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Halloween decorations, big bellies and election fatigue

Halloween decorations, big bellies and election fatigue

Con: baby kicks had me up at 5 this morning. Pro: what a beautiful sunrise! πŸŒ…
Hola blog. This was the beautiful sunrise I got to witness last week when Baby M. woke me up at 5 am.

Phase 3 of ombrΓ©-fying the free dresser: complete! We only spent money on the drawer pulls. Total cost: less than 20$.
Phase 3 of ombre-fying the free dresser: complete! We already had the paint, so we just had to pay for new drawer pulls. Total cost of this project: less than 20 dollars.

I have a furry bodyguard. πŸ’•
I have a furry bodyguard.

Ooh, how soon do I get to dress my son up like this? πŸ‡(thanks @thehornynun)
Ooh! Ooooh! How soon do I get to dress my son up like a cluster of grapes??! SO EXCITED.

Out of all of our #Halloween decorations, the flying vampire dog is one of my faves. πŸŽƒ
One day last week I pulled it together and put up about half the Halloween decorations. I’m glad we aren’t trying to have a Halloween party this year–it’s just too much work and money and I’m too big and pregnant and tired and sweaty. I’ve always loved the vampire dog decoration.

Gotta get our walks in between rain showers 🌲
Today I am 28 weeks and 3 days pregnant, and officially into my third and FINAL trimester. Woo hoo! Baby M. is the size of a…head of cauliflower? Really, pregnancy app? A 16 inch cauliflower? Uh huh.

The bloody handprints...always a classy touch...πŸŽƒ
Beginning at week 28 you are supposed to start counting baby kicks. They are supposed to kick, on average, 10 times per hour. This morning when I woke up at 7, he kicked me 10 times in 8 MINUTES. Just like his father!

"Watching" the debates last night...except while eating. Interestingly, I have more body confidence now than I've ever had in my life...oh pregnancy hormones!
Ta daaaah. Josh took this photo and I wasn’t really planning on posting it but pregnancy hormones have made me oddly body confident. I was watching the third presidential debate at the time…I made it through almost the entire thing, except while I was eating, because I cannot look at Donald Trump and eat.

Sun's out, furry buns out! 😎
We received our ballots in the mail and I cannot WAIT to fill mine out and be DONE. What a disgusting election year it’s been!

Magical 🌲
I’m also glad that Washington has a mail-in ballot. I wouldn’t want to stand in line to vote. I’m not that fond of standing in place, period, right now. My aching feet!

Tonight: the new "Ghostbusters" and THIS 😍
Look what this crazy husband of mine brought home on Friday night–an ice cream pie with a cookie dough crust. Would you believe it’s too sweet for me? I probably would have enjoyed it during my first trimester, when I was enjoying everythinnnnng.

My favorite scene. I have a big lesbian crush on Kate McKinnon 😍
We watched the new “Ghostbusters” movie Friday night. I have a big ol’ lesbian crush on Kate McKinnon. If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and watch this SNL sketch on youtube. It makes me cry with laughter!

On our way to a co-ed baby shower. It's a beautiful sunny day! 🌞
On Saturday we were invited to a baby shower…a four hour long baby shower. Ooooh boy. Co-ed, which is fun, but also Josh and I realized it was the first non-work baby shower we had ever attended. Apparently we don’t hang out with a lot of breeders!

A couple of happy pregnant ladies in florals. We are due 2 weeks apart, with boys.
Kay used to work with Josh. She is beautiful and glowing, and due two weeks before me, also with a boy. I loved her dress.

@djmagicelf winning one of the games at the baby shower today. By cheating! Blatantly!
Here’s Josh blatantly cheating to win one of the many games that were played during the baby shower. He won 3 scented candles, one of which I immediately gave away (at the shower) and the other I donated to work. I pretty much can’t stand 99% of scented candles. Scent-sensitive!

It was a fun shower, and the food was all Hawaiian and therefore delicious, but by the 3 hour mark I was exhausted and overstimulated and ready to lie down. Saturday was a beautiful sunny day, so we tried to speed home and take some maternity photos in the park. The weather was only semi-cooperating. I’ll post the pictures that did turn out later this week.

It's that time of year again! πŸ‘»
Yes it’s that time of year again! Time to break out the creepy masks!

Fall splendor.
We’re going to dress up for work and dress up at home and hand out candy but that’s about it, this year. I can’t even watch horror movies because my pregnancy hormones have made me too sensitive! Can you believe it?

