Day 155

I’ve been going to bed later than I should be. By the time midnight creeps around, I simply don’t want to. When I do get into bed, I just lay there, thinking. Eventually I fall asleep, sleep isn’t too terrible but I know it’s not enough.

When the 7 am alarm rang, I crawled out of bed and curled up on the sofa, almost ready to start my day. I’m feeling better than yesterday. A couple of days and I should be feeling back to normal. I hope.

French was first on the agenda. It was another solid practice run.

Even though I’m late (again), I’ve decided to participate in the Doodlewash – September 2019 event. I will be doing solo prompts this time around and will be starting with lead. I should get some colour pencils before it ends. I’ll try and catch up in the next day or two.

The first prompt; light bulb. I took my inspiration from this lovely cluster of bulbs.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – September 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

This month I’m also going to focus on sketching all things human…. and maybe some animals. I attempted to sketch eyes today. I used basic guides I had found on Pinterest.

I spent most of the afternoon watching Stranger Things and browsing drawing stuff on Pinterest. I’m enjoying my return to art. Think I might try painting soon. Plus, I’m going to teach wifey how to knit. Fun stuff ahead.

I hope your day has been eye opening and pleasant.

Tilly

Day 153

I still haven’t been sleeping well and when 7 am rolled around, I think I had been laying awake for over an hour. I don’t know. I got out of bed, sipped coffee and got into French. It was a decent practice run.

I am not going to return to working out until this cough has passed. So instead I started my day with drawing. I tried to return to the Doodlewash – August 2019 challenge.

The prompts I was working with are; 14. Sunglasses + 29. Driving. I chose to draw a girl leaving town in a convertible. I didn’t reference any pictures in particular (which is very obvious) and I realised there are a number of things I don’t know how to draw. I feel too exhausted to care about how bad the drawing is.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

I was going to spend the afternoon doing more drawings but got sidetracked watching Stranger Things.

I’m happy I did some things today. Tomorrow I will do more things and hopefully do them better.

I hope your day has been filled with creative and calm things.

Tilly

Day 147

It was a pretty good nights sleep and I crawled out of bed just after 7 am because Homer dog never stops staring at me until I’m up.

I sat down on the sofa with a cup of coffee and had casual conversation… again. I really enjoy this start to my day but I do miss getting French out of the way first thing. If only I could have casual conversation in French, I’d be set.

Hubby strolled off to work and wifey and I sat and chatted while thinking about working out. Well, I was thinking about working out. It took some time to get started but when we did, it was another great workout.

Then it was time to work on today’s Doodlewash – August 2019 sketch prompts; 12. Insects + 27. Mountains. I decided to draw an insect close up and a mountain range in the background. I referenced this insect photo and the basic shape of the mountains from this mountain drawing tutorial.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

I fell short of my goals for today but that’s okay. I know I’ll be able to get my schedule back on track soon. I’m just enjoying the extra smiles from long conversations with wifey.

I hope your day has been filled with smiles and sunshine.

Tilly

Day 144

I woke up around 7 am just like normal, even though it’s the weekend. I didn’t bother going back to bed because I just had to know where wifey was. With my fingers crossed, I sat down at the computer to see if her first flight left on time. Success!

Next I checked my mail to see a message from wifey’s mum, and found more good news; wifey was safely on her way to LAX. A couple of hours later and I was chatting to wifey while she waited for 7 hours at LAX. At the time of writing this post, wifey is now 3 1/2 hours into her trip into Sydney, Australia. She is almost home. (11 hours away from landing.) Huzzah!!

I may have cheated on today’s Doodlewash – August 2019 prompts; 10. Clock + 25. Lighthouse, by doing the drawing yesterday. Interestingly when I Googled both words, I found that a lot of lighthouses actually do have clocks on them. Until yesterday, I had no idea that was a thing. I took reference from this German Lighthouse.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

Quick question for people who sketch on paper: Do you take photos of your work or do you use a scanner to get it onto your computer?

I spent my morning as I normally do, running dungeons in WoW. It was pretty fun and a great way to keep myself occupied while waiting for wifey.

Hubby was the true hero of the afternoon. He got lots of housework done. Thing are looking pretty nice for wifeys arrival.

My afternoon was spent groaning about how much pain I’m in. This is the worst pain I’ve had in many months. I have a new knee pain from working out but mostly it’s the same old chronic pain I’ve dealt with for the last 8 years. Even walking has been hard for me today. Ouch.

I did stop complaining long enough to work on French. I finished the new word group today. Still can’t work out the student/studying thing. I will spend the next week doing practice runs.

I hope this week brings you new experiences, new ideas and someone special to put a smile on your face. I think you’re fantastic by the way.

