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I'm back!!! [Feb. 9th, 2004|11:29 am]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Oh my - I had a WONDERFUL trip!!!!!

It's kind of a long post, so just click below the cut to read!

Thursday night we drove down to Key Largo, and we stayed there in our usual spot at the Bay Cove Motel which is a very laid-back beach house type place, right on the water. We walked around the Key, getting some veggie sandwiches late at night, silly fun stuff like that. The next morning we went to a dive supply store and I bought a new shortie dive suit, and some new boots to go inside my flippers, etc. We hit some other stores and got some chocolate-dipped-Key-lime-pie-on-a-stick, which was crazy yummy. We went to the Wild Bird Sanctuary, and saw all kinds of birds. Then we drove down to Anne's Beach and played around there - right in the water next to crabs, cuttlefish, barracuda, and other sea critters. We got out and walked on the Old Oversea Highway (which goes out to Pigeon Key, right in the middle of the ocean), and walked around by the water, etc. We kept heading south and went all the way down to Key West which is one of my favourite cities - very cool, bizarre, & laid back with GORGEOUS old Victorian architecture. We went to the beach there and saw a Portuguese Man-O-Warwhich I stayed the heck away from!!!! We saw a little doggie surfing on an actual surfboard, which was adorable - he really looked like he was having fun. I took a picture of him - I'll post it later, hehe. We walked around Key West for a long time, looking at the little shops & galleries, and through all of the cool residential neighborhoods with the huge tropical Victorian houses (kind of like the ones in Celebration, but actually FROM the Victorian time period, hehe). We saw the wild chickens EVERYWHERE - constant crowing of roosters, mother hens walking down the sidewalks with their chicks, groups of chickens on the roofs, chickens wandering into stores and restaurants, etc. In addition of course there are the famous descendants of Ernest Hemingway's cats (all with six toed feet) that now live wild on the island, which are everywhere too! We went to the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum and saw lots of uncovered sunken treasure, which was really cool. We ate dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe, which is by far the coolest of the many Hard Rock Cafe's I've been to - it's in a fully restored huge Victorian home, and we ate outdoors right on the porch, lol. We walked down to the docks and watched the huge cruise ships go by, which of course now makes me want to go on a cruise.... Then we went back to Key Largo and made some tropical drinks and sat outside under the coconut trees talking until late in the evening. The next morning we went off to John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park and went snorkeling - I got to see some sunken cannons and a giant sunken anchor, and lots of parrotfish and all sorts of stuff! We walked around through the mangrove trails too - lots of fun. Then we went over to Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park and looked at the geological stuff at the quarry and went on the nature trails there. We then went back to our motel and Matt & I got a double kayak and went kayaking in the bay, which was of course lots of fun as well, and we didn't even tip over, lol. That night we went out to a restaurant called Coconuts (within walking distance) and had pizzas and salads and Midori margaritas. It was right over the water, outside on a deck, which was beautiful - lots of boats! (Man - I can't believe we did all of that in two days....).

The next morning we packed up and drove up to the Everglades National Park and saw piles of alligators, just out in the open - all over, not bothering anybody, hehe. We went on trails out in the wetlands, and had a great time. Then finally we drove on back home to Celebration and we went out to Disney's Boardwalk and ate dinner at Spoodles (an upscale Mediterranean place) and ate way too much before falling asleep, very tired.

And of course, I had just over 1,000 emails waiting for me in my inbox, which made me almost have a heart attack - eek!!! After I looked through them though, I realized that HALF of them were from the Auto-Response I set up to field my emails while I was gone. AOL's Auto-Response emailed absolutely ANY email address that contacted me, and since a lot of those were just notifications from eBay, Paypal, Homestead, LiveJournal, etc. (which are "No-Reply" email addys) I would get repeated "bounce" messages from Mailer-Daemon, lol. So I deleted all those and have been answering all the rest. I'm taking a brief email break though since I'm itching to PAINT!



