Hello dear readers! Thank you so much for stopping by for a bit of strong brew and some catching up. If I had my way, we would be having our coffee and conversation in a nice coffee shop where I could people watch, but there is cleaning and laundry to do so for now we are stuck inside. I hope you don’t mind.
This past week felt long and my weekend has been a busy one.
If we were having coffee, I would have to start by mentioning my weird love of (read: addiction to) the latest craze, Pokémon GO.
I hope some of you can relate because as a 30+ woman I have been getting some very strange looks from friends and family about it. I can’t help it, though, the game is fun and interesting. Plus, it motivates me to get up and get out of the house. Almost every day last week I spent about an hour outdoors, I never do that unless forced to because of a family function or activity.
I enjoyed it so much I even went out and bought real walking/running shoes. I needed them anyway, ever since the cats I used to own peed in the old pair, which is one of the reasons why I used to own them., and this stupid game gave me a reason to get them finally. I am out having fun, taking the dog on hour long walks and enjoying watching
I know it’s weird, but I am out having fun, taking the dog on hour-long walks, and enjoying watching other people in my neighborhood doing the same.
So yeah, I don’t really care if my friends and family think I am a weirdo, but I do wish I had someone to talk to about it.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that besides Pokémon GO I am also obsessed with a new project I’ve decided to start. I am making a new art journal for myself.
I’ve tried the art journalling thing before with a notebook I bought from the store, filled with very neat and very clean and very white pages that I couldn’t bring myself to make unneat, unclean, or unwhite, so I stopped.
You see, I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to notebooks. I currently carry around three notebooks with three different purposes because I cannot bear the idea of messing up one by mixing these purposes into one.
This system works, but it leaves no room for being artistic and messy. Enter the Tumblr Tangled Ribbons Sketchbooks, the best art journal blog I have ever come across. Jennie makes her own sketchbooks out of recycled and random scrap paper and offers a tutorial so that you can do the same. I was so inspired by her work I went out and bought a few supplies to put together my own this week.
Fun fact about me: I am a paper hoarder. I have a lot of newspapers, magazines, envelopes, and bits of interesting paper lying around. I am excited to put all of it to good use. I’ll be starting with pages of all types and colors, pages that won’t look so perfect. Pages I’ll want to make better :)
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I got a few new graphic novels to add to my growing collection. I picked up Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1, about a girl genius and a big red dinosaur; it looks adorable.
I also got Paper Girls Vol. 1 which I had never heard of before but picked up simply because it was by Brain k. Vaughan (who writes the amazing Saga graphic novels) and the artwork which consists of mostly pastel shades of pink, purple, and blue.
I’m supposed to be reading Catch-22, and I will finish the damn thing, right after I read these.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am super excited that this blog is very close to hitting 2,800 followers. I am honored that so many of you have felt me and my little blog worth following. Thank you all so much, ever single one of you. When I first started blogging I didn’t know where it would take me, I still don’t, but I definitely did not expect to have 50 followers, let alone 2800 of you and counting. Thank you so much!
I also want to apologize to you too. Many of you have left some very kind words in the comments section, and I have been awful about replying to you.
If you can forgive me, I promise to do better.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have so much more to say, but unfortunately I have to get going. My girlfriend’s sister and nephews are in town, and we are spending the day visiting with them before the head back to California.
I hope you had a good week. Please, drop a note in the comments and let me know how you have been and what you have been up to, and if you wrote a chatty coffee post of your own make sure you leave a link and I’ll check it out while I am out and about.
Until next time :)
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