Still going at it little by little. I should be doing other things, but sometimes a girl needs a distraction (and sometimes this is all I can muster)… These are not all the updates to date, but all I have pictures of at the moment.
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Yesterday, we headed out to the other coast for a day trip. A friend was down for a visit, and we decided to meet up. It was a much-needed and quite awesome experience. My wife and I detoured on the way over and took a road that led into the swamp. We pulled over a few times to check out some of the wildlife. I’m so grateful that my wife indulged me like that. I was able to get some cool pics of vultures, 2 kinds of locusts, and a box turtle (<–really cool coz I have never seen them in the wild before). Then we headed out of a refuge where we saw more really cool critters. THEN WE SAW WILD DOLPHINS!!!! We were at the beach taking pics and noticed a bunch of people watching something in the water. That’s when we saw what it was: 2 adults and a baby dolphin! L and I were not dressed to go in the water, but we figured it was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. We pulled our wallets and phones out of our pockets. I held everything up high in one hand and walked out taking pictures with my camera in the other (I kept forcing myself not to play out any worst-case scenarios of being knocked over by waves or tripping and losing all our electronics to the ocean water). I waded out farther than L, and got a pretty good view of them. They swam about 4 feet from a lady and her adult son. We must have watched them for a good 15 minutes before they swam off towards the gulf. Luckily L and I had remembered to bring a change of clothes with us so we were not soaked the whole rest of the day. We were definitely on a high the rest of the day though.
We got home just after 11pm, but my head was already spinning with how tired I was by the time I pulled the car into the driveway. I slept like a rock and had a lot of trouble getting up in the morning. I was able to stay awake for a few hours before that same head-spinning, “about to pass out I’m so tired” feeling hit again. I crawled back into bed to sleep for another 2 hours. I’ve been up for less than 2 hours, and that feeling is back. I thought it may be from not eating enough today, but even having dinner has not helped much. I guess I really tired myself out these last few weeks. But yesterday was totally worth it. We got to cross 2 things off our bucket list…
I actually slept last night, roughly 7 hours. I felt good today, not tired, not overly hyper… AND I accomplished a monumental task (at least it has been since we moved here): I cleaned all 10 snake cages in one day!! For the past year and a half, I’ve only done 2 or 3 at a time, and it was generally weeks before I got the drive/energy to do more of them. I even ended up taking a break in the middle, going to get groceries for dinner, then finishing. That’s TOTALLY unheard-of in my world. If I ever take a break from something, I don’t go back to finish it (unless it’s art, and even then it’s a huge ordeal). I can;t believe I did it. I’m totally proud of myself. I also took pics of 7 of the snakes (3 were either too stressed or hiding too well). I miss playing with them. I need to do it more often. I’m just really glad my energy came back today. I actually enjoyed what I was doing. 😀
We also perfected the stromboli-making technique (well, ok, L did that while I finished the last cage). They came out really good and evenly distributed. Last time we had huge wads of dough at the ends while the toppings were all smooshed into the middle. This time there were toppings all over the place. L did a great job. (And I ate WAY too much for one night. I feel like I may explode).
Anyway, it’s amazing what a good night’s sleep can do to a person. I hope I can get another good night tonight.
One of my wife’s bosses at Michael’s turned us on to Perler beads (the ones you put onto a small peg-board and then melt together with the iron to keep the design). Little did she know she would unleash monsters.
Not only did it have 3 of us sorting colors for hours (the OCD sides to us all were SO satisfied when the colors were finally separated into their own little containers), but the challenge of doing an original piece based off a photo or object has me working for the whole day. I managed to get totally enthralled by the process of figuring out the proper bead/color placement to create what I was looking for.
I started out with 2 Hello Kitty designs yesterday and this morning based on little candy tins my wife has (she has a slight obsession with tins and containers). They came out pretty good after I got the correct head:body ratio. (I changed the vampire’s whisker color to purple like her clothes… the yellow just wasn’t working for me). I am not really much of a Hello Kitty fan, but I think these came out cute (and they are Halloween-themed, which just so happens to be my favorite holiday)
Then tonight I started my first realistic Perler “painting” using this photo from the internet as reference. I have a ton of tweaking to do, and this is just the start of it all, but I think I like where it’s going. My only problem is that I can’t decide which version I prefer: the one on the left or the one on the right. I ran out of the colors for the one on the left, so I tried the one on the right. I’m not sure I like it as much as the first one because the color contrast is much higher between the shading, highlighting, and base gecko color (though I really like that blue for him). I also have to set the eyes a tad father apart, and adjust the left side of the top “V” on his head. This one will be a HUGE project if I decide to go all-out and do the whole image (more than the crop used to show the reference gecko). So far the gecko’s head is a good 4.5″ (it should be noted here that the geckos themselves are only about 3″ full-grown). The black piece below him is the start of the patterning under his jaw (not easily visible in the reference pic included in the collage). Hopefully I will keep up with it, though I will have to wait until the extra beads come in. It has definitely kept my hands and my brain occupied, which keeps me out of trouble 😉
So, I made some tweaks and added more beads. I guess it’s not so bad with all the dark blue…