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Amazing...... [Aug. 15th, 2005|09:56 am]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
I went to the grocery store this morning. It felt really weird to leave the house, and then Matt & I were talking and realized that the last time I even left the house was with slytherin13 and Paul! That was two weeks ago today. I literally haven't even left the house to walk across the street or anything. No wonder I'm so crazy - I'm a recluse!

I can't believe it - I need to get out more. It's not healthy, dammit! I'm going to make a point to try to walk around the block or ride my bike every other day at least, to make sure I stay grounded.

When I tell people that all I do is paint and do other art related stuff, I think they "take it with a grain of salt" or think I'm exaggerating, but it is the literal truth. I do try to read a little after I've gone to bed, but that's about it. Sometimes I'll watch a movie on TV but it's usually after 10:00 or 11:00 PM still. I need to try to schedule a little more time to do stuff or something. I know this already, you don't need to tell me ;P

Lol - right now though, I have so much work to do! An insane amount of emails to get to, the giant commission to finish (and then about a 9 week lineup of commissions on my "waiting list" after that), my own artwork & eBay stuff of course, business stuff, everything. Today I need to finish the Autumn Fairy I started earlier - it's for a new calendar (September) and the deadline snuck up on me - I need to finish it before I go out of town to make sure I get it in on time. After that I'll start on waltzingdog's painting for the Pet Portrait Swap Show! I have already been hit with so many requests to partner up for next year's show, I really can't decide! I might just skip it next year (it always seems like I'm out of town around that date anyways), or I might decide later as that date gets closer. I really can't commit to something that far in advance right now, I hope you all understand.

I'm looking forward to our brief trip coming up! I'm leaving on Thursday, and I'll be gone less than a week. Just to Kansas City, we're not going to go out west for the extended camping trip we had originally planned on, there's just no way I can be away from work that long, unfortunately. Not Matt & I both at the same time at least. Just too much to do =P But a short trip is fine by me, it will be relaxing. And I'll get to see my family & my cousins and meet Brad & Jillianne's new little baby Ruthie who I haven't gotten to see yet!

And I really really like loooong car drives, the drive between KC and Florida is really pretty. It's nice just to look out the window. Especially the Smoky Mountains. I know the ride like the back of my hand, I've done it so many times! We'll probably eat at that same Waffle House in Chattanooga that we always do, lol.

All right....... gotta get a few things done and then I'll be painting! You can peek in on me HERE in just a little while to see the autumn fairy painting for the new calendar! I actually did a quick pencil layout sketch of her before I started (unusual for me, usually I just sketch with paint on the canvas), I might include the sketch with the painting when I sell it. It's kind of crappy, but probably interesting for collectors.

Off I go!
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2005-08-15 02:32 pm (UTC)
i know you are totally bogged down with emails and such, but i am super excited to see both you and matt. it has been so long since i have seen you both together.

and the offer is always open as long as we are here, you can always come and visit. california is a great place to take a break. and there are some great places around here to go camping at and such-they even have cabins out at big sur. lots of hiking and such too.

anyways, i know you guys are both always busy...i hope you get that vacation soon. i think most people who know you understand that you need one once and a while.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-08-16 01:22 am (UTC)
Thank you Jillianne! I would really like to try to come see you guys while you're still out there!

If not, you're going to DC after that, right? Matt's never been, and I'd like to go back there too =)
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[User Picture]From: heatherica
2005-08-15 02:41 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you are going to try and find a way to get out more often! It will be really good for you :) Your trip sounds like it will be good too. I'm sorry it needs to be cut short :( Enjoy that car ride! It sounds so relaxing.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-08-16 01:23 am (UTC)
I will try =) I went and rode my bike around a little this morning and saw so many beautiful birds and lizards. I saw a gecko (usually I just see the smaller lizards & anoles), he looked like a rubber toy he was so green!
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[User Picture]From: ariesroses
2005-08-15 03:09 pm (UTC)
Make sure you step outside once in a while then. :)

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[User Picture]From: irrimiri
2005-08-15 03:14 pm (UTC)
Ah I think I know exactly how you feel. I haven't left the house a lot either lately, only to feed the rabbits. I am always working behind my computer, bleh. We need a little sunshine ^^
Make sure you are going to enjoy your trip. Rest is good. I bet you are busy indeed with the release of your book :D:D:D

x
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[User Picture]From: neva_ivan
2005-08-15 03:19 pm (UTC)
I knew you worked all of the time, but not leaving the house? That's kind of scary. I hope you can find some balance and enjoy your trip. I do admire your dedication though!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-08-16 01:24 am (UTC)
I know, it's kind of creepy. I've got to be the palest person around considering it's August in Florida, lol.
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[User Picture]From: petienka
2005-08-15 03:22 pm (UTC)
Whew, you know what they say about 'all work and no play'! Do try to squeeze in a little R and R in that busy schedule -- and here's wishing you a great vacation...!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-08-17 02:29 am (UTC)
=) Thank you Patience!
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From: artbylemurgurl
2005-08-15 03:23 pm (UTC)
I get really restless and cabin fevery if I can't leave the house at least once a day! Even if it's just to walk the dog around the block or something like that.
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[User Picture]From: waltzingdog
2005-08-15 03:48 pm (UTC)
That's so funny! I always picture you as riding around on your bicycle taking pictures of alligators and Spanish Moss and stuff... ! LOL!! Yee gads - I hate Summer heat - it's hard for me to get out ~ unless it's into the pool... :-D

