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Ragnar Relay 2013

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Well, Dan and I once again decided to another crazy 200 mile relay race.  Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage 2013!  Sometimes I wonder why we do this to ourselves.  Oh ya, thats right......because it is so FANTASTICALLY FUN!!!!!  Nothing better than hanging out in a van with 6 smelly runners (x2) for 34 hours who are delirious from running and haven't slept.  NOW THAT IS WHAT I LIKE CALLING "A GOOD TIME!"

Most of our team was the same as last year, with a few new people added in.  We had team members from Colorado and Utah....and those of us who live right down the road.  So many fun memories from the past weekend, I don't even know where to begin.  From me literally peeing in my pants to my friends in Van 2 getting stuck across the border in Canada by accident, we all had so much fun!  My favorite part about this year is the fact that we turned our run into a fundraiser.  We raised over $2,000 to support children with cancer! Our team placed 2nd overall!  This really hit home for me.  My best friend had cancer all though middle school.  It was so hard to watch her go through it all: the chemo, being sick, missing school functions....I could go on and on.

Dan also ran into a old family friend at the finish line, what a bonus!!!!

I LOVE MY RAGNAR TEAM!

Here a few fun highlights:

Van 1!

Dan's "Honey Bucket" Blue socks!!!!

A blurry picture of Dan kickin' booty....Ragnar Tutu Style!!!

Oh ya baby!!!! Halfway though my first leg!

Some of the Van 2 peeps, a little wacky from no sleep!

Last exchange for my 3rd leg!!! Almost done!

My friend Janeen and I in the after race beer garden. We did it!

Erin and Rochie....our Colorado peeps.

Dan and his friend Mark...who he hasn't seen in a LONG time!

YES!!!! Another Ragnar crushed!!!! :)

***Dan and I keep sayin' we aren't going to do this next year......but who knows....we always have so much fun....maybe we will!

Margaritaville……

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"When life gives you limes, make margaritas" - Jimmy Buffett

Oooooooo.....that Jimmy Buffett, how I love him so!!!!!!  He is one of my favorite singers!  I have come to the conclusion that I am not fit to live in this state anymore, must move to the Florida Keys!  I mean.....think about it.....my art is bright, fun, and would totally fit in down South.  I have it all figured out.  Most of the homes are built on stilts right?  (I haven't been there so I am just assuming it is a lot like Belize).  My plan is to pack a small backpack, make friends with someone (I plan of giving them free tequila and a margarita maker....), and live UNDER their house!  They won't even know I am there.  I can hang a little hammock underneath and attach it to the stilts.  Place a couple of beach chairs in the sand....and there you have it.  I can peddle my paintings up and down the road, maybe even set up a little roadside art tent!  Dan and the kids probably won't even miss me.  One thing they will notice when I am gone is the lack of Buffett tunes coming out of the I-home....because I plan on taking that with me!!!!

hasta la vista baby!!!!!

Stay-tuned for my Biggest Loser Challenge Post.......(and if I never post on this blog again, you will know where to find me....wastin' away in Margaritaville!!!!)

Meet Maddie and Olive……..

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Hey guys.....it's me AGAIN!!!  Two posts in a week?  What?  What?  Ooooo ya baby, back in the groove.  Studio is clean, and I feel like I am getting back on track.  Haven't had to much time to paint, but I can't wait to get started on a few pieces that have been mulling around in my head.

Here are the latest commissioned pieces I have been working on.  These guys were so fun to paint!  Meet Olive, the sassy queen kitty.  Sounds like she is full of herself so I painted her on a pedestal, wearing a crown of course!!!!!  I struggled with Maddie the dog, quite a bit, and painted her over twice!  Mad's signature move is the cross-legged lay down position, which was "oh so" hard for me.  I do like how she turned out in the end!  Judy, the pet's owner picked the back ground colors of coral and turquoise.  These paintings will be hung in her newly remodeled studio!!!!!  Hurray!  I hope she sends me a picture once they are hung!  For now, they are all boxed up and headed out to the post office today!!!

So cute and colorful!!!!  Hey speaking of colorful, Dan and I signed up for the Color Run on May 12th in Seattle......so excited!!!!!  Really wanted to do this last year but missed it!!!!  Come on out and run with us!

Happy Thursday!

Hey, why don’t you TAKE A HIKE!!! Ok, not really. :)

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Well, here we go again.  That time of year when I yearn to get outside.  I have such a hard time getting through yet another Washington winter.  You would think after all these years that I would be numb to all this rain, damp and cold, but the truth is.....it is really hard.  It takes a toll on me, and I love to get outside any chance I get.

