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Hump Day Zentangle® Challenge #14 – Leaving on a Jet Plane Edition (With Apologies to Peter, Paul and Mary)

by Suzanne Fluhr on September 18, 2019 · 11 comments

Hump Day Zentangle Challenge Clouds

A frequent theme on Boomeresque is “Time Flies”. Well, this week we’re flying for real, leaving on the first of 11 jet planes.

Flying west into a sunset

Flying west into a sunset.

When I married Mr./Dr. Excitement, I didn’t realize his career would result in many travel opportunities. I thought I was marrying a physician. Indeed, there were many years of 3:00 a.m. calls. (Life lesson: Insomniacs probably shouldn’t sleep with doctors on call.) He could answer the bedside phone, have a discussion about whether someone needed an emergent middle of the night bronchoscopy for hemoptysis, then turn over and be back to sleep instantly. Me, not so much.

Volcano Alley between Cuenca and Quito Ecuador

The view from my window seat flying along Volcano Alley between Cuenca and Quito, Ecuador.

However, it turned out he became a professor of medicine, an academic physician-scientist. One of the hallmarks of a successful career as a physician-scientist is forming international collaborations. In addition, one has the opportunity/responsibility to train other scientists from all over the world. Now that he’s an older senior physician-scientist, there are many invitations to participate in conferences and to teach — all over the world. Fortunately, he likes to take me along.

Now that I’m an almost all the way recovered lawyer and our sons are well launched, I am happy to be a trailing spouse. I’ve been a wanderluster since age 9 when my father took us to live in Mexico for a year. Our upcoming trip involves Dr. Excitement’s invitations to speak on the Greek island of Crete (at the end of September) and in three Australian cities, starting in mid-October. If you look at a map, it didn’t seem to make much sense to fly 10 hours east to Greece, then fly back to Philadelphia, only to fly west, literally half way around the world to Perth, in western Australia. So, we decided to just keep going east-ish; hence, the 11 flights in 5 weeks. There will be some loooong travel days, but none quite so long as the one I chronicled in my blog post entitled The Longest Day.

Flying Over a River

The ever changing clouds from an airplane window.

We’re also very fortunate to have an only occasionally naughty a sweet dog, Dino, who other people are willing to take care of in our absence. The concurrence of my Zentangle and travel blogger worlds, means Dino also has local and international friends and relatives who are happy to be his temporary people. Pete and Betsy of the Passing Thru travel blog are his caretakers while we’re flying hither and yon this time. If you also have a dog too big to fit under the seat in front of you on an airplane, and you still want to travel, check out my advice: How to Travel Without Your Dog.

I’m also eternally grateful to my sister, Saint Jenny, who also merits a shout out for being the “go to” child for our 94 year old mother so I can gallivant.

Jenny Tumberello

Saint Jenny, our mother, and Dino.

I’m a window seat person on airplanes. I love to look out the window at the clouds and at the scenery below. I’ve see some beautiful clouds from my window seat perch.

Hump Day Zentangle® Challenge #14: I’ve Looked At Clouds From Both Sides Now (with apologies to Joni Mitchell)

If you’re new to the Zentangle Method start with this: What is Zentangle and Is It Habit Forming

For this week’s Hump Day Zentangle Challenge, let’s be inspired by clouds. Use clouds as your string, or tangles starting with “C”, or tangles that remind you of clouds.

Brigantine New Jersey Cloudscape

A Brigantine, New Jersey cloudscape.

I started out like this.

Hump Day Zentangle Challenge

I started out like this.

And ended up here:
Hump Day Zentangle Challenge Clouds

I’ve drawn the sun beam tangle many, many times, but am drawing a blank on the name. The clouds are filled with 2 of my “go to” background tangles, Sand Swirl by Karry Huen and Paradox by Rick Roberts of the Zentangle Mother Ship.  The color was added with Gelly Roll metallic pens. P.S.: Thanks to CZT Debbie New, a classmate from the CZT training #18 in Providence, RI, who came all the way from Singapore. She has reminded me that my sunbeamy tangle is Arukas  by CZT Molly Hollibaugh.

Please Share Your Hump Day Zentangle® Challenge Creations!

Please share your responses to this week’s challenge with us in the Hump Day Challenge Facebook Group and/or on your Instagram, Twitter  or Flickr feeds. Use the hashtag #hdchallenge14. If you’re not a member of the FB group, ask to join and I’ll add you.

There are other ways to share your work: 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 with your Pinterest name below.

If you have your own blog and are posting your challenge responses there, leave the URL to your blog in a comment below so people can paste it into their browser and find your post. (PS: The first 2 times you comment, I will have to moderate the comment. After your first two comments on Boomeresque, your comments will appear without moderation.)

Feel free to share your work for this or any challenge at any time—even next week, next month, next year, ad infinitum. Participation in the challenges need not be linear!

Are you a window seat or aisle seat person? Do you have any trips planned?

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Debbie New September 19, 2019 at 6:38 am

Sunbeam tangle….. could it be Arukas? I’ll try to get on top of this challenge as well xx


Suzanne Fluhr September 19, 2019 at 2:19 pm

Thank you, Debbie. Arukas is exactly right. It’s an original Zentangle Mother Ship tangle by Molly Hollibaugh, Maria Thomas’ daughter who was one of the teachers at our CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) training seminar in Providence, RI in 2015.


Debbie New September 20, 2019 at 12:26 am

Surreal that seminar happened 4 years ago! Sending hugs.


Judy Freedman September 19, 2019 at 8:51 pm

Love the zentangle clouds. Wishing you safe travels and a beautiful view of all the clouds you will see along your journey the next 5 weeks.


Suzanne Fluhr September 19, 2019 at 11:02 pm

Thank you, Judy. Good luck on your “journey” as well. We do different kinds travel at different at different times.


Karen Lambert September 19, 2019 at 8:58 pm

What a beautiful doggy, what good clouds look too, is very beautiful, greetings!


Leslie in Oregon September 19, 2019 at 10:26 pm

I am a window-seat person (when I have a choice), for the same reasons you are. What can be seen in the sky and on the ground is fascinating, day and night. On a related note, if I am a passenger on an Airbus 380 or other long-range aircraft, there may be a live feed I can watch of the views from cameras mounted on my aircraft’s tail, nose and/or belly. At the same time, being an aviation and geography geek, I love to monitor online, in real time during my flights, my aircraft’s latitude/longitude, course, speed, altitude, rate of ascent/descent and reporting facility and to watch the icon for my aircraft relative to those for other aircraft in the area on ascent from takeoff and descent to landing. I’m never bored while flying, even though I’m no longer a crew member.

I’m looking forward to your posts from your upcoming trip, as your travel posts (as well as any post mentioning or picturing Dino) are my favorite Boomeresque posts!

Blue skies, Leslie


Suzanne Fluhr September 19, 2019 at 11:06 pm

Thank you, Leslie. United used to let passengers listen into the cockpit radio transmissions and conversations with the tower and other planes. I’ve heard some weird conversations. I suspect 9/11 took care of that practice.


Susan K Pundt September 22, 2019 at 7:10 pm

Hubby is not happy about the Jet Plane earworm I seem to have acquired.


Alison Adler September 23, 2019 at 12:35 pm

I consider myself a person who loves to go sit next to the window, even if the transportation it’s in a bus, a car or plane, I just feel very relaxing looking out and see all the things that I can, like landscapes or other cars! I don’t know I think it helps me a lot to relax when the it’s a long road!


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