Whee....!

May. 20th, 2010 01:00 pm
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Thank you to everyone that congratulated me on my grades. I am indeed a gigantic nerd, and I am embarrassed to admit- when I saw the A in visual basic, I did a little dance. I was so sure I was going to fail that class. >.>

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, [livejournal.com profile] 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? :)
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Yeaaah, I'm a nerd.
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When you awake to hear your spouse exclaiming, "Oh dear LORD!".... you know it's going to be one of Those Days.

[livejournal.com profile] roho has had early workdays all week, and usually I drowse until he's ready to head out the door, then I get up and wander downstairs to collect my kisses and see him off. This morning... hoy. The dog was apparently not feeling well, so she did what dogs do and ate grass. A lot of grass. Which she then proceeded to vomit up all over the main floor of the house, and upstairs outside the guest bedroom.

So we cleaned dog vomitus this morning. She's fine, she's currently begging for her breakfast. Anyway, it's been a busy busy week! Classes are going well (I'm still rockin' along), I'm slowly learning CSS, and hoping to start learning how to do web design for Drupal.

Art-wise, I'm doing excellent. I've finished two paintings already this month, they should be uploaded this weekend, and I'm making good progress through my queue. I'm thinking I probably will not open up for commissions again until late April, but if I find myself with leisure time, I'll work on some non-commissioned paintings. It should be fun!

Anyway, I need to go run through the shower, and the dog wants to go out (no doubt to assuage her hunger pangs with more foliage munching). How are you guys? LJ seems so quiet lately. :)
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Popping in for a moment in the midst of frantic pre-Superbowl party cleansing. We haven't had a party here in a while, and it's provided some much-needed impetus to get me up and cleaning things that direly needed it.

This week has felt interminably long, what with classes and spending all my home-time scrubbing and planning food... I haven't gotten any artwork done. :( I hope to fix that this weekend.

Starting to feel some pressure about 2010's convention schedule, and I'm debating revisiting my offerings. I always have a lot of trouble predicting what people want to buy, and I'm terrible at marketing, so this is going to take some thought.

School is going well- I got some interesting feedback on my critical essay (my professor was amused at my use of the phrase 'morning toilette'), and shocker of shockers, I am doing well in my math class. That's doing wonders for my self confidence, truly.

Anyway. Cleaning calls. I hope everyone has a great weekend, and I hope everyone on the Atlantic seaboard stays warm!
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As a quick update, my grades for Fall 2009 just posted.

My cumulative GPA is 4.0.

I need a pocket protector for Christmas, I am officially a nerd. >.>
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Quote of the Day:

"I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us." --- Anne Lamott (b 1954); author, political activist


News...

This week has left me feeling fried and tapped out, and I'm not really sure why. Maybe it's because our weekends have been so jam packed with activity lately? I only know that I am exhausted, [livejournal.com profile] roho is exhausted, and both of us could benefit from a couple days spent doing nothing more stressful than deciding what movie to watch.

I've been working on getting more exercise this week; yesterday was the first day I missed walking (because it started to rain rather hard right as we were getting ready to go). I've been walking approximately two miles in the mornings before class, then another two in the evenings after Roho gets home. It's left me feeling tired, but at at least it's the -good- kind of tired, right?


I'm still stalled out on painting. I'm going to [livejournal.com profile] duncandahusky and [livejournal.com profile] takaza's place tomorrow to watch the Amazing Race premiere, I will probably bring paints and supplies with me, try and get something artistic done. I've also considered hooking up my tablet again and doing some digital sketches, see if I can shake things loose. I was making great progress over the summer, then once the school semester started... well. yeah.


Art...

I actually have some new artists to feature!

The art of Heather Meuser - I just discovered this artist recently, when [livejournal.com profile] vantid mentioned her on FA. Her work is gorgeous! I always admire the hyperrealistic artists (and feel a little sad when I see that they're younger than me). I realize now I'll never be 'that good', and I'm slowly coming to grips with that. Instead, I can enjoy their lovely works. :)










Etuix - I've watched her artwork for a few years now, and really like her whimsical style. Predominantly an anthro artist, as you can see with the Okami image, she does beautiful work with non-anthros as well.









