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Sistah Mandi! Long time, no speaky Hope you're not mad at me. :( I have new postesses.
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i sent you a text Bear!
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Hey Sis...I have Finally Got My deviantart up and, Running. I'm posting Sum New Stuff :)
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HI MANDI Just want to let you know that YOU ROCK! Keep on keeping on Yo*
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HI MANDI !!!!
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Long time no talk - how you doing?
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Almost Fifteen Years

Fri Sep 4, 2015, 5:15 AM
Drugfree Stamp by LiveToCodeGnostic Christian Stamp by blondrose84Democrat stamp. by slipzen-stamp

It's been nearly fifteen years since I lost my father to cancer.

It's hard to look at the calendar and realize that.  That no matter what I've done since then, no matter how much I've donated to cancer research or talked about it...  I can't stop the next seventeen year old girl from losing her dad.  I just can't.

And I'm not saying Daddy's loss was in vain, no death is.  I'm just saying...  I wish I could have used my pain of his loss to prevent it for somebody else.  But...  what was I intending to do?  Stop death?  Would I have truly stopped my father from dying, if it meant that he had to stay here and have cancer and suffer, just for me?  No.  Would I wish that on him?  Never.  Not one little bit.  But I most definitely miss him and the palpable presence he had in my life.  I was one of the lucky children who grew up knowing who Daddy was.  He was VERY present in my life; I knew he loved me.  I knew that from the first breath I took, and I'll know it with the last one, too.  I don't know very much, but I know my dad loved me.

I can't be too forlorn, though, because even if my father didn't survive cancer, my John did.  And I'd be lost without him.  Even before he was in my life, I could sense he was missing.  I didn't have a name for him yet, but I knew he wasn't there and prayed to God he was coming.  Sure enough, he came for me on the second day of April in 2013.

There are some ways where the two men I love most are very much alike.  Daddy could be thoughtful and quiet, like John is, but rarely with me.  (Daddy was my goofball, he'd do anything to make me laugh, and now, no one makes me laugh like John does.)  I've never met anyone more generous than my dad or my John, or any man more willing to drop everything at a moment's notice for their girl like those two are.  But above all this, I know Daddy would have adored John.  Anyone who loves his daughter like John does is A-Okay in Daddy's book...  which, John, don't make any mistakes, that would not exonerate you from being the butt of his pranks and jokes every now and again.  That's how he showed love; it's how I show love, too.  If I try and make you laugh, that's me saying "I love you" in the same language my dad used.  He loved to laugh, and he loved to make his loved ones laugh, too.  Just like me.  I guess I am, after all, my father's daughter.

I hope you know how much my dad would have adored you, John, or how he paved the way for you by showing me how a man treats a lady.  (And I am so blessed to have seen how he treated my mother; it's as if the ground she walked on was sacred to him, and mine, doubly so.)  Daddy wouldn't let me be with someone who didn't think I was as wonderful as he knew I was.  So, thank you, Daddy, for paving a way so difficult to traverse that only a beautiful 6'4 biologist could trek it.  If what they say is true and women end up with a man who reminds them of the first man they ever love, then I am infinitely in my daddy's debt for what he showed me I deserved in a man.  Thanks, Daddy.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.


God love you like I do.
Mandi Pope

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Jump, Jive and Wail - The Brian Setzer Orchestra
  • Reading: Strengths Finder 2.0 - Tom Rath
  • Watching: Lincoln
  • Playing: DoW: Soulstorm
  • Eating: Belvita Biscuit Thingies
  • Drinking: Diet Water ;)

A Weekend With John

Mon Aug 31, 2015, 12:35 PM
Drugfree Stamp by LiveToCodeGnostic Christian Stamp by blondrose84Democrat stamp. by slipzen-stamp

Had a WONDERFUL weekend with John!  We went to the science museum, had lunch at a bluesy barbeque/ribs joint, watched Riddick and visited our friends Jake and Heather and their two darling children and three adorable kitties.  (Elwood sat beside me and asked to be petted; Heather remarked, "he's very choosy about who he likes."  But Gram always told me I had "cat magic," because on our family farm, everywhere I went, there was a line of kitties following me.  Cats and children seem to gravitate towards me because they can sense I love them!)  Jake showed me his Ork army he's building, he has some extraordinarily painted Killa Canz and is going to get and paint a Stompa soon.  Go, Jake!  I want to see it when he's done and his army is complete and ready to tear ass.