Today we met a mini Australian Shepherd named Kona 😍
Dyiiiiiing over this mini Australian shepherd we met at the park, sigh!

Forest therapy. πŸ’š
It’s sunny outside right now, so I’m about to take the rogs to the park to play.

I want these soooo baaaaad.
And finally, I don’t like dolls, but if I did, I would be all over these “Golden Girls”! Aren’t they the cutest? Have a happy Halloween, blog-logs!

Weather, schmeather

Weather, schmeather

27 weeks tomorrow, and TGIF! πŸ’š
Hallo, blog! I am 27 weeks and 2 days pregnant today. According to my pregnancy app, that means my son is the size of a “cucumber”–but what kind of cucumber is 15 inches long and 2 pounds, I ask ya?

Fall doesn't need a filter 😍
Sleep has been better. My mother recommended tart cherry juice for insomnia so after doing extensive Google research I threw my heartburn caution to the wind last night and drank 2 ounces while watching “Friday”.

Best part of the day today: post-work dog park sunshine therapy. 🌞
Lo and behold, I still woke up 6 times during the night to pee (like usual) but was able to fall back asleep very easily.

Bear Cub enjoying the sunshine. I have to say, I think she is a lot cuter with her fur growing out!
Other sleep aides/help for pregnant ladies I have found: sleeping nude (ish), sleeping with a fan pointed right at me, taking Benedryl, taking a “Rescue Remedy” pastille right before bed, keeping a banana at bedside, hypnosis apps for sleep. Not all at once, mind you. Oy vey. Three more months.

Phase 1 of ombrΓ© painting the free dresser we scored on "Buy Nothing".
Phase 1 of ombre-fying the free dresser we scored from “Buy Nothing”…

Phase 2 of the ombrΓ© nursery dresser: complete!
…and here is Phase 2! Just one last phase to complete, adding the drawer pulls. We bought some at Home Depot over the weekend. So far, the only aspect of this project that has cost money has been the drawer pulls. Not bad!

Hey #gardeners, I have a question for you. My little lemon tree is blossoming, which makes me think it might actually bear fruit. The next 3 days are supposed to be really windy and stormy. Should I bring it inside?
A couple of days ago the weather forecasts would have everyone believe that a HUGE, TERRIBLE wind storm was gonna sweep through Seattle and pulverize everything in sight. I brought my little lemon tree (seen here) inside.

Fall in our backyard. 🍁
My in-laws came into town on Thursday and stayed with us that night. We went out for Hawaiian food, and it was delicious. Unfortunately I had a terrible time sleeping on Thursday because I was nervous about the job I had the following day in downtown Seattle, during what I assumed would be a terrible wind storm.

The calm before the storm (two days ago).
The following morning I made it safely to the building but right as I did, the power went out. For a full hour and half only. It was the first time I treated patients by the light of a lantern!

The blueberry bush is so beautiful this time of year. 🍁
I made it back home safely, and Friday night passed by uneventfully. The REAL windstorm, the weather people predicted, would happen Saturday afternoon.

Getting in a quick rainy walk with the dogs before the wind starts up. Thank goodness Josh's coats fit over my ever-expanding waistline.
Saturday morning Josh and I both worked, and then after work I “squeezed” in one last rainy walk with the dogs before the terrible windstorm. Then Josh came home from work and we “squeezed” in a trip to the gym.

Today's rainy walk. I can deal with rain, but strong winds make me nervous. 😬
The time that the wind was supposed to descend (according to my weather app) kept getting bumped up–first to 6 pm, then to 8…then 10…then eventually we went to bed…

All that worry for nothing...the storm never blew through last night! That's what I get for watching sensationalist news.
…and guess what? IT NEVER HAPPENED AT ALL. The local meteorologists are laughing stocks. I worried so much on Saturday for NOTHING! (sorry, Baby M.)

These are gooooood.
In other news…these are delicious.

The last of the cherry tomatoes. Boy did we have a lot of cherry tomatoes this year!
I am never growing cherry tomatoes again. GROAN. We successfully grew a single zucchini, and I made it into bread, so at least there’s that.

Last week πŸ’šπŸŒ²
And the Bear goes on.

Color me excited! πŸ’–πŸŒˆπŸŒŸ
Another pregnancy present! Just IMAGINE the possibilities! Squeal! Squeak! Catch yer later. I gotta go put up some Halloween decorations.

