It's fall

Oct. 19th, 2012 11:53 am
Officially my favorite time of year. Time for fingerless gloves, and long bright socks, and steaming mugs of tea.

The season where walking along the sidewalks is a musical dance through crisp and loamy leaves.

Where the change that is coming is apparent in the wind that occasionally rips through with a cold bitter taste that makes you gasp against the sun on your skin.

I love fall.

Oh life...

Sep. 12th, 2012 06:29 pm
So the car is finally at a shop. They are now saying the engine mount isn't because of the accident even thought they specifically had me go to TWO other mechanics to confirmt that it was. And maybe they won't pay for it.  Jackasses.  Looks like repairs won't be done until the day I leave for Seattle. Which has a plus and a minus - plus side is that I can drop off the rental at the airport and thus won't need anyone to drop us off. Minus is that I can either leave my car at the shop (in a rather shady area of town) for two weeks, OR get someone else to come pick it up and hope they can make sure it is all fine and dandy... leaning toward the second but not sure.

Oh, yeah Seattle. Gonna spend 5 days there on vacation, 5 days taking caring of some of Tims family after an operation, and 4 days at a convention.  I am excited to be in Seattle, never been, only heard good things.  And Rainfurrest is supposed to be a good con, so fingers crossed.

And we got the lovely news at the beginning of the week that Tim needs to move out by Nov 1 instead of Jan 1 so that leaves us kind of flailing for him to find a place (since he is gonna be out of town for 3 weeks for family stuff), and then they started pulling even more crap so he may be trying to move out earlier. So if anyone knows of a good room to rent situation he could grab for a month or two, or a good apartment complex he could look at for more permanent lodging in Denver we sure would appreciate a heads up.

I was thinking I'd be glad once Seattle happened b/c after that it is all planned out and we can relax (except for the surgery stuff) but that doesn't look like its gonna happen. 

Gonna get to see my brother and his girlfriend around thanksgiving though, and thats exciting.

TaTa interwebs... Hope you are having a less hectic week.

Of the last two month - bulleting style it b/c the idea of writing it all coherently makes me crazy and I want to write about life now and feel bad with this bigass gap.

so June started with basically 2 weeks hellish cramming for AC (b/c I spent a lot of May sick after too much work/exhaustion)
then 2 weeks hellish cramming for an art show at the beginning of July
the last few days of which were also crazy with trying to clean my studio so my roommate could stay there if needed, the guest room so his family could stay there (coming in town the DAY of my art opening) and my getting stuff ready for a week out of the house so his roomie could have the house
day of the show I slam my front tire into a curb trying to avoid a jackass - luckily its okay but a huge chunk out of the tire and wheel.
Trying to setup show in 3 hours
while negotiating with the boyfriend who was picking up my dad at the airport who he had never met ><'
Show went great!
Dad in town for 3 days - must show all of the things!
one day to sleep
family friend in town for 5 days - who was at a rough spot in her life so I got to be the ear she griped about everything in
body started shutting down (still not staying at my house mind)
by the second day she was here I was very sick
sick for a week - then sleeping in my bed again!
then company - back out of my house
aurora shooting (weird 3 degrees of seperation, knew 1 person there, 4 in the theater next door, plenty who planned on going and backed out- and friends of friends who got shot), furries getting hit in a hit and run, friend drama, and then another friend, while stressed and not paying attention backed into my car... (all in one day)
sick a little more - back home
finally feeling better, arting back to normal.
Car got an estimate, not too bad, friend is gonna pay to fix it..
con in 12 days...
I'm tired.. but at least doing better

So in essence... life has been crazy, but doing well now, should calm down, think after Rainfurrest I am done cons for the year... so that will be nice.

All At Once

Jun. 8th, 2012 11:33 am
"Life has many ways of testing a person's will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once"
~Paulo Coelho

So I saw this quote this morning and realized that it is both very true and that I am once again in the all at once portion of it. This month is going to be absolutely nuts.  I have three large commissions I am working on that are an absolute blast. Got hit with one time intensive one for a friend, which again, was awesome but added yet another thing to do ASANOW.  And have a helluva lot of prep to get done. AC is in a week, I still need to take inventory and make fresh magnets/stickers/prints/matted prints/matted art, I have an art show at the beginning of July, and I have time sensitive commissions to get done in between. Not to mention the large pieces I NEED to finish for the art show. I might be freaking out more than a little right now. I thought I had enough time until these last few pieces went from being 'oh anytime in July is fine' for deadline to suddenly commissioners needing them by the beginning of July. *groans*  Anyhow. I won't be around too much I imagine.  

