Monday, October 16, 2017

Weekly Challenge #337

Happy Monday All!
Today is Artoo's 7th birthday!  Look at how sweet he is, my little sweet deer. 



 We had another busy week here, most of it was me planning and running around for Chewie's very belated birthday party - his birthday is in July but we actually had his birthday party yesterday.

Check out these sweet cupcakes i made - they're Rupee Cupcakes - a la Legend of Zelda.

mmmm tasty
that's about the only photo i have though, as i was busy wrangling 10 nine year olds and didn't have phone with me
enjoying one of his brother's tasty cupcakes
 B-rad and i had a night out for his boss' surprise 60th birthday - it was fun

we are cute
Artoo's birthday party is this weekend, and he's so excited.  Here he is, his last day of being 6.





So, in honour of Artoo's big day - this week's challenge is:

Weekly Challenge #337 - Artoo

This week let's all use Artoo's namesake tangle which you can see here



I used a prestrung 3Z tile for my submission this week.

I hope to do a live stream of this week's challenge this week sometime, so watch youtube channel for that!  It was a pretty crazy weekend, and my best bud is here visiting for a few days.

Okay! I hope you have a great week!!

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC337(Diva Challenge #337) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Weekly Challenge #336

Happy Tuesday! I have lots to say! lol

This week these two handsome boys had school photos - and they both looked so handsome in their ties... i could barely stand it. 



Facebook reminded me of this photo of Chewie from 7 years ago just a week before Artoo was born.  He was 2 there, so i showed it to him and he made this face....  he's still got it.  ;)

what a kid
 I had a very busy week - doing some work that i'll tell you about in a bit.   And then Thursday the kids had a pancake breakfast at school - so we went to that and Artoo was pretty excited to be eating his breakfast at school in the gym.  (Our school doesn't have a cafeteria or lunch room, all the kids eat lunches in their classrooms at their desks - so this was a big deal for them)

Artoo says the pancakes deserve a thumbs up
 This weekend was Thanksgiving up here in Canada.  So we went for dinner on Sunday night at my in-laws place, and Artoo and I went for a bit of a walk down the village road with the dog to get out of the noisy house (he and i are both introverts and there were lots of people there)

And Sunday was our first Snowfall of the year!! just tiny flakes/flurries, and they were gone almost as soon as they started... but it was a sober reminder that Winter is Coming.   It was about 2C on Sunday (35.6F).... so we busted out all the winter jackets.
village roadside cuddles and selfies
 I ate a lot of pie.
not pictured here: the other slice of pie and the other 2 glasses of wine 
Monday was a Holiday, and we had thanksgiving lunch at my parents' place.
I was trying to take a picture of B-rad and i, and we got epically photobombed by this kid. 



Happy Canadian Thanksgiving
 Oh, and also because it's hilarious to me every time i see it in my mother's dining room, here's a photo of me and my three brothers taken almost 20 years ago, back when i was a chipmunk, and my youngest brother was Jesus. .
siblings. 
 In between stuffing our faces with turkey and stuffing our faces with pie - we took everyone to the park for a bit out running around.

my kid, my nephew, my niece
 and we took a family photo - well, of those of us who were there.
The family minus TWO brothers, one sister in law, and one nephew


okay!!

So.  What is that i have to tell you about today??  I have switched streaming platforms and i am now streaming on YouTube!

What does this mean for you?  well, this means if you've never been able to catch me live on Twitch, you can now catch me on YouTube... the best part is that YouTube captures the live stream and uploads it to my channel so you can watch it ANY TIME!!



Look at my awesome derpy face in that thumbnail.  lol

ANYWAY - Please Subscribe to my channel and sign up for notifications.  You'll get notified when i post a new video, or when i'm going live.  Also - it would be pretty great if you would give my videos a thumbs up and leave me a comment.  Any kind of interaction with my channel lets YouTube know that people are visiting and viewing my content.   Let me know what kind of content you'd like to see, and we can make this channel cool together.


