Just Gonna Paint

Pie: Woah! It’s been forever since we have last had a nice catch up! My apologies, school can be a huge distraction. I’m already half way done with my first quarter! Insanity, actually for a few weeks I thought I was going mad because of the crazy homework load. This has been one of my normal POTS sick days. It’s when I wake up feeling a bit “off” then I proceed with my morning schedule, eating, brushing my teeth getting dressed doing chores etc. When this happens I am normally am about to head out the door  for school and I realize I have no energy to leave my house, let alone drive the small distance of 12 minutes. You know what I am talking about. When you are too sick to even to a simple task because your body is telling you it can’t do it. Well, this is what my morning has felt like. I’ve had this weird little virus all week. I missed two days of school last week and three days this week. But that’s what life is life in the shoes of POTS. That’s why Teddy and I are here. We want to be able to help your bummer chick days (or bummer dude days). So are you going to go and TAKE A NAP?!?! (probably…) Are you going to WATCH TV?!?!? (ummm yes?) ARE YOU GOING TO BE SATISFIED WITH DOING NOTHING ALL DAY?!?!? (well…actually yeah I will because I’m sick.). So get into your most comfy pair of P.J.’s the ones with pooh bear on them and I am going to tell you what I do when I am sick.

Okay so I’ve been painting for a couple summers but not well at all! Teddy thought my strawberries were carrots. I realized why I had a hard time with it finally. In my classes we were always painting still lives or pictures of scenery. When I tried painting a person I realized what I had been missing! I was having a really had week POTS wise and school wise so I started off with painting a Lady Gaga painting. I was really excited about how it turned out. I liked someone’s painting of this particular picture and I changed the color scene. Here’s a picture of my finished product 🙂

I watched a youtuber’s painting video and got completely inspired.

This painter is amazing! She inspired me to paint like her. I’m totally impressed with her talent.

After that painting I painting the album cover of Florence + The Machine. If you haven’t heard of her please look a song up. Trust me, she is worth it! I love her sound and her songs are so interesting (in a good way! They make you listen to every lyric). I painted her album called Lungs. Here is a picture of it all done.

I felt so much better! No kidding! I felt so inspired and I felt like I was doing something worth while for myself. So instead of looking back and feeling sorry for myself I have two beautiful paintings that represent the time I had once lost and the time I had managed to save. With POTS you lose a lot of time. I always feel like time slips through my fingers. Where does it go? It goes into my memory as the days I don’t really remember. Actually that’s a lie, I remember them. But they are all the same. A day on repeat that gets lost in translation. What do you do for fun? (think on that, but it can’t require too much energy sorry babe! You don’t have energy to waste). Do you sew, read, paint, sing, write stories, write poems, draw, write songs, film movies, scrapbook, exercise (beware requires lots of energy), knit, bake, take photographs, garden, make jewelry, cook, or ride horses? Some of the activities on this list require way too much energy for us so my apologies but I thought I would throw them out there anyway ( because I am evil ). I do list rambling lists off don’t I? If you are too sick to do any of the above that’s okay too. Set a goal for yourself, when you feel better make sure to fill your days with something creative or enjoyable that doesn’t necessarily include a TV screen. Don’t get me wrong on my worst days TV is a lifesaver. But when TV is compared to something I love to do like tennis, painting or jewelry its clear that TV doesn’t hold a candle to my other hobbies. So what do you do on your worst days? Teddy and I would love to know if you have any other things to add to our list. Don’t be shy. We aren’t creepers, well I am, but Teddy isn’t.

I’ve been painting and reading The Hunger Games. It is a frickin’ fantastic BOOK! AMAZING! I am so mesmerized by it. When I read it, I leave my sick body and I open my eyes and become Katniss Everdeen. It’s a very powerful book. It is very rare to find a book that mentally challenges you. Reading does make me tired but with a book like this, I believe it is well worth the fatigue. I think Teddy and I could dedicate an entire post on the books brilliance. You never know we might! We have that power!

But I guess my point in this post is that we have power. Power to change what we can in our lives. I want to make my life filled with wonderful memories. I don’t want to pollute my memories with these sick days. So this is a challenge for you too! What makes you happy? What makes your troubles disappear briefly? I’ll let you think about that.  As always thanks for reading. Be well and be happy ❤

Pie

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Go Hug A Cat For Goodness Sakes!

SPRING  BREAK! Do you realize how amazing that is? Oh goodness I think if I had to live through another day of school I would turn into a puddle of Pie. Let me tell you Pies in puddle form are not as sweet (pudding is different). Now I am guessing you have seen Teddy’s sexy compression socks? They’re are insanely tight, I tried them on and almost died…..I hate socks…..when I was little I would cry whenever my Mom would put them on me. One thing I do to make me happy is to paint my nails. I don’t settle for ten fingers all one shade of a stereotypical red OH NO I paint them all different colors. Why? Because it makes me happy!! Every two weeks or so I sit in on my bathroom floor, listen to my ipod and paint my nails. I started doing this a couple months ago after I was having a truly awful day. I saw someone who had different shades of a color on her nails and I really liked how it looked. Now I look down and see a rainbow of colors ❤ I am honestly quite bad at painting my nails hand me a canvas or a boring wooden box and I will paint just fine.

