Sunday, May 30, 2010

Gettin' Busy

I'm not going to be posting as frequently (I know you're asking yourself-well, she's not really that "frequent" to being with). because I am focusing on getting my illustration website up and running. It will be at I've been putting it off like a root canal because I just am horrible at making up my mind. And so I've decided I'm basically not going to try to re-invent the wheel. I'm pilfering (I love that word) from sites that I love, keeping it simple, navigable and not doing it myself (kiss of death).

PS.Wheat is wonderful (in moderation)
Yoga is the best ( I actually look foward to getting up at 6am to do it-weird)
Carbs are good and necessary-South Beach people-you can NOT exercise effectively without some carbs-voila no real weight loss. I feel so so much better now going for runs-I have energy! I hadn't realized how seriously carb deprived I was. (Yes, I know there are other ways to eat carbs than a whole bag of potato rolls-did I say that?)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

BIG Sharpie Time

(There's that big boy)

I've been thinking a lot lately about what it means to me to be an artist. Do I put my work in galleries? Do I put my work in publications? (yes, but really only one right now) Card companies? Art shows? Do I have the time and patience to look for more illustration work? When is it work and when is it fun? (I guess there can definitely be both) I'll have to say the joy of seeing one's work in print is pretty spectacular. Even though I've been doing it for ten years (wow), mt heart always skips a beat when the new magazine is laying in my mailbox. My kids know the drill "Look kids! WHO drew this?" Response: "Mommy did!"It never gets old.

A few years ago I rode the LIE (very proud of myself and I crossed platforms to change trains at Jamaica Plains-a feat only a few clueless "tourists" have managed) into NYC and went to the National Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conference. I got to see the teddy bear of man and artist, Tommie DePaola speak about his work. What is work? What is just for fun? He showed us some of his HUGE bird paintings. He does these on the side of his children's books. I've always thought about that, how cool-artwork just for himself, really. Right now, all of my work is kind of ON THE SIDE stuff. And that's okay for now.

P.S-Been trying "new things" in the morning, yep, it's a keeper.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Second Opinion

Just so you know apparently things on one's body should be symmetrical and when things aren't=not good. Take for instance our dog who once had half his head sunken in....this, my friends, is not good. And it's not good because only ONE side of his head was sunken in. Both sides, well, maybe okay.

My oldest son has one tonsil that is so swollen it's crossed over to the other tonsil's side like a bully going for milk money...this apparently files under "asymmetrical=not good" and so my husband and son trekked off to yet another specialist to see what rock we looked under this time. Turns out both sides ARE swollen, one is more like the evil Siemese twin, getting most of the heart and a full lung (nah nah nah nah nahhhhh). He's okay just a bit swollen. We'll watch and see and ask the one side to play a little more fair.

Me, I had an appointment with the head honcho at the wonderful Celiac Center at University of Maryland on Tuesday....I went for advice, a second look see at my now Tolstoy thick medical charts. (And I was sure they would look at me too to see that everything was symmetrical). And funny enough, after a team of doctors and med students looked at the anomaly of me....the prominent doctor in the field of Celiac said, alas, dear Elizabeth, you do not have Celiac (it's nearly statistically impossible for me to have it). I had suspected as such but I've been known to be too much of a know it all...turns out though, I really did know myself, enough to get a second opinion (note to you:always get a second opinion, esp. if it's for THE REST OF YOUR LIFE).

And folks, I'll tell you. It's really changed me, these past few months of being a "Celiac". I feel good, I knew that I would-I'm still dairy free, peanut and egg free but I can deal with that. And I rather like my wheat free, dairy free, egg free banana bread but just the same, pass that beer and while you're at it throw in a doughnut and a slice of pizza. Now that's what I'm talkin' about.

(Above-Been drawing with super duper HUGE sharpies (called "poster size"). You can't really control the ink-good for me to loosen up, sigh of relief) BTW-If you've been keeping tally the fantastical Fullers have been 0 for 3 in the good health diagnosis arena this past few weeks and that's a good thing. We are truly blessed.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

20 30 40 50!