Now of course, I'm filled with new ideas for paintings (I always get very inspired on my vacations!!!!)!!!! I want to make some brand new pieces to put up on eBay, and have some more commissions to work on (probably after I get some originals done - I'll be working on everything off and on). I took a lot of reference photos in the various parks I went to, and I might use some of them for paintings. I might even start on a painting based on a photo of my friend Delphine!! It probably won't look exactly like her, just modeled after her features. I'm trying to expand more with what types of faces I'm painting, etc. etc. etc. We'll see!

At any rate - you can watch me here!!!
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[User Picture]From: elfies
2004-02-09 09:41 am (UTC)
What a wonderful vacation! :) Welcome back!
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From: lilackat
2004-02-09 09:59 am (UTC)
Sounds like a wonderful vacation! Can't wait to see the new ideas you have for your paintings come to life! :D
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From: delphineart
2004-02-09 10:01 am (UTC)
omg !!! how cool is that !!! sounds like a wonderful trip !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Welcome back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D !!!!!
Oh oh oh ! Can't wait to see antthing based on me done by you !!!!!!!!!! ^_________^ !!!!!! I'm sketching your face right now btw LOL !! that is way too cool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX !
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From: fairyart
2004-02-09 10:07 am (UTC)
Awwwww... sounds like so much fun. I need a vacation! :)
Welcome back!
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From: art_by_lindsey
2004-02-09 10:30 am (UTC)
Wow, sounds like you had an awesome time! I can't wait to see how you paint Del!
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[User Picture]From: tigerpixieart
2004-02-09 10:37 am (UTC)
Sounds like a wonderful trip!! :D Can't wait to see your new paintings!!!
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[User Picture]From: crypticvitality
2004-02-09 10:46 am (UTC)

weclome back!

Awesome Jasmine!

I’m glad you had a good time, I haven’t really traveled any place, I’m so deprived! he he. I just love that feeling of having all that inspiration and excitement to create, so I know how ya feel!

I’m excited to see how your new painting based on your friend comes out, it will be cool to see one of your fairies based on another person. You really do have allot of creativity, I had to admit I'v wondered if you were even capable of having an artist block or down time!

Sounds like you will be busy what with all this creativity and commissions! Anyway, my lovebird wont let me type, he’s taken over the key bored, byes for now!
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[User Picture]From: hawkamaka
2004-02-09 11:03 am (UTC)

FUN!!!!!!!

Sounds like your trip was great!!! Everyone says welcome back and I welcome you back too, but sounds like it would have been great to have a little more time there! Glad it was sooooo wonderful!
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From: winterswitchery
2004-02-09 11:04 am (UTC)
An old friend of mine did a kinda internship on Pigeon Key I think it was. Her pictures were hella beautiful. Glad you had such a wonderful time :)
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[User Picture]From: heatherica
2004-02-09 12:53 pm (UTC)
Wow, that sounds like an amazing little trip!! I can't wait to see what kind of beautiful images come from it!
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[User Picture]From: heatherica
2004-02-09 12:54 pm (UTC)
OMG, I'm so sorry to double post, but I just clicked on your web camera and WOW!! That looks so much like Del!! It's looking really amazing! I can't stop watching!
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[User Picture]From: weetzie_baby
2004-02-09 01:09 pm (UTC)
What a bitchin' trip!!!!!! ^___^

all those emails!! even if some was junk, i can still imagine how many were real. WOW. do you ever have nightmares that you are being attacked by a huge stinky evil ugly email?! LOL. ;)
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[User Picture]From: smallgirl
2004-02-09 01:58 pm (UTC)
hey!! i know that face!! :) its pretty del!
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From: fairyart
2004-02-09 02:01 pm (UTC)

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Awww, it is Del!! How cute!!
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From: delphineart
2004-02-09 02:09 pm (UTC)
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's me me me me me me me me !!!!!!!!! OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that is going to be so freakin cool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Damn !! THAT ROCK !!!!!!!!! and I've started to sketch you today omg that is too fun !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2004-02-09 02:42 pm (UTC)
hey girlie-fun fun fun in the sun..hurray. I glanced at new painting-supah cool. i cant wait to see a picture of the doggie on the surf board. i figured you were prolly going to be tired when you came back-but man you are addicted to painting or something-you really never seem to stop.

