Sunday, September 9, 2012

Well Blogosphere...

Well blogosphere...
I've failed you.

Yesterday was an incredibly busy day for me. I started by doing chores at home, then running over to my grandparents' to clean their house. Then I had to quickly go back home when the adopting family came to pick up the dog we were fostering. Then I had to do more chores. And that was all before noon.

So then I went to see a free Imagine Dragons and AWOLNATION concert (s'okay to be jealous) with some friends. And then I went to dinner for a friend's birthday.
It was all quite lovely.

But I never got a chance to get onto the computer, so... No post yesterday.



In other news, my soul mate Alix (who was one of the friends I went to the concert with last night) and I have decided we're going to perform a song together in the talent show for school this year. So, if you're one of the people who attends my school, you have that to look forward to. :)

I guess that's all for today.



Friday, September 7, 2012

Swallowtail & Southwest Head

 Here are some pictures from two of my favorite places on Grand Manan.

The first set (3 pictures) is from Swallowtail Lighthouse, the first place we go when we get off of the ferry.

The second set (5 pictures) is from Southwest Head, where we do a sensory hike.

And pretty much the whole island is this beautiful. It's not like it's just a few spots. It's all gorgeous.









Thursday, September 6, 2012

Square Knots & Nails (WIP)

Here's a work in progress I started while I was away, inspired by the fishing culture of Grand Manan.




Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Today you're going to learn (more).

Here's another sketch I did to learn parts for identifying birds.

When I handed it in to the person running the course, he looked at it and was like... "This was unnecessary."
Apparently he wasn't expecting me to be so thorough.
But, hey. What can I say? I like detail...


(The first bird is just meant to be a non-specific passerine; the second shows a non-specific gull.)









































It's the first day of school guys. I'm too tired to give you much more than this today...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Today you're going to learn.

So I'll start with a dog update.
The family that visited yesterday will be taking Patience home with them this weekend. Yay for Patience! (A little sad for me, but still it's a happy thing because I know she's going to a good home.)

Alrighty.

So, today I'm going to teach you a little bit about whales.

So here's a quick sketch I did while I was away to get some of the basic anatomy information for whales.
purty, ain't it?

















And here's another diagram, with a few more things labeled. (This particular diagram depicts a mystocete (baleen whale):








The top of their head is called their Rostrum.

A whale's tale is called their fluke or their caudal fin (it's also called a caudal fin for fish).

Pectoral fins are their side fins.

Whales may have a dorsal fin (a fin on their back). The North Atlantic Right Whale, for example, does not.

Within the order of Cetacea (whales), there are two suborders: Odontoceti and Mysticeti.

Odontocetes are toothed whales. They have teeth (obviously). Odontocetes have a single blowhole.
The suborder of Odontocetes includes sperm whales, pilot whales, beaked whales, dolphins, porpoises, and others.

Mysticetes are baleen whales. They have baleen (obviously). Baleen is used for filter feeding and is made of the same material as our hair or fingernails. Mystocetes have a double blowhole.
Some baleen whales (not all) also have throat grooves. (These types of whales are called Rorquals). The throat grooves allow for their throats to expand and allow them to take larger gulps.
The suborder of Mysticetes includes blue whales, humpback whales, right whales, bowhead whales, grey whales, and others.

I think that's all for now... maybe I'll come back later and add more when I think of more to add. And maybe I'll add some actual photos too to demonstrate some things further... We'll see.
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Trivia question for you all:
What is the largest dolphin?
Highlight for the answer: The Orca is the largest dolphin. Yep. The killer whale is actually a dolphin. 
Or click here.

HOORAY FOR LEARNING!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Adopt A Boxer Rescue

I know I promised a Grand Manan theme for you guys, but I'm kind of going to break it today.
"But you're only 3 days in, Megan! And you're already breaking your promised theme?!"
Yes. Yes I am.
But it's tangentially connected I guess...

So, while I was away on Grand Manan (see, tangentially connected), one of my dogs died. :sadface:
Here's a brief history of Missy's story: http://adoptaboxerrescue.com/availdogs/Avail2006/Avail0610/MissyPA0610.htm

We adopted Missy 6 years ago. When I say that she was the perfect dog, I mean it. She never did anything wrong, ever.

