I've been struggling with alot of things going on in my life right now, and just... haven't felt up to dealing with Livejournal.
I am hoping to return to the weekly posts soon. In the meantime, I have uploaded new art from Anthrocon.
Hope everyone is well.
quote of the day...
“Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.” --- Charles Dickens (1812-1870); novelist
current plans & projects...
I posted some of the artwork I did at the con this morning, this week I want to get all the pencils for outstanding commissions done, I need to do some paperwork and organizing, some housework that got neglected last week for obvious reasons, I need to send out some emails, put some artwork in the mail... it's going to be a busy week.
Art also posted on FurAffinity
Anthrocon went well, I had a good time. My panel was well attended, and while I feel like I stumbled alot, we had some good discussions about technique. I think it would probably be better to have a couple of different watercolor artists up there, so I'll be exploring that option for next time. I have not yet decided if I will run the panel at Midwest FurFest or not; I.. need some time to think about that.
We had a good 4th of July, attended a really stellar party, saw some lovely fireworks, it was a good time, and kept my mind occupied.
This week, I will be working on pencils for all outstanding commissions, getting my queue updated with all the work I brought home from the convention. I think I may not be spending too much time in the Alley at MFF, or if I do, it'll only be for work I can complete at the con. I hate to lose the opportunity for making sales, but I really need to get caught up with the workload I already have. I'll see how things stand as it gets closer in.
I will be attending the LAFF Summer Picnic; I will be playing sous chef for this year's MFF Chairman, takaza. It should be lots of fun, if you're local, be sure to RSVP, enjoy the food (FCN vs MFF Burger Cookoff!), and say hi.
I really want to rename that heading, but can't think of anything other than 'links'. Blergh.
Anyway, today's edition is music. I'm really into interesting and ethnic music, and I'm really into strategy games like Civilization IV. tarinfirepelt gave me this awesome link to one of the expansions' theme music. You can hear the main theme (which I could listen to for hours!) on YouTube.
I believe I have duncandahusky to thank for my obsession with Afro Celt Sound System. Their music combines African and Celtic melodies (as the name implies) and what is described as "epic extended soundscapes". I really love it for background music. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite piece, but I do particularly like Seed.
And that's it for me this week. Hope you guys have a great one!
“Everybody likes to go their own way to choose their own time and manner of devotion." —Jane Austen (1775-1817); writer and novelist
I really like this week's quote. I wish my mother would read it, and understand that what works for her does not automagically work for me. Of course, I automatically take this to mean religious devotion; I suppose it could be referring to anything.
Well. I leave for con in... 2 days. I have a LOT to do before then. But that's not why you guys are here, right? Right.
That painting I mentioned last week is completed, and I will be doing an 'Artist Process' post about it... once it has reached its final destination and I get the OK to post it online. I believe it is a gift, and I really don't want to accidentally ruin the surprise. (I truly love doing gifts, it's so much fun!)
However! I do have artwork to share!
|[WIP] Aurélia||New face of cheekitty arts||[WIP] Mythological Magnet Trio|
I am still planning on starting a web serial story, and I will be doing a free icon day around the end of the month. Right now it's difficult planning anything beyond the convention. More next week, I suspect. :)
Also! Next week's update will probably go up on Tuesday morning, since we're driving back from Pittsburgh on Monday. I'll see what I can do as far as posting on time, but... it may be a day late.
Today is the video edition!
Walking on Water (Liquid Mountaineering - A friend pointed out that they all fall in at the same point, but I found the video interesting nonetheless. I would LOVE to watch Jamie and Adam and the Mythbusters crew take this one on- it's different from their Ninja walk-on-water myths. (Link courtesy of.. dracosphynx? Or was it zilvar? I'm sorry guys, I don't remember!)
The Nostalgia Critic - His tag line is, he remembers movies so you don't have to. Very very funny guy that reviews good and bad movies in video format. My favorite is probably his review of Alone in the Dark, which looks like a truly horrible movie, even before he rips it apart. His counterpart, Nostalgia Chick, is also worth watching. I do warn that their language is probably not child-friendly, so if you have little ones, watch with headphones (There are no adult visuals beyond the ones in the movie). (Link courtesy of roho)
If you have anything you'd like me to feature, or you just think is nifty, be sure to let me know!