Anyways hun, HAVE A WONDERFUL EVENING
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[User Picture]From: wobblesnorts
2004-02-09 03:46 pm (UTC)

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LOVE YOUR ICON!!!!!!!!!!! IS THAT JASMINE'S PAINTING????? I LOVE IT!!!!! lAURA
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2004-02-09 04:27 pm (UTC)

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yes it is...it was one of the christmas commisions she had to keep off of her web cam so that i woudn't see it from my hubby. what a great hubby.
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[User Picture]From: wobblesnorts
2004-02-09 04:31 pm (UTC)

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yes indeed, he is wonderful!!!!! Husbands don't usually do that kind of thing!!!! He is special for sure---!!! The icon is beautiful!!!!! and so I am envy of your painting!!!
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2004-02-09 04:33 pm (UTC)

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he does if he is the reason you even know who jasmine is. to be totally honest i dont think i would have ever thought to look at fairy art for decorating let alone on ebay if it weren't for him. He is probably up there with one of her top 5 fans...maybe he doesn't buy alot of her work-but he has been a fan for a really long time.
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From: faerieshine
2004-02-09 03:32 pm (UTC)
YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so glad you are back! We missed you!!!!!!!!

AND OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just took a peak at your cam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That looks EXACTLY like my jawa! HOW FREAKIN COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are so amazing! I cannot WAIT to see that completed!

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: wobblesnorts
2004-02-09 03:49 pm (UTC)
My My--your vacation was wonderful, i can see!!!! I am glad you had fun with your family!!!!!

I saw the painting on the webcam-------it looks like Del before I saw your journal!!!!! It looks wonderful---Del will just die for it!!!! Laura
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[User Picture]From: tourmalina
2004-02-09 03:50 pm (UTC)
Piles of alligators, six-toed cats, and wild chickens...oh my! What a cool painting that would make, hehe.
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[User Picture]From: crypticvitality
2004-02-09 06:54 pm (UTC)
Hey Jasmine,

I finally managed to view your web cam, the first few times it wasn’t working, or rather wants on. I could see some movement but I guess you were working on the bottom half of the painting. Doesn’t take you very long to create a painting does it? I can usually get a large painting like 16"x20" done in a few hours if I really worked, But I like to take breaks and do other things so about a day, for larger paintings like 2 days with breaks.

I have to tell you that I got a kick out of the fact I saw you painting with a plastic disposable plate. I use those all the time myself! Those pallets are to over rated, I prefer something I can toss in the garbage when I’m done. If you are using acrylics you can sometimes peel off the entire layer of paints that built up when it dries. I bet people would pay you to have those he he. Maybe you should include them with the paintings :P
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2004-02-09 08:05 pm (UTC)

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that is figgin hilarious-you wanna know how sick i think some of jasmine's fans are-if she put up her dirty socks online and signed them or put a little sketch in marker on them she would still be able to sell them

that paint thing for sell is absolutely hilarious-maybe it is then that it is borderline brilliant.
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From: ariaelf
2004-02-09 07:19 pm (UTC)
Awesome vacation! Thanks for sharring - this way I can imagine I was there in my head =) Mm...that pie on a stick just sounded way too good =)
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[User Picture]From: gossamerfaery
2004-02-09 07:30 pm (UTC)
JASMINE!! TOAD!! JASMINE!! TOAD!! You have ruined me with your icon. When I think of Jasmine, I see TOAD throwing his hands in the air! Such happy thoughts! You sure knew the psychology when you made him:) WELCOME BACK!!
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2004-02-09 08:02 pm (UTC)
JASMINE-i dont wanna do my homework-do you or matt want something to do? stupid frickin sociology teacher...argh...how about-i will paint and answer your emails and such and make you lots of money and you can find a creative way to make my sociology homework disappear. *key word is disappear*
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-02-09 08:06 pm (UTC)

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LOL!

Hehe, I'd almost take you up on that..... my computer is driving me crazy, and I just want to zone out.... but I gotta work =P
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