On a side note I did do the prep work for an L5R game last night while I did the sketches for some other pieces I need to get done. Looks like I will be playing a battle mage who has a warhorse and an odd foodog-hybrid-thing as her wardog (I've got some minor conceptings starting... considering painting the foo-dog thing as a large piece for the show - it's a borzoi inspired foo-dog thing and I love the idea of it).  Hopefully this game will go better than our other game which had a hardcore crash and burn ending where the GM simply didn't show and another member was slowly but surely driving me batshit by a)sabotaging the quests with the grace of a sledgehammer (and doing it on purpose, just to watch us and the GM flounder), and b) finding my buttons and just pushing them because he could (seriously dude, my moving away from you is because you are too close, I told you that, its not a game).  

Anyhow, here, check out my rush job :) I kind of love it, except my wrist was freaking killing me by the time it was done - 11x14 graphite.  And I am pretty sold to go in with some red prismacolor to add a bit of a pop to the piece as demonstrated by the PS color overlay I did... Thoughts?

The Gift - Vampire type woman giving a dead bird with a bowThe Gift - Vampire like woman giving dead bird with bow - red accents
So between all of the stress in my life recently I hit my first art block that I couldn't punch through with determined arting. 

For context here, I don't believe in waiting for a muse. I don't believe in some fantastical notion that the moment needs to be perfect to art.  To be fair when I am working on personal projects I tend to only work on what really strikes me, but when it comes to clients, its a JOB. It is how I got better. It's how I got through art school. Pushing through. Just drawing and drawing and drawing until it finally comes out right.  And the exhaustion of too many cons, of being sick because of those cons, of being exhausted dealing with personal crap, it hit me hard last month.  And for about a week nothing was right. Not a single thing. I kept slamming my head against the wall, and my pencil across the page, but it was all crap. The poses were contrived, the colors weren't coherent. It was bad. For a little more than a WEEK.  I didn't know what to do.

On the plus side with the start of the new month I am back to being able to do art. The figures are flowing, the sketches are working, the paints are making sense. But you guys, I mean, I don't know if you can realize how freaked out that made me. To realize that no matter how much I pushed I couldn't do a single piece of halfway decent art? That was terrifying.  So as a result I am never going to do that many cons in a row again. I can't. 5 cons within 3 months, where I was doing approximately 1 con every other week (only one of which was quasi-local) broke me.  I was so exhausted that I couldn't do decent art for you guys. I couldn't do much of anything besides recover for approximately 2 weeks. And I felt like such a slacker. I covered for it by doing business stuff. I did finances, I organized supplies. I took inventory. I did all the crap about business that I hate. But I felt guilty every time I stared at my queue because I never stopped trying during those two weeks but couldn't give any of that crap to a client.  I couldn't do it. 

So bear with me now. The art is really coming strong now, and while I have a lot of other stress and nonsense going on in my life I've finally built back up the reserves needed to be able to create again.  So now in the face of taxes, and driving tickets, and sick family friends, and other such nonsense, I can finally stand up and art. And it is Good. So thanks for bearing with me while I just kind of passed out at the end of last month. Expect lots of art in the coming months, many of which should be large and super fun pieces that I have been super stoked about.  Lots of fun things in queue, Sabertooth Cat Hybrid, Red River Hog, African Wild Dog, Hyena, Water Dragon, Norse Dragon, Dalek (hehehe) and many more.  So sit back, enjoy and thank you all (ESPECIALLY my commissioners, who had to wait an extra week) for your patience.  I appreciate it greatly.
When I should have listened to that little voice in my head that said "No. Stay home"

Planning on heading up to get my pups haircut by a friend. Back of my head nagging me "Do you really need to do this? Why don't you just borrow clippers? It's a long drive. That's a lot of gas.  Cars registration is out you're gonna have to drive carefully" And I told my back of my head to shut the heck up because Isis would look so much better if someone who knew how to do it cut her hair. And it would totally be worth the trip to hang out with a friend. And I would just drive carefully.

