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Day 14 – Worst Punishment

Ignore me. That is worse than screaming at me or hitting me. Seriously. She’s not armless, by the way. Her arms are crossed in front of her, you just can’t see them.

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Day 15 – Favorite Fish

Finding Nemo was such a great movie! So many quotable lines, especially by my favorite character, Dory. How could I not love a fish that can read?

“Hey there, Mr Grumpy Gills. When life gets you down, do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming…”

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Day 16 – A Major Accident/Pain in your life

Um…yeah…I wasn’t up to doing this one this week.

Day 17 – First Crush

30 Day Challenge 003I never went through the “boys are gross” stage, and I’ve had about a hundred crushes, but my first was Michael Hurda. He was the boy next door. Okay, more like a block away. I could see his house from our porch. He had dark brown hair and a big cheesy grin. We walked to our elementary school together all through first and second grade, and logged hundreds of miles circling the neighborhood on our bikes. He never treated me like a girl when we were kicking a ball around or playing tag, so of course I loved him. On a field trip to our teacher’s farm in first grade, he told my mom he loved me and was going to marry me someday. Then we moved away the next year and I didn’t see him again until a chance meeting in high school. He had moved to another city but was visiting our hometown and we ran into each other. We reconnected for a bit as friends, but lost touch again. Not to sound all stalkerish, but I know where he is. I found him on Facebook, but didn’t friend request him. I also found the biggest crush of my childhood, and we ARE friends on Facebook, but that’s not today’s challenge. 🙂

Day 18 – Outer Space

30 Day Challenge 004“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

I can not hear the word “space” without the rest of the phrase running through my mind or slipping out of my mouth. Yes, I am a geek, and proud of it. In college, my best friend Kevin and I met weekly with several of our other geeky friends to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation in the parlor of McCloud Hall. I experience a brief wave of nostalgia, smell popcorn, and think of Kevin every time I watch an episode on Netflix. Yes, all seven seasons are available on instant watch. You’re welcome!

Day 19 – Favorite Holiday

July 29th. The best day of the year, and my very favorite holiday. My birthday. 😛

30 Day Challenge 005Check out the daily drawings of my friends taking the challenge:

Don Hillson
Zoe Nowell
Bill Davis
GirlyGeeky
Free2B2Much
Notes From The Backseat
Niki Turner

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Yes, I know I’m killing the mood on this whole drawing challenge. It’s tax week and I’ve been sick. Yuck. I spent a couple of hours today catching up.

Day 8 – Amusement Park

I’m not a fan of long lines, over-priced food, and sunburn. It reminds me of being a little kid and waiting in a line that seems to never end, only to spend 10 seconds scalding your backside on the metal slide before landing in a puddle. I’ve been missing my Draw Something matches with Don, so I drew this in that style, only allowing 30 seconds to draw the whole picture to get my point across. 🙂

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Day 9 – Your “Spirit Animal”

Spirit animal? Like I believe in that stuff! If I were going to compare myself to any animal, it would be this one:

30 Day Challenge 002Day 10 – Hometown Memory

Grandad Bluff is the closest thing I had to a mountain when I was growing up. It’s a mesa that towers over LaCrosse, Wisconsin at a whopping 590 feet above the city, and 1183 feet above sea level. It was the backdrop to my childhood. I rode my bike all over the city, looking up and imagining what it would be like to be in real mountains. It’s where I went when I snuck out to watch fireworks on New Years Eve when I was 14. I “parked” there with a boyfriend. I took my out of town friends there on touristy trips, attended birthday and graduation parties there, and even climbed past the fence and sat on a rock (don’t tell my mom), dreaming about the day I would leave LaCrosse behind. Now I live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains – my dream come true – and honor the place in my heart for Grandad Bluff, the mountain of my youth. 30 Day Challenge 003

Day 11 – Last request if the world was ending

Easy. My last request will always be that EVERYONE will come to know how much they are loved by God, and choose to embrace His grace and mercy as the sons and daughters they are.

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Day 12 – What did you want to be when you grew up?

