Sunday, August 12, 2018

daily snapshot: August 12, 2018 at 07:08PM

Summer bike ride along the Fraser with the boys #flick
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daily snapshot: August 12, 2018 at 10:28AM

writing a research proposal ... enjoying this so much! #flick
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Monday, August 06, 2018

daily snapshot: August 06, 2018 at 07:21PM

Working on something slightly different today - repurposed silk scarves from my stash and value village; working out placement and construction for a kimono jacket #365daycreative #sewing #upcycledclothing #silk #gallebb #flick
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Wednesday, August 01, 2018

daily snapshot: August 01, 2018 at 02:48PM

The "take your kid to a particle accelerator" part of summer just arrived #flick
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Sunday, July 29, 2018

daily snapshot: July 29, 2018 at 11:17PM

All the family fun of the beach #flick
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Saturday, July 28, 2018

daily snapshot: July 28, 2018 at 10:52PM

wip #oils #abstractpainting #flick #gallebb
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

daily snapshot: July 25, 2018 at 07:03PM

Adulting #flick
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Friday, July 20, 2018

daily snapshot: July 20, 2018 at 09:52PM

Trail run success Crystal Falls 8.7k round trip... And I'm still a mostly normal color #flick
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

flower watering, shared responsibilities and hiring a gardener...

these alliums? obviously watered well
Saw this video (Erin Brokovich: If you don't water the flowers, they don't grow - I tried to embed the video but Blogger won't let me...or maybe it has?) shared in a group I belong to yesterday and it makes perfect sense .... except that it shouldn't only be you doing the watering.

Going to therapy takes your time; sitting watching the kids play takes your time; reading a book takes your time; watering the flowers takes your time.

Yes, it's all self renewal, but if you're also doing all the caring for, concierging, arranging, monitoring, scheduling, managing, orchestrating and so on in your family, this is just one more item on your to-do list.

Since everyone benefits from all the care, scheduling, management, etc. and everyone else benefits from your self renewal - shouldn't they also put in some effort?

When does care for you, your relationship, your mental, intimate, physical self land on someone else's to-do list... and when does it get done? When do your flowers get watered so they bloom for both you and that someone else to enjoy?

And of course ditto...but then you're already doing that anyway...and it's exhausting. Maybe you've forgotten where your flowers are that need watering, or maybe you don't know what's going to bloom cos you've forgotten what you planted. Or maybe that particular garden bed is long gone through drought?


Plant some potatoes, or succulents, or drought-hardy grasses - just plant something that can thrive in whatever level of watering is available...heck! hire a gardener, but make it something you enjoy.

Leaving it bare earth is totally cool too cos maybe you've moved on to cats anyway!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

daily snapshot: July 12, 2018 at 02:42PM

sigh. so true recently. reeling from a few nights/days off neck pain and stiffness, headaches and exhaustion ... feeling much better today. amazing how not being in pain makes such a difference. hats off to my friends who deal with this on a daily basis
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Mind Control Powers Innovative Prosthetics

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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Weather Technology To Outpace Storms

via Amanda Maxwell – Northrop Grumman

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tech to the Rescue for Endangered Marine Animals

via Amanda Maxwell – Northrop Grumman

Saturday, June 23, 2018

daily snapshot: June 22, 2018 at 09:26PM

All change #spt
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Friday, June 22, 2018

daily snapshot: June 21, 2018 at 10:27PM

This evening has been magical. At around 8pm, I got a phone call from the emergency vet surgery. The new nurse there has been phoning everyone who has left property there. I didn't leave about but as many of you know, the last time I was there was when I took Rosco because he was so sick. Just over a year ago, he was euthanased and it broke my heart. I couldn't bring myself to phone to find out if his paw print had arrived; heard nothing so I thought it had been lost. But it hadn't. This evening, Thomas and I brought Rosco home.
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

daily snapshot: June 21, 2018 at 09:11AM

Just cos my overnight oats are in a jar doesn't mean I'm a hipster
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

RapidFinder STEC Detection Confirmed for Fast and Accurate Raw Beef Screening

Talk Science to Me post for Accelerating Science via Examining Food

Saturday, June 09, 2018

daily snapshot: June 08, 2018 at 10:05PM

This evening's arting - testing out color swatches for the bigger portrait on a smaller quick sketch. Looks wonky but I'm pleased with my color choices. #oilpainting #portrait #artistsoninstagram #gallebb
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Monday, June 04, 2018

daily snapshot: June 03, 2018 at 09:43PM

Finished? #oilpainting #abstractart #artistsoninstagram #gallebb
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Sunday, June 03, 2018

daily snapshot: June 02, 2018 at 10:28PM

#oils on paper over #contecrayon sketch #artistsoninstagram not sure about my colour mix though #gallebb
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Sunday, May 20, 2018

daily snapshot: May 19, 2018 at 11:16PM

A little more progress #oilpainting #portrait #artistsoninstagram #gallebb
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

British Library EThOS: Nutritional modulation of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) system of the dog and cat.

OMG - my thesis is available online!!!

