Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekly Challenge #181

Happy Monday everyone!

My parents' very good friends own a great big cabin right on the water at a nearby lake, so once a year my mom and dad borrow the cabin for a weekend in August and invite all the kids and their families to come out.
My view from the deck at sunset
Since my mom is an elementary school teacher (school doesn't begin until September here) and i don't work, we like to go up a few days earlier than the weekend.

cutie patootie nieceypoo
This year we brought my little brother's daughter with us, and then invited my sister in law and her kids to come up early with us.  All the dad's came up Friday night; B-rad, my two brothers, and my dad. The only one missing was my younger brother Patrick who lives in Victoria, BC (we miss you Patrick!)

My sister in law brought up their boat, so we had fun out on the water.  Artoo liked bumping on all the waves, but mostly he liked pretending to drive the boat when people were getting in and out of the water on the tube or the knee board.

Cutest little Captain
The weather was beautiful for being at the lake.  We hit a high of 42 C on Thursday.  That's about 105F.  T'was steamy.

Chewie was very brave this year, and went out on the tube with his cousin Kody, who was very patient because Chewie wanted to go pretty slowly, and Kody's a pro.


Once the boys all got to the lake, there were more adults around for child minding and for boat driving, so my sister in law kindly taught me how to kneeboard.  I wouldn't say i'm going to become a professional kneeboarder anytime soon, but i did get up onto the board.

So much laughing

Pam, on the left, is laughing at me, on the right, because i couldn't get the strap up over my knees because i was sitting on it. There was a lot of laughter, and a lot of her spraying water into my face with her board. Good times.
another beautiful sunset

Friday was a bit smoky from nearby fires, but the sky was beautiful
The days were filled with sun and swimming and hot tubs (oh yeah, there's a hot tub there too) and playing and laughing and napping, and the evening were for spectacular sunsets, playing cards, more laughing, and snacking... so much snacking.

Found Heart. <3 b-rad="" td="">
as fun as it was, we were pretty happy to be heading home on Sunday.  Home is where our heart is.

Weekly Challenge #181: "Water"
Seeing as i spent the last five days in the water, i thought it'd be a good theme for a challenge this week.
i smashed my right hand into the boat this weekend, my lines are all wonky, but i think it adds to the texture. ;)

How will 'water' inspire you? Watery tangles? Watery colours? watercolours? water rings?

Have a great week!

If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will put it in the slideshow. (send submissions to: weeklychallenge at mail.com[not gmail, just mail]. I just ask that you put in the subject line: Challenge # ________ 
The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine. - although to be honest the deadline is pretty forgiving.
 I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Weekly Challenge #180

Hi everyone!  Thank you for the day's rest, i needed it! 

I drove out to Big River, Saskatchewan about 3 hours from Saskatoon to Ski Timber Ridge where the retreat was being held.  The location was beautiful on the edge of Saskatchewan's boreal forest.  

such a lovely place
To be honest, i didn't know this little ski hill existed.  Turns out it's a community co-op run Ski Lodge. The money raised at this retreat went towards the upkeep of the ski hill, and that's pretty rad.  :D

AHHHH!!!! HOLD ME!
 While i was there i got a chance to get up close and personal with the local wild life (see above) this little guy was terrifying.  he was about 1.5-2" long, not counting the freakishly long antennae.

One of the perks of being a presenter at the retreat was being able to attend the classes and workshops that i wasn't teaching.  on the first night i attended a yoga class called "Shake your Bodhi" which was HANDS DOWN the most fun i've ever had in a yoga class...in my life.

feelin' pretty bad ass after the Bodhi shakin'.
It was like a yoga dance party.  one minute we were all clubbing, the next, we were all doing downward facing dog.  The instructor, Colin, was hilarious and made us all feel like twerking while doing yoga was the most natural thing in the world.

 Friday night brought on super intense rain and thunder/lightning storms.  The thunder was so loud, it was crazy intense.  A lot of the campers did not get a good night's rest - but we were all up and eager to get going at 6am to get our Yoga on.


In the morning we shared meals and did 108 Oms together which i'd never done before.  it was interesting to hear the voices of almost 80 yogis coming together in oms.

Saturday had some inclement weather leftover from the night's storms, a lot of the classes were scheduled to be outdoors and so some of the classes got moved around.  mine as well.

Storm a-comin'
 But we made it work, and Saturday's workshop was held in the basement instead of the balcony.

Yogis creating Zentangle!
 My first class was really fun, and there was a lot of laughter.  Those are the best kinds of classes.

Tile number 1
 I only had an hour to teach so things were a little more rushed than i would usually do.

