Tuesday, August 26, 2014

National dog day?

   While I suspect that "national dog day" may be a ploy created by dogs to get more treats, I celebrate it nonetheless. Happy national dog day, Aki and Taylor!

It's officially official!!!

   Announcing a moment for which I've been working for nearly a year… I am flashing a big, BIG OKAY sign!!!! I don't know yet whether you can drink champagne underwater, but I intend to find out.
   What a difference a few years makes… I went from not swimming to swimming five years ago; to open water certification four years ago; to taking a trip with a group of strangers to Honduras one year ago… To all this. I am now a professional Scuba diver.
   My deep diver specialty card should already be on its way to me. And I've done all the diving to complete specialties in night diver, wreck diver, underwater navigation, and peak performance buoyancy... Just need to complete the reading and written work.
   I started my training journey last October as a way to get more comfortable in the water, and it seems like it worked! I dream of being in it all day long.

Monday, August 25, 2014

BBQ heaven

   Allyson & Scott invited me over for a Sunday night cookout at their house. Scott made Korean barbecued short ribs, and Allyson made stuffed jalapeño peppers that came right from their garden. I brought my cilantro–jalapeño-lime coleslaw. And then we jumped in the hot tub. Perfect way to relax on a "school" night.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Busy day!

   We started off the day at the vet for our Aki's vaccines, to check the dogs teeth (Taylor chipped one of his canines), and to check their weight. Great news: Aki is 20.7 lbs and Taylor is 21.3, perfect!
   Aki: "I don't always go to the vet, but when I do, I lie under a chair so I sneak by undetected."
This boxer also hope to get by undetected:
   Because the dogs were so good, I took them to the farmers market on the way home for some interaction with people and some fresh, smoked ham bones. I enjoyed talking to the vendors, and especially all the orchids that one had for sale. The dogs aren't allowed inside the market, so they waited patiently at a bench just outside. When I returned to them, a nice, older man who is at the market every Saturday was sitting with them, Taylor on the bench next to him, head on the man's lap. He informed me that they are such nice dogs that he could have sold them several times. I'm glad he didn't: I have grown rather attached to them.
   When I got home, I decided to try to keep up with my buddy Rich in training, and go out for a run. It was the hottest day of the year so far, with a high of 97°, and a heat index much higher. So, it sucked. In the first mile, I was doing my usual hotdogging and missed a step, landing hard with my right knee directly on concrete. I had to run with this awful, bloodied knee for the next 4 miles.
   The reward was when I return home: completing the ice bucket challenge for ALS (both Rich and Danielle challenged me). http://instagram.com/p/sFiLceF9Ct/ I may incorporate this as part of my regular running routine. ;)
   Next, I made a quick run to the dive shop for the Roatan meet and greet. And then headed out to meet Rich and Britten for a refreshing swim and friendly volleyball match in their neighbors pool:
   We went out for Thai tapas afterward. And when I got home, I still had a little bit of steam left to work on my art work for Hallmarket on 9/27. Kismet "helped." I am having a blast with this new stuff and can't wait to share it with everyone.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Art Unleashed!

   The big annual Art Unleashed event is tomorrow night, but you don't have to wait to start the bidding--and if you can't attend, you can still place your bids on your smart phone! Get all the details here: http://www.hsgkc.org/events_artunleashed.html
I hope they'll make the shirts I designed available for purchase online too...

Happy jellies

   I finally made it to the Thursday lunchtime drawing session today, and the theme was jellyfish! I so hope to see more of these cool dudes in Roatan, but I hope to not be caught in a cloud of a million of them and have the crap stung out of me like last year. ;)
   Note to self: turn off your light during a night dive if you start seeing the world through jelly-colored glasses!!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

You say tomato, tomato say…

   David brought another huge bag of tomatoes for me today. And Gretchen thought that Brenda might like some, so I sneaked them into her office with this drawing. Heh heh...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


   Finally attempted to cook the squash blossoms I bought at the farmer's market. I give you: fried goat-cheese-stuffed squash blossoms (with fresh basil and homemade sundried tomatoes). Dee-licious, especially with real crabmeat and Texas caviar. Southwestern-ish delight!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Just... Wow.

   Woke up to this absolutely stunning view! No filter, just the majesty of Mother Nature!