Friday, October 28, 2011

4th Anniversary

Last night was just a random Thursday as far as most people were concerned, but for Sarah and me it was special. Wednesday was our four-year anniversary, but we both had to work that night so we postponed the celebrations a day.

And, by celebrations, I mean "random night on the town."

As you can see, it doesn't take much to make us happy. Just hanging out with each other is always a celebration.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

MADly Influenced

I don't usually post a new blog every time I upload a new doodle to my Flickr account, but since this one is a little different (and since it's been a while since I've blogged something that wasn't poking fun at the newspapers from the Indiana town I grew up in), I thought I would make an exception.

When I doodle, 99% of the time I use a pen. I'm not comfortable sketching in pencil, but I've been reading an amazing new book by Tom Richmond, The Mad Art of Caricature! Compared to my other doodles, you can see the book has really had a bit of an influence on my style. Sarah and I have also gotten hooked on the new FX series "American Horror Story," so Dylan McDermott was a natural choice for the subject of my attempt at a new style.


I haven't completely finished Richmond's book yet, so who's to say how my doodles will be affected on a long-term basis (if they are at all...I've been known to regress a time or two) but I was pretty impressed with my progress so far.

By the way, if you have any kind of interest in art, caricature, or MAD magazine, I highly recommend Richmond's book. He pulls the curtain back on this oft-overlooked style of art and opens your eyes to how you see the world. Even if you don't draw or consider yourself an artist, you'll appreciate Richmond's outlook and you just might find yourself seeing the people around you with a new -- and entertaining -- perspective.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Martial Arts Day

From my hometown Indiana newspaper:

Ah, National Martial Arts Day, how you make me smile. Mostly because you're so easily confused with Lounge-Around-In-Your-Blue-Bathrobe Day.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Imprecatory Prayer

From my hometown Indiana newspaper:

This little ad was found in the section of the newspaper where local churches usually advertise for an upcoming event like a potluck dinner or a special speaker. What I found most intriguing about this ad is it was sponsored by Miller's Merry Manor, a local nursing home. You know, it's the way they care by praying for their enemies to die.

Blue Suits & Bible Stories

From my hometown Indiana newspaper:
I still don't quite understand what the big easel/covered square object has to do with the big announcement. All I know is it looks like I'm in for the best, most color-coordinated flannelgraph re-telling of the story of Noah ever.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Good Dog

From my hometown Indiana newspaper:

Just a hunch, but something about this picture tells me that dog will never ever misbehave again.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Jumping For Joy

From my hometown Indiana newspaper:

This was on the front page. No story, just this picture and the cute lil caption.

I'll say it again: THIS WAS ON THE FRONT PAGE.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

You've REALLY Come A Long Way, Baby

I've been doing our family genealogy this week and I've really been enjoying it. I would tell Sarah the stories I uncovered and how excited I was that I was able to trace my mom's family all the way back to 716AD. But, when we began peeling away at Sarah's family line, that's when she really got excited. And for good reason.

So sit back and enjoy this historic look at just how much it took, and just what people went through, to bring us the woman I'm so much in love with. Keep an eye out for the guy with my favorite name, Fulk the Rude.
Marcomir I, King of Sicambria SICAMBRI (449BC - 412BC)

relationship to you: 89th great grandfather of Sarah

Son of Marcomir I, King of Sicambria

Son of Antenor II, King of Sicambria

Son of King Priamus, Prian IV,Priamus Ilium

Son of Helenus

Son of Diocles, King of the

Son of King Bassanus Mangus Ilium of the

Son of Clodomir I the

Son of Nicanor

Son of Marcomir

Son of Clodius I, King of


Son of Merodachus Clodomir II

Son of Cassander King of

Son of Antharius

Son of Francus King


Son of Marcomir III Sicambrian King of the

Son of Clodemiro III Penardim the

Son of Antenor IV the West

Son of Rothaerius

Son of Richemer I King of the

Son of Odomir King of the

Son of Marcomir IV King of the

Son of King Clodomir IV

Son of Farabert

Son of Sunno Hunno King of the

Son of King Hilderic of the

Son of Bartherus King of the West

Son of King Clodius III du West

Son of King Waltherus Walter

Son of Dagobert I King Of The

Son of Genebald I, des FRANCS, 1st Duke

Son of Dagobert II "The Younger"

Daughter of Clodius IV Duke

Son of Ascyla Queen of Lombardy

Son of Flavius Richomeres, Comes domesticorum, Consul to the Roman Empire

Son of Theudemeres one of the leaders of the Salian Franks and King of Thérouanne

Son of King Clodion Clovis I

Daughter of King Merovech I

Son of Basina I

Son of Sigimaerus "Bishop"

Son of Tonantius Ferreolus, Senator de Rodez, Governor

Son of Ansbertus "The Senator," Prince of the Sicambrian Franks

Son of Garnier, Erchinoald I

Son of Bodilon

Son of Guerin Warinus Count Of

Son of Lambert

Son of Robert

Son of Guerin

Son of Milo de

Son of Milo De

Daughter of Francon I

Son of Mrs Lieven

Son of Mayeul

Son of Aubri

Son of Count of Macon

Daughter of Alberic Comte

Son of Beatrice Countess

Son of Count of Gastinois

Son of Fulk the

Son of Fulk V The Younger Of

Son of Geoffrey V

Son of Henry II King of

Son of John 'Lackland' King of

Son of Richard Plantagenet de

Son of Richard De John Plantagenet

Son of Geoffrey

Son of Richard

Son of Geoffrey

Son of Richard

Son of Edmund Planetgenet

Son of OTIS

Son of Thomas

Son of Lawrence

Son of Robert

Son of Richard

Son of George

Son of Richard

Son of Thomas

Son of John

Son of Joshua

Son of Joshua

Son of William

Son of Quimby

Daughter of Mathew

Son of Hannah

Son of Oliver Pettibone

Son of Jasper O

Son of Elmore Eli

Daughter of Elmer J

Daughter of Suzanne Marie

I gotta tell ya. It was all worth it.