Okay, it's been a while since I've looked on here and things have been crazy...I have over 8,000 messages (mostly deviations of people I watch) since I have been ignoring this site. I've been busy with all manner of things. Here's a summary of what's been happening: School, got first boyfriend, school, fractured leg, school, broke up with first boyfriend, school, Natsucon 2013, and....Oh, right, school. Things were going well until I fractured my leg. Funny story.
Near the end of April, I rolled my ankle really badly and fell on it when I stepped on the edge of a hiking trail...but that's what happens when you're too busy staring at the trees looking for birds and not paying attention to where you're walking. Who knew birding was so dangerous. On top of that, I walked on it for several hours afterwards. Part of that time was spent in the car and I stayed off of rough surfaces, but I was convinced I had only twisted it. When I got home I took off my shoe and sock and it didn't look so bad. Not a lot of bruising or swelling. My mom said I should go to the urgent care. I waved her off saying that it was no big deal. My tune changed after a couple of hours of the rest, ice, and elevation treatment (we couldn't use compression right away because we didn't have any Ace bandages. My mom had to go out and buy one). I watched my ankle swell and bruise more. Still only thought it might be a sprain, so I decided to go to urgent care the next day. When I got to the center and took off the Ace bandage....I knew it was bad. Dark bruises all over my ankle. Then after a couple x-rays, a fracture of my left distal fibula was confirmed. They splinted my ankle and my mom borrowed crutches from our local pharmacy (yes, borrowed. We have a small, independent pharmacy with an owner who is awesome). When I saw the specialist, I got a good look at my x-ray. Oh boy, did it scare me. The fracture was millimeters away from being a full break. I would've had a little chunk of bone floating around next to my ankle. If I had taken a second tumble that day, I might've been having surgery. I got lucky though. The bone was still attached, my ankle was in alignment, and all I needed were crutches and a walking boot...and lots of time off my feet. Inconvenient considering I was just about to start a new set of classes at the YMCA *and* tennis season was about to start at the Rec Center. All those plans out the window along with the part-time work I do for my dad, the volunteer work I do at Wild Bird Rehabilitation, my pottery classes, and the figurine sculpting schedule I had made (this got dropped because I have to be able to carry the sculpey back and forth from the fridge and that doesn't work well with crutches). My entire routine had been wiped out in an instant, except for school. Cue the depression relapse. Totally didn't help that my therapist had just left private practice and I am stubborn as hell when it comes to finding a new person. Anyway, things were crazy and the depression relapse put a strain on my relationship. In the end, we decided we were better off as friends than significant others. Different wants, needs, and expectations. Oddly enough, I was only depressed about the break up for a little bit. It was causing so much extra emotional stress that I felt relief when it was over. Probably a sign that I wasn't as attached as I thought I was.
But, enough of my personal life. Back to the update, I am almost back to normal with my leg. Still have soft tissue healing to deal with. Hopefully I'll be able to get some physical therapy for my leg and ankle when I go in for my shoulder (yeah, the crutches aggravated an old injury in my left shoulder. Luckily, the doctor I saw for my leg also specializes in shoulders. He suspects my scapula (or shoulder blade) is rubbing against my rib cage....not pleasant and very painful, which also slows down some of my art stuff). I am all signed up to start pottery classes again and I have loads of ideas thanks to all the wonderful people I met at Natsucon 2013. That con this year was a huge ego boost for me and came at just the right time in my life. It was the weekend for pottery. I have never sold so much pottery before and what was really amazing was selling several of my original pieces. Not just the fanart pieces. Makes me feel more confident about my work and the fact that I have now seen people enjoying my stuff...I want to make more. I want to make things that people will love, enjoy, and use. Yeah, it's great getting money for my art, but it's soooooo much more satisfying to know that I made something that people will use and that it made them smile.
For the next year or so things will be busy for me. I am in my Vet Tech classes and in September, I will start my very first class where I will probably work with animals. Along with that class I will be picking up kennel duty on my off days. I will still strive to make my art (since I will be so busy I want to slowly work ahead for the next Natuscon) and hopefully, some time this fall I will be able to do an overhaul on my Deviantart page and get pictures of my recent work up as well as cleaning out my message box and trying to be a bit more active. I've been handing out my business card every year at Natsucon, but how can I expect people to be excited to see my table at the con when I don't even keep it active. Natsucon 2013 definitely rekindled my love for the art I create.
Anyway, it is late and I must finish winding down so I can go to bed. If you read all this, thank you for sticking with my rambling entry.
Goodnight, everyone...and catch ya' on the flipside, mates.