06 November 2007
Isn't she purty??? Ok, so there are a few fingerprints on her, but that's cuz I've actually been playing her. (not very well, mind you, but not very bad, either ;-) ) It's kind of frightening how we've got a mini-music room going on there in the corner of that room. :-D
31 October 2007
C and I have just finished carving our pumpkins and have gotten the kids' pumpkins ready for them for when they get home from school so that all they have to do is carve them. C's looks super scary (he's totally master pumpkin carver dude). Mine looks sort of like Disney's version of the headless horseman pumpkin head hehehe
25 October 2007
Currently my body is readjusting to being back on my Levoxyl. Unfortunately, this means, I'm still pretty "Staypuff Marshmallow Girl" faced still. There's a really weird metallic yucky after taste to everything I eat and some nausea. On one hand. Ugh. On the other hand, I suppose at least that's kept me from gaining weight (haha). My body still is in massive hypothyroid mode so I'm feeling seriously slow motion and fatigued. Oh yeah, and my voice. It's kind of hard to talk and it's sounding a bit like I've got laryngitis. Yeah me. haha
Up side...well, I figure I'll be feeling better in the next couple of days. Hopefully tomorrow I'm on the road to being more like myself.
HOWEVER...THE AWESOME NEWS:
As far as can be seen, the scan shows that while there are still the residual cells remaining in what my doctor calls the 'thyroid bed' (the area where my thyroid used to hang out) none of them look like they've grown. BEST PART...none of them look cancerous. YEAHHHH!!!!!!! I'm pretty stoked about that. Seriously, I don't need any more stinking radiation therapy thank ya very much.
Anyways, that's the scoop on my current situation. Once I feel better, hopefully I'll get back to painting. I've been in such a fugue even before being off my thyroid meds. It's like some weird depression thing. Not sure. I just have to break out of it, I guess. I mean, I HAVE been pretty productive w/ my Henna art...I created a few new designs, revamped my table/booth decor, signs and books. I've also been insanely busy with that whole aspect of my business. I still have to re-work my Henna Website and then slowly move on to working on the artwork side of it.
Hmmm...I guess I have been busy. I just feel bad that I haven't been painting a whole lot.
06 August 2007
So there I was at 1am renaming the stolen images, re-coding html on the pages that were affected, and re-uploading.
HAH! I thought. Now all you'll see is 4 broken red X's on her myspace. (I also sent her a nasty cease and desist email warning her of legal action...no response yet). That part gave me great satisfaction. However...
I woke up Sunday morning to check my work again...turns out she also has punked one of my client images and reuploaded it into her 'pics' section as HER OWN again!!! This time, I've emailed Myspace w/ a detailed description of what's going on and also that at least 5 other professional Henna Artists have had their work 'stolen' by this person. Hopefully they do something about it soon. This just rankles me to the Nth degree.
I'm so mad I could spit!!!
I'm EVIL...EVIL I tell you!
Remember how she's just linked STRAIGHT to my site? Well, guess what? Since it's LINKED to MY site, I can upload new images w/ the same file name. Check out her page now:
Moral of this lesson:
Do not mess w/ us Henna Artists...especially someone who knows even the slightest bit of html coding. bwahahahaha!!!!
Let's see how long it takes her to figure this out. According to the page, she hasn'tlogged on since 7/28. OH I am an EVIL LITTLE MONKEY bwhahahaa
22 May 2007
My cousin's place is really neat and I love their dog. I wish I'd gotten a pic of her for you because she's the raddest dog. Anyways, for the rest of the afternoon/evening, we explored the area around my cousin's apt. We didn't make it to Haight Street like we wanted, but it didn't matter. We were having such a great time hanging w/ our cousin, her yahoo, our other cousin who drove over from Fairfield and some of our friends.
This is us outside this little hole in the wall where we had strawberry margaritas, yummy salsa and guacamole.
The next morning, my cousin and her husband made us an incredible breakfast. It was so yummy, it was hard to believe it was pretty much all healthy. They had strawberries, blackberries, blueberries (but not snozzberries. :-D ), bacon, turkey bacon, vegan bacon (for their friend), maple yogurt (so DEEELISH!), homemade granola and blueberry coffeecake (courtesy of my talented cousin-in-law...he's quite the cook).
We hung out around the kitchen table casually munching berries, etc and before we knew it, it was time to head out to Carmel...
The drive down to Carmel was pretty uneventful, but a beautiful drive. There was this crazy dude,though, who was yelling "F-You!" and flipping me off. I'm not sure what happened there to cause that. Pretty much all the way from SF to San Jose, I was staying in my own lane while it was trafficky and paying attention to people weaving in and out in front of me. The dude's car had been in the "fast lane" the whole time, no blinker, so it wasn't like I wasn't letting him in. I know I didn't cut him off because I was being crazy careful since I don't know that area so well. Makes you go hmmmm...
