writer)

I think I see the light
Took a decent self-portrait with the Sony…? Is that notable?

failed body wave 1
The infamous failed perm that turned into a negative Yelp review (penned mostly by Christopher) that then turned into a second GOOD perm!

heart-shaped facial hair
Josh did this to his face on Valentine’s Day (shameless).

Here we go again...
Stylist Erika gives me a second wonderful and fabulous perm, and I have bouncy curls for MONTHS. It’s just now starting to finally go straight again. Should I get a third perm?

Two perms + sleeping with soft rollers = the curls of my dreeeeams!
Look at those curls, siggggh. Unfortunately this also kicks off Christopher bitching and moaning about how I’m improperly styling my bangs. I can’t wait for him to visit in two weeks and let HIM take a crack at my hair! Bwa ha ha, it ain’t easy.

Josh on the footbridge
First nature walk of the year with Joshy and the girls.

sister and brother
Met up with Brenna and family for a delicious breakfast, and snapped this flattering photo of brother and sister. Maw.

the photographer lags behind
Another nature hike with my furry family.

Current painting muse--and the only member of my Factory painting series still living. ❤️
Started the Holly Woodlawn painting.

Our vacation is in a month, but my bikini arrived today. Hooray for this filter to give my "Seattle tan" some color!
Felt good enough about all my hard work exercising to post a totally unedited bikini picture to Instagram. Celebrate!

the old gang
Fun reunion with all of our old co-workers. One of our co-workers was diagnosed with brain cancer around the time we bought our house, had surgery, and is currently in the middle of an impressive recovery.

L & E 3
Met up with an old old old old blog friend Emilio. I love meeting blogfriends in real life!


– my brother gets me GOOD for April Fool’s by announcing his “wedding”. I fell for it, but subsequently didn’t fall for ANY of the lies my co-workers told me the next day. Fool me once!

– got hired onto the job I wanted full-time

– Kurt Cobain’s death turned 20 (sigh)

Electric glide
The Electric Palette comes into my life.

L and J in the tulips
Joshy and I go to the Tulip Festival, which was beautiful. Our eyeballs suffered for the next couple of days though. Holy pollen, Batman!

fun photos at Populuxe
We head over to Populuxe to look at some art, and discover the joys of Peruvian brisket sandwiches. Mmmmmm.

– I dedicate my face to eyelash extensions FULL time (quite the upkeep) (WORTH IT)

happy sushi face
My Old Man turned 40, and we celebrated by going out to the best sushi restaurant in Seattle.

C and L and some ginger ales
Easter dinner with my Broad and Josh’s family.

mint colored Easter dress
Having a Princess Moment on Easter Sunday.

M and J at the park
Mumsie flies over to dogsit while we…

…spend 9 days in Kauai! Oh Kauai! Love ya. Not as good as Maui but still fabulous.

I mean, come on.

beach at the Tunnels
I’d do it again!

the gang before the run
Christy moves to Seattle and joins Josh and Brenna and I at the Color Run.


happy biking face
Let the bike riding begin! Turns out Make-Up Forever lip stain WILL last through a rigorous bike ride.

two blondes and an 80s background
Fun at Populuxe with Christy.

New glasses from #zenni--rainbow tortoiseshell with fun rhinestone details. I was skeptical that a 15 dollar pair of frames could be cool, but they are!
Discovered Zenni Optical. Now that I have cute glasses, I wear them more frequently.

Rainbow over the tomato plants in our garden
We plant our very first ground garden, and have a ridiculous amount of success. Next year: not quite so many tomato plants, bwa ha ha.

Liz and kitten
Corinne transitions from Normal Person with One Cat to Full Fledged Crazy Cat Lady with Five Cats…but I still love her. Barely see her any more, but still love her.

J and L
Joshy runs the Rock and Roll Marathon, I take a taxi to the finish line to meet him and we watch Sir Mix A Lot perform! What a Seattle-ish moment!


Josh and his fireworks
Josh and I celebrate the 4th of July like a couple of geeks in our front yard…by ourselves.

4th of July sparklers
I dress like this, because I can!

What a beautiful evening for a bike ride!
Enjoying bike rides.

wet pets
First of FOUR camping trips in 2014. I’m so proud of us.

Had a successful backyard barbecue.

At the Locks, in Ballard.
Josh and I visit The Locks in Ballard.

Josh and Fleeta and Maggie
Sailing adventure with Josh’s parents and the girls. I’d do the sailing again in a heartbeat…but without the dogs, next time. Once was enough for them!

– Robin Williams dies, and everyone is sad about it.

Maggie by the river
Camping trip number two.

birthday girl
Birthday dinner with the Broad.

pretty sunset
Camping trip number three! We were rained on that time. So PNW.