I traced the hard lines then filled in the details because I’m trying to hurry and get caught up on this challenge.

Imagine a red-headed Wonder Woman. That’s what I wanted to be. 🙂

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Day 13 – Favorite Mythical Creature

I blogged once about living the mermaid life. You should read it. 🙂

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Go check out the other mythical creatures doing this drawing challenge:

Don Hillson
Zoe Nowell
Bill Davis
GirlyGeeky
Free2B2Much
Notes From The Backseat
Niki Turner

Marilyn Quinsaat [posting on Facebook]
Kimmy Haines [posting on Facebook]

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Day 7 – Favorite Bird

Birds? I’m not a fan. Sure, they’re pretty and some of them have beautiful songs, but when I think of animals I like, birds don’t make the cut. Except for this one. 😉

30 Day Challenge 001Today’s challenge is for the birds. That is, the birds these folks drew:

Don Hillson
Zoe Nowell
Bill Davis
GirlyGeeky
Free2B2Much
Notes From The Backseat
Niki Turner

Marilyn Quinsaat [posting on Facebook]
Kimmy Haines [posting on Facebook]

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Day 5 – Favorite Movie

In the Spring of 1992, I sat in a darkened movie theater with the guy I had begun dating a few days earlier. It was our first date and we brought along a couple hundred of our closest friends. 🙂 Now and then, our college would rent one of the theater rooms at the little movie theater in town. The night’s feature was Beauty and the Beast. It was such a great night. When Gaston came on the screen and started to sing, there was a chorus of students that yelled, “Chip!”, to which my cocky, deep-voiced friend replied something like, “What? I’m nothing like that!” At least that’s how I remember it. Chip might tell a different story. I also remember a collective audible sigh when the Beast presents Belle with a library. It’s fun watching movies with your own people.

The thing that cements this movie as my favorite, and this night in my memory, is the few minutes alone with Benny later than night. I told him I felt so close to him that I could marry him. And THAT is why Benny tells everyone that I proposed to him. That was not a proposal. It was a green light. 🙂

He did eventually propose and we married a year later. That was 20 years ago, next month. Wow.

BelleDay 6 – Favorite Drink

30 Day Challenge 001Don’t forget to check out the other challengers:

Don Hillson
Zoe Nowell
Bill Davis
GirlyGeeky
Free2B2Much
Notes From The Backseat
Niki Turner

Marilyn Quinsaat [posting on Facebook]
Kimmy Haines [posting on Facebook]

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Day 3 – First Car/Bike/Mode of Transportation

Here it is, my very first car. It was a 1980somethingorother Dodge Omni. Be impressed that I know that much about it. My tomboyishness did not extend to being a grease monkey. I knew how to put gas in it, change the wiper fluid, check the oil, and that was about it. I wish I could tell you that my skills have improved.

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I paid my cousin Scott $300 for this little beauty. It was dark blue, well, most of it was. The driver’s door was several shades lighter and there were MANY spots that were scratched so badly the red paint underneath peaked out. There was a sizable hole in the backseat floorboard – nothing a cookie sheet didn’t cover up nicely. It had more dents than smooth surfaces, but the bumpers were fully attached and all the windows rolled down, so I was happy.

I drew it with the hood open because that’s how I remember it the best. Yes, that’s a fan under the hood, only because I’m not sure how to draw a jet engine. It was loud! The squirrel is there because I was sure that’s what kept chewing the hoses up, and what was running the wheel to keep the car in motion. Even though my drawing is way better than the actual car was, it did get me from Wisconsin to Nebraska and back several times during my Sophomore year of college. When Benny and I got engaged, I sold my car to my step-dad for $300. Win win. 🙂

Day 4 – A Secret About Yourself

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Um…ahem…I’m a terrible housekeeper. I know a lot of women say that then you want to smack them because they smell like furniture polish and you can’t see anything out of place in their entire house. I promise you, that is not me. I wish it was. It’s not just laziness or lack of caring, and I can’t totally blame it on having 3 children, or the fact that I homeschool and most of our day is spent at home. A small part of it is probably that I can handle a little dirt. All of my germophobic friends reading this are freaking out and thanking me for not inviting them over.