And I thought I did. In the middle of a pack of cars I got pulled over. And got a ticket.  Luckily he didn't say anything about the registration but I'm just so freaking frustrated. I was going the same speed as everyone else, so honestly wasn't paying to much attention to the posted speed b/c I figured I was mid-pack and mid-pack in the middle lane is normally slightly over speed but not much.  Well. Apparently not this time. Apparently we were going 70 in a 55 (though when I looked down it was 65 but again, just keeping up w/pack, I don't know where he tagged me). And now I have a court date. And I'm looking at that ticket and thinking how I just thought I was getting to where I thought I was doing decent for money and now I've got this...

I should have just stayed home.
So this trip to Texas has been infinitely better than my last trip.  No cons, just one wedding. Of dear friends. That I wasn't IN so didn't have to worry about any of that kind of stress.  Figure I'll give you some weekend highlights.

Picked up from the airport Thurs by one of my longest running friends wife, whereupon we went shopping, got a little dress for me to wear to the wedding, and then had a lovely dinner w/that couple and my brother and his gf.  Lots of catching up, lots of good food. A really good time.  Nice evening of playing 'Bang!' a card game which was really a blast and would probably be better with more than three people. But really... you get to 'Bang!' (or shoot, but its way more fun to say Bang) the other card players *snickers* (I'm still a teenager clearly).  Also got the sad news that my boyfriends dad is doing very poorly so he will be flying down to try and help him out for a couple weeks as of Saturday. So I am keeping him in my thoughts, and hoping things are better than we are being led to believe...

Super productive day Friday, got a lot of art and e-mailing done while watching the ever awesome EskiWorks stream her art. So it felt like I had company, and then sushi dinner with my dad and his girlfriend (which made me a bit nervous... parents split up two years ago so new to this environment). But Dinner was lovely, my brother was there too, so that was nice.
Saturday was overly busy. My brothers gf and I met my mom early in the day for bra shopping (there is an AWESOME outlet in Dallas that doesn't exist in the whole of Colorado, so had to get new bras while I was in town) then getting ready for the wedding and then wedding in the evening.  Wedding was gorgeous. One of my oldest college friends, who is still a great friend of mine, a backpacker/climber/super outdoorsy guy, so lots of our mutual outdoorsy friends were there. So great catching up with all of them. Groom was Handsome. Bride was Radiant. Food was amazing. Music was lovely. Texas decided to cool off a bit, so the fact that the reception was partially outdoors was lovely. 

Sunday had a lazy day with my brother, not much exciting. Just catching up with family.

And now its Monday. I packed up my luggage this morning. Did a bit of art. And filed a paypal claim (for the first time ever). Making me feel a bit like a tattletell, but this seller (a steampunk convention in Denver that I will NEVER work with again, for they have been hard to deal with for this whole process) just won't give me back my money and I am tired of working with them.  Luckily for me the paypal rep that I spoke to was super helpful and made me not feel like  a horrible person for just wanting my money back for an event I didn't vend at, and that I TRIED for weeks to work with the con staff. So hopefully I will get that back. I sure as freaking heck hope so. I can't be out that much money.  
And this evening I will catch up with another old friend from college and she will drive me to the airport at O'Dark'Hundred tomorrow morning.  I have a lot of art to do and a lot of gardening to do when I get home.

It's also almost my birthday (the 10th). So have been planning a joint birthday celebration for myself and a few friends that will probably involve a day of making THINGS (everyone bring things to make - I am gonna try and make a soft bodied doll, another friend is bringing knitting, another miniature painting... STUFF) and an evening of grilling/drinking/socializing.   I am super excited about this.  I am also excited to be home, in Colorado, for a full month and a half. No more travel for me for a full month and a half. That seems like bliss. Just art. and gardening. and ART. and hiking. and ART

BTW I finally got over the bad art storm that had been plaguing me. But more about that later, this journal already has exceeded my normal lengths.  Hope you all have a LOVELY day.

Whoa!

