Friday, February 27, 2009

New camera

cards have been mailed out.

We have a new camera! Finally, a digital one. Maybe I can start having actual pictures of this life I lead, ha.

Not much to say, really. It's a quiet day here. Jason works all day. He got turned down for a request for time off AGAIN, so it looks like no SC until summer at least. Maybe his boss -wants- him to be depressed? Who knows. Kind of makes me wistful for when I was a supervisor and could essentially give myself a week off if I had to.

We'll try again in the summer. I'm going to ask for some time around Easter to see my family and my niece? So cross your fingers for that.

Like I said, nothing exciting. Quatro's pizza and beer last night. We tried an organic hard apple cider that was actually really good, if only about as alcoholic as cough syrup. We also tried a Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier which was waaaaaay too light for us. We don't really do pale, so we were less than excited. Pretty good beer still, though.

Haircut next week, if all goes according to plan. I should get my new glasses next week too. I will take a picture!

I need to clean the bathroom today. That sink is getting... eesh.

We're looking at a few other complexes to live in next year? But we may stick with Sugartree. They haven't been terrible to us. We're just not sure we want to sit through all these repairs next year on a totally new place. Also our oven hasn't worked in like two weeks, but we haven't ahd time to call the landlords about it. Whoops. That's okay, we saute everything anyway.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

bad moon on the rise

Been in a less-than-stellar mood for a couple of days now with no apparent cause. Sometimes I just get moody, I guess. We got everyone's cards! Thank you so much! We also received the package from Atlanta Christian Church, family, so I'll be sending out that THank-You card on Wednesday... along with SOME OTHER cards I've been meaning to send but have the worst possible memory for.

Yes, family, that means the wedding thank-you cards are FINALLY making the rounds. I'm so bad at this stuff, I'm terribly sorry for the lateness.

Planning for my birthday. I think I will treat myself to a new pair of glasses (I have needed new glasses for about two years but just kept putting it off) and a haircut (have needed arguably since November). Short hair + new glasses, = yay. They have purple glasses at the wal-mart vision center, which is where I'll be going. Yay employee discount.

Jason said you can tell I'm getting tired of my length of hair because I've always got it pulled back in a messy bun now and just seem bothered by it.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Today: work from 9-1, work on printmaking from 2:30 until it's done, THEN meet with Marla to discuss plans for sharing our thesis show. Jason works 2-10.

Printmaking due tomorrow.

At least last night I got to huddle in and play video games?

In any case, I have a painting I'd like to start on sometime tonight or tomorrow...

Monday, February 9, 2009


Glorious, wonderful warm weather! Id on't care if it's windy, I don't care if it rains, I just want to be able to feel my fingers all day long. The apartment feels perfect. I wish I didn't work until 9 PM and then have a pile of homework to do, but whatever.

In any case, I got some homework for silkscreen done this morning before work... I have a crit for painting tomorrow with Erin... and I have to have something done to SHOW her... ugh.

Slow my life down please.

Oh well. After May, it'll just be work, that's all. No more school!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

ploddity ploddity

It's still so cold my fingers tingle after only a few seconds outside. I can't wait for warmer weather to come. January and February are the worst. December 09 through February 2010 will be the last winter we spend in Illinois if I have anything to say about it. Then we're moving SOUTH, kids, we will be migrating like particularly cold geese.

I'm looking into a duplex for next year. I saw an ad in the paper and though I'm a bit worried someone else will have gotten there before me, I'm hopeful. It's a 2-bedroom (Jason and I like having the extra computer room) for 495, which is essentially the same rates we were paying on the 3-bedroom, 250 each. Water's included, trash is included, and it has a washer/dryer unit it looks like? And pets are okay. I suppose I'll have to put down a pet deposit, but that's fine, I'm used to that.

I have to print out some stuff for silkscreening ideas and then... funny story. So I'm quickly becoming obsessed with the Life is Good website and I found some cute shirts that had little terrain scenes on them. LIke, one was a little mountain scene in a circle, one was an island, one was a desert scene. So I e-mailed them asking if they had considered maybe doing a little field-scene or a prairie scene for us flatlanders and got an e-mail back almost right away! The funny part is that they want me to print out, sign, and mail in a disclosure form saying that I don't expect any compensation for my idea, I just sent it to them free of obligation or expectation. So that's kind of funny. But the lady said she would show them the e-mail probably as soon as they get the form and can file it.

So I'm hopeful.