But yes, wonderful weekend with John.  Like always.  NEVER have I had a bummer of a time with this man; he's not capable of giving that to me, of this, I'm certain.  :)  I cried when I had to leave, but I always do that, as it's impossible to leave him.  I belong with John/Puppetcancer, that man is going to be my husband some day.  He IS my family.  When I'm in distress, the first thing I think of is, "I want John to comfort me," as well as, "I want my mothers, Sondy and Luana/RoboMommy!"  :)  I fell asleep beside him and slept through the entire night curled up beside him; that is rare that I do this --  I do NOT sleep soundly and I do NOT do it for an entire night.  Something about sleeping beside him is so comforting to me that it puts me down hard and for the entire night.  I love being able to regulate my body temperature by rolling over and draping myself across him; you would not believe how incredibly cuddly and warm he is, and cool the other times when I need that, too.  The natural scent of him comforts me, too, (he smells like warm leather, brown sugar and vanilla, I kid you not, and he's not wearing cologne to achieve that, he just smells danged good), and I think that also keeps me relaxed and lets me sleep longer and deeper and less disturbed with him.

I was forced today to leave really crummy one star feedback on Armored Jewelry on etsy.com.  Her service was awful and her product is almost as bad.  It's cheap, flimsy and was a total mistake to hand her my money for this.  She refused to give me a refund when I asked; in my mind, she's a crook and a scam artist.  I wouldn't recommend Lucy to you if my life depended on it, but DO NOT make a purchase from Armored Jewelry on etsy, you WILL regret it.  I know I very much did.  That's thirty bucks I'm never going to see again, no thanks to that crappy seller.  I'm hugely disappointed in her service, for starters, and her product secondly.  The product isn't as bad as her ethics and business practice, though, that's what I'm really not happy with.  Again, DO NOT BUY FROM LUCY/ARMORED JEWELRY ON ETSY.  You WILL regret it, I promise you --  I sure do. 

But hey, she got the feedback she rightfully earned; she deserves every word I left, and worse than I gave her, as I was trying to be diplomatic.  I did a good job on it, I didn't go into extreme detail, but I did let people know about the service and product.  I hope no one else gets swindled like I did, and I hope my review can make others think twice and save them a little money and hassle, because once she gets her claws into it, Lucy will NOT return your money like she rightfully should have when she did NOT follow through with her end of the bargain.  That's just poor business practice, but if she needed the money that badly that she'd do something unethical to keep it, then she can have my charity.  And that's what it was, folks, charity.  I didn't get anything out of it.  I pray her situation improves so she doesn't have to cheat people to make a buck.  She must be in dire straits to do what she did to me.  Please pray for her; I know I will, but I will NOT lie about my experience with her or give her false feedback she didn't earn.  She earned what was said about her, fair and square.

And now that I've said negative (but spot on accurate) things about a bad experience, allow me to talk about a good one.  Lush Handmade Cosmetics store in Madison, Wisconsin.  Those girls at the shop are tremendous!  Their products are even better!  I bought some lotion/massage bars from them before coming out to see John, and he was sweet enough to use one to massage me, and boy, did it feel good!  (Granted, I think that was John's doing, but still, "Wiccy Magic Muscles" gets my seal of approval!  It is warm and tingly when you apply it and gets better and better as he rubbed it into my skin.)  I also have Dirty and Pearl, which are super awesome bars, too, and I got the tins to go with it to keep them safe and prevent them from melting.  I also picked up a face scrub that is PERFECT in every single way conceivable, and then perfect in some ways I hadn't thought of, and that is "Dark Angels."  It's a charcoal/black sugar scrub that leaves your oily skin bright, alive and matte.  Not oil free, per se, because it fails to strip your skin of the oil it does need, there's a light moisturizing agent left behind, a little less so than my other favorite scrub, "Angels On Bare Skin."  "Dark Angels" is what I turn to when I'm a little more slick than usual.  Let's just say that if you looked at my skin, you'd demand what I was using, as you'd want some for yourself, no two ways about it.  Well, to answer that question, I use "Angels On Bare Skin" at night (for a little more overnight moisture coverage) and "Dark Angels" in the morning/daytime to keep my skin more matte, polished, keep breakouts at bay and gives me a nice glowing look.

