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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


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Moving Day

I haven’t posted much on this blog in the past few months like I’ve said so I haven’t spoken about how we’re being forced to move from our townhouse that we’ve called home for nearly 4 years. Our property management sent us a 60 day notice of termination of tenancy without cause. Pretty much we’re on a month to month lease so they are completely within their rights to do so but it still doesn’t make it any better in my mind. They listed this home at a much higher rent so I have a suspicion that is a motivating factor in our termination. Admittedly we do pay our rent late but ALWAYS pay it.

We’ve spent the last month and a half in a scramble to find a new place to call home. Somewhere that fits our meager budget, wouldn’t be dissuaded by our horrible credit history and a place where my kids wouldn’t have to change schools. I opened emergency commissions to raise money for a deposit and thankfully got a few people that really helped and I got to create some really fun artwork for them.

After tireless Craigslist searching. I mean I was refreshing postings every hour because the good stuff goes in a blink of an eye. I can’t count the number of contacts I made where the property was already rented! Its a seller/renters market right now!

Finally I found the perfect place for us to live, a privately owned duplex by a wonderful couple. My daughter actually goes to school with one of their daughters. It has a yard for the kids to play, space for my home office, is literally 200 feet from a park, Ella and Lucius get to stay at the school they know and I love, and it was in our budget.

I’m so thankful for each person that thought positively, contacted me for a commission, bought a print or marker sketch, and encouraged our family.

Sometimes things really do work out.

~Chris with a Ta

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Well Hello There

Well hello internet friends and fellow travelers!

I’ve been a busy lady these past four months. I haven’t lost a single pound but I’ve maintained my weight and had a lot of non-scale victories I would like to share with everyone.

So for now I just want to say ‘ello and you will be hearing from me shortly.

PS in the interim I discovered Doctor Who, so there is another fandom I get to be a part of for your geek enjoyment!

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Big changes cause ripple effects

Alright so a much needed update on all things in life, so prepare for a long post.

First things first.

I gave my notice at my security job!!

May 13th is my last day of work.

I was adamant about quitting my job and going back to school to finish my Bachelors Degree of Fine Art so that I could start working in the field I am most passionate about and really focus on myself and weight loss for the summer.

I just attended an informational meeting about the weight loss surgery I have been planning on getting with my Kaiser insurance. I found out that not only would I have to wait until August before I’d even have surgery. The Oregon/Washington Kaiser Permanente ONLY offers Gastric Bypass. Not only are other options not offered but if someone, like myself felt that Gastric Sleeve surgery would be best for them Kaiser refuses to refer patients outside of Kaiser to a surgeon that is qualified in such WLS options.

Hearing this was like a double strike out for me. I refuse to get gastric bypass and hearing that was my only option and that even with a hurried time table I wouldn’t be able to have the surgery until August really solidified my choice for quitting my job when I did.

Now that I have asserted myself to make me a priority in my career and in life that choice has changed a lot of the ways I think about things.

Meal planning for example. The food I put into my body is awful and changing that first is going to be crucial if I am going to be losing weight without the jump start from WLS because I am unable to workout like I used to thanks to IIH.

For the past year it has been Tim’s responsibility to get the kids fed while I am at work in t

he evenings. He has been amazing at it too. I’m more than happy to relieve him of that duty and am planning on getting creative to find healthier alternatives to what we are eating now that the kids will actually eat.

I really want to try this, I saw it on Sleeved in the City’s blog post. She called them the Golden Snitches! they’re adorable, named after a Harry Potter reference and look to be a fast easy alternative to breakfast which is super important to me.

If any readers out there have any websites, recipes or any insight they could give to a mother working to feed a 4 and 7 year old in a healthier way please contact me or comment down below! I need to get more familiar with SkinnyTaste because that site is amazing!

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Emerald City Comicon 2013

Hello everyone!

There is so much going on in my life right now but I wanted to write a little something about ECCC and the much anticipated meeting of my hero Gillian Anderson.

I have a few photographs to share from the trip so enjoy!

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Taking the train was a fun experience………..

Wow, that is as far as I could get a month ago when I returned from ECCC. The weekend was a lot of fun but there were disappointments too, I have been putting off this post because I am loathing putting my feelings into text. But here we go.

