Monday, April 27, 2009

Funny thing.

... this weird feeling at the back of my throat.

Faintly feels like I'm getting sick.

Funny. I don't have time for that.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


I've got a 4-5 pg paper (not including preface and title page), short story, & a 30-day notice to write, a year-end print to submit to the lab, be creative with some sort of guerilla marketing idea, and an official wedding price list to finish.

But meh. I'll procrastinate a little more.

A - Age: 21

B - Bed size: queen

C - Chore you hate: dusting and washing the bathroom

D - Dog's name: .... :( We dont have a dog yet.

E - Essential start your day item: breakfast! and a shower.

F - Favorite color(s): mmm, well I don't really have one

G - Gold or Silver: neither... not a big jewelry person

H - Height: 5'4" or 5'5"

I - Instruments you play: piano... on past occasions, I have been known to hum a few bars along with the accordian

J - Job title: mmm. Peon.

K - Kid(s): Joel... ;)

L - Living arrangement: Our apartment... soon, our duplex.

M - Mom's name: Deirdre, but "Mom" to me

N - Nicknames: meh. Never got into that.

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: nada.

P - pet peeves: Waterloo drivers, slow drivers, people who don't drive *at least* the speed limit (not asking for much, here... really), clothes hangers when they get all tangled up, alarm clocks, Harley's stopping at the light at midnight and revving like crazy, cleaning the microwave, people abusing my stuff or copying my ideas

Q - Quote from a movie: mm... "That's what she said" TV show?

R - Right or left handed: Right

S - Siblings: Blair, Justin

T - Time you wake up: meh. well. Other than these last two mornings, 7:45 was the norm. I'd like to get back in the habit of 6:00.

U- Underwear: ??

V - Vegetable you dislike: lima beans. sick.

W - Workout style: I believe this would require both workouts and a sense of style.... so....

X - X-rays you've had: my arm

Y - Yesterday's best moment: chatting with Joel and my mom on the phone

Z - Zoo favorite: tigers

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I always said...

... that I would pay for parking.

Seriously. The arts/photography students always are carrying gear from school to vehicle and vice-versa. And I refuse to park on the other side of campus and walk with bags, purse, water, etc in tow for half a mile. Well not really a half a mile... but especially when it was cold through out the winter, that's a long way to walk. I literally would pay $10 a month to have preferred parking stickers for the program.

So I parked in visitor parking and just took my un-attached sticker off of my dash, so they couldn't attach it to my student account. (I have a source that told me they don't track the license plate numbers...) Visitor is conveniently the same distance from the building as the best spots in the student lot.

Well, yesterday it bit me in the butt. Hard. Okay, not.
I got a $10 ticket for parking in visitor, and $5 for not having a sticker. Hmm.

So if they don't attach it to my student account, can I "forget" to pay this before I graduate?

I always said I'd pay for preferred parking if they'd let me...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Well, now.

I don't post a lot of political "stuff" on my blog because even though I consider myself a realist, political issues these days are downright depressing to me...

But this is spectacular. And should be read by everyone. Everywhere.

Except Lisa. But I forgive you.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

My new favorite song!

"My Skin" by Natalie Merchant

Oh and I've got all my portfolio images ready to go to the lab... and I've got a grand total of 14, 2 more than I actually need for the minimum. It's a real relief to me, as most people are struggling to find at least 12.

I'm ready for the weekend and Joel to be here!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Quick update...

So we're going full speed ahead on this mortgage business.. We were able to lock in at 4.5%... so we're ecstatic! :) We're (by we, I mean Mary Jo and Joel..) getting a kit from a titling company to work up the offer, so we can proceed. I have no idea what's happening or even supposed to happen, so we're pretty lucky to have some help figuring that all out!

Mom and Dad were here Sunday night through this morning to help me out with a few assignments. It was great to see them again, and be with the whole family.. Too bad Joel's in Wisconsin. I should get photos up from that soon. They turned out well.

