So last week Chewie had a tummy bug which put him out of commission for the whole weekend... and early Tuesday morning i woke up feeling a bit off... and then i spent the rest of the night sick. It was awful! I didn't want to wake up the fam so i decided to sleep downstairs on the couch next to the bathroom. It was a very rough night for me.
Around 5:30 B-rad came downstairs to find me huddled in the fetal position - so sick. I haven't had a stomach bug in over 10 years, so it was probably my time. So B-rad went about the task of getting the boys up for school and getting them dressed, and fed, and their lunches made and their backpacks packed, and himself readied and fed. It was no small feat, he was slightly out of his element, but he was given no warning and therefore no prep. He did a really great job though. To be fair, if i woke up one morning and discovered that i had to do his job without any warning, i'm not so sure how great i'd be.
So i spent the entire day on the couch drifting in and out of sleep, and by bedtime i was able to eat a few saltine crackers and keep them down.
the next day i was feeling so much better. Like a new person. it was insane.
Which was really great because B-rad and I had tickets to see Mother Mother that night and i really wanted to go. SO i took it easy all morning after the kids were in school, and drank bottled water at the concert and felt great. And seriously, the concert was so so so good. They are a solid live band with excellent arrangements and the sound is so awesome!!
|Mother and Father|
But it WAS Saint Patrick's Day! So they let me take their pictures and put the Leprechaun filters on them in Snapchat
|Here is Patty O'Lantern|
|and Patty O'Furniture|
|So flooded. Behold: Lake Harmzway|
Apparently the drainage down the catwalk is blocked so everyone's backyards look the same.
OH! AND i got to see Beauty and the Beast this weekend for a friend's birthday - and it did not disappoint. It made my 12 year old heart so happy.
Weekly Challenge #308: "MacNCheese"
So this week on the zentangle blog Rick and Maria wrote about comfort tangles and going back to the basics. It really hit home with me because i often feel a lot of pressure to come up with something exciting and NEW each week.... instead of remembering the reason i started this blog in the first place - which was as a place of inspiration and a place of motivation.
There are eleventy-billion named tangles and named variations of tangles out there. And there are more and more being posted each day. It's so hard to keep up, and sometimes the more complex they are the more stressful they become because there's more opportunities for"doing it wrong".
Sometimes you just want to relax and let your pen dance across the page, and do what flows naturally from you.
Maria writes:Where is it written that we must constantly strive for more complex and focused tangles? There is something to be said for tried and true, simple and familiar . . . like "mac & cheese" vs. the latest recipe on a food blog
So i thought a great challenge would be to use your MacNCheese (or Kraft Dinner as we call it in Canada) tangles. No pressure! Enjoy the process, love each moment. Do the ones that feel great.
My Go to MacNCheese tangles are generally Tripoli or Flux... But as i was getting myself centered to create my tile, i realized there's an unsung hero in my tangle practice. a tangle that often finds its way onto my tiles - and that's Betweed.
So here's my current MacNCheese tangle Betweed. I did it as a monotangle on a tan tile, because i had a tan tile next to me, and because i liked how this looked. You do not have to make it a monotangle, and you don't have to use a tan tile! Unless you want to and that feels good to you.
What are your go-to tangles? Looking forward to seeing the results!
have a great week!
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