Mar. 25th, 2012 03:30 pm
So yesterday I took a totally unscheduled day off.  My roomie and I had planned  on going to the garden store and picking up seeds and such for a veggie garden for a while now and we finally did it.  Which resulted in me freaking out about how beautiful the day was, spending the day outside prepping little seeds in little containers so they can sprout inside, safe from freeze, and laying things out in my head for the backyard planning and generally getting filthy.  During this time, a good friend called and invited me to go to the goth club with them that night so I took them up on that offer.  Went to their house, ate so much delicious food, and then went out dancing.  It was a fantastic evening topped with mediterannean food at 3am, and I am still worn out.  But feel so much better about everything, I'm tired, (not much sleep/too much to drink/bad reaction to too much sugar) I'm a bit behind, but I got to spend a day in the sun and an evening with friends.  Sometimes that is all you need to get your batteries started charging again. 

FWA Recap

Mar. 20th, 2012 05:07 pm
So - back from FWA and gonna do a the good, the bad, and the strange things list rather than a real entry

The Bad
Finances... first furry con I've done where I've gone negative. I've always at least broken even. I think it was an oversaturation issue, way too many dealers/artists for the amount of con-goers.

Dealers room temps.  I was freaking freezing. and I wasn't the only one. In knee high leather boots, thick socks, a t-shirt, armwarmers a hat, and a light sweatshirt I bloody well freezing. 

But to be fair those were the ONLY bad things.

The Strange
More 'clingy'/overattentive/'I bought things from you therefore you must be my best friend' customers there than any other con (This invariably gets me - It wasn't me was it? e-mails from the perfectly nice people that I enjoyed talking too. The people who were overattentive never have a clue... so please don't e-mail me and ask if its you. If you are aware of talking to me and worrying about talking too much it probably wasn't and I won't answer them)

A guy who I have had creepy vibes from in the past was there, and still giving off the creepy vibes (he could be perfectly nice, I just get weird vibes)

Someone I knew from another con fansqueed over meeting me. Which entertained me b/c they clearly forgot they got work from me at another con ><

The Good
PEOPLE! I got to hand out with the ever fantasticKenket, Kyell, Sidian, P.Moss, Kyoht, Myenia, Kyro, Rukis, and other people whose names I forget, as well as meet quite a few awesome artists/people I hadn't met before including CentraDragon, and Sebastion

Got to GO to a con event, not just a panel. (This is what happens when you don't have homework boys and girls) Went to the dance competition and watched people who clearly either don't have bones or who are double jointed dance AMAZINGLY in fursuits.  Way cool.

Had delicious food.

Talked to awesome people. Met awesome people, lots of new people on the other side of the table.

Dinner w/Kit, Kyell, Kenket, Bear, Jimmy and more... (And Jimmy's badge, which was a great deal of fun to paint)

Awesome roommates of awesome


So thats my superquickanddirty con wrap up. Because I know I'll forget things and don't feel like trying to be eloquent.  I am so terribly thankful that I am done with working cons until AC. I'm excited to paint and art, and not feel like all I am is a ConPrepDroid.  ConPrepDroidness is not fun.
So my life has been super crazy and exhausting and dizzying recently but I just wanted to take the time to post a journal about everything that is going right in my life right now, because I think it's important.

Because really, ever since I moved to Colorado last September my life has been steadily improving. My income, while not great, is enough to be paying my bills, and since my parents gave me some cash for Christmas I was able to get new boots for cons, and a couple things for myself so I have more winter gear.  I have the absolute best roommate that I have ever had, and he has turned into one of my best friends.  Colorado has provided me with a fantastic support network of friends and artists who I have been able to hang out with and call, and generally be there for me, as I am there for them and I love knowing all of these wonderful people. 

I was pretty nervous about this weekend because I booked it up with a lot of social obligations and was still feeling run-down from the con-crud but really it turned out to be awesome.  I'm still coughing quite a bit, and randomly pretty tired, but I felt so good doing ALL of the things.  Went to dinner with Waffe and crew Friday at a Brazilian steakhouse that had an awesome deal going on so had a great 'All You Can Meat' evening.  Then cooked dinner with a couple friends Friday.  Did a Baby Shower (which was a blast, full of great food and geektastic onesie decorating) and REI garage sale shopping Saturday afternoon and worked into the wee hours because I was still pretty awake and jazzed from hanging out with awesome people. And finally spend most of Sunday looking for new con boots (pretty well failed) since mine have DIED the tragic death of 18 cons and lots of wearing about because I love them.  Apparently I was one week after the main boot sales and all leftovers have now been shipped to warehouses *sad* but I ordered some Dr Martens online and am hoping they'll fit, because, well, CONS... I need BOOTS for CONS.   That's just the way it is.  And after a long day of trekking about the malls, we finished with a great street taco and tequila place, and then came home to Big Bang Theory and Sherlock with the roomie.  Finished the day up futzing on the internet and working way late into the evening because I couldn't sleep due to the amped up nature of spending the weekend with AMAZING people.  And now here it is, Monday morning.  I worked and ran errands this morning, and have since been curled up with the laptop in front of me for refs while I work in the comfy chair at Waffe's place while he games and we have DS9 and Doctor Who on in the background.  Life is freaking good.