Tile number 2, guided spoken tile
the evening's weather was much nicer.


one of the instructors brought these smudge medicines back from Nepal with her
 Of course, the food they fed us was always amazing.

Moroccan Lentil Stew and Quinoa Salad. yum.
 By evening, the sky was clear, and i got to take part in a sing along by the fire in the light of the full Super Moon. A few of us stayed out singing and reading Poetry by Hafiz into the night...

So fun. 
Up again at 6 am for breakfast and 108 Om meditation.  Yawnnnnn.

Where my class was held... just gorgeous!

Sunday morning's weather was lovely and my second class, with 17 participants was held on the lodge balcony.  Seriously, the classes were so great.

Tile number 1
 I had the pleasure of teaching an adorable little 4 year old in this class as well.
Group shot of the group watching a group shot of the tiles being taken. ;)

Tile 2, guided spoken tile
It was a wonderful weekend.  My body was exhausted in a great way from all the yoga practice through out the weekend.  The highlights for me were the Shake your Bodhi class, a handstand workshop (where i ACTUALLY got into a handstand, spotted of course) and a storytelling workshop - which was great and hilarious.

Giving thanks at the retreat's end. 
I was so lucky to be asked to teach here.  A beautiful setting, with beautiful people, doing beautiful yoga.   I hope they ask me to come back next year, because i'd be there in a flash.  :)

Yoga at the Ridge Retreat

Weekly Challenge #180: "UMT - MacDee by Anneke Van Dam"
Last week's Bijou challenge was so much fun!  i'm so glad you all enjoyed it.  This week is the Use My Tangle challenge, and this week's tangle to try out is called "MacDee" you can see the step-outs here


Have a go at this great grid based pattern!

For those of you who don't know, the first Monday of the month, is a UMT Challenge (Use My Tangle), where the challenge is to learn and use a tangle created by one of you! It's awesome for me, because i don't have time to try all the new tangles i see on the web on a regular basis. This challenge makes sure i'm at least learning ONE new tangle a month... 
if you have a tangle you'd like to submit, please follow this link for the guidelines for submissions. Each month's tangle is chosen at random bywww.random.org 

Have a great week!!
If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will put it in the slideshow. (send submissions to: weeklychallenge at mail.com[not gmail, just mail]. I just ask that you put in the subject line: Challenge # ________ 
The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine. - although to be honest the deadline is pretty forgiving.
 I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hang in there People!

Hello wonderful people!

I just got home from the most amazing weekend yoga retreat where i taught 2 zentangle workshops.

After kissing and playing with my boys and putting them to bed, and 2 nights of rough sleeping and a 3 hour drive i am exhausted.  I could barely keep my eyes open on the highway!

so i'm going to ask you for a day's grace and i hope you'll join me for this week's challenge on Tuesday.

Namaste!

Love Laura

Monday, August 4, 2014

Weekly Challenge #179

Welcome to August!  i know, how is it already August??

The first weekend in August is always a long weekend here in The Skatch... B-rad, the boys, and i are spending the day at a lake a few hours away from Saskatoon with some family!

Typically speaking, the First Monday of every month is a Use My Tangle challenge, and also Typically speaking, on a long weekend i usually post the challenge on a Tuesday - but this is not a typical Monday!

If you receive the Zentangle newsletter, you may have received the latest one with an exciting announcement! (if you don't receive the newsletter you can sign up for it here)

So, what was the exciting announcement you may ask?  Take a few moments and watch this little clip:



Welcome to the Zentangle family, Bijou!!

I first met Bijou in Providence in June, and i was so excited!  As the story goes in 2006 Rick and Maria were visiting Paris just as Zentangle was in it's beginning stages. After wandering Paris, they returned to their hotel where Maria noticed a small snail climbing her suitcase.  Little did they know that that little snail had a thirst for adventure - and he/she stowed away in that suitcase and crossed the globe when they returned home! (Bijou has told us that he/she is of both sexes, but prefers the pronoun 'he')

That little snail was Bijou! And he was so entranced by this new art form of Zentangle, he had to try it out for himself.... however, for a small snail - a 3.5"x3.5" tile is somewhat large...

He talked to Rick and Maria about this, and they hooked him up with his own tiles!  it's not WHAT you know, but who! :)



Bijou's new tiles are 2"x2" and are just ADORABLE.  The smaller size are perfect for monotangles, tangle-studies, or for when you only have a few minutes.

He also has his own website where you can learn more about him... but i am sooooooo excited to share with you an EXCLUSIVE interview with Bijou himself!

aren't we adorable? Mais, oui! Bien sûr!

