Thursday, March 23, 2017

39 @ 9:29


Well, I'm in the home stretch to the big 4-0. Let's see if I can get there.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Throwback Thursday - Seven Years Ago


Hard to believe this was 7 years ago. Yet, it seems like a lifetime. Weird how that happens. Things were different back then, to an extent anyway. 2010 wasn't easy, to say the least.

I intend to catch up on a few things blogwise, but I've been curled up in bed with kidney stones this week. I'll be back soon.

Sláinte.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

New Decor for Midori the Gypsymobile

I see your nuclear family window decals
And I raise you musical dancing food

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Vegetarian burritos and another dollar store run

Howdy. Let's discuss dollar store meals again. The original post is here.

First, a quick note that my body is currently reacting badly to beans and legumes. Systemic disease wins when it comes to food reactions, so I'm letting you know that I gave the black beans away and went back to the store. You'll see what I did below. But first, a few new foods and short reviews from the Dollar Tree grocery section:

Terrible with a capital T.
Tiny bits of pepper, soggy breading, questionable cheese.
F minus. Moving on.

I haven't tried the bagel bites yet, but everybody knows these tater tots.
They are rubbery in the microwave, but fine fried or baked in a real oven.

SOON. With dollar store ranch dressing (not pictured).

Some of my photos uploaded sideways
but I decided I didn't care. Ha. Sorry, though.
Both of these products are awesome, by the way.

Dollar store bacon!
I repeat: DOLLAR STORE BACON!
(I haven't tried it yet. Wish me luck.)

Since I am omitting beans from the burritos,
I decided to buy dollar store cheese as compensation.

The one item that I didn't buy at the dollar store was a pack of button mushrooms, but they were only a dollar on sale. Score!




I overfilled it big time, so I had to fold it up to eat it.
It was really, really good. Really!

I ate one burrito, and made six more.

To the Batcave! I mean the freezer. *cough*

Hey y'all, bonus leftovers!

I had plenty of rice left, so I flash froze it for later!
Rice freezes well, but it also survives in the fridge for 4 days, FYI.

The leftover mushrooms will be sauteed tonight
and served as a side with dinner (baked pork chops).

I also had 2/3 pack of taco seasoning left, but forgot to take a pic.

If you don't overstuff the shells, you can easily make 10.
If you include beans, you would make a dozen or more.
If you want vegan, omit the cheese.
If you are a cheese freak, the dollar stores have packets of Velveeta for a dollar that you can pour on top of the burritos and warm in the oven until bubbly.
But you didn't hear that from me.

I'm quite happy with the burritos. I've done them before, and I feel like they're proof that meat isn't always necessary.

I'll be back soon with a final review of the remaining dollar store products from both hauls. Thanks always for visiting!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Homemade Electrolyte Drink (Sports Drink)

I was inspired by this video to try my hand at homemade sports drinks.


I already had most of the stuff to make it, so why not?


I didn't make it exactly like Chef John did, but it turned out flawlessly. It not only tastes like a sports drink, it tastes a little better IMO.

My recipe:

*32oz vessel of some sort. I have this, available at almost any Walmart.

*One small bottle of 100% fruit juice, any flavor. It's the tiny bottle that comes in a 6-pack on the juice aisle. You know what I'm talking about. Edit note: 10oz bottle

*Refill the juice bottle with water twice and pour it in...you want to dilute the juice to 1/3. That's a ratio of 2:1 water vs juice.

*1/8 teaspoon potassium salt - I have Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis, so I need potassium. If you don't have HKPP and you don't have issues with sodium, you can use sodium. If you want a little of each, you can find Lite Salt at any grocer (Lite Salt is a combo of sodium and potassium salts, if you didn't know).

*1/2 teaspoon of "berry" green powder, available at Walmart and most health stores. It's called green powder, but the berry flavor looks magenta FYI.

*1/2 teaspoon Natural Calm magnesium powder, any flavor. It is the only Mag powder I can personally recommend. It's sold all over the world, including Amazon. Disclaimer: magnesium has a laxative effect in some people. For me, it's a godsend for my leg cramps. If you dig far enough into the product reviews, you'll find mine there entitled "the cure for charlie horses".