When Gillian Anderson prefaced her panel with,

“If you’re going to ask me about X-Files I don’t remember any of it.”

I wasn’t surprised but I was disheartened. I understand typecasting sucks, that she’s been a victim of it but to distancing oneself from something that started their career and has influenced so many and part of the industry seems like a poor decision to me, but I respect it.

She was funny, silly and had some great and inspiring things to say.

Overall I think I wanted her to be as enthusiastic about her role as Scully as I was. Hoping for an appreciation of the character and what a strong role model it was for me and many other girls that were struggling during that time to be strong and independent. Not that she’d watched episodes like the fans had because I’m sure watching yourself on film must be difficult, let alone over 200 episodes worth of you on film.

I think what disappointed me most was that she didn’t really take ownership of her input to the character.

“Chris(Carter) wrote out everything he wanted her to be and I just brought it off the page.”

I’m sorry, but as great as a writer as Mr. Carter is, the bubbly-ness(sense of fun and enjoyment), intensity and emotion that she brought to that character was something specifically Gillian. That intensity is what made me a Gillian fan, not just a Scully fan. I continued to follow her career because I loved her “I don’t take other people’s shit” but in a nice way attitude.

So even though I was disheartened by the panel overall I still wanted to meet her and tell her what an impact she had on my life during my time as a homeless teenager, when I needed a strong female in my life and my mother couldn’t cut it. That by continuing to follow her career I’d gained even more admiration for her when I would read of her charity efforts and overall good demeanor.

I bought my photograph session ticket on Saturday evening for Sunday morning and was excited to have something tangible to have after my once in a lifetime experience.

Once in a lifetime was right.

What I got was a cattle into a pen experience, one after another, in steady succession with little to no direction of even to look for the photo, were hundreds of other fans wanting just a little time with the actress. So after a hurried shooing over to Gillian, she looked as if she wanted to talk to every person taking a photograph, but instead was only allowed to put her arm around me and smile as the flash went off. I was shooed off again by assistants, convinced that I had just taken the worst photo of my life and that I had gotten to say literally nothing but “hello” to Gillian Anderson.

I wanted to cry, I wanted to scream, or maybe just go into a corner and do both while in a ball on the floor. Its like that moment in A Christmas Story when Ralphie is using his decoder ring.

“Be sure… sure to drink your ovaltine. Sonofabitch……”

I went out to face the world, wiser.

Or maybe after the Bumpus’ dogs eat all of the turkey.

“It was gone, all gone.”

My one chance to tell her how she’d helped and changed my life, all gone.


This is the photo I have to show for myself. I had no idea where I was supposed to look so taking my mothers ever harsh and sometimes even yelling advice. “Make sure you put your chin up or everyone will see all your chins!” I held my head up like I was getting a yearbook photo taken.

So there it is. My 15 seconds with my hero, forever engrained in my mind as just another disappointment and missed opportunity.

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{Motivational Monday} Getting Closer to the Mountain

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A couple housekeeping items!

I won’t be blogging nearly as much here. I will continue to keep everyone posted on my weight loss progress, IIH treatments and eventual remission and all things geek.

But for now I really want to focus on the work of weight loss and my art. I was recently introduced to an amazing and inspirational speech by Neil Gaiman,  given to the 2012 graduating class at the University of Arts. Which I have posted below. He talks about actions that bring you closer to or from your goal/dream/etc. Keeping this blog is something I love but am not as passionate about as art, creating it and improving. This is also after finding Disney character artist and illustrator Chris Oatley’s Podcast and Website. He talks about minimizing commitments to focus on one or two things that are important to you.

So that is my plan. I am going back to school in April part time. Hopefully not too long after can go full time which will require I quit my job. So a lot of planning would need to go into that.

If you are interested in seeing my work and progress I do share on my KudiArt Website.

For now I will post here and there because I care about everyone I’ve met thanks to this blog and feel that I might help some people with my writing. It will just be more sparse.

So for now I leave you with a very motivating speech that doesn’t necessarily have to pertain to art but anything you set your mind to.

Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012 from The University of the Arts (Phl) on Vimeo.

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