Tuesday, November 20, 2018

ICEE - International Customizing Equine Event

International Customizing Equine Event (ICEE)GENERAL: This is NOT a contest!!This is to tie in with Jennifer Bray Buxton’s NaMoPaiMo (National Model Painting Month), so that all customizing and prepping has been completed by February 1, 2019 and then continue on to Hanna Bear’s National Tack Month for a Triple Crown in modeling.x

The idea of this event is to motivate artists and non-artists if all skill levels to challenge themselves in a supportive community to customize a model in 2 months, October AND November (61 days).

RULE 1: ENTRANTS - Open to individuals of all ages and skill levels worldwide.
RULE 2: PROJECT MODEL - When finished the Project model must be 50% or more horse "body".
Completed model is to be equine, other Equids (mule, donkey, zebra, etc.) or equine-like (unicorn, pegasus, hippocampus, seahorse, centaur and other mythical or fantasy horse-like creature).
Only 3-D models will be included in the project model category.
However, ICEE encourages participants to also complete any number of 2-D and non-equine projects for the "I Also Made This!" category they wish within the 2 month period of the Event.
RULE 2a) One 3-D model equine (etc.) of any scale or medium required.
Project model can be in any condition at the start of the event, however the work required as expressed in the artists statement MUST be completed within the Event months.
Rule 3: DEGREE OF PROJECT - Anything from simple ear repair/reposition to total body rebuild to sculpt from scratch.
It is up to YOU to challenge YOUR skills.
RULE 4: ENTRY - One (1) project model per participant to count as the official event entry.
To be declared at time of entry by way of artist statement, and/or sketch or a reference photo.
E.g. Artist statement: I am planning to make a __________ in the __________ pose.
Once an entry has been made you cannot go back and change things after the fact. If you aren't 100% sure don't sign up yet.
RULE 4a: The customizing must be done 100% by the participant.
RULE 5: COMPLETION - A model is considered to be finished when no more altering or tweaking is necessary. 

There are several other rules but these were the main ones. 

The entirety of the stated finished customization MUST be completed between 12:01am Oct 1 and 11:59pm Nov 30, your time zone.
To be counted finished you MUST post 1 photo of the finished project in the "DONE!" album or email to the host.

My project model is a Breyer Stablemate (1:32 scale) Dungaree that I am going to make into a dragon-type pegasus with bat wings, dragon tail, horn, scales and more. 

This is what she looks like with things attached and before sculpting begins. 

I started this in October. Finally on Sunday, November 4, I got out of my head and did some sculpting. 

Today (Tuesday, November 20, 2018) I actually sat down and completed the last bit of sculpting. Added back ridges, mane, and forelock with magic sculpt and then the leg designs that will be raised under the paint with modeling paste. So my official entry is complete. Not sure when she will be primered and painted but this challenge is DONE!! WOO HOO!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

2018 Wellness Program - Challenge 16 - Winter Months Checklist

Challenge 16: The Winter Months are approaching! Stay safe this winter while traveling and using our checklist for your vehicle!

1) Have your battery checked.

I had it done this summer with my mechanic and know that it will need to be replaced by spring 2019.

2) Check your tire tread! If tires are less than 3/32" tread they need to be replaced.

This was also done this summer when I had rotation and alignment and break check

3) Check your tire pressure.

I do this every week during the winter months. 35 psi is appropriate for my truck and I keep them at that.

4) Ensure your windshield wiper blades are in good condition.

These were just replaced when I got my new windshield this summer and are still in good working order.\

5) Refill your windshield wiper fluid with fluid recommended for below freezing temperatures.

I carry a bottle of windshield wiper fluid all year round in a kit in my truck.

6) Pack an emergency kit - suggestions include:
Bag of abrasive material.
Snow Shovel
Snow brush
Flashlight with extra batteries
window washer solvent
Ice scraper
Paper towels
Jumper cables
Gloves, hat and blankets
warning devices (flares or triangles)
drinking water
non-perishable snacks
extra clothes
first-aid kit
basic toolkit
mobile phone and car charger

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

2018 Wellness Program - Challenge 14 - Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

Try a new fitness class, sport, hiking trail, recipe, attend an educational opportunity.