If you don't know how to subscribe to a YouTube channel and receive notifications you can watch this handy tutorial i made for you, cuz i'm sweet like that.




ARE YOU EXCITED!!! CUZ I'M EXCITED!!!
lol

And now for this week's challenge


Weekly Challenge #336: Striping - Monotangle

This week's challenge is to create a monotangle using the tangle STRIPING.  What is a monotangle you may ask? It's a term coined here at iamthediva HQ that means creating a tile or piece using ONLY ONE tangle.  IN this case, it's Striping.

Now, i am not a big fan of this tangle, and i couldn't really tell you why.  Given the option i would rather just use Bunzo, but being that this is a CHALLENGE blog, i figured i should give it a try.  Would you believe i've been a CZT for 7 years and have avoided using this tangle for seven years?  well.  That all ends today.

So Striping is an official tangle, and you can see the step outs here - Margaret Bremner is really good at this tangle, you should also check out this blog post

Here's my end piece.
(psst, you can watch me create this tile on the recorded version of the livestream i did on monday night...right here)

Okay! I hope you have a great week!!

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC336(Diva Challenge #336) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)



Monday, October 2, 2017

Weekly Challenge #335

Happy Monday morning

Thankfully it's been a pretty chill week here at Casa Diva!  The weather has been pretty gorgeous, so i go to spend some quality time with my pal Tara and my pooch Luna.  We took a beautiful walk along the river - about 6km.  (3.73 miles) - and Luna as so well behaved.


As a reward for her wonderful behaviour - we had a break at Starbucks and Luna enjoyed her very first puppaccino.  

om nom nom nom
 I have been working on some art projects during the day - catching up on some work... and walking back and forth to school with these adorable boys of mine.

my heart...

I also want to say a big hello to everyone who joined me on Twitch yesterday morning.  I was able to stream this week's challenge while the boys were at bowling in the AM.  

If you want to be notified when i'm streaming - please follow my twitch profile.  It's free.  I'm still trying to find out what time works best for me and my family - and to answer the question i get asked all the time: The videos are not available online after the stream, mostly because i'm not sure how to do that yet.  

Also those of you who don't know - October is also known as Inktober where there's a challenge to do a piece of art using ink each day of October (you can search the hashtag #inktober on social media) and i just wanted to share with you a list of prompts created by a fellow Certified Zentangle Teacher Stephanie Jennifer!

A post shared by Laura Harms (@iamthediva) on

I think i'm going to try to participate in the Inktober challenges - using a dip pen, fountain pen ink, and a bijou tile.  Here's is Day 1 - Bunzo.


Weekly Challenge #335: "UMT - Tint by Henrike Bratz, CZT"

The first Monday of each month is a Use My Tangle challenge where the tangle we use is brought to us by ONE of YOU!! You don't have to be a CZT to submit, but they do have to follow the guidelines etc found here...

This month's tangle is called Tint by CZT Henrike Bratz!  The step outs are here.  It's a fun little tangle, and in my tile i used it as a 'chain' across the tile and also in the corner!


 Have fun playing with this tangle!

Have a great week!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC335(Diva Challenge #335) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Weekly Challenge #334

Good Monday Morning!!

i hope you all had a great week, and thanks again to Juliette and Kellie for hosting last week's challenge.  That wraps up all the guest spots from the summer so it should be back to normal now.

First up i wanted to remind you about my Instagram giveaway celebrating 1000 followers! 

Check it out on my instagram feed iamthediva on instagram - scroll down to find the giveaway post
 It's been an crazy month here at Casa Diva with the boys going back to school and getting back into their routines - Piano lessons have started up again, and this year both boys are in league bowling.

last weekend i decided to empty out Artoo's closet and remove all the shelving inside, including his old broken dresser that's been hiding in there since i refinished his new one.  As i was taking it apart i noticed that the side of the dresser was very much like a desk top, and i thought that maybe it would fit inside his closet, as a desk.... and it's almost a perfect fit.

