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Nov. 25th, 2009 09:55 pm
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I'm missing my family right now, hard. I talked to Mom on the phone today (which is kind of a rare occurrence since I moved to Texas; I think she's still upset that I left, but getting over it) and we cried some. This is the first Thanksgiving in over eight years that I'm not making the dinner and cheesecakes, taking care of the family, and it's difficult for me.

I'm out in Canyon Lake, TX, house-sitting for Cate and John and the boys while they're all at Disney World. Canyon Lake is roughly in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by hills and space and hours away from "civilization." And I knew going in was going to be a little lonely for me, because Allan's working the football events at A&M all day Thursday, and we won't have our Thanksgiving until Friday. But Cate's my BFF, and her familia es mi familia, so I said, "Hell yeah, I'll watch the animals and house while you take a vacation, woman!" and so here I am. Because she'd do the same for me, and Christ, talk about somebody who deserves a vacation.

So! Instead of being a whiny bitch about it, I'm counting my blessings. I am healthy, still have my folks, WONDERFUL friends, a really supportive family, my own place, skills that keep me in electricity and groceries (mostly), a FANTASTIC boyfriend, and the rare ability to keep a flame of hope alive in whatever maelstrom might come my way.

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all.

p.s.: The Menu (for Friday) in case you missed it the first time. It's okay to admit you're jealous.

-Turkey (with coriander rub): Chef
-Mashed Potatoes and Cream Gravy: Chef
-Cranberry Orange Chutney: Chef
-Green Beans with Pecans: Chef
-Cornbread Stuffing (w/sage and chorizo): Chef
-Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin: Me
-Basil Cream Biscuits: Me
-Pumpkin Cheesecake: Me
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Finally done with "Poppies," and I must say, I'm pretty freaking pleased. Original, sold; Prints available (size 11x14") for $70.

"Poppies"
Original 9x14"
Colored marker and India ink on illustration board
Time for completion: 350 hours

click for larger

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Okay, as some of you may know, I draw full-time, and market the work full-time. Which means a lot of time sitting with my head over a board, sometimes 16 hours a day. As I draw, I can't listen to music because I get into the music too much. It distracts me. So what I do is, "watch" movies or TV on my computer. I've been on a horror kick, and I'm okay there, but I've run out of TV shows on which to get hooked. See, I like to do back-to-back episodes of shows, just *boom* click the next episode and it's like an hours and hours-long movie.

But I've run out of shows! These are what I keep up with (or have revisited), but have watched all of:

-X-files
-Bones
-Californication
-Dexter
-Mad Men
-It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
-Grey's Anatomy
-Fringe
-Dollhouse
-House
-Dead Set
-30 Rock
-Arrested Development
-Big Love
-Firefly
-True Blood
-Angel
-Buffy the Vampire Slayer
-Heroes
-Sons of Anarchy
-The Office

I like linear story lines, although there are a few non- in there. I prefer getting really into some characters and it getting semi-dramatic, usually funny. Any suggestions? What's not on this list, is hopefully at least a few seasons old, or even not on anymore? (I watch all the L&O's, so that's kind of out; I catch up with them when I can. They're all pretty much the same, so...yeah.)

p.s.: No "24" or "Lost." Tried both, and I just can't do it.

menu

Nov. 18th, 2009 08:13 am
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Oh! And the Chef and I are cooking for each other on the day after Thanksgiving. He's got to work at A&M on Thanksgiving because good lord, the University of Texas Longhorns are coming to College Station that day to play the Texas A&M Aggies. These towns are so preemptively crazy about this event, you'd think the Pope was banging Cher on national television or something. Anyway, here's our menu:

Turkey (with coriander/something rub): Chef
Mashed Potatoes and Cream Gravy: Chef
Cranberry Chutney: Chef
Green Beans with Pecans: Chef
Cornbread Stuffing (w/sage and chorizo): Chef
Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin: Me
Basil Cream Biscuits: Me
Pumpkin Cheesecake: Me

YUM! WITH A CAPITAL F!
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So last week I'm toolin' down the road and some dude pulls out RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME and I narrowly avoid a complete T-Bone with my already well-established ninja-like driving skills, saving my life AND HIS but clipping my van in the front and his in the rear, and long story short, my van got totaled by Geico.