I have FWA to attend this weekend. I have a garden to start soon. Spring is coming.  As exhausting as life has been these days it is freaking good, and I am SO thankful. 
How is it almost done with February? How is this year almost 1/6th over? What did... Where did... WHAT?

Ehm...

In other news.  CONDFW went FANTASTICALLY. Far better than last year and really, just better than I had hoped. I basically expected to cover con fees and that was it, and instead I covered my flight too! Hooray! I came to this con knowing its a small con, it didn't have great profits last year but the people were lovely and it was a week before my big con for the month (Texas Furry Fiesta) so I figured it would be worth showing up and seeing all of the fantastic people (because it really is run by some awesome people). So YAY! Unexpected sales!  Getting to see Fantastic People! Weekend of WIN!

So I have been down in Texas since late last Wednesday and since then I have really been running around like a crazy person. I am trying to fit in seeing all of my friends/family that I can in between cons and such so today has been the first day that I have had ANY real time to myself. Don't get me wrong, I am so freaking grateful to have gotten to spend time w/everyone, but it was kind of nice to wake up this morning, drink my tea, and get caught up on business (and webcomics :P).  So I will spend the next couple hours doing work and then head on over to organize some stuff with one of my friends.

Anyhoo... busy year has been busy. I am really looking forward to the con this weekend, but you know what I am really looking forward to? April. I don't have any cons in April. And I am looking forward to doing ART.
So I think it is relatively well known that most artists are addicted to art supplies.  But if not, here you go guys, now you know.  I have a hard time walking into an art supply store and not walking out with more things than I need, and I am really good with my money. But it gives me all these ideas.  Watercolor ground in particular has been calling to me. I think of that and wood panels and treecreatures and... *shivers* so many possibilities.

And I have been holding off from trying/buying any Daniel Smith watercolors because I know how good they are. From other artists recommendations. From articles about them. From... well... everywhere.  And right now I don't neeeeeeed watercolors.  I have a lot of good (not the most amazing ever) but GOOD watercolors.

And then Vantid had to come over and wave their beauty under my nose... and let me try them... and now... now I want them. I crave them. They need to be MINE.  I appeased my supply addiction by ordering the 'dot sheets' of 238 DOTS of color that I can play with.. so I can figure out what colors I can't LIVE without... and then I will sit there all antsy and nervous and itchy until I can finagle up the money to buy them.  But man you don't understand. The pigments are so intense, and they granulate so well, and, and, and... I NEED them! Think of the ART man! Think of how much more BEAUTIFUL it will all BE!!!


*twitch*

*sigh*

Don't feed the artist new art supplies. You make her crave more, and get her twitching in the corner over her art desk as she stares at her subpar paints.
Where in the World has this crazy person been you might be asking yourself... as my last updates were pretty well filler, and the last REAL update that had anything to do with anything was in December. 

So here whats been happening.  Basically 2012 started on a crazy note and I had to hit the ground running. On the first I started dating a guy who is pretty awesome (or why would I be dating him right?) And that first week of January life just got crazy.  I had conprep for FC. Learned I got accepted into the gallery show for anthropomorphic work that was running concurrent with FC, so had to get those pieces, matted, framed and shipped within two days. Meanwhile I was prepping to take care of the BF, who is hereby gonna be designated Waffe, b/c that is his online handle, as he had surgery on the 9th.  Then off to FC, which was crazy busy and good sales, and good people and probably deserves its own post but probably won't get one b/c my life won't slow down.  And the whole con I was extra exhausted b/c I am apparently allergic to the new hotel.  I get back to my roomie gone for a week due to family emergencies, so spent most of the week with the still on leave BF while he got better. Meanwhile I've been doing con homework, and trying to finish the couple LARGE commissions I have in queue. 

