30 May 2012

WOYWW and Close Encounters of the Moosey Kind

WOW!!  I'm actually in town and not completely swamped!  And what do you know...from here on out, Wendesdays are a short day at work :) So maybe I'll get to play more often!   What's on Your Workspace Wednesday is really fun - you can play too if you go to The Stamping Ground.  :)    They are even swapping ATCs this week...but I've had no inspiration for ATCs lately and I'm avoiding mail-art until I get settled at the new house. 

This week I have my art journal and an altered book on my desk - along with an assortment of art supplies including isopropyl alcohol and plastic wrap :)

Ugh....and this is what I see if I turn around from my desk.  We'll be moving to a house in 2 weeks - our very first house.  It's going to feel so good moving out of an apartment..  Real job...real house....real bills?  Are we adults yet?.... nah.

Here's the first page of my altered book.    I'm debating if I want to stick with the pink and purple all the way through or not.  It's already starting to drive me nuts so I might add some more warm colors to the subsequent pages.

This is a picture from vacation.  We were just going around a bend on a trail we were hiking when we nearly walked right into this moose.  I'm glad we were paying attention - Moose can be dangerous!   I thought Ellen's expression captured how we all felt.  Of course we were delighted to see such a creature, but all wild animals should be given a great deal of respect ...and distance.

Peace and Love, y'all
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28 May 2012

Creative Days Off

I have a couple of days before work begins (real work...as in my first real job ever), and I'm using those days to create art (and...clean and pack up the apartment).

I've been somewhat following along with Altered Book Lover's altered journal series, but this is the first lesson I've really been able to complete.   :)  Sort of a lesson 8 and 9 combo:


This all started because I got distracted by colors in Taste of Home magazines I was looking through for meal ideas... 

Here's my analogous color scheme background...plus the syran wrap technique described in lesson 9 :)

Ah!  Dry!  Didn't that turn out neat?

Add my wheel, scraps from making the wheel, and some paint...and ta da!...There's an art journal page :)

Thanks for looking!

Peace and Love, y'all!
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Lamp (Week 22)

I actually got around to painting this week!  So here's my entry for the draw sketch doodle challenge!  :)
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27 May 2012

Highlights of our trip West

The month of May has flown by and so much has happened since I last updated!  So I'll cover the highlights...
  • Chimichanga is a boy chinchilla.   He still doesn't let me perform a full exam, but he's definitely a boy.  I'm just glad I didn't find out by adding another "female" chinchilla to the cage. :)
  • Chase and I found a house to purchase!  It's a cute little starter home with 1 more bedroom than we have here in the apartment.  My favorite room is the bonus/family/sun room.  It's got lots of good lighting and laminate flooring...so it's going to be the craft room/office/pet room.  I can't wait to have an easy to clean area around the chinchilla!  That bonus room really frees us to use all 3 bedrooms as bedrooms...now we just need inhabitants for the other 2 bedrooms!  My 2 dogs are going to love the back yard (and so are we).
  • I won some awards!  I'm one of Mizzou's 3 internal medicine award recipients (ie...I'm an internal medicine nerd).  That one comes with a year subscription to a journal that I can wait to read! I also received a cash prize for small animal community medicine.  I'm super excited about the cash...since we're a touch (ie...completely and utterly) on the broke side.   My dream job didn't come cheap...8 years of college....150K of educational debt.  AND we just bought a house...so money is a big issue in my brain right now.  
  • I graduated, and I am licensed and ready to start my new job on Friday.   I just have a couple more loose ends to take care of.

We just got back from another epic family vacation... 2 weeks of exploring the west.  We visited the Black Hills, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons...  Here are some photos

Mammoth Site (in the Black Hills) - this is a paleontological dig site that is available for tours.   It was a sink hole with sides too steep for mammoths to get out...once they stumbled in for a drink of water.  Over time it filled in and HUNDREDS of mammoths were preserved.    It was awesome!  Some of them are still laying in the position they died in - trying to escape the pool.  Even though this wasn't a national park...it was well worth seeing.  We'll definitely go back someday.  They've only dug about 20 feet...and have 60 feet to go.  How many more mammoths will they unearth? 

Grand Tetons.

One of Yellowstone's 1000s of thermal features.  

Devil's Tower - we didn't get to go up and check for aliens.  ;)

Peace and Love, y'all!
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10 May 2012


This is the last night without a D.V.M. after my name.   I'm not sure I'm ready to say goodbye to vet school...I've met such wonderful people...such great friends...

Pella, Iowa.

Pie throw
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