Late night scheming

Is this even interesting?

I can't even tell anymore.

But half of the time? Giving good medical care? Is nothing more than resource allotment.

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Mad for Paint Pens

 I have been meaning to blog about some cool new paint pens I've found recently.  I think most of you know about my love affair with Sharpie poster paint pens.  My only issue with them is that the color palette is limited.  I found the Montana brand markers (shown below) a couple months ago at the Dick Blick in Seattle.  I use them all the time but the palette is still limited.  The Molotow markers from Germany (shown above) are brand new and I'M CRAZY about them!!!  There are some great colors, they are juicy and very opaque and the nibs work great.  While expensive (about $5 each) they do offer refills.  You can get both at .  Have fun!

the list

I don't really do new years resolutions anymore but if I did, one thing that would be on that list would be to blog more.  I've done a fairly good job of posting my artwork but not so much in the writing department.

Just got back from mexico with 2 other couples to celebrate my 50th birthday.  It was a blast.  But after arriving home we all started running to the bathroom, ridding our bodies of something that didn't agree with us...all except Tracy.  I spent 24 hours in bed, not being able to keep anything down for a good portion of that.

Today I feel a little better.  It's sunny outside and our australian friends (jane davenport & husband angus) are staying with us for a few days.  and
it's my 50th birthday!

Anyway...back to resolutions...this would be my list...if I had one:

1.  Do more "earthing", which simply means to walk around barefoot (on the earth) for at least 10 minutes a day.  It's supposed to be amazing for your health.

2.  Get my juicer out of storage and start playing around with it again (like juicing herbs and including it in a vinaigrette, etc).

3.  Journal every day.  keep several different journals.  keep a "writing only" journal that is for my eyes only.  keep a messy journal, a tiny journal, a journal about a certain topic...

4.  Go out to dinner with each daughter separately at least once a month.

5.  Not to feel guilty about anything!

6.  Experiment with more recipes, instead of just reading my cookbooks.

7.  In the art department, I'd like to carve more stamps, stencil more, paint more, use my washi tapes more, sew more...

8.  Keep cleaning out closets, getting rid of anything and everything.

9.  Learn a publishing program for my Mac.

10.  Continue to live in the moment every single day.

giraffe drawings.

I'm taking Carla Sonheim's (year long) online giraffe class.  current assignment: draw giraffe's.  I am using a spiral bound journal with kraft paper so I feel more free to mess up and play.  I am really finding the paper wonderful for using colored pencils.

Brain Pseudo-Cramp

I spend two days a week overseeing prenatal ultrasounds and doing consults. The majority of those scans are Level II anatomy scan at 18 weeks. This is the major scan where we look at all the parts of the fetus, both for structural anomalies, as well as for clues to genetic abnormalities. It is Stressful, perhaps even STRESSFUL, because this scan is a comprehensive physical exam of a non-compliant body INSIDE of another body and therefore, by definition,gives you limited information. So we mine our information for clues about things that may or may not be going on. And we live in fear of Missing Something Important. 

Today, mid-morning, I'm reviewing a scan, and as always, after reviewing the tech's pictures,  I scan through the fetus myself. Quickly, I see something in the fetal stomach. What is that? Is it just a weird angle? Nope, I scan back and forth and it's really there. It's...debris. A mass? In the fetal stomach? I don't think I've ever seen this before. 

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