This week I'm celebrating a printer that actually works! My mom gave us her old printer that she wasn't sure even worked. I bought cartridges for it, but it wasn't printing color. After about an hour of failed attempts, I was able to find a print driver online that worked. I printed out something for my son's project and was amazed that it actually printed out in color! Technology is great when it works. I was proud of myself for that one.
I tried the one-meal-a-day diet this week that mainly consisted of vegetables. It lasted three days, but I'm calling it a week. On the fourth day, I added Jalapeño sauce to my veggies. A couple of hours later, I had a stomach ache and it wasn't hunger pangs. I think it was the hot sauce burning my stomach. I ended up eating a salmon burger. My stomach ache went away and so did that diet. I did lose a pound or two of weight and my belt went down to the last notch, so that's what I'm celebrating.
This week I learned to use a Japanese/Chinese ink stone and ink stick. My uncle was cleaning his house and wanted to get rid of them, so he gave them to me. I tried using them before, but the ink was watered down. I thought it was defective or cheap. Good ol' YouTube taught me how to grind the ink stick properly. Yay! It's tedious and I didn't get any good drawings out of it, but that's beside the point. I discovered that all of my Chinese brushes are crappy except for one which is decent. I'm going to have to give it another go after I'm done with my graphic novel layouts.
I spilled some of the dirty ink water on my desk which almost ruined a day's work of drawings for my graphic novel. Geez! That was stupid! It was against my better judgment to test out the ink on the same desk I use to draw my GN, but I did it anyway because I was too lazy to move. Laziness does not pay.
This week I listened to some of NPR's "I Built This" podcasts. Those are great! They interview very successful people about how they became billionaires. It's inspiring! I highly recommend listening to those. They are free from the iTunes store. I put some on my husband's phone so he could listen to them on the way to work this morning. He doesn't like extra stuff on his phone and resists the podcasts I suggest, but he called me before he got to work very excited about what he heard. It lit a fire under him and now he has great plans for projects.
My youngest son tested for green belt in Kyokushin Karate last night and did well. He didn't train for a year because of a broken foot, so this test was long overdue for him.
My mother came over today, brought food, washed my dishes, and told me some good stories about the things that happened with some terrible neighbors we had when I was a kid. I really should write about those neighbors some day. They are responsible for tormenting, ruining, and ending lives of several people in our neighborhood. I'm not sure how to approach the subject, though. Maybe in fictional comic book form without naming names.
Here's a drawing to leave you with that I drew in my sketchbook:
I hope you had a good, productive week.
Have a good weekend!
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