Anyways, getting into the Carmel area was just gorgeous. The scenery all around us made the drive very quick. Before we knew it, we were at the Condo that the lady was lending us for the night. She has awesome taste in decorating. Everywhere you turned there was some really neat piece of furniture that was artwork all by itself. THis was my FAVORITE piece that she had hanging in her living room. I love the "Muses", but this was very unique to me:
After we settled in and she showed us around, she left to go finish getting the reception room decorated w/ the other parents. I think I mentioned that we were in Carmel to do henna for an after prom event for the high school out there? Anyways, Lu and I went out for a walk and stumbled upon an art fair in the park. Beautiful sculptures and paintings.
We ended up talking a long walk afterwards to explore Carmel. Everything was totally in walking distance so we spent a couple of hours doing this. I'm not kidding you, every other shop is AN ART GALLERY. I can tell you, I was in 7th heaven. At one point we found a bookstore that had a garden attached to it. I'd been thinking in my head, wouldn't it be cool to find a metaphysical store or a garden shop. That's exactly what this was! Attached to the shop was "The Secret Garden" in which I found a statue of St. Francis of Assissi. I've been looking for the perfect one for my garden for months and WE FOUND HIM IN THE SECRET GARDEN!!! Y'all, he's just the happiest St. Francis I've ever seen and he is now currently residing in my herb garden w/ Quan Yin
Fast forward to Midnight. That's when our gig started. We'd had a quick rest at the condo, the one mom/owner came back for us to lead us up to the event. Thank goodness she did because there were so many twists and turns it was scary! THe event was from midnight to 3am and can I just tell you how thougthful and considerate those kids were? Just about every single one of them thanked us for being there and for going out of our way on our sister weekend to do this for them. One of the kids even brought us snackies because she wanted to make sure we were comfortable. So sweet! By the end of the night we were tired, but happy so once we got back to our place, we pretty much passed out on the bed. hehehe
THe next day was the long drive home. Believe it or not, after that late night, we still woke up at 8am to a beautiful, crisp morning. Lu and I walked around the corner to this French coffeeshop to get some coffee and a chocolate croissant (how can you NOT at a French cafe like that?) From there we headed out. Our route took us past wine country, so of course, we HAD to stop. Can you blame us? hehehe We stopped at the Robert Hall Winery, took a little tour of the wine cavern, did a little wine tasting and had lunch out there. Yes, we each bought a couple of bottles of wine. How can you not when it's so tasty??? Incidentally, get the names for their grape crushing machines. There's 2 of them and their names are....LUCY AND ETHEL! (in honor of Lucy's fiasco in an Italian winery. )
Here we are in the courtyard:
Here are some views from the bell tower:
THey had a live band down in this courtyard while we were eating lunch:
And last but not least, as we drove out towards the I-5 which would take us on the last leg home, we found the "James Dean Memorial" at this one Junction. Further down was the gas station that was his last stop before he was killed in a crash. It has this HUGE sign/painting out front:
Seriously, we weren't even sure the shop was open till we got out of the car to take the pic. We were both bad and bought Almond Roca and Almond bark while we were there.
I logged on 914 miles all around, had long conversations w/ my sis, ate yummy food and saw beautiful scenery. I'm home now, tired still, but smiling because of the great fun we had :D
11 May 2007
Speaking of which, I'm worried about my Henna Supplier (http://www.lifeart.cc). Janet lives w/ her daughter on Catalina Island, which has been evacuated because of a raging fire on the island. It's encroaching on the area where she lives. If you've ever talked to her, you'd know she's an incredibly sweet person. I'm sending out "stay safe" vibes to her and her girl today. Actually, also, to the other residents and safety personnel involved.
Paintings...well, I've got at least 7 more pieces I need to add to my "Soulmates" section. They're small, but they're nice. I've also got 2 online stores going on through Spreadshirt.com (http://lernie.spreadshirt.com) and Cafepress.com (http://www.cafepress.com/lernie). I'll be changing up the pics on some of the merchandise at a later date. For now, the images are the "Trio" of my favorite Soulmate Paintings and one is the image I used for my show postcard at Hair West.
Hope everyone's having a great Friday :-D
05 May 2007
There are a lot of great women on this board. I've met a few in person. A couple have become really good friends...kindred spirits...very much 'Ya-Yas'. Mamabear is a Ya-Ya that I never had the pleasure of meeting in person. However, many of her posts were wise. Many of them were pretty humorous. She seemed like a very sweet and caring person...a very strong woman. Yesterday, we lost her to a long battle with cancer. Paula outlived all her physicians predictions and lived life to the fullest. I know her family will miss her dearly, as well as the 'family' on the board. There's a lot of grieving going on there today.
