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I had a great weekend. Thank you to everyone that emailed, texted and/or called, your thoughts and well wishes really made my day.

[livejournal.com profile] duncandahusky details our Saturday activities pretty accurately. We went down into Evanston to the Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop for brunch. I had no idea where we were going, and was quite pleasantly surprised! Omnomnom Cajun food. :9 (The cheese grits? So. Good.)

After that, we went to Happy Husky Bakery, where resident canine Astaire proceeded to give kisses all over my face. He liked faces, and kept getting my glasses. Slobbery, but so sweet, and the owners are very cool. We definitely want to go back; picked up some doggie treats for Brianna there.

Then... we went to the Spice House. this was my first visit ever, and... it really brought home just how vital the spice trade was in years gone by. You walk through the door and run face first into a wall of spicy scents, and it's just.. amazing. You'd think it would be overwhelming (there's a smelly soap shop here in Antioch that gives me headaches), but it was wonderful. :9 I have been thinking of making my own homemade vanilla extract, so I shall be going back for a handful of vanilla beans. :9

After that, we visited a couple of pet stores so Duncan and Takaza could meet and greet some local dog rescues, see if any of their charges would make a good fit for their home. They found Buddy, who is a real sweetie of a dog, at the second event we attended. He's now happily ensconced in his forever home. :) I was really impressed with the folks running the rescue, and when the time comes for us to bring another dog home, we will probably go to them.

Yesterday I had some more emotional ups and downs like I described last week. I'm convinced now that there are multiple factors that when combined, my emotions slip their leash. I'm frustrated, because for the last two years I've managed (quite well, I thought) to manage my mental state without medication. I am calling the doctor today about an appointment. I realize part of my problem is withdrawal from cigarettes (oh God, I almost caved on Saturday and asked [livejournal.com profile] roho to buy some), but the other part is a chemical imbalance in my body, and that... I need a resolution on that.

Overall though, I'm feeling chipper and bright-eyed this morning. I'm catching up on my correspondence, preparing some art for mailing, and I should, if things go well, finish a painting today. I'd like to get some domestic chores done as well, so the painting may have to wait til Wednesday.

So while I prepare for the con next month, I have a question for all of you? What do you like to see on artist tables? Freebies? Impulse buy items? (magnets and bookmarks under $5?) Prints? Tell me in the comments, so I know what to bring!
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Well, we're home. We had a good time, and as usual, I did some of my best work when I have no chance of getting a scan of it.

For those that I did sketchbooks/badges, if you read this journal, can you pretty pretty please send me a scan? Danke!

In other news, I need to start ramping up for MFF. I realized that I don't suck at painting nearly as much as I thought (as paints were all I brought with me), so I'm going to start working on more stuff. Unfortunately, I lost my tube of crimson somewhere, so I'll need to order a new one. I'm out of white anyway, so it's a good time to use my Blick gift certificate.

I'll be starting school again next month, and I'm excited about that. Hopefully my teachers will be less stupid than the one I had last time.
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So, through happy serendipity and the generosity of friends, [livejournal.com profile] roho and I will be attending Anthrocon for the first time in... 5 years? 4 years? Something like that.

Anyway. I will likely be in or around Artist's Alley. If you want to reach me, ask with the staff.

Just some items of note - I am not a terribly huggy person, please don't take offense. I am, however, happy to go grab a drink or sit and chat for a bit!
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After a looong drive, we are finally home.

Con report and trip report in detail later. Right now, I am really friggin tired.

To sum up: We did AC, had a blast, squeezed way too much socialization into too short a time, planning on doing it again next year, only taking more time off work. Maine was relaxing (even if we both got pretty bad sunburns), and leaving was hard. I wanna move to Boston now! WAH!

Something good: Arriving home and finding the place pretty much as we left it.
Something bad: Food poisoning mid-trip
Something disturbing: Marcus and Cailet are in the same room, and there's no fireworks.... yet.
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It was a nice and productive weekend. My muse went into overload, and I finished 2 commissions and 8 other various sketches.