*I added a squeeze of lime juice, but I forgot to put the lime in the photo.

Note that I did not add a sweetener, since I used prepared juice.

Give it a good stir or shake to dissolve, and chill well before serving.

By all means, if it tastes off to you, adjust your ingredients. Buying sports drinks is easier, but this is so much healthier, especially for people like me. I plan to make these drinks regularly from now on. I have a feeling summer will be a little more tolerable this year as a result. I'll try to remember to give another review in the sweltering months of doom (that would be June-September down here).

If you have any suggestions or questions about making this, holla at me.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Dollar Store Grocery Review #1

If you want this post to make sense, you'll have to watch the vlog first.

The milk gets an A for tasting no different in my cereal than any other milk does. Mind you, I don't drink it straight, so I can't give my input on that. But I'll definitely be buying it for cereal from now on.

The cereal is a B for blandness. I actually like bland cereals (Chex, Kix, etc) and don't mind eating it. It's not something I will set out to search for in a store, but it's edible. The caramel flavor is a little on the stale side, if I must be critical.

I think most folks are familiar with this stuff, since it's sold in pretty much every grocery store. It's not as good as Jello, but acceptable for a quick snack. I actually went back and bought another pack (I'll post a new vid soon about my 2nd run to the dollar store).

These are the Jennifer's Garden spring rolls. I baked them in the toaster oven for 18 minutes, and made a quick sriracha honey mustard. Are they the best spring rolls I've ever had? Not really. Are they edible? Absolutely. Would I buy again? Probably. They're a dollar. Please note that the sodium level is outrageous...180mg per roll. Eat with caution if you're sensitive to salt.

I didn't take photos of everything. Frankly, nobody needs a picture of bread and peanut butter. You know what a sandwich looks like. The bread was a fail. It was a bit hard and stale. I ate one slice and ended up throwing the rest away. I ended up baking my own bread, which made a much better sandwich.

I forgot to take a pic of the fish sticks. They were terrible...F minus if I'm grading these things. They smelled like fish sticks, but there were only a couple of little slivers of fish inside a very hard breading shell. They were really bad.

I made the pork and beans, and I have to be honest - the photo is gag-worthy. There's just no way to make ground sausage and beans in a dark red sauce look anything other than gross, so I am not sharing the photo. HOWEVER...this is important...it was a home run. Tasted great! I recommend! Just do the world a favor and don't share pics of it. LOL

I haven't made it through everything yet. I'll make the veggie burritos soon, and explain a change I'm making to them at that time (they don't involve beans now...we'll get into it later). As I said earlier, I've also made another dollar tree run with a small haul. I'll post a vid soon. I'm still recovering from my clinics.

Thanks always for reading.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Back to back clinics

On Monday, I returned to UMMC in Jackson for renal/endocrinology clinic. I am very very lucky to have doctors who listen, care, and want to learn more about this absurd disease. It is assumed that my current condition is my best case scenario, and they are relieved that things haven't gotten any worse over the last several months. We agreed that the Keveyis fiasco was a bummer. Since my HKPP is familial, they asked about my parents and whether or not I have children. I reminded them that I am the lone ranger in this thing, my parents are deceased, and I don't have kids. As always, they are interested in my story and are happy to know Facebook support groups exist. Documentation is a big concern for me since social security owns me and will occasionally review my case, but the doctors reassured me that they were keeping up with my peril in writing. They said my labs look stable, and the glass is half full in spite of my condition. I'll return in one year unless something changes.

On Wednesday, I returned to Internal Medicine at the low income clinic in my little town. Dr. B is fantastic as always, and is willing to test anything that is even mildly questionable. He knows how frustrated I am over my permanent muscle weakness and that even with my potassium level in normal range, I cannot function well enough to perform basic household tasks at times. We discussed my episodes, and how I handle them without assistance (answer: I take potassium and lie down...all I can do really is ride it out. If I am unable to take potassium, I find the nearest place to lie down and I hope for the best). He was concerned about the fact that I live alone like this, and suggested I check into obtaining a Life Alert necklace. I probably won't be able to afford it, but I'll look it up. He told me to make sure I have my cell phone within reach at all times.

