Wednesday, December 17, 2008


With the holidays just around the corner, the first round of family is Cali bound Saturday.  I'm excited and overwhelmed and wished I had 3 weeks off of work and school to enjoy them, oh the reality of life.

This was taken 5 years ago and has been my only picture with my entire family in it.  My hopes this holiday season is to finally get an updated picture.  I'm excited to see faces and hug necks because it's been way to long.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Reason 303,460.

He's an amazing uncle.

Hot Cross Buns Superstar.

*Kuya, there is no need to thank me for blessing your home with the sweet sounds of the recorder(s), what are little sisters for, anyway.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Baby Brother.

I can't believe he's turning 21 tomorrow.  I also can't believe in the 21 years he's been on this earth he's had more hairstyles than anyone I know.  So, in celebration of his 21st birthday, I thought we should also celebrate his choices of hairstyles. 
(click  image to enlarge)
Happy Birthday, Budda.  I love you, love you.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Baby, it's cold outside.

not really, and Ken begrudgingly turned the air conditioner off.  I refuse to have the air conditioner running in December:  open a window, strip down to your boxers, take a cold shower, whatever needs to be done, the air conditioner will remain off.

It's hard to get into the holiday spirit when it's 88 degrees outside, none the less, I love the Christmas season.  I especially love decorating for Christmas & with all the decorations up, the tree lit, & the house smelling like cinnamon, it's a shame that in a couple of weeks it will all come down.  

Each year with our pajamas on, Ken's breath smelling like eggnog, and Temptations and Mariah as background music, we decorate our tree.  Each year I rediscover our ornaments and each year I get bit by the nostalgic bug as I unwrap them.  We don't have a theme, although by looking at it you may beg to differ, because we are partial to superheroes and a certain feline, in any case our ornament collection is pretty eclectic: pickles, snowmen, & even a man shoe.  But I have my favorites, the ones that get the prime spots on the tree.

We got the kissing fish from Mom Keil, who gave them to us in 2004, Ken & I's second Christmas together.  Ken says by his mom buying us "kissy fish" (his words not mine) it meant she wanted him to marry me.  4 years later, the glitter & paint may be chipping off, but the magnets are still attracting, a lot like us.

I found this hand painted clear glass ornament, while Christmas shopping with 2 of my bestest friends, Jen & Ash.  Long lunches & spending way too much money always made for a great day.

This was given to me by our good friend Brad, who has an amazing Christmas tree, filled with the most incredible collection of Christmas ornaments, so it doesn't surprise me that he picked this beautiful ornament out.  I actually went to Pier 1 to buy it after I had seen it being advertised but unfortunately they were sold out, so I was extremely thrilled when he gave this to me at his annual Christmas party.

Yes, their boobs, & yes they are displayed on the front side of the tree. They're hand crafted by Kate & I laugh every time I see them & it just reminds me of how much I love her & her boobs. 
This is my new favorite I actually got this one this year from a pal/coworker, who in the short time we've known each other knows I love candy, especially lemonheads, the best part of this ornament is the candy that's inside.

You should come visit & have some eggnog, that's of course if Ken hasn't already finished it, we'd love to have you over. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

HEY YOU, it's another review.

"...laugh out loud..."
-Hilden of Robot Panic

Wednesday, November 26, 2008



"....a clever comic...a promising debut by a talented creator. It's more than sufficient..."
-Jason Sacks of Comics Bulletin

"...funny book...highly stylized...very good project."
-Adam of Pete's Basement Episode 32 (starts around 08:54)

"...really funny..."
-Pete of Pete's Basement Episode 32 (starts around 21:36)

"This book is hilarious....laughs on every page..."
-Greg Burgas of Comics Should Be Good (scroll to mid page)

"amazing, genius, buff, & talented, everything I like in a artist..."
-Rowena Keil of Shameless Promotion

Tales to Suffice is out today! Pick it up, you won't be disappointed, promise.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Reason 303,459.

Blog worthy advice.  

I'd like to share some wisdom my husband threw me last night before bed.  

"When you get bit by a bat you won't feel it.  So, if you wake up and there is a bat in the room, you must immediately go to the hospital and get a rabies shot."

*side note:  our previous conversations did not relate to bats.  Batman-yes, but not bats.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Woah, November you are moving way too fast!

