Proud Mom Moment

I am blessed with four exceptional children, each of whom possesses innate creative and artistic talent.

It’s been truly fun and fascinating to witness the spark and growth of each individual talent, to see how it translates throughout each of my four kids. For now, I’m going to talk about my daughters.

I spend a lot of the time I take when shown my girls’ art journals exclaiming things like, “Wow! That would be an awesome tattoo!” or “Oh, man! That would make such an awesome and excruciating tattoo, but it would be so bad-ass once the pain part was over!” (Except for many of those drawings –– usually in ink –– the sheer detail involved would call for multiple sessions, and usually an expanse of skin requiring a lot of space, like one’s back… & I learned through personal experience that I am not a fan of the healing stage of back tattoos! So hard to reach!)

Both of my girls are award-winning artists. *fist bumps their father, Dan*

That said, my younger daughter worked on a piece for a “Say No to Drugs” art campaign that struck me so hard, I just may send it to various “Say No” places around the country and suggest they incorporate it as their logo. It won second place (her sister nabbed first) and I feel it gets its message across right between one’s eyes.

"Behind the Mask" - art by Mina Brunkhorst
“Behind the Mask” – art by Mina Brunkhorst

That stunning inked artwork is the Voice of my Baby Girl, and I couldn’t be more proud.
I love you, Mina. *hugs*

Now Girls, let me take another look at those dragon drawings… ?

“Gone” – Pearl Jam – I Am So Relating Right Now

“If Nothing is Everything then I have it All”

Pearl Jam is my favorite band, and I love Pearl Jam consistently, meaning; I don’t continue to buy their music out of just loyalty (as I sometimes feel compelled to do for Duran Duran, my first favorite band). I buy Pearl Jam’s music because it is outstanding… and out of loyalty. 😉 Out of their song, Nothingman (Vitalogy), came the absolute genuine line of all time (IMO) –– & resonated so much with me that I have it inked, permanently, in my skin:

My StormCloud-Lightning Bolt Tattoo
StormCloud: “Caught a Bolt of Lightning… Cursed the Day He Let It Go” – Kimri @ Element Tattoo, Bozeman, MT (2014)
My StormCloud-Lightning Bolt Tattoo
StormCloud: “Caught a Bolt of Lightning… Cursed the Day He Let It Go” – Kimri @ Element Tattoo, Bozeman, MT (2014)

P.S. – That location fucking hurt. Just sayin’. LOL…

That said, Post-Divorce Me finds myself vibrating to Pearl Jam’s “Gone”.


No more upset mornings
No more tired evenings
This American dream
I am disbelieving

When the gas in my tank
Feels like money in the bank
Gonna blow it all this time
Take me one last ride

For the lights of this city
They only look good when I’m speeding
Gonna leave em all behind me
Cause this time

I’m gone

Long gone
This time I’m letting go of it all
So long
Cause this time I’m gone

In the far off distance
As my tail-lights fade
No one thinks to witness
But they will someday

Feel like a question is forming
and the answers far
I will be what i could be
Once I get out of this town

For the lights of this city
They have lost all feeling
Gonna leave em all behind me
Cause this time

I’m gone

Long gone
This time I’m letting go of it all
So long
Long gone, I’m letting go of it all
Cause this time I’m gone

If nothing is everything
If nothing is everything, I’ll have it all
If nothing is everything
If nothing is everything, I’ll have it all

I am gone

Words cannot express just how much that IS Me right now. Perhaps this feeling of needing to Get the Fuck Outta Here will pass… I’m not sure. Currently, it just feels like that need is getting stronger each hour, each day.

Hmmm… Bozeman, Montana… Calling?