We had a fun 4th.

Unfortunately, yesterday, one of my major pet peeves got triggered, and I'm going to rant about it here, just so that anyone that runs into me at AC knows not to ever do this.

When you're eating out with a group of people, if you don't have the money to cover your tab, own up to it. Don't order dessert or the most expensive thing you see on the menu. And most of all... don't sit there and claim loudly that you put in your share and expect the rest of the party to pony up more money to cover it. I watched someone pay TWICE what their meal cost to cover tax and tip because of one person, and you know.... I'm not going to do that anymore. I've had this happen to me before, and it made both Bren and myself uncomfortable; and that time, we're not talking a couple of dollars short, either.

So yeah. If you eat out with me, and you don't have enough, ask for help. Don't claim innocence and expect me to pick up the tab, because you've just made an enemy. I don't put up with that crap.

On another note. I asked for a raise at work today. It was, as I expected, promptly denied. They did say they would review my salary to make sure it was fair, though. I'm gonna be watching to make sure it doesn't dip in the negative direction. :P

We're trying to get ready for the con. Stress stress stress. I think I have all my art supplies. I don't plan on sitting in Artist's Alley, but the mood may strike, and I may change my mind. Either way, I plan on spending as much time with [livejournal.com profile] kenket as she'll tolerate trying to pick up pointers. Urrg, and I still need to make music cds and pack. Yeesh.

Later folks.

Oh yes.. there is new art up. Go look and leave a comment.
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Well, I've just about finished [livejournal.com profile] lanakila's commission. 7 months in the works, and all it took was 2 days of work. (Although to be fair, 7 months were used trying different techniques and mediums. God bless watercolors. I am beginning to love those things)

I should have it finished tomorrow, and if the Eagle gives it his approval, I'll have it posted on the website.

Lana, let me know if you're going to be at AC? If you are, I'll hand deliver it. If not, I'll get it in the mail.

I want to schoop some of that creative energy into working on Duncan's icons, but.. Man I am TIRED.
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I hate to start off the morning like this, but..

I'm trimming my 'friends' list a little bit, and I don't want the people trimmed to wonder why. I fully support your right to express your views. I even agree with you on quite a few things. But lately... I'm just not up for reading several political posts a day. I still respect you a great deal and think you're wonderful people, and I hope you won't think less of me for this. When things are more calm and you go back to your old posting habits, I'll gladly re-add you.

On other notes.. a few of you have the unfortunate habit of posting large images without the use of cut tags. ;) I love seeing your photographs, but when I'm at work, reading livejournal is done in quick snatches, and having a large image pop up on my screen is just begging for someone to walk by and ask what I'm doing instead of working. ;)

I really don't want to come across as a shallow person. I've grown quite close to some of you out there, and I think of you as good friends and confidantes. The last thing I would want to do is hurt any of you or seem like I'm criticizing your posting habits. I'm overjoyed to see that LiveJournal is being used as it was meant to be; a forum for your thoughts and a medium for each of you to express yourselves in ways that best suit your personalities.

For the new readers I have picked up, please do not be offended if I don't immediately add you back. I am often pressed for time when reading (see above), and thusly, I try to make sure that the journals I read are ones I find engaging and interesting. I also prefer to get to know someone before offering them access into my more private life. If you're someone that I know elsewhere online, a short note or email letting me know who you are would be greatly appreciated. :)

Lastly, an art update! I have some new sketches to scan; some I'm happy with, others I'm not. I'm still figuring out the watercolors, and I think I have enough of a handle on them to finally (!) finish [livejournal.com profile] lanakila's commission. (About darn time, too!) I hope to have it done by the end of the month, Lana, and I hope to be able to do some sketches and pencil pieces to send you as well as a thank you for your patience. You've been a wonderful customer!

