Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tuesday Tidbits...

A couple weeks ago I made my way down to Stillwater to visit with my parents. It was a twofold visit, both to enjoy a nice dinner with my parents for my Birthday that would be the next week, and also to meet their new pooky dog! Molly is a sweetheart, and also reminiscent of a crocodile in a border collie outfit! She took a few good nibbles out of both Matt and I, but I love her to pieces!

While we were down there, I had my dad get down a bunch of the boxes of my stuff that they'd stored away. A few years ago when Matt and I first moved into an apartment together, my parents dismantled my bedroom, and stored everything in cardboard boxes in the garage so they could  turn my old bedroom into a guest room (Full of BOOKS I might add!). Well, it was high time I went through them; even if I didn't take the stuff home with me, I could still condense the boxes, right?

And condense we did! We took about eight or ten boxes and turned it into 2-3. One of them wasn't even mine, but was an assortment of old kitchen dishes and doodads that fell to my parents last round of spring cleaning!

While we were in the garage, my dad is rooting around through things, and pulls out a mound of stackable paper organizers. You know the kind, they sit on your desk in you office, little shelves for all your papers to get sorted into? They always have them in the office section of stores, inexpensive and made of plastic.

Dad holds them out to me. "Take these too." I gave them a skeptical look; they'd been sitting in the garage a long time, and were covered in dust. "No thanks" I said "I don't know what we would do with them."

Dad offered them again. "Well, take them anyway. I'm just going to throw them out."

"But I don't know where we'd put them!" I argued.  Matt chimed in "We could find a use for them." I glowered at him. "We don't have papers to sort though!" I protested. After a round of 'find something to do with them's, they ended up getting tossed in our box of 'stuff to take home', and made the trip back to Oklahoma City with us.

After I got home and sorted all the stuff from the boxes out, the paper stackers sat on the table in the office for weeks, piled on top of the other junk that had accumulated there. Until a few days ago when I was struck by a brilliant idea!

That is one of the stackable paper sorters. Upside down. Under my monitor.

You see, I've always had a problem with space on my desk. The outriggers that hold up my computer monitor are rather large... they take up a lot of space! And the way our desks are designed, the hole for all the computer cables to go through is actually at the back of the desk top, right in the center. That means that I could only push my monitor back so far before it ran up against those cables. That meant a lot of limited space for me, especially when I happened to be eating at my computer desk, or trying to use my drawing tablet.

I was suddenly struck by the fact that if I flip one of those paper keeper thingies upside down, it's a shelf! And there are gaps along the edges of it that allow me to feed the cables through it. This gets the monitors struts up off of the cable hole, letting me push it back as far as it will go, tidies up the cables, and even give me a bit of shelf space to set my keyboard up onto when I need the space! I've never felt so brilliant! Matt even came home and did the same to his computer as well. So I suppose we did find a use for those darn things after all! Thanks dad!


So this last Friday, my friend Lance and I planned for him to stop by so we could chat about his plans on perhaps attending OU. I was very excited to get to host, and while we chatted back and forth on IM, I proposed my plan.

"Lance... Do you want to have a tea party?". And the nearly immediate answer was "YES."

And tea partied we did! I laid out a spread of sharp cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, summer sausage and salami, fuji apple and watermelon slices, Tea and crackers. It was quite delicious, and we had a merry time chatting and munching! We finished off with some sliced lemon cake for desert. Fantastic!

Will definitely be doing that again! Although next time I need to get a hat. Can't go wrong with a good tea party hat.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Reborn the Monster!

Friends of mine my age will get the name, but for those of you not in the 'know' it's from a TV show/Trading Card Game called Yu-Gi-Oh!. In it, there's a special card called 'Monster Reborn' that lets you re-summon a monster that has died to fight for you. And because the show is translated from Japanese they don't always get the syntax for things quite right.... Hence "Reborn the monster!!!". I tried to find a clip of it from the show on YouTube  but there are only videos of people complaining about how the Monster Reborn card is banned because it's over powered. Sad pandas.

Anyway, why the awkwardly phrased opening? Well, I'm basically casting Monster Reborn on this blog, and some other things in my life too! It's been too long since I posted here and there's a lot to discuss!

My last post was In October. We didn't do anything for Halloween at all really, so no news there. At some point after Halloween I think it was, I got en extremely excited call from my mom. The insurance company who covered my car at the time I had someone stop short in front of me (Read the post HERE!) a few months back had finally decided I was NOT at fault for the accident! So we got our $750 dollar deductible back. A very tidy sum indeed which we immediately put towards our credit cards.

