Friday, June 15, 2018

That time i went AWOL

Hey friends,

I have been writing this post in my head for two weeks, and now that i'm actually sitting down in front of my computer, i don't know what to say.

I wasn't going to actually write anything at all - i was just going to suddenly REAPPEAR WITH A NEW CHALLENGE and apologize profusely for missing a couple weeks, but then last week the world lost not one, but two well known personalities.  Kate Spade the designer and self proclaimed Happy-Brand and Anthony Bourdain, critic and food genius both lost their lives last week to suicide.  I knew i had to write this.

Even though i don't really know what i'm going to say, i feel like i probably should say something. Mental Health is something that we need to talk about - and even though we KNOW this as a society, we still aren't doing it.  The stigma surrounding mental illness still prevents people from acknowledging that they need help and also preventing them from asking for help.

Last week the artist Emily McDowell posted a really amazing post on instagram



You can follow the post above to read her caption - but i'm going to post it here as well because i feel like it's important.

"I'm seeing a lot of well-intentioned but misinformed comments about Kate Spade's (heartbreaking) death.  Things like, "If only she'd known how many women she'd inspired and how beloved she was." Or "it really goes to show that success doesn't buy happiness." Here's why this thinking is misguided: Even though science has proven it a million times over, our culture doesn't yet fully recognize that MENTAL ILLNESS IS A BRAIN DISEASE, just like hepatitis is a liver disease.  Depression (and bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and everything else) affects our brain -- the organ we use to make decisions.  If you're suffering from suicidal depression, it doesn't matter how beloved you are or how much you love your family or how much money you have, because your brain is telling you that despite all those things, suicide is your only option.  (Or that you need to isolate yourself, sleep all day, or other behaviour that a healthy brain would recognize as bad decisions.) This is one reason mental illness is so deadly: the part of our body that's affected is the same part that's responsible for our behaviour.  It's like if you broke your leg and then had to use that leg to walk to the hospital. 

The other reason mental illness is so deadly: shame and stigma around seeking help.  Reports are saying Kate resisted inpatient treatment because she worried about the effect it would have on her "Happy" brand image.  Depression is an ILLNESS.  It's not a weakness  It's not your fault.  And it's impossible to think or reason your way out of it without help, due to the part of your body that's ill. 
If you are suffering, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  The National Suicide Hotline number is 800-273-8255. Call them.  They are great.  I know, because I've called.  #noshame Or text TALK to 741-741 if you prefer texting.  The world is a better place with you in it. 
 

I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, as well as Social Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and then some mild to moderate depression thrown into the mix for good measure.  This is MY particular blend of mental health issues.  Everyone with mental illness has their own mix of bits and bobs.  Anxiety is the thing i struggle with the most on a daily basis.  Even something as simple as going to my in laws without my hubby makes me panic.  [Every SINGLE time i've ever done this everything has been fine and i've had a wonderful time, but that doesn't stop my brain from panicking each time i have to do it... i'm getting better.  drugs help.]

Some of the awesome fun times with my anxiety include but are not limited to - breaking into a sweat for no reason, my heart racing like i've been running a marathon, blooming heat from my chest, my hands and feet go cold and numb (i VERY recently learned that this is a flight or fight response that your body does, pulling all the blood from your extremities into your core to protect your vital organs) nausea/vomiting, headaches, migraines, panic attacks, songs that play in my head over and over and over and over and over and over (and never a good song either, usually its a 7 second loop of some random line from some random song, often songs i hate), insomnia, extreme fatigue, exhaustion, and SO MUCH MORE!

All of that, and i am still (relatively) high functioning.  Because i have to be. We have coping mechanisms to help us 'fit in'.  High Functioning Anxiety and Depression is scary stuff because to the unknowing eye, everything seems normal.  That's where you get those comments like: "But she seems so happy every time i see her, we just wen to for lunch last week and everything was fine!!" or "He was always volunteering and was so committed to the community!"  Those ones sneak up on you. 

A few years ago i saw the work of photographer Katie Joy Crawford.  She has an absolutely stunning collection called "My Anxious Heart" (follow the link for more) and she has one beautiful photo that has stuck with me ever since

(This image belongs to katie joy crawfod)
She captioned it: 
It's strange -- in the pit of your stomach.  it's like when you're swimming and you want to put your feet down but the water is deeper than you thought.  you can't touch the bottom and your heart skips a beat. 
This was the first time i actually recognized what was happening in my life as Anxiety.  It honestly took me almost two years before i thought that what was happening was maybe a little more than i could handle on my own.  last year after Christmas i finally worked up the nerve to talk to my doctor about what was happening, and we spent about half an hour talking about how i was just coping with my life and she said: "let's get this figured out so you can live your life, instead of just getting through it". 

