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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Day 212/365 - Swim with the Fishes

Little off the prompt but we did see fish today.

I've always loved being on, in or near water, but the older I get, the more I crave it. Especially riding in boats. We didn't have anything special to do on our trip today and I saw an ad for boat rentals. When we got to the marina at the state park, they didn't have any available, but they did have some at the next state park over, about 12 miles away. So we headed there, loaded the kids into a pontoon boat and toured Lake Milton. We even let the kids each take a turn steering.

Fun little diversion for tha family. The rest of the day has been spent relaxing, which is totally what I needed. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Day 211/365 - Potter Day!

Skewed a bit from the prompt, but today was a day of celebration!

Our camping trip was planned so that we could visit Kent Potterfest in Kent, Ohio. It was absolutely packed with people as geeky as us. I was positively giddy with people watching and nerdy fun.


Day 210/365 - Message in a Bottle

I had big hopes to write a haiku and slide it into a bottle and make it look really cool.

But we were on the road again. This time in Ravenna, Ohio on another family camping trip. 

And a day late. Getting a tent campsite set up with 6 people is pretty exhausting. I didn't even this to do the prompt last night.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Day 209/365 - Box it Up

Once I finally had time to even look at today's prompt, I was sitting at my desk and immediately looked up on my shelf.

Part of today's project came from something I made during my original sprint. I think the prompt was make something out of paper, and the box was my first attempt at origami. 

I ended up making this tiny origami box. It's only 2 inches tall. I decided to go for a "bigger on the inside" theme and added a tiny TARDIS inside it. I liked it so much, it's been sitting on my shelf ever since. I just popped today's tiny haiku in it and grabbed the pic. Although I did have to write it on the paper twice because the first was too big.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Day 208/365 - Rorschach Test

I decided make the ink blot then ask my family.

I never expected them to say the same thing. I really do wonder if they would have seen the same thing without the green paint.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Day 207/365 - Dream Weaver

I admit, I just took one of the suggestions from the prompt.

What I didn't expect was how time consuming this would be, how little patience I have for feeding paper through paper and how difficult it would be to write this haiku. No idea why I struggled so much with it.

And yes, my anal-retentiveness is in overdrive from the slip of the marker.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Day 206/365 - Evening Sky

My 6yo and I were home alone this evening. Everyone else was out on a Pokemon hunt. We sat down with crayons and markers and then looked out the window and counted the colors in the sky. This was our result.

Day 205/365 - Thanksgiving in July

I made lots of food
Had Thanksgiving in July
Turkey was on sale.

Bonus Haiku!

Custard and Pumpkin
Homemade, totally from scratch
Vodka's in the crust.

(That's the secret to my crust. Replace half the water in the recipe with vodka. It's easier to roll out, the alcohol cooks off then you're left with a flaky crust.)



Friday, July 21, 2017

Day 203/365 - Marching Onward

Reading today's prompt took me back to one earlier this week.

Since I had just made a flag for Adorable Dragonland AND I remembered I had another sticker in my craft drawer of another adorable dragon AND Adorable Dragonland still has seven syllables, I decided to make a map to get to the land I made a flag for on Monday.

It wasn't until I left my map unattended on our Dining Room table, though, that my husband added his contribution. He found a small snowflake sticker on the floor and decided it belonged right on the dragon's forehead. So I left it there, because of course, he was right.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Day 202 - Ignoring the Prompt #3

Youngest broke his arm.
Elbow bone. Needs surgery.
Being four is hard.

That was my day. I'm pretty sure it's the best excuse I've ever had to ignore a prompt. Because there isn't enough going on and because he isn't already hard enough to manage.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Day 201/365 - I Can See Clearly Now

Kind of funny that I used the same hashtag two days in a row, but they both fit so well.

I love any day my kids catch me doing something strange and they think I'm losing my mind. The youngest caught me tracing my glasses and just couldn't handle it.


Day 200/365 - Prevent Hair Loss

Actually had this one ready to go yesterday, but didn't have any hair stuck to my brush, so had to finish this morning.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Day 199/365 - A New Nation

Dug through my trusty craft drawer to find some inspiration for this prompt.

Found these old scrapbook stickers and realized that 'Adorable Dragonland' was 7 syllables. That's all I needed.

Day 198/365 - The Newest Dance

Wasn't feeling terribly creative today so I borrowed from lyrics.

And I'm getting in another Ohio 5 shout-out!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Day 197/365 - Motor Mouth

Took a while for the creativity to kick in when I read the prompt. I wasn't sure where I wanted to go with it or what angle to try.

Still not my best work, but it was fun blowing my kids' minds because they had never seen  me put on lipstick before. Same Burt's Bee tube I've had for years. I think last time I wore it was for a job interview.

Day 196/365 - Fantasy Land

Playing the geek card again. IMHO there is no better fantasy story, so I rolled with it. 

And I managed to impress my husband with my free hand of the logo.

One thing this projects has given me is a little more confidence in my sketching abilities. Either that or I'm just more patient and work more carefully than when I was younger. Definitely one of those.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Day 195/365 - Monster Deal

Called in a specialist to help with today's prompt.

 Even though I think my imagination is still good enough to invent a new monster, 3 of my 4 kids were occupied with other activities so I asked my 6 year old daughter to draw a monster and color it.

What I love about this, is she didn't ask why. She didn't need to know why I wanted her to do it. I handed her paper and a pencil and asked her to draw a monster. She told me about it as she was drawing it. She said she wanted it to look more like an alien. When she finished, I asked her to color it. Again, no questions, she just did it. Then she handed it to me and went on about her way. I waited until she was done and wrote the haiku to describe it. And yes, she's the one that said he had a bajillion toes. And that it was a he. Kids are so entertaining.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Days 191-194/365 - 4 for the price of 1

I promise, I'm really not trying to make a habit of this, but I'm playing catch up yet again. I knew July was going to be like this, but it's really trying to beat me to a pulp. My gut instinct was just to skip these, but I'm so glad I took the time to put them together. 

I was traveling over the weekend to travel to a friend's father's funeral. I only managed to squeeze in one day's prompt while I was on the road, then it's just been a whirlwind since I came home.

Every now and again, I have these moments where I question my own sanity. There is so much going on. I'm temporarily juggling three jobs, raising four kids, trying to be a decent wife and continuing this project. Every time I think something's got to give, I seem to find this energy to take these moments and carry on. I guess that some days that's the best we can hope.

So, here they are, the four days I had to catch up on. 

I was going to keep them separate, but decided to put them together. I just did quick drafts on the back of the paper first, then busted out the colored pens and had some simple fun.

Now all that's left is to find the motivation to keep going tomorrow without letting myself fall behind again. Alright, July. You are not going to keep me down!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Day 190/365 - Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Another prompt from the road. This time from Buffalo, New York and without my family. One of the college friends lost her father and as we've done in the past, we all make the trek to be the comic support.

So, during the second haiku month, another day dedicated to the Ohio 5.

Day 189 - Poetry Switch

I thought this prompt was particularly well timed given my focus on poetry. I wanted to find a way to still tie in the haiku, but rhyming is really not my strong suit. It took a while to come up with something. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Day 188/365 - Playing with Food

When this year started, I was really good about checking the prompt every morning, that way if it specified a time of day, I was on it. But that's gotten more difficult. I didn't read the prompt until 7:30 tonight, so I had to improvise.

Let's see if that teaches me a lesson as I go forward!