Sunday, April 20, 2014

Silver Liningness Sunday

Happy 420!... er... Easter!

Meego's got the spring cleaning bug apparently and is cleaning and renovating Reese's habitat while I am left with the job of snake entertainer, so prepare for typos.  Additionally, that was a rather long sentence.

This week was another goodie.  China seems to really like her short do, she's been frolicking around like a puppy.  If that's the secret to youth, maybe I'll go get a buzz.

This week has been a tough one for my hometown.  I won't go into deep details, but it all started with a fun story about a llama that had gotten loose and was running around.  It made lighthearted news stories, but then things took a bad turn when the llama was killed.  ANYWAY, the teens who killed the llama, with the backing of the owner, did the STUPID thing and posted boastfully about it all over facebook.

I'm not sure what led to the killing, but by that time, the errant llama had developed quite a fan following and the fallout over the llamacide has been NASTY nasty.  I went to innocently check my facebook feed this morning, and the flame fanning hasn't stopped.

So I left and went over the deviantart for some art therapy.  Always a fun time over there, with their bazillion or so members.  But then I was reminded that llamas are quite prevalent over there!  Members give each other llama badges as tokens of appreciation for their artworks, etc.  Then certain llama levels are reached based on the number of badges earned.  So I couldn't escape the llama drama like I'd wanted to!  But this piece always makes me happy, so I feature it here anyway.  This particular artist had reached Albino Llama level (50 badges) and was noticeably happy:


It cheered me somewhat, but still not nice what's going on back home.  I think I'll just go on sabbatical from facebook for about six months or so, and think happy thoughts and rainbow farts.

Saturday, April 19, 2014


Chaco and I went to pick up his suit yesterday.  We walked into the place and it was crawling with teenaged man boys.  Then I remembered that one of my tutees told me this weekend was prom at her school.  That would explain all those children at the man store.  

So we had to wait a while for a free employee, all of whom seemed a bit fed up with dealing with the prom boys.  I'm sure it's a good time for their profits, but they'd probably rather be selling suits and separates.

When we were eventually attended to, the woman apologized for the fact that a fitting room probably wouldn't be free for another 20 minutes or so.  Chaco tried on the jacket, and we declared it all good since In Hilda We Trust.

As we were leaving, there were more teenaged boys out in the parking lot.  Chaco commented, "Geez, it's like they're tailgating", which they seemingly were.

Funny how prom was such a big deal in high school, but looking back, it's pretty insignificant.  All those boys in their t-shirts and shorts and sneakers, getting all polished up, like it's the natural thing to do.  So I did this sketch for Illustration Friday, where the prompt is "Natural".  I did it with natural charcoal then played with gimp a bit to add that shiny thing.  It's called "distant sun".  Huh?  Huh?  Do I have a grip on technology or WHAT?!

Anyway, through a strange alignment of the stars, I have a light homework load this weekend, so thought I'd let the little art girl out to play...

No one asked her to prom.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

hair of the dog

Had the morning off from class, our instructors declaring a "lab day" since we've got some projects to finish up.  I took advantage of it by declaring it a make-your-dog-look-like-a-lab day, and took China to the groomers.  She's been nagging me for a haircut, the bushy fur coat is not a good thing now that the temperatures have gotten more friendly.

And personally, the vacuum cleaner and I are tired of the shedding.

Look!  So happy!

"I'm sexy and I know it... know it... know it..."

It was a good day for it.  Sun was shining with more promise of spring.  I planned to take a bike ride under the clever disguise of running an errand or two.  

No sooner had I brought the freshly shorn China home that the skies clouded up and the temperature began to drop.  And then... and then... and.... then....

Yeah.          That's me  ^.                  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

horny toads and a second to spare

Despite our snowstorm over Sunday/Monday and the impending forecast for this week, I KNOW that spring is here, just having a bit of trouble getting started.

I KNOW because as I type this, the toads are having sex.

They've been pretty quiet through the winter months, but I was sitting here doing some work when I heard the telltale sexy sounds of toad barking.  Ooh, it's been so long...

I don't know what's needed as far as incubating toad babies, and I guess we won't worry about it unless things escalate beyond recreation.

Speaking of recreation, official Bash the Bluffs results came in.  My time was actually 22:34 which shaved a whole second off of the unofficial time.  I'll take what I can get.  I also managed to make a  few of the event gallery pics.

Prize if you can spot me and the "magentas":

And I managed to make this Baywatch-esque shot in the lonely homestretch, except there's no beach, no ocean, and no babe, but a possible medical emergency.

Yes, I know the photos are bleeding over into my sidebar.  I blame the template.

Happy Spring!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Silver Liningness Sunday

I came to get my homework goodies, that sit dangerously close to the desktop, totally intending to do homework.

Then I started reading some blogs, and next thing I know, I'm blogging my silverliningness.  And here sit the homework goodies even.  Unoped.
Ah, I'll get to it.  

This was another nice week.  Apparently, Thursday was National Sibling's Day.  There's a National Sibling's day??  Well, I heard about it on facebook, so it must be a real thing.  I'm thankful for my bros.  It's weird to think of growing up without them.  On a related note, oldest big brother Hagrid had a birthday this week, so he's even an older older brother.  

And it seems that I am now fully embalmed into my local P.E.O. chapter. I keep getting e-mails from them anyways, so I guess I am somebody.