Puppy Paradise in Boise, day 1 and 2

Puppy Paradise in Boise, day 1 and 2

Hey blog heyyyyy. I can’t believe I’m sitting here in the office in FLEECE JAMMIES IN AUGUST blogging, but the weather in Seattle has suddenly taken a nosedive towards cold and here we are.

Guess where it wasn’t cold? Boise, where I visited last week! Let’s explore the first 1.5 days of my trip.

flying over Mount Hood

Taken via the window seat, which I always opt for. Mount Hood! With a little saturation added, you understand. The window was filthy (nice work, Delta airlines).

my bruddah

My father picked me up from the airport Wednesday afternoon, and after a quick detour to the house to meet the Little Nipper, we were off to the Olive Garden (not my choice) to meet up with my brother and his wife for dinner. My brother was wearing a snazzy Hawaiian shirt that he bought in Hawaii, so I took a picture.

first sunset

The sunset on the drive home was beautiful.

Baby Lucy

The Little Nipper! Her name is Lucy, she’s a little over 3 months old, and she basically just wants to chew on things all day long, except for when she’s sleeping. It’s like Maggie dog allll over again. She’s half Lab, half border collie, and black and white, just like Maggie dog. Lucy’s favorite thing to chew on is human flesh.

little miss chewy chomp

Also little rawhide sticks, peanut-butter filled Kongs (a great 10 minute diversion), flesh, did I mention flesh?

Lucy at the window

When she wasn’t causing me bodily harm, we had a great time together. I brought my parents two puppy training books, a magazine about training Labs and the first season of “The Dog Whisperer”…for their own good.

Lucy and the dog bed

Lucy trying to figure out this whole “dog bed” idea.

the cutest

Impossible to stay mad at this little face!

L & L outside

The next morning Lucy and my mother and I went for a walk. It was probably already close to 90 degrees outside when my mother took this picture. GROSS, IDAHO!

puppy love

“Who’s a little girl? Huh? Huh? Huh? Oharggswgshsfffff…”

Lucy finds a stick

Thursday was pretty uneventful. Lucy and I hung out with Mom until she left for work, and then later when my father came home Lucy and I hung out with him.

old Lizzy DIY tops

I managed to get a little organizing of my old bedroom done in between Lucy attacking my ankles. I found a bunch of old DIY hippe/raver tops that I made sloppily but still have a hard time throwing out.

Lucy is pouting

Lucy’s face when I’m not paying attention to her. Total Maggie dog face!

Santa and Lucy

Santa and Lucy. My father and I went to Qdoba for dinner, and when I told him how many calories were in theirΒ cheese quesadilla he got mad and said I “ruined” it for him and then ordered a tortilla-less burrito instead. Love! Sorry buddy but those quesadillas were ruined for me a long time ago: LOOK.

Lucy is watching the dog whisperer

Later on, we watched “The Dog Whisperer”–Lucy included! It was the cutest thing EVER. I could never get Maggie and Bear Cub to watch movies with me.

gorgeous orange flowers

Post-dinner walk with Lucy. These flowers draped over a neighbor’s fence were absolutely gorgeous. I wonder what they are?

neon flowers

Stunning! Too bad Instagram couldn’t help me with identification this time.

butter pecan at Delsas

After carb-shaming (I mean instructing) my father, I nevertheless talked him into going to Delsa’s with me so I could get one of my beloved butter pecan “Flavor Burst” cones. Mmmmmm. Never gets old.

I also talked him into driving to us my old high school (which in my mind was a lot further away), but it was all covered with construction barriers and very anti-climactic, and not at all nostalgic. Heigh ho.

Liz and Lucy are BFFs
More puppy nonsense to come! I’m gonna draaaaaaag this thing out!

A little rainbow glitter never hurt nobody

A little rainbow glitter never hurt nobody

rainbow mandala 1It’s my latest painting, woo hoo! Mandala #2, or the Rainbow Glitter Mandala, oooooh and ahhhh.

rainbow mandala 4
Acrylic paint + glitter + love on a 20 inch round canvas. As much as I love Mandala #1, the blue and green Mandala, I like #2 BETTUH. It’s a good sign of things to come.

rainbow mandala 2It is currently for sale in my Etsy shop at the low low low price of only 275 clams. I might have a potential buyer, but I have learned over the years not to get too excited about potential buyers. At any rate I figure, if it doesn’t sell, it’s gonna look great on my wall.

rainbow mandala 3
Currently I am working on an all-metallic Mandala with shades of silver, gold, and bronze. I bought some metallic Sharpies that I was ridiculously excited about using, but it turns out they have a strong odor so I won’t be using them very much. Dumb super-sniffing-nose.

