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Hump Day (Wednesday) Zentangle® Challenge #3 – Tangle Choice Day Edition

by Suzanne Fluhr on July 3, 2019 · 7 comments

You know how we try to teach our children not to leave things til the last minute. I had to tell our sons:

Do as I say, not as I do. Emulate your father, that guy over there focusing like a laser beam on his work.

My husband working in an airport not distracted by music, people talking, PA announcements, or me. (Note: if you are too intently focused, someone could take your picture without you knowing it.)

Unlike Mr. Excitement, I do my best work with deadlines looming in the windshield (and hopefully, not in the rear view mirror). I’m a pretty good judge of how long something will take me to do a competent job, and that’s how much time I leave myself. Of course, the problem with this approach is that “sh*t happens”. For example, here it is Tuesday night. I’m happily working on my blog post for tomorrow’s Hump Day Zentangle Challenge. All of a sudden, the wind is howling. I take a quick look at And this is what I see:

So, there could be a power failure or more likely, I will need to spend time huddled in the bathroom with a freaked out dog. It could be a loooongish night, but I’m a practiced hand at all nighters. (If you’re a Baby Boomer, that was me hunting and pecking on my manual typewriter, keeping you awake at 3:00 a.m. in the college dorm.)

Dog with towel

Our dog, Dino, doesn’t handle thunderstorms very well.

I’ve decided that people are born procrastinators or proactivators (made up, but descriptive, word). Actually, there’s a linear continuum from procrastinator to proactivator, and I’m more to the procrastinator side of the scale.

We have 2 sons, now in their 30s. The younger one takes after his father. When he was in first grade, without a word from anybody, the child would have his school bag packed and ready to go outside his bedroom door before he went to sleep. If he brought home a form from school that a parent needed to sign, he would follow me around the house until I stopped whatever I was doing to read, digest, and sign it. (Yes, I believe in the Oxford comma, but I digress).

On the other hand, his older brother had to be pried from his bed in the morning for school. This is the point at which he would remember he had to bring colored pencils to school — that day. Why didn’t I know of this before!?! Because the notice he brought home from school informing me of this fact has been crumpled at the bottom of his school bag for 2 weeks. (Lest you think ill of our older son, he recently earned a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania while also working full time. Like his mother, he gets his stuff done, it’s just more of a self induced stressful experience.)

What is Tangle Choice Day?

(If you are wondering what Zentangle is, you should start here.)

In our household, every once in a while, when asked what’s for dinner, I declare, “It’s choice night.” This means everyone gets to have whatever they can find want to eat.

As the self-anointed Queen of the Hump Day Zentangle® Challenge, I’m declaring the first Wednesday of every month to be Tangle Choice DayOn tangle choice day, I will pick a tangle that should be incorporated into your tile/composition. You can use this tangle as a monotangle (i.e. the only tangle you use) or add others as you see fit. If the tangle I pick is the one tangle in the world for which you have developed an irrational hatred (sort of like me and bananas), you are free to “choose” another tangle to feature in your work. Unlike certain people such as                                              (fill in the blank in accordance with your personal political proclivities), I have no desire to become a dictator. I’m from Philly. We’re heavily into Phreedom.

I Choose “Nzeppel for This Week’s Tangle Choice Day Challenge

“Nzeppel is one of my “go to” tangles for when I need something malleable to fill in a space. There’s even a version (tangleation) called “Crazy ‘Nzeppel” which is even more forgiving. ‘Nzeppel is an “Official Tangle” from the Zentangle Mother Ship. You can find links to several step out examples on .

In my tile, I’ve used “regular” and what I call a “reverse ‘Nzeppel where the interstitial web-like spaces are filled in.

Please share your response to this week’s challenge with us in the Hump Day Challenge Facebook Group and/or on your Instagram or Twitter feeds. Use the hashtag #hdchallenge3 . We also have a Pinterest group board to share our Hump Day Challenge responses. Email me at if you’d like me to add you as a contributor to the Pinterest board or you can mention that in a comment below. (PS: The first 2 times you comment, I will have to moderate the comment. It will show up once I’ve done that.)

So, are you a procrastinator or a proactivator?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Cari Pollack July 3, 2019 at 1:31 pm

Philly Phreedom proud!


Judy Engler Priddy July 3, 2019 at 3:57 pm

I’m able to be both procrastinator and proactivator. Like a coin flip, heads or tails. Dinner “Every Man for Himself”. Bananas ?? Make me gag. Now, time to make my own tiles as I admire my new Microns. Probably too much information.


Robin July 3, 2019 at 10:11 pm

I’m a little of both: procrastinator or proactivator.


Suzanne Fluhr July 3, 2019 at 6:01 pm

It’s nice to know there’s no partisan divide when it comes to bananas. We’re voices in the wilderness. There’s something very satisfying about new pens– and no Facebook photos to distract you.


Robin July 3, 2019 at 10:15 pm

I’m a little of both: procrastinator or proactivator. Remember the time I scheduled a connecting flight to Long Beach from Phoenix and you called me to tell me that the snow storm we were having and the length of the airport would not get me to my connecting flight on time? I’m good at planning but have little foresight when it comes to travel. That’s why you’re my go to.


Suzanne Fluhr July 3, 2019 at 10:57 pm

It will be interesting (or sad) to see how I did scheduling our 11 flights for this fall’s trip around the world.


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