I've had a rental car for a week, made arrangements to buy some friends' car, went to empty out the van today and pick up my check. But see...the Missouri title on my car says the following:

"Donna G****** TOD Adele S****"

The "TOD" is a cool little thing that the State of Missouri lets you do with your car where if I kick the bucket, whomever I designated takes clear title of my car. TOD=Transfer On Death.

So Geico says, "Whoa, wait a minute. We can only issue payment to the name EXACTLY AS STATED ON THE TITLE." And I say, "Whoa, wait a minute. That's clearly not a name, but a designation of "Transfer on Death," which means if I die, then my Mom, who does not currently own my van, gets it free and clear."

Geico: "But we can only write it out to the name, "Donna G****** TOD Adele S****" because that's what it says on the title.
Me: "But there's no such person in the world. Or if there is, I don't know her. How am I supposed to cash or deposit this check?"
Geico: "THAT'S NOT REALLY OUR PROBLEM. YOU SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF THAT WHEN YOU GOT YOUR TITLE WITH THAT NAME."
Me: "So my choices are to accept a check I can't cash or..."
Geico: "That's your choice."
Me: "Then I'd like my van back."
Geico: "Um, your van is in pieces in our back lot."
Me: "So before I officially even sold MY CAR to you, you went ahead and parted it out."
Geico: "Yes."
Me: "Oh my God, you suck."

So I have this piece of paper that I'm supposed to have my Mom sign as "Co-Seller" even though she's not, and I'll have a check issued to "Donna G****** TOD Adele S****" and send it to my Mom with my name signed as "Donna G****** TOD" and her with her regular name underneath and see if her bank clears it.

I even called the State of Missouri to see what to do? And their ideas were to a) Go ahead and try to cash the check with a bogus name, b) "Try harder to convince Geico that 'TOD' is not a name" or c) have Geico call them and they'd explain it.

All of which seem less likely a satisfactory solution than just giving them a signed piece of paper that means nothing, getting a signed piece of paper in return that means nothing, and putting said piece of paper into a bank where I might get back green pieces of paper.

Whole thing makes me want to live even further off the discernible government grid.
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I'm working on this piece, "Poppies," which is definitely a departure from anything I've done previously. You can click the image for larger and larger, if you're interested in seeing how the stipple works in the coloring and shading.



It's relatively big for the process (colored marker and paint in stipple and wash on illustration board) and so far, I'm really digging how the fade out and focus in of the camera is representing on the board. Maybe two weeks to go? I'm about 200 hours in so far.

sale

Oct. 26th, 2009 11:53 am
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"Lilies"
8x11", colored ink on watercolor paper
Prints $55; Original $750


"Nasturtiums"
9x9-1/2", colored ink on watercolor paper
Prints $55, Original $600
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New piece for submission to the grant committee. Hopefully the whole ball of wax goes to them by tomorrow. I'm obsessively tinkering with everything.

"Nasturtiums"
9x9", marker on watercolor paper
$600

pride

Oct. 19th, 2009 10:14 am
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I'm proud every day to say [livejournal.com profile] catelin is my very best friend, in the history of ever best friends. This might sound trite, but she fights the good fight every fucking day, at home and at work. Whatever it takes to save a family, any family, her own included, she'll do. Making sure all sides are represented, all evidence is carefully weighed, all opinions closely heard, all options painstakingly scrutinized and pared down...It's a potential nightmare of holding in one's hands the fate of a family. I can't imagine any harder job, in her office or in her house. And she manages it. Sometimes at a secret, dear price.

Some days I want to whisk her away to a tropical island and fetch her suntan lotion and frothy cocktails. In a totally non-gay way.

Go hug a prosecutor/mom today.
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This is one of the pieces I'm submitting to the grant committee:

"Giverny Lilies"
8-1/2x11"
Stipple technique in marker on watercolor paper


It's for sale, $800. illustrationink@gmail.com

(Click x3 for large image)
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*note to self*: Do not be nice to dogs by letting them hang out inside on a rainy day. They will pee on your stuff and poop in the pantry ยท And eat all the cat food.

man...

