Sunday, September 30, 2012

Day 84 - How to raise a self-assured daughter

I've decided to include a few stories about Mickey's parents.  Coming soon will be a post about my first impressions, but this one was easier to draw for now.

Like any family in the summer, Mickey's parents like to grill.  Her dad especially is proud of his work as grill-master, and I must say that I also approve (I'm always full when we eat at her parents'...always).  He is so proud that I noticed he has a catch-phrase (see below) that he must have picked up from some American movie.  I also noticed where Mickey gets her self-assurance from.  She is cute, and she knows it.  She's smart and she knows it.  And I love her and she knows it!

self-assured genes

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Day 85 - How to test a man's commitment

In every couple there are quirks and habits that the partners have to learn how to live with. Take, for example, Trevor's ventriloquist act over Skype that looks like a poorly dubbed kung fu movie.

I have my share of quirks too, like running out of the kitchen when he lights up the gas oven. I'm told gas ovens are not as popular in the U.S. so that's one more thing to look forward to.

Here's what he has to look forward to:

how to test a man's commitment

Friday, September 28, 2012

Day 86 - How to profess eternal love

So many people want to know what true love is...well, I will tell you.

True love is buying nail polish for your girlfriend.

Mickey loves fun colors of nail polish, but the only readily available colors where she lives are pink and red (or so she tells me).  So I did the awesome super boyfriend thing and went to the pharmacy here in the States to pick up some fun colors.  Insert awkward checkout moment here.  While some might argue that picking up tampons for your girlfriend is worse, in that situation there is no doubt that your purchase is for a woman.  Also, no one rushes to the store in an emergency to buy nail polish...

Also, I learned it's not yellow, it's vanilla; it's not maroon, it's hazelnut; it's not orange it's pumpkin pie.

how to buy nail polish for my girlfriend

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Day 87 - How to use technology to simplify your life

Trevor uses the voice command function on his phone quite often. He claims that this is saving him time because he doesn't have to scroll through his list of contacts in order to find a name. In fact, it usually goes like this:

how to use voice command stick figure how to use voice command stick figure
how to use voice command stick figure

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Day 88 - How to frame a puzzle

Mickey loves puzzles.  I don't go out of my way to buy them (unless it is for Mickey) but I am always happy to, I mean, I will keep putting pieces until it's done.  Mickey and I have completed 2 puzzles so far during my trips to Europe.  We have a third, but we're holding off for now...and here's part of the reason:

After completing said puzzles, we decided I should bring them back to the U.S. of A. where our home together will soon be.  This brings about the interesting predicament of figuring out how to transport an already completed puzzle (with 1 or 2 thousand pieces).

As you can imagine, this prompted a differing of opinions.  Mickey was determined to scotch-tape the back, while I did not want to so that I could glue them to a board and frame them.  We ended up doing a little of both.  Compromise is so important in a relationship.

Transporting a Puzzle

Anyway, once you have transported the puzzle to its final destination, it's not very hard to frame it.

1.  Lay it face down on newspaper.

2.  Apply spray glue.  Try to get some glue on all pieces, but don't over-saturate it.

3.  Read the directions on the glue, but most glues tell you to wait a minute before applying the surfaces.

4.  Carefully apply a single sheet of paper (or foam-board) to the back.

Now the puzzle is forever secure and ready for framing.  I made one of the frames out of molding...much cheaper than buying frame wood.  The other frame was purchased at a craft store (50% off woo-hoo)!

how to frame a puzzle, puzzle of Neuschwanstein Castle

How to frame a puzzle, puzzle of Bedzin Castle

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Day 89 - How to name a cat

Trevor and I plan to adopt a cat when we finally move in together. In preparation for that, we were playing the game of  "how to give a cat weird names". Each of us had to come up with 5 funny names for the future fur ball. This, of course, reminded me of the Friends episode when Ross and Rachel are trying to come up with a name for the baby, without knowing if it's a boy or a girl. But don't worry, we're not naming our cat Phebo or Veto. Although I bet you wish we would after you find out our ideas.

