Thursday, April 29, 2010


As previously mentioned, I have some items to give away because I'm twitterpated about making it to 100 posts! Well, technically I have a few more to go, but I've got to get the give away mojo going. And who knows what day I'll actually hit 100 because I'm sporadic, and don't always just do 1 post per day. 

So here's the deal. You leave a comment to this post answering both of the following questions:
1) If you could be a character in any book (including children's books) you’ve ever read, who would you be and why? 
2) If you could transport yourself anywhere instantly, where would you go and why?

As I review the questions I'm requesting you answer, I realize that maybe from the psychology perspective I'm revealing the escapist method of my mindset - Being someone else, and being somewhere else. Not gonna lie - some days it's mighty enticing to think about what it'd be like to be as far away from all of this messy life of mine as possible. I don't understand this experience, this discombobulated attempt at sanity. I don't want the grief anymore. The pain. The awkwardness. 

But Lyra came before all that. We reveled in her kicks and sono pictures. She was part of our happiness and hope. There's no need for escaping that experience. And though we seek for that happiness and hope again amidst our pain and confusion, we hold her close in our hearts. 

So, on the day of my 100th post, I'll do the random picking thing and announce the winner, along with my own answers (as if that's incentive) and get these sent off in the mail (they are a pair...only one winner):
Birdy magnet
and Starry bookmark

They are done on watercolor paper, using watercolor and pen. 


  1. oh i just love answering questions like that. Without giving it TOO much thought:
    1) If I could be any character from a book I've read I would like to be the fence in this poem that inspires me:

    The quiet opening
    between fence strands
    perhaps eighteen inches.
    Antlers to hind hooves,
    four feet off the ground,
    the deer poured through it.
    No tuft of the coarse white belly hair left behind.
    I don’t know how a stag turns
    into a stream, an arc of water.
    I have never felt such accurate envy.
    Not of the deer—
    To be that porous, to have such largeness pass through me.

    - Jane Hirshfield

    Isn't that gorgeous? Okay it's not a character from a book, but seriously, it's who I want to be.

    2) I'd love to say California, to my parent's house, but if I have the ability to transport myself why can't they just come along with me to the UK? I want to tour Europe and have wanted to as long as I can remember. Having once had a tiny taste of Paris during a layover on a flight to West Africa I am hooked and dream about a day when I can wade off the coast of Ireland or sit on a windy cliff in Austria. I want to walk through English gardens and sit and journal in French cafes where nobody speaks English and I want to communicate through my art with other artists who see the world from the opposite side of the globe and sit and paint it on the boardwalk. I want to walk across bridges that were built before my grandmother's grandmother was born, and drink wine in the sunshine on a green hill in Italy. I want to ride bike through the countryside of Germany and ride train through the mountains of Switzerland. I want to listen to accordion music wafting down the street while I watch the curtains in my seventh floor room blow in a breeze.

    Maybe too much information? That's where I'd escape and who I'd like to be. I look forward to reading everyone else's responses!

  2. First of all I love that you used the word twitterpated in a sentence. I've always wanted to do that.
    Character in a book ---Princess Lenore from Many Moons by James Thurber. Because she gets what she wants even though it something impossible to have. The moon.

    I would transport to the Monday I went to the drs office and they told me that I didn't have an appointment scheduled in the computer even though I had an appointment card in my purse. When they asked "do you want me to call the nurse to see if they want to see you?" I would have said yes I think that that is a good idea instead of "no, everything should be fine." I was the Monday before the 17th when we found out. I can't help thinking that something would have shown on the ultrasound then. I feel constant guilt about this mix up in the appointment. I had been going every Monday for screenings because he was small. The one I missed was the last one. How could I not want to go back to that Monday?

  3. if i could be a character in a book i would be.....'the old woman who lived in a shoe, she had so many children, she didn't know what to do'

    if i could transport myself anywhere instantly, i would go back to the day harvey was born so i could have his whole life all over again


  4. i would like to be tigger and bounce and spoing all around in the hundred acre wood with my tigger friends.

  5. I was always in love with Romana from the Beverly Cleary books. I would want to be her. She was always into some kind of trouble. I loved the story of the day she wore her pajamas to school under her clothes.

    And, to go back to any moment I think I would go back to the hospitial bed and hold him one more time. :/

  6. 100 posts!!!!! Here are my answers:

    1) If you could be a character in any book (including children's books) you’ve ever read, who would you be and why?

    Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. He's always been my favorite. I tend to identify with characters who are gloomy and sad, but loveable (even before losing Alexandra)!

    2) If you could transport yourself anywhere instantly, where would you go and why?

    I would transport myself back to the days before Alexandra died. That entire week, I remember feeling weird and out of sorts. I thought it was me just getting further along and being more pregnant... maybe it was something else. *sigh* I would have gone to the ER then if I could go back to that time now.

  7. I almost missed this post! Well, to answer the questions, if I'm not too late.....

    1) Person to be - Grace from the children's book Amazing Grace. She's so creative, lives to the fullest and isn't scared to go against the norm.

    2) Place to be - Fresno ( I know, I know.....) and I'd coincide it with Laura's visit and we could go for coffee. Wanna come too?

  8. I follow your blog by RSS and I love your watercolour work SO much!

    1) I'd choose to be the character Pippi Longstocking (from any of the Pippi books) because she is so confident, bold and courageous. I love how she just does what she wants to and worries not one bit about what others think! I'd love to be that way.

    2) I know it's kind of cheating but I can't decide between 2 different times so I'll write both. I'd either go back in time to when my husband was alive before the pain set in (cancer) and just hold him in my arms - not speaking - for as long as possible... or I'd go forward into the future when I am healthy and have no more physical suffering (I have a huge list of chronic health problems that make life a pain).

  9. Wow... I had to think about these questions little longer before I settled for Pippi Longstocking too. Glad to see Liberty had the same feeling.

    As for the second question: Iao-Valley, Maui, Hawaii. Because I have felt like home the instant I set my foot there. A truly magical place. I love it.

    Love your watercolours... xx