Thursday, February 26, 2009

Trans-Continent Photography Project

Nic J and I both got fancy new cameras so we decided to start a project that I decided to name the Trans-Continent Photography Project. The idea is simple - he takes a picture of something in Florida, I take a picture of the same thing in Minnesota - or some creative variation of it. We've already completed Round #1 - Our Front Doors:


As Nic nicely put it,
This is my front door.. I figure it symbolized the beginning... An opening.
Anyway, it should be a fun way to start experimenting with my beloved new Rebel. It'll be a Rebel with a cause. Hee hee.

We started a Flickr group for our endeavor. You can see it here - and even join in, if you feel so inclined (but I should warn you that Nic and I are not the most organized, reliable, steadfast people - we get bored and distracted easily and tend to avoid doing anything that's not fun).

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Love at First Sight!



Monday, February 23, 2009

Maybe I will move to the Philippines...

I had to contact Comcast today to have STARZ removed (one of those 6-months-for-free-then-surprise!-$17-a-month-deals.)

I HATE dealing with this kind of stuff (customer service in general) - ESPECIALLY on the phone! I'm glad that many sites are adding on-line chat functionality - I think it is way more efficient and doesn't annoy me NEARLY as much. In fact, I actually kinda enjoyed my chat today:

Aerole.38809 > Hello Amy_, Thank you for contacting Comcast Live Chat Support.
My name is Aerole.38809. Please give me one moment to review your information.

Amy_ > Hello. I want to remove STARZ.
I think I had it free for 6 months - I've never watched it

Aerole.38809 > Hi Amy. How are you doing today?

Amy_ > I'm doing well. How are you?

Aerole.38809 > I am doing fine. Thank you for asking.

Amy_ > Where are you located? (I'm just curious)

Aerole.38809 > I will be more than happy to assist you with your concern for today.

Amy_ > Thanks

Aerole.38809 > We are located in the Philippines.

Amy_ > Oh - I bet the weather is much nicer there than here. Very cold - lots of snow.

Aerole.38809 > It is really hot nowadays as summer is getting close.
Aerole.38809 > Let me just go ahead and pull up your account.

Amy_ > No summer here for at least 3 months! You are about 7804 miles (12559 km) from where I am.
I like the Internet!

Aerole.38809 > Thank you for being patient. I was able to pull up account now. So Starz is the channel that you want to remove right?

Amy_ > Yes - I think it's a package of channels - $16.99 per month

Aerole.38809 > That is correct.
Aerole.38809 > Alright Amy. I already removed Starz from your account.

Amy_ > thank you!

Aerole.38809 > You are welcome.
Aerole.38809 > It is important for me to know if you are still online. Did you receive my last message?

Amy_ > yes, I did - I'm here!

Aerole.38809 > Great.

Amy_ > Great - thank you for your help today. Enjoy your warm weather!

Aerole.38809 > Is there anything else that I can assist you with today?


Amy_ > No - that's all

Aerole.38809 > I will appreciate your feedback about the service you experienced with me today.
It is our priority to provide you the best customer service. Kindly answer the survey at the end of this chat so we will know how we can improve our service.
I hope that I have been helpful in resolving your concern today.

Amy_ > Ok. You were very helpful - I appreciate your help.

For whatever reason, my little chat with Aerole made me happy - especially b/c I'm not going to be billed for channels I don't watch.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Mandalas

I love drawing mandalas lately. They quiet my mind, make me feel relaxed, and allow me to experiment with different pens, pencils, tools, and colors. You can see some of my recent drawings on Flickr.

Here are some cool mandala links to check out:
  • http://www.raywhiting.com/mandala/mandmake.html
  • http://www.nvcc.edu/home/lshulman/Rel231/syllabus/mandala.htm
  • http://www.creativity-portal.com/howto/a/mandala/
  • http://www.flickr.com/groups/mandalacentral/
  • http://www.flickr.com/groups/52481568@N00/
  • http://www.buddhamind.info/leftside/actives/mandala.htm

Hummmm....

Hummmmm....

That's about all I can think to say...

...and a random picture that oddly [and maybe metaphorically?] exemplifies how I feel at the moment....

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Red Velvet Art

Forgot to mention in my earlier post that I'm also having fun being inspired by Red Velvet Art and their oh-so-cute tutorials!

I'm currently working on this cute little book -

I'm filling it with pictures of people I love and decorating it with little bits of whatever happens to catch my eye. Most of the pictures are ones that used to hang in my cube...Kinda sad because they remind me of the job I no longer have and really do miss, but I'm glad they're not on the bottom of one of the boxes of my "personal effects" my former admin shipped to me.

I miss being a tourist...

This amused me and made me want to go to some touristy place and take goofy pictures - Tourists reenacting the cover of Abbey Road -- timelapse video.

