For our art challenge prompt of “seals” today, I opted for a sea lion as I think they’re totally adorable. Perhaps because I like dogs and once read somewhere that dogs and seals are more closely related than we think. The term “seadog” is used to refer to sailors at sea, actual dogs at sea, mythical scary beasts, and this little pinniped which is the official name for all types of seals. Seals are known for their various vocalizations which include a barking sound, so I do like to think of them as seadogs. I don’t think my dog Phineas would enjoy having a little barking brother, though, being a barkless dog himself, so we won’t be adding one to the family. It just wouldn’t seem fair. Perfectly ignoring the real reasons, of course, that seals are not actually domesticated animals, and prefer to live near large bodies of water. I’d be curious to see how Phineas would react were he ever to actually meet a seal. There could be a bond, like meeting a long lost sibling, but sadly I don’t think I’ll ever find out.
I’m typing this rather quickly as I made my sketch early today, since we have friends coming over very soon and I’m trying to sneak in a post before they arrive. First up, we’re going to see the new Star Wars movie and are then coming back to our place to meet more friends for dinner. Should be a lovely time, so I’m going to unplug for a bit soon and enjoy it. Philippe is also rushing to get ready, having pulled out a giant pork butt that he’s got to get prepped and in the Instant Pot before they arrive. We didn’t feel like doing dishes, so we picked up paper plates. We were thrilled by the boring ones in the adult section so we went to the kids party section instead. So, later, we’ll be eating on plates with an image of a T-Rex and drinking cocktails out of blue and white paper mermaid straws. Yeah, we couldn’t really agree on a single theme either. But it will be a fun time indeed!
It’s been a fun weekend so far and I’m happy to have tomorrow off work as well. There’s really nothing like a three day weekend and time with friends to make me smile. I was hoping to get caught up on some things I really need to do, but finding it difficult to do much of anything that isn’t roughly related to relaxing. I wish there could be more time in the day or I could find a way to better make the most of it. I’ve just looked up and realized that our table looks like we’re preparing for a garage sale, so perhaps I should attend to that quickly as well. But that’s the great thing about having close friends over. There’s no real need to pretend you’re somebody else. They already know what they’ve gotten themselves into and like you anyway. Perhaps one day, I’ll find more time and won’t approach things in such a rushed manner, but for now, I’ll just settle for making a quick little sketch each day and rambling on about seadogs and other tales.
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