Tilly

Day 143

I woke up just before 7 am and curled up on the sofa with a coffee. It was a strong coffee and just the fuel I needed to nudge me towards French practice. I’m still working through the new group of words and for the most part it’s smooth. Ironically anything that has to do with the words ‘study’ or ‘studying’ is where I have the most trouble.

Hubby hopped off to work and I started on today’s Doodlewash – August 2019 prompts; 9. Airplane + 24. Desert. I’m not going to lie, I really wanted the second prompt to be dessert, so I could draw a picture of someone on a plane, eating ice cream. That wasn’t to be. So I took reference from this plane and then added some cacti for that … desert feel.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

With one drawing down, I started work on tomorrows sketch. I have a pretty full morning and didn’t want to feel rushed with the drawing. Actually, my whole day will be pretty busy. The morning will be my usual ‘WoW gaming’ morning and then the afternoon will be getting the house ready for wifey.

It’s about 7 pm now and wifey will be heading to the airport in a few hours for her first flight. I’m filled with anxiety that something will go wrong again. Her first two flights will happen while I’m sleeping and will have no way of knowing until morning if it’s all gone smoothly. I feel it’s going to be another sleepless night.

There wasn’t much more to tell from my day. You may have noticed I didn’t workout today. Mentally, I feel terrible about missing a day and I never thought I’d hear myself say that about working out. Physically, my body is very glad to have three days off. It’s fatigued and pained. Thank you, Stress!

I hope you’re having a weekend filled with blessed moments, smiles and creativity. May the next week, actually, may the next month be a stress free zone in your world. You deserve it.

Happy weekend.

Tilly

Day 142

It was such a slow start to the day after a pretty sleepless night. I went to bed just after midnight and woke up at exactly 4.45 am. That would have been the time hubby was leaving for the airport if wifey’s first attempt at the trip had of worked. I think because I knew she should be here today; I felt sulky.

Hubby wandered off to work and I…. sat here doing nothing. I really couldn’t get my day started. Eventually I showered and picked up a pencil for today’s Doodlewash – August 2019 drawing prompts; 8. Birds + 23. Pets.

I was lucky that these two prompts worked together well and took inspiration from yesterday’s train drawing. I imagined a girl sitting on a suitcase, with pets, waiting for a train. I had the most trouble with the right foot and the face. I couldn’t work out the right perspective for either. I’m looking forward to wifey being here so I can snap some pose photos.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

With the drawing and half the day done, I decided it was time to workout. I wasn’t feeling great when I started and I was feeling worse by the time it ended. I think the stress pain has kicked in, in a big way. Muscles ache. My head aches. My soul aches. Bleh.

I gave into an afternoon nap pretty quickly and it seemed to help a little bit. I still feel pretty fatigued and apparently, I also sound it.

Until wifey gets here the only things I’m going to focus on are drawing and sleeping…..and some last minute housework.

I hope you’ve had a day filled with new experiences, new friends and an abundance of happiness.

Tilly

Day 141

Homer dog woke me up just after 6 am and wanted to go out. My first reaction was; ‘It’s too early, noooooooooooo!’. That was quickly pushed aside by a; ‘let’s check where wifeys flight is at’. I let Homer out and sat down to find out.

I searched the flight and was shocked to see it hadn’t taken off. What was supposed to be a one hour flight was saying it would land in 2 1/2 hours…. except it hadn’t taken off. I was so confused. I checked the time in Atlanta to see if she’d be making her next flight, NOPE! UGH. It wasn’t long after when she messaged saying not to worry but there were plane troubles with the first plane and she wouldn’t be leaving the US today.

UGH, double UGH, triple UGH. Then a big handful of colourful words, I won’t repeat here, fell from my mouth as tears poured from my eyes like I was cartoon character.

The reality is, it won’t be that much longer and she will be here but it felt like a devastating blow delivered by the universe directly into my motivational centre.

It’s 8.30 am now and my rational brain is trying to kick into gear and guide me through my normal day, like nothing has gone wrong. My irrational brain wants to get drunk (at 8.30 am) and belt out some sort of emotional tune until she lands. I don’t feel like doing the day. I’ll let you know how that turns out……

…..almost rational brain won. I picked up my pencil and decided to work on today’s Doodlewash – August 2109 prompts; 7. Sign + 22. Trains. I took inspiration from ‘The Blue Train‘. I found this drawing super hard, even while doing the first rough sketch yesterday. It made it harder as I tried to do it through blurry eyes. I did it though. I’m proud that I picked the right path for my day.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

I’m sure it was just a build up of emotions that had gathered in my head for a grand old headache-down, so I wandered off to bed. I’m not sure I even slept or if I had long bursts of keeping my eyes shut. Either way, it happened for hours.

