Tagged: beer

Feb 29

Bear Ears and Beers

I’m taking an art class to learn how to write and draw comics. The first assignment was to draw a 2 page autobiographical comic. TWO. PAGES. That seems like so much. I looked through some of the other students early submissions and they were REALLY great. I’ve been so stressed out and nervous about this and I wasn’t sure what to do or what to write about and I don’t know how to draw comics and I’m not a good enough artist and what am I doing in this class in the first place and WHEEEEW. So much inner critic monkey on my back. I finally shoved a banana in his pie hole to shut him up and got to work. This is not the greatest comic in history, but I’m very proud of it. I thought it was going to take forever, but once I had my ideas together and actually got to work on it, it flowed. I definitely need some work to get my narrative to be more compelling and cohesive, and I need to practice using space more effectively, but overall, I’m happy with how this turned out. I hope you like it, too. You can click each page to see the larger version.

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Oct 30

Another One Bites the Dust

I finished my 14th daily journal this week! I did the last drawings in it on Sunday or Monday, but I got all the pages scanned and archived in the last couple of days. It’s officially joined my bookshelf with the other 13 volumes:

Daily Journals

I usually do a lot more with the covers, but my summer was so busy I never really had much of a chance with this book – just a couple of stickers. Spiral and coil bound books are always fun because it gives me a chance to attach things – some tulle, a ribbon from a wedding favor, and a few other odds and ends.

Journal 14 - Cover

Here’s one of the very last pages in the book – a sticker and ephemera collage from last weekend’s fall beer fest in Detroit. I like how this turned out. It’s random and overlapping and feels fun and chaotic which is a perfect representation of the day. 🙂

Fall Beer Fest Collage

I’ve already started my next book (Volume 15!!) and all of the blank pages are very inspiring. I’m looking forward to filling them up with my memories and my stories. I love to change things up, so this book is larger than I’ve used in a while, which will be fun.

Have a fab weekend and a super spooky and fun Halloween!

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Jun 19

Hopslam & Heathers

It’s Friday Five time, and it’s Scattergories week. I LOVE this game, and I’m kind of a drunken Scattergories legend in some circles. I used a random letter generator and came up with H, so here goes.

  • What’s a refreshing beverage whose name begins with the letter?
    • Hopslam, duh. So delightfully refreshing.
  • What ailment whose name begins with the letter have you suffered from?
    • Herpes. Not the sexually transmitted kind, but oral Herpes – the common cold sore.
  • What horrible creature whose name begins with the letter do you resemble in your foulest mood?
    • Heather Chandler with shades of Heather Duke.
  • What emotion whose name begins with the letter have you experienced in the past week?
    • Horror. I don’t really want to get into it, but it’s been a daily thing lately. I need a hug.
  • What’s an item in your purse, wallet, or backpack whose name begins with the letter?
    • Hook – I have a super cool purse hook with the Short’s Brewing logo on it. I get that you’re jealous, and it’s ok.

Happy Friday, my lovelies. I hope your weekend kicks all the other weekends butts. Oh, and in case you forgot:

I'm Awesome

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Jun 11

Fairytales and Facades

As I’m sure you gathered from my previous post (read it here), I’ve been in a very emo reflective and thoughtful kind of mood lately. I’m not really sure what prompted it, but I’ve been thinking quite a lot about the kind of person I am and the kind of person I want to be.

I’ve realized that so much of my life is captured on social media. Which made me wonder what that looks like to the outside world. Part of that comes from this insanely good article about the suicide of a track star I read a few weeks ago (read that story here). When you think about the face that this girl presented to the outside world via social media versus the reality of what she was dealing with, it’s thought-provoking. Let’s all be brutally honest for a second – social media is truly the ultimate in narcissism. We’re all tying to project an image of ourselves in the way that we want to be seen, even if (especially if?) it’s not who we really are. We all do this in our everyday lives to a degree, but social media makes it so much easier. We’re doing this for the reaction, right? It’s not just for ourselves. If it was, we wouldn’t share it with the world. Would any of us post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media if we didn’t have any followers and it was truly a vacuum? No, of course not.