The Creative Life

I've been feeling especially creative lately - the kind of creative that makes me forget what day it is and leaves me with paint and fabric and colored pencils and sketch books and photos and all sorts of other colorful, fun, messy stuff spread from one end of the house to the other!

I'm happy :)

It's been a while since I've taken pictures of my creative endeavors but I finally did today and even updated my Flickr page tonight with some paintings I've been working on. I've mostly been experimenting with acrylic paint + mediums and textures so lots of backgrounds and only a couple pieces that I consider complete. Photographing and posting them has me totally inspired to get back to them...

I feel like I'm living in an alternate version of reality - and I guess I am...but I know it won't last - and maybe I'll never have it again - so rather than feel depressed and anxious, I may as well embrace it. Part of me feels guilty for thinking that - like I should be job-hunting non-stop, re-building my house myself, writing budgets and collecting scrap metal or something...I've decided to ignore that annoying little voice, though, and focus on creating and being happy.

Monday, February 16, 2009

You know you tasted your Play-Doh at least once as a kid....

Thanks to technology, future generations won't regret it - check out "Yummy Dough."

February

Hello World,

Guess I haven't updated in a while...

I don't have much to report. Still living in my flood-damaged house, still unemployed, still just chillin' and keepin' it real (and still not really talking like that except when I want you all to think I am cool.)

I've been anti-social. Some people have gotten mad at me about this; others don't seem to have noticed; the rest probably miss me, but are busy with their own lives and know they'll see me again sooner or later. I've apologized to the angry ones and will make an effort with the rest soon...

It's not that I WANT to be anti-social. I would call people if I had something new to say, but, "Nope, still no job, still no carpet" certainly wouldn't brighten my day. I assume if other people have exciting/dramatic/interesting/whatever news, they'll contact me.

I guess I'm also just feeling lazy and apathetic. It's the middle of February in Minnesota - everything has that gray feeling to it. The snow is black, cars are white with dried up salt, there are puddles during the day and ice at night. Nothing is going on, nothing out of the ordinary happens...

That being said, this past weekend was fun. I was at Andy's till Saturday evening, being lazy, eating fish, and celebrating Valentine's Day. Saturday night I hung out with Jason - we went to Rocky Rococo's for pizza then went back to his house and watched Flight of the Conchords and the Wilco documentary (I Am Trying to Break Your Heart).

Last night I felt pukey-sick, but felt fine when I woke up today. I worked on some projects and then went to dinner at Jim's. He made pot roast for the first time - and he did a mighty fine job of it! Carrots, potatoes, dinner rolls, and milk - a real American meal! We ate it while watching an Ultimate Fighting highlights show of the "Greatest Knock-Outs" and Australian soccer.

I stopped at Dick Blick's on the way home (had to use my 40% off coupon) and then Joanne Etc because they were having their Presidents' Day Sale and I needed to get some fabric.

Now I'm home...feeling kinda pooped. Jim's meal was very nap-inducing. I think I'll get stuff cleaned up around here (I left my projects a mess when I left today) and then go to bed.

By the way, my gramma is 85 today and my cousin Payton turned 8 yesterday! I love them both very very very much!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

25 Things

I keep getting tagged on Facebook by people just dying to know 25 things about me so here goes:

1. I have a dog named Bailey - he's a Toy-Australian-Rat-Poo (aka Scruffy Little Mutt)

2. I like leg warmers and arm warmers (check out Sock Dreams!)

3. My socks rarely match.

4. I graduated from the U of MN in 2002 - I have a B.A. in English.

5. I'm an introverted, underachieving perfectionist who fears failure.

6. I wish I could be 6 years old forever!

7. I like to eat cookie dough.

8. I've lived in the Twin Cities my whole life.

9. I love my gramma very very very much - and you would too.

10. I have a "Writer's Block Buddha" on my desk, next to my monitor. I got him in San Francisco.

11. I got a set of Copic markers for X-mas, but they're so nice and fancy that I'm scared to use them!

12. I went to the library last week - I hadn't been to a public library in a VERY long time and it was *quite* exciting!

13. The last movie I saw was Slumdog Millionaire - I liked it a lot (especially the very end).

14. I never know if my ending punctuation is supposed to be inside or outside my closing parenthesis. (And I have no idea if that sentence makes sense.)

15. I looooooove Flickr!

16. I am a good writer (ignore #14, please).

17. I like to think I am an artist.

18. My dream car is a Mini Cooper.

19. I wish I could afford to buy a Canon Digital Rebel SLR.

20. I like getting the mail.

21. I just remembered that I have something to send to Albert.

22. I'm drinking a Bacardi-Diet.

23. Today is my mom's birthday. She's 54.

24. I just called my dad and got his voice mail. He has Sprint - I have T-Mobile.

25. I think I should dye my hair - I have lots of gray hairs! (Combination of wisdom and stress, I think.)