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April 25, 2004

Drawings and Farewells

Did two more. I'm on a roll now!

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Billy Boyd: And a Step-By-Step of the process.

Elijah Wood

And another Step-By-Step

In other news, K's leaving. Which is all kinds of good for her (moving to St. Louis to live with her fiance, going to grad school, getting a job in the field she eventually wants to have a career in), but all kinds of sad for the rest of us. We make a good team, K, T and me. The first group of coworkers I really, really *clicked* with.

So last night, a bunch of us from work went out. There was card playing and Malibu and Coke (for me) and Long Islands and beer (for everyone else), and shots of jager, which, wow, were the topper. Silliness and mocking ensued, and it was a general good-natured bitch fest. Poor T's husband... he just sat there laughing at us girls, as we got out all our work-related frustrations. *laugh* One last hurrah before our retail team is disbanded. Two of the tellers who were there, though, are thinking of trying to transfer over to our side, which would be awesome. Lots and lots of luck to them, for sure.

Today, I'm feeling lazy. And a little hungry.

Hmmm... *wanders off to find food*

April 21, 2004

Artwork and accomplishments...

Look at that, my blog went blank again. *laugh* It kind of amuses me when it does that. I wonder what the time frame for taking away all my "recent" posts is. Hmmm...

So. Obviously, nothing exciting has been going on. I have lots of things rattling around in my head, and it's kind of to that overwhelming stage where I can't motivate myself to start anything, because everything feels so daunting and HUGE. Ack!

*takes a few calming breaths*

So I had a really kind of big "thing" happen at work. A good "thing". An accomplishment. It's a customer I've been working with for almost a year, and because of the "relationship building" I've done... well, let's just say he brought me an amount of money with six zeros. Behind the number six. Never in my life have I seen a check so large! The whole thing was rather exciting. But that's probably all I should say about that. Heh.

I've also been doing a lot of drawing lately. I don't usually post this stuff here, but what the heck. Poor blog's been entirely neglected lately. Click on the thumbnail for the full-sized version.

Dom Monaghan. This one is, quite possibly, my favorite drawing ever. Did it while talking on the phone with dear Tammers. I should apologize for being somewhat distracted... But anyway. I'm a bit proud of it.

Orlando Bloom. Less happy with this, because there was lots and lots of drawing and erasing and redrawing. On top of frustration with the scanner, amongst other things. So. Not my favorite, but if you don't look at the picture it was drawn from, it's not as bad. ;o)

Dom again. An experiment with a completely different style of drawing. It turned out alright, but I don't think I'll be doing much of this thing... took to darn long.

Elijah Wood. Can't forget him! Again, not really all that proportionate with the original picture, but eh. Can't say I'm totally happy with this, but I'm also not about to go back in and mess around with it. Done with that kind of aggrevation. *laugh*

And now, it is painfully obvious that I've been on a total Lord of the Rings kick of late. Always something with me, isn't there? *wink*

April 11, 2004

Happy Easter!

Just watched a show on the Food Network about all the good eats and tasty treats at Walt Disney World. Made me miss WDW. And! Carolyn! When they were showing Pizzafari, they showed Brett! I might have jumped out of my chair and yelped "That's my old manager! That's BRETT!" but no one can prove it. ;)

I hope everyone had a happy Easter. Ours was kind of non-traditional. Well, in some ways, anyway. Yesterday morning, when my mom took out the envelope with the tickets she'd gotten my dad and herself for Christmas, she realized she had four instead of two. She hadn't even remembered at Christmas that she'd gotten four. So my sister and I got to go, too. It was Proof at the Royal George, and it was excellent (and affordable), so if any of y'all are looking for some good theatre around here, I'd highly recommend.

So basically, our plans to color eggs and make the pie last night while the parents were downtown went out the window. Therefore, no eggs got colored. It was the first time in my entire life that we didn't have colored eggs on Easter. No egg hunt, no basket hunt. It was kind of sad! Mom just brought out the baskets this afternoon after the guests had left. And speaking of, we had a wonderful dinner with the grandparents, the uncle, and the aunt, uncle and cousin. Good times.

Rewinding even a bit more, went out to dinner with Meg and Kristen and our favorite TA from college on Friday. It was so much fun to see him! We just talked and caught up, and yay! Happy Kate. Hee.

I'm not sure much else has gone on in my life. I'm off tomorrow, and movie with Jamie, yeah? We still on?

Right now, I'm watching The Sandlot on TV. Man, I love this movie. So good. I had it completely MEMORIZED in junior high. Good flick.

April 08, 2004

The Thursday of not being at work...

Man, I really feel like I wasn't at work at all today. I got in at 8, went to the Village (retirement home... we go two Thursdays a month) by 9. Got back at 11, left at 11:30 for a lunch meeting (more on that in a moment). Got back from that around 2, worked on some issues from the morning, and then I was off at 4 today. So all in all, I worked about three and a half hours! Heh.