When it comes to actually coloring (or painting) inside the lines it’s never good. Since I have been sick for 6 years… I have found many a ways to keep my creative side active. Birthdays and holidays come up all the time in life and personally it’s hard for me to think of good gifts…so I end up making them. One present I love to make is a painted wooden box. You can get really low priced boxes at art shops. I paint them on the outside with any color that pleases me. On the inside of the lid I glue stickers of things that remind me of the person.  I use a brush called a scruffy brush it creates a spongy texture to the box. I use plain ol’ acrylic paint and add sparkles if I am in the mood for pixie dust. The bottom of the inside can be a bit dull so I spruce it up with some felt (felt is just a cheap thick fabric). I have made the mistake of using a hot glue gun to glue the felt on and let me tell you…it isn’t called hot because it’s good looking.

I am surprised I still have thumbprints after using it. I know someday I will burn my thumb and the glue will mold my fingerprint into saying ha ha ha whose hot now? Sadly hot glue seems to be one of the best glues ever, that’s why it is called hot.  If someone says that’s hot you just say what like glue? It’s about time the world knew the real definition of the word “hot”. Yes, yes but back to my art projectos! I don’t only make boxes I have found many strange ways to be creative. I made Teddy this AWESOME poster (it’s giant) it is covered with our favorite movies/tv shows/ books pictures and then I have all of our favorite quotes scattered across it. I am a huge fan of designer paper. I buy these big books filled with paper with designs all over it. They are beautiful. What I really like about the paper is that I can use it for so many different things. When I have a project due in school I tend to use the really nice paper because it looks like I put a bigger effort into making it.

High school teachers love to make their students do strange projects like short stories about rats stranded on an island! I am not even kidding…in high school I wrote a story about the adaptations of rats…..on a desert island…my life can only go up hill from there right? Back to Teddy, in college her dorm door was (a snore) it had this boring sign that said her name on it and where she came from….so I got my designer paper out and made her a new one. Mine is way better. It is sparkly and perdy. I bought all of the stickers that have things in common with her life like the beach, books, tea, flowers, plants, reading, horses, cats etc and I put them on Velcro so she could rearrange them. Her name is in sparkly blue font and it is inside a mini frame. I was quite proud of my work. Another thing I love to do is make jewelry I do a lot of wire wrapping techniques. I make a lot of earrings but ironically I don’t have pierced ears.

I just love making them and seeing my friends and family member’s happy faces when they open them. That’s what I find amazing about art projects you can make someone something that they will love. How awesome is it to make something that you are proud of? For any person with a chronic illness ( or without a chronic illness! Or even a plain ol’ cold) it can be really hard to fill up your days with activities that don’t make you exhausted. On some hard days even lifting a paintbrush seems like climbing a mountain. So, take lots of breaks and pace yourself. It’s okay if you are too tired to go to the movies with a friend (it’s a bummer but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do) Instead of going to the movies maybe call them to keep up (that’s how I have kept my friends through all of these years) Or have them over to hangout for a short visit so you don’t crash the next day. Rent a great movie that you have been dying to see, take a nap in the sun, make a smoothie, practice cooking, PAINT, write a blog, sing, dance, yodel, watch funny youtube videos, call your friend, act, create a magnificent castle on sims, play dress up, take pictures, take a bubble bath, go for a walk, or talk to your cat (I am not even kidding TALK TO YOU’RE CAT! Why? Because sometimes you just need someone to talk to. Honestly your cat doesn’t care what you are talking about as long are you are talking to him.) This is you’re life and sadly you might come to the point where your fuzzy cat is the best you can do for the time being. Appreciate that cat and feed him well and give him snuggles!

Don’t let your days stay empty! Empty days can seem limitless while you are in the chronic black hole of nothingness. It can be as small as a cat but if it makes you happy then that is what matters in the end. Stay happy. Being happy will be your best medicine. You’re cat might think he is the best medicine…if you don’t have a cat you should go get one from the pound…and if you are allergic (like me) get one anyway ( I have three cats in case I am having a bad day and two are sleepy/grumpy, then I still have a cat to love). So, what you have learned in this blog post is to be happy, eat cheese (wait did I seriously forget to put that in the post??!?!?!?!), stay creative, and hug a cat..any cat will do as long as it resembles a cat…I am not sure if chihuahuas count. Be well and be happy 😀

Love,

Pie (not pudding)