Archive | June 2013

Touch of Comedy for your Week

This has just been one of those weeks. It’s been hot and muggy this week. Entirely too hot to sleep in my bedroom where there’s no A/C, so since Sunday I had been sleeping on my couch. On Wednesday, I got a window A/C unit, nothing big, just one of the little 5000 BTU units, only weighs 35-40 pounds. No problem. On my way home from work, I stop and get an amazing hot stone massage and I’m all relaxed. Then I think great, I’ll go home and install my a/c.

Bad idea. First, I didn’t realize that you have to put the accordion things on the sides of the a/c or screw in that little lip thing on the top of it. So I did that, then I picked the worst window to put the a/c into. The one that gives me a hard time when I try to close it. The one that I have to pull down on it from the top.

Can you guess what happened? I bet you can. Yup, my brand new a/c unit went out the window. And I pulled the dummy move of trying to catch it by the cord. Cord staying in my hand and the a/c was laying there on the ground. Thank god I only live on the first floor. It was completely like something out of an “I Love Lucy” episode. Looking back on it, I can laugh, but I was so mad when it happened.

Not my a/c, but you get the idea

I was able to return it and get a new one. That one is still sitting in my car waiting for my brother to come and install it for me. I obviously can’t be trusted with that task.

But being all relaxed before exerting yourself like that is not the best idea. My muscles hurt through my back and arms because of the exertion and trying to catch the a/c. Years ago, I used to have this blue gel stuff called Mineral Ice. It worked great sore muscles. A couple months ago I was at the pharmacy and couldn’t find Mineral Ice, but I found what I thought was the equivalent in a store brand. I was wrong.

I put this blue stuff on my back, the back of my neck and my upper arms. At first it felt awesome, then in a matter of minutes, I felt like I was on fire from the inside out. Then I was all about trying to wash this stuff off to make the burn go away. I’m running through my house, stripping off clothes, turning on the shower to ice cold water and it’s not helping. It’s trapped in my skin, it’s been absorbed.

Yup, that’s how my back felt

10-15 in an icy shower helped. Realistically, I just had to wait for the stuff to wear off. That’s been my week, looking back, I can completely laugh at it all and shake my head and say “I can’t believe that all happened”. I hope that I gave you something to laugh at and maybe make you realize your week wasn’t as bad as you thought it was 🙂

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Yes, I’m still Alive …

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. The death of my step-dad hit me really, really hard. I with drew from my classes at school for a couple of weeks. I just couldn’t give them the attention that I needed to and do well.

In a way that was bad, but in a way that was good. I found out when trying to start back up that I was running out of financial aid and wouldn’t be able to continue with my batchelor’s degree. But I did have enough funding to take 3 more classes and get my associates degree. So I switched gears and changed to an Associates program in Graphic Design. I conquered the dreaded speech class (I really, really dislike public speaking) and graduated in March. You can check out my final project at http://www.vickylyn.com. The final project was building a resume/portfolio web site. I love the way it came out.

I’ve had a crazy, busy Spring too. I decided right after I graduated that it was time to find a cheaper place to live but with a lot more light. My apartment that I was living in was cave like and though I was on the third floor I have very little natural light. I’m an artist, a creative person, I need light. It’s just a necessity. So I started searching Craig’s list and made many phone calls and sent e-mails and finally I got in touch with one person that was renting an apartment right now the street from my best friend’s house.

I went and saw the apartment, it was the first one that I had looked at and I knew as soon as I walked in that I was home. It has tons of windows, a built in China Cabinet in the dining room, a beautiful quote on the wall in the bedroom (“Life is not measured by the breaths that we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”). I put down a deposit before I left. I moved in two weeks. Granted it took me longer to finish moving and many wonderful friends and family helping me move. But I started the arduous process and was actually living at the new place within 2 weeks.

My mom, being the amazing, crazy woman that she is. Decided to drive up the day before Mother’s Day to come and spend a week with me to help me get everything in order at my new place. We enjoyed a pretty peaceful Mother’s Day. She went with my brother and did some stuff on Monday and on Tuesday, we finished getting my apartment in order. We were able to spend the rest of the week enjoying our time together. Mom is nothing if not determined.

Since mom has left, I’ve had so much going on, that I really haven’t had time to sit back and enjoy. Not that it’s a bad thing, I’m keeping busy. But this past weekend, while it was busy, I was able to enjoy. I had one of my favorite munchkins (she’s 7) come and stay with me. We went to the movies and played mini golf and went to ride a carousel. But we also spent time painting. She did some great stuff with watercolors. I had a canvas that I had started before I moved and it just had some purple on it. While my munchkin was painting, it came to me in a flood what I needed to put on the canvas.

Seascape

 

It’s not where I want to be artistically, but it’s a good start and it got my creative energy flowing. I can’t wait to get started on my next piece.