I'm also a huge fan of their Gorilla perfume line; I have three fragrances from them; Dirty, Breath of God and Imogen Rose.  The last one was created by a perfumer as a gift for a girl he loved --   his baby girl, Imogen.  It smells like soft baby powder and rose absolut.  REAL rose absolut, not some manufactured rose scent.  It's a little more to indulge in, but please trust me when I say, "it's worth it!"  The other two are great, Breath of God smells like a Tibetan temple filled with warm incense burning in the cool mountain air, and Dirty smells clean.  LOL!  I know, weird, but it does, and John likes it; he noticed me wearing it and complimented me on my scent no less than three times.  The cool part is that it is a unisex scent, so I can send him some in his next care package along with the Ice Cream Sandwich lip balm I bought for him that arrived, and I'm not joking, ten minutes after I left to go visit him.  Go figure, yeah?  No matter, just another excuse to send him a little care package to brighten his spirits later.

Hope all of you had a wonderful weekend, I missed you!

God love you as much as I do, Buddies!


Mandi "Bear" Pope

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Lillies of The Valley - Jun Miyake
  • Reading: Strengths Finder 2.0 - Tom Rath
  • Watching: Death To Smoochy
  • Playing: Full Contact Chess
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Diet Water ;)
The One John Liked by MandiPope
The One John Liked
I drew a handful of Fire Thunder, Stares At Basilisks and Maf drawings from his Pathfinder campaign awhile back, and Puppetcancer expressed to me that he really liked this one, for some reason that presently escapes me.

So...

I colored it for him.

Here's Maf in his Maf Pack, popping up to say hello to his elf, Fire Thunder.  

Here, Honey!  Hope you like it.


Maf and Fire Thunder belong to Mandi Pope/MandiPope, created for her by the one and only John Beckwith/Puppetcancer.
Do not reuse, alter, color, copy, trace or post elsewhere.
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Mandi's Lush Haul

Thu Aug 27, 2015, 5:08 AM
Drugfree Stamp by LiveToCodeGnostic Christian Stamp by blondrose84Democrat stamp. by slipzen-stamp

So yesterday after work, I went to the new Lush Cosmetics store.  Holy cow, I love it in there!  I could take the whole store home with me.  (I think I did, too!)

Bought a few things, three massage bars that I'm using as lotion/moisturizers in Wiccy Magic Muscles, Pearl and Dirty, and they smell AWESOME.  Especially Pearl...  but I'm really fond of Dirty, too...  and Wiccy will be nice when my muscles are sore and/or "feeling used," which they will be this weekend, as I'll be canoeing with John, I'm sure all that paddling will get me tired.  :)  I guess I'm saying, "I love them all."

Snagged some shampoo and conditioner bars, which I like because there is no plastic packaging to throw into a landfill.  (I did buy two tins for them and three for my massage bars, but those are reusable and won't end up in landfills, I just have to buy the product that goes into the tin, boom.  We're set.)  I got Lush's Godiva shampoo, which smells super floral, feminine and sweet, (like jasmine), and a really earthy scented Jungle conditioner bar, which is made up mostly of cocoa butter.  I tried these last night when I took my bath, and wow, they work WELL.  And they lather easily, the shampoo bar does, anyhow, and the conditioner bar slips through my hair easily.  And it scents my hair really well, I toss my hair and smell it.  Nice!

Got a lip scrub in Bubblegum, as I've already got their Popcorn one, (but am running very, very low), and I use their scrubs a lot to keep my lips healthy.  My lips are full, so if they're dry and flaky and yucky, you WILL notice.  The Bubblegum scrub tastes great, too, and yes, you can eat it when you're done, it's just sugar and a little flavoring.  Also snagged a Chocolate Whipstick to put on when I'm done with the scrub.  I mean, if you're not going to moisturize your lips when you're done polishing 'em, why bother?  The Chocolate Whipstick has a chocolate/orange flavor to it that reminds me of my favorite truffle, dark chocolate with an orange creme center, when I was working at Godiva in college.  