The first few weeks i was so tired.  I felt like a zombie.  I was worried that this was the alternative to feeling EVERYTHING - just feeling so tired that i couldn't feel anything else.  And then it started to level off.  And i distinctly remember driving along on the freeway one morning, and i realized that my mind was quiet.  For the first time since i could remember, there wasn't a 7 second loop of music playing in my brain, and it was quiet, and peaceful.  and i instantly started sobbing.  i had to pull over and pull myself together.  I remember thinking that this must be what it's like for 'normal' people's brains!! I also suddenly realized that this is why i've never been able to meditate because my mind never ever stops.  (i've since learned that meditation is hard for people with anxiety for that exact reason)

ANYWAY, what followed was the best i've ever felt in a very very very long time.  I wanted to go places and do things.  I could go to a party where i didn't know anyone and make conversations and have a good time and not be silently panicking.  I could answer and make phone calls without rehearsing for 10 minutes before hand.  I felt amazing and i couldn't believe that i had lived my life without drugs for so long.  The downside? I was starving all the time. AND i had to take my medication with food, but not just like - a banana.  I needed a substantial amount of food or i would feel awful.... they also made me really sleepy so i needed to take them at bed time, so i was in effect taking my medication each night at 10 o'clock with almost a full meal, and then going right to bed. They made me gain so much weight.  I rapidly gained 60 lbs, and let me tell you THAT did wonders for my depression.  (insert eyeroll)  So back to the doctor i went... i was so happy that i had found a drug that worked for me so i wouldn't have to do the song and dance figuring out medication and doseages that i was really upset when the drug that made my brain feel so good also made me feel so miserable.  So.  New Drugs.  and then the waiting period as the old drugs exited and the new ones took over.  Only they were not as good.  I mean, they were okay, but just okay.  but then i started having anxiety attacks again, and went back to to the doctor and got a new dose, and now things are stable but, y'know.  it's not perfect.  I have good days and bad days.

But there was still stigma around my medication.  I was trying my best to tell everyone about them! And when i told my mom (who texted me this morning to ask if i was still writing these blog posts because she reads them each week and was wondering what was going on, hey mom.) that i was taking brain drugs, even she was unintentionally judgmental.  (sorry mom).  I don't remember exactly what she said but it was something along the lines of "are you sure you need medication".... and i remember thinking "Would you ask dad (who's diabetic) if he's sure he needs insulin?"  I'm not sure if it's mostly a generational thing? I've also been involved with conversations about drugs with my inlaws that seemed to go in the direction of  "well, you don't want to just go to drugs right away" like they are the last resort and that it's almost like if you've "resigned yourself to a life of medication" you've failed somehow....

SO.

Flash forward to May

May was a very stressful month for me,  I was busy with school activities, and meetings, and doctors appointments, and general home stuff - B-rad was working insane hours because he's been very busy at his shop, so i was essentially single parenting which is fine, and on top of that i was doing last minute things for the Beads of Courage Colour Run, of which i am the volunteer coordinator.   All of these things in and of themselves are fairly regular things.  But on top of a bad spell they are not great.

On top of that that i have been trying to figure out what to do with this blog, and these challenges.  Do i move this platform over to facebook? Not everyone has facebook.  Or Instagram.  I started a YouTube channel, and that was great, but declining readership and participation has me wondering if it's worth the effort.  Creating a blog post and tile each week is a lot of work - work i've been consistently doing for almost eight years, for free.  Add to that the youtube videos - the hours of editing and uploading, sometimes i am working on the challenges from 8:30 when the kids go to bed on Sunday night, until 1 in the morning to be sure that there's a challenge ready on Monday.  Maybe i need to switch lanes and move to a paid service like Patreon, but then that excludes people who are on fixed incomes or who, like me, can't afford to add another monthly expense to their household. I keep committing myself to projects and challenges, and then feel immense guilt when i inevitably fail at those. 

There's an overwhelm here that i'm admittedly not dealing with very well.  So i resort to the old standby anxiety coping mechanisms of "head in the sand" technique of ignoring the problem until it goes away or explodes. 

And so - these past few weeks have been me with my head in the sand.  And i AM truly sorry for any worry i may have caused.  I do have to say that the old cockles of my heart have been warmed by the amount of emails and text messages and DMs on Instagram that i've received, checking in on my family and on me to see if we're okay.  Yep.  For the most part, we're all okay, i'm just being an Ostrich.