After that came Thanksgiving; I look forward pretty much all year long to the end of the year for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I super love holidays and getting to spend them with family! This year though, I got a text from my parents two days before Thanksgiving, whom I was beyond excited to see as I hadn't seen them in months, that one of my uncles on my dad's side had passed away and they wouldn't be able to come to Thanksgiving. Super sad, although we did get to spend half of Thanksgiving with Matt's side of the family too which was loads of fun!

So with Thanksgiving having fallen through, but Christmas right around the corner, I excitedly put up the Christmas tree!

 Obligatory "Lit Christmas Tree with House Lights Off" shot.

The last photo is of the my first tree ornament, one that my mom made me last Christmas I believe. Isn't it gorgeous? The rest of my tree is decorated with little colored balls; I have a fondness for more traditional ornaments. Our friend Lance did get us some lovely new ornaments this year though, a big green pear for me, and a ball with a reindeer painted on it for Matt! I wish I'd thought to egt pictures before I'd put them up...

Anyway, about a week before Christmas, which for me was even more important as we'd been missing family members for Thanksgiving, I get another call from Mom. My grandmother had slipped in the shower and broken her hip. I was very upset, not only with worry over the health of my grandmother, but the not getting to enjoy Christmas with my family. (Family get togethers are even more important to me now as my grandparents are starting to get up there in age, and they won't live forever! If only we were immortal!)

Matt consoled me that we would at least get to see his side of the family for Christmas, which did cheer me up! Then it blizzarded Christmas day. -_-;  Not even kidding, we had a small blizzard, and although it didn't get too very bad here, we still couldn't risk driving anywhere and getting snowed/iced in. Not the greatest Christmas in the world!

So the holidays were a bit of a bust. I did get to spend a lot of time with my Hubby however, so that was great at least! New years was nothing special. I was off, but Matt had to work so he was on the clock right up until midnight. No kisseys for me! 

And now it's back to regular everyday updatey stuff. After the loss of our family dog last year, my parents have finally gotten a new puppy! They've named her Molly, and you can read all about her on my Mom's blog HERE! Matt and I went to see her last weekend, and she's the cutest little alligator in border collie's clothing! She's still a bit of a biter, but she'll get out of that soon enough!

My birthday was a couple days back on the 16th. I'm 25 now! O.o Doesn't feel any different. I had a birthday dinner of country style ribs with my parents when we were in Stilly to visit the new Molly-wog. Earlier this week, my mother-in-law brought me a check from them for my birthday (Thanks guys!) Then this last Friday I had some Beef Stew with my grandparents and Aunt; Stew is my favorite dinner, so Pawpaw often makes it for me! And then last night Matt and I finally had the chinese feast and anime I'd decided I wanted earlier in the week, and I bought myself a new 3DS game! Awkwardly spread out, but good birthday! It's hard to do family stuff when everyone lives in different towns!


Now that the regular updates are done, it's time for the second part of my 'monster reborn'. I've been pretty unhappy at work for the last few months... And I'm still not sure this whole 'librarian thing' is what I want to do with my life. It's a big cost investment for the degree (It has to be an ALA accredited degree to get me a job, and the only school in Oklahoma that offers the accredited MLIS program is OU; not exactly cheap), especially when I'm not sure I'll even like it well enough in the long term. I don't just want a 'job' I drag myself too, I want a career, a life. Something I'll enjoy doing and be excited to do everyday. And I honestly can't be sure of the long term availability of well paying Library jobs. Technology is quickly changing the way that library systems work; While I LOVE research, what I wanted to do was work with books. On top of that, the areas here are saturated with MLIS  graduates, since OU is here. And in terms of pay amount versus cost of the degree, a MLIS doesn't pay off real well.

All in all, I'm really struggling with where I want to go with my life. So I'm going to be putting more focus on my art right now. I want to improve and maybe move into that. I'm a decent artist, and I know I'll be able to excel if I put dedication and effort into it. Maybe the dream of being an illustrator I gave up years and years ago and then substituted Theater with  can still come true?

As such I've been going through artworks and such. I have three pieces I've been working on, 2 linearts that need colors and one sketch I'm working on turning into a lineart. From there I'm going to be doing some life drawing, animal studies, anything I can to improve  And I gotta get into Photoshop, since it's the industry standard... Oh, previews!

Finished lineart that needs colors...

Small preview of a larger piece I'm working on doing the lines for from a sketch...

And another finished lineart!

And a little character sheet doodle I did a while back for fun! I realized I'd never posted this here!

I'll leave you guys with that then. Updates soon!