So B-rad and i turned Artoo's closet into an Office.  When we showed Artoo his new desk and chair in his new bedroom office, he was so happy.  (apple doesn't fall far from this tree, i tells ya) He happily sits at his new desk and draws comics and writes notes.  This is great because he's excited about having an office "Mom, i'm going upstairs to work in my office until supper time, okay?"  AND now that he's working in his office he's not sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor - drawing and writing and leaving his notebooks and pencils all over the kitchen floor.  it's a win-win.

the level of picture drawing around here is crazy good 
We spent some time last week out at Grandpa's.  Grandma has been in Ireland with her sisters for 2 weeks, so we went out for breakfast and the boys played with their cousins while B-rad and his brother helped Grandpa build a wheel chair ramp for the back deck.  
Uncle Cam and Artoo watch B-rad welding
Here's a pretty little shot of my pretty little Princess Luna....


The prettiest pup in town
 And on Saturday Night B-rad and i went on a river cruise on the Prairie Lily with B-rad's shop.  They did some work on the dock and so they had the whole company and significant others come for a cruise.  (with an open bar....)
heading out as the sun was setting
 I've always wanted to go on the river cruise, so i was pretty excited.  We left as the sun was setting so we were treated to an amazing sky.  It was cloudy and chilly (only about 13C when we left - about 55F) but there was no wind which was nice.  The river was so calm - and the reflections on the water were soooooooo pretty.



Saskatoon is also known as the Bridge City - because of the many bridges that cross the South Saskatchewan River
 Coming back in the dark made the river look like a mirror.  It was a really beautiful ride - if only it was a touch warmer.  lol



Weekly Challenge #334: "Crazy 'nzeppel with Molly"
This week Sakura of America released another video featuring zentangle royalty Molly Hollibaugh where she guides you through a variation, or tangleation, of the tangle 'Nzeppel - it's called Crazy 'nzeppel!

Watch Molly demonstrate in the video below....
(You can find the step outs for the original tangle 'nzeppel HERE if you're interested)



I'm pretty excited about this video because i almost ALWAYS use this tangleation of 'nzeppel.  I hardly ever used the grid based version that is the original format.

Sunday night as i was getting everything ready to work on my post i had an interruption of the nine-year-old-variety.

B-rad was out with his bowling team, having a dip in the hot tub after their games, so i was home with the boys and the dog.... when Chewie came padding down the stairs.  Sadly, both of my boys inherited my awesome anxiety skillz - which manifest in different ways in each boy.  Chewie was having a hard time turning his brain off to go to bed, and was spiralling into some scary (for him) thoughts - so after getting him a bit of warm milk and giving him some hugs and having a bit of a chat... i asked him if maybe he wanted to tangle with me.  Tangling has always helped me turn my brain off and to relax.  So, he sat next to me and we tangled together.
Here is my tile

Tangling Crazy Nzeppel and Noom
When he finished he felt much better and fell asleep almost immediately - BEHOLD THE POWER OF ZENTANGLE!! lol

So. 

This week's challenge is to try out this cool tangleation of Nzeppel!  

Have a great week!
And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC334(Diva Challenge #334) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)



Monday, September 18, 2017

Weekly Challenge #333 Guest post!!

Hey all, this is the last of the guest posts that i had line up for the summer! so i hope you enjoy!  This week's challenge is brought to you by Juliette Fiessinger and Kellie Fellinge - the hosts of the podcast Tanglepod!  Have a great week!

- laura

Diva Challenge #333: "Cozy up for a Change of Season with TanglePod’s Juliette Fiessinger and Kellie Fellinge, CZTs" 

Hi!  This is Juliette and Kellie from TanglePod - We are giddy to be guest hosting the Diva’s weekly challenge this week!  And, because it’s what we do – you can find a discussion of our challenge in a special Diva Challenge edition of TanglePod.  You can listen to our podcast here: www.tanglepod.podbean.com.   