Work is a little cray right now, so I’m decreasing my coffee intake and increasing my fish oil intake and making sure to get exercise every day. Today at work I asked the Magic 8 ball if things would improve by the end of the month, and it said: IT IS CERTAIN. Well thank goodness. Ta ta for now.

Liz ‘n’ Kissyfur, part 2 (with bonus video)

Liz ‘n’ Kissyfur, part 2 (with bonus video)


Here’s a quick little video of Christopher giving Josh a salon treatment in our kitchen, with Blondie playing in the background. I made a short video because I needed to dance around, and it’s hard to dance and videotape!

C curling
Here’s me ‘n’ Kissy Saturday night. Josh’s hair had been cut and colored at this point, so Christopher turned his attention to my hairs and decided to spray, tease and curl my mop into Big Hairdom.

C teasing
It took a while…it’s a team effort to get this hair of mine to do anything! Last year’s perm is more or less gone by now. While he worked on my hair he introduced us to “Suburgatory” (cute show) and “Paper Moon” (sweet film).

so many curlers
Close-up of all the curlers. Every time I said “Ow!” when he pulled or teased too hard, Josh yelled, “Beauty is pain!”

J and Lily relaxing
Speaking of that dude. His hair is completely brown again…I don’t think I’ve ever seen it completely brown, this past 9 years that we’ve been together. He’s always had a touch of grey. Maybe. I’d have to consult old photos. Look at poor little Trazadone-drugged Lily! Her barking was escalating so Christopher gave her a doll. She’s a very talkative dog.

BC is bored
Bear Cub wasn’t drugged, just bored. This is her and Maggie’s default position, unless we’re playing outside.

a lotta look
Ta DA! Big hair again! It looked fantastic for about a half an hour that night, but the next morning was just a frizzy mess. Oh well. Christopher gave me a lot of helpful hints…he even watched me complete my routine for doing my bangs so he could FINALLY tell me what I was doing wrong. And right.

Anna May Wong
Christopher’s beautiful Anna May Wong tattoo. His tattoo artist is very talented with portraits.

stars
I like the colored stars, too.

Blythe dolls
We didn’t have a lot of time the next day to spend together before I had to drive Christopher back downtown, but he did take the time to pull out his Blythe dolls and show me all of their outfits and accessories. I had never seen a Blythe doll in real life before–their heads are enormous! And shiny! My favorite feature is that when you pull the string, their eyes change color.

Blythe shoes
I’ve never been a doll person but I can understand the appeal–especially after I looked at the tiny shoes. Look at the little studded patent creepers! Maw!

Christopher’s visit was much too short, but we accomplished nearly everything we wanted to–going to see Dame Edna’s Farewell Tour! Eating at Dick’s! Lots of Christopher cooking! Beauty shopping! And special bonus hair cuts, colors, and styles! I’m going to try to convince him to come dogsit for us when we go to New Yawk later this year–Maggie and Bear Cub love their Aunt Kissy. What a fun weekend it was!

Coming up next: I found a bunch of videos on my camera that I never bothered to upload to Youtube, so I’m going to do that finally and we’ll have some fun!

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?

January
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.

February
– 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).

March
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!

April

– 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.

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

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

paradise
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.

June

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!

July

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.

BBQ 2
Had a successful backyard barbecue.

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

August
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.

September
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.

reflections
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.

October
– 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!

November
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.

December

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.Β 

The art show

The art show

dressed up for the show
Howdy blog! Here I am dressed up yesterday for the art show. I wore a cute 60’s-ish little stretchy dress I recently thrifted, matte black stockings and black suede wedges, a necklace my Aunt Lisa made and some dangly mother-of-pearl earrings. I enjoy a wedge shoe–all the height without any of the pain. Although I did wake up in the middle of the night with a crippling Charley Horse in my left calf…still, I don’t blame the shoes!

the Wooden Boat Center
We fed the pets dinner early and stopped at a donut place near the New House (verdict: I still miss the Korean donut shop BOOOO!) before driving to Seattle. Before the show, we stopped at the Wooden Boat Center on Lake Union for some gifts.