Grabbed a tin of solid perfume and a chunk of soap in "Dirty," which is a really great clean scent, despite its name.  It's a little bit masculine, but women can and do wear it.  Let's say it's "unisex" and "meant for sharing!"  The soap is super nice, left my skin soft, clean and lightly scented.  Wasn't overpowering.  Plus, it makes my Dirty perfume last longer and pack more of a punch, but even then, it's not overpowering, nor does it kick you in the nostrils when you smell me.  I just smell "pleasantly clean." Joke's on you, I'm wearing "Dirty!"  :D

And finally, I got my favorite face scrub, "Angels On Bare Skin," which smells strongly of lavender.  I love it because it controls my oil production without stripping my skin down to "painfully clean," the type of clean where your face feels tight.  HATE that feeling.  It seems to settle my redness down, too, and it's really nice to use when you're winding down from a long work day.  Really relaxing scent.

This is one of those stores I need to raid with Bella/MakeupRoyaal.  We'd tear that place up, Bells, I'm not even lying.  You'd love the stuff in there!

So, that's my haul.  And now, smelling pretty, I'm going to go about my day.

God love you like I do,
Mandi Pope

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Lillies of The Valley - Jun Miyake
  • Reading: Strengths Finder 2.0 - Tom Rath
  • Watching: Death To Smoochy
  • Playing: Full Contact Chess
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Diet Water ;)

Guess What I Found?!

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 26, 2015, 1:46 PM
Gravity Falls Fan Stamp by SolarFluffy
Gravity Falls - Mini Stamp - Stan by Paolachief117Gravity Falls - Mini Stamp - Soos by Paolachief117Gravity Falls - Mini Stamp - Wendy by Paolachief117

Yup, a Lush Cosmetics store in Madison!  I don't have to put in orders to Canada and wait a week and a half any longer, nor do I have to haul it two hours to Milwaukee to the store there to get my stuff!  YES!  I haven't used their stuff very often or lately because it was such a hassle to get my hands on, but now, all I need to do is head up the street and boom, I can get anything I need, freshly made, right away!  Sweet!  I'm planning on heading over tonight after work to check it out.

In other news, I'm moving into my new office building and getting set up.  Let me say this, it is pretty spacious over here.  The lighting is much better than the old office, that's for sure.  It's a little bit farther of a drive, so I'll have to rebudget my time as well as money for gas, but that's nothing I'm unwilling to do.

Not much going on otherwise, but arguably, this is enough.

God love you like I do,
Mandi Pope

Oh, i know lots of things by PyoonKotaroGravity falls opening by AnatomicalAndrogynyGravity Falls, Stamp by conexionmangaMabel stamp by ParamourxLightsDipper and Wendy Stamp by LoudNoisesGF hug stamp by ParamourxLightsGravity Falls: Mabel Stamp by SacredLugiaGravity Falls: Grunkle Stan Stamp by SacredLugiaGravity Falls Soos Stamp by SolarFluffyGravity Falls - Giffany Stamp by SolarFluffyGravity Falls Stamp 2014 by ScittyKittyThe Gravity Fallen Icon by ScittyKitty
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Lillies of The Valley - Jun Miyake
  • Reading: Strengths Finder 2.0 - Tom Rath
  • Watching: Death To Smoochy
  • Playing: Full Contact Chess
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Diet Water ;)

Almost Fifteen Years

Fri Sep 4, 2015, 5:15 AM
Drugfree Stamp by LiveToCodeGnostic Christian Stamp by blondrose84Democrat stamp. by slipzen-stamp

It's been nearly fifteen years since I lost my father to cancer.

It's hard to look at the calendar and realize that.  That no matter what I've done since then, no matter how much I've donated to cancer research or talked about it...  I can't stop the next seventeen year old girl from losing her dad.  I just can't.

And I'm not saying Daddy's loss was in vain, no death is.  I'm just saying...  I wish I could have used my pain of his loss to prevent it for somebody else.  But...  what was I intending to do?  Stop death?  Would I have truly stopped my father from dying, if it meant that he had to stay here and have cancer and suffer, just for me?  No.  Would I wish that on him?  Never.  Not one little bit.  But I most definitely miss him and the palpable presence he had in my life.  I was one of the lucky children who grew up knowing who Daddy was.  He was VERY present in my life; I knew he loved me.  I knew that from the first breath I took, and I'll know it with the last one, too.  I don't know very much, but I know my dad loved me.

I can't be too forlorn, though, because even if my father didn't survive cancer, my John did.  And I'd be lost without him.  Even before he was in my life, I could sense he was missing.  I didn't have a name for him yet, but I knew he wasn't there and prayed to God he was coming.  Sure enough, he came for me on the second day of April in 2013.

There are some ways where the two men I love most are very much alike.  Daddy could be thoughtful and quiet, like John is, but rarely with me.  (Daddy was my goofball, he'd do anything to make me laugh, and now, no one makes me laugh like John does.)  I've never met anyone more generous than my dad or my John, or any man more willing to drop everything at a moment's notice for their girl like those two are.  But above all this, I know Daddy would have adored John.  Anyone who loves his daughter like John does is A-Okay in Daddy's book...  which, John, don't make any mistakes, that would not exonerate you from being the butt of his pranks and jokes every now and again.  That's how he showed love; it's how I show love, too.  If I try and make you laugh, that's me saying "I love you" in the same language my dad used.  He loved to laugh, and he loved to make his loved ones laugh, too.  Just like me.  I guess I am, after all, my father's daughter.

I hope you know how much my dad would have adored you, John, or how he paved the way for you by showing me how a man treats a lady.  (And I am so blessed to have seen how he treated my mother; it's as if the ground she walked on was sacred to him, and mine, doubly so.)  Daddy wouldn't let me be with someone who didn't think I was as wonderful as he knew I was.  So, thank you, Daddy, for paving a way so difficult to traverse that only a beautiful 6'4 biologist could trek it.  If what they say is true and women end up with a man who reminds them of the first man they ever love, then I am infinitely in my daddy's debt for what he showed me I deserved in a man.  Thanks, Daddy.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.


God love you like I do.
Mandi Pope

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Jump, Jive and Wail - The Brian Setzer Orchestra
  • Reading: Strengths Finder 2.0 - Tom Rath
  • Watching: Lincoln
  • Playing: DoW: Soulstorm
  • Eating: Belvita Biscuit Thingies
  • Drinking: Diet Water ;)

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Your friendly neighborhood redheaded artist from Madison, Wisconsin, aged thirty-two years, much to the surprise and chagrin of many.

Likes kitties, law enforcement, intellectual crap, Orks/Waaugh! and you.

Dislikes car crashes, dishonesty, supremacist mindsets and bananas.

Dates Puppetcancer/John.

Plots, schemes and collabs with Crowmamma/Jericca.

Adopted daughter of RoboMommy/Luana.

nancyinfernley/Nancy's grandbrat.

Sister of ladyserpentina/Shannon.

Plays Makeovers with MakeupRoyaal/Bella.

Is 110% drug free for three years.

Is colorblind.

Is an unrepentant Bleeding Heart Liberal/Democrat.

Is an Aries. Also unrepentant.

Is fast at drawing lineart, known in some parts as "Quickdraw Pope."

Is either a really great shot or a really crappy one. Don't stick around to find out which one it is.

Is silly.

Above all this, is your Friend. :)
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thanks for the fav!
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I LOVE my sweet baby Mandi! :love: <3
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Hi, there. Um...could we talk? Since you were such a help last time.
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MandiPope Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely, my Friend.  Feel free to note me or email me (MandiOwnsU@aol.com, but make sure you tell me it's you so I don't mistake it as spam).  I'm always here if you want to talk, you never need to ask, just start talking.  :)

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I think I'd prefer to note you. It's a bit personal.
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Hi there, do you take Request or Art Trade?
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No, sorry, I don't.

Thanks!


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Missing u :(
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