Dear Ms. Doodles,
I am a subscriber to your YouTube channel and a fan of your work. I stumbled onto you via your collaboration with Mike Tompkins for his video for “Not a Bad Thing”, followed the links, and decided that it would be silly of me not to subscribe to your channel.
I am also a former music educator. To put it quite briefly, I studied for nearly 8 years to earn my Bachelor of Music Education (hey, sometimes a girl’s gotta work her way through college). My major instrument was voice, so I am in fact a classically-trained singer, and my creative process and products most often involve performance art of some kind or other, though I also like to play around with my camera, too.
Nearly two years ago I came to the realization that I was miserable. Professionally, I was going through tremendous turmoil and self-doubt. I was nearing the end of my fourth year of teaching, and I had gained more than 50 pounds in the time since beginning my first year. I was depressed, angry, and completely unhappy with my professional life, and it was coloring everything else in my life, too.
Yesterday as I was checking my Twitter feed, one of my friends tweeted this out:
It immediately reminded me of the ornament project that I did in Kindergarten with my mom, who was a “Room Mom” that year (remember those?!), and my teacher, Mrs. Weaver. I told Esme that I would send her the procedure, and as I was writing it up, I figured I’d just make it a blog post. Enjoy!
*As any WoW player knows, the flight master in any city, town, or outpost in the game will, for a few silver pieces, sell you a “taxi” flight (usually on a wyvern or a gryphon) to any other city, town or outpost that you’ve been to. If you’re going a long way, the flight path takes you past the flight points between where you are and your destination, sort of like flying over the cities and towns between your departure city and your destination on a plane. When you’ve never been to the place that you want to go, though, you have to ride or run to the town under your own power and “discover” the flight points. I feel like that’s the way my journey is playing out, and that I’ve reached my first flight point.
Well, now. It’s been just over a month since I last posted. If you read that post, you might intuit that this last month plus has been quite a journey in its own right, and you’d be correct. A lot has changed for me, but in a lot of really small ways. Let me share some of it with you.
My most recent post prior to this one had to do with my health, and I guess this is an update of sorts, though I wasn’t planning on ever having to write about this particular topic.
I went in to the doctor today for my yearly physical, which of course comes with a blood draw and the associated number values and such. Today there was only one that stood out… I’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.”
I’m beginning again a journey that I’ve begun more times than I can count. I’m hoping that this time I can see it through to what seems from here to be the end (though I know better than that if I’m being honest). Either way, though, I’ve got to get to a place where my body functions more healthily than it does now.
I can’t really recall the last time I didn’t have any weight to lose. In high school I was maybe only about 15 lbs. over the ostensibly-healthy weight for my height, but as a junior and senior, some of that was the muscle born of being an athlete. I didn’t really start to pack on extra pounds that weren’t muscle until I graduated.
It seems I’m on a (blog) roll today when it comes to posts about WoW. I’ve had a request to entertain another idea about the game, this time from the lovely Mr. and Mrs. WoW. You can find their blog here.
As you can see, I edited this directive for my own uses.
So, here are my Top Things to do, in no particular order: Read More
ATTENTION! The ever-present, always faithful, never boring Mistress of Faff herself, the Godmother, hath presented us WoW fans with a challenge.
Over at her site, Alt:ernative Chat, the Godmother put out a request to answer her list of 10 questions. If you’re interested in doing so, you can go to the blog entry for her 10 years, 10 Questions for her instructions, or you can go to her Google survey to answer them that way. She’s keeping a comprehensive list of responses, as well.
Here we go, then.
I’m not sure why, but my mind keeps going back to The Hobbit. It’s really quite odd, because I admit that I’ve never read any of Tolkien’s work, nor have I seen the recent movies of that particular novel.
Yeah, I know, some of you will want to revoke my geek/nerd cred for that one, but life happens, and sometimes movies get left in the dust. Novels, too.
So. A blog.
I’ve thought about starting a blog many times, but I always came back to the same conclusion about it. I didn’t think too many people would want to read what I had to say, and I also didn’t think I had the true desire to keep up with it. So, laziness won out, because the responsibility seemed like more than the novelty would bear.