I got out of bed again late afternoon and figured I should probably do some of my morning things. I did French practice. I got to 200 xp points rather quickly and didn’t have as much trouble remembering the words. I think I’m cheating and just assuming I should be using ‘Ils’ and ‘Elles’, over really understanding a sentence. I’m taking a win wherever I can find one today.

Then I busted out my workout in about 22 minutes, finishing up just after hubby got home. I’m calling that a day. Three more days til wifey gets home now, the countdown continues.

I hope your day has been problem free, creative and filled with many glorious smiles.

Tilly

Day 138

I had a little sleep in and it was lovely. Once out of bed I got straight to today’s Doodlewash – August 2019 drawing prompts; 4. Sailing + 19. Waves. (I’m doubling up on prompts so I can still finish at the end of the month.)

The concept of this drawing was easy, a boat on waves. The reality of drawing it was much harder than I expected. I took inspiration from many photos and drawings of this subject. Once I got started it all came together quickly and I feel like this drawing is something I’d like to try painting one day.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

My afternoon started with a handful of housework. Normally, in the week before wifey arrives it’s a whirlwind of catch up cleaning and generally trying not to look like we were raised by wolves in the wild. Today we looked around the house and were pleasantly surprised at how little we had to do. It’s almost like we’re adults!!

Once back at the computer I spent a couple of hours going through art blogs. I am obsessed with watercolour art at the moment. It looks so peaceful and calming, with mostly muted and soft colours. I can’t wait to get my hands on some. There are so many amazing and creative people out there. It was very inspiring.

I finished the day with 200 xp points during my French practice. Tomorrow I will start on a new bank of ‘people’ words. I’m kinda terrible at learning. I KNOW that I don’t know the stuff, that’s why I’m learning it but I still get annoyed and frustrated when I don’t know the stuff. I’ll try and leave my frustration under the bed tomorrow and have at it with a good attitude.

I’ve been blogging for a while now but haven’t really dived into a lot of the finer details about my life. I feel like I’m wanting to share some of my past and how I’m working on feeling better about it. It seems it has been unfolding in my mind for a few weeks now. I’m gaining some clarity on my behaviours. This week I’m going to try writing down how I’m feeling. Also, I’ll try and finish my ‘About Me’ page. It has been ignored for a little too long. Oops.

I hope you’ve had an inspiring day.

Tilly

Day 137

I stayed up too late hanging out with a friend in WoW, while hubby watched the cricket. I think it was nearing 3 am when we finally went to bed. That meant a sleep in. It wasn’t much of a sleep in for me. I knew my afternoon would be taken up with WoW, so I tried to get onto my drawing first thing.

For today’s Doodlewash – August 2019 drawing challenge, I used the prompts; 3. Safari + 18. Toiletries. I created a bathroom scene with safari themed toiletries, and an African inspired landscape. I didn’t have proper light while getting this photo but I really wanted to share it.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

There have been some ups and some downs in my day. The ups were fantastic and filled with giggles and good gaming. (Thank you, Paladin.) The downs are irrational and (mostly) self inflicted but they’ve left me feeling anxious and agitated. I know it won’t last. I have lots of things to be happy about.

I hope your weekend has been filled with fun, laughs, creativity and the ever watchful eye of your local giraffe.

Tilly

Day 136

The day started around 6 am. I sat on the sofa, stared at the computer and nothing happened. 30 minutes later I opened Duolingo for today’s French practice. I was averaging between 16 – 18 correct each round. I was able to reach 200 xp points in under 30 minutes.

Once hubby had cartwheeled off to work (he didn’t but he should have,) I started my workout. With my playlist turned up loud, I busted through the workout in 20 minutes. That’s a new record. Even though I was going faster, I don’t feel like it was any less of a workout. Also a few hours later, I didn’t feel as body fatigued as I felt earlier in the week.

Next it was time for today’s Doodlewash – August 2019 topic; 2. Shoes + 17. Food. I decided to draw a picnic scene, with waterfall and the cityscape in the background. At first I was going to draw a pair of shoes that had been left on the picnic blanket but it didn’t seem to fill the space well. So I added someone wearing shoes instead.

All challenge drawings can be found here…
Doodlewash – August 2019 on Three Peas, One Pod

Half my day was taken up with this drawing, it was an epic attempt. Once it was done (once I put the pencil down and forced myself to not pick it back up), I spent a couple of hours singing. I tried singing a couple of new songs. The biggest problem is, I barely know the songs. Learning them is on my to do list for next week.

I topped off the day with a glorious nap. When I can relax and not feel guilty about napping, they sure do help.

I hope your day has been filled with delicious food, relaxing and encouraging words. You’re a magnificent person, with so much to offer the world. Keep smiling.

Happy weekend.

Tilly