We started November off with a quick trip to the bay for the Alternative Press Expo (aka APE). Surprisingly in the 24 hours we were in San Francisco we packed a lot in including a trip to "The Rock."  We knew we weren't there to be tourist, so we weren't disappointed when we couldn't tell the difference between the bay bridge and the golden state bridge or when we were greeted with rain, rain, and more rain.  We weren't even disappointed when it came to the unappetizing breakfast calzones but it was all worth the 6 hour drive to finally see Tales to Suffice in all it's glorious printed form. I got choked up yet again not only seeing my husband get his hustle on and sharing his amazing talent to the world but to see his published comic book sitting on the SLG table, he shook his head in embarrassment when I wanted to buy 30 copies.  This being my second time as a convention wife, I think I'm getting the hang of it, this time around though I didn't scare any of the other artists by shameless, enthusiastic promotion of my husband.  I held back and let Ken whore himself.  

This is me, a year older.  Turning 28 was harder than I thought.  I spent the day before under a blanket in bed, eating left over halloween candy, and drowning in realization of how the number keeps getting bigger, the hair is getting grayer, the metabolism is slower, the girls are less perkier, and mind is getting crazier.  Luckily, Ken planned a relaxing, rejuvenating birthday weekend in Santa Barbara to get me out of this self loathing mood.  With nights falling asleep to sounds of crashing waves and mornings waking up to beautiful sunrises what more can an old lady ask for.  It was the exact place I go to in my head to harness my chi, gather myself, calm myself, center myself, or get away.  It was my happy place in true, tangible form and I hated to leave, but was comforted knowing it's existence.  

It has been an incredible birthday month so far.  I'm a lucky, spoiled girl and with an amazing husband, wonderful friends, and a loving family I am truly blessed.  I guess getting older isn't that bad, especially when it gives me the excuse to eat 2 birthday cakes and my weight in gobstopper cupcakes.  

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Catching up.

It occurred to me this morning while in the shower how crazy busy it has been for the Keil household. I realized this when I saw what was growing in my armpits. I evidently have become European. Maybe far too much information to share, but it just confirms the crazy busy. I confess that lack of grooming is due to pure exhaustion. The good kind of exhaustion, though. It's hard to get back into that day-to-day routine, when you've been spoiled with 2 weeks of playtime. It's also hard to jump back into reality knowing that the faces that make you happy aren't part of that day-to-day routine. Oh, the joys of growing up. All that aside, we’ve had a wonderfully exhausting past couple of weeks.

First the bestest came for a 5 day intro to SoCal. Hollywood, Disneyland, & Venice Beach gave her just a taste of my new stomping ground. Before I knew it was Sunday & we were back at LAX saying goodbye. We’ve already started planning our next adventure, but this time we’ll invite our other halves. 5 days weren’t nearly enough, and I miss her like something fierce.

Two work days later we were on the plane to the ATL, for the Valdez extravaganza. There are a few people I would climb ladders for, even a lesser number of people I would iron for. But for the Valdez’s I would not only climb ladders and iron, I would do it in heels. One of my favorite boys got married to an amazing girl. I knew she was the one when he told me she could recite/rap the entire Andre 3000 verse on Throw Some D’s Remix. The day was perfect, and hands down the best wedding DJ. We love Diwang and have fallen in love with Becca. Congratulations guys! Thankfully the last of my boys reassures me it will be at least a couple of years until I will have to iron or pluck eyebrows.

So back to reality, back to that day-to-day routine, back to shaving my armpits on a regular.
Check the pictures here & here.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Baby Fever.

Luckily, when my maternal clock starts to alarm, I have friends I can live vicariously through.

I may not be ready to have a baby, or be able to cook, or iron my table linens, but I can however make a hell of a diaper cake.

The best part is when you become a new auntie.  Introducing Jaden Mckenzie Beckford.  He's the most amazingly beautiful baby & I can't wait to see what he does!
Congratulations Dain & Joy, it was a crazy rough journey, but I gotta say it was totally worth it. I love you both.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Trail mix.

Ken & I decided to do something out of the ordinary, we played outside.  Sunday, we voluntarily spent the whole day with nature & had way to much fun.  Ken did a pretty good job summing the day up, but he did forget to mention one important thing, which was that we crossed 'eating trail mix on an actual trail' off of the life's to do list.  Maybe I'm ready for a camping trip, well maybe RV camping trip, or maybe a bed & breakfast.