I’m not saying there’s no value in these shared snippets of our lives. It’s fun. It can be a great way to keep in touch with people that you don’t interact with on a regular basis. I find it frightening, though, that it’s becoming the way we communicate with each other almost exclusively.

I did a little experiment for the last week or so – I stayed off of all of the social media stuff I usually use regularly. I’m not a huge Facebook person anyway, so that one was easy, but I didn’t open Twitter or Instagram for several days just to see what would happen. I did continue to use Untappd, although I haven’t really used that app “socially” for a few months now. I log all of the beers I drink, but I don’t post photos anymore and I haven’t looked at my news feed to see what my friends are drinking in a very long time. I was seriously considering getting rid of that one all together, and I may still, but I’m not quite there yet.  So the major social media sites I use every day are Twitter and Instagram and I just…stopped. So what happened?

The short answer is nothing. The longer answer is that I missed some of my very close friends who I interact with via those apps and ONLY those apps. I also found that I get my news from Twitter so I had zero idea what was going on in the world without it. I don’t have cable so I really do depend on Twitter to keep me informed. Instagram I really didn’t miss much at all to be truthful. I haven’t looked at it in almost a full week and I’m not sure if I’ll use it again at all.

I don’t really have any groundbreaking conclusions that I’ve come to, and no mysteries of the universe were solved. This is just something I’ve been thinking about. I miss letters. Real handwritten letters. I had a great friend many years ago that moved to Los Angeles, and he wasn’t a very tech savvy person, so we wrote letters every week for years until he eventually moved back here. It was really fun. I can’t imagine writing letters to someone again, although I’d love to.

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Apr 22

Bourbon, Beer & Babes

I made a road trip to Kentucky last weekend and it was really really incredible. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Uneventful drive, but I listened to the first half of the Serial season 1 podcast. Seriously, what happened to that girl, you guys??

Road Trip

  • Beer and Baseball – Cards win, the terrible audience goes wild
  • Charlie snuggles!
  • A lovely drive through the back roads of KY – gorgeous rolling green hills and horse farms
  • I went to Woodford County – the home of William Shatner (!!!)
  • Four Roses Distillery – a very interesting 45 minute tour in which I got to stick my finger in the fermentation barrel and taste it

Four Roses Distillery

  • Sipping bourbon outside on a beautiful KY day
  • West Sixth Brewing flight

West Sixth Brewing Flight

  • SHRIMP & GRITS, where have you been all my life??

Shrimp & Grits

  • My first crowler

West Sixth Brewing, Lexington KY

  • Country Boy Brewing, had a flight in the lovely warm sun

Country Boy Brewing

  • Liquor Barn!
  • Chocolate bourbon dipped Twinkie
  • I drank a Moscow Mule! #liquordrunj
  • Watched all episodes of Lip Sync Battle
  • Ate an AMAZING chicken risotto that the lovely Jen Dearness made
  • SLEEPAWAY CAMP

My face when I saw Sleepaway Camp

  • Finally saw Bring It On (brrrr it’s cold in here)
  • Breakfast nachos, more grits, mimosa

I had SO MUCH FUN, and this trip was exactly what I needed! I haven’t exactly had the best April, so it was so perfect to relax and spend time with my amazing girlfriends. Dawn, BJ, Jen, & Kristie – I love you all dearly. Thank you so much for showing me such a fabulous time. XOXO

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Mar 01

Drink All Your Cares Away

Yesterday, Dawn & I headed to Grand Rapids for the Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival. This year is the 10th anniversary of winter fest, and it was an amazing experience as always. We could not have asked for a more beautiful (winter) day. The sun was shining, and even though it was cold, it was sunny enough that we didn’t suffer too much!

Winter Beer Fest 2015

My favorite beer this year was Rochester Mills Chocolate Cheesecake Milkshake Stout. DELICIOUS. It was intensely chocolate with a very creamy finish. As you all know, I love the weird beers – the more unusual, the better! That’s what a festival is for, right?!? In the deeply strange category, Unruly Brewing’s Cole’s Garlic Bread Ale was exactly as advertised. It was like eating garlic bread without the need for pesky chewing. Very unusual, and I’m so glad I had a chance to try it!

