liralen: Finch Painting (Default)
I feel a little like I'm slipping sideways instead of moving forward or back. I'm still gaming, but in different venues than just TF2. I'm now playing Terraria, Civ V, CS:GO, Overwatch, Payday 2, and, most of all, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, mostly because I get to play with Jet, and he and his friends really like playing with me, no matter how good or bad I might be. I'm helpful, I cheer them on, and I usually do something smart in a game where there are so very many ways to die by being stupid.

Still, I've decided that I'm out of competitive, and that's been a good decision all around.

I am painting, spinning, and even dyeing again. There have been some fun things in the past few months, and the bees are still doing quite well. There are mites, but I think I'll just treat them this fall and it might help with next year. I've been getting through a huge volunteer work load for the Longmont Studio Tour, and a lot of it has been for the marketing side of things, rather than just the art. But I've been painting again, backing things, and trying to figure out matting and framing as well. And, of course, John and I just had our 30th Anniversary and it was a good, quiet one, with the annual Boulder County Fair ferris wheel.

Some of the pretties... )
liralen: Finch Painting (Default)
One of the interesting things was that when I first started down the competitive path, I lost about 15 pounds of weight from my high of about 172 lbs, during the worst of the stressful days of moderating. Then, over the course of the six months of competitive, I got down to about 150 lbs.

I'm not a small woman to begin with, I'm 5'9", and I did and still do construction, so 150 was kind of frightening. The only time I'd ever hit that weight since my late 20's was also during my moderatorship, when I'd gone four months on extreme stress and got to the point where I came down with vertigo before I could actually stop and rest for a week. I regained my weight fairly quickly with actual sleep and food.

I did that again.

Within two weeks of quitting competitive, where I was cooking again, lifting again, and went from doing about 3000 steps on average per day to doing about 7500 a day now, I got back up to 155. Now I'm at 158 and steady with the usual daily fluctuations as I had been before all these adventures. The interesting thing is that even with the weight gain, I still fit into my skinny clothes, so I suspect that a lot of the weight regaining was mostly muscle mass that had atrophied when I wasn't moving around all that much and forgetting to eat. I went from getting breathless just going for a walk to being able to do my usual three mile walk easily.

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A Day

Sep. 10th, 2015 10:39 am
liralen: Finch Painting (monkey)
I had a Day, yesterday, which I was glad I finished.

I work up with more tooth pain in the relatively new crown, and I was really unhappy about it. It's been happening for the last three weeks, so I finally broke down and called the dentist and got an emergency appointment at 2pm. It was amazing how much relief I simply got from having made the call, at least I'd know what was going on...

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liralen: Finch Painting (Finch)
This day was an amazingly long day, but worth every bit of it.

It started in Columbus Circle, which is at the southwest corner of Central Park. It's where all distances from New York City are measured by New Yorkers. Right off the plaza was a beautiful mall, also called Columbus Circle and within it was the first of several performance arenas all connected with the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, including the Fredrick P Rose Hall for Jazz. It's a beautiful little venue.

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liralen: Finch Painting (Finch)
I spent a great deal of today with Jet, a friend and her two teenagers at the Denver Art Museum's Modern Masters exhibit and the Clyfford Stills Museum next door, so it was a mashup of some of the most influential artists of the last half of the 20th century.

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liralen: (crane)
I want to start by wishing everyone a very very Happy New Year, and to thank you for your support, friendship, and time. I am very grateful.

I'm not a fan of the New Year's Resolution, as I think if I'm going to resolve something or promise something, it really doesn't matter what day of the year it is. *laughs* But I am hoping that this new year will be good for everyone, and there are a few things that seem to be coming together for me in the coming year, and I shall do my best to make them work out.

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liralen: Finch Painting (Finch)
On my birthday, my third painting show was hung. *laughs* It's just a small space, at my church, but it's a very nice presentation space, and 10% of the proceeds go to the church.

We're heavily involved in the recovery efforts for the city, and were actually awarded a $10,000 grant for the relief work we're doing, so that we have plenty of materials and tools with which to do it. I love that the mother of one of our congregants got to learn how to use a pneumatic air gun to help. Maybe I should say that anything that's earned from this show goes to that fund?