Right before I left for my trip, she got really sick, and the entire time I was away, I had no idea what was going on. I found out when I returned home that she had passed away about a week after I left.

The house seemed empty with out her there. We have another dog, a Shih Tzu (Chloe), but she's a lazy lump and isn't very... active... (but we still love that lazy lump of course). Anyway, it was incredibly weird without Missy. I suppose an 80-pound boxer has a pretty big presence in a home. Who would've thought?

Very quickly, we began looking into another dog. Another boxer to be specific. We had found Missy through Adopt A Boxer Rescue, and my family and I had been fairly active parts of the organization since then. This time though, we thought we'd help in a different way: fostering. Fostering is kind of like an in-between step for dogs. Foster homes take them in when the come to the rescue. Often, very little is known about the dog at that point, and they're far from being ready to be adopted. As a foster home, it's your responsibility to learn about the dog, acclimate them to a new life, train them, ... whatever needs to be done.

We had been looking at a few different dogs in need of a foster home, when someone contacted us saying that there was a dog they new almost nothing about, except that she was a puppy mill momma. We were immediately intrigued as this dog had come from a similar place as Missy. It just felt right. Within a few days, we went to meet the dog, and then brought her home that same day.

This is Patience.



Cute, right?







When we first met Patience, she was terrified of pretty much everything. She wouldn't eat much, she was skeptical of everyone, wasn't really up to letting us pet her...

Patience almost immediately took to me. Within hours, she would wag her tail for me (something we were told could take weeks). She became my shadow and followed me everywhere.

It's been about a month now since we picked her up, and now she's just as sweet as can be. She's a happy, social, sweet dog that is ready for adoption.

Like the idiot I am, I've become very attached to this dog, even though we've known from the beginning that some other family would eventually adopt her. The other day, we found out that a family had applied to adopt Patience. I was upset, and sort of unwilling.

Today the family came to visit, though, which helped me see that it's not so awful that I may not be able to keep this dog for myself. They're a great family, and I find them worthy of this dog.

So ... yeah. :)

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I kind of feel like this blog post really had no point. Because it doesn't really have much of a point. I mostly just rambled. So I'm going to try to give it a bit of a message now.


Let me start with a bit more of the story of our last boxer, Missy.
Missy was a puppy mill momma. She was bred about every six months (as fast and often as they could breed her). By the time we got her, it'd been a while since she'd been bred, yet her belly still had that stretched-out look that a dog that just had puppies has. 6 years later, she still looked like that. People asked us all the time if we had puppies for sale, and we were just like "No, but if you're looking for a dog, we can certainly point you in the right direction!"

Which brings me nicely to the next thing I have to say: ADOPT. Please.

There are so many amazing dogs in need of homes. Rescue. Don't just buy a puppy from the pet store (which come from puppy mills).

And if you're looking for a boxer, I can help you out a little bit there.
I personally believe that boxers are the best dog breed. I think that their personalities can't be matched. (Though, any dog owner will tell you that whatever dog it is that they own is the best breed... But whatever...).
We've had incredible success with Adopt A Boxer Rescue. Check them out.


Yeah... I think that counts as a "reason" for this post.
I feel like I have so much more to say, but ... words ... <sigh>
Oh well. Perhaps I'll have to revisit this some other day.


Happy Monday!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Whistle

So here's a quick sketch I did one morning at The Whistle (a now-abandoned lighthouse on Grand Manan). There's a little wooden platform that I was sitting on. From there you can see the lighthouse, a bit of forest, and, of course, the ocean. This location is also a great point to observe the tides and currents of the Bay of Fundy. You can see the swirling water and the eddies created by the shape of the bay, and location of the island. It's quite cool. Because of this, The Whistle is also a great spot to see whales from the island.

Originally just a quick pencil sketch, then I inked it with a pen when I got back to my dorm. (Sorry, all I had available at the time was lined paper... And then sorry again for my scanner...)



A picture of the Whistle (sorry; it's from a slightly different perspective, but apparently it's the only picture I took of the Whistle...):




Saturday, September 1, 2012

And so it begins...


