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Tinywonder LINEAR TIME TRAVEL 101, featuring puppets, drinkable food powder, downsizing, and general getting about

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Hello, nerds!
I'm back. Was it more than a week since last challenge?  Has the new challenge not even started?  Who cares! I am IN IT.

Let's cut to it, because time is money... or time... it's precious valuable life existence being wasted as I type meaningless banter, Morty! MEANINGLESS BANTER!
That's who I have become.  I am a productivity machine and Lady-Rick ala Rick and Morty.  No, not really, I have been working on (slash chaneling) a Rick Sanchez puppet for Dragon Con (nerdy geek-fest coming up Labor Day weekend), and that is primary goal number one: GET IT DONE.  Well, done is a bit strong of a word, but this guy involves facial mechs, just so I know that I can do it, since one of my dream life goals is building and working props and puppets in TV and film (technically I am already doing that on the side, but I mean full time, forever and one hundred years film and TV art department!)  
So goal one is just working on puppets, not even Rick constantly, just anything, I attended the National Puppetry Conference in June and it rocked my socks (I made a movie, some of you saw it!  I can post a link later when I need a pick-me-up!) and reminded me what I can get done when I focus.
Okay, now more health oriented goals, of which I have two.
As is... I am trying Soylent.  Yup, figured I'd toss some dollars to the genius nerds who made drinkable food with a clever name. But really, I have become unexpectedly fascinated with caloric intake numbers, and time management.  (This is where we get into TIME TRAVEL, which is what we are all doing... only in a very linear un-exciting way.)   We only get so much of it (time), so I am stream-lining some of it where I can: like breakfast!  or lunch, which I am at work so... drink up.  This stuff is portioned out pretty much exactly what I need, and I am using it for breakfast and lunch, but eating real food for dinner, I'm a vegetarian so lately I've been making peanut/sesame kale and whatnot and it's amazing and that's that.  I also signed up for my friend's Blue Apron trial, so I'm curious about those... really this week there's a Vietnamese rice stick thing and I am fascinated by those, so time to learn how to make them.  Then drop the trial methinks, because money is a thing, and I am a clever chef.
Oh, the point of this goal is to keep track of caloric intake, but also to see how well a Soylent powered me works in the harsh environment of the real world.

Oh, am I still doing that?  Like I said, I've been drinking energy cut with coffee, and I mocked up an eye mech last night that I get to expound upon once I leave the moneyjob.  Also, I am trying to "run" (lots of start and stop 5K training, I am sure, but the point is 30-45 minutes a day of activity).  It's hard to do sometimes, to motivate, but I do know that when I do, I feel awesome.  And it's been raining on me lately, which somehow feels awesom-er.  Hitting that step-goal would be great too, but I'm not going to say it's a necessity this go-round.
Okay, health-aside, let's look at more sort of social emotional functional goals

Previous lurkers on my challenges may notice a theme.  Funny, when you make art, your house seems to become a cluttered disaster area.  I am trying to cull that, I've Konmari'ed pretty hard, but did not make the final adjustments of fixing my house to serve my needs.  Hoping to make some strides there with this goal of batcave improvement.  Studio-wise I need to build a work bench that's not my fold out cardtable, then affix my scroll saw, bandsaw, vice-I-am-buying-today, and any other hefty tools that are super dangerous on a card table (I've just been using them on the floor which isn't great, but safer for sure.
Also want to cull my kitchen, I never quite did that when I Konmari'ed, so I need to.  I make pretty darn awesome food, and I am starting to learn to simplify and organize my cabinets... so... I should.
Time in check is more divvying up the hours alotted to me after work and on my days off, and making them productive, and relaxing, I know I need to rest too.  This is me trying to make a chart, which I've not made yet (but it's July 5, and the challenge starts July 9, so I've got time) and stick to it.  It will include time for art/building, running, house cleaning/ordering, and REST.  
I'm noticing a need or desire to sort of orient myself into a routine or schedule, that I can break out of as necessary, but also fall back on. We'll see how it goes.

So, I've babbled on quite enough, now to get back to drinking energy and working at my money job!  Any ideas? Suggestions? Running commentary? Requests?
And awaaaaaaaaaay we go!
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So... I am sippin' on Soylent sitting at my computer at work on my lunch break, and things are going decently thus far, I mean I know it just started yesterday, but I've been sort of putting the pieces in motion so...

1) ART.  I scored on clothes so hard at Goodwill, toddler white suit jacket for 3$, victory in all it's forms.  I ordered some heat moldable plastic to make eyelids, and I am sort of stuck on Rick until it gets here.  Well not stuck-stuck, I made some hands out of armature wire, and can cover them in foam and then pattern the skin, but I am still looking for the right color fabric. I have a corner of my "this will do if I can't find anything better" fleece pinned to my jacket today and I am trying to hit up the foam and fabric place today or tomorrow.  Tomorrow is more likely, though.  And then I'll be back at it.

