Okay, the site is no longer ugly. It's just boring. Progress is progress people. Try to be more like me and focus on the positive.

Mar 30, 2006

can't take it


Mar 29, 2006

a quiet moment

Today was such a nice day! Well at least it was before the sun hid behind the clouds and a cold wind blew through. But the morning was so nice. After I was released, er I mean... got out of my communications class I had some free time before my next class. I sat outside on a bench and took a few minutes to enjoy the day. It seems like it's been so long since I sat outside. Autumn quarter I sat outside a lot between work and classes and really enjoyed the 15 minutes or a half hour breaks. I think I may adjust my work schedule a bit so I can have more time on campus that I'm not running somewhere...

Mar 28, 2006

of course I don't mean to complain

I am very concerned. I returned to school to be challenged. Yes, my ultimate goal is to get my degree, but I would actually like to learn a few things along the way. I don't think I'm going to be learning all that much this semester. Oh sure, I'll have homework and projects due. I'll be quite busy some weeks I'm sure. BUT I don't think I'm going to grow as an artist. I'll have to hope that maybe next year I'll get more of a challenge. My two design classes are a joke. I felt like I could teach my photoshop course and my design class today was beyond simple. We actually practiced drawing straight lines and circles. Its funny a few weeks ago I was complaining that I was sick of proving that I could draw. This class actually assumes I can't and wants to teach me! My homework is to practice writing my name in a cool looking way. My college homework is to write my name cool. This is literally an exercise I did in high school. I'm trying not to be too down on these classes though. I'm sure if I pay attention and hang in there I'll pick up a couple of nuggets that will prove beneficial in the future. It's just going to be tough staying awake until then...

I won't lie to you

Today was the first day of spring classes. I won't lie, I wasn't really looking forward to it. I'd grown used to having free time. I enjoyed reading books and spending time with my husband. I watched movies and window shopped. I daydreamed and took naps. It was the good life. But that's all over now. Today it has begun again. I think I'm just looking forward to summer break where I will "only" work. Working doesn't seem like an "only" I know, but it does to me now.

I had two classes today and will have a third tomorrow. Today's classes were a communications persuasive writing course and a design photoshop course. The persuasive writing will be my nightmare this quarter. 4 papers with citations and footnotes AND a persuasive speech at the end. (I am currently taking suggestions for topics I can research and write about. The whole class I will be researching the same topic so it needs to be good...) The design class is a snore. I could teach the darn thing so far. I'm planning on doing my homework for my other classes during that class time. It's going to be a hassle more than a challenge that's for sure.

So now I will go off to bed. I have a long day of work of school ahead of me. I'm already behind in my readings! Wish me luck.

Mar 17, 2006

miss the bus?

What a fool I am!

So I got up and got ready for work/school as usual. I went out and stood on the corner waiting for the bus. I waited and waited. No bus. I finally looked at the posted sign attached to the bus sign's post. No bus today. WHAT! I knew there would be no bus during spring break and in fact I'd considered buying a west campus parking permit so I wouldn't have any issues getting to and from work, BUT that isn't supposed to be an issue until next week. The dam buses are still supposed to run during finals week or so I thought. I had two options at this point. ONE: walk to campus and wait 15 minutes for a loop bus to cart me out to work or TWO take my car, drive to the parking office and buy a parking permit so I can drive my car to work. I figured both options were going to make me equally late for work so I called my boss, left a message that I'd be late and drove off to buy myself a permit.

It's odd knowing that my car is outside my work building right now. I've gotten so used to relying on the bus. Sometimes I actually really like the bus. I mean I can read and not have to think about anything. On the other hand, it of course takes longer to get home. The extra time either relaxes me or frazzles me depending on how much I feel I have to do for the night. But I figure, with the new parking pass, I'll probably only take the bus to school 2 days a week instead of 5. It will depend on my work schedule. Since my pass is the cheapest one, it's only good out in the boondocks where I work.

Mar 14, 2006

finals week/spring break

Well, I am officially on break now. I have no finals or obligtions for school this week. Technically this is finals week and next week is spring break. My only obligation is to work, my Stephen King book and my new video game. I got the next expansion pack for the sims2. I played it on Sunday night and a good chunck of Monday.

