Thursday, February 24, 2011

I got the beat, I got the beat, I got the beat, YEAH!

Alright, I've already driven everyone else in my life crazy with this, now I'll annoy my blog readers with it too! There's a hooping move (and the type of hooping itself is often called "poi" hooping, done with two smaller hoops of equal size, using hands rather than body, for the most part) called the three beat weave that I've been obsessed with since last summer. I saw someone doing it in a You Tube video and immediately got myself some poi hoops and started watching every tutorial I could find. NEVER got it! I understood the mechanics of it, and could do the move one-handed with each hand, but as soon as I incorporated the second hoop, chaos ensued.
Last weekend I bought a larger (and thus slower spinning/easier to handle) pair of minis and decided to tackle my obsession again. Yesterday, I got it!!! Soooooo happy! It's a little rough yet (as you can see in the video), but I can do it, so I'll only improve from here! I think aside from stamp carving, hooping is the only "hobby" (or whatever you'd call it) I've stuck with the longest in my life. I haven't gotten the least bit bored with it. I think the fact that there is endless room for improvement and endless new moves to learn and different styles to explore makes it impossible for me to get bored. And the fact that I CAN master a move if I practice enough, even if said practice goes on for months keeps me motivated.
Achieving goals. Yeah, I kinda like it.

Monday, February 21, 2011

back to normal..whatever that is

Alrighty, splint is off, stitches are out and I'm feeling far more human. I'm so happy the surgery is over. As long as nothing weird happens while I heal (sometimes scar tissue can develop and cause things to deform), that should be the end of that. My nose looks pretty close to what it looked like before the break, finally, and I'm happy. It's never been perfectly straight to begin with - my mouth is actually slightly off-center and my nose sort of curves to follow it, so if the doctor had made it truly straight, it would actually have looked more crooked. But he fixed the damage/assymetry to the cartilage and I feel like my old self again. This surgeon is really amazing - he managed to do all of that (and this surgery was quite invasive) without bruising my face at all. Less than two weeks later, it pretty much looks like nothing happened (except that my nose looks better)!
Not much else to report. Billy got to go home from the hospital with a drain coming out of his back to relieve pressure on his kidney. I think he's supposed to find out today if they're going to go ahead and remove it, so there's probably more hospital time in the near future for him - but at least he's not in pain. He's hoping they just remove the troublesome organ, so I hope so too.
No new news on the will-we-keep-the-house-or-not? situation. We did hear from the law office last week, but there wasn't anything new to report. I'm glad that it seems like they're on top of things, though.
Had a great weekend - went to a party at a friend's house Saturday night. She's someone we both REALLY like but had fallen out of touch with. I'm glad we're back in tough again. I made her a hoop and brought over some of my own hoops, and gave an impromptu indoor (due to rain) hoop class.
She says she's addicted now, so yaaay! I always love bringing someone else into the hoop world. We also met a really cool couple who happen to live right near us. The husband is a professional AMAZING one, it turns out. It's funny how we keep meeting artists and creative types now that we've chosen to point our lives in that direction. A good sign, I guess. I look forward to getting to know them better.
Now I really should get up and make some stamps before heading out for my get-out-of-the-house day. :)

Monday, February 14, 2011


Happy Valentine's Day! The picture above is Jim's first stamp design. Pretty cool, huh? he trying to tell me something?
We spent today in Ventura having a few silkscreens made of some of my designs - finally! Hopefully in the next few days I'll have some t-shirts to list in our other Etsy shop and we can get that part of our business rolling. We had lunch at Brophy Brothers..YUM! Clam chowder, garlic baked clams and blood marys. Then we ran around and did a bunch of errands. Now we're both exhausted and not feeling very Valentine's-ey.

We don't really buy into this particular holiday anyway. It was fun when we were a new couple, but after 13 years together, I think we've pretty much established that we love each other. I'd rather express that in small ways each day than make some big, contrived gesture when Hallmark says we must.