He took a stat panel like renal clinic did, and the numbers matched this time. Everything looks pretty good, thanks to my overwhelming daily regimen, and it is an improvement compared to the last couple of years of labs. He sent some blood off for additional tests, and I'll receive the results on Friday. I'll write a short update at that time.

Renal clinic is across the state line, and because my insurance refuses to acknowledge that, I am forced to pay in full to be seen there. It's very difficult - nearly impossible - to afford that but I didn't find a clinic in my state that would take my case. That's how I ended up having to travel 4 hours to an out-of-state hospital. They practically brought me back from the dead, and want to continue seeing me at least once a year (I want/need to see them as well), so I am going to have to find a way to pay for it. I explained this to Dr. B and said he would do what he could to help concerning labs or whatever it is they want to monitor in me throughout the year in between my visits there. He also has a medication assistance program, and it is the only reason I have access to my vital medications (which would be around $1000 a month otherwise and my social security is far less than that per month). Low income clinics are so, so important; in fact, downright life-saving for people like me. That's why federal funding for these places must be protected. To cut off access to medical care is to literally kill people. I would be one of them, but only one of millions. God help us.

As long as nothing crazier than usual happens, and as long as my sent-off tests come back in good shape, I am done with clinics until June.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Isn't It Funny?

Isn't is funny that the people who bash PC and demand their freedom of speech are the same people constantly whining at celebrities to shut-up?

Isn't it funny that the same people who fight for any spotlight or soapbox they can find label others as attention-seekers?

Isn't it funny that these people call others narcissistic while simultaneously saying others don't deserve the same constitutional rights as they have?

Isn't that funny?



It's not funny. It's idiotic.

Yet you expect to be taken seriously.

Now that's funny.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Education Matters

A few days ago, I wrote a Senator concerning the Secretary of Education nominee.

I received a response today.

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Dear Ms. Bosarge:

Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding Presidential appointments.

On February 7, 2017, the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education by a vote of 51-50.

I take seriously the advice and consent responsibilities the Constitution entrusts to the Senate.  Prior to her confirmation, I met with Secretary DeVos, and she reaffirmed her commitment to support public education and rural schools.  I will continue to work with the U.S. Department of Education to support programs that benefit Mississippi children and to return more control over educational policies to state and local officials.

Having the benefit of your views is important to me.  I appreciate your taking the time to write.

Sincerely,

THAD COCHRAN
United States Senator

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My concern is that someone with zero credentials will be in charge of the education of our country's young people. I rarely write Congress, but this is one I could not ignore. They seem adamant about ditching the feds and giving control of education to the states and local districts. The problem with that is that some of those places fail. We've seen that with the probation of school districts and college embezzlement scandals, and there are plenty of other examples out there. Federal support is vital in everything from tuition and financial aid to building security and infrastructure to food and book costs. It makes a direct impact on students. I can tell you personally that I attended a college after they lost federal funding, and it was a train wreck; absolutely rock bottom, and I transferred elsewhere after the first semester. When accountability isn't taken seriously, bad or lazy people do bad or lazy things, and when those people run schools, students suffer as a result. Federal funding and guidelines are there to protect the quality of education, not to harm it. They recognize when schools are failing and hold them accountable to bring them back up to par for the sake of the kids. Who is going to address these issues when they inevitably arise again? Unless all states get their crap together and hold every school district accountable, giving all students equal access to quality public education, a lot of people are going to fall short of average intelligence and opportunity, which gives them little hope of operating at their full potential. Poor education = poverty, desperation, and crime. When education is inadequate, society is inadequate. That's not a partisan opinion. That's common sense.

The confirmation of DeVos is a potential disaster for fair and equal education. All young people in this country deserve the best chance possible at making it in life. I hope and pray they aren't thrown under the school bus.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Searching for Sanity

It's safe to say, for many of us, that the year has started off pretty stressful. It got to the point where people were suggesting I back off from social media and the news for the sake of my health. So in January, when I learned that my niece Jo's birthday party theme this year was going to be Pokemon, I decided to learn as much as I could about it. Believe it or not, I didn't exactly know what it was all about. I was a working adult when it debuted 20 years ago, so I've been out of the loop.

