Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Jazzy Papers Challenge

Tenia over on Jazzy Papers has a cool challenge going on! Here's my interpretation of her sketch.

Hello Blogosphere!

Hello out there in blog land! I've gotten a lot of requests as to the face behind my little drawings in my profile recently. I realized I had no recent pics of me, and decided to say "Hello!!".

I've been on a slow quest to lose weight. I've been lucky so far, as I have no real health problems - and I want to keep it that way. Last year I got a WII for myself, and began the WII Fit program. Its been a slow process, but I have managed to lose about 20 pounds since last year. I've fallen off the wagon a couple of times, but I'm back on now, and recently joined a fun group called ScrapNFit. Tiare runs a fun group, and has different ways to achieve your goals. Right now, I'm focused on portion control and exercise. I don't own a scale, so I depend on my Wii to give me my weight on a weekly basis.

Anyhow ... that's the journey I am presently on, and anyone who would like to take it with me, please feel free to post to me and share your journey!

And for those who wonder about the gal behind the caricature .. here I am ... trying to keep cool here in Northern VA.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Weekend Scraps

This weekend I took a break from painting, and decided to make cards only using the scraps on my paper crafting table.

A perfect excuse to do this was the ongoing swaps on the Art For The Creative Mind yahoo group. One of the swaps I signed up for, was a card swap with the theme, Games People Play.

Here's what I came up with using only the scraps on my table.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Who Am I?

So many times I feel we as women look only at what is wrong with us, who we want to be, how we can change. But do we accept who we are right now? I know I don't always do - and I'm trying to change that. In my twenties, I know I was trying to figure myself out ... my thirties, I became a Mother, a Wife ... and now, in my forties ... I feel as if I not only know who I am ... but accept who I am. Is there room for improvement - of course. What I asked myself over the weekend ... was do I LIKE WHO I AM??


Monday, July 5, 2010

My Son Was Being Bullied on Facebook

I'm so upset. My 12 yr old woke me up last night, and told me he wanted me to delete his Facebook account. I allowed him to have an account - which I monitored like the dickens ... and for the most part he seemed to enjoy it. He had a small amount of friends and family - and all seemed to be well.

Until this weekend.

He wanted me to upload some videos of he and his friends skateboarding, so as I was uploading - I do what Mothers do - I looked at his FB page.

Now, I know I am sorta over-protective of my son, and no parent likes to think their kids are doing things that they don't approve of when they aren't around ... but I'm not naive either. I was a smart mouth 12 yr old way back when ... and I remember exactly the things I did and said ... and how "grown" I thought I was, LOL. I was bullied, and on occasions I'd had to defend myself physically. Back then (in the late 70's/early 80's), you weren't kicked out of school - you were suspended. the suspensions were also served at the school, not at home. So when I fought Rachel, the bully who'd tormented me all summer - I spent a week in suspension, in the Principals office!

But these days, bullying is insidious and its often violent, and all I could think of was the kids I'd read about who are bullied online, that hide it from their parents ... and they have taken their own lives. Is it a stretch? Probably - but that's directly where my mind went.

Normally I would not have acted, but this boy threatened my son on Facebook. He basically told him that when the new school term started ... frankly, there'd be hell to pay.

My first thought - what idiot carries a grudge all summer long, over a Facebook page?

Then I answered myself. A Bully.

I had a knot in my stomach, as I read my son's responses to this boy. He cursed at him, and to see the foul language on the page, that I know was written by my son was eye-opening to me. Like I said, I don't put my head in the sand, I know kids do things we don't like when we aren't around ... but this "felt" different to me. What I read on the page was my son "defending himself" as this little boy continued to "go after him with a certain viciousness.

I may have even let it stand, had I not noticed an open chat window that my son left open with one of his friends. In this chat window he expressed not the foul language he used on the page against the boy ... but fear. He told his friend that he was afraid, and that he now dreaded the first day of middle school, because this boy would be waiting for him. He said that the boy was bigger and meaner and he said the only thing he could do was remember all he was taught in karate for 5 years ... and fight.

I started to cry. I remember feeling like that. Here I am, 45 years old and I remember EXACTLY how that felt at 12 years old. Unadulterated fear.

I don't apologize for being a nosy parent. I called my son inside, and I told him that I wanted him to delete the foul language he'd posted on facebook. I told him that as much as I understood his anger and fear, that facebook follows you wherever you go. I told him his teachers, his principal, etc ... that it wasn't worth ruining his enjoyment of facebook.

Surprisingly, my son was not angry with me for reading his page or his chat ... and somewhere deep inside I realized he wanted me to see it. We talked a long time about this ... and his tears hurt me to my core, as well as the helplessness he expressed in "not being able to get away from this boy" who apparently had been bullying him ALL YEAR LONG IN SCHOOL!!!!!!!

I was livid, but at the same time so happy that my son still feels close enough to me to talk to me about his feelings. He told me he wanted to enjoy Facebook, but he didn't think it was worth it if he was going to be bullied. At first I asked him to think about it, to not let one person ruin something that he enjoyed.

I sent the boy a message on Facebook that said the following:

Your parents are more than welcome to call me if there is a problem with my son. _____ parents have my number, if your parents would like to talk to me.

I have already told my son not to respond to you anymore, and I'd appreciate that you do not respond to him any longer.

If I see anymore conversation on facebook between the two of you, I will have to speak with your parents.

The part of me that understood a 12 yr old, knew that my son would not like my message. But the parent in me wanted to shut this down, and REMIND the other boy that parents read these pages.

I am proud of my son. I sometimes see glimpses of maturity and clarity in his decisions ... but for the most part, he is still 12 - and not a 12 going on 20 twelve year old. He's just a normal twelve year old.

Four hours later, he woke me up, and asked me to delete his account. He said he knew he would not be able to NOT respond, and that he knew this kid would continue to come after him on Facebook.

I took a screen shot of the pages, and then, at the request of my son I deleted his account.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Christmas in July cards!!

Free Image Hosting at www.picturetrail.comCan you believe Christmas only six months away?? These cards were quick and easy to make ... and I wanted to do non-traditional colors, at least with the card stock. The envelopes I used a border stamp and brown Anna Griffin ink.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Isn't She Cute?

Free Image Hosting at www.picturetrail.comI bought this cute little stamp a while ago ... and finally got a chance to use it. I love her little face.