LIFE | Thoughts I have while running with a dog

LIFE | Thoughts I have while running with a dog

For the past month, I’ve been running with my dog almost every day. And, I have to be honest with you, it’s not pretty.

I am not a good runner. I literally have to think about what I’m doing as I’m running. My brain knows I’m nowhere near a fitness expert so is constantly trying to figure out what I’m doing every step of the way. Between that and just my general lack of normal adult functioning, a lot goes on during these adventures.

As a result, I thought it would be fun to share the many things that go on in my mind during one of my daily runs with Dio. Read along and let me know if you’ve ever experienced similar thoughts. And, if nothing else, hopefully it gives you a laugh. My brain is quite ridiculous at times.

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LIFE | March’s diary doodles: Dogs, family, and my visa application.

LIFE | March’s diary doodles: Dogs, family, and my visa application.

It’s been a while since my last collection of diary doodles (similarly titled December’s diary doodles: dogs, family, and Christmas) but here we are once again. A smattering of autobiographical images for your viewing pleasure.

For those who aren’t familiar with my diary doodles, they are the illustrations I make capturing moments in my life. You know, diaries in doodle form. They’re not always super exciting and are rarely as funny as I want them to be, but they’re special to me because they’re honest representations of my life.

And this month’s collection of diary doodles are especially interesting (in my opinion, at least) because not only do they capture what’s been going on life-wise for me, they also highlight some exploration I have done within my artwork. From dabbling in comic formats to varying line weights in my inking to exploring with shapes and color, things are a bit all over the place this month. I’d love to know what ones you like the most!

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LIFE |A reflection of our intimate backyard wedding reception.

LIFE |A reflection of our intimate backyard wedding reception.

Did you think I was only recapping the ceremony part of the wedding on this blog? Heck no! I did not put all my blood, sweat, and tears into my wedding only to share half of it with you. My reception deserves just as much love as my ceremony, especially since it contained just as many fails to laugh at.

So, without further ado, the memorable moments and favorite details of Dave’s and I’s intimate backyard wedding reception.

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LIFE | December’s diary doodles: dogs, family, and Christmas

LIFE | December’s diary doodles: dogs, family, and Christmas

Nope, there will be no 2017 reflection or 2018 resolution posts here. I feel like they’re sort of unnecessary, really. Most of my main moments in 2017 are in my catch-up post last month and my resolutions? They’re almost always the same each year.

I know what I need to do to lead a happier, healthier life. I just don’t know when I’ll actually do any of it for longer than a week.

That being said, I would like to start a new series here on the blog: diary doodles. Every once in a while I’ll pull together some of the doodles I’ve made about my life and discuss the thoughts/experiences behind each.

I think it’ll be a fun way to see what moments in the month I felt justified an illustration and give you guys a chance to see what I’ve been up to.

Plus, as I said in my Instagram inspirations post, diary doodles are one of my favorite types of illustrated content. If one should create content they would like to consume, well, it only makes that I write blog posts featuring illustrations about my life.

So here are my diary doodles from December featuring dogs, my family, and Christmas. Enjoy!

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LIFE | The struggles of living with a deaf bitch

LIFE | The struggles of living with a deaf bitch

Is my dog deaf or is she just a bitch?

Yup, that was the question I had to ask myself a couple of years ago once I returned from studying abroad in London. My lovely chow/collie/retriever mix Tasha wasn’t as responsive as before and I just couldn’t decide whether she was being a stubborn bitch, upset that I had left her for so long, or if her old age was finally catching up to her in the form of hearing loss.

It took me a month or two but in the end I figured it out: she’s actually a bit of both. That’s right, she’s a deaf bitch. Not only is she hard of hearing, but she likes to do what she wants.

(Oh, and hey, she is a female dog so she’s a bitch even beyond her personality. You can’t yell at me for using this word when it’s accurate to the dictionary definition.)

Now being an owner of a deaf bitch isn’t too bad. For the most part she’s too lazy these days to get up to any trouble and we do a great job of communicating non-verbally. (There’s nothing like a sassy hands-on-the-hips pose to let a dog know she’s crossing the line.) The one area in which living with a deaf bitch has become a bit of a struggle though is bathroom breaks.

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