Some friends gave me the rundown and a few links, and I am now completely hooked on the online game.




I'm doing pretty well, too.
I'm a level 3 trainer as of yesterday.

It has been a huge distraction...one that I needed. I spend a little less time scrolling down news feeds, which was the plan. I am still feeling stressed, but gaming gives me something different to focus on for a little while.

I also stayed up all night last night, borrowed my sister's NF, and marathoned.


Wow, what an incredible series. I laughed, cried, and gagged. I could barely eat breakfast this morning because it grossed me out so much. I'm not into horror, but this falls into the Sci-Fi drama genre, which I love. I watched it from beginning to end without a break...totally worth all of the hype.

I have a lot of other shows to watch, mostly in the DC and Marvel comic universe. My friends go on and on about them, and I don't know what they're talking about, so I'm going to eventually dive in.

Doctor Who FINALLY returns in April, so I'm looking forward to that this year as well. Whatever keeps the sanity intact, folks.

I have several art projects to work on when my arms are feeling up to it. Winter is always a rough time for my muscles. Even the mild winters we have here affect my motor skills greatly. I honestly don't know how anyone north of me with HKPP survives. My heart goes out to them, that's for sure.

I've got a long nap calling my name. Talk to you soon.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Dollar Store Grocery Vlog



Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Or something like that.

I'm in a financial rut lately, so I decided to keep my sanity by issuing myself a dollar store grocery challenge. Friends were interested in a Dollar Tree Grocery Haul (just look on YouTube...there are hundreds), so I took video of my first purchase. I'm not done...I'll go back and buy a few more items to incorporate in recipes throughout the rest of the month. I'm also planning to give everyone a review of the food and show you (in either video or photos) what I've cooked.

Here's one that I can already vouch for.


They are so good. I mean A+ with extra credit, shut the front door ridiculous. I'll be buying as many bags as I can get my hands on whenever I have more funds. 

Stay tuned for more vids and pics. Assuming I can stand up (it's been rough lately...super weak), I'll be cooking several of these meals next week to stock in the freezer. Talk to you then.

Monday, January 23, 2017

NOTHING.

The fact that there are people out there who think they have the answer to my ailments, and that I am simply choosing not to comply - as if systemic disease is curable with your magic potions and notions - but for some insane reason I would rather be seriously ill, in severe pain, and debilitated every day of my life - is maddening beyond words.


Go take several seats. You know nothing.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

My Sister, The Queen

She's the one in the crown, obviously.

Fancy dress is not my thing, but here I am with bells on.

It was cool to reunite with my siblings to support my little sis, who is this year's Queen of her Krewe. The organization is a collaboration of female educators. My sister is a loyal and hardworking elementary school teacher who loves her job and loves her kids. I'm saying that as unbiased as I can. She really is made for it. On top of that, she is involved in her community as a Girl Scout leader and co-founder of an amphibian and reptile advocacy group. She, her husband, and my niece Jo host meetings at pet stores in central Louisiana, where they educate the public on how to care for domesticated snakes, geckos, bearded dragons, and more, complete with show and tell. If you've ever wanted to come face-to-face with a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, they're your people. I am not one of those people, but as they say in her group, "Somebody's gotta love them."

I don't mind the snakes, though. They're sleepy and boring, like me.

My sis was a challenging child, but I knew she would be a kickass adult someday. And that she is. The honor of being Queen of her Krewe is well-deserved. I'm thankful that with the help of relatives (who did the driving), my rolling walker (would have never survived without it), and my life-sustaining HKPP medication, I was able to attend the event. The remainder of the month will be spent resting my furious muscles.

Talk to you soon.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I'm almost 40 years old, and I've never owned one of these before


Yep, it's formal. Or maybe it's semi-formal.
I honestly don't know the difference.
The rolling walker and I are carpooling to Louisiana.
I'll explain next week...with pictures. :)


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Gulf Coast Wx this week


Lowest number: 26
Highest number: 72
Gulf Coast weather is as cray cray as ever.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

On reducing my social media presence

One of my 2017 goals is to continue to reduce my social media presence.