So begins another week. I hope you all have a great one!
“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” —Morrie Schwartz (1916 - 1995); educator
On today's agenda is a bit of housework, a bit of yardwork later (I'm going to learn how to operate the lawnmower), and some painting.
I am getting close to the halfway point of completion with the commission I'm currently working on, and I'm starting to feel a little pressure as Anthrocon looms closer. I don't want to turn work away at the con, but neither do I want to come home with a massive queue again either. Guess we'll see what happens!
I did a little personal artwork yesterday, I was feeling bleh, and thought maybe if I did something fun for me, I'd be happier to work on the stuff I should be. It really worked out well, so I will likely start interspersing little drawings that I can share, since I never feel comfortable sharing commissions until they're completed.
Mixed Race Coupling by *cheekitty on deviantART
Speaking of Anthrocon, I am beginning to do my preparation for the Introduction to Watercolor/Gouache panel I'm running. I am thinking it will most likely be a discussion panel, unless attendance is low enough that I have enough old brushes for everyone to try out the medium. For those of you that work in water media, are there any questions you particularly would have liked answered when you were first starting? Or are there things you think I should go over? Please let me know! If you have advice running panels, that would be great too! I'm a little nervous, this is the first time I've ever tried this. :)
Right now, Anthrocon is my event horizon, I'm not really planning past that. ;) I WILL get the website redesign done this summer. (Thinking positive here!) And I need to go through my inventory and figure out what originals and prints I still have. I will probably hold a sale this fall.
I hope everyone has a great week. :)
I'll try to go through and comment to everyone individually over the next couple of days, you guys are all super awesome, and I don't know what I'd do without your support. (Seriously, roho has earned his 'Husband of the Year' award several times over this semester)
So now that summer break has truly begun, I'm diving into my commission workload. Started inking painting #3 for this week (completed two small ones earlier in the week), and I will have new artwork to share on Monday. Still waiting to hear back from one person on whether what I sent is good, or if it needs revision. I'm psyched, if I can keep up this pace... that would be mega-awesome.
I will be going back to regular updates again next week; I'm not sure how often I'll post, or WHAT I'll post, but... I'll get something together. :)
If you have a commission open with me (or just want to see what I'm working on!), I have my queue posted. I'm hoping to fancy it up this summer, once we get the new website back-end implemented and prettified. (If you are a Drupal admin, and know of a way to give web designers access to make things look good without giving them root access... please let us know? Roho rightfully is wary of giving me Too Much Control over the web server. >.>)
Annnd that's it for me. How are you guys all doing? :)
“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” —Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862); philosopher, writer, naturalist
I'm shaking up the format of my updates, so I'll be trying different things over the next few weeks. I have new artwork uploaded, for those that are interested, on FA and DA.
I had a bunch of clever things I wanted to post today, and I really should have written them down, because now I don't remember. -.- Maybe they'll come to me later. My plans for the day involve exciting things like laundry and mopping the floor (the dog's had a lot of accidents and while we've cleaned them all up, the floor's due for a thorough mop job). I kind of want to start a new painting, but we'll see if I have time. I have pencils done for nearly all the outstanding commissions, I have one more badge to draw, and then it's a matter of sitting down and painting everything. That feels... really good, and I really want to get everything wrapped up by early April. I realize I'm giving myself just a little more than a month to finish 5 paintings, but my Spring Break from school falls at the end of March, so maybe I can push through.
I hope everyone's having a decent Monday (as decent as a Monday can be!), and is safe if experiencing bad weather. The 'huge snowfall' we were supposed to get looks as if it happened, but stopped early enough that the roads are decent and we (read: roho) were able to shovel our way out fairly easily.
I'll try to come up with more interesting content later. <3!
“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.” —Alan Alda (b.1936); actor, screenwriter, director
I really like this quote, because.. it's hard to 'leave the city of your comfort'. If we never pushed our comfort zones and pressed harder, we'd stagnate. And stagnation stinks (literally!). So try something new this week, guys. Step out of your ruts.
I have a couple of finished paintings to share, but today is a little special. Today is mirkowuff's birthday!
I didn't have any photos of Mirko's beautiful and personable malamute, so I had to make due with other reference, but I hope I got it close enough. Have a great day, Mirko!