I babysat the Simons' kids for an hour or two tonight and then stayed for supper.. I thought it went pretty well for my first time (ever!!) babysitting...

School's coming to a close reeeaaaally quickly. The date I've set for myself to submit all my portfolio images to be printed at the lab is less than a week away. Eeek.. In addition, I have to do some work for my wedding final (a wedding consultation including price lists, wedding contracts, and booking the wedding with a "bride"), my portrait final in the studio, my final painter image, a final test and assignment for my studio promotions and marketing class. Thankfully, my portrait instructor changed our assignment from a business plan to a 3-5 page paper... Heck, I'll take 1-2 hours of work over 3-5 days anytime!

Busy and tired as ever, but doing well. Now, don't expect blog postings for a looong time. :)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Cause I feel alone..

Once again, thank you Pandora.

I'm really missing Joel... can't wait to see him tomorrow.

Throw me a Rope by KT Tunstall

I want you between me and the feeling I get when I miss you
But everything here is telling me I should be fine
So why is it so, above as below,
That I'm missing you every time

I got used to you whispering things to me into the evening
We followed the sun and its colours and left this world
It seems to me that I'm definitely
Hearing the best that I've heard

So throw me a rope to hold me in place
Show me a clock for counting my days down
Cause everything's easier when you're beside me
Come back and find me
Cause I feel alone

And whenever you go it's like holding my breath underwater
I have to admit that I kind of like it when I do
Oh but I've got to be unconditionally
Unafraid of my days without you

So throw me a rope to hold me in place
Show me a clock for counting my days down
Cause everything's easier when you're beside me
Come back and find me
Whenever I'm falling you're always behind me
Come back and find me
Cause everything's easier when you're beside me
Come back and find me
Cause I feel alone

Portrait field trip

So we went down to Ames and Des Moines for a class trip to tour some studios and basically get away for a day or two.. or something. Because we don't have anything to do here, like work on our portfolios or scrambling for our last assignments...

My neck feels so good after riding in one of those realllly uncomfortable tour buses. Or not. Thank you, pillow. Thank you, Blackberry. Thank you, Pandora. Thank you, headphones.

Anyway, it was fun, we learned a lot, and we got to drop by the Jordan Creek Mall there in Des Moines... mmm. We sooo need a Wet Seal in Appleton.

Here are some photos of my purchases... maybe I'll even post some photog stuff we were learning/observing.. I would be the one to come home from a photography field trip and only post photos of my shopping items.. :) The watches and Gladiator sandals are from Wet Seal and the scarves from Vanity.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Okay. Fine.

Well, I wanted to make a grand entrance and write in depth when I had time, but since ya'll are so darned impatient and were going to start rumors about who-knows-what... (Don't go there..) this will just have to be quick and dirty. Party poopers.

Yes, we got approved for our mortgage to buy the duplex we were looking at. We're super excited, already bought a fridge (since we need our own appliances) and have started looking at stoves. Washer and dryer will magically appear within the next month (thanks again for the wedding present, you-know-who :D).

We got a slamming great interest rate (I'm pretty sure... but our mortgage rep hasn't called me back with that final number.. it was amazing last Friday anyway) with a 15-year loan... We're supposed to close around May 1st, which is when we can move in. Or well, Joel, until I get up there.

So yes, we're excited!

The rooms are a bit smaller than our apartment now, and the layout is generally not as nice, but it will be amazing to actually have storage space in a basement... with laundry right there! Thank you dear bank, I now need no more rolls of quarters.

And no, it's not what you all were thinking. Don't hold your breath. :)

Exciting things are coming....

just wait a little longer.. :)

Oh, and I did get a Blackberry... but not the Pearl. I got the Curve, since the qwerty keyboard was mostly why I wanted it in the first place.

Friday, April 3, 2009


So I was bored.. this is from facebook.

1. First thing you wash in the shower?

2. What color is your favorite hoodie?

3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?
I’m planning on it.