Cut for pictures... )
liralen: Finch Painting (East_and_West)
Been wanting to do this for a while, as there've been a lot of artists that have done amazing work for both [livejournal.com profile] demented_dee and I for David and West.

So we've now opened a CafePress store for all the characters that Prism and I have created together. At the moment, it's mostly West and David, but we have a few pieces that are coming down the pike for the H.J. Raine and Kelly Wyre New Amsterdam boys and stories. We had a lot of fun talking with the artists who have already contributed to the gallery on Y!Gallery, and got their agreement to open a store.

It's kind of cool. Just click HERE, click on “West & East” (New Amsterdam merchandise, etc. coming soooon!) and follow the rabbit holes to buy amazing things from Grimmalkin, Rah, Haslin, Kyuubi, Imlikat, and others. All the art is work safe. Buttons, t-shirts, pajamas, keychains, journals, necklaces, cards, commemorative boxes, and the list goes on.

Half the profits go to your resident creators, and half go to the artists who help make our creations come to life.

Buy, share, tell everybody where you got the cool stuff.

Much love and David PJs,
Liralen Li and Demented D.

If you want to JOIN us in our madness or give us feedback on something you'd like to see added, see details here. )
liralen: Finch Painting (East_and_West)
Been wanting to do this for a while, as there've been a lot of artists that have done amazing work for both [livejournal.com profile] darkprism_fics and I for David and West.

So we've now opened a CafePress store for all the characters that Prism and I have created together. At the moment, it's mostly West and David, but we have a few pieces that are coming down the pike for the H.J. Raine and Kelly Wyre New Amsterdam boys and stories. We had a lot of fun talking with the artists who have already contributed to the gallery on Y!Gallery, and got their agreement to open a store.

It's kind of cool. Just click HERE, click on “West & East” (New Amsterdam merchandise, etc. coming soooon!) and follow the rabbit holes to buy amazing things from Grimmalkin, Rah, Haslin, Kyuubi, Imlikat, and others. All the art is work safe. Buttons, t-shirts, pajamas, keychains, journals, necklaces, cards, commemorative boxes, and the list goes on.

Half the profits go to your resident creators, and half go to the artists who help make our creations come to life.

Buy, share, tell everybody where you got the cool stuff.

Much love and David PJs,
Liralen Li and Demented D.

If you want to JOIN us in our madness or give us feedback on something you'd like to see added, see details here. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Moon)
Portland, the City of Roses, or more prosaically known as Stump City, proved to be a delight. We had natives guiding us to where the magic was alive and well, and it was a real treat.

It's been a few years since I've stopped in Portland. Maybe even a decade or so, for all that there are lots of people John and I knew that ended up here, one of John's brothers used to be there, but moved back to New Mexico. But since I got involved in fanfiction and the communities and sites that are devoted to it, though, I've gotten to know more people. And I made a concerted effort, this time, to get to see [livejournal.com profile] aetherbox, whom I know as Grimmalkin and Morgan/ieatyourbabiez on this visit.

So much of this trip was dictated by John's family, by his brothers or his parents, agreements he made that I'm supporting and following through on as part of the Clan and I'm happy to do that.

Still, all of that made being able to visit with these two a big deal for me. I'd planned my visit with Grimmalkin since March, and asked Morgan if she'd be available on the 19th as soon as I knew we'd be in the city. We were very lucky that she was able to take some time off from her second job to meet up with us and tour the city with us for all that she'd been up since five in the morning for her morning job. We were very grateful.

And the plans worked out beautifully. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Moon)
Portland, the City of Roses, or more prosaically known as Stump City, proved to be a delight. We had natives guiding us to where the magic was alive and well, and it was a real treat.

It's been a few years since I've stopped in Portland. Maybe even a decade or so, for all that there are lots of people John and I knew that ended up here, one of John's brothers used to be there, but moved back to New Mexico. But since I got involved in fanfiction and the communities and sites that are devoted to it, though, I've gotten to know more people. And I made a concerted effort, this time, to get to see [livejournal.com profile] aetherbox, whom I know as Grimmalkin and Morgan/ieatyourbabiez on this visit.