Hello world.
I’ve once again accepted the “Blog Challenge”, initiated by my friend Stevie (Platonic Interlude & A Few Brilliant Ideas).
In the past, most of the participating blogs had consisted primarily of writing-type posts. I’ve got a lot of very talented friends, and they seem to have a knack for writing. I, however, do not. In the most recent Challenge, I chose a different path and instead posted pictures each day from my trip to Grand Manan, New Brunswick. That’s a little more my speed.
Anyway, writing isn’t exactly my thing. So what can you expect to see here in this upcoming Blog Challenge? I’m glad you asked.
You can probably expect to see more pictures. Some people considered my past Challenge strategy “cheating”: I had pre-set my blog to upload a few pictures every day, and I wasn’t even really doing any work on my blog, which is the real objective behind this challenge (“to inspire blog owners to consistently write”, but I’m going to alter this for my own purpose and say it’s to inspire blog owners to consistently create). So this time, I’m not going to cheat. There will still be pictures, because photography is something I do that I’m proud of, and it’s still something I feel is worthy of sharing. Now though, I’ll choose my pictures much more selectively, I’ll try harder to explain and describe them, and I’ll try to have more of a purpose behind them.
I’ve been working on an album. As of right now, I’ve got some lyrics written, some music written, some general ideas, and a few “seeds” of ideas. I spent 3 weeks on Grand Manan Island, NB, this summer, and it’s beautiful there, so there was inspiration all around me, and a lot was accomplished.
I love to draw, sketch, paint… blah blah blah. You can expect to see some art work here. Once again, there was a lot of inspiration on Grand Manan, so a lot of the beauty and culture from the island has found its way into my work.
And hey, who knows, maybe I’ll even do some more traditional written blog type stuff here too.
So, an average post to this blog could include any of these things, or any combination of these things, or even something else entirely. Who knows?
But something you can definitely expect from me in this upcoming blog challenge: a Grand Manan theme. It was a magical three weeks, and I expect the effects of the island on me will come through my posts in the upcoming weeks.
Enjoy. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Video

A video exists! I promise. It has been recorded and is currently in the editing phase. YAY!


Monday, January 30, 2012

vlogging

I'm trying guys, I really am. But it is SO weird to just talk to a camera... by yourself... I can feel my already-shaky mental status deteriorating as each minute goes by...

Sunday, January 29, 2012

January 29th

Well, I haven't made any videos yet, but I have a legitimate reason for it. My camera broke sometime last week... So... that makes videos kind of difficult... But! Luckily for you, I got it replaced today! YAY! So, maybe I'll make you a video after school tomorrow or something! You lucky ducks, you!

Instead, enjoy a video that is not mine:


Saturday, January 28, 2012

vlogging

Guys, I'm not very good at writing. I'm just not. When you're writing, people expect it to be better because you have time to revise and make it better and stuff... But when you're talking... mistakes are excused more easily because you don't really have time for that. Additionally, a lot of my own personal brand of humor is quite difficult to put into written blog form. So, for you to get the full Megan effect, I think I'm going to try my hand at vlogging. Expect videos soon.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Email


Remember when I mentioned the college emails? well, this one is--without a doubt--my favorite.


From Ohio State University:

Feeling the love?
This is the time of year when college-bound students find themselves on the receiving end of high praise and deep hyperbole from colleges and universities. You, no doubt, have a lot to read. So in short:
It's entirely possible that you are the brightest student ever.
The Ohio State University just might be the finest institution of higher education on the planet.
Seems we should learn more about each other. Tell us about you at *their email*.




Yes. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I love the internet (part 3)


3. The Anti-Joke Chicken (& anti-jokes in general): Gets me every time... 


Knock Knock!
Come in.


A duck walks into a bar, and the bartender says, "What'll it be?" And the duck doesn't say anything because it's a duck.


A duck walks into a bar. Animal control is promptly called and the duck is released in a nearby park. 


What did the homeless man get for Christmas?
Nothing.


How do you make a plumber cry? 
Kill his family.


Knock Knock. 
Who's there?
To. 
To who?
To whom.


What is red and smells like blue paint?
Red paint. 


What's worse than finding a worm in your apple? 
The Holocaust.


Why did the boy drop his ice-cream? 
He was hit by a bus.


Why was six afraid of seven?
It wasn't. Numbers are not sentient and thus incapable of feeling fear. 


Yo' momma's so fat, she should probably be worried about the increased risk of cardiovascular disease.


