It’s easy. It’s helpful. It’s AWESOME! We need YOUR help!
All you have to do is bring a NEW (sorry, no gently used items) piece of clothing to the Southpoint Starbucksfor RCASA’s hospital bags. RCASA offers free hospital accompaniment services to survivors of sexual assault. A bag of NEW clothing and minor toiletries is brought to every survivor met at the hospital after an assault. We will be collecting, organizing and stuffing bags with items needed for these important bags.
–HERE ARE THE DETAILS–The items we need for these bags are:
T-shirtsLounge, Sweat or, PJ Pants
These items can be for a female or male of any age from 3-103.
The collection begins…TODAY!! The last day we will be collecting items is April 30th. If you get together with friends, family or, neighbors to collect items as a group and end up with a HUGE HAUL, we can arrange to have someone (ME) pick it up locally. You can contact me to discuss this.
The site of the collection is:
The SOUTHPOINT Starbuck’s store, located at– 9907 Southpoint Parkway. Fredericksburg, VA 22407 (This is the only store collecting at this time. Stay posted for updates.) Here is a map!
School is going really well this semester, my painting class is intense, painting, papers and presentations as well as critiques. Here's a sample of the painting I've been working on:
My husband is still the greatest, we had a really laid back Valentines day just enjoying each others company and some Frans Salted caramels. (If you haven't had these-- go now, get some) We have a bunch left, and I'll try to share, I promise.
I talked to my 4 year old neice the other day and I was asking her about school, I asked her about her best friend
ME: Who is your best friend at school?
PRINCESS CINDERELLA MERMAID JEWELRY (that's what she calls herself): kaylee is my best friend.
ME: Oh that's great, it's so nice to have friends isn't it?
PRINCESS CINDERELLA MERMAID JEWELRY: yeah, but really Aunt Fer-Fer, they are ALL my best friends...
Gotta love the heart on that little lady, she loves everyone, everyone. It is so refreshing, kind, and simple.
I need to post pictures of the bathroom remodel! Wait, I should call it "The Worlds SLOWEST bathroom remodel!" Is there a prize for that? If so, sign me up.
Last month I had to create a self portrait in my painting course. I was stumped. Now we all know a self portrait doesn’t have to always involve a face (thank goodness, ‘cause that was NEVER going to happen). While I was sitting at my kitchen table brainstorming my mind began to wander a bit. I was thinking how much I was opposed to this project; who wants to see the self portrait of a fat girl?
All of a sudden I snapped out of it and said, “I do!” I want to see me; I want other people to see how I see myself. I want to be honest about the fact that I LOVE ME. There are things I want to change, there are ways I could be healthier, there are ways I could take better care of myself, but in general I love me the way I am.
I finally realized this assignment wasn’t necessarily about the physical, but more about being introspective and having that process come out on the canvas. This was a hard realization. I didn’t want to fail myself; I wanted to do something really honest, something raw, and something intimate. I wanted to make something I would be really proud of.
I did it.
SHE TURNED HER CANT'S INTO CANS AND DREAMS INTO PLANS
I created a painting I am proud of, I investigated painting techniques I had been afraid to try, I incorporated so much of myself at times it pained me; the pain of honesty, the pain of seeing the myths I tell myself. I learned through this experience that I am enough. I am lucky to have been given the chance to take this look at myself.
I am in the middle of a guest bathroom facelift. It began as an experiment because I want to paint our kitchen cabinets and wanted to see how easy (read>>HARD) it would be. It is taking a little longer than usual, but only b/c I'm a lazy beeaaach. You can see my inspiration/vision for the fininshed guest bathroom room here on Pinterest. It's on y'all. and I'm doing everything for no more than $200! Wish me luck!
Here is the before:
I promise to show you the after...whenever I get to the after!!
P.S. My husband INSISTS the bear stays. wha? I might have to drop some paint on him. Any ideas of how this bear could come to an untimely (in M-'s mind) demise?
My classes started last week and I realized I have this semester, 2 classes this summer, then ONE CLASS in the fall, and I'm a college graduate. Then I can work on graduate school. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel! This semester will consist of some painting, art history, and 2 leadership classes, one on personal leadership and theory, and the other on organizational leadership. Should be a pretty good semester!
I have fallen off the wagon, the sugarless wagon, that is. In a big way. I knew I had been ignoring the instructions given to me, and gained X (more than 1, & less than 100) pounds back, but it really hit me when I woke up with headaches Tuesday til today, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT! every night, I'm talking like 1:30a. So today, water only (w/ a little crystal light lemonade) and a return to sugarless eating over the coming week.
Check out a few of my last posts over at the RCASA blog!