Had a great weekend here at the house.  Got two commissioned pieces done that I will share with you tomorrow.  Orion had his friend Logan over for a "stay the night"....what a blast they had. XBOX PARTY ALL NIGHT LONG!!!  I have never seen two boys eat so much in my life.  When I say eat, I mean EAT!!!!  I pride myself on eating organic healthy food here at the house, and I am ashamed at what I let them consume. Here is small fraction of what went down here at the house in the last 24 hours: Little Caesars Pizza washed down with Pepsi, followed by.....Klondike Bars for dessert!!!! The next day they ate stacks and stacks of pancakes smeared with butter, syrup, and BACON!!! (every thing is better with bacon!!!) Lunch was served out of the box by an arch nemesis named KRAFT......yep, you guessed it.....MAC AND CHEESE!!!!! GROSS!!!  After all this processed guilt I figured I better get the boys outside and exercising!  We headed for the lake and got our hiking on!   We tried to ignored the rain and trudged on......

The boys at the start of the hike........

Logan and I made it to the top of the huge rock!  Hey, how do you like that AWESOME Sock Monkey hat???? Cool, I know!!!!! :)

Proof that Dan and I actually did take the kids hiking and didn't just dump them off in the forest for an hour!!!!

Almost to the end of the lake!

Instead of "Boyz in da Hood"......I will call them "Boyz on da Rock!" " :)

After we got done with our 3 mile hike Dan and I treated them to yet another junk food.  What can I say, I am such a sucker!!!!  We headed to TOPPINGS, the new frozen yogurt place here in Anacortes!!!!  All in all, it was a FANTASTIC day!  We got outside, had a blast, and burned some calories!!!

Speaking of calories.....Dan and I have almost lost 10 pounds EACH since the holidays!!!! Oh yeah baby!!!!!  Take a good look now because we might shrink away!

Happy Sunday!

The Whimsey of Women Art Show

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WOW, now this is a little embarrassing. I haven't posted in almost a month. Yikes.  I do have a couple of GREAT excuses.  For starters, I found my watercolor art journal, and I CANNOT stop journaling.  Every night I sit down and go crazy at the kitchen table, I am obsessed!  Second, Dan and I started a "Biggest Loser Challenge" and I have been working my butt off (literally) ever since! :)

This next weekend is The Whimsey of Women Art Show at the Depot.

I have been gearing up for a whimsical show.  I have done an Anacortes series through my eyes. :)  All colorful and funky! Here are a few recent pieces:

Ahhhh....the "Gere-a-Deli" statue!  Every Thursday I am fortunate enough to eat lunch at an AMAZING hip restaraunt!  The little copper guy in the painting above is there to greet you at the door on your way in.  The first time I laid eyes on him, I knew I had to do a silly fun bright painting, he is SO COOL!   Gere-a-Deli is the BEST place in Anacortes for sandwiches, soup and salads!  It is always packed, no matter what time you show up.  If you are ever in the area, you MUST swing by and grab a bite, you will love it.....

Another piece I have been working on is the Anacortes oil refinery.  I have heard so many negative comments about how ugly or smelly the refinery is.  I think it is beautiful.  :)  Have you ever driven my the refinery at night?  It looks like a little city and all the lights sparkle off the water.  The refinery is such a big part of Anacortes, it keeps people employed and the city alive.  I don't even mind the stinky smell it gives off.....(ok, sometimes I do, I admit it.)

Here is my refinery:

The picture is horribly blurry, I think I better start taking some photography classes! Whaaaa!

Hope to see you this weekend at THE DEPOT!

Ragnar Relay – Northwest Passage

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Last weekend Dan and I participated in the Northwest Passage Ragnar Relay Race.  It was a 12 person, 200 mile relay that started in Blaine Washington, traveled south and ended in Langley, on Whidbey Island.  What a BLAST!  We were both pretty nervous for the race due to the fact that our training went right out the door when we went to Belize.  We did no type of training 3 weeks before the big event! AGH!  I highly DO NOT RECOMMEND preparing for a race this way, ha! ha!  I was really excited to be able to run in something like this.  I have done some half marathons, but I have never had to worry about someone waiting for me on the other end of race.  Another big concern I had was that it was in three legs, we would be up and awake for 33 hours.....taking turns. It sounded like our whole team "Chafing and On Fire" was pretty nervous before we started.  We all seemed to be second guessing ourselves, and wondering if we could actually pull it off.  Once the race began, we all settled down, and what a party we had!  I have never in my life had so much fun goofing off with people.  When you are piled in a car for hours at at time (and with no sleep) things just start getting goofy.  We were all making jokes about Body Glide, making fun of Dan (the only male runner), and laughing the whole way.  I only knew one other person on our team besides Dan, and I felt like we were all best friends at the end!  This race was amazing, challenging, and something I will never forget!  Dan was totally shocking pulling in 8 minute miles and powering over mountain hills.  I had no idea he could run like that! (I don't think he did had any idea either!)

The month of July has gone by in a flash.  Between the trip to Belize, and the relay race, I haven't had much time for art.  We have been to a few markets, but need to get back on track.  I am so excited to get back in the studio and back to creating!  Art is something that is such a big part of me.  I always feel like something is missing when I cannot spend some time in the studio.  There are some wonderful ideas that our roaming around in my head, inspired from my vacation.  Stay tuned!  For now, check out these crazy pictures of our race.  Dan and I have been smiling ever since we have been home. We just keep going over the memories......... My friend Clark described it the best: "Welcome to the bizarre world of running."