I first met Bijou in person just shortly after my speech at CZT15.  Bijou graciously agreed to find a little time the next evening after the seminar had ended to sit down with me and answer a few questions.  We shared a cheese plate and wine (the waiter was very lovely and brought Bijou's wine in a thimble).


   
      BIJOU:  Bonjour  Laura,  comment ça va?  i am very happy to answer your questions this fine day.

LAURA: It’s not secret that snails move slowly, and can manage to move great distances.  You are inspirational in your determination and perseverance.

       BIJOU:   Merci, oui,  i  am slow compared to you,  but in my world i am so fast that my cousins think i am "supersnail"  and should wear a cape with a big S on it

LAURA:  Bijou, tell me, what was it about Rick and Maria that inspired you to leave your homeland of Paris and become a world traveller?

       BIJOU:   Rick and Maria were always so happy,  and it seemed i might fit in with their "family".  i love my home in Paris,  but i felt that it was fate that i should meet them and join in the excitement they spoke of. . .  this thing they called  Zentangle .  So perhaps someday i return to Paris,  but for now,  i am in the big city of Whitinsville, Massachusetts.

LAURA:  Have you always had the travelling bug?  As a tiny French Snail, did you dream of seeing the world? or did you simply see an opportunity and seize it?

      BIJOU:   i have always wanted to travel, and happened to be in Rick and Maria's room when i noticed their drawings and fell in love,  once again - i have fallen in love many times, mostly with other snails,  but this time was different. . . .i felt . . . fantastique!  so i found my way into their valise and the rest is zee history.
      
LAURA:  Do you own a tiny Snail Beret? and do you play a tiny Snail Accordion?

     BIJOU:   Mon chapeau. . .  continues to slide off and get in my way in my travels. . . an unfortunate thing, this is.
    Ah,  the accordion,  sadly,  i do not play this marvelous instrument,  but love to dance to the melodies and it often brings a tear and then i miss my family in Paris.

 LAURA:  Were you a member of Paris’ underground art scene before you went abroad?  Were you always an artist?

      BIJOU:  i was artiste for much time (of course my work was more, how you say it? " impressionistique"),  but Zentangle is new and very exciting for me.  

 LAURA:  When you create tangles, you must be literally moved! What artist are you most moved by?

      BIJOU:  J'adore "Monsieur Pierre leMollusk",  who does fabulous "spiralisms" in colors i can only dream about.  Of course,  he is my cousin, and perhaps you have not heard of him but he is very "en vogue" in the circles i move in.

LAURA:  Have you adjusted to life in America? Do you miss your family? Are you ever homesick?

      BIJOU:  Ah,  mais oui!  J'adore my home here.  It is magnifique, in a non-Paris way.  But someday, I will return to ma famille, and dance with the ones i love

LAURA:  Your Bijouisms are inspired.  Did you know that when i spoke at the most recent CZT seminar (15) there was a Bijouism card in my line of sight, under the podium?  It said “Slow Down”.  I come from a very long line of fast talkers, and talking too fast was something that was on my mind.  I saw your card and it really helped me to feel calm and to go slowly.  Thank you for that wisdom.  What are some of your favourite ways in which to slow down?

      BIJOU:  Well,  i no longer wear my watch.  This helps me not worry so much of the time  (and it was a bit heavy. . .)  and i try to take the time to appreciate all things: each breath of fresh air.  each sip of clean water. each blue sky and rainy day. . .  and the rainbows. . . .the rainbows are heaven on earth.  the smell of the flowers, and the sound of quiet.  i am happy that i could help you through your speaking that night.  Your words were kind and happy.  

LAURA:  I have committed to create one Bijou tile a day for an entire year. This seems like a huge undertaking, but I love how, as a snail, you represent slow and steady growth. (I see my growth as an artist as slow and steady, and so rewarding).  Perhaps you can give me some help by suggesting your favourite tangles to draw?

       BIJOU:  Mais, oui.  J'adore drawing all the tangles. . . but "printemps" is my favorite, of course.   i get a little dizzy,  but that only adds to the fun!  But you may like "Monsieur Rick's paradox",  it makes even me slow down!

LAURA: Thank you so much for spending your time with me.  I do hope you'll consider stopping by my blog again, Bijou!

      BIJOU: Au revoir,  Laura.  A bientôt!



Isn't Bijou just the MOST DARLING!?

Weekly Challenge #179: "Be like Bijou"
You can get Bijou tiles from the Zentangle website or maybe from a local CZT but you don't need to have Bijou's tiles to take part this week.