I haven't made a whole lot of progress on many of my goals, other than schoolwork. It feels a bit this semester like I'm constantly working; doing my reading, studying, trying to understand the assignments for my programming class... then I come home and paint, do laundry, housework, and collapse into bed. I'll be sooo glad when this semester is over!
So.. looking at the list... I completed a painting, but I think I owe someone another one that I wasn't counting.
This week's goal, to get a tracking list for commissions done. Preferably something people can check to see the progress on their work, and what their position in the queue is.
I should have a more clever name for this section, but.. I don't. I apologize. :)
skinit.com - I've been really intrigued by this, because I know people that have gotten things here before. Do you have really awesome artwork, and want to make your laptop/iphone/kindle/other electronic device look custom and awesome for just a little money? This is what makes skinit and similar websites really shine; instead of just purchasing premade designs, you can create your own.. and I think that's really awesome. I've seen a T-Mobile sidekick skinned (it looked incredible), a matte black Kindle... the possibilities are endless. Commission your favorite artist for something beautiful! (er... and that is not a thinly veiled solicitation, I promise)
Harvest of Hope - I realize that with Haiti so much in the news that most people are a bit tapped out of charitable donations for a while, but I really want to mention this program. I was discussing a similar program last semester with my Anthropology professor, because I had read about it in one of the Anthro journals I was peeking through. Essentially, Anthropologists are going into villages that suffer from poor nutrition (the program I was reading about was in Africa) and have meetings with the village leaders. Goats are specially bred to survive in the local conditions, and are given to the women to care for; as goat milk provides vital nutrition to children once they stop breast feeding. The women keep the goats (and they are checked periodically by veterinarians and specialists), giving the first born kid (goat, not child) back to the program. They're able to keep any additional offspring to build their own herd. In my mind, this is an excellent program, and a need that will always be there.
I hope everyone has a great week, stay warm! I will endeavor to post more artwork on Wednesday. :)
“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” —General George S. Patton (1885-1945); American General in World War II
Art is going good! I finished another painting last night, I do not yet have permission to share it. Once the commissioner has approved everything and I can put the 'Complete' stamp on it in my mind, I'll upload it for everyone to see. (For those keeping count at home, that's 3 paintings finished in the month of January, the last one within the past 2 weeks, despite my horrible class schedule. Go me!)
I DO have other arts to share, never fear!
|Self Portrait, Redux||Scholars and Scribes||Jingle Bells|
I realized yesterday that I really should break my project lists down, and start keeping a separate calendaring system just for art and school related deadlines, along with any other projects I may be working on. I haven't found one I liked yet (I did try out a couple, but they all embed into the desktop, and, well.. I never SEE my desktop). Worst case, I use pencil and paper, oh noes. :)
Otherwise, my plate currently contains, in no particular order:
- art - 2 bookmarks, 3 badges, 2 full sized paintings. To be complete by FCN (April 9). HA.
- school - Of necessity, highest priority. A chapter reading, essay reading and analysis. I'll do that today.
- home - Various cleaning activities, laundry, fix various leaky things that shouldn't leak. This week sometime.
- business - State sales taxes need to be done this month, I am going to endeavor to get that done this week. I also need to update billing information for one of my websites (due this month) and sit down and figure out how to make Drupal look pretty; essentially learn CSS. I really need to get cheekitty back on its feet. That... maybe by the end of March.
Pretty full plate, but I think it's helpful to keep track of goals in short-mid-long range terms, and keep an eye out to make sure they're being met.
Well. Chrome kind of crashed and I hadn't bookmarked the things I had WANTED to link to today, so..
Create realistic fictional characters -- I thought this was an interesting exercise, as I've been doing a bit of world building and exploring the characters visually... although I haven't written down the bits and bobs of personality I've discovered yet. I know there are a lot of creative people out there, and you all probably have your own process, but perhaps the tips here may be useful in dealing with unruly residents in your own heads.
Carve out time for social networking -- Many artists are coming to the realization that social networking is a valuable marketing tool, but perhaps, like me, they're getting bogged down with other things. I thought this was an interesting read.
Have a great week folks! Hope it's a productive and happy Monday!
"Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back -- in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you." --- Frederick Buechner
I have to say, I found today's quote incredibly appropriate. How many times in my life have I cuddled hurts to me like beloved pets, obsessing over them, allowing my anger to build and fester...? Too many. Far far too many.
