Monday, January 30, 2006

Monday Again! Gads...

Monday Again! Gads...
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Good Morning, It seems like Mondays are every other day to me. Geesh, and I get less done each week it seems. However, I've had a very strenuous workout already, a good talk on the phone with my little mommy and now I'm home to have lunch with Paul and then to get some work done before the little one gets home.

Not much else to say this morning, just forcing my nose to the grindstone.

Friday, January 27, 2006

I don't look like the old Sheila any more

Don't know what to say about this drawing. I like it a lot but I don't feel like it fits my mood today, it must have been how I was feeling on the day I drew it. I have day's like that but today is not one of them. I'm having a very positive outlook today, enjoying myself and not worrying about stuff. It's one of those days when the sun is shining brightly but there are small storms that drift through and drop rain for a few minutes in the valley and then move to the mountains where they drop snow and make the view gorgeous. In between there are those big, puffy white billows of clouds floating along, it's really great. On top of that I've lost 47 pounds, I'm enjoying shopping for new clothes (and it seems like there are a ton of sales), I've worked out all week and will enjoy the weekend and Paul and I will be purchasing that new Sleep Number bed tonight, we need a new bed real bad. So hey, things are good as of this minute and I'm so glad.

I went to the chiropractor today for the first time in months and he didn't recognize me! It was so fun, I was sitting in the adjustment room and he walked up to the door to look at the chart, peeked in and as he went back down the hall I heard him saying, "this chart is for Sheila but that's not her in there". Isn't that so cool? Well, last time I saw him my hair was much shorter, not blond, I didn't wear glasses and I was about 40 pounds heavier. Paul came in a few minutes later and we got a real kick out of it. After we both got adjusted Paul and I went to Subway for a sandwich and had a nice time together.

Right now it's almost time for Tanner to get off the bus, I love Friday's because he doesn't have homework and so I don't have to deal with the opposition and frustration. I do plan on doing quite a bit of math with him this weekend but that's because I want to do it and not because it has to be done. I think I'll take it in small steps and not make it a marathon and that will be better for both of us.

I'm hoping to get to check in a bit with my LJ friends today, we'll see.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Birds Again

Birds Again
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
This is one of my favorite bird drawings, not sure why.

Been gone all morning until 2:00 pm, Doc with Paul, walking with Paul, lunch and a bit of shopping for a good bed. We were trying out a Sleep Number bed, anyone have one and care to share how you like it? It seemed great to us but its pretty darn spendy.

Now that I'm home I've got stuff to do, I hate it when I have to leave and can't at least get the breakfast dishes cleaned up. The nice thing is that I've got dinner all ready so I don't have to worry about that.

Not much else to say for now.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The New Year's Baby?

The New Year's Baby?
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
When I did this drawing I was thinking of the new year's baby. That was almost a month ago I guess.

It's beautiful and sunny outside, makes me wish spring were a bit closer than it is. I had a few things to do in town after my work out this morning but now I'm home and getting things done here. I had put a chicken with lots of garlic in the crock pot before I left this morning and it smells so wonderful, I'm ready to eat right now! ... but I won't. Well, most days when Tanner gets home we sit down together and I have a latte and he has a hot cocoa with a bit of espresso in it (so he can call it a mocha.) Then we start on homework and lately he's been reading to me from a book he got at school called Frindle. I love it that he's such a good reader.

I was thinking how much enjoyment I've gotten from my drawing project. I've spent countless hours drawing and coloring in my sketchbooks in the last 2 years. Mainly I draw in the evening at home but I take my Moleskin with me often and draw while I wait for appointments and stuff. I did a very detailed drawing last week while at the Indian reservation waiting for the whole family to have their doctor appointments. (I can't see the doctor there because I don't have enough Indian blood.) When I start painting again I have hundreds of drawings ready to use as ideas for larger more important work, I know I'll be so happy about that. In fact I think about turning some of the drawings into pastel paintings and the idea is pretty exciting. I guess that's the medium that seems right somehow for translating the drawings. At any rate, I have sure enjoyed my sketchbooks and can't imagine not drawing regularly.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Fw: Collaboration with Tanner

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Tanner drew the little guy and I did the rest, patterns, texture and color. He thought it was really cool to see it finished.

