Oh c’mon. You didn’t really think I was done with the potty talk, did you? If you didn’t want to hear more you shouldn’t have shared so many light-hearted latrine stories!
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’m sprinkling this post with scrumptious photos from ‘Sweet Times in the Rockies; Colorado’s Premier Sugar Art Show’, a February contest we stumbled upon in a long hallway of Denver’s Convention Center .
While distracting you with cake, I’d ask,
“What about that AWFUL toilet paper we find in public restrooms? Does it even qualify as toilet paper? Is anyone proud of working on the manufacturing line that makes that shit?”
- Barely one-ply
- Scratchy as sand paper
- Impossible to scrunch into a useful wad
- Not at all absorbent
Nine words, folks – “Baby Wipes; they’re not just for diaper butts anymore.”
And speaking of laxatives …
Last week I visited my doctor because the good news is my switch to the combo fibromyalgia/antidepressant medication has not only relieved much of my constant body pain, but eliminated the ever-present ringing in my ears (side effect of my previous antidepressant)! For the first time in 15 years, I have blissful quiet in my ears.
The bad news is the side effect of my new medication (tradeoffs always). Before, I could drink my morning coffee and ‘be good to go’, if you get my drift. Now, it’s like a slow boat to China in the ‘elimination’ department.
I wanted to check with my doc to make sure taking Miralax on a long-term basis is ok.
When I asked her, Doc suddenly rose from her chair, “Not only is it ok, but have I got something for you!”
She rushed from the room and came back with a HUGE box, saying, “I got this sample a few weeks ago and had no idea how to get rid of it. It’s all yours!”
She was so excited you’d have thought she was giving me first prize!
“Uh, thanks. Really. But do you have a paper bag I can hide it in to walk through the lobby and down the sidewalk to my car?”
We had a good laugh and I walked out holding the box in plain sight and thinking about the good old days with Kotex hidden under our arms (Maggie!).
You are right. I wouldn’t have brought that up if we were having real coffee..
Instead I would tell you that 2/3 of the way through this year I’ve evaluated my 2015 Envisions and made a modification.
- Music and Keyboard
- Mapping and Footsteps
Urban Sketching and Watercolors
- Word Origins (self study course)
- Writing Craft and Practice
I am nixing Urban Sketching which I never launched. First, I’d rather be immersed in nature than urban settings. Second, if I am sitting on an urban bench somewhere, I want to be wholly observing. For me, the sketching feels like an interruption to what I’m seeing, hearing and smelling. I love the Urban Sketch blogs I follow and will leave the artistry to them.
Likewise, I’m dialing down my commitment to play with watercolors in 2015. I knew when I made my list that I couldn’t give full attention to every project, so I’m happy to cull a few things, making way for unexpected diversions.
One of those unexpected diversions has been photography. As a blogging neophyte, I didn’t realize how vital visual images are to the blogging community nor how much I would enjoy taking photos for my posts. I’ve become frustrated with my point and shoot camera because I can’t see the LCD in the sunlight, and many of the topics I want to write about this fall/winter require local photos. I get more satisfaction from posting my own than borrowing from online image sites.
Consequently I rewarded my 2015 creative endeavors by purchasing a still-beginner-but-upgraded camera that features a viewfinder and more manual options than my old camera. I have numerous draft posts that will include pictures from my old camera, and am curious if I will notice a (quality) difference once I start posting pics from my new camera!
Please don’t anyone admonish me when I end up using the ‘auto’ feature because I’m so negligent about reading manuals, watching how-to videos or going to camera class. You can teach this old dog SOME new tricks, but not all.
My remaining Envisions remain realistic (one seasonal; one yet to be started).
If anything, I’m more motivated than ever by the creative satisfaction I’ve felt in 2015 and by the new and curious directions I’ve taken my reading and research. I don’t know how or when my current projects will fit into blogging, but ultimately we create for ourselves, and I’m being fulfilled on a level I never anticipated.
I can see many of you nodding because you know exactly what creative fulfillment feels like. That only increases my pleasure!