I've been working on this for a year, actually. I ditched the Gulf Coast Studio username. I was getting questions about my art, which is no longer for sale or commission due to disability, so I got rid of the handle on Instagram, Twitter, and Etsy. My Pinterest still exists, but it is abandoned. I'm still on Twitter, now back on my old username, but you most likely don't want to be there. I am a human rights advocate and I will not back down. I've blocked a lot of people, and a lot of people have blocked me. I'm not only good with that, I'm better for it.

I didn't mean to confuse LJ readers. I honestly didn't realize you were still there. I wiped out the old account...everybody's gone. I'll use it only to review my content for memoir writing. The newer account is still up, but I rarely post anything and it's usually a rant when I do, but thanks to my whole five readers for being there anyhow. I don't intend to add anyone else.

Tumblr is dead, pretty much. I never advertised it to begin with, so no big deal.

My Fitness Pal is still alive, but quiet. Username is ugottafriend.

My Google+ is as dormant as ever. You might as well email me.

My food and art blogs are eventually going to be revived, but I have no plans at this time to work on them. My priorities are elsewhere.

Facebook is under renovation. My settings have been pretty tight since late October, and that hasn't changed (and might not ever). Write me if you have a solvable problem. Disclaimer: I loathe and ignore chain forwards. Always have, always will. I hate being added to conversations and groups without my consent. Also, I don't like to friend people I don't know in person, but I sometimes consider friends of friends. I'm more than happy to converse with anyone who's following, and I will follow back if you want me to. That's the whole point of Facebook, in my opinion. If this wasn't obvious, I am single but NOT interested in anything but platonic friendship. That has been the case since my divorce, years before I joined Facebook, and I have never budged. I've gotten messages and emails, and I try to be kind and civil, but I have a line to be crossed and I have blocked many, many people for crossing it. To put it bluntly, I'm too sick and tired for that crap. I treasure my friends, though, and I mean that sincerely.

Ugottafriend.com will remain in some form...hopefully like this. However, if something happens to Blogger or to my domain name, I will be blogging somewhere, somehow. Simply Google me if that occurs, but I don't plan to leave this blog anytime soon. This is only for future reference, if applicable.

Thanks for being here and being my friend. You're awesome.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A few extra goals, and the word of the year

I don't usually do a "word of the year", but I have one on my mind, so why not?

It was going to be "persevere", but after two conversations with the folks at the sandwich shop next door, I've decided a more appropriate word is "allow".

Many of us are too hard on ourselves. If I had a superhero name, it would be The Overanalyzer. I look at numbers and societal norms, and I try to fit in. It's a bad idea, and a futile one at that. I'm not normal, and my circumstances aren't normal. Normal is based on the majority's accepted ideals, but I have to accept the fact that I am not in the majority. I have to set my own ideals, based on my life, no matter what others think of me. It's not their existence and not their business.

In my immensely-exhausted state, I have managed to make a few plans that I did not include in my list of annual goals. They're not very interesting, but I'm going to talk about them anyway.

I plan to cook (and eat) only as necessary.

My abilities are limited, to say the least. Sometimes, I spend too much time cooking (and in result, cleaning the kitchen), which ultimately makes me too tired and weak to do anything else. Bulk cooking soup for the freezer helps, and Schwan's has been beneficial to an extent. I plan to continue to do that during the cooler months, but it's not an ideal thing to do year-round in a tropical climate (storms = power loss = food loss). I want to make life easier with high-protein sandwiches, drinks, salads, and other foods that don't require a lot of effort. I'm not able to eat as much as I used to, so I'm going to eat smaller. I want to get away from "combo" meals when I go out, and I'm trying to get out of the mindset that a balanced meal is necessary. I don't have to follow guidelines for consuming food - meat, grains, dairy, vegetables, etc. - that are set for a typical adult. If I want to buy a rotisserie chicken and spend the day eating it, and nothing else, I am allowed to do that. If I want to eat a bowl of green beans, and nothing else, I am allowed to do that. If I want to eat peanut butter with a spoon out of the jar, I am allowed to do that. If I want to shovel in a handful of chocolate chips and call it a meal, I am allowed to do that.