I have new art to share!
I saw a preview for James Cameron's new movie, Avatar, and... there will be fanart. Ohhh yes. Soooooon.
My school semester begins on Monday, so I will be doing the final flailing around getting ready over the course of the weekend. I'm taking Algebra, Cultural Anthropology, Intro to Relational Databases, and an English course required by my job on campus.
I don't begin the peer tutoring gig until week after next, and I admit- I am very much looking forward having a regular income again. For those that aren't aware, I was hired to be an English tutor for remedial composition and English as a Second Language. I'm really excited about it!
Over the weekend... well... it's going to be busy. We'll be heading out in a little bit to go help some friends with their house projects, then tomorrow helping more friends move. Should be fun. ;)
Fans of The Venture Brothers might enjoy this Comicon Panel with creators Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick. jacksonpublick posted a sneak peak preview of Season 4. It looks... interesting. I'm withholding judgement.
Now for the real links. :D
How to Make Homemade Butter - When I was a kid, we had cows, and fresh unpasteurized milk, and fresh cream every morning. In order for my younger brother and I to 'slack off' and watch television, we had to have a pint jar full of cream in our hands, shaking it to make butter. Mom would strain the fresh buttermilk off (my dad liked to drink it) and put the butter in the freezer. It was good stuff, and while I think I'd prefer the mixer method detailed here.. it will be a taste of my childhood when I make this. :)
Make Homemade Vanilla Extract -- This recipe calls for rum or vodka, but I'm told you can use Bourbon as well. I honestly look forward to trying this, as I love love looooove the taste of vanilla, and why pay the big bucks for imitation vanilla in the store? Yummm!
Have a great weekend folks!
Quote of the Day:
"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk." -- Doug Larson; cartoonist
Crimson's badge is complete! I want to make sure he's seen it and approves before I post it. However, I do have some new doodles to share!
Today, I'm going over to duncandahusky and takaza's new place to help get a few things ready for moving in. I love their new house, it's well constructed, and the floor plan is really nice. I admit, I'm a little envious, and wish we could move to something as nice. But since we can't, I can enjoy their experience vicariously. :D
Make the Most of Your Naps -- I can think of a couple of people offhand that could probably use more powernaps. :)
Squirrel Ruins Couple's Candid -- This was entirely unscripted (I mean, I don't think they could have gotten this photo if they'd tried) and I thought it was adorable. Enjoy!
Have a great weekend!
"Each day when I awake I know I have one more day to make a difference in someone's life." -- James Mann; writer
Phew! I was having some trouble with productivity, and then yesterday I did 3 complete drawings and one sketch that I hope to polish up and finish today. A couple of these look like they'll make nice marker studies! I'll scan them tonight for uploading tomorrow.
I do have one thing to share - I doodled up this doorhanger at AC so I'd have an example to offer; I'm not 100% happy with it, but.. it serves its purpose for now. :)
I need to figure out a system for keeping track of what's been uploaded where, as I have art accounts on FA, DA, Artspots and of course, cheekitty.com (which is currently under construction).
I've looked at different artist databases that help keep track of sales and the like, but nothing I've seen fits my particular needs, so I'm guessing I'm going to have to write something on my own. (I tried Bento last year; I liked some of its features, not all of the others, and I want something platform-independant so if I'm not always on a mac, I don't have to start over)
If anyone has suggestions for easily customizable databases....? I'm all ears!
I have some scanning to do, I'm thinking about a personal project, I need to let that develop a bit more. I need to fold laundry today (ahh, so domestic!) and I'd like to try to work on painting Crimson's badge. I think I want to do a color test on that first though.
Sleeping well on hot nights -- Tips for keeping cool at night to improve sleep. I know I have difficulty sleeping if it's warm in our bedroom, I may try some of these techniques!
The space between Light and Shade -- Artist Benjamin Shine created a 3x4 foot portrait using nothing but pressed and pleated tulle fabric. It's lovely, go check it out! (Link courtesy of dracosphynx)
Have something cool you want to share? Let me know!
Have a great day!
