Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Busier Than A...

One-armed paperhanger. One-legged man in a butt-kicking contest. Bee. Insert your favorite analogy here, because I've had a busy couple of weeks. Since I feel kind of bad for not posting for a while, here is a rundown of some of the things that have kept me away from the blog.

Thinking I Had Appendicitis
I spent one evening last week at the walk-in clinic, to see if my appendix was causing all the stomach pain I have been having. This is the pearl of wisdom I received from the physician's assistant: "I know that you don't have appendicitis, but I have no idea what you do have." Awesome--I had to pay a $20 co-pay AND get poked really hard in the belly for that.

Not Finding a Mother's Day Gift
Usually, when my mom asks for clothes for Mother's Day, I just take her shopping. She's kind of tough to buy for, and that way I can be sure that she gets something she likes. This year, though, she asked me to pick out an outfit for her. I live in a metropolitan area with a population of 300,000 people...and it appears that everyone's mom is the same size as mine. I waited until the last minute, then looked at every dress in three stores, and found nothing. I ended up giving Mom a gift card, and feeling like a loser.

Playing with My New Toys
I mentioned to Mr. Nerd a couple of weeks ago that I would like to have a painting program and a tablet to use it with. Not for any particular reason; I've just always liked to noodle around with art stuff. Mr. Nerd took it upon himself to order the items in question from Amazon, and I got them set up over the weekend. The only problem I've had so far is that Corel Painter does not come with art talent pre-installed. I couldn't draw when I was taking art classes in high school, and all the fancy computer equipment in the world doesn't seem to help. For example, it took me two days to produce this:

(It's a stargazer lily, in case you can't tell. And I would be amazed if you could tell.) I stink at the Painter thing, but it's lots of fun. And, I've discovered another way to waste time and avoid doing chores!

So, that's what I've been up to for the past couple of weeks. My next big project: contemplating what kind of havoc I can wreak on my back yard. I have landscaping fever, and that never ends well. I'll be sure to post photos if I come up with anything interesting.


Stacie's Madness said...

I knew it was a stargazer, for real.

You've been missed. :)

absepa said...

Stacie's Madness: Aw, thanks! If I had the time, I could just sit and play with that tablet ALL day.

JD at I Do Things said...

Oh, you busy little bee! I hope your belleh is OK. I'm sure that poking didn't help much.

I used to have a graphics tablet, and I loved it. I don't have any talent either (tho I think your lily is very pretty!) but it was so fun. I did a lot of silly stuff with cards and photos. I'd probably use it today for my blog, but it's long gone.

absepa said...

JD: The belleh seems to be ok, as long as I don't eat anything too spicy. That little episode did jump-start some weight loss, so I can't complain too much!

I'm really enjoying playing with the tablet, but I doubt it's going to lead to a fantastic career as a graphic artist or anything. And thanks! I worked on that lily for a LONG time.