Oh, and I scored a cheap wig I altered up for PuppetCapaldi, photo at the bottom.  I'm pretty pleased he'll have poofy hair for his last-hurrah year.


2) Sipping as I said.  And Blue Apron's alright. Tried a "make a quinoa zucchini burger patty" one last night and it was a bit disastrous, but edible, just "patties" wouldn't hold together.  I added an egg and they did better, but come on, guys.  I am happy the way it works out though.  I am leaving Thursday, and live alone so the 3 meals they send work great for dinner/leftovers-next-day-for-also-dinner and I'll be wrapped up on Wednesday night and off to New York City. Bringing a package of Soylent (powder) to subsist on as I often forget to eat when I am running around cities.


3) Yes.  Running. I am doing that.  That is a thing I do.  I skipped the weekend, but I'm okay with that, making sure that 30-60 minute hour is cut out of at least 3 days a week, and hoping for 5, is good enough for now.  I intend to run some tonight, we'll see.


4) Not going to build any workbench, etc in my studio until I am home from NYC.  But I did clean my porch, which feels good.  It's still cluttered with tools and my bike and a table and tiny grill, but those things live there, and are organized on the sides.

So yeah, off to a boring but good start.
Boring except for this guy:



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On 7/15/2017 at 2:08 PM, juliebarkley said:

Your puppets are beautiful, but your house must be a terrifying place to creep around in the dark.

Ha!  Yes, I am sure it is.  Especially the studio, which is a little bit separate from the house, but yeah... with a candle or flashlight that reflects off the shiney plastic eyes....
Kids love my house (though it is totally NOT KID PROOF), and adults are either just delighted or dismayed that I live in a constant state of make.  Not really too messy, a little cluttered, but just... colorful everywhere.

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First of all, a friend of mine and comic book artist/writer whose job I want to take (not really, I'd rather work along-side him) posted this today on twitter:  DFGjJpYWsAAO30W.jpghttps://pbs.twimg.com/media/DFGjJpYWsAAO30W.jpg
DFGjJpYWsAAO30W.jpg(I tried to embed, and the editor said it was, but it's not showing up... whatever, it's his time blocking schedule for the next several weeks)


I need to make mine still, everything was wonderfully, beautifully upended in New York, where I met with my mentor (squee, because I respect this dude's work so much, I am thrilled he's willing to make the time to sit with me and answer my questions and GIVE ME A READING LIST, which I asked for, just a "What works have inspired you?" Films, Comics, Novels, Weirdo Philosophy Books, All of it!) and ran around on many adventures.  I got stranded in Newark, NJ with a not-working plane, made friends with a dude from France, going to play music with him on Friday (he's in town teaching master classes on the Hang drum, or "Handpan").  It's been a bit of a recovery period, so my time blocking is nonexistent.  But I am going to use friend Matt's schedule here, and shift it to my own (basically include my money-job-day-job).


Soylent was a lifesaver in NYC, I packed it and when I would forget to eat, I could just mix a little up and keep going, this is important because I totally forget to eat in adventure mode, too much low-level adrenaline.


Rick's about to be coming along, nearly all the materials I need have shown up, and if not all, enough to start working on parts.


Running hasn't been consistent, but moving myself around for 7-10 miles a day while in NYC was a thing, so I am feeling good there.  Can't run tonight, no time, but going to a contradance (because of course you are), so I'll break a sweat and shuffle my feet around then.

DFGjJpYWsAAO30W.jpgMentor-friend suggested to me that I just get on it, and make stuff (which to my credit, I am), but I'm going to start doing a drawing a day, nothing precious, just get it on paper, get it out there, maybe I'll start that next challenge.

I think that's about it.  Still need to organize my house a bit more, with all this building material, at least *most* of it is flat-ish....


I'm pretty wiped out tired from travel, I get to sleep in on Saturday.

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Well, I overwhelmingly FELL OFF THE DARN MAP.

But if anyone was following this, I wanted to post this little success:


So, yup.  Rick got made. He was enjoyed by all.

And my Doctor Who puppet, PuppetCapaldi MET Peter Capaldi last week!
It was a darn highlight of my career.

Looking forward to getting into the next challenge (after October 14th), and getting myself back on track, but WHAT A DETOUR THAT WAS.

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Woohoo, congrats on finishing. ANd how cool is that that you got to meet Peter Capaldi and introduce him to Doctor WHo!


I can't see the photo for some reason.

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14 minutes ago, tinywonder said:

Out of curiousity was it all the photos you couldn't see?  (ie, the Rick ones)  because I didn't put up the capaldi picture... though I probably should.


I couldn't see either of the pictures

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That worked.  Confession#1 I've never watched Rick and Morty, but I googled it, and your puppet totally nails it

Confession #2 you are better at foruming than me, I have yet to even set up a picture site:)

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"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind' Luke 10; 27

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