I've had enough of the metaphorical flashing sign that demands that I eat a certain number of calories (and protein, and sugar, and fiber, etc.) per day. If I'm not dying of obesity, anorexia, or other acute food-related medical condition, do not intervene. That's me, talking to me. That's also me talking to anyone who says I'm wrong unless I do things the way they think I should. I told the sandwich shop manager today "We need to allow ourselves to live and stop being so hard on ourselves about everything. We only get one life."

Interestingly, my bathroom scale bit the dust on New Year's Eve. At first I was like NOOOOOO but then I said to myself "Self, this is a great opportunity to not replace the battery. It's doing you no favors anyway." That said, I will allow myself to stop looking at the scale. I still see doctors 4 to 6 times a year, and they always weigh me (whether I like it or not). Therefore, I won't be completely in the dark. I think about my weight too much, and I feel that I'll be better off mentally and emotionally if I cut myself a little slack.

I plan to sleep more, no matter when, where, how, and so forth.

I never, and I mean NEVER sleep at night. Sleep happens, if at all, during the average person's awake time. People love to bring this up to me, as if I wasn't aware, and as if I haven't strove for typical human slumber. Trust me, I KNOW. This has been a lifelong problem, and you pointing it out is not a solution. If the only time my body rests is during the day, so be it. This is my #1 battle in life, and I'm going to fight for it. For the sake of all that is right and good in the world, just let me rest, whatever it takes. I'm often my own enemy, but that's over. I will stop trying to fit into the societal norm of being up and around during the hours of blah blah and sleeping during the hours of whatever. I am tired of feeling guilty for lying in bed trying to sleep when everyone else is being productive. Everyone else doesn't have systemic disease. Everyone else doesn't have weak, failing muscles. Everyone else doesn't feel the non-stop pain or have to deal with debilitating, life-threatening symptoms on a regular basis. Everyone else would be doing the same if they never slept at night, and I wouldn't judge them for it. I've been alive 39 years, and I'm lucky I've made it this far. I will allow myself all of the rest that my broken body requires to make it through that annoying part of the day called "awake", no matter how abnormal my schedule becomes.

I plan to budget, somehow, without fear and obsession.

I am a heavy-duty financial planner. I am determined to know where every dollar goes, and I have done so since I was a teen. That's a great thing, and I highly recommend it for anyone with an income, but I let it get to me to the point of anxiety and depression. I run out of money before the end of every month, and that's a challenging way to live. It's hard not to panic and meltdown. I think about what I shouldn't have spent money on. I beat myself up and try to find ways to avoid it the next month. I don't care for shopping. I don't have many possessions. I've done things like reschedule doc appointments and try to force myself into an unreasonable grocery allowance, and I still have no money by the end of the month. I have to allow myself to face the facts and remember that worrying isn't going to solve anything. I have to eat. I have to go to the doctor. I have to have transportation. I have to pay for insurance and keep the power on and buy toilet paper. I'm really good with money, but the fact of the matter is my income is too meager to not run out. It's just reality. While prioritizing my budget and basic necessities, I must also allow myself to exist in the real world as much as possible. That means occasionally participating in a pot luck, or attending a cheap local event with my walker in tow, or visiting relatives, or watching a movie with friends once a year. There's nothing wrong with living. It would be of more concern if I didn't try to do these things.

In a nutshell, I need to allow myself to do all things in the way it suits my survival and well-being, without regard to expectations or judgment.

Wish me luck.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Dear 2016

May you fall off of a cliff into a pool of lava.

No love,
Me
Credit: The Awkward Yeti

Enough said, am I right? Let's just move on to my annual resolutions review.