I'm worried about my very good friend Billy. He's had a bad kidney all his life due to a birth defect, but now he's in the hospital about to have it removed. It's been causing him a lot of problems, so it's probably a good thing, but knowing someone I care deeply about is in pain makes me really unhappy. Plus he doesn't have health insurance (a predicament Jim and I are about to be in, actually) and this is going to cost a fortune. He's got an amazing girlfriend and I know she'll be there for him, taking good care of him, but I hate that they're going through this. Billy, by the way, is the guy responsible for most of the artwork on my body. It pretty much impossible for me NOT to think of him at least a little each day. :) I'm praying for his quick recovery. The worst part (for us..obviously the whole thing's much worse for him) is that they live on the East coast and we can't go visit and be there for them.
Sending prayers and reiki your way, my good friend.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

nobody really nose

Alrighty, so, surgery went well. I have to say I have a really amazing plastic surgeon. This is the second surgery he's done for me, and the second time he's managed to do it without giving me black eyes! This surgery was more invasive than the last one, with him having to cut the septum for an "open" procedure, so I was expecting the worst. I woke up surprised to find myself breathing through my nose - no packing!! Usuaully with open procedures, the surgeon will pack the nose full of what are basically tampons, and you spend a week or more breathing through your mouth, totally miserable. He'd warned me he'd have to do it this time, but then he didn't!!! I was quite happy. So..I've got the stitches, splint and a faceful of tape, but at least no black eyes or torturous packing.

The day after the surgery was kind of weird - I woke up with pretty severe pain in my chest and back. It felt like all the muscles were in total spasm, as though I'd been doing crunches the entire day before or something. It was hard to breathe or move and I spent the day knocked out on codeine. It's unusual for me to use painkillers at all. I had major surgery on my spine a few years ago and never took anything stronger than Tylenol. I have no idea what that was all about...did something weird happen while I was under? Ugh, that was a bad day. By Thursday, though, I was up and about, making stamps and getting work done. I still have to take it easy and I've got a ways to go before I look normal again, but I feel much better. SO glad that's over. I hope the results are what I've been hoping for and that this is the last time anything has to be done. It's amazing what a dragged out mess that 30 second second encounter with my dog's head became.

Not much else to report. I've been making and listing quite a few new stamps, the shop is pretty busy. On Monday we should be having some silkscreens made of a few of my designs, and will start making some t-shirts!! Finally! We really, really need to get that end of the business rolling. The shop being busy is all well and good, but it doesn't pay all the bills by a long shot.
So here's to LOTS of new, sucessful business ventures and a totally healed-up, straight nose in the very near future.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Hoop, there it is!!

Alrighty, so much for my brief-but-frequent blog post plan. It's been a wild month, capped off with a rather trippy trip to Vegas. I completed the 30/30 hoop challenge, and as you can see above, even hooped in the desert enroute to Vegas. When it comes to hooping, I'm apparently very dilligent and devoted. That photo was taken on top of the post of a burned out (or perhaps just fallen down?) house just off Pearblossom highway. I have a weird obsession with that house. I can't seem to find out anything about it, but I love to see it when we're in that area. There's something really lonely and beautiful about it. It was really fun to hoop there.

The shop is busy busy busy, and it's a pleasure to be able to easily keep up with it. We still don't have much going on in the way of screen printing, but we're getting closer. The house is still in foreclosure and our lawyer is on top of it, in theory.

Tomorrow I will be having surgery number THREE (or is it four..depends on if the break/re-set sessions count) to repair my broken nose. This is going to be a more invasive surgery than last time and I admit I'm a bit more nervous than usual. I'm going to try to keep myself distracted today, between hooping and work, and just generally enjoying the goodness in my life. Hopefully tomorrow will go well and I'll heal up quickly, and the whole dog-induced nasal nightmare will be a thing of the past.
Cross your fingers for me!

About Me

Hippieville, CA, United States
This is the story of life after losing the "real" job and the house, trying to find the middle ground between making a living and actually living.