OK. so before everyone lets the "oh, nice of YOU to return, thought you were dead" out of their mouths, let me apologize. The Friday after returning to work from one of the most relaxing vacations ever, I found myself in a very embarrassing situation. I was climbing into the Jeep, hands full of lunch, coffee, books, purse (as usual) and before I could place my butt in the seat, I sneezed, felt my back tense up, and then, as if to seal the deal, sneezed again. This two second adventure left me in the ER with a stabbing pain in my upper back. After many ex-rays (6) and a CT scan, they determined it muscular and sent me home, still cripple and unable to catch a deep breath, pocket full of pills that i couldn't take because they made me sick to my stomach, in a puddle of sweat, because the summer decided to arrive the very same week, ranging in temperature from 89 to HELL is burning. Well, i guess years of medical training proved them right, and today I'm as good as new (or as good as a person my age with poor eating habits and a low activity level can get). Excuses aside, I'll share with you something i discovered while staring at my iPhone, laying on my back in the middle of the bedroom floor (minus the photos of the gigantic dust bunnies that reside under my bed, they deserve a post of their own.) The very first thing I wanted to share was a very talented artist that, at a young age, is making a name for herself all over Flickr. Michele added me to her contact list, and i visited her page and couldn't believe she was as young as she is. Her artistic style and talent for textures and actions are amazing. She hosting a contest (complete with directions for those who are new to textures like myself, my Graphic Design degree came to me quite some time ago) and I urge everyone to stop by and give it a try, and enter, so much fun, I lost hours I should have spent paying bills last night. I have a lot more practicing to do to get to her level. Here are a few of my shots with Michelle's textures added. I am amazed at the wealth of creativity there is out there, just waiting to be stumbled up.