So the lunch meeting. My first lunch with clients! It was pretty nifty. We went to Meson Sabika in N'ville, which was pretty cool. I can't say I was a fan of the calamari or blood sausage, but I did try it. I would like to go back there sometime and try some other dishes, because there was a lot to choose from. Quite enjoyed the baked goat cheese in tomato cream sauce over garlic bread. YUM. It was a tappas restaurant, where you order a bunch of small dishes and everyone shares. First time I'd done something like that. Neat-o!

So I was pretty excited about the lunch. I learned a lot, too. Good times!

And then tonight, my mom had her Energy Fair. Her kids and another class basically prepared this entire fair, complete with a 6x6x6 Energy House, games, trivia, arts and crafts, science experiments, and a Charlie Brown energy play. It was SO COOL! I was impressed. And the kids were really into it. There was a pretty good turnout from the community. They sold energy-efficient light bulbs, too. Quite a lot of fun.

And now, I'm exhausted. And I will have to watch the Apprentice (which I taped) tomorrow. *yawn*

World Without Sundays

I know it's been nearly a week since this happened, but I want to post about it anyway. Because this is my blog, and I can do what I want. Hee.

So last Saturday Sarah came down from Wisconsin. We went to Woodfield for a bit, did a little shopping, and then headed out to Rockford. A band we'd heard a bit about, World Without Sundays, was playing at Kryptonite.

We found the bar without too much trouble. Really neat place! It was quite small, but not seedy or dirty at all. And they had the best damn bar bathrooms ever, ever in the world. Wow. I wanted to take a picture, they were so cool. *laugh* The show was late starting due to an earlier power outtage, so we kinda hung out and did a little drinking and chit chatted. Then WWS went on. They were SO GOOD! I usually like to hear my music before I see someone live in concert, and I'd only heard a few songs via their website, but they were awesome. Looked like they were having SO much fun up there.

I love it when people have fun. I do. So that was great. And it turns out, they are an LA-based band. When they were finished, I wanted to buy an album and I wanted to ask one of them where they usually play in LA, so that I can perhaps go see them when I'm out there. There were some fangirls with suckers on, however, and I didn't really get the chance to go over to the merchandise table.

The next band, Harmony Riley, was playing. They were good, but I didn't enjoy them *quite* as much as WWS. Somewhere in there, we managed to purchase CDs from the fangirls. HR played a looooooooong set. At the end, though, they invited Shox (the lead vocalist from WWS) up to sing a few cover songs with them. That was really neat. Shox and Miles (I think that's his name) looked like they were having a ball. They were goofing off and laughing and forgetting the words and basically being huge dorks. Which was fun. Hee.

After everything was over, I had been trying to work up the courage to talk to ONE of the guys about LA. Finally, Adam, the drumer, walked by. I stopped him and asked where they usually played in LA, which turned into a 30-minute conversation. SO nice! He pulled Guy, the bassist, over to chat, too. Both of them were great, and if I hadn't been impressed with them before, I would definitely have been after talking to them.

They'll be back in Chicago/Rockford again in July or August. Which is just about the time I'll be moving, but if I'm still here when they come through again, I definitely want to see them. And if not, I'll catch 'em on the West Coast.

I'm so excited to have another band to rotate through my stereo! I've had their album on constant repeat in the car. They've even displaced JC for now. Shock! Horror! Shame! I really miss seeing live shows, so it was great to do that again. Yay!

April 03, 2004

It's been so long, I don't even know what I've been up to!

I seem to be starting every entry these days with some kind of "Bah, I SUCK because I haven't updated in FOREVER" comment. I don't know what it is with me. The darn thing is my homepage... you'd think I'd see it, go "Oh, look, I haven't posted in a while," and POST. But no, it doesn't seem to happen that way. Because yes, all together now, I SUCK. Heh.

Anyway. Since our last meeting, I... Well, I helped throw a bridal shower for Jill, which was pretty neat. And I went glow-in-the-dark mini golfing with Meghan and Jess and Holl, which was fun. I also worked. That takes up a lot of my time, work.

Yesterday, went to Fox & Hound with people from work, which was a ton of fun. Most everyone old enough to go was there, and not just from our branch. It was a par-tay! We played shuffleboard, which I had never played before. The first game, I carried my team. Go me! *wink* Second game I didn't score at all. But we still won. Winning is always a lot more fun. Had to duck out of there early to meet up with Em and Jamie and Meg, and that was fun, too, once I managed to find the place. I think I'm blind, as I totally passed it up. But we played a smokin' game of Crazy Eights. We lead the coolest lives, I swear.

Today, Sarah, who will be moving to California with me, is coming down to hang out. We're going shopping, and then to see World Without Sundays in Rockford. I'm excited! It's been so long since I've seen a little live band. Hee!

And that's about it. I've actually be extremely busy this week... but you'd think that, after not updating for over two weeks, I'd have more to say. Apparently, I don't.

OH! I almost forgot! Frank, this is ALL FOR YOU. I updated my sidebar, waaaaaay near the bottom under "Favorite Sites," with a link the little cartoon-making site. So it will always, always be there on the sidebar to my blog. I titled the link Make a Cartoon!You, just so you know. *wink* Have a ball, my friend.

And THAT is all I have to say for now.