In short, an amazing day with amazing people and amazing beer. Did I mention that it was amazing? XOXO

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Feb 20

Catch Me, I’m Falling

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m exhausted today. It’s been a long, stressful week and my excitement for the weekend is palpable. Here’s this week’s Friday Five – enjoy!

  • When did you last trip and fall?

The last time I remember was January 2014. I slid on a patch of ice walking into my office building. Luckily, I wasn’t hurt with the exceptions of a skinned knee and my pride. Of course, I drew a picture of it. 🙂

Digger. :(

 

  • What’s a fond memory you have of this past autumn?

So many to choose from! Last fall I went to Myrtle Beach, Louisville, 3 beer festivals, the Willy Wonka Party, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Huey Lewis & the News, and a killer Halloween party. My favorite fall event was my day in Traverse City, though. I spent the morning shopping and exploring all by myself and the afternoon and evening with some great friends. Read all about it here: http://www.trishsworld.com/blog/2014/10/traverse-adventure/

  • What’s a nice waterfall you’ve visited?

I haven’t been to very many, but I’m pretty sure that Niagara Falls takes the cake. It was truly incredible. I’d really like to get to Tahquamenon Falls in the UP one of these days, though.

Chillin

  • What are your thoughts on Jimmy Fallon as host of The Tonight Show?

I don’t watch late night TV; I never really have. From the internet clips I’ve seen here and there, he seems very funny, though. I liked him on SNL. I’m maybe a little partial to Conan since he actually talks about me on his show. 😉

  • Who has most recently fallen out of your favor?

I can think of a couple of examples, but I wouldn’t call anyone out in a public forum like this. I’m too sweet. 🙂

A couple of other quick notes – This blog turned TWELVE YEARS OLD this week. I’m sort of in shock. It’s been quite a ride. Happy Blogiversary to ME!

I’ve been reading lately! I’m enjoying it, and it’s been fun to discover some new and interesting books.  I’ve also gotten back into knitting! My creative passions have always gone in these weird, unpredictable cycles, and beautiful, soft, colorful fibers are pushing themselves to the forefront lately. I’ve had a few crochet projects on the hooks for a while – long term afghans that I work on occasionally while I watch telly. I’ve picked up the pace on those as well, so maybe I’ll even have something finished to show off here in the near future! As usual, I feel like there isn’t enough time in the day for me to create all of the things I want to create and to act on all of the ideas that float around in my brain. I want to write, paint, draw, blog, vlog, knit, crochet, bookbind, needle felt, and a million other things. 🙂

I hope that you have an amazing and relaxing weekend. XOXO

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Nov 03

Angels & Demons

Things are happening around here! I’ve had so much going on, but it’s all been good. The big news is that I’m working again! It’s such a relief to not have the burden of being jobless anymore. I’m pretty excited, and very happy.

There’s been some pretty crappy stuff going on as well. I was SO sick all last week. I had just a terrible head cold and a sore throat, which eventually settled into my chest. I’m finally feeling better which is amazing. I also had some personal drama that was pretty ugly, but has finally resolved itself once and for all. It weighed on me pretty heavily for a while, but I’ve let it go, which feels awesome.

I’m only about a week away from my foot surgery now, so I’m trying to pack as much fun in as possible! Here’s a little of what I’ve been up to:

My bestie Dawn and I met up in Detroit last weekend for the Michigan Brewer’s Guild’s Fall Beer Festival. We’ve done several of these fests and they’re always amazing. I made us pretzel scarves and even beer can lid earrings!! We had an absolute blast as always.

Beer Fest Besties

Dawn & I at Slows

I went to a Wine & Canvas event last week with a girlfriend, and it was pretty cool. Here’s my painting:

Painting

Mike & I went to a killer Halloween party with some friends, and had a ball!

Me, Sherry & MikeyThe Devil

Halloween 2014

That’s it for now, but I think I’ll have some artwork to share pretty soon! XOXO

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Oct 18

My Traverse City Adventure!

