Many people don’t know this, but I’m silver certified in both Latin & Standard dance.
Anyway, because of this pairing up in dance class was hard. I told myself it was because the guys were shallow, but looking back, I realize it was probably because of Charlie.
Actually I’m pretty sure it was because of Charlie.
HOWEVER this did not stop me from entering a rumba contest! The rumba is known as the dance of love. I don’t know why. It hurts like Hades to do.
However I’m always up for a challenge and I feel it a crime to hide the world from my bota fogos!
Also, it was assigned.
The teacher lined us up in rows, girls on one side, and boys on the other, gave us numbers, and randomly matched us.When they got to the best dancer in the class, MY NAME WAS CALLED!! He went like this:
Of course when I saw that, I went like this:So both of us were like this:We got an hour of classtime to practice. It went real well.Oh yes. He was one of those dancers.
That hour was like slitting my wrists and doing pushups in the Great Salt Lake. I had had enough. I didn’t care if I flunked the class. I was outta there.However I have a lot of stamina and determination and felt I should continue on!
The next few days, I was on FIRE.
I got new dancing shoes. I practiced in front of the mirror.I went to a dance lab with my partner and practiced for HOURS and lost my favorite earring (and no, he didn’t tell me I was New Yorkering around with only one earring in.)
That might have been…a little different than…what…actually happened.
And I got an A in the class.
And the reese’s wasn’t bad I guess.
To kind of go along with the Butterfly Diptych :)
It was my birthday this weekend, and my friends gave me a Mary Poppins party (!) We had lunch w/a spoonful of sugar, explored the countryside, flew kites, and fed the birds.
And don’t you try to deny it.
I have no idea why I did a picture of this, other than it’s a total iconic 80s cult film. It was fun as heck to draw. Apparently the girl got to keep the dress after the show! I looked it up. In the dictionary. There’s a picture of her under the word “lucky”.
Another neat thing: the ballroom is shaped like a ball. (!) A small one. So she’s…just sort of…wandering around in circles.
I spent like 8 hours figuring this out
She just goes round and around!
Round and around and around!
I realize that not everyone can stay up til 3 in the morning to figure out the sequence staging of obscure Jim Henson films but as you may have noticed I am a very special sort of person and so it is with a great sense of responsibility that I step into this role.
Want more of that Goblin King goodness? Every year in LA there’s a Jareth’s masked ball. Fear him…love him…do as he says, and he will be something something. I can never remember that line.
And here’s the final!
Lots of thanks to pass around–Alex Bell, who helped me with the AfterEffects stuff, rendering and the 3D butterfly (I owe you man), Matt Gates, who composed the beautiful and haunting music, and for the images: Etsy, istockphoto, and especially The Graphics Fairy. Also, thanks to Greenwillow, who gave me the opportunity.
And now…the coloring post!
This post is hard for me to post. I thought ALL the entries were incredible (one had an entire castle panorama and another even had a giant stained-glass window in the background (Egads!!)) and I wanted everyone to win, so it hurts to say that only some people get stuff. BUT then I realized that everyone who entered is a winner, because they received the pure joy of coloring the picture! Your crayons may be smaller, but your hearts are full of love. Yes. You are ALL winners!*
*Except you don’t get stuff**
**aaaargh aaargh I’m such a jerk!
Alex Bell, the judge, said it was tricky to decide. He decided mostly on color schemes, so this is Coloring Contest: Hardcore. Alex is a crazy good artist, and has done Artist’s Alley at Comic-Con. Here is his blog. Go stalk him!
I promised I would post the coloring contest winnahs yesterday, but it occurred to me I’d better ask the peeps if it was ok to post these. They all said yes and here they are!
Elisabeth Clyde won in the 0-11 yr category
The 0-19 category had a tie!
20+ category winner was Kevin Nordstrom
And honorable mention goes to Julie Graham
Everyone, thank you so much for entering! I was thrilled with the response. You are all EPIC!
I don’t know what it is, but I’ve never seen bigger bugs than I have since I’ve moved downtown. They’re not just big…they’re LIKE NIGHTMARES FROM THE MESOZOIC ERA!!
Boy, I Raided that sucker. I Raided it good.
And then I sprayed it from this angle.
And then I sprayed it from this angle.
And then I sprayed it from this angle!!
Here’s a top view of me spraying it.
And then I vacuumed it up!
And then I took out the vacuum bag and stomped on it!
And then I set the vacuum bag on fire!!
And then I stuffed the bag down the garbage disposal.
HA! That’ll show it.
But just to be safe, I sprayed the entire apartment, including the walls and down the drains and stuff.
The rest of the night I had a weird cough and the world looked like this:
But I still couldn’t sleep, because I kept imagining centipedes crawling everywhere.
I was pretty sure I had the bug isssssue taken care of.
Until this morning.
Ok. Well so far I haven’t seen any more bugs. But, really…I’ve got to figure out a permanent solution here. Either I A) Need to find a bug spray that works better, or B) Get me a husband already so he can smash all the bugs. Aaargh! I hate marrying for the wrong reason!
My aunt is in charge of the elementary school’s Fun Run, and asked me to do a shirt design for them. For me, running requires…motivation, so I made this:
So I did a new PTA-acceptable design.
ALSO: in response to folks asking if there were more boy-centric coloring pages for the contest (which ends in just 11 days!), here’s one: