Some of you may have heard about the crazy snowstorm that’s been going on in Western New York this week. Guess where I live :P The snow started Monday night, along with thunder and lightning, and it continued snowing through yesterday. We’re on our 4th day of being snowed in, with 50+ inches out there, and some areas have up to 7 feet! We typically get a lot of snow here in the winter, but I’ve never seen anything like this! Just this morning the maintenance crew was finally able to get to our apartment complex to start clearing out the parking lot. My husband and I spent over two hours today clearing off our cars as best we could, though we still aren’t supposed to be driving around (travel bans and such). It’s supposed to warm up and rain this weekend, which should help get rid of the snow, but then of course we’ll have flooding to worry about! Hope it all passes soon. I’m just thanking God my husband and I were both home safe for all of this, and that we’ve had enough food and supplies while we’ve been trapped inside.
It’s that time of year again! Here’s my wishlist for the Secret Santa Fan Art Event hosted by ItachiSasuke and MangaKid. (Thanks for your work in hosting this, you two! )
Stop by the event page and join the fun if you haven’t yet!
Alrighty, here are some choices for my Secret Santa:
Seth (Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones)
Hector (Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword)
Frederick (Fire Emblem: Awakening)(Ref without armor. You’re welcome XD)
Link (Legend of Zelda; Twilight Princess is my preference ^^)
Seto Kaiba (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
Naru (aka Kazuya Shibuya)(Ghost Hunt)
Gilgamesh/Archer (Fate/Zero) (Either hairstyle and with or without armor is fine)
My OC Vekter
My OC Tani (use the 2013 pic for reference ^_~)
Or Couples, if you’d like!
Naru and Mai (Ghost Hunt)
Link and Zelda (Legend of Zelda)
Seth and Eirika (Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones)
Hector and Lyn (Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword)
Nozaki and Chiyo (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun)
Inigo and Lucina (Fire Emblem: Awakening)
Geoffrey and Elincia (Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance / Radiant Dawn)
Important note: Whether drawing an individual or a couple, please avoid anything sexy/suggestive! Or mature/NSFW/inappropriate/you get the idea. Other than that, draw something you’ll have fun with, and thanks very much in advance! ^^
Here’s my long overdue jaw/TMD update for those concerned. Thanks so much to those who have been thinking of me and checking up on me – you’re the sweetest! ♥
So, um, it’s been over 2 months since my last post about this. It seemed every time I thought of doing one I took a step backward again and didn’t feel like being depressing ^^; But I’m feeling pretty positive right now, and hopefully nearing the end of this mess! Let’s do an update list to make this quicker ~
-Jaw problems started at the end of February; got bad sometime in March
-I had an MRI in April
-It showed that there was no disc out of place in my jaw as my doctor had thought there would be; rather the discs were being compressed in there because my jaw was locked up, likely due to muscle tension
-Tried muscle relaxants; didn’t do a whole lot.
-I started having involuntary jaw movement from muscle spasms, where my jaw moved completely by itself O_o Weirdest thing ever, seriously. This is still happening to me daily, but thankfully far less frequently than it was. My jaw just randomly likes to tug from side to side or wide open, heh ^^;
-I’ve been doing physical therapy for about a month and a half now, and IT’S WORKING! Before I could only open my jaw maybe halfway at best, and now I can open fully or nearly fully, which is WONDERFUL!
-I still have muscle tension in my jaw which is uncomfortable and sometimes pulls my teeth slightly out of alignment, which is really irritating, but I think it’s improving. Hopefully for real this time.
-I am starting to be able to eat some more things. Yay!
-Not being able to eat normally for so long has had some unfortunate side effects on my health, such as weight loss and a lowered immune system (I had two colds in May, ugh >.<). It’s also going to take some time to build the strength back up in my jaw, so chewing will be challenging for a while.
So there we have it. I’m doing much better, but still have some recovering to do. Obviously I’ve been drawing normally for some time now, so I don’t think this will have any further effect on my artwork; I’m just making a point of trying to keep decent posture while I work. I still don’t know what the initial cause of all this was, but hopefully it will be behind me soon.
I’ve been thinking a lot about opening Paypal commissions over on DA lately, especially with all my recent medical expenses. Also wondering about trying some adoptables...we'll see.
Whew, did you make it through all that? XD Thanks for reading, guys – hope you’re all doing great and enjoying your summers! *big hugs*
Hey guys –
I went to see a specialist yesterday about my jaw, since it isn’t getting any better. Turns out I likely have a disc out of place on the right side, keeping it from opening. I’m supposed to be getting an MRI once my insurance approves it (I hope they do O_o), and then probably getting a fluid injection in my jaw to try to get the disc back into place. Fun times, right? -_- I’m nervous because if this doesn’t happen within the next couple weeks, my jaw-disc will likely be beyond saving. I guess there are still things they can do to help me at that point, but I want my disc! Lol. I’m a baby when it comes to health problems, so needless to say I’m pretty stressed out over here. I’ll just keep praying that things move along quickly and this can be taken care of. Drawing-wise, my neck is doing quite a bit better (the neck pain I have now is likely related to my jaw being off-balance), so I’ll probably start drawing again, but take it slow.
Speaking of babies, my sister is supposed to be having one any day now! :D I hope I’ll be able to go and visit my new nephew soon after he’s born.
Oh, on a humorous note: At my appointment yesterday when waiting for the doctor to come in, I looked over at their computer screen and saw they had made some notes about me there. It said “Patient is of quiet disposition,” and “Patient presents mild distress.” I was like, They’ve been judging me since I walked in here O_o Haha XD I told my husband about it later and he said, “That’s you! They summed you up in two lines, in that short amount of time!” Too funny XD
Hey guys –
I’ve been having some trouble with my jaw for the last month or so, like it isn’t aligned properly and I can’t open it all the way. I read recently that posture can play into this issue, like “holding the head forward while looking at a computer all day,” which is basically me doing digital artwork, lol, so I think I need to take a break for a little while and see if it helps. On top of that, I managed to strain my neck on Wednesday and have these horrible muscle spasms going on in my neck/upper back, which is also making it tough to sit at the computer (or do much of anything ^^;). I’m really hoping that will let up soon, but yeah, just one more reason I’m gonna have to take it easy. So while I hope this ends up being a short break, I just thought I should let you guys know! I doubt my posture for traditional art is a whole lot better, but maybe I’ll try interspersing more of that type with my digital work in the future. We’ll see. In the meantime I’ll still be around, and I hope I’ll be back to drawing very soon! Thanks for your understanding ♥
And Klassic, if you’re reading this, don’t worry at all about our challenge entry. I got a good start on it before my neck pain set in, and I expect I’ll be back at it and have it done with plenty of time to spare. Just a slight delay!