Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sketchbook and Doodles

 Last night I dreamed I was a Kate Middleton impersonator in Japan. That has nothing to do with the rest of this post, but it was so random I thought I'd share. 

My latest obsession is making Facebook Live videos. I do make videos on Instagram sometimes, but you can't keep them afterward, so I think they're slightly less fun. 

Last night I made a little sketch/doodle video in the little pocket sketchbook I bought at Tuesday Morning. You'll hear me talking in this video in response to someone you can't hear. That's because people can comment while I'm working, and I can respond to them vocally instead of stopping to type. 

Recently I discovered that some artists sell their sketchbooks that are full of sketches. I have so many full sketchbooks, I thought I'd try my hand at this as well. When I finish this little sketchbook I've been working in, I think I'll put it on my Etsy and see how it goes. It won't be nearly as expensive as the examples I'm going to list below, but it also will be a lot more random than those are. 

Ok, here are some links to sketchbooks. 

3. This Sketchbook from Sketchbuch on Flickr

4. This really beautiful Moleskine I assume has already been purchased.

5. This one from Mohdi

These things are surprisingly hard to find. So, that's interesting.

What do you think? Would you purchase something like this? Do you think it would make a cool little gift?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Weird Dreams Have Returned

So, I think the fruitful sleep has started allowing me to remember more of my bizarre dreams. So, today I thought I'd share some of the ridiculous things I've dreamt lately. We'll do it in a bulleted list. Let's go!

1. I dreamed I was going to be given a performance review by a place where I didn't work. I hate performance reviews, so this was really annoying.

2. I joined the show choir at my high school, and even thought it was the end of the year, I was ordering a bunch of costumes through a Jetsons-esque automat/computer.

3. I was asked to give a speech to a bunch of college students about what they should be doing on Spring and Summer Breaks if they wanted to be in the fashion industry. I kept being interrupted by people who were from he show choir and wanted all the attention. Whenever I made a snarky remark about how they were making my speech difficult, the woman who was heading the event would look at me accusingly like I was the one causing the problem.

4. I was in Taiwan with my parents, my grandfather, and my sister. We were going from stall to stall on a street. We had split up, but I ran into my grandfather in a place where they were giving $500 hand massages. I told him I didn't want a hand massage that was that expensive, so he bought the massage for a Japanese woman who was standing nearby. He had some sort of fetish and liked to watch hand massages.
          I walked further, and I ended up in a really amazing shopping mall that had a really luxurious department store where everyone was priced like it was on AliExpress because they didn't have to import any of it. The lingerie section was amazing - everything was very sculptural, like if you wore it you'd look like a robot. I tried to go into the bridal section, but a french man was photographing the dresses, and he could tell I was american and kicked me out.
          We all met up on the first floor of the mall (I was worried the whole time because I was using international texting rates that I hadn't signed up for, so my bill was going to be huge), and we were trying to decide where to eat. Dad and my grandfather would have nothing else but Taco Bell in the food court. I got really mad because we were in Taiwan, and I wanted to eat something a bit more local.

5. I met a man at the YMCA and decided we should get married. He had a much better-looking brother, but the one I met had the better personality.

6. It was my wedding day, and I walked down the aisle to be seated in a pew to the right. I wondered what was happening and asked my sister. She was excited and said "just wait, you'll see." Then, my friend Katie and her boyfriend walked down the aisle. It was their surprise wedding, and I had been the decoy bride.

7. I was under an overpass where a bunch delinquent teens hung out. I was in a group of other teenagers (apparently I was a teenager) who were just hanging out - not delinquents. We were approached by some shady characters and decided that if we moved as a group, we could get away. So, we moved as one mass toward the glass door (not sure how we are suddenly inside), and we noticed people were disappearing as they exited. Then we found out there were human traffickers waiting just outside the door to capture each of us with a chain and swing us around until we were disoriented.

Ok, if you made it this far into this post, congratulations!

Here's hoping that I sleep through the night soon.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I Need More Sleep

So, I've been having trouble sleeping lately. My schedule is all off, and I feel like I need to make a list so I'm sure I get everything done. As evidence of my flustered yet foggy state, see above the photo of what I did this morning. I was trying to feed Miranda while also thinking about emptying the dishwasher, and I ended up pouring some dish detergent in her bowl instead of dog food. Don't worry. I washed the bowl thoroughly and wiped the floor down. Now that I think of it, that's probably the cleanest the floor's been in a while.

One of the projects I've been working on is producing the audiobook version of Maikro, a book of Haikus and Microfiction. I'm hoping to finish editing today, and I will certainly let you know when this book is available on Audible.

For now, I need to take a shower and get to work!

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Random Friday Post

If you follow my Instagram, you know I was out at a freelance gig yesterday. Unfortunately, I always have to keep all that happens in those meetings top secret.

Since this is a super random post, I want to share something with you that I think you might want to know. Have you ever been at the dentist, and when they put that lead thing on you to take your x-ray, you think "hmmm this is so nice." Well, you can get that feeling without going to the dentist. Weighted blankets are a thing.  Here is some stuff I found about them on the Internet:

1. This article on Forbes says they can help with high-energy kids.

2. This article on How Stuff Works says they're great for insomniacs

3. If you need something you can carry with you all the time instead of a blanket, fear not! Salt of the Earth makes weighted vests.

4. If you're a cat lady with anxiety, I've found  a prime-eligible option for you on Amazon.

5. You can also get a more normal-looking one at the especial needs store.

Ok. I hope this somehow helps you. Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Happy Discount Candy Day

I just want to congratulate you for making it through Valentine's Day. Today, you will be rewarded with all the discount candy your little heart desires. I say make a morning of going to all the drugstores, Targets, Walmarts, and grocery stores and gather all the discount candy you can. What will you do with it? freeze what you don't think you'll be eating or gifting immediately. 

This has been a Spinster P.S.A. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Well, spinsters, the day has come. Let's try very hard to stay upbeat about this. Sure, everyone will be getting engaged today, but we can avoid knowing that by avoiding our Facebook feeds. Just remember, today is a day to be glad that you don't have to pretend to like a giant teddy bear from a guy who didn't have the presence of mind to check your Pinterest or Amazon wish list instead. For the record, that's never happened to me, but I can imagine it'd be terrible.

Right now I'm watching the Today Show, and someone's getting engaged, so I guess the above paragraph may have been wishful thinking. I'll probably happen upon someone getting engaged today IRL.

Anyway, go get yourself some chocolate, a coffee, AND a heart-shaped donut. Don't forget that today is also the day to order a heart-shaped pizza. You should potentially also purchase some new pajamas today so that you can eat all your treats from the safety and comfort of your bed.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy GALentine's Day!

In case you didn't know, today is Galentine's Day. That means breakfast all day and hanging out with your best lady friends. This is when spinsters can hang out with their best girls - even if those girls are partnered. Valentine's Day...well, that's for the single ladies and the heart shaped pizzas.

So, this morning, I did my very first Instagram live stream. I made this card live! that's why the letters in "GALentine's" are all smushed up at the end. It was lots of fun.

I also posted this video, but my phone always is low on storage, so it cut out before I was finished. Here you go:

Well, go forth and eat waffles. Happy Galentine's Day!