Posted in Crafty, Fitness, Life + Living

Sketching, not sketchy; hotels

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I guess one good thing to come out of the last week is that my muse is back. I’ve been sketching and drawing…and realising just how out of practice I really am. I’ve been enjoying myself, though, and happily sharing my works with others.  Specifically one of my guildies who keeps me supplied with ample music to draw to…

I even brought my sketch book with me to South Dakota, where Jeff and I will be helping my sister’s family move into their new house.  I’d be drawing right now except for the fact that it’s the 5 o’clock hour and Jeff is asleep. The whole room is dark, and I’m writing this from my phone.

It’s actually a shame that I’m up, but it couldn’t be helped. It’s the 3rd or 4th time I’ve been up over the course of the night. This time my back and hips made it too insufferable to go back to sleep, so here I am.

The alarm is set for 6:30am… Then I’ll be able to be productive. Even then I won’t be breaking out the pencils and paper… Oh no.. then I’ll be breaking out the fit deck and getting some stretching in.  I’ll get plenty of exercise today, but I’m hoping I won’t be in pain for most of it.

After that, breakfast is in the 7 o’clock hour, then we’ll head over to my sister’s apartment to drink coffee and wake up with the rest of the crew.  See, we could’ve stayed at my sister’s house–it was an open invitation and they’d make room.. but see, with me in my condition and getting up all night long, I opted for the comfort factor of a hotel.

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I had searched on kayak and booking, as well as other discount sites, but it turned out to be cheaper to just call the hotel and ask for cheapest rates.  The hotel we originally wanted to stay at cost about $200/night…they had raised the prices for some reason compared to online.  Plus, they didn’t have anything smaller than a king suite and we really just wanted a place to rest our heads.  The reservation clerk actually referred me to a sister hotel. They had an efficiency suite, including breakfast, for less than $100/night.  I didn’t expect there to even be a refrigerator, let alone a stove!

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We likely won’t have a chance to use it on this trip, but it’s nice to have the option.

It’d be nice to have the option for a nap later, too, but I don’t see that happening… T^T at least if I get too zonked, we can retreat to the hotel instead of waiting for everyone else to wind down. There’s that, at least.

K. Time to wrap up before diving into the day. Be well!

Posted in Life + Living

Hope for Roy – Please reblog

I’m usually driving the chase car.  For a majority of my life, I’ve been around motorcycles and bikers.  I would beg and cajole my dad to take me for rides around the block, and (before laws became more strict, or maybe he just didn’t follow them) he would sit me on his lap right by the tank of his Goldwing and take me for a ride.  I remember when I was finally big enough to reach the pegs and we went for our first ride that actually had some distance–there was ice cream involved.

Fast forward to adult-hood and I’ve been an active supporter of Motorcycle Rights.  I’ve lobbied at the state capitol, met with senators and congressmen to urge them to increase penalties for failure-to-yield the right of way/careless driving.  It’s not right that a person who knocks down a stop-sign has the same penalties as a person who hits and seriously injures or kills a pedestrian, cyclist, or motorcyclist.

It is in this vein, then, that I ask for your help.  I am not asking you to lobby, I’m bringing the reality home.  A friend of a friend, Roy Rennhack, recently passed away due to injuries sustained in an accident caused by a failure to yield the right of way.

Rothschild Police Sergeant Kevin Ostrowski confirmed the crash happened at about 7:10 p.m. According to the preliminary investigation, Roy Rennhack, 26, was driving on Highway 51 at the intersection of Imperial Avenue when a pickup truck driven by a 17-year-old turned left in front of the motorcycle. Rennhack was taken to Aspirus Wausau Hospital with critical injuries, authorities said.

Police said Rennhack was wearing a helmet. No citations have been issued and the crash remains under investigation.

Roy was air-lifted to a nearby trauma center where he remained in critical condition.  He was admitted to the intensive care unit, and stayed in a medically-induced coma in an attempt to help him heal.  He lost the fight, though, and passed away on October 15th.

There are two ways that you can help the Rennhack family, and friends of Roy, cope with this tragedy–this senseless loss.  If you are of the generous type, please donate to Hope for Roy.  The family will be buried under medical bills for a long time to come.  It’s enough of a tragedy to lose the one you love, but the hardship is compounded when the rest of your life may be lost under medical debt.

If you are the generous type, but cannot afford to donate at this time, that’s okay, too.  Please re-blog this post, please share the news with your friends and family.  Perhaps it will be read by someone with the ability and the generosity to make a dent in the medical bills.

Please also share this as a reminder to all to pay attention when you are driving.  A motorcycle is smaller than other vehicles and so it’s easy to misjudge the speed or distance.  Always look twice, and wait it out.  Make sure you know what a motorcyclist is doing before you do what you’re doing.  Share the road. Like they always say, it’s better to show up late than never–the only difference that waiting a few seconds is going to make is that it can avoid an accident, and everyone can get to where they’re going safely.

Posted in College, Fitness, Food, Gaming, Life + Living, Recipe

Colorado n stuff

[Life in general]

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I’ve been meaning to write, but there always seems to be something that comes up *cough*GW2*cough*.

Well, now I’m at my friend’s house, four states away from home. Everyone is sleeping, so I’m going to write.

Continue reading “Colorado n stuff”

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award – From Daffodils and Dishwater

This post is overdue by about a week or so–you know how things go 🙂

One day last week, I was checking things out on my phone and I got a ping-back notification via e-mail.  I opened it up and checked it out and it turns out that one of my very favorite bloggers has nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award in her entry “Karma is a babe”

Honestly, I felt so pleased to receive the nomination because my little piece of the web is still evolving.  There are folks out there who specialize in just one type of blogging, or who update consistently on a predictable schedule, or whose style of entries can be predicted–And Then There’s Me.  I write about different things, at no particular rhythm, and I haven’t quite gotten to be predictable yet with my posting schedule.  That’s okay, though, because some folks seem to like that sort of thing 🙂

I highly suggest you take a look at her blog.  Jenna’s kind of like me wherein she does not update on a set schedule, but her entries are peaceful and include some outstanding photos.

And now,  I would like to nominate some other bloggers for this pretty nifty award:

1) General Interest:  Gillybean Candyjar!  Kei posts about make-up, trending news articles, and her life adventures.  Pictures are usually included and links are usually fun to follow.

2) Travel Blog: A Big Life!  Liv just moved back to Australia and is coping with The Flux. Having moved around quite a bit in the last ten years, it seems she’s always in The Flux, but her blogs include wonderful pictures of her locations and tidbits about the locale that you wouldn’t find in a travel journal trying to sell the place.  Her recent entries about her stay in Greece made me hunger for a trip like never before.

3) Cooking: Rantings of an Amateur Chef!  Pat is a self-taught (?) chef whose blogs about home-cooked meals are truly inspiring.  I love the photos of all of the ingredients staged together that he includes with every entry.  His is one of those blogs with thousands of followers, though, so you have less of a chance for an exclusive “relationship” type vibe, but he tries to read/reply to all comments 🙂  Maggie Monday features a guest blogger who shows the more rustic/traditional/down-home style of cooking (from what I can tell).  I wouldn’t be surprised if The Ranting Chef were to be a cookbook on the shelves at Barnes and Noble in the near future 🙂 

So there you have it 🙂 I appreciate that you read my blog and that Jenna gave me my 1st award in the blogosphere and hope that you have fun reading some of my favorite bloggers too.  With no further adieu, I’m returning to my lazy Sunday, playing Final Fantasy VI with my fiance and not venturing out of the house 🙂

Toby, Toes, and TV
Toby, Toes, and TV