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Best Buddies

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Went to the zoo this past weekend for both general and lunchdoodle inspiration. And just for some general sunshine-filled-zoo-going funtimes. Cause who doesn't like the zoo?? Of course, EVERY animal I encountered was my favorite. Especially any and all large cats, monkeys.

And everyone knows the best spot to scratch a cat, especially a large cat, is the base of the tail. Monkey knows what's good. He'd rather be friends than lunch.

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Jim Sherraden Sketchnotes

Have I mentioned before how great it is being a member of my local AIGA Chapter? Oh I have? Let me just say it again, Nashville's chapter is fantastic. Less than a week out from Dana Tanamachi's talk and I get to enjoy (dare I say revel in) another talk by Design Hero, Jim Sherraden of Hatch Show Print. He spoke to the history of Hatch, and how he resurrected the dying business and has kept it going all these years. The presentation was full of stories, amazing visuals (duh, Hatch Posters), much thanks, and excitement for the future. It's so refreshing to hear someone with so much love and passion, for not just his occupation in the design industry, but also for the history of letterpress itself.

Last night's presentation was the kickoff in a new AIGA series (co-hosted/sponsored by Emma) and should be the first in many inspirational, informational and downright exciting talks by local designers in Nashville. If this first round was any indication, the Nashville creative community is in for treat.. after treat!

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Ingredients

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I've been cooking a lot lately. Today's lunchdoodle represents what I hope to make tonight: homemade pizza with Guinness caramelized onions, bacon, arugula, goat cheese, and possibly roasted cherry tomatoes and mushrooms. Might be overkill, might be delicious.

I'm also hoping to blog a bit about my cooking experiments here. And am thinking of incorporating illustration more than photos. And actually designing the site a little. Could be a nice little showcase and a creative outlet free of pressure, free of clients, free of computer screens (well, the cooking/illustrating part anyway). I've attempted food blogging in the past, but focused more on baking which I do significantly less of nowadays. We'll see if this sticks. It could be fun. Or it could be a pain in the ass. 

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Buddha Brain

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I've been reading this book, The Buddha Walks into a Bar, and just love it. This is the second Buddism book I'm working through and what I love the most is every time I have something I'm thinking too much about, struggling with, or if there's just too much clutter in my headspace.. I pick up where I left off and generally find some chapter or paragraph that puts everything into perspective.

Acknowledge the crazy thoughts, the turmoil, the pull and push, and then move on. It's refreshing. Anyway, that's where my mind is at today. Working on being mindful and letting my brain take a breather in Buddha's hands.

Also, I had a surprise root beer float at lunch today. It was lovely.

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Dana Tanamachi Sketchnotes

One of my favorite parts of being a board member of Nashville's AIGA chapter is getting to be a part of, and better, attending our events. Especially our speaker events! Every year AIGA Nashville hosts DISH, a weekend-long student conference featuring portfolio reviews and guest speakers. Tonight's kickoff featured Dana Tanamachi! Her work is incredible. Combine that with a humble and cheerful personality, down to Earth, conversational speaking presence along with stories and honest advice and you've got yourself an exceptional event. She even signed my sketchbook! Of course I was all sorts of awkward (nothing new there) but she was nothing but genuine and nice. 

Of course, I took some sketchnotes! As I'm in ever need of practice. Hope you enjoy! There's some great jewels in there. I'm sure I forgot a tidbit or two, but I think I got most of the highlights.

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Space Barre

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I'm working on email designs for a barre fitness class client today. Another co-worker randomly sent me photo of an astronaut. Boom. Lunchdoodle theme for today.

I didn't have time to color it (I will though). As you can tell from the lack of lunchdoodle yesterday, I'm having a busy week. I wanted to play with regular pen and ink instead of the usual micron deal, but it takes a little extra time and lunch breaks are only so long. I do love pen and ink though. The way it flows from the nib, how the pen responds to pressure, the thicks and thins. It has an elegance to it that traditional pens, even brush-tips, just can't match. There will be more of this.

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Hamster Hampster

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I'll be honest, wasn't really feeling the doodling today. Drew a hamster on a hamster wheel. Didn't turn out how I wanted. I wanted him running, but it kind of looks like he's on his stomach. The background also ended up being super muddy. Wah wah. Can't wind every doodle every day. I may be going back to pen outlines and watercolor instead of all watercolors. We'll see.

Also, dunno the last time you checked out hampsterdance.com, but it's not what it used to be. Kind of disappointed in its overcomplication. 

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Happy Presidents Day!

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I'd trade a Snack Pack for Cheetohs. Especially to ol' Abe. Wouldn't you? Then again, I don't know how well Cheetohs would do with George's wooden teeth and all. It's a presidential lunchtime quandary.

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Nashville Post Post

I spent a chunk of time this weekend working up some illustrations for an article that's going to be coming out in the Nashville Post. It's featuring the company I work for and I was asked to provide the illustrations.. on Wednesday... due today. So it was a mildly stressful project, but a thoroughly enjoyable one! I'm pretty happy with how these turned out and can't wait to see them in print! Even if they will be on the tiny side.