This week's challenge is to Be like Bijou and to try your hand at something a little small.  Bijou tiles are 2"x2" so try to limit your tile to that size!  This size is also sometimes referred to as Twinchies on the interwebs.

so many adorable bijoux (the plural of bijou is bijoux)
Some things to remember as you try your smaller tile: Breathe! Admire! Slow down.  Relax and Savour, and Don't forget to come out of your shell.

i bet you won't be able to stop at just one. :)


Here's regular 3.5"x3.5" z e n t a n g l e tile vs the BIJOU tile

Have a GREAT week!

If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will put it in the slideshow. (send submissions to: weeklychallenge at mail.com[not gmail, just mail]. I just ask that you put in the subject line: Challenge # ________ 
The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine. - although to be honest the deadline is pretty forgiving.
 I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??

Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekly Challenge #178

Hello Tangly people!

i'm Ba-a-a-a-a-aa-aaaaack!!  Did you miss me?

thank you so much to Amy and Carolyn for their guest posts while i was gone!  I really appreciate having them step in to help so i could spend the time with my family.  I knew the Challenge was in good hands!

So! we'll take a quick break from my CZT15 recap so i can give you a very brief run down of my trip to Washington for the 11th Moebius Syndrome Conference (i took over 400 photos!!)


The Harms crew at the zoo
We visited the Smithsonian National Zoo, it was a nice day - not too humid - a nice day for the zoo.

PANDA!
A highlight of the zoo for me was seeing the pandas.  The line was long, and i could see my family getting impatient, but before we left when B-rad and i were planning what to do, he asked me: "What do you want to see that you will be disappointed if we don't see?" and it was the pandas.  (Pandas are my spirit animal!)
Chewie was super excited to be on the top of the bus
We took a little bus tour and saw some of the sights at The Mall.

Like the Smithsonian Botanical Gardens:
The whole family
And the Smithsonian National Art Gallery: 

I could have spent DAYS in here....
B-rad's mom and dad came on the trip with us to the Moebius Conference, my mom too.  (My dad wasn't able to make it, sadly)  It was sure nice to have those grandparents around, B-rad and i got to go have drinks in the bar with our friends, and we got to do a bit of sight seeing as well. 

This House is White 
Mr. President
The Washington Memorial 
The boys had a good time at the conference, Chewie loved the kids centre and Artoo hung out with us.  We had some interesting and encouraging consults with specialists - there's some exciting work being done right now between Mt. Sinai, Boston Children's and NIH... and at the end of the the conference there was a Talent Show!

Artoo sang a song and won a trophy! He was so proud.  Us too.

Cutie Patootie
It was an awesome trip, i love meeting up with our extended Moebius family!!  We'll see them all in 2 years for the 12th Conference in L.A.!

Weekly Challenge #178: "Duotangle by the Letter!"
This week's challenge is a Duotangle, but with a bit of a twist.  Instead of me assigning the two tangles this week - you are going to chose your two tangles based on your name!  If you've not been there, www.tanglepatterns.com is an amazing library of tangles!

My name is Laura Harms, so my two tangles will begin with "L" and "H"

For my tile, the two tangles i chose were LOGJAM (by Wayne Harlow) and HOLLIBOUGH (Zentangle)

I've been meaning to try Logjam for a while now, and Hollibough is an old favourite.  I kind of liked putting together a stand-by with a new one, to get me back in the "Zentangle-zone", but you don't have to do that.  You also don't have to use tangles from Tanglepatterns either, it's just a really great resource.

If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will put it in the slideshow. (send submissions to: weeklychallenge at mail.com[not gmail, just mail]. I just ask that you put in the subject line: Challenge # ________ 
The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine. - although to be honest the deadline is pretty forgiving.
 I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??

Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekly Challenge #177

Hey Tanglers!!

My family and i are still in Washington, DC! We'll be home this week, but until then - i hope you'll enjoy this Guest post, by the youngest CZT to ever have hosted the weekly challenge! :D

When i was in Providence i didn't get a chance to do a Q&A session, so if you have any Qs send them to me and i'll try to give them As. please send your questions to: lauraharmz (at) gmail (dot) com with subject: Q&A i'll be answering questions in August, hopefully!

Weekly Challenge 177: "Truffle by Caroline Broady, CZT"

Happy July, fellow tanglers! Caroline here, from CZT 11. I am really excited for the opportunity to guest-write on the Diva’s blog. I figure this is a golden opportunity to finally publish my tangle, truffle. I actually developed this pattern at my CZT training seminar in June 2013, inspired by some wallpaper at the Hotel Providence.


My challenge to you is (quite simply) to try out truffle. There is a lot of room for tangleations, so I hope you will have fun.


