Friday, October 31, 2014
I had to get a bunch of blood drawn for a laundry list of tests my doc wants to run, so, with a cynical snicker, I scheduled it for this afternoon. Needles don't necessarily scare me, but medical stuff in general does, since I associate doctors' offices with panic and pain and general awfulness. So what better day to do something scary than Halloween, am I right?
Plus I had secret hope that the nurses would be dressed as vampires.
So I just got back, freshly bandaged on both arms, uhthankyouverramuch, and maybe this is just the Xanax talking, but life is pretty dang good right now.
I know you guys are probably sick of hearing how wonderful John is, but he really outdid himself today. Before we left I briefed him on what the phlebotomist would need to know (sometimes my anxiety makes it hard for me to talk), and as soon as we arrived he ratcheted his usual charm up to 11. Within minutes we were laughing and joking with the guy doing our paperwork, and when the worker revealed that *he* was the best phlebotomist there, John shamelessly used every compliment & trick in the book to get him to do my blood work - up to and including offers of bribes.
("I will go next door right now and buy you a sub. You want lunch? Let me get you lunch.")
The worker, whose name was Abi, was eventually won over (though he laughingly refused the bribes.) And even though he was supposed to be working the front desk, he agreed to make an exception for us.
True to his word, Abi was the best blood sucker [snerk] ever, even without a vampire costume. (Poo.) He even agreed to use a butterfly needle, which - pro tip! - is so much less painful. I barely felt the pinch! Which was especially nice, since we needed so much blood that he had to do both arms.
While we waited for all the vials to fill, John played an episode of Frasier on his phone for us, and kept me talking and joking. He tells me he only got woozy once. (Did I mention John sometimes faints at the sight of blood? That's love, my friends. TWU WUV.)
I also practiced some slow abdominal breathing when the nerves got especially bad, and was surprised how much it helped. Within less than five minutes my freezing hands and feet were warm again! I always shrugged off breathing exercises for anxiety, but now I think I'm sold.
And one more, since I feel like this post needs at least ONE creepy Halloweenish photo
Maybe I can convince John to put on his mask & robe tonight while we hand out candy. :D
Oh! And one more treat:
My art winner this month IS.... Renee from PA whose profile says she's an attorney & has a little girl! Which I hope is specific enough. Heh.
Congrats, Renee, and please e-mail me your mailing address & choice of art prize from my Pinterest give-away board!
And to everyone else: have fun tonight! Eat lots of candy! Oh, and share pics of your costumes over on the Epbot FB page! That'll give me something fun to look at between answering the door.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
(Yep, my front door is HM purple. I painted it last year around Halloween, so it seemed only fitting to finally make a wreath to match!)
It was a tight squeeze - wish I could have found a larger ornament! - so I had to chop off a lot of hair. The doll I used had bangs, so I removed the wig and turned it around. And it doesn't really show, but after this I also sprayed the hair with watered down white & teal craft paint.
To attach the head to the wreath, wrap a thick wire around the neck stump (there should be a recess there already, where the body attached), and then poke the wire ends straight down into the wreath.
So I think that covers everything on the wreath, but feel free to ask questions in the comments!
And since this is my last Halloween craft, I hope you guys have a spook-tacular Halloween this weekend!
Friday, October 24, 2014
Those colors! YES.
Tempted to get this one for John, since he's forever singing "Popular." Which is hilarious.
Artist Wisesnail, aka Namecchan, has some amaaazing Guardians of the Galaxy prints:
I'm also REALLY digging her Jim Moriarty:
7X10 print, $15
Love how the background looks like smokey flames!
Epbot reader Candace happens to be married to a Pixar animator, Victor Navone, and he generously donated this sweet Wall-E print for the give-away board:
And speaking of the give-away board, here are some more of my new additions:
I Am Who," by my buddy Charlie Thurston.
(You can buy it at the link for $10)
That's a mash-up of Iron Giant with the first Superman Comic, btw, which is brilliant if you know the movie. Since Waite only sells at conventions, I picked this one up for the board. Check out the rest of his work over on DeviantArt or Tumblr.
From another of my good friends, Bianca Roman-Stumpff:
(Groot is the new darling of Artist Alleys everywhere, and I am definitely not complaining.)
Most of Bianca's work still isn't available online (HINT HINT BIANCA), so she donated that one for the board!
She's also been churning out new Puff Monsters, which you *can* buy online through her Facebook page or sometimes her Etsy shop.
Bianca also has a few prints available over on Society6, so you can check over there for more.
Also at Tampa Fanboy, there was the delightful duo of Jennipho, who sculpts 3D sweetness like this:
... and Victoria, who paints & draws sweetness like this:
John had to drag me away from their booth, since I kept going back to chat. They're both super friendly and uber talented, so definitely check out both sites!
John says he either wants a picture of me in it, looking appropriately terrified, or a drawing of a uvula. I'm lobbying for the uvula.
The artist, Myrcury's Toybox, was at a local street show event here in Orlando last week, and we couldn't stop giggling over her tiny monster frames. Check out her Etsy shop for more, plus fun skull & monster eye hair clips, original art, and painted coffin boxes like these:
K, guys, that does it for this month's roundup! Now, you know the drill: comment below for a chance to win your choice of art from my Pinterest Art Give-Away Board! I'll ship anywhere, so international comments are welcome! (Last month I sent art to Africa and Australia. SO COOL. And expensive. But mostly cool.)
I'll announce my randomly-selected winner sometime next week. Happy commenting, everyone, and happy weekend!
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