Sunday, May 30, 2010

digital collages

I made some more digital collages. They are not that great or exciting, but I still have fun doing them. It is good practice for photoshop and I hope that one day I am able to make awesome digital art!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

beauty and art

I have love art and everything about it. I love the creative process. I love seeing people's studios where they come up with all that creativity. I love the way I feel transported to another place simply by looking at someone else's creativity. I do wish that I was better at coming up with original creative ideas. I like to paint and collage but have difficulty creating my own little world. I am better at looking at someone else's little world and then changing it to make it my own. Perhaps this is something that gets better with practice?

A friend gave me Photoshop CS4 on my old dell. I love looking at digital art journaling but had trouble using it. It was too complicated, not intuitive at all. I got my new MacBook and felt I wanted another shot at digital art making. I splurged and got photoshop and some books and am happy with my purchase. Back in January, I joined the Art Journal Caravan. Each week they post a new art journal theme and also include digital scrapbooking/collaging supplies for those who are digital. I was sad that I could not use the amazing and inspiring papers and decorations but now I can! I am still learning how to do things and I need more practice but here is what I made today.

Monday, May 17, 2010

my arsenal

Sick. Yuck. I woke up for work on Saturday with a terrible sore throat. The soreness stayed on throughout the day and was still there when I got up on Sunday. With no other symptoms, this made me very nervous, strep throat means I would have to go to the doctor (which I don't mind, but is a hassle). Yesterday afternoon the nasal symptoms started up. I continued drinking my more excessive than usual amounts of water and hoped for the best. I think this hoping paid off b/c when I woke up this morning my sore throat was gone! Hallelujah! I used my neti-pot (which is amazing) and went for a short run followed by a super long walk. I felt so great when I returned home. I love how I feel when I accomplish an exercise goal. Anyway, just to be on the safe side, decided to purchase some natural-ish aides for my immune system. I don't have a problem taking cold medications, but I believe we get better faster if we let the symptoms do their job to get out the pathogen. All the stuff I got was things I have never tried before. Airborne, Zicam, Cold-Eeze lozenges, a vapor inhaler (I love the smell of vicks!) and then some Theraflu just to see what it does.

Immediately on the way home from Walgreens I popped a Zicam chew. It wasn't terrible, but let's just say it isn't candy. When I got home I effervescented an Airborne and it was pretty tastey. The lozenges are gross, but they were a "just in case" purchase if my sore throat comes back.

I am so thankful that I have such a good immune system and that these minor and uncomfortable symptoms are the worst of what I get. I never know what to think of people who are sick all the time with hard-core colds. I'm not sure what kind of mental-chat is going on in their heads, but it can't be good...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

MacBook Pro

Excitement, excitement, excitement! I am so excited to finally have a new computer! Although I have nothing but love for my old computer, she did me well and lasted 7 years, I am excited to be able to have multiple internet tabs open w/o it bogging down. I love that I can take my computer somewhere and the battery lasts longer than an hour. I love how easy it was to transfer all of my stuff. I just dragged my music to itunes and it knew what to do, I didnt have to search and import and all that crap. I love that I just dragged my photos too and it kept them organized the same way. I love how when I downloaded skype to chat w/ my aunt, it took minutes to get it set up, but when I was talking her through the download on her PC there were so many more steps to do. I love how I no longer have to worry about viruses and reformatting. I am happy with my decision.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

dish delish

After Kirsten's very inspirational post about the joys of cooking yummy food, I decided to make some mac and cheese of my own last week! I did the same recipe, creamy macaroni & cheese with spinach but had to improvise. I added a can of artichokes, half a package of turkey bacon, a couple cloves of garlic and different cheeses.

They didn't have gruyere at walmart neighborhood market, so I subbed smoked gouda and smokey sharp chedder. I still used the same amount of parmesean. Thank goodness for my mom's food processer (that I use way more than she does) because shredding all that by hand would have been a workout!

Chopping some spinach that is fresh from our garden! We love spinach in this house so I used way more then the recipe called for, I used all we had in the fridge and freezer and pretty much all the leaves in the garden!

Sauteing onions is one of my favorite kitchen smells!

After adding all the milk and cream and cheese, I was fearful all the spinach would not fit! It took some very careful stiring to prevent kitchen disaster overflow (gas stoves are a bitch to clean)!

I made the full recipe, but divided it into two dishes and put one in the freezer for a quick and easy dinner in weeks to follow. Unfortunately I didnt think to shorten the cooking time since the casserole dish was only half size. The top got a little too toasty for my liking but it was still some of the most delish mac and cheese on the planet!

I love the idea of monthly macaroni and I will be trying out a new one in a couple weeks!
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