Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday Musings (and Giveaway Winner).

Napping habits are very interesting.  (How many of you have I put to sleep immediately?)  There are power-nappers, mega-nappers, cat-nappers, and non-nappers.  I fall into the latter category.  My father is a cat-napper.  Actually, he would be a power-cat-napper.  He can close his eyes for 15 minutes and awake all recharged.  I will - if I can close my eyes during the day which is practically impossible - fall into a deep, deep sleep and wake up groggy and dysfunctional.  I am the nap-challenged.  I wish I could take a nap.  But I have had my fun with nappers - call it petty revenge.  Unfortunately, I cannot recount my napper-revenge peccadilloes and still have you as friends.  Not really - but one particular incident involved tying shoelaces together.  Luckily, no one was badly injured.  Including me.  Boy, was he mad!  Never have a boyfriend with no sense of humor.

I attended a Zentangle class yesterday with Sylvia which, to the uninformed (which I was until yesterday), is like structured doodling - a combination of patterns and Zen.  It was a great class, with a little bit of everything- a couple of men, a teen aged boy and his mom, young women, older women.  We were given a series of instructions and, after completing our 'tangles', we were invited to place our little Zentangle cards together on the floor.  It was astounding - basically, we all had the same instructions, but the variety and creativity that ensued was wonderful!  I started my day doing one and found that I need to give myself more than 15 minutes.  This type of concentrated line drawing is right up my alley.  As an art major in high school and college, I could focus (oh, those were the days!) for hours on a piece.  I created a line drawing of a dragon on a 5x8 foot sheet of rice paper, using a very fine pen and India ink.  It took hours.  Of course, those were the early 70s, and my focus was hallucinogenic-fueled at times.  Nuff said.

Okay.  Moving quickly along, ahem, I will now announce the winner of the More/Less Book Duo!  How many of you skipped ahead to see if you won?  Hmmm?  Fess up!

Since there were quite a few entrants, I decided to go high-tech and use the True Random Number Generator widget (which, of course, I can't figure out how to transfer here.)  It's a fun widget; if you're bored out of your mind, you can just click away and randomly generate numbers.  Don't ask how I know.

The number that was picked from 1-18 was.......17!  Congratulations, Carol!  Please send your mailing info to me via swomersley @ gmail dot com.  And thank you to everyone for all of those great examples of how to simply our lives.  There is such a trove of good information out there.  Someone should mine us!


  1. I have to admit, I almost forgot about the drawing when you started talking about the Zendoodle-thing. Sounds very interesting. Maybe I should try something like that....except with many interruptions, cat hair and probably using crayons as that is now the preferred medium around here!

    Oh, and congrats to Carol! Thanks for the giveaway Susan! :)

  2. Yes - thanks Susan - and congrats Carol - well done :)

  3. I just took a walk and realized that big truck tire treads are wonderful patterns. I need to take a little notebook with me to copy down designs. I have Zentangle squares for you....many of them.

  4. Congrats to the winner! And as far as napping, I can't do it. If I sleep during the day, it means I'm on death's doorstep. If I can't sleep a decent amount of time (you know, more than a ten minute cat nap) I'm tired and groggy and stuck all day.

  5. I am a no napper too. A nap makes me feel worse than before the nap. But come nighttime, I am out like a light. Congratulations to the winner.

  6. Congrats to Carol! :)
    I used to nap, especially on Sundays, but I honestly cannot remember the last time I slept during the day...

  7. Count me as a no-napper too, not only can I not fall asleep but if I was able to I'd be a horrible person when I woke up and ruined the rest of the day! There are only so many hours in a day, I can't imagine napping through some of them LOL, I have a hard enough time reconciling my need for sleep at night!