I have no links to elsewhere today, I haven't had a lot of time to do much web browsing. And I do apologize that the art links are anthro-centric. DA is the only 'fantasy/general art' site I go to terribly often, and many artists only update on THEIR websites, which makes it difficult to find new artists unless you are searching for key words.

Who are some of your favorite artists? The people that inspire you, that you want on your walls? What do you like about them? Suggest things to me!


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I've picked up some new readers, and I'd like to welcome you all! I will be updating my profile page soon (haha, no really), but I'd like to encourage comments! Open up a dialog! If you'd like me to watch your journal, that's the fastest way to catch my attention. :)

Have a great weekend, everyone! I am off to do homework, then maybe go do something outdoors. :)

-Lydia


(edit: apologies for weird spacing. LJ is being aggravating with the layout. :P)
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Daily Quote:

"There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom and peace of mind, are always attained by giving them to someone else." --- Peyton C. March (1864 - 1955); General, US Army


General News:

Phew, where did this week go? I am knackered! Since we got back from Boston, I've been making a point of exercising more, to the tune of one hour of activity, twice a day. That plus schoolwork and reading has been taking up a lot of my time.

I really need to get my business cards together; I may work on that tonight. I need new ones for FurFright. I need to do color tests for my large commissions, as well. Phew. I will paint this weekend! I am determined!

I've cut back on my online time a bit; I have a lot going on, and I need to start scrubbing the house from top to bottom in preparation for [livejournal.com profile] roho's dad visiting next month. So much to do... swiftly diminishing time!

I have another anthropology assignment that I'll post about tonight, as I need to interview three more volunteers as part of the assignment. Maybe I'll do some sort of incentive for assistants? A thank-you sketch? What do you guys think?

I need to start getting ready for class. Time seems so fleeting!

Have a great day everybody!
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Okay! I did not have everyone's email addresses, so I am posting the information packet here. ALL COMMENTS WILL BE SCREENED. So please feel free to be as frank as you like. If there are any problems submitting a comment, feel free to email me - cheekitty at gmail dot com.

Wouldja like to take a suuurvey? )

I'd like to thank everyone that is participating, or that has offered to participate. This is for my Cultural Anthropology class, and I daresay this is not the last time I'll ask for input as the semester goes on. :)
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In lieu of a daily post today, I'm submitting a request. I need three volunteers that have experienced some sort of culture shock to answer some quick questions for an anthropology assignment I have to complete this weekend.

Either reply here, or drop me a line at cheekitty at gmail dot com if you're willing and able to respond to the questions by Tuesday.

Thanks guys!
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I have a decision to make, and I'm having trouble making it.

I am currently enrolled in 5 classes for the fall semester, and I need to drop one of them (18 credit hours is a biiit more than I feel capable of handling.)


My options:

Spanish 101 : Tues / Thurs - 9AM - 10:50 AM

Cultural Anthropology : Tues / Thurs 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Comprehensive Databases: ONLINE

Intro to Writing : Thurs 2 PM - 4:45 PM

Basic Algebra: ONLINE


The two I'm trying to decide between are Spanish and Anthro. Both satisfy core education requirements for my major, so I will have to take them eventually. The other classes either satisfy requirements for my major, or I am otherwise required to take them.

I took 4 years of Spanish in high school (2 years under an American, 2 years under a Spaniard), so that class -should- be easy review. I've had the Anthropology professor before, she's very laid back and entertaining, but she makes you work for the grade. So do I take the easy A, or the class I'm 99% sure I'll enjoy, but will be harder?

Help me, LiveJournal-land!


P.S. - I got a phone call from the college's writing center; I've been offered a job as a peer tutor for the fall semester. I start at the end of August. :D
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Any of our local buddies interested in a lecture from a shaman's apprentice?

I can get free tickets, and I get extra credit for my Anthropology class for every person I bring. Let me know!

