Mega-Late, Mega-Decorated Post!

Dearest Captain Spazzmataz!

I have done it!  I have for you not one, not two, not three, but six pages of general wreckage and good times.  True I did this to myself, and true it seemed like a daunting task, but I have completed it.  Behold.

The first page we had to complete was very reminiscent of a page in our previous wreckage books.  Last time, I felt like I had done a terribly messy job, so this time I took it upon myself to make the neatest page possible.

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This probed to be very difficult, as both kittens instantly came out of the woodwork to attack the yarn.  This resulted in a very tragic tearing of the paper, but I still feel like it looks fairly nice.

Secondly, I had to decorate a sticker.  I chose the absolutely riveting Lisa Frank heart dolphins, pictured in their non-decorated splendor below.

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I initially planned on making an intensely colorful, heart themed, abstract picture around them, which is why there is that weird dark spot in the middle of the page.  After committing to the weird dark spot, I decided an ocean background would be much more fun, so just pretend that didn’t happen.

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I actually had a nice time doing this little freehand doodle.  Though, I basically enjoy any chance to utilize my shmansy color pencils.

Excuse the maps to follow.  They’re rather dreadful.  Directions and spatial reasoning just aren’t my friend.  I obviously have no future as a cartographer.

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Since there were two pages, I made two maps.  One that leads to something that I, or most people, would want, and one that leads to something the puppy dogs would want.  As you can see, the paths are pretty straight forward.  Also, I fail at drawing things on any sort of consistent scale.

This brings me to the page that started all of my problems.  The food page.

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I actually ended up getting this to work better than I thought.  I had been distressed because I forgot to save random items from both Papa Johns and Steak n’ Shake.  However, as I was foraging for yarn in my desk, I found coupon sheets for both establishments.  Happily, these provided representation for them on my page.  The Panera logo is extra big because I ate there twice in the last week and a half.  No shame!

For the page of life advice I’d want to read in 10 years, I had no idea what to put.  I scrolled a bit on the Internet, looking for quotes from authors I liked or something similar that would suffice.  I found nothing, which is so typical of the Internet.  Fortunately, I did find a picture I had saved of definitions for emotions all people have but don’t know how to describe.  I’m skeptical as to the overall legitimacy of some of these definitions, but I’ve always liked the list and saved it in my phone.  I thought it would be fun to save them here for my thirty-four-year-old future self to re-discover.

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Finally, I bring you the wax page.  I did not like the wax page.  I should no longer be allowed to complete wax pages.  In the case of this wax page, I used way too much wax, burnt my palm, and got wax on my dishwasher.  Artemis found it fascinating.  The wax also slightly bled onto the next page, so I’ll have to figure that nonsense out next week.

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There you have it!  I have completed my mission.  I feel so accomplished.  I’ll leave you with the note that I’m looking forward to your instagram post today (look us up on pawsandpages), and this picture of what Annabelle was doing whilst I slaved at my wreckage.

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Love,

Super Koala

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Wreck N’ Write

Dearest Captain Spazzmataz,

I thoroughly enjoyed your Halloween post.  Tanner as a wee little garden gnome is, quite possibly, one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.  I just can’t get over the beard.  Do you remember trick or treating with Winter when she was a little and a bumblebee?  Going around with her then was a lot of fun, so I imagine you also had a lovely Halloween.

My Halloween was also pretty fun.  Booboo and I dressed as Wayne and Garth from Wayne’s World, respectively.  We passed out candy at the homebase until 8ish, when we went to Ebbet’s to see some of our friends play music.  We didn’t stay too long because Corbin and Lauren were coming to the house to watch creepy movies.  We ended up backing out of the creepy factor and watched the Adam’s Family and James and the Giant Peach.  We talked over the majority of both, but it was a lot of fun.  Corbin and Lauren are always such good hosts; they cook all this food and have fun things to do.  I wanted to also be a good host, so I went way overboard and bought way too much junk food to compensate for my lack of cooking skills.  Snacks for days.

NaNoWriMo is, in fact, the abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month.  You can look up the website at NaNoWriMo.org, but to explain, it’s titled as “a month of literary abandon.”  The goal is to write a 50,000 word book in just a month.  Which is crazy.  You have to write 1700 words a day just take make it in time for the very last day of November.  I figure even if I don’t make it, the experience will be good for me.  I always get caught up in editing and psych myself out when I’m writing.  This isn’t so much about quality as it is about quantity with editing later.  This would at least give me something to work with.  After just two days, I’m on page 13 of the book reboot.

I am also excited about my visit.  Did you look at the pins?  Don’t forget to ask pops about pillows, blankets, and all that good stuff.  You’ll have to make sure I write while I’m in town.  Is there anything important we need to do beside hang out with Nonna and nom some Cheeburger Cheeburger?

I started over on the running program this week.  It’s been really awesome, actually.  I’m only on week one, so of course, that’s the easiest week.  But I remember how I felt doing week one way back at the beginning of this year when we started running, and the progress makes me really happy.  Now that it’s cold, I’m feeling a weird ankle pain thing when I run, though.  I’ll have to figure that one out.  Maybe Whitney can help.

For the wreckage!

I actually wrecked outside of the house today.  After he got off work, I met Sparhawk at Steak N’ Shake for a nice dinner time.  I decided that would be the sight of my glorious destruction of paper.

This week’s post card recipient will be Sparhawk’s younger brother, Josh.  Josh works with cars and is a very stereotypical boy.  I figured he wouldn’t mind a little mess, so I’m sending him this sucker.

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Since this post card is all about making a mess, I decided to immediately use it as coaster for my sweaty water glass.

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As time went on, Sparhawk got really involved in making the mess, smearing a little bit of every part of our dinner on the card.  You can’t quite see the mess in the picture below, but you sure can smell it.

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I’m thinking I’m going to write some sort of message across the table cloth before I send this off.  So it might not be 100% finished.

Following the food theme, I chose this page for wreckage:

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I originally started out just listing everything I saw, but Sparhawk wanted to get fancy with the phrasing.  Eventually it evolved into this masterpiece:

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It might not be my prettiest wreckage, but it was a lot of fun.  I see Sparhawk a lot, so it also gave us something new and interesting to do while dining together.

I really liked your tye-dye idea.  It worked so well!  As an update, I sent Sparhawk’s momma that chain card, if you remember.  Well I got an update on it this weekend!  The card went from Rolla to a place called Cottage Grove, Minnesota, and now it’s going all the way to England.  I’m hoping people continue to send me updates on its progress.  I find it really exciting.

That’s all for me!  I hope you have a wonderful week at school, and I’m excited to see you at the end of it!  I’ll leave you with some sweater puppy pictures.  Because adorable.  You’re welcome.

– Super Koala

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P.S. Your post will be number 100!