Sorry.

A VERY VERY VERY Long story short....
(TLDR)
Nothing right now is changing with the weekly Challenges.  I currently have no plans to stop doing them, or stop posting them for free, i'm not moving them to facebook or instagram or patreon at the moment, though i reserve the right to do that if it seems that's where the winds blow us.... i DON'T intend to stop making the YouTube videos because they are fun and even though they are a lot of work - i love to make them, but i can't commit to those on a weekly basis.  I just can't. 

I DO plan to take the summer off of challenges (as has been my M.O. in the past) but i will endeavour to find some amazing and wonderful guest bloggers (if you're a CZT and you'd like to host a week, hit me up in my email lauraharmz at gmail dot com)

I DON'T think i will be posting anything in June because i physically can not.  I'm taking this time for my brain.  I'm exhausted from decision fatigue, and there' just no operating power left right now.  i need to recharge.  (I also haven't done ANY KIND of art in WEEKS and that makes me sad)

PLEASE SEEK HELP if you are suffering from mental illness.  Call someone.  Text someone.  Talk to your doctor or therapist.  don't give up.  I love you.  The world needs you in it. 

If this extremely long blog post helps EVEN ONE PERSON reach out and get help, then spilling my guts was totally worth it. 

thanks everyone.

Love Laura

Monday, May 28, 2018

Weekly Challenge #364

Good Monday Morning!

It's the last Monday of May - can you believe it?  And i have to say that i'm ready for this month to be over, because it seems that May has just been filled with my kids being sick to some degree.  Last week - Artoo just went from sniffly to worse and worse... and he was home from school all week - poor little dude.  At one point he was coughing so much that he just crawled into my lap and put his head down and didn't leave.  that's a big deal for my little dude. he's not much of a snuggler.

that's how you know that he was actually feeling really crummy.

so.  All week long was spent with a kid in my lap - and so not much was documented this week....  Doctors appointments and swimming lessons were all cancelled.  He seems to be feeling better now, though he is still coughing quite a bit.  :(

SO.  without further ado - here is this week's challenge and the last birthday month challenge!

Weekly Challenge #364: "Monotangle of PUF by Carole Ohl, CZT"
This tangle is one of my favourite tangles by CZT Carole Ohl, who attended the same seminar as me (CZT3 represent - woot woot!)

It's one of those tangles that i love because it's like - one where you really see the "magic"!  It starts out looking one way - with the first step being the tangle Bales, and then when you get to the last step.... Maaaaagiiiiic.

So, a Monotangle is a term (originating here on this blog!) for a tile or piece comprised of ONLY ONE tangle, and it's tangleations.  


You can find the step outs for Puf on Carole's blog, here

Here's my tile!


have a great week everyone!
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 #DC364 (Diva Challenge #364) 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, May 22, 2018

Weekly Challenge #364

Good Morning everyone!! Happy Tuesday!  Yesterday was Victoria Day in Canada - so we had a long weekend!

And we celebrated the long weekend by throwing a surprise 60th birthday for my mom!  She was totally surprised, probably partially because her birthday was back in March!  but we had some of her friends from church and my brother came in from Calgary (AB) for the weekend.

Nothing says celebration like a balloon arch
I feel like my whole life has been revolving around this crazy party and i'm so glad it's over now.  Months of planning and trying to make sure that mom was around and that she didn't suspect anything - lots of yard work and planting flowers and then i got sick....

and this guy
because timing.

but we persevered..... the party went off without a hitch, we made it through, i survived, we had lots of backyard fires and family fun times. 

and then.... 
artoo got sick too.


So.  that's where we are now. 

i am sick.  artoo is sick.  we are exhausted.  


So without further ado

Weekly Challenge #364: "Remake of a classic"

This week's challenge is part of the month of Laura - May Challenge Favourites!  This week you're goal is to go back into your stash of completed tiles and to remake one of your favourites!

For my tile this week i went back to my very first challenge - and one of my favourite tiles.   The first challenge can be found here

and here's the tile

Tile done in 2010

and here's the remake:

Tile done in 2018
Remaking an old tile is a fun way to see how you've grown and how your style has evolved!

have a great week everyone!
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 #DC364 (Diva Challenge #364) 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, May 14, 2018

Weekly Challenge #363

Good Monday Morning!

Hey, i hope you had a good week - i had a great birthday/mother's day weekend!

