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Jun
15
2019

June ProgBlog #2: in the green

Finally got into the green section!

shiny dragon scales being painted in 3d Coat

The one and only downside to this is that the next section is the blue section and with it more legs.

Jun
08
2019

April/May Homeschooling Miscellany

By necessity we ended term 1 pretty quietly with the Scitech homeschooling lessons.  Occasionally one or both boys missed some lessons due to colds, which I didn't realise at the time was a taste of things to come.

at the traino with fly glasses

After one of the lessons both of them got to, 10yo decided to blow some pocket money at the Scitech shop on some compound eye glasses.  There was some hilarity when both of them had a go with it the first time.

 

One of the last two lessons involved programming an extremely basic AI to win an extremely basic game, and the paperwork task was to graph the robot's wins.

Jun
07
2019

June ProgBlog #1

Those tiny little leg scales are very fiddly and I have three and a half more legs and then pretty much the entire tail section still to go x_x

shiny dragon scales wip in 3d Coat

The body scales are a lot easier!

Jun
01
2019

May ProgBlog #3

Fallen back into old habits of stressing out about how much I'm not getting done art-wise because I'm spending so much time on the rest of life and taking those extra hours out of sleep time which is totally healthy especially given how long it takes me to go to sleep and according to my Fitbit I wake up really frequently during the night (not that I remember ever doing so, apparently I usually wake up instead of going into REM and all those minutes "awake" usually average an hour) so I either need to go to bed earlier or wake up later and neither of those things are going to happen.

Additionally I still haven't properly sorted a new work schedule, but with the house coming off the market soon and our bathroom renos nearly done I can actually start coming up with something now.

May
24
2019

May ProgBlog #2: I am STILL FALLING!

No progblog last week because I caught a "flu-like virus" and got a bonus chest infection.  Not recommended.

On the bright side, the first day I was finally able to work, it took only a couple of goes for my hand to suddenly decide it had finally figured out how to draw the scales and they got done relatively quickly compared to my previous struggles.  The last bit of the tail took the longest as the scales obviously had to shrink with the body.  Also, it seems to be a given that the last 20% of anything takes up 80% of the total time spent on it.

May
10
2019

May ProgBlog #1: one step forward

Any given number of steps backwards.

Even though I'd repeatedly told 10yo not to start the quest in Habitica til 12yo and I were back from our respective jaunts, apparently he couldn't resist pressing the button.  So after we'd died a few times (mostly thanks to me as I have the biggest lists) I finally managed to scrape some stuff together enough to start working through my todo list (which I haven't updated outside of Trello but probably should).  If I can get it properly together I'll start jumping the quick stuff like I used to but currently my brain seems incapable so just plodding along in order it is.

This here was supposed to be a Christmas present for a couple of friends:

May
05
2019

100

happy 100th birthday

Happy 100th birthday, Nanny.  Hope you're having a great celebration up there and heard us singing to you from all the way down here.

(The pictured cake I think was meant to be the actual birthday cake, and we ate it at the wake, we've been back in Perth for a week now and had a small dinner party at Aunty L's with Perth Nanny, my parents, Sprat, and Dad's youngest brother and his family and a sujee cake with 10 big candles on it and sent photos to Uncle C in Melbourne)

Apr
21
2019

April ProgBlog #2: tis the season?

So, not long ago in the grand scheme I found out one of my friends has breast cancer.  There is another skinhead mohawk pending once I get a moment.  More recently my grandmother died.  It's sad but she was just shy of 100 so it wasn't unexpected.  Tomorrow I'm on a plane to Melbourne, and will be home on Saturday.  This is mostly heads up that there may or may not be a progblog next weekend depending on how I'm feeling.

Progress-wise, well.  With the scales I was really going out of my way to avoid drawing them.  I figured once I got the hang of the scale brush everything would be sweet.  Well I decided eventually that I would just see what drawing them would look like.

Apr
19
2019

Meditation not mediation

Forest Fish and Pineapple Angel hanging and meditating

Pineapple posted his first acapella song in the deep-shit channel for our listening pleasure.

 

It sounded pretty contemplative so I had this idea of Cinvent's Forest Fish and Pineapple's Pineapple Angel meditating to it.  Which was all well and good except Pineapple Angel looks like he's about to burst into song...or singing this one, which I guess is fitting? XD

Apr
15
2019

March Homeschool Miscellany

As February was ending I suspected Term 1 was going to be a write-off for the boys and unfortunately I wasn't wrong.  An additional and unforeseen problem with the school run was that even though it's short it seems to be further destroying my problem shoulder, so I really didn't want to drive anywhere, which given the time restrictions caused by school and the amount of pain I was in basically meant we got stuck with the Scitech homeschooling lessons I'd booked at the beginning of term, and me imposing 10am-12noon as "no non-educational videos and games" time if we were staying home.  They could still use their screens but had to be doing Khan Academy or making something, or doing any off-screen activities.