Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dog-n-Jog 2014

   I was privileged to be asked by HSGKC (Humane Society of Greater Kansas City) to design their event logo and t-shirts once again. I've been creating the logo every year since 2005. This will change from 2014 on: the logo this year will be "remixed" (color changes) for proceeding years, rather than a whole new design. This is smart because it gives the shelter a recognizable brand for their events, and greatly simplifies the work.
   While it's a little sad to think that I won't be doing new logos every year, I never seem to have trouble keeping busy and this will free me up for new creative projects. (Art Unleashed will follow the same plan.) So without further ado, here's the logo:
And the t-shirts will be charcoal gray:
   And this year, for the first time, they asked me to design the race bib, too! This is very exciting to me as a runner: my first race bib design. I gave them two options. I have a favorite, but am awaiting their selection.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Quote: the Heart

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."   — Helen Keller

Monday, April 21, 2014

Not So Bad

   Some idiot droce through my yard yesterday, making a wide u-turn through the grass. Really?! Loren and Betty both came by to talk with me about it. They were home at the time. Betty thinks she saw the car. I filed a police report because I'm upset at the disrespect that this act shows, and the fact that I invested a lot of my time and money in my lawn last season. But that's little worry compared to how bad it would be if someone got hurt.
Hopefully they'll catch and prosecute this maniac before they run over somebody's kid or dog.
   Speaking of dog, as I was outside inspecting the damage, taking photos, and then mowing the lawn, my buddy Loren and his dog Champ stopped by to chat. And soon after, Betty stopped by with her newly-rescued husky puppy, Brie. That made the day better. I am blessed with WONDERFUL neighbors!
   And just when you thought things were REALLY good, they get even better! I was about to try to scrape together a meal from random leftovers when Abby texted to say she was bringing me some pizza. She found an Auntie Ann pretzel bread mix and turned it into pizza crust, with a little sauce and cheese, and loads of sausage spiced with fresh basil and oregano, and ham. SO GOOD. The perfect fuel for a run with my pups. We went out after dark and enjoyed the cool evening, with the wind blowing Bradford pear petals all over us as we were coming across 91st street.
   It didn't take long for me to forget all about my stupid yard.  :)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Overland Park Arboretum

   I've lived in my house in Overland Park for more than nine years. So it was about time that I finally made it out to see the Arboretum. I met Joni, Kip, and Asher; and Kristi, Brandy, and Bella, for a nice Easter stroll.
   Dogs are not allowed on the concrete trails within the main portion of the Arboretum… I guess too many bad apples spoiled that bunch. But the pretty wooded trails are open to all.
   Even Easter bunnies.
   The only problem was that the ticks are already out. We were flicking them off ourselves and our dogs the entire hike, and several of them came home with me, leaving enormous, itchy welts on the two spots where I was actually bitten. Being allergic to tickbites SUCKS. Reminded me of this earlier experience.

Bad Bunnies

   Everything was fine until Taylor's bunny ears fell off, and Aki snarled at him for his insolence. I tried to get Kismet to wear them too, and she was willing, but they were just too big and kept slipping around her neck.

Easter Eve cookout

   Britten and Rich plans to come over this evening to grill and enjoy the perfect weather on my deck. What we didn't plan was what we were going to eat in advance. We decided we would just each get some things and see what happened. Food roulette! Well, you can probably guess what happened… We had a TON of food!
   Barbecued pork chops, jalapeno–lime slaw, roasted brussels sprouts with bacon, skewers with bacon wrapped shrimp and poblano peppers, soy marinated portobello mushrooms and poblano peppers, dragonfruit, tomato and onion salad, toffee-dark chocolate brownies, and two bottles of wine. So it was both a pleasure and a relief when Scott and Abby and August showed up to join us.
   It was one of those nights that always makes me question why I don't do this a lot more often. So maybe this year I will!

Easter bunnies everywhere!

   My holiday shopping took me to Walgreens, who had these awesome pink and white bunny ears. Literally seconds of fun!!!
   I ran into the real bunny at Price Chopper. Who knew he was so tall?!
   Okay, this one isn't a bunny… It's an Anubis. But come on--look at those ears! All he needs is a cute pink basket full of eggs hanging from that scepter! I took M'kiylah to see the King Tut exhibit at Union Station this afternoon.
   Video of the adorable and accommodating Shibas here:
   Joni and I even made fools of her three dogs:
We bribed them with Easter treats… Yet another bunny.
   And then we boarded the sushi train for our own dinner. No bunnies there, just lots of delicious sushi!

Happy Easter morning to you

   My bunny – err, kitty – greets the sunrise. (And all the little happy, noisy birds who have come to enjoy some breakfast.)
   Of all the amaryllis I've owned, I don't think I've ever had one flower a second time. But today the one that I got in 2012 decided to open up!
   These are the cute Easter treats I picked up for my one year-old neighbor, August. Target had the greatest little sippy cups! And I drew matching characters to complete the gift.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter + curiosity...

   ... Nearly claimed my cat! I was wrapping up a box of gifts to send to my nephews in Los Angeles, when Kismet jumped on the table, and climbed inside the Paper Source bag. She got stuck in one of the handles, and the rest was history. Hilarious history.
   There are two other videos of this scene in my Instagram account as well… Aki and Taylor popped into try to help, but Kismet was not having it!
   Later Taylor and Kismet sparred a little more:


   Somehow I just realized that Warrior Dash is the day before Trolley Run. And I signed up for both. This is going to be interesting… At least, that's one word for it. Painful might be another ;)
   Warrior dash is a 5K plus a bunch of obstacles and a whole lot of mud. Trolley run is an easy 5k course. I think I should be okay. Or I would have been, had I kept up my training. Somehow all the travel and snowboarding and long boarding and diving have kind of messed that up. I can't wait to draw the aftermath of that weekend. I may be in traction.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Snow Fair

   Welcome to the schizophrenic world of Kansas weather: 84° on Saturday, snow today! (Of course, I love this reprieve. it was already getting too hot to run outside.)
   If I lived in Denver right now, I be calling in sick right now. And apparently Brett was thinking that it exactly as I was.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


   Super inspiring. I've watched this like three times. This guy is an animal and I love it.
And... WHAAAAAT???