Monday, September 1, 2014

Sketch a State: Indiana

In Indiana we stayed very close to the Notre Dame campus. We had dinner at Legends, the sports bar near their stadium, and then took a nice walk around campus. It's very beautiful, and we saw a lot of bunnies, ducks and fireflies. I sat and sketched a building that intrigued me: it had a Renaissance revival dome on top, but the bulk of the building itself looked like a typical Victorian Gothic revival brick classroom building. The mix-up of styles, plus batting away mosquitoes, made it hard to get the right proportions in the ribbed dome but I think it still captures my mental image of the building.

Living Design Sketch a State Indiana Notre Dame

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sketch a State: Illinois

After leaving Iowa, we drove through Illinois. We didn't have time for a long stop, so I experimented with sketching while Sean drove.

Living Design Sketch a State Illinois

Sketching while moving past the scenery at highway speeds is not easy, but you can get a feel for some of the barns we drove past that day. And of course, since Sean was mostly stationary, I sketched a quick profile of him.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sketch a State: Nebraska

It's been a few weeks since I've posted on the blog, but I'm back to my state sketches from our July road trip. Today: Nebraska.

We drove through the entire state of Nebraska in one day, waking up in Cheyenne, Wyoming and going to bed in Des Moines, Iowa. It was a very long day of driving, but we took a nice break at Mormon Island Recreation Area to walk, sketch, swing and see chipmunks.

Living Design Sketch a State Nebraska

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sketch a State: Wyoming

After leaving Salt Lake City, we drove to Cheyenne, Wyoming. We had a delicious steak dinner, since Wyoming is beef country. Then we went to the Cheyenne Botanical Gardens to walk around and spend some time in nature after all those hours in the car.

While sitting and trying to sketch the geese (animals are a constant challenge for me because they move so much!) we met a woman and her two year old daughter. We started chatting, and the little girl wanted to help me draw. At first I tried to get her to draw on the blank back of the page before this goose, but naturally the pencil wandered. I figured it wasn't a very good goose anyway, and the memory that this page brings is better than if she hadn't helped!

Living Design sketch a state Wyoming

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sketch a State: Utah

Our second stop on our road trip was Salt Lake City, Utah.

Living Design Sketch a State Utah

We stayed with cousins for two nights, and spent a full day exploring Salt Lake City on our own. We walked around Temple Square, and took tours of the Beehive House, 26th floor observation deck of the LDS office building and of the LDS Conference Center. We had lunch in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, and I sat and sketched in the (air conditioned) lobby while Sean took care of some calls.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Weekly Meal Plan 7.27.2014

We're back to "normal" life after our road trip, and that means it's time to get back to meal planning too. Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Sunday: leftovers

Monday: beef and cabbage stir fry

Tuesday: crockpot chickpea stew

Wednesday: caprese salad with salami and prosciutto

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: stuffed summer squash - subbing out the goat cheese for feta from Tuesday's stew, and using our CSA ground pork instead of sausage

Saturday: roast beef and watermelon "carpaccio"

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sketch a State: Nevada

These past few weeks, Sean and I have been on an amazing cross country road trip! Over the next few weeks I'll be blogging about some of the different parts of this trip.

One of my goals for this trip was to stop and take a moment to sketch in every state we visited. It's all part of our all-in-one travel journal, which I'll explain in a bit more detail in another post. Today, I want to start off what I'm calling my "Sketch a State" series with our first stop, Nevada!

Sketch a State: Nevada

The first night of our trip, we stayed in a little ghost town called Unionville. A sweet old lady and her son run a bed and breakfast there, and it was a fun adventure to start off our cross country trip. We took my Civic up a tiny gravel and dust road (poor car was so dusty, you could barely see that it's blue!) and had a wonderful night away from modern civilization.

The sketch above is from our first cabin, overlooking the empty desert valley. Not long after I did this sketch, the well pump bound up and we weren't able to get water in the cabin anymore. We moved to a guest room in the owner's sister's house, and had a different but wonderful evening. The B&B really was astounding in its hospitality.