Second First Post!

Ross and I are sharing this site cause we thought for some reason that it would be a good idea. When I told him I was thinking of starting a blog and we should share it was really just because then he could do some artwork and stuff on the site to spruce it up a bit. He’s the artist up in this place, although I’ve been known to take a good photo or two or three… I really just wanted a place to write down all my crazy ideas and thoughts that I think could make me rich if I knew how to actually make them happen.

That is the first thing to know about me…I am full of ideas. Starting hobbies is my hobby. I get super excited about something, read a bunch about it, buy all the stuff to start that hobby and then try it out for a couple weeks or months or years and then move on to something new. As a kid and then in middle school I was big into soccer. In high school I found out how competitive soccer was and decided to move to something new so I joined FFA where I showed cattle till I graduated. In college I started Kung Fu and got my black belt. Since then I’ve tried sewing, knitting and crocheting, I dabble some in photography, really enjoy following the British Premier League (go Arsenal!) and everything to do with traveling.

Over the last couple years I graduated from college and Ross and I moved from Texas up to the Pacific Northwest near Portland. We bought ourselves a house and had ourselves a baby. Now what?  That’s what I’m currently trying to figure out. Do I get a regular 9-5 and put our impressionable babbie with a stranger/s for most of the day or find a way to work from home?  Do I work part time when Ross isn’t at work and us not really see each other?  That’s a hard question I haven’t been able to find an answer to yet but I’m gonna have to do something soon.  I really wish with Ross’ art talent and ability to make pretty much anything I put my mind to (haha) and my bossiness we could own a successful business of our own and make all the monies.  How do I make that happen? hmmm….

the stuff guys talk about when no one else is around

ok, to give you some context: i just got back from a Afghanistan deployment with a bunch of marines. Male marines. there was not one single female in the group i was with this time around. I hate to reference south park to such a broad and varied audience but it really does explain it the best. ( ) this video shows what it is usually like on a marine deployment. the “4” in america becomes a “10” overseas and it gives all the younger marines a center for all their attention. (and increases max dead-lift of all men in a 400 foot radius. haha) but anyway, i digress, getting back to the point, this trip there was no distraction so we had to all talk to each other and we came up with some interesting “truths”. One enlightened one i shared with the young’uns was really a sudden epiphany: if you are objectifying a woman completely, referring to her as an object (piece of meat in a sense) that means no matter what you say about “it”, it cant be taken as offensive. right? this came up because the squadron wanted a pin-up girl for their deployment patch design and i gave them one. then they made me make her less and less sexy. it was still objectifying a woman because that is all a pin-up can be, but the officers made me change a bunch of little details till it was a poor excuse of a pin-up and none of the contractors, myself included, even wanted a patch/shirt. i really like doing art/design work for a side job, but giving the customer what they want rather than what i think they need is really annoying. im the artist, just shutup and take the awesome i give you!

the 2 versions seen below should be obvious which is which…

the original pinup design.

the original pinup design.

the "fixed" version. i even had to alter proper anatomy to make them happy.

the “fixed” version. i even had to alter proper anatomy to make them happy.