Joshy gets down
Josh and I attend Bumbershoot, and he out-dances many, many stoned teenagers.

tutu love
Little Miss Ronia’s 5th birthday party. Loooove.

Final camping trip, which required the most hiking, featured the most whining (from me), but was probably the most beautiful too.

first dance
My little brother got married! I’m so happy for him. Love is good.

My father's 14-year-old Lab, Sally. This last trip to Boise might be the last time I see her alive. She's been his constant companion her entire lifetime, and I know he'll be devastated when she passes.
The last time I saw Sally. RIP Sally dog, you were one special girl.

– we discover our DREAM HOME…and then have to wait another month and a half to make it a reality.

– I start doing Scary Movie Month Reviews, but (predictably) get bored after a few.

sally detail
Sally dies, and both of my parents and my brother are there when she is put down. Maw.

– I get really into writing a book about DIY beauty recipes but have to abandon it when we start packing to move to the New House

old man drinking a Natty Ice
Josh and I dress up as Old People/Our Future Selves for Halloween. He won first prize at the costume contest at his job…

old woman shows off her pettipants
…and everyone said I would have won at my job if I hadn’t had to go home about 20 minutes before it started because I was suffering from such an awful cold. Heigh ho! Still had Good Times!

Celebrating first time home ownership with Thai crab Rangoon! Woo hoo!
Josh and I celebrate closing the deal on the New House with Thai food. We’re “grown ups” now! More or less.

Sold Joan!

We move into the New House! Hip Hop Hooray!

Christy and Liz are twinsies
Celebrate Christy’s birthday and see some old party friends.

– one of my childhood friends’ mother dies suddenly. Very sad.

All of this weird, white stuff suddenly appears all over everything outside.

the football crowd
Thanksgiving with Josh’s family and my Broad.


L and C
One of my bosses talked me into taking my birthday off from work, and I’m so glad I did because I had a truly fabulous birthday this year.

– discover “Advanced Style” (a must-see!)

portrait of the artist with her art happy to be part of an art show YAY!
Owen invites me to participate in his studio’s annual open house art show, which I did gladly!

Bob's boat
Josh and I go to the Wooden Boat Center and check out his dad’s boat. It was a gorgeous sunny day on Lake Union.

– we go see “Birdman”, which is essentially like having a panic attack for an hour and a half but WORTH IT if you’re emotionally up to the task.

beach combers
Walkies on the beach.

…and finally, Christmas in Idaho! Which I still have to blog…at some point…when I have the time.

So 2014! There you go! This year went by SO FAST I can’t even believe it myself, and I just reviewed the whole thing. One fabulous vacation, one major life change in the form of a New House, and a lot of highs and lows in between. Mostly highs.

So! I have a couple of New Year’s Resolutions. Christopher calls them “First World Problems”, and of course he’s right, but nevertheless…I have spent the last 4 years heavily engaged in some so-called “feminist” websites (that shall go un-named) and my New Years resolution is to stop reading them. Entirely. It’s become hate-reading by now and in this stage of my life, I need to focus on positive things. More Art! More Art! WAY MORE ART! And also…I want to finally go to New York in 2015, because I’ve never gone, and I know that I will LOVE IT. So that’s it! Hello 2015, hello to more art and positivity yeah! Thanks for watching, blog-logs. You may not comment, but I see you there, and I appreciate it. 

Sun + dogs + art

Sun + dogs + art

first hammock thrill of the year
HAPPY JUNE, BLOG. Hard to believe. We’ll still have another month of shite weather with a few sunny breaks ’round here. Here’s me enjoying my first hammock sloth + iced coffee moment last week. Maybe it was because it was the day before my period, but I actually heavily debated whether or not to post this on IG.

Is this lewd?” I asked my followers.

Not lewd, lush!” replied the fabulous Desiree.

Lewd? Oh come on” replied Derek, one of my IG buddies (and fellow dog lover). THANKS IG FRIENDS for supporting my er, non-lewdness.

dog walking
When I’m not working and researching buying a house (squeal! squeak!), I’m walking my dogs in the sunshine. I love this time of year (high pollen count aside, of course).

Liz and pets
Saturday the weather was absolutely gorgeous–not a cloud in the sky, so I took Christy to Magnuson Park, about 10 minutes away from her house. Turns out Christy lives a mile down the same street as Corinne! How convenient.

