Tuesday, August 11, 2015

little devils

Congratulations, Jen on the Edge! You won Martinis & Motherhood!  My staff will get that sent out to you STAT.  You'll find another book giveaway at the end of this post, so keep reading.

After Grandma P's funeral Friday, Team Testosterone drove to Iowa for Mr. D's annual golf weekend with friends and family. I caught up with them on Saturday, returned home Sunday (because I had to retrieve Jax from doggy daycare) and then Team Testosterone returned home Monday--with a couple cousins in the mix! So, all week I have the company of Mr. T, Mr. B, Mr. J, Mr. G and Mr. B--FIVE boys, ages 9-16. Or as I like to call them, little devils.

Right now they caught some crawfish from the creek and Mr. T lit a fire in the pit so they can cook them for lunch. Oh hush, I tossed them a package of hot dogs and a bag of buns to supplement the crawfish lunch. They also have stuff to make s'mores. I'm not heartless.  On the crawfish front, they really don't know what they're doing, but it's pretty entertaining to watch. They also get muddy, swim it off, get muddy again, snack, fight, shoot airsoft guns, fight, swim, play with spray paint, fight, fish, fight and eat some more. Will it be a long week? Perhaps.  I tried to book some activities to balance the "togetherness" so nobody ends up with a bloody nose (though we have a wasp sting thus far and a blister).  Tonight we'll go to a Timber Rattler game, tomorrow the EAA museum, Thursday Door County to play in Lake Michigan. Consequently, I won't be writing much this week.
Team Testosterone, two cousins, one neighbor kid

They're actually pretty good kids--I just had to place some limits on FIRE and FISTS and BB GUNS.  The real joy is watching the memories they're making together.

And speaking of little devils, the book giveaway! Fellow EcoWoman and bloggy pal Kim Kasch has her debut YA novel out! Demon's Ink is fresh off the press and I'm sending one to a lucky commenter!


Drake and Bartos come to the Pacific Northwest, where they open yet another tattoo shop but Bartos has no trouble dealing with the competition because there’s nothing normal about his art. And he’s stealing more than clients from the local skin artists. He's stealing their souls.
Customers fall in love with Bartos Slinderman’s tats but end up paying the ultimate price for their purchase because unlike Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray, they can’t walk away from this art and it’s beautiful until the artwork takes on a life of its own...

Sounds wickedly good, doesn't it?  My body's a tat-free zone (mainly because I was flat broke when I was young and thought it might be a cool thing to do), but I think that's an interesting comment topic. I've seen some gorgeous tattoos, ill-chosen tattoos, ugly ones, frightening ones and sweet ones, but ultimately there is nothing I love enough to imprint it permanently on my skin so I never got that Chinese-style dragon on my right shoulder blade (again, before you judge, I was twenty when I thought that was a good idea).

Spill it, reader. Any ink on your skin?


23 comments:

  1. None and never will be. But funny this should come up because I was just talking about this with The Mister at lunch and my BIL told him how much our nephew's tattoo cost and I was shocked. It was as much as a good boob job.

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    1. Skin art...it's more than you bargained for ;)

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  2. No ink on me. If needles weren't involved, it might be a different story, but I get very squeamish around needles.

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    1. Poking doesn't sound like fun to me...maybe that's my inspiration for Demon's Ink ;)

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  3. No ink.. Never considered.. Never will!

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  4. Enjoy all those boys doing all those boy things! My daughter was just at the EAA airshow for work and loved it - it didn't occur to me that it was close to you.

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    1. So much for sugar and spice ....sounds like a lot of frogs and snails and puppy dog tails...

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  5. Camp Westemeier sounds like an amazing place.

    No ink here!

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    1. Sounds like fun to me too...especially with no ink ;)

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  6. Oh what a fun time for all the boys!! My three siblings and I all had baby boys within 10 months. (Plus I had one 12 months before.) When we get together...so much fun craziness!
    No ink on me. I doubt there ever will be. I just don't see the point.

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    1. Skin art can be scary...perfect for Halloween ;) at least that's the point of Demon's Ink ;)

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  7. Thanks everyone for reading and joining in :) And HUGe thanks...to Mel!

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  8. Ooh, congrats to Jen on the Edge!
    Team Testosterone on steroids! If the little devils don't yet have access to some wicked cool laser guns, now is the time to invest! My guys would be all over that homestead with them.
    No ink, because I can't think of something I'd want always and forever AND because I am not fond of needles or pain.

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  9. WHY YES, I do have the wife's initial on my arm in a red star :) I remember catching crayfish in creeks too...but it was sorta like "now what?"

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  10. OMG - you were at the T-Rats last night? Did you hear the Fox Valleyaires sing the National Anthem? Amigo was in the front row, third from left. He sings lead.

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  11. Oh, as for tats, I don't have any. I wouldn't mind a daisy somewhere - maybe an ankle.

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  12. You all are having fun!

    I do have a tattoo. Got it when I was 18. It's small and hidden. I've never regretted it.

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  13. very much enjoyed the description of Team Testosterone's activities. Hah! We had a neighbor some years ago that wanted desperately to build a fire in the woods, but we live in suburb neighborhoods with woods just on the edge that belong to Colonial Williamsburg... so I convinced him to try to light his fire in my drive way instead of on private property just in case it caught. I promised not to freak out if he (and the other kids) promised to keep a bucket of water at the ready and call me if they actually started a fire. They spent 3 days rubbing sticks together over piles of leaves before the dads had pity and helped them figure it out!

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  14. oh - no tats. I do think I could sport a nice firebird of the Russian art tradition on my shoulder blade but tats sound like they hurt...

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  15. No ink -- my luck I'd be allergic. It does sound like a good story though ...

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  16. Wow! That is a lot of boys and a lot of fun! What a busy week! You are gonna need some recoup time after that. ;)

    Yes. I have ink. You may have seen the pictures on my blog. It is a butterfly (that I got when I was 25) on my lower back. Recently I had four little butterflies adding to it, kind of spiraling out of the main one. I kind of want another tattoo on the inside of my wrist. I am not a fan of tons of tattoos but a few nicely placed tattoos are cool. Plus, my bro is a fantastic tattoo artist so it would be crazy not to get a really good FREE tattoo. :)

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  17. No ink, but I'm not opposed. I have some ideas, but Troy isn't a fan, so I think they will be permanently shelved. I LOVE that the cousins are over for the week....I grew up with a bunch of cousins over all the time and they are lifelong friends---we even asked one of them to be Godmother over Patrick. Cousins are the best.

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Spill it, reader.