Thank You Thursday {7}

Heather
Thank you for helping us so much at the clinics. We really appreciate your support and compassion. Mom and I also think that you are adorable, so there’s that too.

Diana
Thank you for your constant positive feedback and support, especially when it comes to my art. I really enjoy talking to you. I miss you. I look forward to working on this new thing with you!

 Pinterest People
Thank you all for giving my mother such excellent recipe ideas. My taste buds rejoice frequently because you have decided to share your this or that with the world, and my mom found it. May you have many excellent meals.

Pinterest people part two
There is another portion of you who do not impose recipes or food ideas, but rather art references and inspiration, and for that I am grateful. Feet are really hard to draw, but I know where to go whenever I am in need of assistance. Thank you.

 

Sydney
I get music suggestions from you off of Spotify, and they are wonderful. I am actually listening to Patchwork Girlfriend right now. I miss you, girlie. I hope to hang out with you whenever you come down!

 Love and smiles,

Alexis

Thank You Thursday {6}

Junglebee09 a.k.a. Hope
Thank you for those lovely process videos that you post on YouTube. I’ve been struggling to paint faces for a few years now, and watching your videos finally made it click for me. Noses are especially difficult, but you made them make sense. You have helped me artistically improve, and I appreciate that.

Roy
I really appreciate you letting me throw all kinds of art at you. I’m sure it must be tiring. I was just so excited to finally figure out how to paint faces I had to show someone, and I knew that you of all people would understand. Thanks again, Roy.

Jessica
Thank you for listening to me and helping me revamp Tsuriai. You know what those characters mean to me, and how often I used to draw them. Being able to draw them again is a relief and a pleasure. Thank you so much!

Josh
Thank you for the beautiful orchids and the chocolates. You know you didn’t have to get anything for me. I would’ve been happy with a simple video chat. But no. You have to try and spoil me.

Stay safe. I love you.

Server Dude at Gloria’s
Thank you for trying to weaken my margarita on the rocks. Despite your best attempts at leveling down that drink, with the tequila game was too strong and I had to tap out. I know it was top shelf, but I have been 21 for all of one month. It was too much too soon. I cannot yet play with the big dogs. I will return them when my liver is stronger and my stomach lining less fragile.

Love and smiles,

Alexis

PS-also, a big thanks for mom for our Valentine’s day outing. That was way super fun, even though I couldn’t quite finish that margarita. I really enjoy going out with you. So many love.

Thank You Thursday {5}

Dr. Heitzman
I understand that you have seen a lot of people come through your door and have had to give out a lot of hard diagnoses, but your bedside manner is the best I’ve ever encountered. Thank you for being so outstandingly hilarious and wonderfully sweet even though it may not be on purpose. Not a bad thing. It just means that you are naturally a pretty nice guy. Go you, Doctor Heitzman.

Jessica the phlebotomist
As you and I both know, I have to get a lot of blood drawn. A lot. I am very grateful that you are the to do it. You make it painless and you are very considerate of my comfort. It is really nice to see the same face every time that I go in.  

Janine & Ginger
You two crack me up! I really, strongly doubt that I would even participate in the drug trials as readily were it not for you two. I’m glad that we can converse as we do during our visits. The amount of sharing that takes place not only makes me smile but certainly helps the scores on that “quality of life” questionnaire. 

Also, thank you for remembering that you can NOT talk while I do the breathing tests lest we have a five minute giggle cool down.

Grandma & Aunt Darla
I love seeing your faces! Thank you so much for the brunch. I am looking froward to next month.

Mom
Thank you for helping me type this weeks post…(wait a minute) and for putting up with my ridiculous “pain in the ass-hole” keyboard. I’ll get that dictation program re-installed even though you are so much funnier.

 

Love and Smiles,

~Alexis

P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day

Thank You Thursday {4}

ALSA and NuMotion
Thank you for working together to get me new batteries for my power chair.  I am anticipating the freedom that will accompany the life of these new powercells!!  25 miles’ worth of battery life?  Sign me up!!

J.K. Rowling
I’m currently re-re-listening to the audiobooks (for the umpteenth time) and I can never thank you enough for this wonderful series!  Harry Potter opened a door to literature and creativity unlike any other book or series I have read.  Growing with the characters was a beautiful experience for me, and one I will cherish always.

Lexi
I am so glad you insisted I get snapchat!  Your snaps always make me smile, regardless of my mood!  Stay cute, Lexi!!

Aunt Phyllis
Thank you for the gorgeous cross-stitched lap blanket you sent!! It has come in handy, especially on these cold winter mornings!  Not only is it the perfect size, but is impossible to feel grumpy with such bright, cheerful butterflies on my toasty warm lap!!

Love and Smiles,

~Alexis

W.O.W. {1} “Meme”

Because I have this wealth of otherwise useless knowledge, I am going to begin sharing my vocabulary with you, word by word, week by week in these Word Of the Week (WOW) on Mondays.  Maybe I’ll branch out and share other factoids on different days of the week.  Who knows? 

A few weeks ago, my mom asked me what “meme” means (as in internet meme, which, by the way, is pronounced “meem” ).  At the time, I really didn’t know, but I gave my logically concocted guess, then resolved to look it up later.  Well, I forgot.  However, I came across the answer by chance the next day in a TEDTalks video (you already know that I love TEDTalks). This time, it was Diane Benscoter and her Talk How Cults Rewire The Brain.  She mentioned the word “memetic,” and later its noun form, “meme”. 

An easy definition for meme is “an idea that replicates and spreads from brain to brain like a virus, often through imitation”.  It can be very easy to be sucked into such an idea because it can create a sense of belonging.  In many ways, this can be humorous
lost doge  

or very dangerous.  

While I could write a paper on memetics and cults, I don’t feel like this is the place.  I am also going to refrain from posting the actual video at the bottom due to some of the graphic imagery used.  This blog is a happy place with smiles and cake and sunshine.

 Next week, you’re definitely going to get a better word.  Until then, enjoy this choice doge meme and have a smile on me.

 doge mem

~Alexis