Despite my lack of homework enthusiasm, I seem to be making progress at school.  With the springtime temperatures (except for today!) making more of a showing, I'm looking forward to having another semester finished, and hopefully, I'll finish with style.

Speaking of nicer temperatures, remember "fat and scared" bicycle commuter?  He's out there!  He's made the jump!  I spotted him last week on the bike path.  Couldn't miss his loud shirt.  

Yesterday's 5K was fun.  This guy was there, and I realized later that I did not know who/what he was.  

He's the mascot from the steakhouse, and when I thought about it, I realized he is NOT a cow.  First of all, cows are girls... well, except for steers...  ANYWAY, it bothered me so much, I googled.  He's an armadillo.  Whew, now I can sleep.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

got in a quickie this morning

Yep, a 5K.

The university held it's 13th annual "Bash the Bluffs" 5K to raise money for campus recreation in memory of a renowned former professor of exercise science.  I read about it in a bathroom stall, and decided to sign up a couple of days ago.  Since my last "race" was that slow steady half-marathon, I thought a quick and dirty 5K sounded like fun.

The event page said:

"...the unique course topography providing scenic views of the UCCS campus, the city of Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, and the front range of the Rocky Mountains. This hilly course is challenging for runners, but is stroller and dog friendly for walkers"

DANG, they weren't kidding about that "hilly" and "challenging"!  In fact, I think I was so busy being challenged by the hills that I missed the scenic views, but I'll take their word for it.

Official results aren't in yet, so I don't know how many entrants there were.  It was a relatively small event, though.  300 to 400 runners I'm guessing.  And it was a nice morning for it.  Temperatures in the low 50's with partly cloudy skies.

I started out pretty good.   The lead males established their alpha pace right away, and I found myself in a pack with one female ahead of me.  I managed to pass her at about the one-mile point, but then another girl took me over a short while down the road.  About a half-mile later, another fiesty one passed me.  We ended up holding those positions until the end.

What is my top?
Other than "Not Magenta"?

Killer Hill was shortly after the halfway point.  I had girl #1 and girl #2 both still in my sites.  They were both wearing magenta tops.  Hmm... maybe that's their secret.  Magenta tops.  Anyways, I used the magenta targets to will me to the crest of Killer Hill.

I managed to suck wind long enough to hold onto the 3rd place female finish.  First for the old ladies.
Unofficial time of 22:35.

So it was a fun start to the day, and I got some nice loot:

Long-sleeved t-shirt, flashlight / keychain, coupla coupons (chiropractor, running store), and for turd place, a dinner for two at a local steak house and a small certificate with my name surprisingly spelled correctly.  Magnum suggests I do more races so we can eat out more often.  We have yet to use our dinner from the Rescue Run.

And the forecast for tomorrow is cold and snow and cold cold.  Run and be merry today, for tomorrow we freeze!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

tattoos, child abuse, breaking-and-entering...

One of MamaKat's writing prompts this week is:

4.) Tell us about a blog post you didn't publish.

Well, if I didn't publish it, there's probably good reason.  Like it was stupid or boring or lame for some other reason.  Minimalist that I am, I don't keep unpublished posts around, but I happened to notice 4 drafts in the waiting wings of the archives.  What were they??  

Three of them were lame starts that I finished elsewhere (note to self:  go delete those), one was this meme - just the questions.  I don't remember where I got it, but I'm thinking I probably snagged it from Joey.  It's sort of summer themed, so seems like good timing and I decided to answer:

1. What's something people might ask you for help with?


2. What's something you might ask someone else for help with?

Haircuts, tattoos, heavy lifting.  That's about all that's coming to mind at the moment.

3.  Did your family take summer vacations when you were a child? If so, where did you go? If you're a parent, did/do you plan summer vacations with your own family? Did/do they resemble those you took as a child?

My family didn't really do traditional summer vacation stuff, which was fine.  I never felt I was missing out on anything as big summer trips weren't that common with my friends in the small town where I grew up.  I hung out with my friends and/or at Grandma's and earned money babysitting, pet sitting, breaking into houses...

Now, we often take summer road trips along with getting in some camping during summers.  Not much resemblance there.

4.   Pool-lake-ocean...which one is most appealing to you on a hot summer day?


Pools are crowded, oceans have sharks.  


5.  Have you ever justified using the expression, 'you gotta be cruel to be kind'?  Was it really necessary or were you rationalising?

Teaching my kids to ride bicycles was difficult for me because I knew they'd crash (a lot) and get frustrated before they got the hang of it.  It felt like I was being more cruel than kind.

Nowadays there's those awesome Strider bikes.  Damn.

But Chaco has a friend who never rode a bike until he was like 14.  How cruel!

6.  The Journal of Psychology recently mentioned the results of a survey identifying the ten most hated foods as-liver, lima beans, mayonnaise, mushrooms, eggs, okra, beets, brussel sprouts, tuna, and gelatine.  Of those foods, how many do you actually hate? Anything you'd add to the list? 

"Hate" is such a strong word.  As in, I hate avocados.  Seriously.  *gag*
You should know that for when you invite me to your house to watch football or something.  

What is it about football and guacamole anyway??

7. What's your favourite book or movie set in a beach or lake town?


8. Insert your own random thought here

I can't really think much random thoughts right now as I'm still gagging thinking about avocados.