16 October, 2008

So Yeah. No more Job.

I haven't been updating much lately (it's been a whole month!) because, well, my work made it so I couldn't access the blogging part of my blog.

However, that is all over.

Why? You may ask.

Well, it is because I got laid off today. I effectively have no job. More than ever, I need people to help me find something. Keep your ears perked. I am actively seeking (and kind of have been in some respect for the last month or so since the financial meltdown made it evident to me that I probably wouldn't have a job very soon).

If you're a stranger visiting and know someone or have need? Even better (since I hate taking money from friends). Check out my AIGA portfolio by clicking on the little talk box deal to the right. My resume is also there for your convenience.

I guess now I will have time to finally get my portfolio website live in a more lively fashion. Keep posted for updates.

08 September, 2008

Why I have no Money

So this last weekend has sucked ass in a major way. Tim and I are now extremely broke. We'd noticed that Juan (one of our cats) had been going in and out of the litter box and being otherwise strange. We took a look at him, and his belly was very hard and his anus was somewhat distended, so on early Saturday morning, we brought him to the emergency vet. He had to have a cathedar put in. Juan has urinary crystals again and has to be put on acidifier food for the rest of his life to avoid another blockage. They kept him all day and over night and then for most of the day on Sunday too. They gave him an enema because they suspect the stress of not being able to urinate caused him to not deficate either, and he was really backed up. Oh and when they were trying to sedate him to do the cathedar, they gave him an opiate that he reacted badly to, so they had to flush that out of his system and give him a different drug.
When all said and done, this all cost about $2000, and after paying out the ass for the deposit on our new apartment, we have no money.
The discharge nurse who talked to us stressed that we need to watch him and make sure that he does actually deficate at some point in the next few days after he gets a decent amount of food in him because he might have some problem with his colon. She said that it is usually an issue with much, much older cats where their colons become over stretched and the nerves then don't react to tell the cat to deficate. She didn't go into detail as to what would have to be done in this case, but I don't even want to think about it. Aside from that, we have to also make sure he isn't straining to urinate and is being productive with it because otherwise he is going to probably need a different surgery to open up his urethra more which will probably be an obscene amount of money.
So yeah. Awesome times! This pretty much means I will for sure not be going to MN this fall. Also that I won't be buying a cintiq at any point in the near future cos I'm broke.

15 August, 2008

This is what happens when I'm bored

Sorry Tim! Kudos to anyone who can guess who anyone is without clicking on the file and revealing their names. Btw, I used this to make these.

12 August, 2008

tonight's photoshop makeover

None other than that Rodeo Queen lady herself: Cindy McCain.

She used to be a ripe hottie, but years of stress and other personal issues take their toll. Let's see if I can't take off 10 or so years:

I eliminated a number of fine lines and the beginning of a "turkey neck", restored her lips to a more youthful fullness, brought up her sagging earlobe and changed that god awful lip colour to something more suiting a first lady in waiting. Not only that but I also made it so she didn't look like she just dipped her face (and only her face) into a vat of self-tanner.

11 August, 2008


I may have spent close to or possibly more than $500 tonight purchasing things for creative endeavours.

Most notably:

1) a bid on 14lbs (yes over 360 rolls) of expired film from a professional photographer (so it was cold stored and most likely very usable with interesting potential results) [max bid = $150]

2) A Print Gocco full kit PG-5. I have been wanting a Gocco for ages; I finally mustered the courage to ask the people at Pearl this weekend if they carry the printers somewhere as I could only find accessories out on the floor (no they don't). I was told to look online. Prices for these things have skyrocketed since they are no longer in production. This kit is used and comes with about 6 different colour inks at varying amounts of used-ness. [current max bid = $100; may increase if necessary]

3) A new medium format toy camera: namely, a Holga. It, like my Lomo TLR, takes 120 film (6cmx6cm negative). Ebay price was less than the lowest price I could find for it new on Amazon. Specifically because I want one with a hotshoe rather than a built in flash (I have heard you cannot turn off the flash; for this reason I'd rather have a hotshoe since I do already own 2 external flashes). It is plastic lensed and being a Lomo, it is famous (infamous?) for its mysterious light leaks and vignetting. I haven't been so excited for a camera in ages; not since I got my big, metal beasty Minolta. [max bid at less than 1hr = $22 (yay free shipping!)]