Been out for a walk with my dear Paul this morning, it was quite cold but nice anyway. Afterward we went out for a cup of coffee just to spend a wee bit more time together. It was nice.

Now it's time for me to do a bit of household stuff and it always seems like Tanner is home before I get to anything else. We are working hard on establishing consistent routines with him and homework etc., so it requires some time. Last night I taught him how to mix up pancake batter for breakfast this morning, he loved it. I'm also teaching him to do dishes and other household stuff. He needs to stay busy and I just can't see that watching TV or playing with his Gameboy is the best way to do that.

My Borscht turned out great and someone asked for the recipe, I think I posted it somewhere before so I will look and post it again in case anyone else is interested.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Monday's return to normal....

This is the first time I've sat down today besides meals. I've worked out, done the marketing and now I'm in the process of making a big pot of delicious Borscht. I loved it because as I started to cut up the vegetables the sun came shining through the clouds and lit up my kitchen. I'm making a double batch so I can freeze some for later, we love it and it's so handy to have some put away.

Holly and Elton left on Sunday and Paul and I are enjoying feeling like we are getting back to normal. So far the newly weds have not had bad roads, they were in Rawlins, Wyoming at lunch time.

I've done a few drawings in the evenings lately and I've really enjoyed it. My Moleskin has 120 pages and I'm on 116 so I've almost filled it up and will be needing to start a new one! That's it for now, I hear the timer going and it's time to do the next step on the soup.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Bird 'n' Bitch

Bird 'n' Bitch
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Hi LJ friends. I'm sitting at my computer goofing off instead of being productive. I suppose I've given myself permission.

I was working with Tanner on math until his friend invited him to go sledding, it wasn't fun doing the math and I was at the end of my rope so it saved his neck (from me) that he got to go on a fun trip. Tanner fights tooth and nail about working on homework and makes it a real drag. I have to persevere and remain calm and deal with him and when he finally "gets" it and is finished he feels great and is very loving. I would love to find a different way but so far I'm at a loss. As a matter of fact he had a bad attitude most of the morning and didn't even shape up when he knew he would get to go have fun, honestly. What a wonderful morning.

This evening Paul and I are going out to dinner with one of Paul's business associates and I am looking forward to that. We are going to P.F. Changs which is new in Boise, I've heard it's real good food. I'm trying to eat light today so I will feel freer to eat later.

Holly and Elton will be leaving to head back to Chicago tomorrow. Sure hope the roads are ok for them, this is not a great time to be driving that far and that direction. It's been nice to have them around but I'm ready to get back to life as usual (whatever that is). When there are house guests even if it is your own kids it seems like things are always up in the air, kwim? They are not a bother and yet there are more complications and schedule organizing to do etc. Maybe I'm just in a bit of a snitty mood this afternoon, I don't know. Anyway, they will be off and we will be taking care of the usual daily routine again soon.

It sure is nice to be alone in the house for a while and free to mess around on the computer. Hope you are getting some down time also.

Thursday, January 19, 2006


Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Yesterday our family including Tanner, Holly and Elton, Dan, Paul and I, went to the Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Owyhee, Nevada. We had so much fun on the drive laughing and talking. Paul, Holly and Dan are registered Native Americans and were seen by the Doctor there. It was a beneficial trip and the Doctor was very attentive and helpful for all of them even though it was a full 5 and 1/2 hours in the clinic. Holly had the most extensive exams and we learned some stuff about some of her illness that was helpful although there must be follow through in Chicago to get more help. Poor thing is sicker than a dog today because of some high powered antibiotics that she's being treated with. It seems that she has P.I.D., does anyone know much about that? Anyway, it was fun and helpful and an interesting experience for all of us.