British Library EThOS: Nutritional modulation of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) system of the dog and cat.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

A Side Order of Virus Could Help Stop Salmonellosis

Talk Science to Me post for Accelerating Science via Examining Food

Saturday, May 05, 2018

daily snapshot: May 04, 2018 at 10:08PM

#charcoal #portrait #artistsoninstagram
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Monday, April 23, 2018

daily snapshot: April 23, 2018 at 07:55AM

#dogwoodweek16 portrait lighting :: giving this one a valiant try with natural lighting from a window for a selfie. I think this is narrow loop, but I fear it won't stick until I draw out the various lighting styles for my own reference #gallebb #spt
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Saturday, April 21, 2018

daily snapshot: April 21, 2018 at 04:55PM

Velocipede. I feel like I've been a bit quiet on social media recently. Lots of reasons - work, busy, spring break recovery, domestic was (it's a word), setting boundaries... they all take energy, so I've been in conservation mode.
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Friday, April 20, 2018

Reflect on Why Trees Are Important This Arbor Day

via Amanda Maxwell – Northrop Grumman

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Risk Assessment Tackles Foodborne Disease

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Monday, April 09, 2018

daily snapshot: April 09, 2018 at 12:00PM

More from yesterday's #urbansketchers meetup at nitobe gardens #watercolours #sketch
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Sunday, April 08, 2018

on hold

waiting to get somewhere
[written a month or so ago]

This morning as ever, I waited.
If I look back over the last quarter century or perhaps earlier, I have spent a considerable amount of time and energy waiting – waiting for significant others, for those I share my life with and wait for.
This morning was no exception.
Despite anticipating the events and presenting reminders to pack essential items, to get dressed, to find the materials needed for the day, I ended up again issuing the same reminders until they became nagging.
It still didn’t mean we avoided the anticipated events that accompany leaving the house – namely, excessive waiting for someone else to be ready – waiting for someone else to get their shit together – waiting for someone else to do the things that had been suggested that would enable leaving the house on time and in a calm and orderly fashion.
We had tears and panic.
We had me waiting outside in the snow for longer than is necessary.
We had me getting so fed up that I drove off for a spin around the block to simmer down.
We had panic and hyperventilation when the car drew up to house after its short journey.
We had a missing lunch. We had an extra and surplus bag.
We had a mum who lost her shit once more en route (and then we had a dropped key,  a wallet left behind, interrupted and late settling down to work, dire warnings about not visiting this shit on anyone else in the class, and in all a truly awesome start to the day – a start that I had been anticipating and planning since around 7am on how to avoid.
I wait. It’s my role in life apparently.
I wait for the penny to finally drop for my child that there are consequences to not being ready, prepared – to leaving stuff till beyond the last moment – to keeping someone perennially waiting.
I wait for domestic chores to be done. I wait before I ask, knowing that they will rarely be done in a timely manner- a manner that respects housemates, that avoids extra work being generated, that respects that time is precious especially to someone who is kept from doing from they want due to waiting for others.
I wait before asking as I know it will often be ignored, forgotten, dismissed.
I wait for household repairs and auto repairs, I wait knowing that these are not ranked highly; I wait knowing that waiting risks serious damage that will take more money and time and organization and danger to fix, so I stop waiting and get it done myself. 
I wait for household improvements, a simple shelf or bike rack or sports gear hang up; I wait and see that these things also do not rank highly. I wait knowing that clutter depresses only me, but that I will be expected to wait for my relaxation until I find whatever it is that is lost in the clutter and disorganization, to clean around the heaps, to move belongings in order to sit, place, wait or stay. I wait knowing that simply wanting a house to be beautiful or comfortable or organized or tidy is not worthy of respect, and that there is always my time available to find, tidy, clean, accept amidst the chaos.
I wait for the simple act of leaving the house; I wait for gathering up the troops; I wait for reasons to leave the house together. I wait for entertainment; I wait as opportunities are missed and jump out of waiting and into doing so they aren’t missed.
I wait. I have waited so long that sometimes all I have to do are the pieceworks that can be fitted into brief snatches of time spent waiting – the tasks or projects that can be picked up and put down easily, swiftly, on someone else’s schedule and immediacy and wants and needs and priority. I have waited so long that it feels odd to prioritise ahead of - overruling tasks, events, occasions, escapes – me first takes energy, altered thinking, waiting for the moment.
I wait for my needs, carving out time in between to recharge, re-energise without overlapping. I wait for mundanities – sleep, the mailbox, light bulbs; I wait for the luxuries – intimacy, not being taken for granted, availability – to each according to their needs, but not to mine. I wait during explanations that this is all not unique to me. I wait while I try to explain how much this matters; I wait after I explain how much this matters for realization to dawn.
I wait for acknowledgement of the rising resentment at being kept waiting that boils over.
I wait, and in so doing, I spend energy on waiting. I wait and lose time to recharge so I can wait again.

daily snapshot: April 08, 2018 at 01:42PM

#dogwoodweek14 diptych #watercolours #urbansketchers
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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Preservation without Preservatives Part 2: Food Safety Risk Factors in the Meat Ecosystem

Talk Science to Me post for Accelerating Science via Examining Food

Monday, April 02, 2018

Benefits of Robots in Modern Life — Humans Need Not Apply

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Saturday, March 31, 2018


in my happy place: sketching and eating breakfast at the art gallery
Resigned currently, temporary but resigned. I've jacked in my current position as default parent for at least today, burned out by Spring Break--before, during and most likely after too since there will be the inevitable mad scramble to catch up with everything that I put on hold while i juggled the aforementioned default parenting planning for and during Spring Break.