B-rad and i went to a late night showing of Infinity Wars, i have so many feelings. If you've seen it, you understand.  

ready for the show

mmmm popcorn
 Saturday morning the boys woke me up with hugs and kisses and showered me with gifts - and b-rad made me breakfast!  we ate outside on the deck for the first time this year, and then we played some board games.   We took the kids to the store and bought chewie an early birthday present - a NEW BIKE!! he's so excited.

We got some ice cream, and played outside with the dog and then had some bbq burgers!

My buddy and i - taking a birthday selfie
 Artoo and Dad made me a birthday cake!

Celebrate 38!

Sunday morning we had a repeat of being showered with love and hugs and kisses and gifts for Mother's Day!!  And a repeat of having breakfast made for me.  The rest of the day we did a lot of yardwork and then we had my mom and dad over for cake and ice cream!

Happy Mama's Day, Mama
 OH, and also - Sunday was this little girlie's first birthday!  She was treated to a giant ice cube cake with all her favourite treats frozen inside - like strawberries and cucumber and carrots!!  She had a good day, what a good pupper.

Happy Birthday Luna!

All said, it was a great weekend.  

Weekly Challenge #363: "Laura's Auras"
So, carrying on with the theme of my favourite challenges for May - this week's challenge is to really get your "AURA" on!  I had fun with this tile because it was one of those tiles where i just thought: "What would happen if i did this?"  and it was kind of freeing to just let go that way.  i stopped worrying about what it would look like in the end, and just kept adding more and more and more. 


laura's auras!
Give it a try! I think you'll like it!

thanks for your patience with the videos - i've been having some issues with my video editing software, but again - the video is filmed so i'm going to do my best to get them uploaded evenutally.  hang tight.  i hope to get to them soon.

have a great week everyone!
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 #DC363 (Diva Challenge #363) 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, May 7, 2018

Weekly Challenge #362

Happy Monday!

I am totally exhausted! It's Sunday night as i write this post... The weather this weekend has been absolutely gorgeous and so B-rad and i have been working like crazy, cleaning up the backyard, raking and getting rid of stuff that's been sitting around, i cleaned out one of 3 of my flower beds and raked the front yard, and then we headed to my parents' place for dinner to celebrate a very late birthday for my mother (who turned 60 in March) - and i was falling asleep while reading a bedtime story to Chewie.

So, while i did actually record the footage for this week's video, i don't have time to edit it - i will try to get to that this week and get it posted for you.

Weekly Challenge #362: "UMT: Somnee by Laura Harms, 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...

Welcome to the Month of May!  I'm celebrating my birthday next wee (on the 12th) so all the challenges in May will be either my own tangles, or some of my favourite challenges and tangles.  Cuz it's my birthday, y'all.

lol

Because this is the first Monday of the month this is a UMT or a Use My Tangle challenge - but in this case it's one of my tangles, called Somnee.

Somnee is a tangle that i first posted in May of 2014 - you can read the post and find the step outs here

Some tips for Somnee are to make sure that your lines connecting your circles are as straight as possible, and are as parallel as possible.  I find that when the circles are different sizes i start with the small one (Sometimes) and draw to the larger one and stop when i've used up all the 'space' on my smaller circle.  if that makes sense??

Here's my tile


I like how the string ended up making it look like a 'figure' - and since Somnee is named after a night of insomnia, i thought the starry background was kinda fun.

(VIDEO TO COME!!)

have a great week everyone!
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 #DC362 (Diva Challenge #362) 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, April 30, 2018

Weekly Challenge #361

Hello!!!!

Dear Everyone! i am soooo sorry that i was MIA last week.  I apologize for missing the challenge - but it was such a crazy and exhausting week that my "late" challenge kept getting pushed back and back until it was a full on "missing" challenge.  THanks for the reprieve, it's been a time over here.

We had our annual Spring pictures with our family friends - this marks the 10th year in a row we've done them, and i just LOVE that we are keeping the tradition going.


Both boys have been sick over the past week.  Chewie got it first and missed an entire week of school, which is kind of a big deal for him.  He's not often sick enough to stay home, but i took him to the doctor and got him some drugs and he spent most of the week chillin on the couch.... and on Thursday Artoo started feeling sick so then HE was home as well. 


Sometimes when i lay on the couch, one by one everyone ends up laying on top of me....
including the dog.

On top of everything else there was so much work to be done to the house - i had to clean my studio and organize it (Huge thanks to my friend Tara who came over and forced me to hold everything and give it a place or get rid of it) so that we could use it as a guest room for B-rad's cousin Janell who came to stay with us for the weekend.