01/09/2018 - I tried a vegan friend's recipe for grilled eggplant and garden burgers. Much to my surprise - they were very good. I am not usually one for trying new things and this opportunity showed itself.

I actually made this same dish in September for the meatless Monday challenge as I liked it so well!   

04/08/2018 - I attended a 2.5 hour seminar on Your Health, Your Choice. Lifestyle changes for disease prevention. This was informative and something I plan on starting Mid-May with the plant nutrients and changing completely my eating habits. I had to wait until Mid-May to start it due to some financial issues.

04/15/2018 - Prayer Trail at the YMCA of the Rockies - because wellness isn't just about mind and body but soul as well. The Prayer trail offer several different stations for which you do various things to reconnect yourself with the creator or whatever you choose to call it.this trail allows for contemplation and centering that can lead to wellness of the soul and it's a nice little walking trail which helps with the wellness of the body too.


04/19/2018, 06/14/2018, 06/21/2018 - Holy Yoga - this was held at MedEx - it is a Christian based Yoga with music and scripture reading. It was an interesting class and didn't differ much from standard yoga teaching.

5/22 to 27 - I was on vacation in Lawrence, Kansas. The hotel I stayed at had a small gym with weights, tread mills and other exercise equipment. I have never been one to go to a gym and I made the decision for 5 days to walk each morning at the  gym there on the treadmill. It was scary for me because I don't like the whole vibe that gyms give off of only the "hot" people are actually there but this was nice because at 6 AM there was only 1-2 other people and they were all just there to work out and not judge. It gave me courage to come home to Estes Park and join one of the gyms.

The last half of the year I did not get much out of my comfort zone due to work schedule and volunteer obligations.

2018 Wellness Program - Challenge 4 - Expand Your Horizons

This challenge was to attend two or more seminars during the year that are put on for free at EPMC.

I attended the January State of Slim seminar. This was an interesting program about the STATE OF SLIM weight loss program.

I missed the Introduction to Meditation in February due to having worked the night before and then working the night of the seminar - when you work nights - waking up during the day for a seminar when you are needing to sleep sometimes doesn't happen.

I missed the Heart Math in March for the same reason as the February one. This one was supposed to be video taped and posted online but never was. Neither was February. 

I missed the April Active at Altitude because the seminar date and time was posted the morning of the event and I was not on duty to know about it. Again - no video taken or posted of this event. 

I missed the May Mental Health seminar for the same reason as the February, March and April. 

I missed the June presentation for the same reason as Feb, Mar, Apr and May. 

I missed the July presentation for the same reason as June. It's very hard to work at night and then try to get to a seminar the next day when you need to sleep because you are on that night too. 

The August seminar on Debunking Diet Myths was informative and I learned some new things about dieting that I did not know. 

The September Seminar on The Power of Habit was very good - I had no idea a habit takes 28 days to form but even longer to break. 

Oct - none ever posted - so unable to attend. 

Nov - class was not held

Dec  - none posted

The seminars being on Thursday or Friday make it very difficult to attend to get credit for when I work over night and am sleeping at the times of the seminars. 

Perhaps if some were scheduled on Monday. Tuesday or Wednesday it would be easier for some people to attend. Or each month a different day so there are more chances for NIGHT SHIFT WORKERS to attend. 

Also, if seminars were filmed and posted on the Wellness page for the hospital so that they could be watched and then signed off on would be a bonus to those of us that work nights and can not make it to these events, no matter the date/time scheduled. 

The Wellness page has had the same information and video up for several months now with no new posting of any seminars. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

2018 Wellness Program - Challenge 7 - Checking in

Revisit your initial goals.

I decided to do this today on 11/6/2018.

Question 1: Are you making progress towards your goals?

While I am exercising 1/2 hour per da, eating healthier and finding people to encourage me, the weight is not coming off. I am still stuck in the 170# range and I can't get out of it. My clothes are fitting better but the goal of 150# is not any where near being accomplished. ๐Ÿ˜’

Question 2: If you have not met your goals, what can you do differently to meet your goals?

I am so unsure at this point other than working out 5 hours a day and not eating (no I am not being totally serious on this, though it has crossed my mind). I just am totally out of ideas on how to move forward.

Question 3: If you have  met your goals, Congratulations! Challenge yourself and set new goals below!

No new goals at this time.