I am aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be,
but most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see.
— Douglas Pagels

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Dear 2016

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

No love,
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)


Psychedelic Jellyfish

Ink and Resin Pendants

Northern Night Sky


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.


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.


~ 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.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Magic Christmas in Lights

My muscles are paying dearly for this, but I had the opportunity to finally check something off of my bucket list, and I couldn't pass it up. I've been wanting to see the Christmas lights at Bellingrath Gardens since they debuted the event a whopping 21 years ago.

Yep, tonight was my first time to go to Magic Christmas In Lights. And it was beautiful.