Liz and kitten
Speaking of Corinne-y-winny, I stopped by her house before meeting up with Christy on Saturday to ask if she wanted to accompany us to Magnuson. She didn’t (of course), but at least I tried! I attempted to get Maggie and Bear Cub interested in this little white kitten, but they didn’t care a bit. Maybe when the kittens are older. Corinne is keeping 3 out of the 4 kittens she’s been sitting for the past couple of weeks. She ended up getting rid of her extremely dysfunctional cat Matilda on Craigslist–Matilda is much happier now, and so is Corinne. She gave Matilda a good shot, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Christy and pets
Christy’s first time at Magnuson. Guys were checking us out left and right–must be the power of the blonde hair times 2, who can say. I’m generally pretty oblivious to male attention and even I noticed it. Christy briefly stopped to chat with a tall good-looking swarthy dude but deemed him “too young” later on. She’s over her cougar stage.

Maggie in Lake Washington
Maggie dog enjoying Lake Washington.

Lake Washington
Gorgeous! Days like this can’t be beat.

Narboo art
After Magnuson, Christy and I picked up Josh, dropped off the rogs, and the three of us drove to Populuxe to take in some art and Peruvian brisket sandwiches. Mmmmm.

Narboo shark painting
This is local artist Narboo. I’m in love with this shark painting with “Baby Got Back” lyrics!

two blondes in the sun
Poor Christy. Apparently the seatbelt in the back was still coated with blue powdered dye from the Color Run…which I didn’t realize because 99% of the time I just have dogs in the back seat of my car. Blue dye all over her cute coral dress! DAMN YOU COLOR RUN. I should really pay someone to deep clean the inside of my car for me. Baby wipes ain’t cuttin’ it.

two blondes and an 80s background
The previous night at Populuxe was “80’s Prom Night”, which didn’t appeal to Josh and I at all, so we didn’t go. 90’s? 70’s? 60’s??? I’m there. But 80’s? Ugh, what a terrible decade for fashion.

bike geek
Bike Geek. On Sunday I accompanied Josh for the first 12 miles of his 20 mile practice run.

Joshy running 20 miles
He finally signed up for the “Rock and Roll” Marathon that takes place later this month. I’m still trying to figure out if I can watch Sir Mix A Lot play without having to participate in the marathon. I’m gonna assume yes!

Joshy mid run
12 miles on the interurban trail was juuuust enough for me (and my period). I finally got my own padded girly shorts from REI so my nether regions were in comfort.

happy biking face
Happy biking face! That lipstain from Makeup For Ever is seriously the best. Wouldn’t go riding without it!

lambs ear plant
The beautiful lamb’s ear plant, which feels like velvet. Mmmm hmmmmmm.

Today after wrestling the pros and cons in my head for at LEAST three full minutes I went and got another shellac manicure. I’m pretty sure I’m addicted at this point. Could be worse, I suppose. Right?

A week in Oregon, part 5: Manzanita Beach

A week in Oregon, part 5: Manzanita Beach

main street in Manzanita
Going, going back to…Manzanita Beach! I don’t recall the year my family last visited Manzanita Beach, but it had been at least a decade. It was so much smaller than I remembered! Really only two tiny streets.

Josh and pets at lunch
We sat and had lunch outside at a sandwich place before deciding what we were going to do with our day. The couple sitting at the table with us were European and seemed semi-mortified by their son, who was just acting the way little kids do. You know, obnoxious!

Liz and pets
The Best Costume for Manzanita beach was the batik ice cream cone dress and Saltwater sandals, of course. Too bad I had to wear the leggings underneath, but still: cute. Both of the dogs are smiling in this picture!

Cyber Cafe
I don’t know why, but I thought the “Oregon Cyber Café” looked hysterical. What is this, the 90’s, Oregon?

Manzanita bikes and boards
Renting the “fun cycles” (as they’re called) was something that I enjoyed with my family years ago, but I was concerned that it would be too difficult to manage the dogs (that pesky “leash dogs” rule) AND cycle at the same time.

fun cycles
As it turned out, it was impossible! But once we just let the dogs off the leashes and let them run around the beach near us, everything worked out beautifully. Renting the bikes for an hour was one of my favorite parts of the trip! You can see some more shots on Josh’s Instagram here. I couldn’t carry my giant heavy camera with me on the bike.

Manzanita beach and the ice cream cone dress
I wore my windbreaker during the bike ride. Necessary! Manzanita beach was extremely windy.

Josh and pets on beach
After we returned the fun cycles, we went back to the beach to walk around for a bit.

windy sands
We leashed the pets until we got closer to the water’s edge.

Liz at Manzanita
Then we were free to romp!

Manzanita beach
In spite of the wind, Manzanita Beach was really pretty. Not very populated, either.

looking toward town
When I stayed with my family years ago, we were in one of these hotels right on the beach, with a pool. Josh and I considered staying in Manzanita for a night, but it was far too late to book anything. Manzanita has a very limited number of places to stay.

sand turtle
Hey little sand turtle.

shadowy beach figures
The weather got progressively more overcast during our time on the beach, but I’m glad it was sunny when we were on the bikes.

strolling in the cold cold surf
Braving the cold for a little while.

getting in
Once the sun had completely gone away, we decided it was time to move north–to Cannon Beach. More about that later!

