whew. it’s been ages since I’ve been able to put the time into blogging. I’m completely behind on my daily reads, have zero posts drafted of my own, and cannot remember the last time I’ve really taken the time to sit down and write. it all makes me realize how much of this blog was being run while sitting at my old desk job. allow me to give you an update on everything lately…
+ on being back at school
being a full time student again is absolutely insane. I’ve got a full course load (which I’ll break down in a separate post) and am so happy I’m not juggling a desk job. pushing my start date back a full year, allowing myself to save money, and having full days off in between when I’m on campus was some of the wisest decisions I’ve ever made. I’m on campus all day two days of the week, and for a night class on a third day. the days off in between classes are for catching up on assignments and completing my required classroom observation hours. it’s all very very intense…and there’a never a dull moment.
+ working weekends at pug nation
as you all know, I began working weekends at pug nation rescue LA. what started out as a means of making a few extra bucks while being a student again, has really transformed into something so much more. working at the rescue is so incredibly rewarding. while the job itself is challenging (both emotionally and physically), I absolutely love it. not to mention, I’m gaining crazy dog mom ‘skillz’.
+ yes, I’m fostering two pugs…
with the passing of our sweet lola lu, the house felt so empty. we juggled the guilt of feeling like we were rushing things and the desire to have a dog in the house again. so, we waited a few weeks before submitting our application to foster a pug (or ‘pugs’ as it turns out) with pnla. when I had brought my husband to the rescue almost two months ago, he was immediately drawn to wendee. over time my husband and I just felt more drawn to the bonded pair. we’re now fostering the mother and son duo, and couldn’t be happier. they are the most mellow and well behaved dogs I’ve ever seen! needless to say, the transition has been smooth and the two have completely settled in.
+ planning a murder mystery
yup, we’re throwing another murder mystery party next month for halloween. but this time, we’re writing all of the characters and plot line ourselves. while it’s been a hoot writing up some of the characters, puff and I still have a ways to go. I hope to share some of our party plans and details along the way…
+ by bun, freelance work, and what’s ahead
it’s been difficult to balance freelance artwork while being a student. unfortunately I’m turning a lot of things down (and essentially putting a ‘shop’ on hold). I will say however, I’ve got some very exciting things ahead. I have some artwork being published in a book this december (eek! 8 pages worth!), and have a very big secret I can’t reveal for another two months. let’s just say, it’s something several of you have been asking me for! more on all of that to come.
I feel like the entire month of september has been all about major life adjustments. new schedules. new routines. and I hope to somehow squeeze this blog into it all. I miss it, and I hope…maybe you do too.
+ + the top photograph from was from a class project. if you’re interested or curious, see the final work on my class website here.