Sunday, October 23, 2016

Pedal hopper

   When Amy asked if I would be interested in riding around Brookside on a 16-person bike like-vehicle and stopping along the way for drinks and fun to celebrate her birthday, how could I say no?? And the weather could not have been better: 74°? Where am I??
   Had a great time meeting a bunch of new people and pedaling hard to make it up the hills. Even reached my step goal for the day. 
PS: New Belgium brewing's tart lychee is a total winner!!!!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Made in the Middle

   Made in the middle: What a wondrously fun filled and inspiring creative conference, from the meet and greet happy hour last night, to the full day today!
   The Nelson Atkins was the perfect venue, a true oasis in the heart of the city. It was a sellout event, with 450 attendees from Kansas City and beyond. A great chance to meet and connect with other creatives, and leave with a big bag of beautifully designed swag. 
   I used this opportunity to practice graphic recording, a skill I'd really like to build. I got a lot of practice, filling up many pages in my new sketchbook!
      Big thanks to Tad and Jessica of Carpenter collective, the Kansas City chapter of AIGA, Hallmark and all the other sponsors, and of course all of the incredibly talented and charismatic speakers who shared their wisdom with us today.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Healthier and healthier…

   This may be my healthiest year yet. I've been drinking a gallon of water a day for the last two years or so. I've been walking between 8,000 and 10,000 steps a day most days since I received the Garmin for Christmas. And, working at home and rarely able to leave for lunch, it's necessary that I plan for all my meals and therefore always have good food on hand. 
   Most every day I have a big vegetarian salad for lunch. Every once in a while I treat myself to a "burrito salad": A frozen chicken burrito engulfed in spinach, cilantro, avocado, salsa, sweet potatoes, and an egg.
    And then I was invited to attend the Humane Society's annual "big martini" event this week. I have attended before, and knew they always have some fun silent auction items, so I grabbed a martini and some snacks and went inside to check it out.
   I've been struggling with not being able to run these last two months. I've biked three times in the last week, but it doesn't yet feel natural... We'll see if it takes. Haven't taken yoga in about three years and have been wanting to get back to it. So when I saw that there were certificates for a month at core power yoga, and a month of group and personal training exercises at the gym, I figured what the heck. It was a fundraising event for a great cause, and I'd probably get outbid anyway. At least I could help drive the price up so the Humane Society earned some real money.
   Turns out I didn't get outbid. So now I am the proud owner of two months of intense butt kicking. Which is exactly what I need right now to get back into a good routine. Feels like I was meant to be at that auction. Thanks, universe!
   My Saturday mail consisted of an Asian salad with Crane brewing's kumquat Weiss (c'mon--fruit is healthy!!), enjoy while making a ginormous pot of carrot ginger soup. My intention was to share it with Scot and Abby, not realizing that Abby doesn't really care for carrot soup. So instead, a bunch of it is going in the freezer for me to enjoy later. Love having fast and easy healthy options on hand.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Inktober insomnia

   I really need to stop saving my #inktober drawing for the verrrry end of the day… I am a very tired bunny. Good night, everyone!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Inktober chameleons

   Catching up on yesterday's #inktober drawing, here are a couple of veiled chameleons. (Continuing the reptile theme I started earlier today.)
   My first pet after college was a baby chameleon. It was so small that it could completely fit on my pinky finger with room to spare. Absolutely adorable! But they don't yet have the wondrous color change ability of the adults. 
   My chameleon, Zeus, eventually grew very large and lived past seven years old. Magnificent creature! personally I wouldn't get another because these guys are prey animals, so they never warm up to you like a dog or cat. But I learned a lot from him, and truly appreciated his beauty and unique abilities!

Inktober serpent rescue

   Quick sketch of a garter snake for #inktober - I rescued one from the street at dusk last night! Saw a dark shape on the road and wondered if it was rope or a snake. It was a snake! The poor thing panicked when it saw me, but couldn't quite climb the steep curb to escape into the lawn. I didn't want it to get hurt, so I picked it up by the tail and set it free. I love snakes!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Inktober jaguar

   Here's a drawing of a jaguar totem that I keep on a shelf in my dining room. I purchased it in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, after diving a couple cenote (underwater caverns). The first was called Chac Mool, The Jaguar God of Rain.
   It reminds me that courage is a very powerful thing--it unlocks all-new adventures!

Inktober hug

   Today's #inktober drawing was inspired by two things: how good it feels to receive a hug when you're in need; and how good it feels to give one to someone in need. Hope you'll share one today!
   And when I say "hug" I really mean any gesture that shows caring and kindness. The universe threw me an opportunity for this:
   Just returned from a walk with the dogs. As we were only a few blocks from home, I saw young man stop his car suddenly at an odd angle and jump out. He hurried across the street. My view was blocked by a car parked on the street, but I came around and saw that he was talking to an old gentleman in distress. The man was lying down in his front yard in the recovery position... Which made me worry that he may be having a heart attack. 
   We stayed a while and talked with him, asking questions to try to discern what might be wrong. He had been doing yardwork and most likely was overcome by the heat. The young guy eventually helped him to his feet and he was able to go inside. He declined any further help, although as a certified emergency first responder, I really wanted to do more, and I hated to leave him.
   As the young man and I were leaving, I patted him on the back and thanked him for being so kind to stop and help. He brushed it off as just doing what anyone would do, but seems to appreciate the gesture. I hope I did my part to make both guys feel like they had been given a virtual hug.
   Last week the dogs and I had an opportunity to help catch a dog on the loose and return him to his owner. We've done this several times before. When you're out in the world as much as we are, you have a lot of opportunities to get to know your community and demonstrate caring and compassion. 
   One thing I dislike about modern technology is that without face-to-face encounters, you miss out on unplanned opportunities for connection. And a thoughtful text message is great, but there's no way it can compare to the feeling of a dear friend throwing their arms around you and hugging you with all their might.
  Human connection is a powerful force, and we all need to feel the love.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Inktober bike

   #inktober 14: Took a long bike ride - my first in years. I'm quite inexperienced, and to be honest, they scare me. (To ride, as well as to draw.) 
   I rode at night with a reflective vest and headlamp, so that few people would be out, and the darkness would cover my embarrassment if I fell. 
   All was well & I actually enjoyed it! Which is good, because there is a lot more cycling in my future…
   It's Madeline's bike, which she loaned to me probably three years ago, and it hasn't got any love. Time to change that trajectory!!