Saturday, August 30, 2008


When they brought her home from the hospital, I imagine for me it was a roller coaster of emotions:  excitement, happiness, curiosity, confusion, jealousy....Every emotion a girl has when they become a big sister or in my case an ate.  Technically she's my cousin, but we've played like sisters, we've fought like sisters, our parents even dressed us alike, so I don't see her as any thing other than my little sister.  So, in celebration of her 24th birthday, I've compiled a list of 24 things that make her great & what I absolutely adore (envy) about her.

24.  She got the good hair.
23.  She wears a size 0.
22.  She can eat whatever she wants & still look amazing in a bikini.
21.  She can sew.
20. She's an amazing writer.
19.  She glides in 5 inch stilettos.
18.  She can carry a conversation with my husband about hip-hop.
17.  She's always is dressed cute & looks good in everything.
16.  She's a great dancer.
15.  She's incredibly intelligent.
14.  She's a good listener.
13.  She's a guys girl.
12.  She's free spirited.
11.  She owns brass knuckles.
10.  She's Miss Independent.
09.  She's courageous.
08.  She's outgoing.
07.  She's witty & quick.
06.  She's funny.
05.  She's stubborn.
04.  She's blunt.
03.  She knows how to correctly serve in ping pong.
02.  Her energy is contagious.
01.  She's talented.

Happy Birthday, Jess, I love you!

fears. especially of grammar.

I started my first online class at UOP Tuesday.  I imagine it's the easiest class I'm going to have to take on this road to my BSN & since Tuesday I have had a total of 2 nervous breakdowns & at least a handful of panic attacks, some of which happened while I was at work, you know the work that requires me to keep people breathing.  

It's a intro class, the kind of class you take your freshman year of college, the one that teaches you about good note taking, time management, & how to use the library.  Pretty standard stuff, pretty much a joke, but yet gives me chest pain & heart palpitations.  And to make matters worse, I have to remember what a predicate is (sorry mom) and know where I should place a comma or a semicolon.   Hello, read my blogs, I obviously suck at grammar.  Unless you can surgically take out a predicate or suture a comma, I don't know why I have to know where they go or what they are.   

Its nursing school Ro all over again, you know the one that was incredibly stressed out, the Ro that couldn't relax, the Ro that was on anti-anxiety medication, the Ro that ate 3 steak, egg, & cheese bagels in an hour, she's back & more neurotic than ever.  

I'm overwhelmed & scared of failing. period.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

baby brother messages.

i am woken up to this text message from my brother this morning.

*side note:  He's in his 4 quarter of nursing school, which is obstetrics.

"So, I got my book for this quarter online and I got it yesterday.  So being I'm dealing with babies and vaginas this quarter I thought to myself hmmmmm it should have some pics of a baby coming out.  And i've heard what it looks like & how big it gets.  I thought this should be kinda cool.  Holy shit it is not cool.  The book def has pics.  Real ones not sketches.  I cringed at the site.  I'm sorry ate I'm sorry that one day that'll be you."

He makes me laugh & I miss him like something fierce.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

This is what is currently living in my belly.

He's there for a number of reasons, but primarily he likes to tap on my uterus, punch my abdomen wall, & poke my lower back all while wearing a bow tie and a top hat.

100 thangs.

