Monthly Archives: September 2008

IF: Packed

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I haven’t participated in IF in a long, long time, so I was motivated to come up with something this week. Here’s my hamster that I had in high school, Simon LeBon. He was a silly little guy. He would pack his cheeks with food like someone was going to steal it all, but he was the only hamster in the cage. I was always amazed at how much he could shove in. My dog, Tigger, loved to watch him for hours at a time, but I think for different reasons. Good ol’ Simon. Oh look, there he is now! Wasn’t he a cutie!?!!

Naptime sketch

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I’ve been pretty busy lately getting back into the groove of preschool life, and finishing up a coloring book (I’m illustrating the coloring book, not just sitting around coloring – but that sounds fun too!). Anyway, I haven’t posted much art lately, but plan on getting back to that next week. So, in the meantime, here is a little guy I sketched yesterday while my preschool class was napping. Oh, yes, that wonderful hour of my day when all the activity comes to a grinding halt and there is nothing but the sound of naptime music and snoring. If I’m all caught up, I get to sketch a while. This was drawn with a very fat preschool pencil. Oddly enough, I end up drawing sleepy preschoolers a lot. This guy doesn’t really look sleepy – should have drawn him heavy eyelids. Give him a few minutes, that naptime music will do anyone in. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Random Acts of Kindness

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Today I feel compelled to reach out to any artist or creative that may be reading this blog, and ask you to do someone you don’t know a favor. It’s always a good idea to perform a random act of kindness, and please continue to do so, but today I’ve got a specific person in mind for your kind act: Paul Jerde.

Over the summer, Paul, a very creative man in Dallas was riding his bike when he was hit by a truck. He survived the accident, but is still recovering. I don’t even know this man, Paul, but was sent a link to his blog from a friend. (You may have heard about Paul through his friend Willie too.) You know how some people are blessed with a ton of lifelong friends? The guy that everyone admires and wants to hang out with forever? Well, from what I’ve read, it seems like Paul is one of those guys. Everyone says Paul is an amazing, super-terrific guy – and that is exactly what the world needs more of. I’m more than happy to send positive vibes out to Paul and his family.

So, I am asking that YOU take a minute out of your day, say a prayer for Paul’s speedy recovery, and then make him a card letting him know you are sending him ultra powerful positive vibes. Paul is an art director, and I’m sure he would appreciate seeing your beautiful artwork. I personally think it would do wonders for him, and could spark a real miracle. Plus, I’m positive that reaching out to someone in need can only bring joy & happiness to you too. Check out Paul’s blog for his address in rehab. Thank you!

5 Things About Deb

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Okay, so most of the time, I think this blog is just me posting to myself – which will be helpful if I ever lose my memory and have to learn who I really am. So, for my future self, and for anyone who might be interested . . . here are 5 things about me.

1)I love dogs! I would have a whole pack if I could. When I was a kid, my dad would get me a dog but within a year my mom would convince him to take it to the pound because the dog was “too smelly”. (GRRRRR!) After I grew up and moved out, I rescued a beautiful collie from the shelter and had her as a friend for over 15 years. My border collie, Buddy, has been with me for 2 years so far. He’s a loveable little coo-coo nut.

2)Although I have a big celebrity crush on George Clooney & Johnny Depp, for obvious reasons, my favorite celebrity of all time is Fred Rogers. That’s right, Mr. Rogers! I loved his show as a kid and I think he was one of the nicest, most considerate guys that ever graced the earth. We need more people like Fred.

3)I love ridiculous comedies. Some of my faves: “Tommy Boy” with Chris Farley, “Talledega Nights” with Will Ferrell, “Delta Farce” with Larry the Cable Guy. A good laugh is priceless.

4)I’ve watched “Sweeney Todd” probably 25 times. I’ve lost count. I’m not sure why I like this movie, since it’s not exactly funny, but I think Johnny Depp does a brilliant job, and Helena Bonham Carter is perfect as Mrs. Lovitt. Their songs are so happy, considering what they’re up to. You just can’t help sing along! Plus, I can totally relate to Mrs. Lovitt since she cooks horribly and I hate to cook. (Did I mention that I am NOT Debbie Meyer who advertises those green bags?) I’m more of a Hamburger Helper gal, myself. I draw the line at making people-pies, even if HH comes out with a quick version!

5)I can’t remember the words to even my favorite songs. (I just realized that my memory loss might be coming quicker than anticipated. Yikes!) I wouldn’t do well on that show “Don’t Forget The Lyrics”. My kids make fun of me all the time, because I’ll either make up my own words or just sing la la la. It all works out in the end because I really don’t have a good singing voice anyway.