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." --- Dr. Seuss
Pooph. I got a bit accomplished yesterday; one of the message boards I moderate (I'm one of two active mods) got hit with a massive spam bomb, so most of my afternoon was spent cleaning that mess up, but I did get pencils done on two commissions. Since they've been approved, I can go ahead and share them!
Crimson's badge ended up being... more elaborate than any badge I've ever done before, but it's been fun to experiment. I've never done celtic knotwork before, or special fonts by hand. I hope it all turns out. The second piece is a more toony humor bit for Tigerwolf, commissioned at Anthrocon. I've never been so unfortunate as to run across quicksand or the like while enjoying the outdoors, although I can certainly see myself getting so flustered by the experience that I... throw my rescue rope back at my rescuer. *koff*
I have a doctor's appointment today, so that will break things up a bit (I thought it was yesterday. Oops.). Going to try and get some sketching done this morning; I want to lay out some more drawings so that when August's painting is done, I have a new set of options to vote on. I really appreciated everyone's input yesterday! It's not too late to vote for the painting you think I should finish ( see yesterday's post ), although I think there's enough votes for Heron that it would be hard to bring one of the others to the front. :)
I need to do some laundry today, and tonight is Pizza Night in our household. roho brought home some turkey pepperoni yesterday, and I admit; I'm very intrigued. Generally I can't tell the difference between turkey bacon / sausage and the real thing, so hopefully this will be good, too. And I looove pizza. Especially home-made pizza. :9
Stainless Steel Chinese Water Dragon - Artist Kevin Stone has welded this piece of sculpture out of stainless steel, and wow it is awesome. Tugrik posted this last week, so some of you may have already seen it (but it's too cool not to bring up again). I just realized I wasn't too far from this guy's studio!! Damn! I wish I had realized that while we were in BC!
Women, Water and Death - Artist James Gurney is talking about an essay written by Peter Trippi about the association of women, death, and some sort of source of water in Victorian artwork. At the bottom of the entry, there's a link to a fascinating article on whether or not suicide was considered a female malady in Victorian times. Personally, I think women have been linked with death and disaster for far longer- Ever since Eve picked the apple, in fact. It's unfair, but it's something that has been programmed into our subconscious for centuries.
I promise, tomorrow will be about something other than gender. :D
And here's a question! What do YOU read, on your daily forays out into the internet? duncandahusky shared his Google Reader yesterday, and I always find it interesting what other people are reading. I tend to have a ouija board approach... I have a vague idea that I want to know more about, plug it into Google, and wade through the resulting mess. If you use Google Reader, leave a comment with a link! I'd love to see!
Have a great day!
"Fate cast me to play the role of an ugly duckling with no promise of swanning. I have played my life as a comedy rather than the tragedy many would have made of it." ---Marie Dressler
I'll be getting back to work today. I have a few vague ideas for paintings I want to pencil out, and I have another project to poke at. I realized earlier that I completed 5 paintings in the month of July, with another full pencil finished work. I hadn't really realized how productive I had been! I hope to repeat that performance in August.
Possibilities for August? You decide what gets worked on!
Also, a question- Would there be interest in seeing progress shots of current work? ie, see the previous day's painting endeavors? Let me know!
I didn't get the art business post together yesterday that I wanted to; I keep forgetting to grab the magazine that had the information I wanted. So instead, I'd like to offer an article from Inc., regarding demographics, and how they impact small businesses. I think this information can really be applied to any endeavor that requires an audience, whether it be a blog, art, or whatever. It goes along with an article I want to write for tomorrow.
I've been reading Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods for the first time, and I have to say, it's really inspiring me to start walking more. Having just returned from the stunningly lovely Mt Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, I feel a deep craving for more recreational activities spent out of doors. While we were there, we went white water rafting- marking off something on my personal 'Bucket List', and did a little wandering around Heather Meadows up on Mt Baker. I used to be a lot more active when I was younger, before health issues and a sedentary lifestyle took its toll. I am not sure how I'm going to keep myself motivated; haikujaguar is doing the most awesome Spots the Space Marine Serial for herself. I'll think of something. :)
As regards to the rest of my day... I shall spend some time painting, and I have a doctor's appointment. I have some paperwork / file organization I need to do, perhaps this evening. I need to sit down at some point and figure out menus for the next two weeks, and assemble a grocery list so we can replenish the kitchen stores. Ahh, the minutiae of daily life.