It’s Friday?! This week went by so fast. Yesterday I was a little stressed out, taking Maggie to the vet. She started limping Wednesday night for no particular reason and yesterday morning she was not putting any weight on her hind right leg, so I decided it warranted a vet visit. The vet pronounced her right knee “inflamed” and prescribed rest, anti-inflammatory meds and pain meds for the next couple of weeks. Poor Maggie! You know she HATES to rest. Today I’ll be doing all that post-vacation cleaning of the house that I didn’t have time to do earlier this week, as I was busy busy busy getting ready for the show. Ugh, cleaning.

Biking, the best costume for today, and the current drawing

Biking, the best costume for today, and the current drawing

20 mile bike ride
The nice thing about having an iphone is being able to take pretty good photos while mobile, without having to lug my giant camera around. Here’s Josh on the Burke-Gilman trail, during our 20 mile bicycle ride last Sunday. I made fun of his outfit–he was wearing all brown (“They were on clearance!” he said defensively), and I was wearing my neon tee-shirt that says “I don’t do earth tones”. What a pair!

my DIY bicycle seat cover
Fleeta gave us her old mountain bike, and I’m using it right now for our rides. I have yet to Liz it up with hoop tape/glitter/stickers, but in the meantime I DID dress it up with my DIY neon faux fur bicycle seat cover! Hawt.

climbing man
We did a little biking tour at the halfway point, Marymoor Park. I take the dogs there all the time to the dog park but I’ve never spent any time checking out the other parts of the park–like the climbing wall. Of course, I have zero interest in the climbing wall, but Josh can’t help himself. He’s so full of stromph.

dog nature therapy
Walking the dogs this week. It’s my daily outdoor dog nature therapy. Nothing beats it!

happy skirt
In the immortal words of Little Edie, “I’m losing quite a bit of weight but I feel perfectly terrible.” I’ve lost a little weight and I can wear this fabulous skirt again. The colors make me happy, not to mention my brain has always loved swirly psychedelic art.

Beautiful coneflowers at the park.

current drawing in progress
Current art project: Prismacolor drawing from a still of the movie “Daisies”. I’m going to mount the drawing on wood and paint over the top, and it will be fantastic once I’m through, I just know it. After that, I plan on a painting of my rainbow platform shoes. It’s nice to have creative projects going!

My “shark week” started with a BANG this morning and Josh offered to pick up dinner tonight, hallelujah! I requested Mongolian Grill–I’m in the mood for a big pile of beef and vegetables, smothered in mushroom garlic sauce with a splash of plum sauce and some brown rice. Mmmmmm. Unghf, I just made myself really hungry.

if you want it, here it is, come and get it

if you want it, here it is, come and get it

Maggie silhouette
Here’s a silhouette of Maggie that I pulled out of my butt painted the other day. I had planned on doing silhouettes of the dogs a long time ago, but just needed a little push. I’m tempted to do a silhouette of Bear Cub’s tail instead of her head.

Bear Cub stretch
I mean, look at it.

Maggie on the couch
Maggie makes taking profile shots easy-peasy. Not that Bear Cub, though! With her it’s work, work, work! What a diva.

diptych in progress
Some more progress on the diptych. It was virtually impossible to mix the exact flesh tone for the arms that I used for the rest of her body, so I ended up painting all of her skin over again. Eh.

the neon bike is back
Hey lookie lookie, it’s my beautiful neon bike! Can you believe it’s almost been three years since I took it to Burning Man???

neon bike wheel
I have to say, ever since the Color Run I’ve been craving Burning Man, even though I know there’s not a chance that we’re going (is anyone going? Stupid lottery system!). We definitely have to hit up Pride, though. I think this year I’ll wear more sensible shoes…so I can receive “Bear Hugs”. I NEED A BEAR HUG!

The basil is looking niiiiice.

Hallo, larkspur! I keep forgetting what you look like as an actual flower, but you must look nice otherwise we wouldn’t have picked you.

Listen kids, you owe it to yourselves to work your way through the entire “Columbo” series. You do! It’s hysterical and very 70’s. Also it’s been instant on Netflix forever, so you had better watch it quick before it’s gone.

Last night the coffeemaker broke, for no good reason at all, which is horrible and just wrong. It was a Christmas present, and it doesn’t seem like we’ve even had it that long. Three years? That’s not very long! Now I have to go out and buy a new one today. I suspect Fred Meyer is going to savagely overcharge me, but I’m too lazy to go anywhere else.