Things that keep me high

We’ve been having a nice week, with the highlight probably being a visit to a friend’s cottage on a gorgeous stretch of sandy Georgian Bay beach, which we spent most of our visit lounging upon, Nefarious spending as much time as she could in the surprisingly warm water. If you’re wondering why I have a cane in the water, it’s just because Nefarious wanted to go out deep after I was tired out (I didn’t initially look this silly), and I joined her so that she could go out further than would have been safe on her own. Even with all the pain — which grows more substantial every day, something that is hard to believe is possible, and the potential for imminent demise — boy oh boy do I still spend most of my time happy and appreciating what a lucky hand I’ve been dealt in terms of the experiences I’ve had and the people in my life. Please don’t ever think I’m whining about health issues (that said, they do suck!).

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I love the picture of Caitlin and I, and made it my new profile picture…

Nefarious, who has a fun week coming up visiting relatives (starting tomorrow with a waterslide excursion), insisted that I post this photo here. She was fondly reliving memories about cooking crepes as the cutest two year old ever back when we lived in Mexico, most of all how much fun the flipping is I think, so today she made them for Caitlin and I almost entirely on her own. I did some of the grunt work of mixing the ingredients, but she did everything else — assembling the batter, pouring, cooking, and flipping the crepes in the pan, and all that — on her own. And of course the post-frying carving of a plate of them into this be-hatted skull. It’s a wonderful thing, just as satisfying as a good report card (which I’m happy to say her hard work has earned her), seeing life skills develop and applied.


I’ve set up streaming from my movie/music collection to everything in the house — the PS3, which powers the television, as well as our iPhones and Caitlin’s iPad — so tonight I think we’re going to baptize it by watching “Africa’s Last Taboo,” a horrendously disturbing documentary about being gay in Africa (it’ll get you the death penalty in a dozen or so countries, with their murderous anti-gay movements being well funded by mainstream American churches who can’t get away with executing local white homosexuals). It’s on my must watch list.

That reminds me, I was out for a walk with Nefarious today and some annoying fundies approached us and tried to push tracts into our hands, so I said thanks but no thanks on account of God being a myth (politely though since I don’t want Nefarious to think it’s OK to mistreat someone for their beliefs… even if they are not just ignorant but supportive of great evil) — which seemed to give my daughter the giggles. Because she’s been raised atheist, but with a good knowledge of the stories and faiths of many different cultures via story telling that is expressive of the richness of religious tales, it’s quite surprising to her that anyone would actually believe the stories are real.

Anyway… Other than spending some one-on-one time with Caitlin this week, I’m hoping to do substantial development on a zBrush-esque tool I’m working on for creating height/bump-maps, which I plan on using on my CarveWright CNC router. I haven’t found any good freeware tools that are optimized for bas-relief sculpting, so I’m happy to contribute this effort. You can click to see where I’m at with a screenshot… I won’t embarrass myself by telling you how much time I spent drawing all the icons, nor will I further embarrass myself by telling you just how much I enjoyed that time spent. I actually have a lot of other tasks I need to do also, so fingers crossed that I have the strength to do a satisfying amount.


  1. bonnie wrote:

    I loved teaching my kids (all boys)how to cook…and it’s incredibly rewarding now that they’re grown and I get invited over for delicious dinners!

    Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Permalink
  2. Laura wrote:

    That is an awesome pancake skull. I am impressed with the teeth that are shaped, yet not mangled…tricky on a pancake.

    Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 5:54 am | Permalink
  3. Ali wrote:

    I remember when you posted that entry about crepes, and I used your recipe! Super easy and delicious. :)

    Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 11:13 am | Permalink
  4. Cassell wrote:

    Shannon, are you still painting? You haven’t mentioned much about it. I hope I will have the chance to buy a painting or print from you someday.

    Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Permalink
  5. Shannon wrote:

    I haven’t done much painting lately — just don’t have the (uninterrupted) time for it…

    Monday, July 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Permalink
  6. Ella wrote:

    Bless, I love Ari’s skull-crepe, that’s really impressive! It’s great that she remembers Mexico – I remember things from that age, and it always surprises me a bit how unusual that is.

    Love the pix.


    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 10:48 am | Permalink
  7. michelle wrote:

    someone sent this to me and I thought you’d enjoy it…

    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink
  8. peat 3-D wrote:

    OK i just have to say, the skull thing on the plate is frickin’ AWESOME!

    maybe my next tattoo!
    do i need the artist’s permission?

    Stay strong & healthy Mr.L!

    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Permalink
  9. Jelle. wrote:

    You all look great!
    And I love that t-shirt! =]

    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Permalink
  10. peteD3 wrote:

    LOVE the pancake! cheers to the artiste!

    Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 11:41 am | Permalink
  11. peteD3 wrote:

    are there any leads on specifically which American organizations are funding the murders in Africa?

    im in a picketing mood…

    Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 11:43 am | Permalink
  12. Erica wrote:

    Apologies if this is too personal. But I was just wondering what the cause of your chronic pain is? Is it from getting your tumor removed or unrelated?

    Thursday, July 22, 2010 at 11:11 am | Permalink
  13. nikk wrote:

    you always have the coolest shirts. are they all off of zazzle?

    Monday, July 26, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Permalink
  14. It sounds like despite the pain you’re still trying to live a life full of adventure and love Shannon. I try to do that myself, even on days when it hurts too much to get out of bed. Keep it up.

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 11:49 am | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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