Random Instagram Dump

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I’ve discovered that if I don’t blog here, my traffic goes down and if my traffic goes down, I get less sponsored gigs. Go figure!  Hmmm…. So how about a rambling post about the few things that I can write about?

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1. Balance

I feel much more balanced than I have in months. It’s been a long hard journey but I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere with my work life and my social life. They’ve been at odds for years. I’m finally getting a good rhythm, balancing my work days with my go-out-to coffee mornings and my hang-out-with-my -neighbors-and-chat-the-day-away afternoons.  It feels so much better to be balanced. I’m happy and I can pay my bills too!  It’s a great feeling.

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2. Bug.

Oh, that girl.  She is the light of my days.  She is brilliant and sweet and turning in the most curious of creatures.  She’s got a quiet side to her these days. She’s not so outgoing as she used to be. She likes to explore nature and wander around by herself more than she used to. She reads whole books in a day. It’s pretty amazing.  One of her good friends moved away and I think her natural balance of friends has tipped a little and she’s still adjusting. She might be a bit of an introvert which is okay.

She recently went through a terrible time with anxiety. Her old trigger (kids puking in class) happened a couple times this last month (it’s life) and she went on a tailspin of anxiety about going to school in the morning. We tried toughing it out and it just wasn’t working. I was literally pushing her into her teacher’s arms in the morning while both of us had panic attacks.

Finally, her dad stepped in and he took her to school two mornings in a row. She didn’t like missing me but I felt like we were going backwards into separation anxiety that we’d conquered in kindergarden. So being with her dad was helpful. He’s a little more firm and a little less weak at the sight of her crying. She’s a smart girl, she figured it out. We’re looking into therapy too to see if maybe talking to someone besides me and her dad can help. It’s so hard to know what to do sometimes. But she does seem better and I’m so relieved. She’s brave and so proud of herself when she gets through a day. I love seeing her smiling when I pick her up.

3. Curry for dinner!

Bug is the pickiest of picky eaters. She doesn’t like butter or cheese or sauce except sometimes when you least expect it.  She’ll take a liking to something rare and special like super sharp cheddar or havarti of all things.  But it’s a small window of favor and as soon as you stock up on the new food she will quickly dislike it. She doesn’t like anything with garlic or anything too sweet like barbeque sauce. And then she takes on other people’s opinions about food too. She’s got all her dad’s idiosyncrasies about germs and restaurants and food that other people prepare… it’s just a real challenge to feed this girl. She’s not keen on Ranch dressing or even pizza. All the go-to foods that you can google for picky eaters, she does not like. In fact, I don’t even know what she does like. It’s the holy grail for me to cook something that she actually eats with gusto.

So you can imagine my glee when she requested curry for dinner last night. I almost did a cartwheel. She never requests anything (well besides Ramen noodles and Easy Mac which both have the nutritional value of a potato chip). Plus, I LOVE curry too. Yum!

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We still make time for little outings. Both of us love it so much. I never remember to take my camera with me anymore (also my kit lens is crapping out on me which is a huge drag) but I love getting good instagram shots. We hit the beach the other day after I picked her up from her dad’s. It’s hard sometimes that we don’t live there anymore but that doesn’t mean we can’t visit and walk around like the locals we used to be.

5. Gray

Do you see my gray hair? I am seriously going gray this year. It’s a turning point.

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6. Glendora

Bug’s good friend (and her mom who is my good friend too) moved to Glendora so we’ve visited them a few times. They have this park there called Big Tree Park and they’re not messing around with that name. This tree is HUGE. It was fun to sit around and talk with old friends while the kids scrambled and climbed the roots that are as big as dinosaur feet.

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7. Long Walks

I’ve been trying to incorporate small changes in my activity level.  I can’t seem to work in time at the gym anymore (too expensive and the windows I can go are better used for work) but I can work out in our little mini gym in our apartment complex and take walks with Bug or whomever will go with me.  Bug loves to work out in the small gym. She loves working out in general for that matter, little shredder that she is. She likes to ride up and down the treadmill and show off how many more push-ups she can do than me. She is in such great shape.

Yesterday we took a long walk up a hill by our house. We were probably gone two hours and it got blustery and cold on us. That happens a lot. We go out and start exploring and we don’t turn around to go home early enough. Before we know it we are racing the sun and wishing we had worn heavier sweaters. But all was well and I got a lot of good instagram photos.

That’s all I got!

Cardboard Woodland Creatures, Guerilla Photo Shoots, Latte Art and Missing Bug…

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We made some woodland creatures this week. Aren’t they cute?  Bug had fun feeding her cardboard friends in a cardboard warehouse for a quick photo shoot. It was like she was in a cardboard wonderland which makes me wonder what we’ll make next. Cardboard forest? Wouldn’t that be cool for a music video or something?  I love working for MettaPrints.

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Speaking of MettaPrints, I’m working on some branding pieces.  Giant cardboard paper dolls!  Or maybe small paper dolls that we can mail to our customers. We haven’t ironed out the details yet.

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Recently our cardboard deer and snowflakes went viral on Etsy so we’ve been making and shipping them like crazy. Then we got an order for some woodland creatures and we thought we had an order for a moose but it turned out to be a mouse.We made a moose anyway! Because we can.

Then we had to take photos of our moose because he was so awesome.  We took him to The Camp and did an impromptu guerilla-style photo shoot there without asking permission first. It was thrilling and dangerous.  I was afraid we were going to get kicked out with our giant cardboard animals because they have signs up that say “no photography” which is really kind of silly I think since everybody and their uncle has an iphone and is taking photos of their food or themselves. But whatever. We broke the rules with abandon.

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Funnily, nobody even seemed to notice us.  We fit right in. We may have found our target market.

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Oh, don’t mind us while we hang out with our cardboard deer. Just another random Tuesday, nothing new to see here.

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I love these smaller deer. They are much sturdier than the big deer and oh so cute! I love all things miniature. I want to make them even smaller. I told Teri I wanted to be promoted to VIP of the miniature department. She said that could be arranged.

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Check it out! Our cardboard deer in the wild!  Pürre was our first local customer so we had to deliver them in person, naturally.

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Then since we were at The Lab/The Camp I had to stop into the Gypsy Den for some latte art. Some people collect tiny lighthouses, some people collect miniature glass cats. I collect latte art (and also vintage bottle brush Christmas trees, make a note of it). The baristas always think I’m crazy when I order it but I secretly think they like showing off.  I was quite impressed with this latte art.

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And lastly Bug left me for a week.  She’ll be visiting her Dad’s side of the family for Thanksgiving and then staying up in Northern California for a few days.  Part of me is sad and misses her but the other part of me is really happy to have some quiet time to catch up on work. (I’m so behind!)  I’m also really excited for her to be with family. I know she’ll have a great time.

You’ll notice Bug is glued to the ipad. It’s not what you think. (Though it usually is. So it’s not like I can take any credit here.) I recently discovered I can download books from our local library via OverDrive. It’s super cool. You just punch in your library card and you can download any book that they have on their digital shelf. Sometimes even my books are there! I was super happy to find some  chapter books that Bug likes to read. The best part is they magically disappear off my ipad when they are due back to the library. No more overdue book fines!

Just thought I’d share. :)