I am looking for husky reference pictures, so if anyone stumbles across good facial/body shots of those gorgeous dogs, please shoot me an email or page #mail with a link. I've done several sketches for [livejournal.com profile] duncandahusky's livejournal icons and I still haven't found anything I'm happy with, even though he seemed to like them. ;)

And, finally, I have my commission FAQ and pricelist updated. I will be doing sketchbooks in Artist's Alley at Anthrocon (if I can get myself up in the morning to get down there) probably JUST on Saturday at discounted rates. So if you'll be at the convention and want original Genet art for a good price, be sure to find me! I will have a full listing of the prices I'll be charging up on my website soon. I will not have prints available for sale, but I will have bookmarks, and possibly original art. I will not be in the Art Show, as I didn't think I'd have anything finished in time, so you will have to find me in the Alley. My next convention appearance will be Midwest Furfest in November; but I'm on staff there, and thus will be unavailable for large periods of time. Anthrocon is probably your best bet for landing a commission. EEEE! That's NEXT MONTH!! ACK!!

As always, I welcome commission inquiries. I have a few more things I need to put up on the FAQ, and a bit of tweaking to do with the website. My next major project will be building a portfolio of original artwork to present to potential clients to showcase my skills, and building up the front end of Spots to look a little more... diverse.

Have a great day, folks!

Spots Illustrated Home
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It's been an interesting few weeks.

We've had guests galore, and we're heading to Wiscon next weekend. I'm really looking forward to being able to take a breather in June.

On Friday, we attended the first local Movie Night, which, incidentally, we had no hand in starting up. It was vampire night, and we watched Bram Stoker's Dracula and Interview with the Vampire. Both are most excellent movies, and the discussion they prompted was very much enjoyed. We got home very late to the rumblings of thunder and crashed hard.

Saturday morning, we slept way too late, futzed around together for a while, then went up to BDs for lunch. Delicious stirfry was partaken of, then we scooted over to Gamer's Paradise so I could pick up some dice. Much as I love that store, I think I'll start looking around online for my figurine/dice needs. I can get things in bulk from Ebay that are much cheaper (even after paying shipping), and Hawthorne Mall no sense makey.

We got home and I assembled snacks for my night at gaming- several slices of cojack cheese, and a couple of advantage bars. I stopped at Jewel on the way up in the hopes that I could obtain a pepperoni stick- a 12" stick of pepperoni that's done up much like a summer sausage. Tends to be a lot more flavorful and spicey than the precut kind. Alas, my search was in vain, as Jewel likes to move things around all the time. I settled for a round of gouda and some diet coke.

Scooped up Lori and tootled up to Bristol, where we arrived just before the rains started. I must say that sitting in Glen's kitchen with the rain pouring down in the trees behind you is a very pleasant way to watch a storm. When Mike and Dave finally arrived, we found that Mike had left my characters at home. Doh. Okay, so we went over to Glen's computer and used some sort of D&D software to reroll Fielan. I must say I rather like her stats better now. I was quite pleased.

The game was fun and challenging. (See [livejournal.com profile] drgn_ldy's journal. She'll likely have a report up soon) We asked our DM a couple of times if he was trying to kill off the entire party. With some well timed spells and some really nice bow-work (by yours truly... although the fighters helped. Ahem), we overcame the bad guys and ended up with a slew of Exp that I'm sure we'll be updated with via email sometime this week.

Before we left, the storms hit in earnest, and rain was gushing down in torrents. I ran out to the car and was soaked to the skin before I could take two steps. The route we would usually take back to Gurnee was flooded, so we had to take an alternate route. About 5 minutes after turning onto Hwy 50, lightning struck about 10 feet away from the car. I mean, it hit the ground 10 feet away. Both Lori and myself screamed, and I was all the way back to Gurnee before I stopped shaking.

The worst of the storm seemed to be centered on the Bristol/Kenosha area, but I was very very glad to get home last night. Went to bed, and woke up late again this morning.

Eating leftover stirfry for lunch, and plan to do absolutely nothing today. :)

January 2012



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