...but right now I am taking a break from the default parenting, domestic concierge role, relationship whisperer, provisioner and household management guru, schedule wrangler to write uninterrupted, sketch uninterrupted, be me uninterrupted...

Selfish --yes, most definitely but the reprieve/relief/retirement/resignation is only temporary.

I need this moment to recharge my batteries -- the emotional ones, the mental health ones, the kindness ones, the energy and stamina ones, the self confidence ones, the creative ones -- i recognised way too late as usual that levels were down to critical and gave my wee guy a tongue lashing that he only partially deserved and that i should have been grown up enough to hold back.

The simple truth though is that there is not a lot right now that recharges me unless I myself make the effort to plug in and boost the cells. Parenting is delightful but hard work and eats the time. Working is delightful but hard work and eats the time. Yes, I am married, but that too is hard work ... None of these is something I want to give up but all currently drain more energy than they add so I take positive steps to recharge and stay topped up.

I wish I could say that there is a better safety net here to catch me when I fall, but there isn't and hasn't been for a long time. So this is me, AWOL and re-charging the only way I know how. Try not to judge!

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Importance of National Parks: More Than Scenery

via Amanda Maxwell – Northrop Grumman

Saturday, March 24, 2018

daily snapshot: March 24, 2018 at 01:19PM

Mine, all mine. Picked these up today - first time I saw these two i knew they would be coming home with me. Had to wait till the end of the @pomoarts exhibition though #longwaitisover @sarahronaldartist :)
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

daily snapshot: March 21, 2018 at 09:41AM

#macro the amazing world within moss #dogwoodweek12 #dogwood2018
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Five Tips for Culture Media Preparation Success

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Cognitive Automation: Drones for Disaster Relief

via Amanda Maxwell – Northrop Grumman

Monday, March 12, 2018

Harvesting Wave Energy for Fresh Water

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

daily snapshot: March 10, 2018 at 12:53PM

Art today and I think this one is finished: #oilpainting #portrait over charcoal sketch 11x15 inches, paper
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Saturday, March 03, 2018

daily snapshot: March 03, 2018 at 08:56AM

Brighter than a thousand sons and capable of extinguishing then all - no typo; quite chilling watching the Bikini Atoll test detonations with son, especially in this current climate #neveragain #protectandsurvive #bombhead
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Friday, March 02, 2018

daily snapshot: March 02, 2018 at 07:44PM

Not doing too well with the #adulting today; top inside out and I'm too superstitious to change it ... so today I sit and sweat it out with my cardi on top.
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daily snapshot: March 02, 2018 at 07:31PM

#ootdfashion with cat; thrifted tunic and Italian leather boots, indigo scarf from local artist, bamboo leggings from @devilmaywear , drapey cardi reitmans, artwork behind me by @tommybom19
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Saturday, February 24, 2018

daily snapshot: February 23, 2018 at 08:47PM

Portrait in gouache #opusdailypractice d23 #opusdailypractice2018 #paintflixing
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

daily snapshot: February 21, 2018 at 09:58PM

Playing around with gouache for this evening's #opusdailypractice d21 #opusdailypractice2018 Doodling with paint while catching up on netflix
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Henrietta Leavitt and the Starlight Distance Key

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

daily snapshot: February 18, 2018 at 01:05PM

#opusdailypractice #opusdailypractice2018 a little blending while the #oilpaint is still wet This piece is my first on a cradled wood panel and I'm liking the feel of brush on it. Background will probably stay dark but I may stale sheen thru the layers in patches
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

daily snapshot: February 17, 2018 at 02:47PM

#opusdailypractice d17 #opusdailypractice2018 loosely blocking in some colour ideas #oilpainting #artistsoninstagram #portrait
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

daily snapshot: February 13, 2018 at 08:54PM

#opusdailypractice d13 putting in the background. Tried a design in acrylics that I had seen on a painting in a local gallery. I like it. Makes a note to try this again :)
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Monday, February 12, 2018

daily snapshot: February 12, 2018 at 09:56AM

#opusdailypractice #opusdailypractice2018 d12: a little more blending and I moved the eye closer to midline (she now looks less like a guppy IMO). At this point I am conflicted ... I really like how she looks at this stage--her expression has taken on a life of its own--but I know there are areas to work on, like the strands of hair. If this was digital rather than #oilpainting it would be asy to add another layer and experiment or just apply CTRL-Z! but it isn't, so I need to be brave. I also feel it looks like she is underwater and need to fight the temptation to add bubbles! Still working on when to call a halt and learning when a painting is done ... as ever, a little like life :)
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