I was having some Birthday Angst. There were a lot of negative blog posts that I deleted (complaining and lamenting). I think I saved this one because of links to Carolyn Hax chats and a photo of me with my big Heron drawing. I didn't keep that drawing.
I posted many gaming blog posts, with photos of our board games or minis battles. I loved taking close-up photos of game pieces. When they come out clearly, they are hysterical.
Remember Bravo's show Work of Art? They only had two seasons. But before the first one aired, they posted the application online. I wasn't going to apply to be on the show, but I thought it would be interesting to fill out the application and post the results.
We made a visit to Georgia to see Sister B. and her husband A., and my best friend J. We stayed overnight at a little cottage volunteered by a friend of my sister's. Here is a post with family pics. And just me and Steve.
I was impressed by a Jenny Saville painting.
August of 2009 is when I discovered Martha Beck. I was following Karyn Bosnak, author of 20 Times a Lady (the movie What's Your Number is based on the novel). She used to have a blog, but now she's just on Twitter and Facebook. Anyway, she shared an article from the Oprah website, written by Martha Beck (an Oprah columnist) about weight loss, and it referenced her book The Four Day Win. So I ordered a copy from Amazon (in paperback - I have mentioned this before - order Martha Beck books in HARDCOVER because I had to read them many times). I didn't know that the Martha Beck exercises were going to take several years to sink in, making small progress along the way. But the book had a profound effect on me right away, in ways that took a long time to realize.
The Chili recipe that changed our lives. Oven-roasting vegetables and then putting them in the blender was the most wonderful discovery. This past Thanksgiving I made a blender mix of onion and garlic and carrot and put that into our Cornbread Dressing (Dad's recipe = Steve's Dad) and it was the best ever.
I took reference photos for the naked morning hugs above - one is posted below.
And finally, the last piece of The Journaling Project.
And this was the END of The Journaling Project.
Here is some of my bad painting at the time. I turned this painting over and restretched it to save money on canvas. I did that a lot.
Here is a reference photo - you can see some of my bad paintings in the background, and one big one tacked up on the wall.
Still trying to paint, still failing miserably.