Wrays of Sunshine

Wrays of Sunshine


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We Need to Talk


I know we’ve been together for over four years, but it’s time for both of us to move on and move up! Coming up shortly I’ll be making the permanent switch to wraysofsunshine.com. Find me there!

But in the meantime, everything Sunshine Press will remain the same. I’ll keep all the recipes and interviews up here for archival purposes (while also moving them over to the new site) and you can even follow Sunshine Press’ archives on Bloglovin!


Thanks for switching things up with me. Check out the first post here to find out why.



Not for Nothing

PokieOh hi, hello! How are you?

For the most part you could say my weekend of rest worked out. It wasn’t a 100% success, though, because life has a tendency to get in the way. For example, Saturday afternoon my cell phone decided to stop sending messages. It would say the message was sent, but then two seconds later I would receive a text from my provider noting that it wasn’t sent and that I needed to pay my bill. In my cold medicine delirium, I almost paid it except I was pretty sure I already had. Checked with my bank and it turns out I had. So I lost an hour to the technical support gods, but I did get my phone fixed and all from the comfort of my bed so I’m still considering it restful.

Methinks that right there is the big lesson. Resting is not the same thing as sitting around doing nothing as I thought. Other things I did included a few dishes, and really slow, meditative yoga. Nothing complicated, just sun salutations and tree poses for balance. I pulled all my attention toward doing every slowly with a full inhale and exhale between every move. I gave my myself massages and even wrapped up my knee which has bothering me lately.

The movie line-up Saturday was Amelie, Kung Fu Hustle, Death Proof and Iron Man, all movies that are silly and make me feel stronger one way or another by the end.

Unfortunately I got my Honeybee sick, too. He had Sunday off, so we planned a whole day of rest together. After Saturday I was a rest guru and since I was beginning to feel a little better, I had to opportunity to take care of my love a bit. We stayed in our jammies, slurped smoothies and watched Star Wars and Harry Potter.

There were several moments where an idea would spring to mind. Or something I’d been meaning to do resurfaced in my mind. Where I’d usually scramble to record it, I let them pass. Being young and lucky I haven’t had a great deal of personal health problems, but that doesn’t mean taking the time to rest isn’t important. Allowing oneself the time to heal is easily overlooked but it’s of the utmost importance. It’s not for nothing. That was my mantra this weekend.

That said, my alarm somehow turned itself down low so I couldn’t hear it. I over-rested! Waking up in a panic on Monday morning is never fun, but I was able to hit the ground running thanks to all the rest I got. Not at 100% yet, but I’m working on it. You know who is back at 100%, though? Princess Pokie. Two doses of medicine and she’s practically a kitten again.


How was your weekend? Did you get lots done? Tell me all about it.





Has it already been another week? Geez! I’ve been working on new paintings and new etchings and a new portfolio and, well, there’s been no time for love, Doctor Jones (ten points if you’re all about an ambiguous Indiana Jones reference like me!). But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few clicks on around the web that I can’t resist. First these words of wisdom for the hustler in all of us.

Remember when we met my ladyfriend, Bethany? Well, she’s been tearing it up in the kitchen! Find her here. Just look at this gnocchi! So delicious!

potato gnocchi

Emma from a Beautiful Mess shared on thoughts on changing dreams which was moving and inspiring.

And, of course, what it’s like to be a menace over at Hyperbole & a Half.


Happy Monday, party people! If you’re in Seattle, stay dry! If you’re somewhere warm and dry, suck it!



My Monday

This weekend is marvelous! Notice I said is there instead of was because I took the day off. I’m still in it, man! Clearly I’m easily excitable, but, you know. Little victories. Seattle had some teasing weather going on the last couple days. We’d wake up in the morning to birds singing and sunshine then, twenty minutes later and for the rest of the day we were pelted with big, fat raindrops. Not Seattle’s usual misty rain, this was someone else’s weather. Very weird! But the best part was that we had  no place we had to go.


For Valentine’s Day I made Honeybee a cookie cake. It was a giant white chocolate, peanut butter chip and almond cookie-cake and it was heart-shaped! Why am I telling you this instead of showing you a picture? I didn’t take one for whatever reason. Whoops, but it was cute. And now there’s none left, which is a good sign. Honeybee made me dinner and we fell asleep watching Princess Bride. Score. It was a big deal to wake up Saturday without alarm clocks and no hurry to go anywhere. I received lovely flowers from my sweetie. He also made me a Funfetti cake. Can you believe he’s lived 36 years on this planet without ever making a cake? Or frosting a cake?! He did these things for the first time for me and I feel so incredibly special about it. He also took me to Home Depot for pricy, but awesome supplies for a new project.

Bug Out Bag

My dad sent me a military grade bug-out bag complete with two MREs (meal-ready-to-eat for you non-army brats out there), a sleeping bag and a microfiber blanket! I can’t wait to go camping with it! Oh, remember the amazing Explosion Card my mom made me last year?

Baby Bri Explosion Card

I know. Take a minute to recover from that Sunshine cuteness. This year’s was even better. It’s an easel card with a drawer! (Forgive my cell phone shots. I was reorganizing my photos in Bridge and lost a bunch of new pictures. Sad panda.)



And as if the day couldn’t get any better, we had a lovely mini-jam with Scott, Jeff and Jared plus Garret and Bethany! And Bethany brought her famous mint chocolate Kahlua Cream cupcakes. They were so damn good! We went to the Rickshaw for karaoke. You know B and I had to get some Tits on the Radio action. It was strange, though. Ever since the place burned down, the Rickshaw is suddenly clean and the crowd was mostly subdued. I’m used to there being lots of crazies! I missed that. Thanks to all who came and shared the day with me. I had a ball, y’all. And the best part is I’m off all day today and I get to do all sorts of the things I love. Sketches and paintings! Yay!

Alright, I’m off to get my hands dirty. See ya!


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