We are both CZT’s in the Seattle area, and since 2014 we have met regularly to talk about what Zentangle® brings to our lives.  Over the course of a couple years, we brainstormed on so many different topics, looking for how to expand the benefits of sharing creativity and Zentangle. About a year ago we came upon the idea to share our conversations in a podcast. And so TanglePod was born. It feels like a natural extension to the journey we are on, and a way to extend the time we can spend outside of the classroom.   
Kellie writes – I became a CZT in class #16 – after a lifetime of trying on so many different creative outlets I can’t count them all. I am never afraid to try a new hobby, past time or dive head first into a creative endeavor.  I have always loved pen and ink and never have enough time to practice it in the various forms. Zentangle fits me perfectly and what I didn’t expect was how much I needed it when it found me, not for the artwork but for the focus, relaxation and breathing and that is what I love about teaching it. 
I have to admit – I love the Zendala tile that I did following recording our episode.  I incorporated the four tangles that we discussed as being our cozy, change of season tangles.  When I created the tile I felt so satisfied because I practiced a lot of focused breathing, went nice and slow and felt a sense of peace and calm each time I had to set aside the tile over a few days to finish it. It always feels strange to me to share these kind of tiles because while it is visually striking, it was the process of creating it that feels most beautiful to me. 
 --Kellie 

Juliette writes – 
I have been a CZT for a couple years now and I must say that every time I put my pen to the paper, the wonder of carving creative, relaxing time for myself to tangle - or enjoy other creative pursuits, never fades. Finding Zentangle has been a wonderful experience both personally and professionally. The joy never ceases to be able to share the creativity but also the relaxation, focus and mindfulness brought by the Zentangle Method™.  
I had so much fun thinking about what a change of season meant for me or for people around the world. I like that my life – and my art, is connected to seasons. Reflecting on the seasonal changes (and the winter coming for us in the Northern Hemisphere) as I tangled, led me to try different tiles and relationships between the tangles we picked. As Kellie mentioned, the resulting tile doesn’t fully convey the relaxation, the calming breathing or the meandering of our minds as we tangle… or does it? 
 --Juliette 
  
We won’t keep you guessing because we know you want to get on with the challenge! But we hope you will take some before, after or while you tangle to listen to our podcast about it! 

For this week’s Diva challenge we challenge you to identify a tangle or two that feel Cozy.  In Seattle, the change of season from Summer to Autumn in brings with it a desire to cuddle up.  If you aren’t sure what those tangles would be – give the ones we have identified (Tripoli, Marasu, Jukes and Ennies) a try.  
Like many of our podcasts, we take a circuitous route as we explore what the change of seasons brings, and what exactly defines a cozy tangle. We hope you enjoy listening, tangling and the crunching of leaves as the season changes.  

Happy Tangling from TanglePod! 

















Hashtags for social media sharing: #dc333 #iamthedivacztchallenge #soundtangle 

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)


Monday, September 11, 2017

Weekly Challenge #332

Happy Monday everyone?

Did you miss me?

Before i start - i want to say a huge thank you to all of my guest bloggers this summer! thank you for your creative and wonderful challenges that kept things rolling all summer long.

and some of you may have noticed that there was no challenge last week.  Yeah, sorry about that.  I had a couple of guest spots fall through the cracks at the last minute and with last week being back to school for the boys - i just had too many plates spinning in the air and had to let one of them drop... thanks for understanding.

I'm still not back into the swing of things.  As i said the boys started school last week.  As nice as it's been to have them starting to get back into a routine, it's been hard and has left everyone in the house with some big cranky feelings (myself included)

SO

I have lots of things to catch you all up on, and so here's a list of things we did this summer, in bullet form...