In other news, we're switching from white sugar to cane juice crystals, because the refining process in making white sugar is a big part of what makes it bad for you. It's not exactly "raw" sugar (which you see advertised sometimes), it goes through a different process than that. But in any case, I think it tastes better and I like having a little molasses. We had earlier made the switch from white flour to whole-wheat or just wheat flour and that has been good, too! It makes everything you make with it noticeably more filling, so you end up eating less.

It's a bit more expensive because it's sort of the "trendy" hippie thing right now, but that's fine with us... we'll just budget more on how often we're sticking sugar in things.

And to add, no, I'm not trying to be a trendy hippie. :)

Valentine's Day is coming up... although Jason and I don't do a lot of those sappy holiday-things, we ARE going to hit up Kay's Jewelry this weekend. They're having a big sale and my inner jewelry-hound wants to go see if I like any of it. I get so many compliments on my wedding ring it's hilarious... I wear it to work and I'll get these older women who just -grab- my hand so they can look at it.

Okay. I think I've wasted enough time warming up. Time to print out the images for silkscreening and wander that way.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


My printmaking teacher is giving me a zero for the crit, since I wasn't there Thursday. She is going to grade my actual project because it was int he classroom (in the drying racks) and technically could have been graded with or without me there, but take a full letter grade off nonetheless.

Ugh. At least it's not a total zero? But I'm kind of angry. The thing is, this particular teacher has a reputation as being hard as nails and without compromise, so I'm pretty sure I got some serious mercy from her, based on my warnings from students AND a couple of professors before I got into this class.

I'll take it, but I'm definitely not happy about it.

I AM hungry, but I was going to try and wait until 5, when Jason gets out of class. Hmmn. Maybe I'll eat a bag of chips. I was thinking he and I could get Moe's tonight. I love Moe's. I was so happy to see it come to Carbondale! It was my favorite place to visit in SC.

I'm telling you, if I wasn't in college? Jason and I would be migrating south right about now, though. Only one more winter of this, only one more. Then Jason will be done, we'll have lived out our last lease and we can move to warmer climes.

ugh. Start looking for apartments for us, Robin.


It is so cold. It is so very, very cold. It's "officially" 14 degrees here, but don't let that fool you, with the wind raging so hard and so cold we're probably actually just getting above zero now. My pinkie toe on my left foot always goes numb first. Thank god for my scarf over my nose. It's so cold that it the wind gets in your eyes and the colors of things change, everything goes vaguely reddish.

So it turns out I may have gotten an automatic zero on my very first project in silkscreening. Why, you ask? Well, it's mandatory that you show up for critique days, because that's when you get your grade and get told what you did wrong. Essentially, unless you are in the hospital, you have to show up. Our crit was meant to be last Tuesday, but campus was closed. They re-opened campus on Thursday, but my car was still stuck until late late Thursday night thanks to the piles of snow and ice that we couldn't dig through until a neighbor let us borrow his snow shovel and we spent a good three hours working on it just so the two of us could get to work on Friday.

In any case my teacher and most of the class DID manage to get there on Thursday, so they had crit. I know at least one other person didn't make it, and I also know that essentially everyone but me and that girl lived within walking distance of school. So I don't know what the teacher will do. If she tries to give me a zero, though, I'm probably going to go over her head to the dean and protest it. When I'm literally trapped in my house, there's not much I can do. The work was done and it was even in the classroom where she could get to it to grade it, I just couldn't get there myself.

On Wednesday, Jason worked 1 to 10, so he just walked to work. I called in Wednesday morning because there was no way I was going to make it walking OR trying to get my car out. It turns out basically everyone else called off too, so I do feel bad. Wal-Mart had about half their usual turnout of workers over two days, and about twice as many customers as one would expect in a snowstorm. Apparently? If the weather gets bad, everyone goes to Wal-Mart.

Friday Jason and I carpooled because we got my car out, but his was still uber-stuck. So I went to work an hour and a half early and he was there to pick me up when I got off an hour and a half after him. He only got his car out Sunday, I think.

Then the administration has actually admitted outright that they don't plow lots based on student need. They plow the administration's building lot first, then if there's a game they plow/salt the parking lot and sidewalks for that game... and then after that they try to decide which parking lots for students should be bothered with. So by the time they get to us, they've used half their available salt on the arena.

Things are better today, they did some more work over the weekend. But man, you'd think they'd touch the handicapped stuff before they did the parking lot for a game. I'm not sure who they think is paying all of their salaries? But I'm pretty sure it's the students. And I"m not saying we should get carte blanche to go crazy and be entitled, but I think I am at least entitled to the school I am going deep into debt to go to to at least pretend to care about my safety.

So I'm hanging out in the computer lab until I need to go over to the art building. It's only a few hundred feet but let me tell you, it's gonna feel like miles.