With my work calming down–at least a little–this weekend, I managed to squeeze in some relaxation time. Hello, Fringe marathons, evening runs, and watercolor supplies. Grocery stores really sell apples short, as a fruit, and a quick glance at the produce section would leave you with no idea how beautiful apples can be. There are hundreds of varieties, all with different flavors and even colors–for instance, some apples are pink inside like the ones I’m painting. Some are dark red. Why isn’t Trader Joe’s stocking prettier apples? I can’t be the only one who makes food choices based on aesthetics.
Apologies for my recent silence — I’ve been buried in work and out of town. We’ll see if I can manage to post here more regularly this week! I have made time to update the shop a bit, and the new additions include this lovely photo and the pineapple study I created for Studio DIY a few weeks ago.
I was going to post a diagram of how to tie a magic knot today, but I painted it and it turns out there’s not really a way to make a shoe-tying diagram look good in watercolor. Or, I haven’t found it, anyway. So here’s some ice cream instead!
If you follow me on twitter or Instagram, you may have noticed me chattering about GISHWHES recently, specifically about kale. GISHWHES stand for Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen, and is associated with the charity organization Random Acts. Their website explains their mission in more detail, but simply put, Random Acts wants to “conquer the world one random act of kindness at a time.” I truly respect this notion that simply doing something kind, big or small, can have an impact on someone’s life. GISHWHES takes this a little further, assigning participants a long list of tasks ranging from charitable to completely ridiculous, all in the name of disrupting our ideas about what is and should be normal. Long story short, a nun on a waterslide or a flying Christmas tree accidentally shutting down air space can’t not make the world a slightly better place. I think this quote captures that sentiment pretty well:
If you want to keep up with my GISHWHES progress, follow my team’s Facebook page! We’ll be calling on our friends for help at some points and would love you all forever–and if that isn’t motivation enough, you’ll be able to laugh at the silly things we have to do next month!
Honestly, big dogs are my favorite, but there’s something about pomeranians that just cracks me up. I think it might be due to the ridiculous amount of fluff on such a tiny dog, and the fact that they often seem to stand on their hind legs and dance in a circle. This little guy was sniffing around Crimson Horticulture when I was there awhile back, and look, he’s wearing a vest!
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I recently took up running–an activity which, in itself, is exciting considering until-now prohibitive knee and ankle pain. Since I always enjoyed running as a kid, I’m pretty excited to get back into it (even if I am really slow…it’s only been a week! I’m improving!) Because my excitement translates into purchases, I ordered these fancy running shoes from Athletic Propulsion Labs.
They haven’t arrived yet, but I’mvery excited to see whether they can make me jump higher as the website claims. I’m tempering my expectations though–as great as it would be if they gave me the ability to leap over tall buildings in a single bound, the website says the maximum vertical increase in testing was 3.5″ so I’m not too hopeful about those Superman powers.