  • me and the kids went camping at the beginning of July in my mom's camper
  • I took an introduction to wheel turning pottery class from the Sask Potters' Guild, it was amazing and i loved every second of it. 
  • i got to hang out with the super fun Chris Titus and Margaret Bremner!
  • We got a puppy.  Her name is Luna, she's an Australian Shepherd (her mom was a mini aussie and her dad was a standard size) she's currently 4 months old and super smart.... Chewie is in love with her, as are B-rad and I.  Artoo took longer to warm up to her, but that's mostly because she still hasn't figured out not to jump when she says hi.
  • i went to the most amazing Harry Potter themed lunch with my friend Susan
  • The boys spent the majority of the nights in July sleeping in a tent in the yard, by themselves!!! 
  • We did some camping (in a tent, omg) with B-rad's family, and Artoo swam in the lake (with a lifejacket) in the deep deep lake. 
  • many many meals of hot dogs were cooked over backyard fires and campfires
  • We watched the solar eclipse with the rad pin-hole projector that B-rad made for us
  • We spent almost a whole week at a cabin by the lake with my whole side of the family where Artoo rode the tube with B-rad for the first time, and auntie Pam tossed Chewie and i in the lake while we were riding on the tube.
  • Before my brother flew home we took the kids to Kinsmen park where Artoo tried the zipline for the first time
  • The boys did some fishing (i don't fish)
  • Artoo attended his first ever rock concert!! we went to see Fitz and the Tantrums and according to Artoo it was the best day of his life. 
  • We went to several out door festivals including the Fringe, Folk Fest, and Art in the Park
  • i attended an intro to Soul Collage workshop at Margaret Bremner's home 
  • The boys discovered the public library and the amazingness of ALL THESE BOOKS FOR FREEEEEE
  • Chewie started the 4th grade and Artoo started the 2nd grade
  • B-rad and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary
Now prepare for SO MANY PHOTOS!!

camping and making smores

Luna and the world's biggest Coffee pot

this is my life now
possibly the coolest meal i've ever eaten

artoo is driving the boat with his cousin Eric

swimming in the deep deep lake

we went to this street fair for the sole purpose of obtaining these spring rolls

one of the mugs i made in my pottery class!


Happiest boy in the land after the Fitz and the Tantrums concert

taking in some samosas at Folk Fest

Checking out the solar eclipse

so awesome

my view from the cabin

my niece is super rad

artoo is ready to go tubing!!

Chewie's epic family photo-bomb

a visit to Kinsmen Par means riding the rooster (That's my bro in the background)


Handsome little devil - he's on his way

always a goofball but i wouldn't change a thing

oh my heart

walking to school on the first day

13 years with this sexy beast

i love this photo

fishing for rainbow trout

here fishhyyy fishhyyy fishhyyyyyyyy

So, it's been a pretty excellent summer... :)

Weekly Challenge #332 "String it: 2² (two squared)"
i thought for my first challenge back i'd go with something pretty simple.  So this week's challenge is to create a tile or piece using a string consisting of two squares!

I forgot to take a picture of my before tile, but i put my square off kilter with the corners touching the border, and i think it worked pretty well.  You can do the same type thing i did, or you can do a square inside a square, or two squares next to each other, or one overlapping the other.... or something else that's amazing!

i used a light wash of Daniel Smith Moonglow for the background of this tile,
in case you were wondering. 
That's it! -and for those of you who have asked - YES i DO plan to start live streaming on twitch again, however i'm just trying to find a way to make it work with this fall's family schedule.  B-rad joined league bowling and they play on Sunday nights (when i would be streaming).  So i may try a few different times to see what works the best for us, and i'll be sure to let everyone know.

Oohhh, before i go - another cool thing that happened over the summer is that i got 1000 followers on instagram!  So, i will be having a giveaway soon - be sure to keep your eye on my instagram page if you want to get in on that.  (www.instagram.com/iamthediva)


And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC332(Diva Challenge #332) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function. 

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future.  Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK will give you a one time option.    A very big thank you to those who have kept me in hot cups of joe. ;)