Well, good - it looks as if I'll have a little time to get more pix together... I found some good snaps of Bosco, too..
*hugs*
W
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-08-16 01:25 am (UTC)
Oh, when I do get out I sure make the most of it, hehe! After I posted today I went for a bike ride and it was so nice to be not working for 20 minutes. Saw a lot of wildlife too =)
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[User Picture]From: smallgirl
2005-08-15 04:16 pm (UTC)
thats it!!just you wait till i get down there, only two more months about! i am taking you out and making you forget about the inside of your house at least for a while. i think just you and me should go for a day to maybe downtown disney or somewhere and just like have breakfast with mimosas and then maybe see if there is some music to listen to somewhere and have some more mimosas and then when it turns lunch time we can switch from mimosas to the good stuff :D we can just relax and zone out, we dont even have to talk about anything, what do you say?
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-08-16 01:27 am (UTC)
I can't wait till you get here! What days again? I need to write it down, I keep forgetting!

HELL YEAH - we are going to drink like fish and zone out and giggle inanely the whole time!

(Sorry to hear about your bastard scanner, btw! I am with you in spirit, Matt had to fix our SECOND REPLACEMENT PRINTER IN 7 DAYS today)
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From: flamingfaery
2005-08-15 04:19 pm (UTC)

Jasmine

Being successful in anything you do, you have to pay some sort of price. P... But slow down a little , I am sorry you and Matt are not coming to Arizona it would be so cool to meet you two. But enjoy Kansas City...Good Luck to your mom. And have some Fun!!!!!! And make sometime to go out even it it is for a walk or bike ride. You can get Cabin fever, or house fever. Your friend forever Sharon...
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-08-16 01:28 am (UTC)

Re: Jasmine

I think I definitely had a case of Cabin Fever!

Thank you Sharon!
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[User Picture]From: slytherin13
2005-08-15 04:49 pm (UTC)
Oh my GOSH! I can't believe you've not left the house yet!
Go Jasmine Go! Think you need to hire some more help! Alright, if you force me--I'll come down & work for you! Ha ha!!! (o.k... by "work", I mean--go swimming everyday & run around to all the theme parks using your pass while you are at home painting) hee hee...alright...that's not very helpful, huh?
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-08-16 01:30 am (UTC)
LOL!

LISA!

WE got your package! Thank you SO MUCH! That really made my day and cheered me up like you wouldn't believe! I love the card too!

And holy cow you would not believe how much the "cat activators" have activated our cats! We just opened them up, stuck them in the middle of the floor, and within five minutes both kitties were rolling around stoned and batting at things that weren't there, chewing on them, lol. So they thank you too!
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From: flamingfaery
2005-08-15 05:07 pm (UTC)

Autumn Fairy

Jasmine, will there be prints of autumn fairy she is pretty . Sharon
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-08-16 01:30 am (UTC)

Re: Autumn Fairy

Hi Sharon! Sure will be!
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[User Picture]From: cybertazz2
2005-08-15 05:34 pm (UTC)
Everytime My ex-husband and I would go to florida, which used to be every year, we would stop in Chattanooga to eat..hehe, wonder if it was the same waffle house? lol
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-08-16 01:31 am (UTC)
Lol - might be! Although, there are so many Waffle Houses in that area - we could actually SEE another one from the window of the one we were eating at! I like that they actually make veggie wraps there, they're not great, but they're like $3, lol.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2005-08-16 01:34 am (UTC)
>^___^< Thank you so much!!!

I like seeing sketches too, even though I myself don't do a lot of sketching. When I do though, the paintings often turn out better (more planned, I guess) - so maybe I should do it more often!

Oh yes, I plan on doing a lot of relaxing and drinking, hehe!
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From: mercurial_realm
2005-08-15 06:06 pm (UTC)
I'm guilty of the same Jasmine-which is ironic when you consider my flight to the US was to live more*Lol
I guess with success comes a price, certainly the demands seem more, and though I can't claim to have a quarter of the pressures on me that you do, I do understand, and would encourage us both to get some fresh air occasionally:)
Enjoy your vacation anyway, you have certainly earned it.

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