I have posted photos of our white water rafting adventure on Picasa. I'm going through now and adding captions, but you can at least see where we were. :)
Sexism in Domestic Violence - This link isn't so nifty... it's actually quite horrifying. It never occured to me that men might have problems with domestic violence. Like many others, I always assumed that if it was happening, the male was the perpetrator and the woman/children the victims. This man's story was eye opening, and it reminded me a bit of roho telling me about the date rape seminar he was required to attend at his university as a freshman. The attitude taken at the seminar was essentially, "We know you're all rapists waiting to happen, so...". I've always wanted equality between the sexes, I wonder sometimes (especially now) if we're so hyper-aware of women's rights that we're inadvertantly trampling those of men.
You don't have to be the best! - Ahhh! I discovered this on a 'Declutter' blog that I enjoy, and... wow. I think Erin hits the nail squarely on the head. I have mediocre talents in many things; I sing, I play musical instruments, and I gave up these pursuits because I couldn't be the best. I have a highly competitive nature, and it bothers me not to be considered excellent at whatever I turn my hand to. At the same time, I do think it's important to recognize when we have a talent that doesn't perhaps reach to the levels of awesome that we'd like it to. We just need to learn to be happy with what we have. That's the hardest part. :)
Have a great day!
It's been fun looking through recipes and thinking of meals to make. I have been cooking more, and it's been really nice to have homemade meals (and the subsequent leftovers) to enjoy. I just need to find a way to organize my recipes.
I have some art to scan; I did birthday sketches for a couple of friends, and a few other things artwise I'm working on. I have about a month left before starting school, so it's going to be a busy few weeks.
I've gotten most of my ducks in a row for starting school next month; I'm taking French, drawing, a history class and English Comp. It's the first time in 13 years I've been in school, and I'm both excited and a little nervous. I'm sure I'll do fine. :)
For those that didn't know, I've been out of work since June. I went into the hospital in early June, and never went back once I was released (Yes, I'm okay. :))
June was a busy month, with the surprise trip to AC (we literally decided to go the weekend before) and then the 4th holiday, and wow, July sure is trucking right along!
I've been really productive, artwise... I will have to upload everything I've scanned. I have two paid commissions in the works right now, with a few more freebies. I'm really pleased with how my skills are progressing, and I'm hoping that some formal instruction will improve things further. I will post my assignments as I do them!
I recently joined the Anthro Sketch Xchange community, and thusfar, I'm really enjoying it. I hopped in for July and cranked out a painting pretty quickly, so I 'adopted' someone that didn't get to have their character drawn. That was done pretty quickly too, so I'm done for the month. (I'll.. post that stuff too, more on why not now below)
Sooo... anyway. Bren and I bought pedometers, and we've been walking a lot more together. We've set out from our house quite often, and walked into downtown and had a meal or drinks at our new favorite restaurant (It's roughly 2 miles round trip). It's been really pleasant, and a great way for us to spend time together.
This weekend, we wandered down to the Apple store, both to look at the new iphone, and for me to drool over a new laptop. The line was intimidating at first, but was moving at a pretty good clip, so while Bren waited, I wandered in and started banging around on the demo machines. I had pretty much decided that my next computer would be a mac, and was looking at the macbook pros. Once I had a chance to actually handle them though, I realized that a 13" macbook would perfectly suit my needs, in addition to being some $700 cheaper. Well.. I can't justify paying $700 for 2" of screen space, so I told him of my change of plans while we waited.
He ended up getting one of the last three iphones in stock at the store (everyone was, I think, relieved I wasn't getting one too), and once that transaction was complete, a sales rep helped with my questions regarding the macbooks. Much discussion, some puppy eyes, and a check of finances once we got home, and Bren bought me a new macbook. I have the bestest husband in the world. :D
I've gotten just about all my software installed; all I need at this point is an IRC client for the online MFF staff meetings, and then I think I'll be set. I'm really really pleased. Mac is a completely different interface from windows, but thusfar I really like it.
Tomorrow, we're going to see a live performance with some friends, which should be a blast. Friday, Bren's sister arrives for a weekend visit, which should also be lots of fun! So July looks like it's filling up with social activities, and then two weeks into August... school starts.
And now, I have a cat begging for attention, so I'm going to close this extremely disjointed entry. :)