Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Gotta love the heat

There is no in between temperature here in the valley. It's spring one day and a nice 60-something and then the next day it's all BOOM! 90+ degree weather. No nice slide from spring into summer, it just happens.

Penny has revealed herself to be a princess dog, who prefers to be inside in front of the air conditioning/fan unit in our living room than outside in the sun, even when it's a pleasant 78F. She also enjoys playing with ice, and long walks in the evening.

Etta has found a wonderful place to escape both the heat and the reach of the dog's tongue. A good thing considering she apparently doesn't have the brain capacity to move when she sees the dog coming.

She is also very helpful when I'm trying to photograph stuff for my shop. This is exactly the kind of help I need.

This is what I'm getting paid to do this time- organizing a bunch of files (minus the blue box which isn't part of it).

And a WIP of another ACEO which I have yet to finish. It's a fawn but I think it turned out looking more like a dog. The leaves in the background are fun, and this is more like what I normally end up doing if I have nothing else going on in a day- I fill a page with stuff.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

AA Treasury 6/25

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Aaand I'm back now

After taking on way too much for my first semester of college (18 credits + three labs) and getting a bit lost in all of that, I'm putting stuff in my Etsy shop again.

Basically I took the semester off of Etsy after being a bit discouraged by it but I'm giving it another try until I figure out where I want to go from there.

Summer's already here and we had a magnificent group of thunderstorms last night- they went right over the house and were loud enough to make the walls shake and break a few of the dishes in the cabinets. It was the puppy's first real thunderstorm but she didn't really care much- mostly she just wanted to know what we were watching outside and got really excited about it.

We went on a wonderful day trip to the Craters of the Moon National Monument before it started to get hot, which is really the time to go, since the whole place is covered in acres and acres of old lava flows. I'm told it's rather unpleasant to be there when it's hot, so I'm glad we managed to get there before then. I've lived here my whole life, and we've only driven past it before, so it was a good opportunity to see some more of the landscapes in the state.

No garden this year because the puppy ripped up the one we had last year and we haven't had a chance to build a puppy-proof garden area yet. My nosy neighbor is still being weird about my hens. It's gotten so I keep the blinds in my room closed when she's home so she'll stop trying to talk to me about them. It's not that she doesn't want them to be here- it's more that she just wants to talk and talk and talk about them.

Bullock's Oriole (kevcole on flickr)

We've had several of these lovely Orioles nesting around the house lately. They come by and raid the hummingbird feeders, although they haven;t been staying at them long enough for me to get any good photos.

Since I'm job hunting (again) for the summer I've been taking on some freelance office-type jobs for things like alphabetizing files, sorting papers/essays that have been turned in, and making lists which are all things I enjoy, oddly enough. Getting paid pennies for them, but its better than nothing while I try to find something that'll give me a regular paycheck for a few months.

Still working on doing the 100 themes challenge, and I'll be posting some of those on here soon. Depending on how they turn out I'll be putting them up for sale in my Etsy shop.

TL;DR: I killed myself with college work, now I'm back and I'm putting stuff in my shop again.