100. I've lived in Virgina, California, Germany, & Louisiana.
99. I'm a registered nurse.
98. I heart scrapbooking.
97. I'm addicted to shoes.
96. I'm addicted to purses.
95. I'm addicted to pink.
94. I'm addicted to all things hello kitty.
93. I'm always cold.
92. I'm most comfortable in flip flops.
91. I eat mayonnaise with my fries.
90. I keep up with 3 different calenders.
89. I sang in my churches choir for 10 years.
88. I'm a karaoke mic hog.
87. I breakout in hives when I'm in a casino.
86. I have a panic attack when I'm in a large crowd.
85. I paint pictures & have only showed them to a handful of people.
84. I can drink apple juice all the time.
83. I spend entirely to much time on myspace.
82. I hate his ex girlfriends.
81. Wanna buy me a drank, my favorite is an amaretto sour.
80. I have to eat my strawberries with sugar, the exception is if I had chocolate.
79. I have to eat at least every 4 hours or else I turn into a monster.
78. I have bad phone anxiety.
77. I suck at keeping in touch.
76. I have a 4 inch scar on my right butt cheek, from a mishap after the second season of Alias.
75. I have tiny toenails.
74. I can keep a grudge for a long time.
73. I've had 2 perms in my life, one of which were just my bangs.
72. I'm literally going blind.
71. I got my first karaoke machine at the age of 5.
70. I'm in a historically founded African-American sorority, "Z-Phi."
69. I can't sleep without my husband.
68. I'm obsessed about cleaning my ears.
67. I am terrified of going to the dentist.
66. I'm most comfortable in my pajamas.
65. I want to go to Greece.
64. I love Rocky Road Ice Cream.
63. I hate licorice.
62. I'm a terrible speller.
61. I sing along to a song way to loud and always make up my own lyrics.
60. I can't get enough of him.
59. My birthmark is on my inner left arm.
58. I had two security pillows growing up, I called them "baboos," & I slept with them up until I was a sophomore in college.
57. It aggravates me when my hair is in my face.
56. I'd wear my hair in a ponytail everyday, all day, if I could.
55. I'm addicted to reality t.v.
54. I can count to ten in 4 different languages.
53. I've got 10 pillows on my bed.
52. I like even numbers & obsessed with symmetry.
51. I still haven't finished my wedding thank you cards, I've been married for 3 years.
50 . I'm the middle child of three, but the only girl.
49. I like to eat dessert first.
48. I like to be in control.
47. I hate my hips.
46. I own the entire series of Gilmore Girls.
45. I was born in Hopewell, Virginia.
44. My birthday is on November 07, 1980, making me a scorpio.
43. I started off a nursing assistant before I was a RN.
42. I hate the taste, smell, & thought of beer.
41. I nearly drowned in Lake Washington when I was 6 years old.
40. My first car was a mazda protege'.

39.  I prefer a canned coke than a bottled coke.
38.  I've had my ears pierced twice & they've closed twice.
37.  I can't function without my cell phone.
36.  I find sanctuary in Ikea.
35.  I steal pens.
34.  I'll tell you what I bought you.
33.  I'm obsessed with post-it notes.
32. My wardrobe consists of 3 colors, black, tan, & pink.
31. I hate surprises.
30. I use my bluetooth hands free device even when I'm not driving.
29. My husband always saves the last page of his sketchbooks for me to doodle.
28. Before I met my husband the thought of marriage broke me out in hives (literally).
27. I punched my husband in the face when he proposed.
26.  I eat chocolate everyday.
25.  I'm horrible with remembering birthdays.
24.  I'm not good with dates in general.
23. I own at least 8 pairs of sunglasses & at least 24 scarves.
22.  I spend way to much money on panties.
21.  I bite my nails.
20.  I call my mom & dad everyday.

19.  I hate to be wrong.
18.  I failed my California drivers license test once before I passed.
17.  I can't sleep without him home.
16. The first song Ken & I danced to was the "Bunny Hop" by Da Entourage.
15.  I hate ironing
14.  I tuck my hair behind my ears.
13.  I get my news from
12. I've only been on two sports teams in my life, in 7th grade I was on the softball team & in 8th grade I was on the field hockey team, I never played at any of the games.
11.  I was on flagline in high school & loved every minute of it.
10. My favorite flower is a gerber daisy.
9.  I kissed Kenny first, after that I knew I didn't want to ever kiss anyone else.
8.  I don't mix my mash potatoes & gravy together.
7.  I like making lists, I love crossing things off.
6.  American Gladiators, The Hills, & Battlestar Galactica are set on series record on our Tivo.
5.  I find stress relief in cleaning.
4.  I hate my husbands driving.
3.  I can be overly dramatic at times.
2.  I use 3 cups of laundry detergent for one load.
1.  I love my life.

Okay, your turn.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Grits vs. Cream of Wheat.

I call it grits, Californians on the other hand call it cream of wheat.

I was reminded where I was the other day at work.

I was assigned the team that was right across from the nurses station, I had a slightly confused patient, who also happened to be hard of hearing. It was breakfast time, also the time most of our doctors make their rounds on their patients, point: the nurses station was busy.  I was assisting my patient with her breakfast.

Me (as I'm removing the lid, also talking loud enough so she can hear me):  What will you have in your grits? (giggles)
Patient:  What?
Me (louder, because she obviously can't hear me):  Grits honey, what will you have in your grits? (laughter)
Patient:  What?
Co-worker (from outside the room):  Ro, it's cream of wheat, not grits, you aren't in Louisiana anymore!  (outburst of laughter)

Turns out they were laughing at me, & when I asked my patient what she'll have in her cream of wheat, she replies, "butter."