Mickey's list of cat names:

Humphrey Bogart



Liza Minelli

Kitty Kitterson

Trevor's list of cat names:

Tickle Monster

Cat Stevens

Mr. Pooper Scooper


Cold Air ... and here's his explanation

how to name a cat, funny cat names

This is my first attempt to draw in PicMonkey and I haven't yet figured out how to draw lines or shapes.

We promise you that:

- we won't get a cat the size of a cow.
- our cat won't have toothpicks for legs.
- Trevor does not wear pink hats. He does, however, wear a cheese-shaped hat every once in a while.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Day 90 - How to get out of making coffee

Mickey LOVES coffee.  I, however, am not a fan. Partly because I think it tastes like dirty water...although palatable with milk and sugar, but mostly because I can't handle the caffeine. Mickey on the other hand, believes there is no point to drinking decaf. I will point out that she is far from an addict though, she drinks only one cup, and not daily...

One day, I decided I would be a good boyfriend and make coffee for Mickey while I had my own breakfast.  She was quite delighted...until she took a sip. To her dismay, I did not use enough coffee in the coffeemaker and it was quite watery. Naturally, the next day I made sure to use enough grounds.  Apparently, I overcompensated.

Thus, I have been relieved of coffee making until we get a coffeemaker that makes a perfect cup, no matter who is using it...

how to get out of making coffee

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Day 91 - How to make yourself indispensable

I have a lot of things in common with Trevor. For example, we both like my sense of humor and we both think I am a humble person. However, there are instances when our styles differ (our choice of entertainment being one of them). Because he's a musician, Trevor sometimes lets his creativity get the better of him and he becomes distracted and absent-minded. Because I am myself, I am more organized and inclined to micromanage (and also to use understatements).

So we have come up with a system to put this quality of mine to good use. I am in charge of holding Trevor accountable for doing his work (you know, by giving him lectures on why Facebook and 9gag are bad for your productivity). Sadly the same lecture system does not apply to my Pinterest addiction.

Sometimes it's quite hard to keep a good balance between giving advice and speaking the language of iDemand (notice the subtle hint to that in Trevor's drawing here). So this is a legitimate question that he asked a while ago and the honest answer that was going through my head.

how to micromanage your boyfriend stick figure funny

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Day 92 - The Best Song to Know

When Mickey learned that I am a musician, and that I play guitar, it wasn't long before a serenade became a regular part of our early courting.  While I play many instruments, I consider myself more a producer and composer than a performer.  So, I had to look up lyrics and chords so I could start playing songs.  Don't ever ask me to play from memory, because I will only be able to sing 2 or 3 lines of any given song.

Mickey always enjoys my serenades, almost as much as she enjoy laughing at me when I mess up the words.

A Skype Serenade

Friday, September 21, 2012

Day 93 - How to choose quality entertainment for your partner

We've reached a point in our relationship where we pretty much know what the other person likes or dislikes, at least in terms of entertainment. So we often have conversation that sound like this:

Trevor: I watched such-and-such movie last night.

Mickey: Oh, how was it?

Trevor: You wouldn't like it. It involves:

             a) gratuitous gunshots.

             b) the world coming to an end only to be miraculously saved by guy in a white tank top assisted by Ms Boobage.

             c) fart jokes.

             d) world attacked by an unknown deadly virus; cure found by Dr. Boobage, PhD, a 21-year-old expert in virology and nuclear astrophysics, but only after she runs in slow motion at least 3 times.

             e) Keira Knightley's chin.

Mickey: <rolls eyes>


Mickey: I'm starting a new book.

Trevor: What book? Maybe we can read it together.

Mickey: Persuasion by Jane Austen. It has girls talking about feelings and social conventions in 1814 ... for 260 pages of really small print.

Trevor: Never mind. 

Not to mention the chick-flick marathons rites of passage that poor Trevor had to go through. We'll leave those for another post.

