Sep 16, 2013

More Justin Stories....

This one's been brought up a few times in the last few days, so I thought you all might enjoy it.  When people ask why I stay with my husband, why I love him, despite all the crap, it's stories like these.  Life is NEVER dull with him around.

This is the story of how he was stuck under a couch for three hours.  Yes- THREE HOURS.

We were moving from Germany and were getting rid fo some things. I was 6 1/2 pregnant with Emily, so no carrying couches for me. I was going up to the Birkenstock factory with a friend and our respective kids for the day, so Justin had the day to get the house cleaned up and do some dump runs. I TOLD him to ask one of our friends to help him with the big stuff. He said no, NO PROBLEM I CAN HANDLE IT. Okay, dude, whatever. I'mma go buy shoes.

Fast forward to five hours later when I get a phone call while in Birkenstock mecca.


"Ummm, Birkenstock factory, remember? Why the hell did you forget this?"


I don't remember what was said after that because I was dying of laughter. I think I made him repeat it on speakerphone so my friend could laugh her ass off.

What had happened was he was bringing the couch down the stairs when it flipped over ON TOP OF HIM. Our apartment was a weird upside down L shape, with stairs going up to the main living area on the top floor. He had gotten to the last landing before the hallway to the front door (stairs were at the back of the house) when he lost his grip and the couch flipped over on top of him. This wouldn't have been a problem if 1- the couch had flipped with its back toward the wall instead of the stairs and 2- if the landing wasn't *exactly* the same size as the couch. There wasn't enough room for him to flip it off of himself. Luckily, we had for some reason left a box saw on the windowsill of that landing (no idea why). He was juuuuuust able to reach his arm up and get it to saw himself free. The reason it took three hours was because there was a bolt missing from the box saw, so it would flop and he could only cut one direction.

And no, he couldn't call anyone to come help because the front door locked automatically and his phone had fallen out of his pocket and out of his reach when the couch landed on him. It was the saw or wait for me.

Life is never dull with this man. NEVER. And he always has people come help him now when lifting heavy things.

Aug 23, 2013

I made a book cover!!

My friend's book came out!  I did the cover!  Go buy it because it's awesome.  Also, he's publishing independently, so allllllll the marketing is word of mouth.

Here's the cover, because I'm wicked proud.

Aug 14, 2013


I had grand plans for this summer.  I was going to sew a lot go to the pool, paint my living room, pull the carpet up, make lots of lumen prints, and be SO CONSTRUCTIVE.

Instead I played a lot of Bubble Safari.

Well, I DID manage to keep some plants alive, I got my sewing classes planned for the fall (still need to write the course outlines and make up the handouts), shot a bunch of stuff, Justin had pneumonia, and my MIL is coming to visit next week.

I really need to set a schedule for myself.  Like editing from x to x, then sewing for another hour or two, house stuff, etc.

So today is sewing for a while, since Jack needs PJ pants and I have two skirts to make up.  I think we're going to start painting the living room tomorrow.  That won't take too long, hopefully.

Jul 20, 2013

Why do I even HAVE this thing??

Seriously.  Last time I updated was in April when we got the car.  Since then things have happened, things to write about, but have I had the time or inclination?  Apparently not.

Part of the reason I've been absent is my sewing classes.  They're doing REALLY well.  I'm teaching two nights a week and have been hired to teach up in Gig Harbor, too.  In the fall, I'll be teaching sewing one night a week and doing weekend workshops.  And I won't just be teaching sewing.... they want me to teach photography, too!!  WOOO!

Piggybacking on that, I'm also offering online sewing classes.  I'm on a website called Betterfly, which does online instruction and helps you find professionals in your area to help you learn what you want to know.  It's a great platform for creative types who can teach.  Check my page out- .  I think I also have it listed in the sidebar over there ---->.

Photography is going.  SLOW going, but going.  This place is pretty saturated with photographers, but I'm picking up jobs here and there.  Justin decided to buy me an enlarger, so now I can start working on my body of work for my MFA application.  I'm not sure where I want to apply yet.  I'm debating UW, which means I need to wait for Jack to be in school, or a low residency program, which means tuition will be MUCH higher and I'll have to go there for a month or so each year.  I'm really torn.