The irony is that I’m a great organizer. I could have my own Pinterest following based on my organizing tips alone. I’m just really bad at keeping myself organized. And I hate cleaning. I’m trying to train my kids to do certain jobs because I hate doing them so much. After they move out, I’ll have to train Benny. 😛

Check out the other challengers:

Don Hillson
Zoe Nowell
Bill Davis
GirlyGeeky
Free2B2Much
Notes From The Backseat
Niki Turner

Marilyn Quinsaat [posting on Facebook]
Kimmy Haines [posting on Facebook]

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I can not believe I’m doing this AGAIN. I must really like Don. This is my own fault. It was my turn to pick the challenge and I procrastinated. I will NOT miss my turn next time. I’m already two days behind. That’s about right. Ha! Don found this Challenge on the web somewhere and some of the drawings are going to be weird. You’ve been warned. I’ll try to include a few extras with my posts because drawing is not my thing. Storytelling? That’s me, so I’m going to do both.

Day 1 – Muppet

I’ve always been a frog person. Frog stuffed animals, knick-knacks, and posters cluttered my room well into college. And really, is there a more famous frog than Kermit? I think not. I wish I still owned this shirt. My daughter would love it! This is me and my college friend Mike.

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And my drawing for Day 1:

30 Day Challenge 001Day 2 – Favorite Sport

This one was also easy for me. I’ve played soccer since I was about ten years old, but it was fast pitch softball that captured my heart. I got my first broken bone playing softball in the 7th grade; Just a finger and it didn’t slow me down for long. I had a blast playing in college with this crazy group of girls:

YC Women's Softball 1992-92

And here’s my no-frills drawing for day 2. Hey! I’m trying to catch up!

30 Day Challenge 002Don recruited other artists for our 30 day challenge too:

Don Hillson (Our Challenger/Motivator/Head Artist in Crazy Town)

Bill Davis
GirlyGeeky
Free2B2Much
Notes From The Backseat
Niki Turner
Marilyn Quinsaat [posting on Facebook]
Kimmy Haines [posting on Facebook]
Karen Haines (no url provided; will update)

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My friends Trevor, Chris, and Allen invited me to guest blog over at Sacred Margins today. I wrote about making a difference in my post, Greeting Cards and Bubbles.

“The guys” as I affectionately call them, are not only some of Benny’s best friends, but a talented band of brothers with a gift for exploring themes of faith. Their Sacred Margins site was born out of walking through life together and long talks about rest, space, and the desire to explore the deep connections between spirituality and technology. I am so honored they invited me to be part of the discussion!

I need to apologize to my friend Don. Not only because I never finished his 30 day drawing challenge, but because I’m not going to. I’ve had to give myself permission to move on. It was a great challenge – he rocked it out – but me? Not so much.

I did learn that I can draw more than stick figures. I also learned that drawing is work for me, and not the fun kind. Give me a lump of clay and I’ll be content to make whatever you want me to, but my brain does not see pictures on a flat surface in a way that is easily reproducible for me. I’m going to stick to word art for a while.

I have enough challenging things in my life now to take on any more. For instance, I decided not to join my many friends taking the NANOWRIMO challenge this month, but I am working on my time travel novel. That is fun for me, and there’s no pressure to have it completed by a certain day. I definitely work better on a deadline, but this is play, not work. It’s still challenging, but in a good way.

Have you read my story yet? The one published in Time Traveling Coffers? It’s not too late to get it at a discounted rate.

https://www.createspace.com/4021532

(Save 25% by using coupon code 9HW5GHYR when you order by 11/31/12)

I’m also trying to write our end of the year letter to our SEVENS family and friends without making it sound like a Christmas letter. It would be much easier if I had been writing quarterly letters like I had planned to do. I’m lucky they’re a forgiving bunch and they love me.

Be honest. How do you feel about Christmas letters?

Love them? Dread them? Hate them?

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