Happy Cat, as he is lovingly called now, wants to love and be loved.
Today I added 5 new designs to my shop.
Audrey and I are still loving the tiny house life and have been blogging about it over at Trying on Tiny.
Although we’ve had to face a few challenges in the last 19 months of living in 160-square feet, we’ve pulled through all of them while still loving each other more than ever.
All my posts concerning the house on my personal blog have been moved over to our shared blog at Trying on Tiny. Any feedback, tips, and encouragement are greatly appreciated.
After attending the Search and Rescue Conference (SARCon) last year, I made the decision to join the Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue team.
So far the training days have been a blast!
We built snow shelters at Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood.
I got to participate in a mock-rescue on a very wet and snowy day.
I passed the fitness test and selection day activities with my 2014 cohort.
More stories as training and OSSA Certification continues…
Way back on January 1, a couple of artists I follow on Twitter decided to start a sketchbook challenge and had invited other artists to participate. I had been looking to do more drawing so this sounded like fun!
Drawing each day for 31 days to fill a 110-sheet 5.5″x8″ sketchbook proved to be extremely challenging, fun, and very fulfilling.
To help keep me on track to draw several pages a day, I drew a calendar on the inside cover of the sketchbook then marked each day with a red X. This kept me on target to meet the challenge and a satisfying feeling to see the number of red marks grow. I believe Jerry Seinfeld mentioned this technique to get stuff done in an interview some years ago.
I also found it very handy to keep a table of contents of what was drawn on each page number. It made me realize just how much I actually drew during the month and made it easier for reference purposes should I want to find a particular subject.
What did I learn during this challenge?
It felt so good to do so much fun drawing that I plan on doing this challenge again in the near future.
Check out all the drawings from my January 2014 Sketchbook.
I’ve had this Trek Singletrack 930 from Craigslist for almost 2 years now but for the last 8 months it’s been sitting around gathering dust after switching all the parts to a Soma Saga. It’s really kind of a mis-mash of new and old parts, color-coordination, and just parts I had handy.
I’m very eager to try the Oregon Outback trail. Although I waited too long to register for the 2014 “Race”, I still plan on riding the trail solo at some point in the year.
So far after several hundred miles of riding around town and along the Columbia River, the bike feels quite comfortable. Let’s see how it does on a Century.
Over the last few years, I’ve become increasingly interested in volunteering in Search and Rescue.
A good friend of mine has been involved in the Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue (PNWSAR) for some years and had been kind enough to introduce me to other members, training exercises, and even admittance to the Search and Rescue Conference held by Clackamas Sheriff.
Going to the Search and Rescue Conference really helped me see that SAR was something I wanted to do to give back to my outdoor community.
I applied and was accepted as a prospect into the 2014 PNWSAR Cohort.
Training begins in January.
The Portland chapter of the Baden-Powell Service Association is forming!
Welcome to the 55th Cascadia Scouts!
I feel so proud to be on the ground work for such an inclusive scouting platform and look forward to helping parents and kids, boys & girls, discover the fun of the outdoors and scouting in general.
Yesterday was the first informational meeting held at Velo Cult. Ethan and Travis gave a presentation about the BPSA, the forming of the 55th Cascadian Scouts, and answered questions about the new chapter, who is included (everyone), and what might be planned for the year.
There were two camera crews and a writer for Portland Monthly.
I was in the Cub Scouts back when I was in 3rd Grade, but after less than a year, I grew a bit leary about the emphasis on service to the church while in a public school so I decided to withdraw from the group. I’ve been an atheist since the age of 12, but even back in 3rd grade, the blurring line between church in state, visa-vi the support of church groups in a public schools, was very bothersome. Although I was raised Roman-Catholic, I stopped going to church when I was 12 years old.
I was specifically told “Tomas, if you don’t believe in God, you can’t be in the Cub Scouts”
Yeah, that wasn’t going to happen. Bub-bye.
Ever since co-founding Cycle Wild back in 2008, I’ve been wanting to help people reconnect to nature and outdoor skills. After talking to Ethan about radios, scouting, Search & Rescue, and what it meant to be a scout many years ago, my interest has been re-ignited.
Let’s see how this goes.
Who is the Baden-Powell Service Association? Often referred to as the BPSA for short, it’s named after the founder Baden-Powell. The association is trying to go back to the roots of Scouting and connecting to the outdoors.
Here is the presentation given by Travis and Ethan
The 55th Cascadian Scouts online:
I had only recently heard of the “Global Game Jam” on Friday evening but had resigned myself to helping some friends move by bike on Saturday and that I would have to wait until next year to participate.
However, after helping some mutual friends move house by bicycle, my fellow team-mate informed me he was heading BACK to the game jam at the Portland Institute of Arts and that I should come along to contribute some art to their game project.
I haven’t been into the game scene all that much since my gaming computer died in late 2008, but I still take pleasure in playing web-based games on Kongregate.com since they are all pretty simple and don’t require huge time commitments.
Our game barely met the requirements, but it was finished and available for download. During the 12 hours or so I was involved in the jam, I learned about PIGSquad (Portland Independent Game Squad) and more information about the Global Game Jam and other similar events.
It’s nothing that’s going to make Game of the Year, but it’s my first game project and I’m proud.
I can hardly wait until next year!
Just a spread from my 2013 Moleskine sketchbook. 18 characters from no particular genre or reason, just to draw within the rectangular confines I established for each character.
Download the PDF version of this drawing so you can print, color it, and post a picture of your colored page.
I just ask that you not use any part of this page in commercial ventures as some characters resemble copyrighted properties.