Friday, March 23, 2018

Random Tid Bits

  1. We got our $5,000 medical bill a month ago for Mica's hernia that was fixed. That's with insurance. We called to see if we could get that bill to go down. With all my nose surgery stuff (another $5,000), the tumor on my forehead that came off it's just too much (another $1,000). In order to get medical help they had us file for medicaid. They need to see that we're denied before they can help us. What a crazy process! Fingers crossed that bill gets sliced down! 

  2. Because of crappy medical bills I'm always terrified to go to the doctor. I'm due to see the ENT, due to see the Allergist, and due to see my woman doctor. 

  3. I so wish we'd go back to the Little House on the Prairie days where they exchanged chicken eggs for medical care. 

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  5. I had a testing session for a "freelance" job. They tested me over Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. I was so nervous because I've never been a good test taker. On top of that I've used Excel before, but I didn't realize how extensive the program really is! Lots of formulas! Well I now get a little more what Excel is like.

    All the creative programs I was tested over were multiple choice. I just do things, and don't pay close enough attention to what palettes are called.

    Most of my studying went into Excel, which I hardly use.

    I found out I did above average on the testing. In the interview I asked how much Excel is used, and they said they never use it. Crazy! They seemed to really like me. Apparently I'm too creative for that job. Their words not mine. BUT they have an opening for something they see me doing in a month. I'm ok with waiting. That would get me closer to the end of the school year. They have great pay, and benefits, which we so need! Health insurance for independent workers, or small works that can't afford health insurance for their employees is becoming non existent.

    I had another interview with someone that wants to work with me. She does patterns for allergy/asthma safe bedding. She wants a freelancer that would work for her full time after some time. Hopes to a new chapter with work. 

  6. I posted some design/illustration images on instagram. A curator wanted me to post to their website a piece or two. They then post it to their instagram page. I would get exposer, and get to say that happened on my resume. After I posted the images to them, they emailed me to have me submit some work to possibly entered into their magazine. YAY!  

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

WW: Mr Creator {Linky}

My 9 year old Isaak is always creating something. I find him amusing. 

An image on a program when we were at a children's theater:

A painting he did in an art club he attended:

He plays a lot on his cheap keyboard that he got for Christmas. He's big into playing the theme song to Beverly Hills Cop, which was also on Monster's Vs Aliens. When we get sick of it, and ask him to play something else, he plays the same song in a different keyboard mode.

He also likes to play his made up didgeridoo. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018


I have a rule at my house: I don't care if it's messy as long as something is being created when it's messy. Well things have been in the process of being created for a few weeks. I do dishes and sweep, so it's not disgusting. It's just filled with a project here, and another project there.

Travis has been working on testing out projects for his student workshops here at home.

Here's a joint project. Mica bent some wires on a board and put a knee high over it to make a sculpture.

Isaak painted it, and poured some sand in the wet paint. Whatever is laying around, Isaak wants to try. Isaak, "Mom I love crackle. Can I use it?" Me, "Not this time." Isaak, "Why?" Me, "You're sculpture is flat, and has a really great look going on. Stick with it, don't add more things to it." Isaak, "What's retarder? Can I use that?" Me, "No you don't need retarder. It's a medium you can add to your paint, so it dries slower. You want your paint to dry faster."

Travis has many piles of projects going on. One lots of cut colored paper for one of his classes. His 8th graders mad this:

I haven't been painting, but instead designing like crazy. I've been trying to put my illustrations into design projects. It's a lot of work. 

I did all these this weekend:

The book took the longest. I still don't know if I'm totally happy with it. For the time being it's done. That's a fake story, and author.

I did find a story online about Native Americans Struggling to Find Housing. It looks better larger.

These are my cookies. I made an ad series called, "Get Cookies Faster".

They've all be uploaded to my art site

Have you created anything lately? 


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