So much of this trip was dictated by John's family, by his brothers or his parents, agreements he made that I'm supporting and following through on as part of the Clan and I'm happy to do that.

Still, all of that made being able to visit with these two a big deal for me. I'd planned my visit with Grimmalkin since March, and asked Morgan if she'd be available on the 19th as soon as I knew we'd be in the city. We were very lucky that she was able to take some time off from her second job to meet up with us and tour the city with us for all that she'd been up since five in the morning for her morning job. We were very grateful.

And the plans worked out beautifully. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Finch)
Yay! In the two weeks that the show has been up I've sold three paintings.

That's been good.

Thing is that the third one was sold to a couple that John and I are friends with, and the wife is undergoing her second round of chemotherapy for cancer. And they wrote me to tell me that they really were amazed by all the paintings, and they bought the one for her birthday. That through my art, I'd given them a brighter day.

That... made me cry, for all the right reasons, I think.

My art mentor said, "There. That's why we share. Now you know you've affected someone with your art for the better."

I thought I was just playing with paint and paper and making pretty things... being able to provide them a bit of happiness when they needed it is far better.

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liralen: Finch Painting (Finch)
Yay! In the two weeks that the show has been up I've sold three paintings.

That's been good.

Thing is that the third one was sold to a couple that John and I are friends with, and the wife is undergoing her second round of chemotherapy for cancer. And they wrote me to tell me that they really were amazed by all the paintings, and they bought the one for her birthday. That through my art, I'd given them a brighter day.

That... made me cry, for all the right reasons, I think.

My art mentor said, "There. That's why we share. Now you know you've affected someone with your art for the better."

I thought I was just playing with paint and paper and making pretty things... being able to provide them a bit of happiness when they needed it is far better.

Read more... )
liralen: Finch Painting (Default)
Just lying on the couch in the library with the fire going, and scribbling... it's fun to think of it as just a scribble... Hope everyone had a sweet Halloween!

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liralen: Finch Painting (Default)
Just lying on the couch in the library with the fire going, and scribbling... it's fun to think of it as just a scribble... Hope everyone had a sweet Halloween!

Read more... )
liralen: Finch Painting (Ukitake_Surprise)
I've been mildly depressed lately, but I've been trying to pull out of it. Doing something about it helps...

But it's amazing, after a 90° day how much my spirits are lifted through the simple reality of a rain fall at night. Cooling the air and the house. The sound of it on the aspens is nearly as amazing as the scent of water in the air.

Stuff I've been doing... )
liralen: Finch Painting (Ukitake_Surprise)
I've been mildly depressed lately, but I've been trying to pull out of it. Doing something about it helps...

But it's amazing, after a 90° day how much my spirits are lifted through the simple reality of a rain fall at night. Cooling the air and the house. The sound of it on the aspens is nearly as amazing as the scent of water in the air.

Stuff I've been doing... )
liralen: Finch Painting (engine)
Getting the cards out as I just got overwhelmed with all the things that I had to do. I wrote down 10 cards, each with most of the lines filled with ToDo items. No wonder I was feeling overwhelmed.

I blasted through a lot in the last three days, but my writing has really gone by the wayside because of everything else.

A sidetrack, art from the eyes of a 70-something, the garden provides, and a Wolverine Review. )
liralen: Finch Painting (engine)
Getting the cards out as I just got overwhelmed with all the things that I had to do. I wrote down 10 cards, each with most of the lines filled with ToDo items. No wonder I was feeling overwhelmed.

I blasted through a lot in the last three days, but my writing has really gone by the wayside because of everything else.

A sidetrack, art from the eyes of a 70-something, the garden provides, and a Wolverine Review. )
liralen: Finch Painting (David)
I have always hatred recognition systems for things like typing. Speech recognition, at least, isn't all that slow, but handwriting recognition is pretty doable, but so SLOW compared to just typing. But I've noticed that when I get the Dragon Naturally Speaking fired up and running, I actually speak quite differently than I type. My language is different. It's why, when I write sermon parts, I have to read them aloud before they're finalized to make sure that they actually fit spoken language rather than written.

Sometimes it just cleans up the language, really.

I succumbed to temptation, today. )

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