4) This is another huge one. I bought a bunch of stuff specifically FOR the Holga. Namely a square filter holder, a "grab bag" of various filters (30$ for about 40 some filters, sure I'll take that), some Polaroid 669 film (yes polaroid film for...wait for it...) and a Polaroid film back for the Holga. This was the big thing. I am VERY excited for this. It uses the Polaroid type 100 (or now, 667/669 type that has a 4x5 print area) peel-apart pack film. It was $129. I am really hoping I do not regret getting this and that it makes some awesome prints. I've loved pack film since getting to play with it in independent photo in High School, and the way the adapter is set up, I could probably also hook up a sort of deal like Ms. Hansen had with the slide projector focused on the pack adapter to make prints from slides (since both are a positive print, the negative of pack film is the "gunk" side that gets peeled away from the paper back).

5) I also ordered toothbrush heads for my toothbrush. This is not for a creative endeavour, but they were like $22!

In addition, I also photoshopped this woman to actually look like she belongs in the magazine she was pictured in: Young and Modern Knits.

29 July, 2008

sleepy at work

Well I got the one week tryout for the calorie king software thing. It is pretty neat; its foods database is much more extensive than any other tracker I've run across in the past. It might actually be worth paying for, especially how on the daily reports it tells me how much weight a "normal person" would lose in a month with that day's eating habits. I have been trying to plan menues with it, but I usually end up eating somewhat differently than what I initially put in every day (usually less food, sometimes a little more). Like today I had made a big salad for my lunch (Tim's dinner) and entered the calories as though I'd be eating half of it, then put in that I would have a sort of naan meatball sandwich for dinner at work tonight. Well, I ended up not eating half of the salad (just like 2/3s of the half), and Tim packed it up for me to bring to work for dinner. Where I did not eat it because I'm just not hungry. I also had some trail mix and wasabi peas that I hadn't factored in yet. So yeah. It's good for like doing the basics of what I think I am going to be eating, but it is in depth enough and flexible enough to allow for easy changing of what I do actually end up having.
My scale is in need of its first new battery ever (I've had it since I don't know like 2004 or 2003?). It just registers as low battery if anyone tries to weigh themselves on it.
My tightest pants that formerly gave me one hell of a muffin top are now fitting like they should. They are still very tight, but they don't fall down and also don't make me look chunky. This is good. I wore them during the weekend a little at pitchfork (mostly just to fly out there and then home again). They were fitting like this shortly before I left, but travel and eating out a lot makes me get hell of bloated (stress and sodium mixed with a lower water intake? I don't know) so they were very uncomfortable for the flight home.
I haven't had any diet sodas for a week now. I'm a little headachy around this time in the morning due to pretty much halving my caffeine intake, but I do feel a lot better for it, and I have been sleeping more restfully too (ie, I am not waking up every two or three hours to every little noise outside or the cats getting up and walking about). The only real issue with it is that I am just exhausted every morning when I am leaving work. This makes the bike ride home much less enjoyable---not that it is terribly enjoyable to begin with.
I almost can't wait for Lynn to come back totally from her baby leave so I can maybe walk to work a one or two days a week. I don't even know if I would though considering my commute makes up the majority of my exercise, and if I get sent home at 2am, I sure as hell am not walking through the TL to get there. My white girl ass is taking a taxi home. I guess I could throw in an extra or extended weights session on those days, but that might end up being an every-time-I-walk-to-work occurance.

17 July, 2008

The Watercooler is Broken Again

This is from its breaking this week. Also coffee maker troubles.
As a post-script to this, I only put just enough water into the coffee maker's reservoir to get it to heat it and make just my coffee (which takes about 5 minutes as opposed to 20 for the whole thing) as it seems I'd been the only person refilling it for the last 2 weeks. Teach those lazy bastards.
Also I'd like this for my birthday, please.