I'm kind of babbling right now. I wish people didn't have to go through the pain of dealing with cancer. It's affected my cousin (who thankfully won her battle), Paula, Trace, Gritsy's sister, my 'THyroid sisters'...just so many good people. Sure, I had Thyroid cancer, but really, my battle wasn't as tough as the others. Yes, I have to keep a check on things, but really, when I think about it, I'm alright. I KNOW I'll be alright. Hey, at least I didn't have to go through Radiation Therapy or Chemo. The treatments I had, though pretty danged uncomfortable, were less invasive than the others.
We'll miss you, Paula. There's a new angel in heaven now. I'm glad you're not in pain anymore...
26 March 2007
05 March 2007
Funniest part was that there was this mini-train that you could take around this small section of the gardens. You sort of sit on it like you would on say, Disneyland's Matterhorn Bobsled and ride it around. It made me feel like a little kid, but we all had a great time
I love Huntington Library and it's gardens, but I must admit, I like the not quite as formal feeling you get from the Descano Gardens. It almost feels like you're hiking around in nature as opposed to a formal garden area. It's just gorgeous out there!
I'm seeing a few ideas in my head for new paintings. Maybe I'll paint some new landscapes from some of the photos I took.
03 March 2007
Also, I recently found out that I'm going to have a solo show in Newport Beach. It's actually at a hair salon out there. It occurs to me that my solo shows have always been in somewhat unique venues. I've been in restaurants, coffeehouses, hair salons...I've even had work show in a rehab center of all places (no, I wasn't in rehab, but the curator of the show was using the wall space for shows. hehe)
16 February 2007
I love stories like this. (Prehistoric Romeo and Juliet)
Anyways, doesn't it make you wonder what the true story was behind this couple?
02 February 2007
I've got a couple of pieces being juried for another Women's show, too, but they're still judging all the artwork submitted. I'm hoping I get into that one, too. Cross your fingers for me!
Other than that, I've just been working on a few sketches for some funky ideas that have been running through my head. I've got this theme about masks that I'd like to work on. It's sort of up in the air right now, but the main thing I have to do is a plaster cast of my face. It's going to be fun, but super messy, I know. If I'm bold enough, I may document the whole process w/ my digital camera.
That's it for now. Signing off.
01 February 2007
Anyways, it talks about this little girl who was always so tired, had dark circles under her eyes...a little girl who should have been full of energy. One morning Dusty woke up w/ a lump on her neck. Tests showed she had Thyroid Cancer. She was only 6 yrs old. One of her dreams was to meet Wonder Woman so the Make A Wish Foundation put her in touch w/ Lynda Carter.
In my book, celebs are just regular people like you and me. I'm not one to chase down a star if I see one (and I've seen a few). Sure it's cool to meet someone you admire from a show or movie, but really when you get down to it, they're just people. However, in this instance, it was refreshing to see that this major actress took the time out to make a little girl's wish come true. It seemed like a boost for the kid not to give up. Lynda Carter sounds so down to earth in the article. It's nice to know that in a time where most celebs have so much negative press, there are still others out there who genuinely want to help those less fortunate. I sort of wish I could see MORE articles like this one http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/local/amread/article_1551288.php.
Anyways, the best part of the article was that even though that poor kid went through YEARS of surgeries and treatments, she finally went into remission when she was 16 yrs old. Let me tell you, I felt like such a whiner after I read what she'd gone through. Ok, yeah, I've been dealing with junk for the last 16 yrs of my life, but I was at least an adult when I had all those surgeries and treatments. She was just a small child. I guess this is just another reminder to live life to the fullest. Brave people like Dusty remind me to do so.
29 January 2007
So this year, we're hoping you don't have to hear way too much about me and my Thyroid Issues (for more on that, click on those links to the side for past 'issues'...haha...my husband lovingly says I don't just have 'issues', I have a WHOLE subscription.) Currently they've kind of got me levelled out w/ my thyroid meds so I'm not getting quite as many killer headaches and the mood swings are few and far between. My endocrynologist was talking about giving me one of those crappy RAI-123 tests again later on in the year. I know I HAVE to do that, but I HATE to do that because they take me off my meds and then my hormones and body just go haywire. That's a whole other Oprah. Let's not go there just now.
Painting-wise, I've been in a fugue. Don't know what that's all about. I've got some new ideas that are slowly taking shape. They're all up here (as I tap my head), I just have to do more than sketch them out. The execution of the ideas is what needs to happen. I want to try something more 3D. When that happens, I promise I'll post about it. For now, though, I've entered a couple of juried shows and am just waiting to hear from.
Oh yeah, I know it's only Monday, but I'm SO looking forward to this weekend coming up. It's our 17th Anniversary!!! Yeah! It doesn't seem like we've been married that long until we realize the number. I'm lucky to have Chris...ok,I've got goofy-grin syndrome...this means I'm going to get sappy if I don't stop myself. So I will. hehe