Oct. 8th, 2009 07:17 am
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I'm dog- and baby-sitting for Cate and John while they're out of town for a few days, and so far the kids are awesome, but dogs are covered in asshole. Just...asshole*.

Cuz see, Cate warned me not to let the pug mix and the poodle mix hang out because there's been bad blood there, and I'm not a morning person? So at 6:45 when Buggy the Pug was already outside, I let out Riley the Shitbird Poodle out there too. I even saw them sniff each other and went back inside for coffee. Except I'm only NOW getting coffee, cuz holy shit, I just broke up a dog fight. [Don't freak out, Cate. There's only a tiny little bit of blood and I think it's Riley's. I can't find wounds on either one.]

All I can think is that Riley said something to Buggy to piss him off, because Buggy was attached to Riley's neck in a way that can only be described as, "Holy SHIT! I JUST HIT BUGGY IN THE ASS WITH THE HOSE REPEATEDLY AND HE'S STILL NOT LETTING GO!" I sprayed them with the hose and all they did was laugh at me. They're snarling and growling and grappling and spit's flying everywhere and they're rolling around the deck in a unified ball of kill and the OTHER DOGS? All, "FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!" mixed up right in, on and around the periphery. BECAUSE DOGS ARE ASSHOLES. So I finally reached in, bent two fingernails and snatched Buggy's collar and hauled him off, and pushed Riley away with my foot. While I'm practically choking Buggy out, dragging him to the house, Riley's trying to sneak in and get in more shots. Asshole.

Oh, and I'm in a bra and yoga pants back there, screaming at the top of my lungs, "RILEY QUIT IT YOU FUCKING SHITBIRD GODDAMN IT MOTHERFUCKERS QUIT IT!!"

Total time of fight: One minute. With freak-out chill factor: One hour.

So yeah, lessons:

1) Listen to Cate
2) Dogs are assholes
3) Hoses don't work on dog fights
4) Water doesn't work on dog fights
5) My fingernails hurt
6) Dogs are assholes
7) When breaking up a dog fight, all kinds of crazy shit runs through your head like, "I hope neither of you motherfuckers gets hurt because I DON'T HAVE MONEY FOR A VET and if it's you, Riley? I'm going to smoosh your head with my van to put you out of your misery and tell Cate you ran away, and if it's you, Buggy? I'm going to look all over town for a weird Pug mix just like you, replace you with your doppelganger, bury you up in Pflugerville and then run away from home."

*And by "asshole" I mean, I'm an asshole.

work

Oct. 7th, 2009 10:42 am
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This is my workspace, every day from approximately 7 a.m. till 9 or 10 p.m. Glamorous, no?

dying

Sep. 29th, 2009 01:52 pm
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You want cute? I'll give you friggin' cute:

Me and my brothers, 1966 and 1967, in San Juan, Puerto Rico:

mix tapes

Sep. 18th, 2009 10:17 am
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I just made THE BEST mix CD's for a friend:

Soft, Hard, Mssr. Dancy-Pants. )

tired

Sep. 17th, 2009 10:29 pm
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Today, I wrote twelve 500-word content pieces, and knocked this out:

"Blanche"

is to

Sep. 16th, 2009 08:36 am
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I just realized something very important:

Craig Shaffer is to David Boreanz



as Dennis Boutsikaris is to Ron Silver.

new stuff

Sep. 15th, 2009 12:13 pm
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"Invisible Girl #5" ($125):


Plus (in progress) "Courtyard, Interior":

cool

Sep. 1st, 2009 12:36 pm
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Kinky Friedman's jumped the Independent ship to run as for Governor of Texas as a Democrat. $3000 raises for every teacher, gambling in Texas (instead of sending that money to Louisiana), abolishing the toll road system and encouraging the light rail? Oh, hells yaw. Plus, Willie Nelson is onboard. Who doesn't love Willie Nelson? NOBODY.

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