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No, You're the BEST

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Really. YOU are the best. Because you're here, reading this right now. Just want you to know I appreciate ya! Have yourself a Very Merry Valentine's Day!

*Also, I'm apparently not the best at teeny tiny watercolor lettering with a travel watercolor brush. Oh well.

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Kitty and Rex

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If you know me, you know I love cats and dinosaurs. But really, who doesn't love the two? They're inseparable in my book. And since I LOVE them both so much, why not make today's VDay-themed lunchdoodle a little homage to kitty and rex. BFFs forever!

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A Clementine and his Muse

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Clementines are my favorite and, IMO, the most adorable fruits. If clementines came to life, I bet they'd be the happiest, most in-love fruits ever. They'd probably hang out in their box being all cute like they do. Just adoring the peels off each other. Telling each other how cute they are.. until someone comes along and eats them. But until they become a snack, you can't deny they're totes adorbs. You can even buy a "Cuties" brand of Clementines. They have commercials with cute little kids eating cute little clementines. I rest my case.

I'm still trying to decide what I'm going to do for VDay, whether I'll be cooking myself a dinner or taking myself out. Valentine or not, I never miss an opportunity to celebrate the holiday. Loving friends, family, significant others and YOURSELF is important! Maybe I'll make myself a Clementine-y dessert. Hmmm.

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I would lick your eyeball

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In celebration of Valentine's Day week, I'll be posting VDay themed lunchdoodles. It's gonna be cheesy. Deal with it. If you're a Valentine's hater, it's cool, you just might want to wait til next week to check back in. :-)

Anywho, I was at PetSmart this weekend and was mesmerized by a wall of various lizards/geckos/salamanders, etc. They're so cute! The one kept licking its eyeball, which I found totally fascinating. If I were a gecko, and had a gecko boyfriend, I'd totally lick his eyeball for him. Out of true gecko love. ::slurp::

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Shy Little Oreo

Today's lunchdoodle is animated! I haven't been able to get Vine app to work and today it was updated. So exciting! 

Also, I had Oreos. They were Double Stuf.

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Dancing Cheetohs

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Two Lunchdoodles today! I had a little extra space on two sheets of my lunchdoodle sketchbook. Perfect for some snack dancing. I wish I had time to paint a cheeseball dancing too. I'll bet you'll enjoy eating Cheetohs so much more now that you know how much they love to get down! I'll bet they like to crunch to some dubstep.. wub wub.

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It's Take Your Avocado to Work Day

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I've had a lonely avocado hanging out in my kitchen for awhile. And not being one to want to waste something so delicious, I brought the little guy into work. Can't have him turning my other vegetables bad too! 

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Nashville: Bring me your Nerds

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A friend of a friend of mine recently opened a store here in Nashville called The Nerdery, which I happened to check out last night on a quest for birthday presents. I have to say I'm pretty impressed, despite the fact that they don't carry Star Trek merch yet claim to cater to nerds. They DO have plenty of Star Wars stuff, Dr. Who stuff, some other nerd things I'm unfamiliar with, T-Shirts, a Twilight Zone bobblehead of the library episode character (which I plan to go back and purchase) and TONS of strategy games!

Being that I'm a fan of games like Scrabble, Spades, Monopoly Deal, Settlers of Catan and anything else that required thinking, a board, a deck of cards, dice, score-keeping.. this has me pretty happy. And even more exciting, they are hosting a Dominion demo on Saturday! A game I've been told by several people that I would love. A game that involves victory points! I definitely plan to attend.

ONE: Guaranteed people to play games with! and

TWO: NERDS! BONUS!

I'm so excited to meet some new folks! This is much more my scene than bars and shows. I know nothing about music, but I do know a bit about nerdery. And while I have never played things like D&D or Magic the Gathering, I get along with PLENTY of people who do (and I would not be opposed to learning either game). According to my friend of the friend, I'll be "the most popular girl in the room." As long as I'm not the only girl, OR the only person under the age of 40 who lives independently and is in good health, I'll be excited. If any of them happen to be male, smart, and/or mildly attractive, this girl will be all smiles. All in all though, as "most popular" is NOT a superlative that I'm familiar with, I'll just be happy to learn a new game and meet some fun people. 

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Scanner Time

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Today's lunchdoodle is a bit more punctual, but I forgot ALL of my fancy pens, watercolors, and sketchbook at home. So handy Post-Its and a ballpoint to the rescue.

The Design Team moved buildings and desks today at work and as part of the move we're getting some new stuff! Including a new scanner! Which I can't wait to hook up and actually put to use. Monday's lunchdoodle is gonna be off the hook!

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Bologna Sandwich

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Tried uploading yesterday's lunchdoodle from my phone as I was waiting at home for some family to arrive. Just didn't have time for taking out my laptop, signing in, uploading, editing, etc. etc. etc. Unfortunately, my Squarespace iPhone app doesn't seem to work. Sadface.

My aunt, uncle, and a family friend stopped by Nashville en route to FL to drop off some furniture and a NEW TV from my parents in NH. I played tour guide, showed them the Honky Tonks, the new convention center, LOTS of construction, the American Pickers Store (they're fans)... oh, and just happened to get us a sneak-peak behind the scenes of the TV show Nashville. NBD.

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