What else, what else......  Oh yeah.  JAM.  I BE JAMMIN'.  No really, I've meen making tons of jam for the last 6 months.  I love it.  It's sooooooo good.  So far I've done two marmalades, strawberry, pear and seedless raspberry jam.  I'm thinking about entering a jar at the fair.  Not sure, though.

And that's where this ends.  I started it this morning, and am ending it now, 7 hours later.  :p  That 7 hours entailed a trip to Goodwill, the dollar store and some arguing on the internet.  Oh, what an exciting life I lead.....

Apr 14, 2013

New wheels!

If you are on the Book of Faces, you've probably seen this, but I has a new car!  Not NEW-new, but new to me.  :D

It's an '08 Honda Pilot EX-L.  We got a killer deal on it.  We still have the Forester.  This was just because the kids were getting too big to all squeeze into the back seat of the Forester anymore!  The Pilot has a roomy third row, sunroof, awesome sound system, really comfy seats, and is in general pretty awesome.  I'm not a fan of white, but meh.  I'll deal.  I'm not vain when it comes to my car.  

In other news, my sewing classes have started and seem to be taking off!  One of my students is a communications instructor at the Gig Harbor campus and she went and talked me up to them.  They really want me up there to teach, too.  :D  I'm also going to work on teaching credit classes, if I can.  I may need my Master's before I do that.  Maybe.  We'll see.  The classes I want to teach are techniques classes, not conceptual, and since fibers isn't taught at a college level anymore, they may see that I'm fine to teach, since my degree is in art.  Not many people seem to have my sill set.  

Where will this leave the photography?  To be honest, I don't know.  It all depends.  I'm going to go with the flow on this.  Photography may end up part time, which is fine.  What I'm interested in is helping people learn.  

Apr 3, 2013

I'm really bad at this

For reals.  It's been almost 5 months!  I'm a terrible blogger.

In 5 months, 5 months worth of stuff has happened.  Imagine that.

I have learned to make jam.  And I like it.  I make a bad ass strawberry.  I am learning marmalade.  Marmalade is hard.  I always cook it a smidge too long.

Sewing classes start next week!  Woo!  Tuesdays are a go, and Thursdays are looking good.  I can't wait!

I have a new camera, a D600.  I have a few sessions booked for the sumer, plus one wedding.  I'm planning on doing the wedding expo at the Tacoma Dome in Jan.  I want to book 6-8 weddings next year.  I'm re-working packages to make them AWESOME.

My parents are visiting right now.  I like having them here, for all that they drive me crazy.  They're spoiling the kids, and us.  Today we went out to Ocean Shores so my mom could see the Pacific.  It was a long drive, but worth it.  I think we'll go camping out there this summer.

In family related news, I finally met my birth father, Ken and his family.  It's been interesting.  I have sisters, three of them!  Plus a step-mom who is really sweet.  I like them all, which is good, since they live 90 min away.

We're getting a new car soon.  I have a few I'm looking at, loan is approved, so probably we'll go next week to look at them.

The kids are awesome.  Jack is TWO.  TWO!!  It seems like he was just born yesterday.  I didn't think I'd like having three kids, but in reality, I love it.  He's a funny, funny boy, and so fucking sweet.  He sings all the time, loves his drums, and can already count to 20 and and sing his ABC's.  Maddie has blossomed into a math and science genius.  She's applying to a match camp this summer, and is working on getting into SAMI, the math and science HS here in town.  Em is stil the hilarious, snarky kid she always is.  Soccer season starts up soon.  I have to keep her from covering herself in sequins on a daily basis.  The kid loves some sparkle.

Justin is going head on into school.  He kind of dipped his toe in last quarter, but now he's in full force with his human services classes.  I think he's going to be a great social worker.  He picked the perfect job.  I'm also really proud of him.  Instead of chasing fame, or doing something meaningless, he decided to go for a second career in helping people.  I think he's pretty damn awesome.

So there's the quarterly update.  Fascinating, as usual.  If you follow me on Facebook, you'll see a lot more.  I'm a fucking junkie.