Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book List Update

Editor's Note: Another old post I found in the queue. Needed an ending...still needs an ending cause I'm kind of lazy & cranky today. Hey! If you and swap the syllables in those words you get two actual words: "lanky" and "crazy"! Awesome!!!

My reading list is turning around!


One of the cute gals I follow on Instagram posted a picture of this and I immediately thought "a book about a Golem?! I'm in!" And it didn't disappoint. This book answers the question: "What happens when two mythical creatures end up in 1920s New York and become friends?" It's a really lovely book about love, friendship, overcoming (and giving in to) your nature, faith...And it paints a really unique picture of life in 1920s New York, which varied hugely based on your social status and ethnicity/religion/nationality.


Jen recommended I pick this up, and I'm going to listen to all her recommendations from now on! I have always enjoyed Stephen King, and this book was no exception. Creepy as all get out.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Lake Life

Editor's Note: This weekend was MONTH'S AGO! How did I not finish this post?! Argh, to say the least. Today there was frost on my car windows, so what better time to post a bunch of photos from a hot summer day?

Sometimes it can be hard to spend extended periods of time with your extended family. Personalities clash, schedules get confused, toes get stepped on, frayed nerves get shredded...

But you can either choose to get sucked into the drama and be miserable, and have a crappy time OR you can choose to do what it takes for YOU to have an amazing time.

For me that means beach, sandcastles, and pretending I'm one of the kids.

Our EPIC sand castle and moat! There were so many awesome sand castle cities taking shape on the beach, we just had to join in the fun. Immediately after we took this picture we destroyed the whole thing!
P.S. Who's the babe in the bikini? ('s me!)

The heat was too much for poor Dude so Grandma set out a blanket in the shade, got him a wet cloth to put on his head, we found him a book and he got to snuggle with Mom for a little bit.

Isn't my cousin's little girl adorable eating her giant marshmallow?!

This doesn't even scratch the surface of the good times I had last that weekend. Not even close. And maybe I wasn't as sociable with the adults as I could have been, but...who cares?!

xo Lisa

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Sometimes when I run...

I walk.

I dream.

I empty my mind.

I write about a dozen fucking amazing, insightful, clever, witty & funny blog posts...and forget them all immediately.

xo Lisa

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I miss...I love...

Last week A couple of weeks ago now Nadine posted a "Currently" list. And one of the items on her list was "battling the comparing game dialogue - she can make it work and makes it look easy, why can't I?"

I think about that shit all the time. But it's getting better, and less bitter. And more worldly even. Huh.

I know that very few people have it "all". I have met many people in my life that appear on the surface to have all the money, freedom, looks, luck, brains, nannies that they could possibly desire and they still are worried and self-conscious about something. They play the comparison game as well.

I thought I would do a little exercise here in self-exploration and expose some of those comparisons I make within myself. Sometimes it doesn't even take an external force for us to start comparing and complaining about what we have or do not have. (Or want...)

P.S. I might come across as a wee bit of a narcissist with all the upcoming photos of my gorgeous self, BUT I also think it's a kind of spectacular and necessary thing to splash real life lady-bodies all over the Internet. Like, everywhere. Chubs and all. Especially the chubs.

I miss blogging / I love not feeling stressed and obligated when I miss blogging

I miss having free time in the evenings / I love cooking for BFF and exploring the ravine with Dude

I miss the good old (less stressful) days at my job / I love my job!

I miss the past / I love the choices I've made to get me where I am today

I miss cable (some days...) / I love reading before I go to sleep

I miss the gym / I love working out in my underpants

(Tell A Story Interlude: Sometimes when Lucas is getting dressed - or undressed - he tells me he is going to take off his "overwear" and leave on his "underwear". Yes, it is super adorable. You can say "awwww" and giggle now.)

I miss having my own studio room / I love that I can create (read: make a mess) wherever I want

I miss scrapbooking and Project Life / I love this hobby and am still finding time and space for it in my life on my own terms

I miss financial security / I love being purposeful in my spending & saving, only getting the things I truly want or need

I miss Dude / I love being by myself

I think that this proves that the comparison game is only helpful if you can use it to look inside and see what a truly fucking awesome life you lead!

Or as an excuse to post dorky outfit photos of yourself on the Internet. As if I need an excuse!!

xo Lis

Friday, August 01, 2014

It's no secret that...

I want to paint a rainbow in the shape of a heart.

I want to paint the stars as they are seen by the Chandra X-ray Observatory & the Hubble telescope with all their x-rays and gamma rays and ultraviolet light showing.

I want to tell a story with a line and a splatter.

I want to write out all the words in my heart. One at a time.

I want to share all of this with as many people as I possible can...

I will be teaching a basic watercolour class at Treasured Memories at 6:30 pm on Thursday, August 21. I am really in love with how these turned out, and I can't wait to share this excitement with my students! Won't you join me...?

xo Lis