Earlier this week, I had the great opportunity to spend the day in Traverse City, so I jumped on it. My buddy Clovis was going there for a conference, and he agreed to drop me off downtown so I could shop, check out a couple of breweries, and just hang out for the day. It turned out to be such an amazing day! I had a really great time on my little adventure.

Clovis & I headed out bright and early (I was up at 4:30 AM!!), and I made it to downtown around 9. My first stop was the Grand Traverse Pie Company for a cup of cherry coffee and a bit of brekkie. It was a cool place, so I hung out there for a while drawing and people watching. I wandered around for a while and shopped. I came across a distillery so I tried cherry bourbon, and I must say – it wasn’t terrible. I’m not a liquor drinker at all, but this was pretty good.

I kept walking with the intention of hitting North Peak Brewing Co, which opened at 11, but along the way I stumbled across Mackinaw Brewing Co, so I popped in there and had a flight. The beers were so so, but they had a great cider that I really enjoyed. I finally made it to North Peak, and I got another flight and a killer lunch. I really enjoy North Peak beers, although I was a bit disappointed that they didn’t have Hooligan, the seasonal pumpkin, on draft. The food was great though, and they had stickers, so no complaints.

In a very happy coincidence, my BFF Andrew, who owns Michigan Mobile Canning, also happened to be in Traverse City canning beer at Right Brain Brewery. He came over to North Peak and picked me up, and brought me to Right Brain. I got to see the canning line in operation, and it was SO COOL. I’ve seen the line before, but not when it was actually canning beer, and it was really incredible to see the process and to even play a tiny part in the day’s canning. I even got to help with the packing of freshly canned beer! It was so much fun, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to get over there and see it. I’m SO SO proud of Andrew and everything that Michigan Mobile Canning is doing and has accomplished.

Clovis and I spent the evening hanging out with Andrew and Chris from MMC, and we had a BLAST. It was such a long day and such a long drive home, but SO WORTH IT. Clovis and I finally rolled into town at 3AM!!

Here are a whole bunch of photos from my solo morning in TC, and my afternoon and evening canning and hanging with the MMC boys.

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Oct 08

We are the Dreamers of Dreams

The last few weeks have been crazy around here! Let me share some highlights:

  • A couple of weeks ago, Mike & I took a quick little weekend trip to Myrtle Beach with 2 other couples to celebrate a friend’s birthday. We went on a private plane and rode in limos like rock stars, and it was a really great time. Mike & I took some time to walk the boardwalk and see the sights, and even though it rained, it had a ball! We spent some time in the arcade, did a bit of shopping, and really enjoyed ourselves.
  • Last weekend, I went to the Octoberfest celebration downtown with my BFF and 2 of my favorite munchkins. It was freeeezing and raining off and on, but we’re so awesome that we didn’t even care. Amazing live music, great brews, and a playground! We also had cupcakes, so pretty much a stellar day.
  • Mike & I got to see our niece, Alexis, play a live show right here in Kalamazoo! She was really great, and we were stoked to get a chance to see her perform, and to spend some time with her.
  • We went to a BBQ at a friend’s house, and on top of the killer company, we were treated to live music that was really incredible. Charlie King from the Asylum Street Spankers played guitar and sang for us, accompanied by Nathan, a truly gifted fiddle player. It was such a great time, and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to see these 2 play together!
  • Mike & I went to the Alamo Drafthouse’s Ultimate Willy Wonka Party, where we had the pleasure of meeting Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt) and Paris Themmen (Mike Teevee)! Willy Wonka is in my Top 5 all time movies, so this was a super experience and the chance of a lifetime. Both of them were so sweet and even posed for a selfie with us!!
  • My Fantasy Football team is killing it, except that my BFF and Arch Rival (always one and the same, right?) is clinging to first place for dear life while I wait in the wings for my moment to snatch it right out from under him. We’re only in Week 5, but this is already getting cut throat. The suspense is terrific.
  • Oh, I also left my job last week. For a million reasons. And to be honest, I haven’t felt this relieved or this happy in a long time. Onward and upward.

Scroll through this for photos of all this great stuff.

 

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