I chose to share the snowflake image because we had lots of snow to drive in yesterday and I loved it. It's rained a lot here at home and there is snow on the mountains but nothing in the valley so I was glad to see it there yesterday.

Today I've been to the "Y" and now home to work.

I'm off to do some research about P.I.D. right now but if anyone has any helpful info please let me know.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006


Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Strange image, I know. It's my husband who is anything but psychedelic. (I think I spelled that wrong?)

I'm just about to go to the "Y" and get in the pool, I love doing my work out. Later I have the excitement of getting my Honda CRV serviced, wow.

Actually though, it's been a great weekend, very productive in terms of getting the organizational project started in the office. Paul and I are both on the same page about what needs done and we're focusing on the job no matter how long it takes. My main jobs at this time of my life are all about family and home, to get things in order and parent Tanner. I feel confident that if I narrow my focus down to these two for a while it will enable me to expand it in the near future and gain more balance. Tanner is a very challenging kid and getting more that way as time goes by and he realizes more about his situation (flakey parents, being raised by grandparents etc.). He's also A.D.D. like his dad, pretty severe, and he seems to have Oppositional, Defiant Disorder. He's not a fun kid to raise in many ways and I realize that it will take a very concentrated effort to achieve success. I'm not feeling sorry for myself at this point, just realizing that I am having to choose priorities and move ahead with my life.

So, I'm taking a deep breath and plunging in. I will still be drawing and I am looking forward to painting in the near future. I know that I have to take care of myself or I will be swallowed up and filled with resentment which is counter productive.

On that serious note I must end and head for the pool!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Just a bit of stuff

Just a bit of stuff
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
So far today I've gotten T-boy off to school, Paul and I have had a wonderful walk and I've gotten caught up with a friend via the phone. So far so good. I'm happy that I don't have to go anywhere today so some home stuff can be taken care of.

I'm now at a 45 pound weight loss and feeling very happy about it. My actual "under the fat" figure is emerging and although it's not perfect it does look way better in clothing than the larger one. It is incredibly liberating to feel so much better about myself, I highly recommend it to those of you who are feeling like you need to shed some pounds.

I'm still not spending very much time on my computer these days, hopefully I can be back more in a month or so. I do try to check in once in a while and see what's up though. Geesh, there is so much creativity that I'm missing right now. I am still drawing but usually I don't get to finish a drawing a day.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Pissing and moaning

Pissing and moaning
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
Have you met this man? I think I've seen him around in various places all my life.

I'm having the post holiday/wedding re-adjustment. I feel a bit down, a bit overwhelmed and kind of depressed. I know it will pass and it's to be expected but I sure don't enjoy it. On the positive side I was free to go to the Y this morning and I really enjoyed that.

I've got so many things that I want to do and need to do that it boggles my mind. I am having to make lists so I can remember. I suppose it's my own fault that I'm overwhelmed because I don't stay on top of things, I am hoping to do better this year. At least now it's not an energy issue, I've got plenty of energy now that I've lost weight- one thing that I am so thankful for. I think I'm one of those people who just goes around "putting out the fires" and I don't get the routine stuff done on a regular basis. I have always been one to get things done when they need done, sort of intuitively, but not learned to do it in a disciplined way. Now that I don't get things done intuitively I see the wisdom in having discipline. Is it too late to learn? Can I make myself stick to a program or am I just a spoiled brat who wants to whine? I suspect the latter today.

I'll probably have a totally different outlook in a day or two, sure hope so.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Time to re-group

Time to re-group
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
So the wedding is over and H and E are gone on their honey moon. I didn't realize I was so tired until I got up this morning and felt like my energy had left me. I'm glad the wedding is over but it was fun. It was a very laid back wedding and everyone involved seemed to enjoy themselves, especially the bride and groom.

I'm going to miss having lots of people in the house, Holly and Elton have wonderful friends that are fun to be around. We've been up late every night but didn't mind because we were either getting things ready for the wedding or just goofing off. Some of the friends from out of town stayed here, Tanner was in heaven because one of the guys played chess and other games with him and one couple played Scrabble with him.

