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Day 83(5 days late): Dad’s Birthday Present!

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

I’m finally done with my papers!!!!! I turned them in at 11:30 today and it felt amazing! I’ve still got 3 exams over the next 2 weeks, so the posts might be a little spotty, but I thought I’d try and start getting caught up!! So sorry for the delay…

So, Monday was my dad’s birthday! I had already started his present on Day 64 by doing the mold and cast of my hand. I started today by using a sanding sponge to even out the plaster. It was really hard to get into all the little crevices and my hands were starting to hurt, so I mostly just smoothed the rough patches a bit. Then (after getting all the dust off) I used a creamy beige sample jar of paint with equal parts water and did a wash over the whole thing. I was going to just paint it straight on, but I was worried about it getting too thick and not being able to see the wrinkles in my knuckles and things like that. After that, it looked a little too much like a real skin color and I thought it was sort of creepy, so I made an even more diluted wash with blue paint and went right over it. It’s very subtle, but you can see where it settled into some of the holes. I wish I had gotten a progress picture, but I didn’t :( . After that, I looked around online for a bit until I found this traditional henna tattoo, and I copied it in a brown paint on my plaster hand. It was really hard to get all the little details, even with my smallest brush, so I just did my interpretation of it. In the palm, I made a heart since it’s for my dad. :D

For the bottom, I wanted to write some sort of quote about a father and a daughter holding hands or something, but I couldn’t find any that I really liked, so instead i just searched for quotes with hand in them, haha! I came across this one by Leonardo da Vinci, and I think it works well!

So, Happy Birthday again, dad! Can’t wait to give this to you next weekend!

In other news, I mentioned yesterday that we’d had some pretty severe thunderstorms/tornadoes in this area on Wednesday (which was part of the reason why I didn’t finish my papers sooner…). Here’s some pictures of the damage the golf ball sized hail did to my car…

That’s the hood of my car… There are some dimples on the side as well, but the roof was the worst. I don’t have a picture of that.

Apparently some hail jumped up and broke my passenger side blinker…

My windshield got really cracked… here’s the passenger side (from inside the car)

That’s the driver’s side.

While this sucks and all, I am very very lucky that this was all that happened! Many cars around me had windows completely busted out and many houses and other properties were damaged. My county was lucky in that we didn’t have any deaths, but South of us, there have been well over 100 documented deaths so far, and there are still people missing!! So please, keep everybody in your thoughts and prayers!

Anna Grace