Friday, September 25, 2009

We're having a store event

I just remembered yesterday was my six-year anniversary at my day job. Normally I'd get a raise, but they've been dropped from the budget this year as a result of the poor economy.

I had an anxiety dream about my work yesterday morning. In my dream, I woke up late at 10:30 am, horrified that I had slept in (I start at 8:00 am). I fell back asleep and woke up again at 1:00 pm, fell back asleep again and woke up at 4:00 pm. I slept the whole day away! I didn't call in to let my boss know I'd be late and I was certain I'd be fired. I was feeling a little relieved when I realized I was sick. And when I realized the house had flooded during the night, I thought I just might have enough excuses to get out of trouble. The flood waters had receded but the house was a mess. The rabbits had escaped from their cages. I woke up for real to see I had forgotten to set my alarm. It was 7:06 am. I had slept in six minutes but still made it to work on time.

Tomorrow is the "Fun On Foster" neighborhood event. Our store will be having multiple things going on in connection with it. 1. We will have a variety of local cartoonists in from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm drawing with kids that come in. 2. Any kid that participates will be given a free copy of a coloring books featuring local cartoonists. I printed these up and assembled them today. Sean Christensen did the art gathering and layout as well as the awesome cover below (along with Stefan Saito).

3. The art the kids draw will be hung on the walls as part of our September art show, which will officially debut in the evening. The proceeds from any of the pieces that sell will go to P:EAR, an organization that works with homeless and parentless youth. 4. We'll also be selling Cotton Candy.

I'm looking forward to the events. If a bunch of kids participate it will be awesome, but it's pretty hard to tell in advance how the turnout will be. We're going o have to put in an extra long shift from 10:00 am to 8:00 or 9:00 pm.

Here's a sample of some of the interior art work in the coloring book:

The theme of the coloring book is magic and fantasy.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

House Update

1. I have resolved that we are going to post one blog every day of this week. Allie started it off Monday, and then I dropped the ball Tuesday, my first day! It was so busy at my day job that I had no free time to work on it, as I sometimes do. After work I went straight home, washed dishes, made myself dinner and then went out with friends to see The Informant! It was a really good movie. I wanted to see it right away because I am such a fan of the director, Steven Soderbergh. I'd recommend it if you follow his movies, are a Matt Damon fan (he did an awesome job) or are looking for a weird, true story corruption bust, comedy.

2. I've been meaning to do a (semi) final update on our house project. The whole month of August was our own version of hell. Moving out for a week, and then spending the next three weeks moving back in and painting the hallway kept us busy and with a constant feeling of strees. It wasn't easy, but our floors look GREAT.

Here's some before and after photos. I previously posted some of these befores but I can't resist putting them beside the after photos. To some, these photos might be a bit boring, so if you make it to the very end, I promise you a photo of a very cute cat.

Mid project:
The new and shiny after:

Here's a picture of one of the new windows we installed:

Here's a before shot of the living room/hallway:

And here's an after with our new look:

We also painted the above hallway Peach Butter but I forgot to take some good pics of it.

3. This floor project, begun three years ago when we started removing the carpet, was such an ordeal, I told Allie we were done with house projects for the rest of the calendar year. It's such a nice feeling taking that off of our plates. Every day now I get home from work, do the dishes and then revel in my free time. There's nothing I have to work on. What this means for the future, hopefully, is more crafts, more zines, and more art, from both Allie and I myself. She's been using the extra time to crank out a ton of crafts (more on this to come) and I have been using it movies! I can't help it, it feels so good to relax.

I feel like I'm on the cusp of starting something real big. After years of hemming and hawing I finally feel ready to dive into some of these projects I've had in mind. I'm gonna bring it up here to peer pressure myself into following through. I don't want to tell you, (the friend or family member reading this) a lie do I?

Okay, I'm done for now. Here's that super cute cat photo I promised you. It's our cat Ouija showing off her stuff.


Monday, September 21, 2009

Blazin' the trail

So, lately we have been hiking. I bought this book about a year ago that has all of these day hikes around the Portland area. It took us awhile to use it, but Jeremy has really gotten into it. I like going, but it takes a bit of peer pressure from Jeremy and when I'm doing it I always ask myself, "Why am I doing this? What is the point?" But then I'll see some beautiful lake, or some squirrels chasing each other and I'm excited again.

This was where we went this weekend. It is called Punch Bowl Falls and it is located out in the Columbia Gorge. We saw lots of fish and cute dogs on the trail. We also got yelled at by a teenage squirrel who was chasing another squirrel. I think his voice broke when he barked at us. We went with our good friends Gariet and Orly. It is nice to be able to see Jeremy talking and hanging out with someone who has such similar interests. For the longest time he has just been stuck with me.

Our previous hike was to a place called Mirror Lake. We hiked there on Labor Day earlier this month also with Gariet and Orly. The weather that day wasn't as warm, but at least it didn't start to rain until our hike back.