Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Manly Man Socks

And now for something completely different. I just finished a pair of socks for my husband. He prefers wild and bright colors to really showcase his loud personality.*

These are made from Knit Picks Stroll in the Jack Rabbit Heather colorway. What can I say? They make good mindless T.V. knitting at least. In fact I think we watched the second season of Orange Is The New Black while working on these. Have you seen Orange Is The New Black? If you haven't, then what are you doing reading a blog post about grey socks? For real. Go watch it.

*I lied. There is no truth in that sentence.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Flashback Friday: Run from The Bullfrog

Here is what was apparently the only sketch I did in 2011 - or at least the only one I did in my sketchbook. That seems crazy to me - until I remember that I had a three year old at the time. 

Chloe has taken to making up words. The other day she was running through the house yelling, "Va Baa." I asked her if she had made up that word.
 "Yeah," with a smile. 
"What does that word mean?" 
"It means run from the bullfrog." Right. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Paraphernalia of A Ruptured Eardrum

Today I thought I would share the sketchbook page that I pulled the illustrations from for my last post.

The main text from this sketchbook page is also there but doesn't include the little asides around the drawings.
Antibiotics for ears - Waiting for them to sit is "cold and boring"
Silicone earplugs - "fun to take out"
Syringe to measure amoxicillin
Amoxicillin - "tastes like bubblegum" 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Ear Infection with a Side of Ruptured Ear Drum

Last week Chloe woke up complaining her head hurt. The next morning she started complaining about her ear. Off to the doctor. No fever, but a very angry ear. We got some amoxicillin.

 She developed a sudden fever of 102 degrees. That same evening she yelled and then asked why her pillow was all wet. She and her pillow were covered with a clear, yellowish pink fluid. Her ear drum had ruptured. Another call to the doctor - we now had ear drops to do four times a day and orders not to get her ear wet.

It leaked for a few more days and annoyed her with its' "windy sound". Ten days later and we just got the okay from the doc that it's healed. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Flashback Friday: Pumpkins and Gourds

Here is the final Flashback Friday from 2010, a picture of some pumpkins and gourds. I actually remember drawing this - pulling the pumpkins from the black wire rack where they were displayed and setting them on the table. I also remember feeling terribly out of practice as I really wasn't drawing much at the time. 

From the drawing:
On Sunday we went to Schaake's pumpkin patch to pick out some pumpkins and take Chloe to ride the wagons. Every year it seems to get bigger with pumpkin slingshots, mazes, chickens, pigs, cows, and food. At 2 1/2 Chloe isn't too interested in anything but riding in the wagons.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Limestone Pizza

The same night that the Free State Festival was happening, we went out to eat to celebrate Morgan's new job. They serve great Neapolitan style pizza (the best style of pizza, in case you were wondering*). The back part of the restaurant is open and customers can see into the kitchen. There is a beautiful stone  wood-fired oven. My eye, though,  is always drawn to the Lego mini-figures that are lined up along the top of a partial wall.  The first time I went there was just one. I'm noticing an expanding collection. 

And now from the actual drawing:
To celebrate Morgan's new job, we went to Limestone pizza. Morgan hadn't been there yet. We splurged and got some fries and a couple of pizzas and Morgan had a beer. The Spud pizza with rosemary, potatoes, bacon, and creme fraiche was glorious. The whole evening was fun, but surreal, with the festival, it being just the two of us for the night, and the reality of a new job and opportunities washing over us.
*Suck it, deep dish.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Flash Back Friday - Interstate Sign

This is a highly appropriate sketch for this week's flashback Friday as we just got back from a road trip to New York for a wedding. It involved lots of driving and not much downtime so I feel like if you replace the fall color on the trees with green, it would pretty much sum up my past week. 
This actually comes from 2010. 

Friday, July 04, 2014

Flashback Friday - June's Dunes

Growing up, when we went on vacations we went to a town on the panhandle of Florida called Destin. Back when we first started going it wasn't a huge place. It has beautiful white sand beaches and water an emerald and blue color that doesn't look real. Every trip down there, it was always a special treat to have breakfast at June's Dunes. It was a little house right on the water. There were picnic benches lining the wall next to open windows to catch the ocean breezes. Every morning, like clockwork, dolphins would go swimming past while you ate your waffles. It was a pretty great place.

Destin, like all good things, was eventually discovered by many more people. It's quite a different place now than when I grew up. A few years back June's was sold. There are some high rises in the area now - but there is also a public beach access with a plaque honoring June. 

My parents asked me to make a drawing of June's Dunes - by that time it was already gone - but luckily we had a picture. 

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Saturday Night Out - Free State Festival

I live in a town that always seems to have something going on. Last weekend there was a lot happening  for the Free State Film Festival. My husband and I went out on Saturday and I took my sketchbook along.

From the sketch
On Saturday Morgan and I went downtown to get dinner. While we waited for our table we found a stage set up in front of the bank for the Free State Festival. While we waited a band was playing. After dinner a dance troupe performed. They had on black outfits with flannel shirts that reminded us of the 90s. We stayed to watch the final act which was the Topeka High drum line. They were impressive, especially for a bunch of high school kids. The best was when they performed "Jump On It".
Apparently later on they were closing off the street for some kind of art/music performance. Then, at midnight, there was going to be a showing of The Wizard of Oz set to the Dark Side of the Moon and Radiohead. Guess we're getting older - we went home, got into pajamas and watched Netflix instead.