Wolf Print Tattoo - Before

Before, just an outline

Just over 2 years ago I had tattoo done, the outline of a wolf print. I chose a wolf print because I’m wolf clan. My intent at the time was to have it filled in with the meaning of my Native name but have since changed my mind. Mostly because I can’t find an accurate Ojibwe story so it can be translated to a sketch. I’ve been looking for years. If I find it, I’ll have it placed elsewhere.

I’ve been following a tattoo artist since I moved to Marinette. His shop is in a new location and I drive by it at least 3x a week. After months of talking about it, I finally scheduled a consultation to meet with him. I was supposed to go Monday but got held up in Shawano and ended up rescheduling for last night.

When I met with InkDude and explained what I wanted, he saw that it was super simple. Luckily for me, he had someone cancel on him so he could do it right after his next appointment. Otherwise I was looking at 6-8 weeks out.

I’m super lucky like that. The place in Green Bay was able to squeeze me in right away when I got the outline done, too.

Wolf Print Tattoo - After

After, shaded.

Since I went to my appointment right after work I ran home to change my clothes and eat a few bites. And psych myself out about owie needle and gross blood.

Oddly, it didn’t hurt this time. It felt more like a pinch with some pressure. I was having a  good time chatting with InkDude and the other worker. Their conversation turned to tattoo removal after a request came in to do a cover-up. I sat and listened to them discuss 2 different methods of removal. Then they got into details. Like “smells like flesh burning” details.

Suddenly, I started getting warm so I wiggled out of my hoodie. That was quickly followed by sweat and feeling light-headed. I told InkDude that I needed to lean. The other worker turned around, looked at me and recommended that I lay down instead. I guess I looked a little pale.

They gave me a bottle of water and some dark chocolate M&Ms to level me out. I bounced back almost immediately. I explained that I didn’t eat much and I don’t love needles so combined with my adrenaline pumping because I was excited and the talk about flesh burning… that was enough to push me over the edge. I took a few minutes to finish my bottle of water and another handful of M&Ms then we were at it again. It took less than 1/2 hour from start to finish, including my down time.

The “after” pic I took was more to show off the cute little sleeping braids I’m trying out. My hair is getting long enough to start choking me in my sleep. It’s not fun to wake up feeling like I’m getting strangled.

Anyway. Below is the close up. This was just a couple of hours after so it was super red. I’m impressed at how much the redness disappeared already. I’m also impressed there’s not a whole lot of ooze like last time. The shading won’t be so dark once I’m healed. It will be dark to light gray to my skin tone.

Wolf Print Tattoo - Close Up

Close Up!

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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

I’m going to get my Christmas tree(s) this weekend. I’ve had offers from people to join me, but I think I’ll fly solo. I have a feeling I’m going to be quite particular, even more than usual.

Since it was decided that the family isn’t going to get together at my place this year, I’ve been thinking pretty hard about how I wanted to decorate my tree. I decided not to use the ornaments I inherited from Mom. Some of the ornaments are as old as I am, one for sure is older, and this will be my first year without having them displayed. The decision wasn’t as hard as one might think.

  • This holiday season is the 20th without Mom. It’s been almost as long since the family (and our holiday get-togethers) resembled anything close to what we were when she was here.
  • While the ornaments hold a lot of family memories, they also hold memories of relationships past.
  • 2015 was a year of growth and discovery for me. Retiring Mom’s ornaments is just another step forward.

Now… I just have to decide on final a theme for my tree(s) and go ornament shopping!

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On the Fifth and Sixth of December

I have a case of no-sleeps-for-me. Boo.

I’m in a store and I’m sing-iiiiiing.

Or maybe it was just in my apartment. I made a set of Christmas CDs for my family 15 years ago. A few of us lost our copies over the years, myself included. My oldest sis still had her discs so she loaned them to me so I could make copies.

Digital December, Day 5. Fa-la-la-la-la

Digital December, Day 5. Fa-la-la-la-la


The subject for the 5th was “tree.” I don’t have my tree yet so… I made a snackie tree out of mini trees for Freya. I even put a star on top!

Idea Room Challenge, Day 5. Tree

Idea Room Challenge, Day 5. Tree

Mooooooar Om-noms!

Pretty sure I scored some huge bonus points with D when I made him a huge batch of candy coated pretzel sticks. I have a feeling the whole batch (way more than pictured here) will be gone by the weekend.

Digital December, Day 6. Sweets for My Sweet

Digital December, Day 6. Sweets for My Sweet

Sharing is Caring.

Wednesday afternoon on my way home from Shawano I noticed the lake was starting to ice over near shore. Today on my way back I saw a bunch of geese sharing the edge of the ice. It was fun watching them for a bit. I couldn’t tell if the ice would break or melt or if they’D slip off but when the geese hit the water, they’d quick get back on the ice.

Idea Room Challenge, Day 6. Share

Idea Room Challenge, Day 6. Share

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On the Third and Fourth of December.

Mmmm Cake.

I mean cookies. I mean cookies called cake.

Ohhhhh boy. Russian Teacakes are my absolute favorite Christmas cookie. D’s sister is going to bake a batch just for me but I think I’m going to have to bake some myself. I’m afraid one batch won’t be enough.

Digital December, Day 3. My favorite Christmas Cookie.

Digital December, Day 3. My favorite Christmas Cookie.

 Almost Braids.

I’m crocheting a pair of the cutest hat for D’s sister and his niece. I’m just about ready to put the braided tassels on one of the hats. Here are the colors I’m using.

Idea Room Challenge, Day 3. Stripes.

Idea Room Challenge, Day 3. Stripes.

K-Cup Storage.

I LOVE my new Keurig. I’m so happy I made the investment. For days I kept my k-cups stored in their boxes but wanted a cute way to store them. One of my gallon jars will work great until I figure something else out.

Digital December, Day 4. I Heart My New Keurig.

Digital December, Day 4. I Heart My New Keurig.

White on White on a Tired Pale Face.

It is very obvious I got next to no sun this summer. I look like I could p)ay one of the Cullens on Twilight.

I went shopping today and these were part of my haul, my fabulous new winter jackets and a bottle of Door Peninsula Holiday White.

Idea Room Challenge, Day 4. White.

Idea Room Challenge, Day 4. White.

How ’bout those red lips, though? ;) Lip Mousse by Julep. This month’s maven box was all sorts of fabulous.

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