Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Spreading Peace

I woke up in a grumpy mood.. well, maybe not woke up. 
I didn't get much sleep at all last night to be honest. 
If you follow me on twitter, I'm sure you've heard me complain about the upstairs neighbors. 
They can't help it, but they are very loud.

I didn't get much sleep because,
there is a weak spot in the ceiling, (their floors) right about my head.
It sounds like they might fall through! It is the loudest sound in the world when you are trying to sleep. It doesn't help that they go to bed after me, and walk all around there before bed,
and it doesn't help that they wake up two hours earlier and walk all around. 
This morning they were up at four. So was I.
I wanted to pound on the ceiling and tell them I was trying to sleep.
I wanted to go up there in my pajamas and tell them to be quiet.
But I didn't, and I can't.
Because they are just walking.
That's what people do.

I didn't get much sleep because Destinee's cat cried all night.
After the flea outbreak, he's the only one who remains flea infested, 
so he is in the bathroom until the flea medicine kicks in.
He isn't happy about it. 
So, he cries.
He knocks over all my makeup, 
spills it into a messy pile of broken powder at 4 am.
He tears up the toilet paper roll.
He yells and cries some more.
Right next to my room. 
I wanted to go in there and tell him to be quiet.
I wanted to spray him with a squirt gun until he is good and wet.
But I didn't, and I can't.
Because he is just a cat. 
That's what cats do.

I didn't get much sleep because I had a horrible nightmare about Mowgli.
So horrible, the thought brings tears to my eyes, 
and I can't go into deatail.
Lets just say, I woke up crying louder than the cat.
But, I can't do anything about those dreams either.

I've been grumpy all day. 
Things are bothering me, and they are beyond my control.

I was so upset this morning.
I honked at another driver.
I looked up apartments online.
I complained to Brad.
I complained to myself.
I just knew today would be a bad day.

But then, I stopped.
That isn't me.
I'm not someone who complains and hates.
I don't get grumpy often, and I like that.
I'm changing today.

I wanted to show you my new paintings from this week, but realized they are not yet edited enough.
The only one I have is this one. 
I realize, she isn't the prettiest girl in the world.
She has ferns for hair, but only on half of her head.
Her eyes are uneven, and her lips are a bit big.
But I love her.

I painted her just the way she is.
She turned out just as she should.
And I put one of my favorite quotes by Sadako Sasaki on the painting.

I guess to me, this painting symbolizes,
no matter what,
no matter what you look like, who you are,
what you've been through, or are going through.
You can spread peace.

And so can I.

I  can't blame others for things that just happen.
I can't be angry for things no one can help.
So I won't.
I choose to spread peace today, and be happy.

p.s. ever wish there was a magic button to make it everything okay?
Here it is!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Where The Fog Dwells

We traveled to where the fog dwells..
Where the mountains are taller than the clouds.

A little while ago I told you about when Brad and I took a random drive.
We ended up in Filmore, Utah. 
Where people ride horses around town,
there is no walmart or fast food. 
We listened to a mix cd I made for Brad. 
Full of all the songs that make me think of him.

I only shared a few pictures with you. 
Here are the rest, and probably some of the ones you've already seen.
I plan on sharing the outfit this Thursday, a lot of people have asked about my jacket.
Let's all smile. 
Today is Tuesday, and I see the sun.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Giveaway With Sentimental Heart Photo!

It's been forever since we've done a giveaway on the blog..
but don't worry...
December is getting booked up fast!
So, let's finish November off with a giveaway too!

This week's giveaway is with Michele from Sentimental Heart Photography! 
Sentimental Heart Photography is a beautiful photography shop full of colorful and almost retro looking photos. I'm loving all the photos, especially with their lovely and creative titles! 

Next Monday, one lucky winner will receive 2 prints! 
Winner will get to choose the pints and the size. (up to 8x12)

So go take a look! I'm certain you will be able to find something perfect.

Here are the rules to win:  
1.) Visit and add Sentimental Heart Photo to your favorites!
Tell me which two you would want to win!

2.) Check out her Blog. 
Follow it if you can! If not, come back here and tell me about your favorite thing on there.
Mine: That beautiful orange peacoat worn by Leah.

3.Check out and add her other shop,
Sentimental Vintage to your favorites.

4.) And make sure you are a follower of my blog!

Leave your email or a way to contact you in one of your comments!
Remember, you need to leave a separate comment for each entry you that you do. 

That's a total of 4 entries per person! 
This will increase your chances, since I will use a random number generator to pick the winner.
  The winner will be announced next Monday!

And here are the winners of last week's giveaway!

The winner will be announced next Monday when I start the next giveaway!

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Search for yourself, by yourself. 
Do not allow others to make your path for you.
It is your road, and yours alone.
Others may walk it with you,
but no one can walk it for you.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Today I'm feeling a bit like a recluse.
I'm feeling very anti-social.
Which is actually the norm.

After living cross country for so long with no close friends.. 
I started to prefer that.

I guess today, I woke up being mad at humans.
That sounds silly, but it's true.

We can all be so selfish and rude.

And I'm human too.
Should that bother me?
Cause it does..

I just want to stay inside today with my doggies.
Painting pretty people who wouldn't possibly ever be rude to anyone.
In my own little world.

But, we have plans today. 
A lot of them involve being in public and doing things around other people.

So, I will try to remember, 
that while we can all be so selfish and rude..
we can also be kind and forgiving.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Giving Thanks

I went to my family's house for Thanksgiving this year.
My mom cooked a delicious dinner for everyone.
We sat around and spent time together.
It was perfect.
 I'm thankful for a lot of things.
Too many to list here.