2016 Goals:

*FINISH THAT DANG NOVEL. I DID IT! I finally spit out a rough draft, and I am ready for the long revision process. I can't wait to bring The Children of Mossy Hollow officially to life in a few years.
*Cook one dish out of every cookbook I own. FAIL! Not only did I not do this, I have no excuse for not doing this. I flat out forgot. Booooo!
*Do not bring Coca-Cola into the house! Pasta either! You guys, I did so well for 7+ months. Sadly, I fell off of the wagon in late summer.
*Complete all art projects currently in progress. I didn't complete all projects in progress, but here are a few pics of what I did manage:

Postcard in progress for Twitter Art Exhibit
(It was completed and sent to NYC for charity)

Nutella!

Psychedelic Jellyfish

Ink and Resin Pendants

Northern Night Sky

Goomba

Zebra panel in progress

Anjou Pear

The Kandinsky-inspired work I promised

I have a lot more in the works. I'll share pics soon.

*Be less wasteful and more productive with my time. YES! I renovated much of my apartment, wrote like crazy, read a lot, and made new friends. I really feel like I accomplished this. Yay!
*For the love of God...achieve goal weight already. Not quite. I have lost weight, but I haven't reached the weight I would like to be yet. I do hope to get there in 2017, but we'll see. I am close, though! I'm weary of making it a resolution, so it's not going on next year's list.

Lagniappe:

Favorite book of 2016: How To Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
Favorite blog of 2016: Heart and Brain by The Awkward Yeti (Nick Seluk)
Favorite album of 2016: Gosh, I'm not sure I have one. I've really enjoyed Pandora Radio this year, especially the instrumental stations. I like The Piano Guys, David Lanz, and of course an old favorite of mine - Richard Clayderman. I also listened to Dire Straits Radio a great deal.
Favorite show/movie of 2016: Star Wars Rogue One, of course. It was fantastic. This is an oldie for sure, but I also loved seeing Labyrinth on the big screen. It was my first time watching the movie.
Favorite moment of 2016: Meh. I'm going to have to say it's a tie between visiting my nieces in January for Sadie's 1st birthday, and my niece Jo visiting me at Christmas.

In spite of my unbelievable exhaustion, I've made a longer list for the new year.

Goals:

~ Learn to play the Irish tin whistle via YouTube tutorials
~ Read all books and comics in my possession (not including textbooks)
~ Continue to declutter: unpack what needs to be unpacked, pack what needs to be packed, and get rid of what’s not being used
~ Renovate my 7 year old computer, backup all files, and prepare for a new inexpensive replacement because poor BessieMac is about to croak
~ Organize and knock out all art projects in progress
~ Tighten social media and reduce public presence
~ Take a watercolor painting class if health permits (this may have to take place online from my bed...which is ok)
~ Figure out my late MawMaw’s seafood gumbo recipe


May 2017 be a kinder, more peaceful year.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Rest In Peace, Princess

Credit: James Hance

This is a devastating blow to what has been a year of immense loss in the Fine Arts world. Thank you, Carrie Fisher, for your talent, your humor, your honesty, and your advocacy. You will be missed by so many.

Edit Note: It has taken me awhile to come back to this, but I just want to acknowledge the fact that her beloved mother Debbie Reynolds passed away the following day. It left me pretty speechless. I can't imagine what Billie went through, losing her mother and grandmother within 24 hours of each other. I wish her comfort and peace as she moves forward after this profound loss.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

A little bit of Christmas, in Pictures


I entered the holiday door contest. :-)







I made goodies...mmmm!
(I also cooked a feast, but forgot to take pics!)







I received some really nice gifts from friends and family.
This isn't everything, but many thanks to all who thought of me.


And I...nope. Just kidding. That's not my hand! Haha!
It's my brother's girlfriend's hand. They are finally getting
hitched! I'm happy that I was present for the proposal. :-)

I crashed early, and had to spend the rest of Christmas in bed.
I hated not carpooling to Pensacola, but my body was struggling.
I accomplished most of my plans, however, and I'm ok with that.

I was determined to fight depression and embrace the season.
I cooked, visited folks, bought a few gifts with the little money I had,
and, in spite of my unstable muscles, I had a successful holiday overall.

I hope you all did too, faithful readers.