(Performance is Tuesday, 3/10 in Grayslake)
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Lydia Dunn
Fall 2008 > Academic > College of Lake County

Class Grades - Fall 2008


Class Description Units Grade Grade Points
ART 124 Basic Drawing 3.00 A 12.000
ENG 121 English Composition I 3.00 A 12.000
FRN 121 Beg Conver French I 4.00 A 16.000
HST 121 History of Western Civ 3.00 A 12.000


Graded units towards GPA 13.000 13.000 13.000
Graded units not for GPA
In progress units

GPA** 4.000 4.000 4.000

DONE!

Dec. 16th, 2008 10:44 pm
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As of 9:30 this evening, I am officially done with my first semester of college. I should get my grades sometime after Christmas. I already know what I got in two classes, just completed the finals for the other two. PHEW. I am -tired-!

I'm opening up commissions now that the semester is over, details in a separate post. And now, drunky time!
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So in my English Comp class yesterday, my prof was talking to us about the elements of a review, and how to pick things to write about in our upcoming essays (we're to review a short story/film/video game in the horror genre). We were discussing the use of music and editing in film to generate emotions and response in the audience, and he mentioned that he had some examples for us to see.

The trailers below are each about a minute long, and... yeaaah. They're good. :)

Shining

Scary Mary is Mary Poppins re-done to be a Japanese horror movie.

Brokeback Future, Back to the Future redone in the style of Brokeback Mountain.

Anyway, you get the idea. I found them interesting- especially Shining. Enjoy!
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The good news is, my folks are all fine. I talked to my dad last night right as they were getting the edges of the storm, and the location they're in would probably still be standing after armageddon. My brother and his daughter are also fine- I haven't gotten any gory details about the goings on in New Orleans yet, but I'm sure that'll start trickling in shortly as soon as the phone lines are workable again.

School is going well, some of the things I was concerned about don't bother me, and other things I thought I'd have no problems with... do.

I was worried that being back in a scholastic environment would feel strange or weird, mostly because I'm so much older than the average student there. That... doesn't faze me. I guess since my last employer was ginormous and hired a lot of younger people, I feel pretty comfortable being around all age groups. The things that -do- bother me... I feel a little overwhelmed with some of the coursework and classes. I'm taking French, English Comp, Western Civ I, and Drawing I, and... yikes. I guess I should have realized that I AM taking a full course load, but I think it's one of those things that you don't fully appreciate the impact of until it whams you in the head.

I am going to get photos of my drawing homework to post tomorrow, as it's a bit big for my little scanner. If folks are interested, I may post some of the English Comp essay.

Back to the grind I go...!
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So I did my proficiency tests today and enrolled in my last two classes.

I'm now a full time student. I have my supply list, I've paid my first installation on my tuition.

Whee.
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I've lost myself for the last several hours browsing through http://www.tastespotting.com, food porn of the highest magnitude (Darn you, [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar! My productivity has gone down the drain!)

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.
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Well. We have had an eventful weekend!

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. :)
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Well, we're home. We had a good time, and as usual, I did some of my best work when I have no chance of getting a scan of it.

For those that I did sketchbooks/badges, if you read this journal, can you pretty pretty please send me a scan? Danke!

In other news, I need to start ramping up for MFF. I realized that I don't suck at painting nearly as much as I thought (as paints were all I brought with me), so I'm going to start working on more stuff. Unfortunately, I lost my tube of crimson somewhere, so I'll need to order a new one. I'm out of white anyway, so it's a good time to use my Blick gift certificate.


I'll be starting school again next month, and I'm excited about that. Hopefully my teachers will be less stupid than the one I had last time.
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Well.  That's that.

I enrolled in the local community college for a transfer degree. 

Missed the first class because I had just been diagnosed with flu.  2nd class, I was locked out of the classroom.

I went tonight and was told by the professor that since I had missed 4+ hours of lecture (2 classes) and all of the labwork, that it really wasn't worth his time to get me caught up.  That he locked his classroom immediately when the class was scheduled to start, and it was my fault for not being there on time (I was. I even went to the registration desk to make sure I had the room right).


So... I had to drop the class.  Because he was going to fail me out of it anyway.  I have never in my life been treated so poorly, especially by someone whose job it was to teach.  I'm going to look at my other options, but it's too late to start anything this semester.  

Disheartened isn't the word.

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