Bob's boat
Josh’s father built this boat, sold it, and the person he sold it to then sold it to the Wooden Boat Center, where it now resides. That’s it on the left, the green boat. Impressive! I like the color.

Joshy in front of the Wooden Boat Center
What a beautiful day! Josh displayed his Seahawks spirit along with my plaid polyester Old Man pants that I’ve had since high school. Those pants are the gift that keeps on giving, apparently.

L and J at the wooden boat center
Hey Seattle, have I told you lately how much I love you when the sun is shining? Hmmmm?

Liz on the dock
Stopping at the Center was a nice little break before the show, finishing up a long workweek. Although I did have to work this morning…only for a couple of hours. No big whoop.

portrait of the artist as a weirdo
Owen the family tattoo artist had asked me to be a part of this show about a week ago. It’s an annual open house event at his studio in downtown Seattle. As I always love to show my art anywhere, I said YES!

some of the girls
They let me have one big wall and one of the entry walls, which was a great set-up. I brought a whole bunch of paintings and hung up most of them, with Josh’s help. He’s handy, that one.

EP Holcomb wall II
I didn’t sell any paintings but that’s never stopped me from enjoying myself!

EP Holcomb wall
Owen told me that he thought my work was “progressing”. That’s nice to hear.

reel grrls
The show included a silent auction to benefit Real Grrls, a cool non-profit based out of Seattle that’s a media-training program for girls. Each artist was asked to submit something that could fit into a 12 x 12 inch square–I offered up my neon glitter octopus, which was not purchased for auction but I later traded it with a cool girl named Izzy for a painted rock and some homemade stickers.

colorful art
This artist was fun. She had leanings towards graffiti art, which Josh and I have always loved. Her friend Izzy, who had a cool mushroom painting in the show, went out for fish and chips with Josh and I and regaled us with lots of stories. She was a lot of fun.

black dog art
The black dog mosaic caught my eye! Arf! The artist did sell this piece.

blue and yellow print
One of my favorite designs by Owen, which he told me was a felt piece he put together for a tee-shirt design. I asked him if he had any of the tee-shirts left, but this was an older design and it was long gone. Too bad!

Di painting
This portrait artist was so talented. Apparently the Key Arena had commisioned her to paint Princess Di as a gift for Elton John, but after she painted the portrait and was ready to give it to Elton they announced that he wasn’t accepting any Princess Di portraits after all. So here’s this absolutely gorgeous painting of Diana just sitting at the art studio. I’m CERTAIN someone would buy it if she put it out there, but I’m not sure she wants to.

in case you get lost
Everyone opened up their studios and you could wander around inside each studio, meet the artists and talk about their art and eat snacks. It was a lovely way to spend 5 hours on a Friday night in downtown Seattle.

Josh in the hall
I met a lot of fun people, and everyone I talked to was nice.

owen's studio
In Owen’s studio. Later in the evening a bunch of 20-somethings took turns sitting in Owen’s tattoo chair and had their armpit hair dyed. Geez, if only I had known! I would have grown mine out!

owen's wall
Perhaps someday we will buy an Owen painting.

plushy chair
Nice chair!

Tura print
The portrait artist’s print of Tura Satana caught my eye, naturally. We had a nice conversation about balancing work and art and painting commissions versus painting what you love.

wire jewelry
This wire necklace made me think of my friend Lisa, who was always making fun little pieces of jewelry like this…which I kept, of course!

Towards the end of the evening, one of the artists and I were talking about making the art show a once-a-month event, instead of just once a year. I am not only all for it, but would absolutely LOVE to be involved! Being in a show every month would really encourage me to keep creating, and being around other artists is always invigorating. There’s something about seeing what someone else is working on in real life that just makes you want to work too! We exchanged numbers, and I’m now following three new artists on Instagram, so my night was successful!

Today was a beautiful sunny day, and I’m glad I was able to spend some time outside walking the pets. Currently I have beef stew cooking in the crockpot, and I’m drinking my Late Afternoon Give Me Some Energy Please cup of coffee. No plans for the rest of the weekend except to finish up the last bit of Christmas shopping and wrap presents, which I always enjoy. Maybe some more blogging tomorrow? Perhaps? Lord knows I have pictures waiting. Happy Saturday, blog-logs!