My first attempt at drawing manga. I'm having a horrible time with the hair. Hoping to finish this today.

Any of you artist types have advice on drawing anime hair…?

Or any online resources to share? I’m really enjoying drawing, but I need help!


Ambitions…or at least desires

“Far away there in the sunshine

are my highest aspirations.I

may not reach them but I can

look up and see their beauty,

believe in them and try to

follow them.”

Louisa May Alcott

Lately I’ve been thinking about what I want to do. I know that I love music – I love singing, playing the piano & flute…but what can I do with that? I do like composition, but I am so bad at writing choral parts…Dr. Forrest knows – he had to grade my sorry parallel 5th and whatnot. :p

I’ve always wanted to take a drawing class, but I never had the time free in college to actually do it and my drawing now is pretty atrocious.

I do like photography, but not only am I just “so-so”, but there are also TONS of great photographers out there.

I’ve tried writing poetry before and it’s “eh”…and I love writing literary criticism but I stink at writing stories.

So. What to do? Well I’m going to try a little bit of everything. I’m going to try my hand at drawing, photography,writing poetry (and maybe some music)…and see if anything sticks or strikes a spark.

If nothing comes out of it, I’ll know I tried and I can move on to something else. 🙂


How did you figure out what you wanted to do?

Did you just know? Did you have to search?

Have you figured it out yet or are you like me?


Ask my husband – I have strong opinions on everything from politics to tv shows to food. He thinks I’m crazy, since he doesn’t really get worked up about much of anything. He still loves me though, thankfully. 😉

One of the things that has ticked me off over the last couple of years (and more so since I’ve been pregnant -AKA hormonal) is that the BEST dessert type food items that they have had at Starbucks (IMO) have been discontinued…despite the fact that they were selling well and people loved them.


Exhibit A.

 The Black Bottom Cupcake.

My favorite cupcake EVER. EVER!! Even more than Red Velvet!!  Think moist chocolate cake with moist, sweet cream cheese on top and mini chocolate chips.      See why I miss it???

They had this cupcake for a few years and then completely discontinued it…no idea why – you had to get to Starbucks pretty early even to get one before they sold out, so it’s not like they were losing money.

The picture & link below is a copycat recipe…which I have not tried…mostly as an emotional & angry protest to Starbucks for making me bake my own cupcake when I could go buy one! Humph!! (sarcasm) But also because…I guess I’m lazy.

Copycat Black Bottom Cupcake recipe


Exhibit B.

The Peppermint Brownie.

Now, this brownie went PERFECTLY with a peppermint white mocha or a peppermint hot chocolate. They just got rid of this one somewhat recently, as in maybe a year or less. Instead of completely destroying this tasty treat, they made it into a cake pop which my sister says is good, but I refuse to eat it.

I want my peppermint brownie back!!  *sigh*

Here is the current *shudder* peppermint cake pop:

And here is a picture of the yummy original….I haven’t found a copycat recipe that sounds good enough yet….

I think I’m depressed now. Which mean I’ll probably eat. 😉

Just not my above mentioned beloved treats.


Was there something you loved that got discontinued?

Seems like it always happens to your favorite things, doesn’t it!



I know, I know. I’ve made a new blog when I barely ever posted on the other one.

But I think my problem is that I am truly NOT a good “blogger” – writing about a project I did or a meal I made. But I do like getting my thoughts and interests out there. Mostly because I have a hard time sorting out these things in my head. So mostly what you will see here is personal things such as song lyrics, pictures, and other things like LINKS to recipes I tried and liked (most because the whole taking pictures during the process thing never happens for me, even though I try a LOT of Pintrest recipes).

So I won’t be offended if most of you couldn’t care less. But some of you do – probably mostly close friends & family, but hey it’s something! 🙂