 I saw a thing on the news last night that says your stress levels and "worry" goes down after you enter your 50's. Oh great, now that I am nearing the big 4 0 I find out that I have to wait until the bigger 5 0 to finally quit my cyclical and maniacal worrying (thanks again Grandma Ruth).  What's next? When you're the big 6 0 you can eat whatever you want because your metabolism magically returns to a pre-school-like state? You never never, back to worrying.

P.S-Drawings above are just things in my head...the first drawing is based on a "mapping" of the brain. I've been reading The Female Brain and it's just fascinating.The legs remind me of a new favorite singer of mine (thanks Jenny), Amanda Palmer. The dishes are for breaking-about to be thrown. The flight of the bumblebee. Family photos. Devious sibling.
Don't worry about me worrying too much-it's just what I do. At least, I'm really good at it. Like I say to my husband after I've played a particularily horrid soccer game (on my part)...but did I LOOK good? Find comfort in what you must....

Monday, May 17, 2010

Shades of Blue

It's a rainy day today.
The perfect kind to read or draw.
Or just think about how lucky you are to have a moment to think.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Such good "equipment" in my opinion...books, blocks, gardening....(the "ear muffs" are really old school headphones)!

Thursday, May 13, 2010


 On Tuesday, my husband, Anna (2) and I anxiously sat in a Pediatric Oncologist and Hematologist's waiting room. I felt much like Alice  in her larger state and there were no bottles to be found that said "DRINK ME" (which I would have gladly done)....this place was made for small customers, reluctant ones. The doctors, nurses and receptionists, they are trying their best. There were hobbit sized tables covered in coloring books and chairs so small they seemed only for Cabbage Patch kids, fish tanks with oblivious swimmers.  Here, the crayons looked like they were trying too hard. I know from a glance exchanged with my husband that we hoped to never, ever, see this play house sized waiting room again.

More blood was drawn, yet nerves were calmed. Most questions answered.
I can't help it. I think of all of the parents who aren't the ones getting "good" news. I remember when our looney Lab was dancing around the Vet's parking lot, getting the ALL CLEAR from a brain tumor scare....I noticed the woman weeping at the end of her Corgi's leash, their last walk. I don't know how many "scares" a typical family goes through but we've had one legitmate big C scare with each child AND the DOG. Tucker with a brain tumor, J with the swollen lymph nodes (for years), C with melanoma (try going through a biopsy on a baby-not fun) A with her blood. You can't help it...this is exactly what you think... What are the odds? What are the chances? How many times will we seem to be given that Get Out of Jail Free card? I told Bobby that I would never complain about my "diet" disease ever again after all of this...he says, he is not holding his breath (ha ha ha).

A few good things.....I am finally getting around to putting together a care package for the Children's Hospital in Norfolk where friends of ours bring their son in for treatments, sicknesses etc. He is 4 and was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. His mother says that they are always happy when new books can be found in the Children's Play too. 
And when I mentioned to my kids at school (love my 6th graders) that we had spent some time in Children's Hospital, they all agreed that we should make the kids in the hospital coloring books. So our next "project" at school is to create coloring books for the kids. I'm going to see if Kinko's or a local copying place would copy and bind them for a discount or for free.

Meanwhile, give your kids a hug. Let them color on whatever they least for a day. 

P.S- On our friend Reuther's CaringBridge page where we are updated on his progress:

Dear Reuther: "Promise me you will always remember: You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
-Christopher Robin to Pooh

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

When the Dog Bites, When the Bee Stings

Scratch or e coli infection?
Scraped knee or broken bone?
Simple illness or childhood cancer?
We are having a scare in Fullerland. So I've decided that these pictures make me happy and that is a good thing. Little A (2) is having some abnormal blood tests right now and we are "investigating". Keep us in your thoughts/prayers. I'm hoping for Celiac (just kidding-but really).....
We've been singing "Favorite Things" from my all time favorite Sound Of Music. So.....

1.Tanner-our newest addition-a big cuddly bear
2. A new bag (12 bucks!)
3. Coffee and tea (mug from Katie:)
4.Box-o-art stuff
5.Bird's nests (this one unfortunately was made inside our grill-the eggs most likely won't make it-oops, we're supposed to be talking happy here)
6.Sheets blowing in the wind (margarita or not).