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Red Scorpio Diaries – June 30, 2018

The year is half over. How did that happen? It seems like we haven’t made much progress but when i really think about it, i did get a lot done. Not as much as i hoped, but there’s still half a year left.

We spent the day at the county fair. My niece won first place in a singing competition. She is so talented.

 

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Red Scorpio Diaries – June 29, 2018

I stayed up way too late tonight. I shouldn’t have done that. Tomorrow is going to be a long and challenging day. I hope i make it.

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Red Scorpio Diaries – June 28, 2018

I never seem to have enough time to do what i need to do. Me and everyone else, right? I am so glad we’re all adults here because i don’t know what i’d do if i had to take care of a kid right now. If i’d had a kid at 40 that kid would be 12 now. Yikes. I did actually get baby fever pretty bad around age 40. So glad Greg had a vasectomy in like ‘93. Now i just want some grandkids.

I finished a pair of earrings today and made one of another pair then i had to stop because the seat at my work table is really uncomfortable. It’s a wooden stool that used to be a chair but the back came off. I should probably get a new chair.

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Red Scorpio Diaries – June 27, 2018

I’m kind of floundering right now, at the very worst time. I have two deadlines coming up and usually i’m really good at the last minute but this time, i’m kind of all over the place. The state of the world at present has me a little rattled. I think i need to actually do something positive vs masochistically checking Twitter first thing every day.

I am building habits so that’s good. Except for reading, i’ve skipped that the past couple days. It’s my least favorite part of the morning routine. I’m a very slow riser so i usually check my phone in bed til it’s time to get up but starting tomorrow i’m going to try reading in bed instead. I can’t read library books in bed because i’m a germaphobe and they have cooties so i will be reading a magazine.

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Red Scorpio Diaries – June 26, 2018

Lessons i keep learning and then forgetting:

• Do not use nylon bead thread for weaving. It is the worst. You will be sorry.

• And don’t use bead mixes. They are a pain in the ass.

• Just get rid of both. They’re never worth using. If you keep them, you’ll try to give them another chance some day and it will be a waste of time.

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Red Scorpio Diaries – June 25, 2018

There are people in my life who i am close to biologically but miles apart ideologically and it’s kind of crushing me. Because i can’t cut them out of my life. I do have to see them sometimes and i don’t particularly want to pretend i think everything is ok. It was rough before but it’s way worse now. Heartless. 

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Red Scorpio Diaries – June 24, 2018

For one of my New Year’s resolutions was i was going to work through the book Sketchbook Masterclass and draw every day. But i got hella sick New Year’s Eve. Remember that horrible chest cold that was going around? I was so sick we didn’t even eat our traditional New Year’s meal of black eyed peas and greens for the first time in years. I couldn’t eat, which never happens for me. I couldn’t drink coffee for like a week and actually took the opportunity to give it up. I’d been thinking about it for a while and being repulsed by it made quitting so much easier. 

I haven’t been making any time for drawing, so i put 15 minutes of sketch time into my morning routine. Today i skipped the stretching and reading, but i did drink hot water and sketched for 15 minutes. 

Now I’m working through You Can Draw in 30 Days and so far i’m into it. Right now i’m brushing up on fundamentals. It feels good to get back to drawing. There is something very soothing about the sound of pencil on paper. 

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Red Scorpio Diaries – June 23, 2018

Every night when it’s time to write this i think “ugh i’m so tired i’m only going to write two sentences.” (The self imposed rule is two sentences minimum.) But i almost always end up writing like two paragraphs. So that’s cool.

I took more photos today. Even with a flash, an additional light and white boards bouncing the light, they’re way too dark so i must be doing something wrong. Greg is going to help me tomorrow. I had to tweak these a lot in iPhoto.

Day five of my routine. Tomorrow is Sunday and Greg will be home so i’m not sure what will happen. I haven’t decided if it’s just a weekday thing.

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Red Scorpio Diaries – June 22, 2018

My morning routine has lasted four days. I like it and it’s easy. It’s not some big complicated thing, just drink a glass of hot water first thing then 15 minutes of stretching, 15 minutes of reading not on a screen and 15 minutes in my sketch book. And i have to get out of bed by 9 am which is the hardest part of the routine.

Yes i know 9 am isn’t that early. I told you i’m not a morning person. And i’ve been staying up later and later and now my sleep schedule is messed up. But i’ve gotten up by 9 the past four days.

I’m not sure what good it’s doing me. That’s what happened with my last routine. I didn’t see any benefit so it fell apart. This time i see the benefit of the routine itself, but i’m not yet sure it’s making the rest of my day more productive. We’ll see!

Again i am showing you random pics from my camera roll. I really need to take more pictures during the day.

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Red Scorpio Diaries – June 21, 2018

I hate taking photos. I love taking snapshots, i’m just not a photographer. I don’t want to be one but i kind of have to.

I tried to take some jewelry pics today with Greg’s old Canon Rebel and this lens i got to take product shots. I don’t even remember what it’s called so that should tell you something. I probably should take it more seriously.

None of the pics are right. They’re kind of cool, but not even close to what i need. Back to the drawing board.