However, I find that I am so very tired. I don't know if the stress bubble just popped and took all my energy with it or what. I'm getting enough sleep a night and taking at least one nap a day and yet I'm exhausted. I kept yawning at work today. I'm sure it doesn't help that I got the new video game. I didn't play it at all today though.

I wish the weather would take another turn for the good so I could enjoy it properly. I want to sit outside and read, but now that the weather has turned again, I don't see that happening over break. But I'm not complaining. It feels so good not to have a ton of things I ought to be doing!

Mar 13, 2006

silly hats

Well today was my final pottery class. We wore silly hats and ate food be brought, served out of our own work. I made brownies which I brought most back home with me, and wore Brian's Mad Hatter hat. Ironicaly I tried to convince him to throw out the hat when we moved and it ends up being me who wears it next.

I'm excited to say that my house is fairly clean. My mom came over yesterday and I felt the need to spruce up the joint after a quarter of procrastination. Now I can certainly goof off guilt free. Awesome.

Mar 8, 2006

final project

Here is my final animation. Go to this website


and dowload the "connecting" file. Use your internet browser to open the file.

enjoy. Oh, let me know if the music is fading out before the animation is done. I don't know why it's doing that. It's fine for me except when I open it using my browser. Oh, well. You'll get the idea...

Mar 7, 2006

sprint to the finish

Well after an intensive day of work, I have 40 seconds of animation done. It's not awesome, but it's good enough to get a good grade. I still have another 20 seconds to do today. Luckily, I only work a few hours and then I go to class to work on the assignment. Then after class, I will lock myself in the lab until I've finished it. I want to get it done tonight because I have to write a 350 word artist statement and formalize my storyboards to turn in. I want to be able to do that work tomorrow.

Lucky for you guys, my boss is at a conference all day and didn't leave me any instructions on how to spend my two hours this morning. I decided to catch up on emails, update this blog and then I'm going to sit in front of the interactive plasma tv and learn more about my new employers. My boss encouraged me to check it out, but with getting ready for the conference I haven't had time to. So for work this morning, I will be playing with an interactive tv. not bad. Plus it's one of those touch screen ones. very cool.

I am already looking forward to Thursday afternoon. I won't have to work, all my schoolwork will be turned in and I will be taking a monster nap! I woke up this morning convinced I hadn't slept at all. I hate that. Plus, I woke up ten minutes before my alarm went off. I hate that. It's like my own mind is trying to cheat me out of ten extra minutes. I think it's just stress and my body wants to make sure I'm up on time. dam body.

Mar 6, 2006

let there be light!

I did it. Or rather the gods have smiled upon me. The clouds have opened and a shaft of pure light has fallen upon my undeserving head. Can you hear the choir of angels?... I got an A on my communications test last week. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I don't have to retake it on Thursday. I only have one impossible task instead of two. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Okay, I really need to get to work now. Thank you gods of destiny...

he says to "foo off"

It's one in the morning. I'm tired, but I know the fans are restless. It's been a busy week followed by a busy weekend. And this week is only going to get worse. Last week I had a lot of pottery to work on because it was our last "wet week," and I had a test in communications. This weekend I spent 6 hours in pottery lab and many frustrated hours in front of the computer trying to get my new animation started. I say started because I barely have a few seconds of it done. I am planning to go to the lab at school and work until it's done. I'm not putting on my shoes and leaving right now or anything, but I will spend the next few weeknight in the lab. (Start praying for my VJ, I need it.) PLUS, I may or may not have another communications test this week too. If I did well enough on the last one, I can skip it. If I didn't do as well as I'd hoped, I have to start studying and say goodbye to sleep. Plus I'm busy at work tomorrow. While I'm really liking the new job, I have a lot of new responsibilities to go with it. They are having a conference on Tuesday, so I have to print out hundreds of programs, name badges, lunch tickets, and signs need to be mounted and printed - not in that order. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited by the work, but I wish it were a week after this. Please forgive me for the communications block out. I'll try to be a better friend after Thursday. I know I make this promise all the time, so you're just going to have to forgive me for that too.