Guess you can take the girl out the south, but you can't take the south out the girl.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Braving the unknown.

Leave the preconceived notions behind.
Hold the giggles back.
Put aside your fears.

Find your local comic shop, here.  

Tales to Suffice, is set to come out in October, but you can pre-order your copy, now. Today. Tomorrow.  Ask to see the August issue of Preview Catalouge, flip to page 192 or 193 (thumbnail ad) & order a copy or 2 or 3 0r 60, whateves, it's totally a piece of cake & so incredibly worth it.

If you still can't bring yourself to step into a comic shop you can pre-order online here, here, & here.  

On another note, Ken did a interview with J.K. Parkin of Newsarama.  Check it out here, & yes Carol Lann, he is pretty awesome cartoonist.  

reconstructing events

that's what I found him doing last night.

Ken couldn't remember whether or not he took his medication.  My question to him was simply, how many times have you found yourself in this situation?  So, to officially make him an old man, I bought him a pill sorter, now he won't overdose on baby aspirin & antiarrythmic medication.

I love this man.  

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Russel Brand, who?

the question that officially makes me old.

apparently, he's hosting the MTV video music awards.

and apparently I'm old & uncool.

however, i should gain some cool points because i made a flat paper robot out of foil.

i'm not very good at sewing or molding, or cutting  for that matter, but it was fun none the less.  So, what's the next crafty challenge?

Friday, August 8, 2008

earth shakingly, certifiably, wickedly, luckily, cool.

seems to sum up these past couple of weeks.

Tuesday, July 29th, Ken & I experienced our very first California earthquake, which lasted 30 seconds to long.  Long enough to question whether or not we preferred hurricanes or earthquakes, I think we've decided to stay, until the next one I imagine, then we'll have too reevaluate.

Ken & I still can't believe how amazingly well this year's Comic Con went & how exciting it was to have people get excited about the debut of Tales To Suffice.  A few days after we came back from San Diego, we get some pretty certifiably cool news that Tales To Suffice had made The Preview's Certified Cool List.   And because our heads haven't already exploded with happiness, Tales gets a full page ad in the Preview Catalogue (page 192 of the August issue).  It's so incredibly, unbelievably awesome, I can barely put into words. 

Tales To Suffice is scheduled for release in October, but you can go to your local comic shop & pre-order a copy,  you'll more than likely need the to know that the publisher is SLG (Slave Labor Graphics), but ask to see the August issue of the Preview Catalogue, flip to page 192 or 193 (thumbnail ad) & order, it's totally easy.  The print run is determined by the pre-orders, so the more pre-orders, the more they print, obviously.

While my husband is becoming celebrity status in the comic industry, we also got a much need visit from my mother-in-law.  I truly am lucky to have such an great mother-in-law, because I hear they aren't all so wonderful.  We enjoyed a Saturday at the beach, a Sunday at the theater, & a Monday shopping, before we knew it we were back at LAX saying goodbye, it went by way too fast.  

It's been a pretty crazy couple of weeks, & if the rest of August plays out like it has been, I may just need a nap.  

Monday, July 28, 2008

"There is no crying at the Con."

This is what Ken says to me during the drive down to San Diego for Nerdstock Comic Con "The Con" 2008. With all the excitement of Ken actually being a "professional" this year, I completely forgot about the crazy/hectic/madness that is comic con.  But the sudden smells of tuna, the storm trooper stepping on my feet, the 8 dollar bottle of water , the vast amount of camel toe, it was all worth it when I saw Ken sit behind the SLG booth,straighten out his postcards, & take his sketchbook out. It was in that moment, we mentally crossed off "get comic published" on our Life's To Do List. He's made it & I am proud, proud, proud of him, needless to say I cried at Comic Con.  But, what can I say I'ma sucka for published artists.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

beaming with pride.

He not only smells incredible, but he also is an incredibly talented cartoonist, designer, & writer.  For the next 4 days, he gets to share his hard work, with approximately 120,000+ people dressed in Battlestar Galactica costumes.  Comic Con won't know what hit 'em.    

Have I mentioned how proud of him I am...words can't even express.

Let's do this Ken.