On Saturday Janell and i enjoyed the beautiful weather and treated ourselves to Tea and Baklava

seriously this baklava was so flippin good. 
 But the high light of the week for the boys (AND ESPECIALLY ME) was the purchase of a pop up trailer!!  Oh my gosh, you guys.  I have been obsessing over getting a pop up for almost a year, since last fall.  My sister in law's brother was looking to sell theirs, so we went over to look at it on Saturday and it's in amazing condition, we got an amazing deal, and the boys are sooooo excited to take it on adventures this summer.
chewie hard at work, popping up the camper. 
I have plans to redo the inside and make it a little more "Diva-esque" - i'm thinking about naming it Roxanne.... lol  and so be prepared for a ton of pictures as i work on it.

Saturday and Sunday were both really rough on my head - and i've been suffering from a long migraine.  But i really wanted to get this week's challenge done, and out to you all!  So without further ado:

Weekly Challenge #361: "Amanda Day - Earth day YEAR 7!!"

If you have been following the blog from the beginning you may remember that when Chewie was just a wee boy, we were talking about Earth Day and he asked me if the Earth had a name, and i said yes - it's Earth.  He didn't think that was good enough, and so he re-named it Amanda.  And hence forth, Earth Day has been forever known as Amanda Day here in my home and on the blog!  So, for this week's Challenge - try to use some recycled material for your tile!

This year i used a Pizza Box, and as an added challenge - or an alternative if you don't like working on tan coloured tiles, you can make your string a "Sunshine" string.  It feels like it's been winter here for sooooo long, and the sun this weekend was so amazing that i made my string into a sunshine and it was super fun.

So here's my tile for this week....






and here's this week's video!



(I can't believe i published this video with this Spring Minipack stuck in there,.....oh well.  It's not about being perfect. lol)

have a great week everyone!
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 #DC361 (Diva Challenge #361) 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, April 16, 2018

Weekly Challenge #360

Heyoooo!

How have you been my peeps?

I had a busy week this week - with the kids back in school after their "spring" break - there was a lot of getting back into routine.

But there was also a lot of errands and running around that needed to be done because none of that was done last week.

one of the cool things was this:

my nails are so pretty!
 I had been joking around on a video i posted on Instagram a little while ago saying "who wants to buy me a manicure" and then shortly afterwards i got an email transfer from Sandra B with a note saying: "For your fancy nails"  I have to say i was floored!  Thank you so much Sandra, i had a lovely time and i love my nails and my hands felt so smooth afterwards!

unsolicited Dog Pic
 There's some big news in the house lately, and that is that this dude right here was invited to join the gifted program next year!  This week there was an information night to talk about the program and what the classrooms are like and what the kids can expect - and he was so pumped.  honestly he hasn't talked about much else.

wait, i lied.  He's also talked quite a lot about minecraft and nerf guns, and star wars, and splatoon
 One of the things he was concerned about was do they have a choir, and the answer was no, but they really want to start one... so i think he's pumped.  He's also really excited that for the gifted program they start the Concert Band in the fifth grade (instead of the 6th grade like the rest of public school), and that band is mandatory for all the kids in the gifted program (i gotta say i'm pretty pumped about that too) and even more exciting (for me) is that he wants to play clarinet (JUST LIKE ME!!! I played clarinet from 5th grade to University) so we hauled out my dear old clarinet and have been going over how to put it together and hold it and yeah, playing it a little too.  (much to the howling delight of the dog)

The gifted program is in another school in the city though, and while i'm excited for him to spread his wings, i'm worried about him being 'so far away' and what transportation will look like getting two kids to two separate schools.... and i'm kind of sad that he and artoo won't be in the same school anymore.
the boys 'working' in the studio on their kid run publishing company
 But i think it will be really good, all logistic nightmares aside.  My brain already has me conjuring up scenarios where both Christmas Concerts will be on the same day, or that there's a special field trip for one while there's a school activity for the other... but i'm getting ahead of myself.... just calm down laura.  do some tangling, seriously.

And on that note....


Weekly Challenge #360 "Duotangle Shattuck vs Tripoli"
This week's challenge is a Duotangle - one of my very favourite types of challenges.  A Duotangle is the term (*coined here on this blog!) for a tile done using ONLY TWO Tangles and their variations.

This week's challenge is to see how you can make Shattuck and Tripoli play together on your tile!

(follow the links for step outs!)

Here's my tile, i quite like it!

and the video of the process can be seen right here:



have a great week everyone!
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 #DC360 (Diva Challenge #360) 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. 
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