How to talk like jane austen stick figure


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Day 94 - The trouble with postcards

Shortly after I met Mickey, I learned that she collects postcards.  This worked out well, since I traveled a lot for work, so I sent a few cards from wherever I happened to be.

The trouble of course, is that I was sending the postcards to her parents address where it was easier for her to pick them up, and postcards aren't exactly private.  At first, her parents paid them little mind, but when the postman began to take notice of the frequency of their arrival, it wasn't long before Mickey's parents would call her as soon as a new one arrived to let her know.  I'm sure they enjoyed them quite a lot, especially the cornfield pictures from Nebraska.
The trouble with postcards

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Day 95 - How to convince your girlfriend to have breakfast

I've never been a breakfast person. I'm not proud of it, but I can go for weeks skipping breakfast.

Trevor, on the other hand, needs exactly 2.5 seconds between opening his eyes and heading for the kitchen in the morning. When he's here (in Europe) he uses his superpowers (ok, maybe just the power of example) to convince me to have breakfast but I fall out of this routine the minute his plane takes off.

breakfast stick figures

Hopefully I'll get into the breakfast habit once we move in together for good.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Day 96 - Can you hear me?

Mickey and I met online, and after chatting on Yahoo Messenger for a few weeks I asked if we could try voice-chatting.  I would have asked if we could Skype, but I did not yet have a web-cam.  Mickey agreed and I was very excited.  Let me further premise this by saying that Mickey had only showed me a few pictures of her, so I was still a little nervous that she might not be who she said she was, but rather some very creative scam artist.  Ok, I wasn't that nervous, but the possibility could have still existed at the time.

I had never used YM's voice chat feature so I was a little nervous it might not work.  Naturally the first thing I said once it connected was probably "can you hear me?"

I don't remember if she could hear me or not, but I remember having a brief moment of terror as the voice came back over my speakers.  It was slowed down, as if using some kind of voice disguising adapter (like they use to hide people's identities in documentaries).  To me it sounded like Darth Vader in slow-motion.  And the first thought in my head was..."oh no, it's a man pretending to be a woman..."

As it turns out, it was simply that my professional audio interface didn't work well with YM.  I switched back to the computer's normal audio and it worked fine.  And then I heard Mickey's ever-so-mild accent and started shopping for web-cams.

P.S.  Yes I do have a dual monitor setup...which I utilize for editing.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Day 97 - How to convince your family that you're not crazy

Boy, will that title get us some insane traffic, or what?!

Since none of Trevor's friends or family have met me in real life, this is how I imagine the scene of him talking about me at the family get together.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Day 98...or is it?

I am now looking at flights so I might not see Mickey until the 23rd.  I think that puts us back at 101?  Check my math.

At this point I will be re-creating some of the fun events during our initial courtship prior to meeting face to face.  And, they will be graphically represented in glorious 5-color 2D!  Alright, so I'm going to try to enhance my digital art skills over the next 100 days.  We'll see how that goes.

Anyway, this story was when I was in the lovely beach town of Corpus Christi, TX and Mickey told me I had to do two things at the beach: yell something into the ocean, and write something in the sand. So I wrote "I love you" in her native language (which she had not yet taught me how to say) but REFUSED to tell her what I wrote until I met her in person 4 months later.  Mickey hates surprises so it was torture for her to wait that long.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Day 99 - The Squint-n-Greet

Due to the time difference, Trevor sometimes gets home late at night when Mickey is already asleep and Mickey has to leave home when it's early morning for Trevor (think 4-5 AM). Thus, they have perfected the art of saying hello or goodbye while staring into a bright monitor in a pitch dark room.

Because our love is only as strong as our retina.

Yup, I used a mug to draw Trevor's head. That is actually a compliment because I like mugs a lot.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Day 100 - Starting the Countdown to Dimple-time!

This is the first installment in the countdown to Trevor arriving back in the arms of his true love.  Enjoy the picture!

This is Super-dimples rescuing the Fair-Maiden Mickey.   I love you, baby!

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