Today Paul and Tanner and I went out to breakfast and then we took Tanner to school and went for a walk. We are trying to take it easy today because of the lack of energy. I took lots of pictures at the wedding and I've been editing them. I'm not really happy about how most of them turned out, it is hard for me to take good photos on the run like that, I do better if I've got lots of time to think and people have time to pose. In this case I suppose my photos are not much more than documentation about the wedding and who was there. It's also a problem that since I had to use flash there are lots of demonic looking people with bright red eyes. It means lots of editing of course and the software I have is not the best for correcting this problem. There were a couple of other people taking pictures also, sure hope they did better than me.

Yesterday was my mom's 70th birthday also. My sister and I had bought her a digital camera which I gave to her last week, she was very pleased with that. Also Holly tried to honor her last night by proposing a toast to her for her 70th. She is a very young 70 I must say.

Paul and I plan on getting started on some organizational things in our lives in the next day or two. We are in such need of getting things in order and doing some planning, we're both anxious to get started. It will mean that I am delayed on new art projects but I suspect it will also free me up when I do get started. I suspect that it will be a good month before we are on top of it but that's ok, it will save time and stress when we get finished. I do plan to continue drawing, it's my only artistic outlet and I really need it. I drew 266 drawings in 2005- lots of them can be used as ideas for paintings this year.

Friday, January 06, 2006


Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
No explanation, this is one of my recent drawings. The guy doesn't look to happy with life does he?

I've not much to say really, I am just being swept along with the general busy-ness of the pre-wedding plans and such. In fact, I'm feeling a bit numb or something. I just seem to be generally uninterested in things, I think I'm just tired of the hubbub and I want it to be over and life to return to semi-predictable life. I don't mean I'm feeling sour, just indifferent for some reason. It's weird. Maybe I feel like this guy looks?

Anyway, we will have pretty much everything ready for the wedding by tomorrow afternoon and then maybe it will be just a matter of relaxing until the actual time, right? Well of course we know that's not right, on Sunday there will be lots of little things to bustle around and do at the last minute. Still, I will say that this wedding is a very simple one and I prefer the quick and easy kind like this.

Tonight we are just going to kick back and watch the boob tube in an effort to relax, it sounds great to me. (I will be sketching of course.)

Again, I'm not around, haven't been able to check in with friends but I'll eventually be back. I can't believe 2005 is over, geesh.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

I am still kicking

I am still kicking
Originally uploaded by Sheila Hudson.
This drawing is a collaboration between Tanner and I, he did the tree and I decorated it and colored it. He was not happy that I made it these colors, he wanted a green tree. Oh well.

I feel so honored that a couple of you have inquired if I'm ok, thank you.

I am actually just fine, I've had a great Christmas and New Years. We are in the throws of throwing together Holly and Elton's wedding in a big hurry so you can guess that I've been unusually busy. It's really the way I like it concerning the wedding, when it's done this way there is not time to get all overly detailed about choices and it's over in a wink :-0

The wedding is this coming Sunday so all of the preparations are going on this week. We had 4 concentrated days of shopping last week beginning on the day after Christmas, we had so much fun and got wonderful bargains on almost everything. Elton's mom also gave the couple a wonderful party at a local bed and breakfast on the night of the 30th which was fun. (She is from out of town so that's why she threw it at a b and b.) This week we've hit the ground running also and things are coming together just fine, I'm sure it will get a bit stressful by Friday or Saturday but so far so good.

Tanner has been great and easy to deal with during his vacation from school but he started again yesterday which is also good ;-)

Oh, I'm now down 43 pounds! I'm starting to get a bit anxious to get the last 12 or 13 off but I know it's a tough time of the year to do that. I'm ok, just eating the same and happy with my new size. I've bought quite a few cute clothes, mostly tops and jackets (little hoodies and such) but only one pair of jeans because I know they will be too big in a week or two.

So, that's all I have time to write for now, just wanted to check in with my LJ friends and say hey and let you know what's up.
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