I start with a sinusoidal curve in pencil as a string for a guideline, but feel free to plot points freehandedly. A straight row even would probably work.


When I use truffle, I like to leave an open space in the dots (like an “O”) and fill in every other section with another tangle. Border tangles like onomato and shattuck work well.


I used Golden High-Flow fluid Acrylics and a white uni Posca pen on watercolor paper to make this ZIA.

Happy tangling! :)





Caroline Broady is a rising junior at Webb School of Knoxville in East Tennessee. She is one of the world’s youngest Certified Zentangle Teachers and a graduate of the 11th seminar. Her blog is zenticed.blogspot.com.

If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will put it in the slideshow. (send submissions to: weeklychallenge at mail.com[not gmail, just mail]. I just ask that you put in the subject line: Challenge # ________ 
The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine. - although to be honest the deadline is pretty forgiving.
 I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. PLEASE do not put your *home* page in the linkey machine... please? for me??

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Day 2 of CZT 15

Good Morning everyone! i hope you've been having a wonderful week and have been enjoying the guest post

So, here the right up of Day 2... (Day one can be found here

I set my alarm for "bright and early" but i also managed to sleep right through it, some how turning it off instead of 'snoozing' - so when i woke up the next day, the first day of the training, i was already late.  my clock said 7:45 and they stopped serving breakfast at 8:15 and training began at 8:30! Holy snap.  so i leapt out of bed and got dressed and made my way downstairs in time to eat a banana and a weirdly toasted bagel, it took me a few tries to understand the toaster thinger - it had like a moving track... anyway, the most important part was:
COFFEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
When you're a blogger, you take a lot of selfies.  ;)

After cramming a few bottles of water into my bag, i tried ever so quietly to sneak in.... and saw this: 


 The room was packed!!
And also? they had already started.  Classy, Laura... REAAAAAL Classy.
I managed to find an open seat a few tables from the back and tip toed in.  I ended up sitting next to Hannah, one of the ladies from the night before.

Here's the first tile we made:


My memory is a little fuzzy, so - i may have some of the time lines and conversations will not be verbatim.... but anyway, at coffee break the woman to my left said:

"You're Laura Harms!"
i said: "Yes I am!"
she said: "I'm Katie C from your blog!"
i said: "Hello, Katie C! i'm Laura Harms from my blog!"

It was really quite amazing to meet people who have been reading my blog for the past 4 years and doing the challenges. 

After the morning session we all put our tiles together in a mosaic.
It's so fascinating to see how everyone does something different
I met another veteran CZT, named Joy, who was so sweet!  She had with her a book of all the challenge tiles she's done and she showed me, and it's so awesome!!  HELLOY JOY!!
Joy sent me this photo!
My experience the first day was interesting because i was not to make a big deal of who i was.  Rick and Maria encouraged us to ask each other about our "Zentangle Stories" so meal times were always interesting.  So many people had great stories about how they found Zentangle, and in some cases how Zentangle found them.  When people would ask me, i would say: "Oh, i heard about it from a friend at work" i didn't want to say too much because my speech was essentially - my Zentangle story.

One of my favourite moments from this day was a woman standing next to me in the line up for food gave me a once over and said; "You look familiar... are you on the internet?"
to which i replied with a smile: "yeah, sometimes."

i still get a little chuckle outta that one.

after lunch Katie C, Hannah and Sheena and i went for a bit of a walk around the shops - checking out the area.  I was mostly impressed with the architecture - they just don't make building like that anymore.

This is a Diva and KatieC selfie!
 In the afternoon session, i snuck this photo of Katie focusing.

i'm a rebel!
 After dinner i took a bit of a walk by myself and i took a few photos of some interesting parts of the buildings i walked past.

moulding around a door frame
 This building was kitty-korner to the courtyard of the Hotel Providence...


Here's a closer look at some of the decorative work...


The evening session was great, it was an interesting guided Zentangle meditation led by Molly.  


Okay, so - i had THE BEST TIME with these ladies right here.  Clockwise: Sheena, Beate, Hannah, Katie and Me.  They were hilarious.  I won't, and can't, give you all the details because some of those details are NSFW.  But the conversation did circle around cursing in different languages - and how things i've been saying in my daily life don't actually mean what i thought they mean.... They mean something completely different....

When you're a blogger, you take a lot of selfies.
...So different.
Hilarious. 
Thanks for reading! Day 3 will be coming soon.... Have a great week!
Love
Laura


When i was in Providence i didn't get a chance to do a Q&A session, so if you have any Qs send them to me and i'll try to give them As. please send your questions to: lauraharmz (at) gmail (dot) com with subject: Q&A i'll be answering questions in August, hopefully!