4. Do you plan outfits?
Obviously… is there anything I don’t plan?

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now?
Little tired and bored.

6. What's the closest thing to you that's red?
The laptop

7. What was the last dream you remember having?
Hmm… I don’t remember any dreams as of late.

8. Did you meet anybody new today
No… Just the guy at the Alltel kiosk

9. What are you craving right now?
I’m not really craving anything… I just had a pretzel and cheese from Auntie Annes

10. Do you floss?
About once a year and the dentist.

11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage?
Nasty coleslaw…

12. Are you emotional?

13. Have you ever counted to 1,000?
One time in kindergarten when I wanted to prove that I was better than everybody else… lol

14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it?
Lick, always lick.

15. Do you like your hair?
When it’s “day-old” and not wet..

16. Do you like yourself?
I suppose.

17. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush?
Sure, I don’t know what I’d talk about though… So, how’s life in Texas?

18. What are you listening to right now?
Joel’s whistling along to Pandora.

19. Are your parents strict?
In a good way.

20. Would you go sky diving?
Mmmmm… I’d rather try something less risky. Like jump off a cliff without a parachute.

21. Do you like cottage cheese?

22. Have you ever met a celebrity?
Not that I know of…

23. Do you rent movies often?
Mmmm.. To be real honest, yes.

24. Is there anything sparkly in the room in which you are?

25. What countries have you visited?
Canada, Mexico

26. Have you made a prank phone call?
I don’t think so.

27. Ever been on a train?

28. Brown or white eggs?
Is there a difference in taste?

29. Do you have a cell-phone?
Of course… I might get a free Blackberry Pearl if I renew my contract tomorrow.

31. Do you use chapstick?
Of course… but never lip gloss.

32. Do you own a gun?
Nope… But for the record, I don’t have any issues against them.

33. Can you use chopsticks?
Yup.. I always try at HuHot.

34. Who are you going to be with tonight?
Some friends probably..

35. Are you too forgiving?
Not really.

36. Ever been in love?

37. What is your best friend doing tomorrow?
Probably working on cars all day….

38. Ever have cream puffs?
Yes.. Yummy.

39. Last time you cried?
Just a few days ago…

40. What was the last question you asked?
Why are you so weird?? (To Joel)

41. Favorite time of the year?
Warm spring before the bugs come out.

42. Do you have any tattoos?
Nope… probably never will.

43. Are you sarcastic?
Nope. Never.

44. Have you ever seen The Butterfly Effect?

45. Ever walked into a wall?
I walk into walls all the time. I always have bruises on my hips, especially.

46. Favorite color?
This changes daily.

47. Have you ever slapped someone?
If Joel is someone.

48. Is your hair curly?
Frizzy, curly, you name it.

49. What was the last CD you bought?
The Pride and Prejudice soundtrack… through iTunes…. Like 4 years ago.

50. Do looks matter?
Sometimes.. I mean you can’t be a slob about your looks.

51. Could you ever forgive a cheater.
It’s doubtful.

52. Is your phone bill sky high?
Not really.

53. Do you like your life right now?
Sure… I can’t wait to be done with school and actually settled in a home that has my name on the title.

54. Do you sleep with the TV on?
Who has one of those?

55. Can you handle the truth?
If I can’t, I do a pretty good job of covering it up.

56. Do you have good vision?
Not really.. My eyes get really sensitive.

57. Do you hate or dislike more than 3 people?
Depends on how many bad drivers are on the road at one time.

58. How often do you talk on the phone?
Ehhh… sometimes. Mostly just to call Mom and Joel.

59. The last person you held hands with?

60. What are you wearing?
Skirt and IA State hoodie.

61. What is your favorite animal?

62. Where was your profile picture taken?
At the studios at school.

63. Can you hula hoop?
Never have been able to.

64. Do you have a job?
Sure… if you call 10-15hrs a week a job.. J

65. What was the most recent thing you bought?
Gas.. Except it’s not showing up on our account

66. Have you ever crawled through a window?
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