What did the lawyer say to the other lawyer? 
We are both lawyers.

& my personal favorite: 
What's green and has four wheels?
Grass. I lied about the wheels. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I love the internet. (part 2)


2. First Grade Problems: All that is good about "First World Problems", but with an added adorable bonus (And, at times, a slightly depressing relatability despite the supposed 10-year age difference...)






















Monday, January 23, 2012

I love the internet (part 1)

There are only nine days left in January, and that means there are only nine days left of mandatory every-day posting. Thank goodness, because I'm running out of things to say...


So I'm going to give you a lovely sampling of some of my favorite things from the internet.

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1. First World Problems: This Oreo is missing the cream and the other cookie! HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO EAT THIS?! (<--true story.)




^^(the third video curses at 3:20, so, if your're not cool with that, don't listen...)



There are so many amazing first world problems that it'd be impossible for me to try to pick favorites.
Instead, I give you this:
... Anndddd this.




And these: 
 ( one of my own personal first world problem moments )

( for Emmie (^_^) )

Sunday, January 22, 2012

second graders say . . .

As many of you may already know, I've been helping teach the second grade sunday school class at my church. I got so lucky. Second grade is by far the best age of kids to work with. They're old enough to comprehend most things, but still young enough to say absolutely amazing, adorable, and hilarious things.

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On this particular weekend, the middle-schoolers were away on a trip with the youth group. The leader asked the young Sunday Schoolers if they had any older siblings, and if they knew what they were doing this weekend. One child produced the answer:
"I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the war in Canada."
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While playing a game similar to a watered-down version of charades, one guess at the identity of an actor was:
 "Are you Michael Jackson?!"
The correct answer was sandwich.

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While learning about John the Baptist, it was mentioned that John spent time in the wilderness. One of the teachers posed the question: "Why do you think John came back from the wilderness?" One child posed the explanation:
"He ran out of cream cheese."

Friday, January 20, 2012

PSATs

From the sudden influx of emails from various colleges telling me how brilliant I am and how much they would like to have me at their school... I think it's safe to assume that PSAT scores have now been made available to schools.

I've been getting tons of emails from colleges recently. It's my junior year, so I've been looking at lots of schools. And, because I'm incredibly indecisive, I chose to "request more information" from at least 40 different schools. So, yeah. I've been getting lots of emails. And lots of mail.

( this pile is four inches off the table, just in case you can't tell... )
























I regret the decision to look into so many schools...

Anyway, in the past week-ish, the number of emails has increased by a ridiculous amount. I'm surprised when I don't receive at least one email per hour. It's awful. And I wish they'd all stop spamming me.

In the Cold, Cold Night - Cover of the White Stripes

Remember when I told you I was going to try to record that White Stripes cover, but my parents told me to be quiet?

Well, I tried again.

However......... I accidentally only recorded video... No sound.......




But I do look good. http://myfacewhen.com/9/




So I made you a video collage of my failure. Enjoy.
(I hope you like the faces I make whenever I mess up.)



video

( To make the silence less awkward, I recommend playing this in the background. That's what it would've sounded like... )




Oh, and since you can't actually hear me: I sounded awesome. It's such a bummer that it didn't record correctly...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Quick Sketches

some old stuff:




ink and paint marker.


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felt markers








( Oh, and tomorrow's post is going to be a good one. I promise. )

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

This is what I do while everyone else does math.

Done in math class sometime last year...

The scan quality is terrible. I am so, so sorry.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

but youtube, i don't have six hours....

I had no idea uploading videos was so painful...


Sinusoidal (WIP)

I apologize for the quality (both sketch and scan); this is still a work in progress.

I still need to really exaggerate and correct the perspective and, of course, add the details. . . and now that I'm looking at it again, the "1" is totally misplaced . . .


Monday, January 16, 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2012

i'm writing something. also, pictures. - january 15th

I'm currently writing a post. (You're wlcome). It's not quite done yet, and I suspect It'll have to be split up into at least two separate posts. It's currently 5 pages long in Microsoft Word... So, yeah.

Anyway, here is your daily dose of whale camp pictures as promised:


Swallowtail Lighthouse

(sorry this is crooked. . . i straightened it ... but apparently uploaded the un-straightened one... sorry for the seasickness.)