Oh yeah, and I have a con this weekend and had to get tax stuff ready for that. And a friend is coming in from out of town Tuesday.  And I totally missed my Texas Tax deadline in the midst of all the crazy.

So bear with me guys, you should see fun new art again soon. But here, look! Pretty! Tribal! So at least this post isn't entirely about the craziness of my life!

I have one Nabyn invitation to give out if anyone is interested. So far they are only letting on artists for the beta, so you have to do your own art.

Let me know if you'd like it
So my schedule for this year is crazy.

The cons that are still up in the air have asterisks beside them

Jan 13-15 FC - San Jose
Jan 27-29 COSine - Colorado Springs
February 18-20 CONDFW - Dallas
February 24-26 TFF - Dallas
February 15-18 FWA - Atlanta
March 23-25 Anomaly Con - Denver
April 13-15 Furry Connection North - Novi, MI
May 18-20 SPECTRUM - NOT SELLING JUST DROOLING OVER ART
May 25-27 ConQuest - K'City MO ******
June 1-3 AKON Dallas *****
June 14-17 AC - Pittsburgh
July -OFF-
August 10-12 RMFC - Denver
August 17-19 FA:U - NJ ******
August 24-28 Camp Feral *****
August 29-Sept 2 Either Eurofurrenct or Anime-Fest or DragonCon or WorldCon
Sept 14-16 NandesuKan - Denver
Sept 21-23 FenCon - Dallas ******
Sept 27-30 Rainfurrest - Seattle
October 17-22 OklaCon *****
October 26-28 FurFright
November MFF
December - OFF- For Christmas Commissionns

And then start it all over again.
And this is why I am continuously exhausted.
 Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] alchemist

because as much as I travel I thought you guys might be interested..

Duncanville, TX
San Jose, CA
Weatherford, TX
Richardson, TX
Fort Worth, TX
College Station, TX
New Orleans, LA
Robbers Cave, OK
Philadelphia, PA
Trail of Tears Park, MI (I think that's where it was, it was 2am, I was tired)
Pittsburgh, PA
Asbury Park, NJ
Somewhere on the side of the road in Virginia (in my car)
Boulder, CO
Austin, TX
The Colony, TX
Roman Nose State Park, OK
Aurora, CO
Vail, CO


And next year there maaay be more >< certainly more states.
I travel a lot.

~L   

2011 Meme

Jan. 1st, 2012 11:07 am
Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] wolf_nymph

As I don't do new years resolutions really other than make more art, make better art, be a better person... figured I'd recap the year

1. What did you do in 2011 that you'd never done before?
Moved out of state!!!

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't do them. More art. Better art. Be a better person. That's just my life. They are everyday resolutions

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My best friend from HS, KateaLeon, I miss you!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.... well, sort of, my moms first horse had to be put down

5. What countries did you visit?
none :(

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Better finances, and just overall a better year. I'd love to be able to climb and backpack again.

7. What date from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
hmmm.... the day I moved from TX to CO but I forget what day it was >< end of September

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
MOVING! And hitting 16 cons in a year!

9. What was your biggest failure?
Didn't make my financial goals every month, and should have let the relationship I got out of end sooner than I did, but it all worked out for the best.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Stupid bad reaction to medication causing stupid heart to freak out and stupid rib to dislocate causing my stupid allergy to wheat to flare up immensely
(Can you tell what I think of THAT nonsense?)

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A new to me car! Sweet little Mazda3

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My roommate being awesome! My brother getting a new job! WOOT! Todd driving with me to CO! 

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Someone who shall not be named. But dammit, be polite people.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent and food and con expenses (and car expenses)

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Moving to CO. Living here. Meeting GREAT people. Basically the last quarter of this year has been AMAZING. I love this state. May have gotten a show for 2012 too, so that is pretty sweet

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
hmmmm.... dunno that one song will do that... oooh, maybe anything lion king, because I got to go see the broadway show this year and it was AMAZING

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
HAPPIER - esp as of the second half of the year :)

ii. thinner or fatter?
same - maybe a bit thinner

iii. richer or poorer?
slightly poorer, lots of expenses this year

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
more outside. more seeing friends when I was depressed

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
worrying.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent it relaxing with good friends - and curled up watching the Doctor Who Christmas Special

21. At any point in the past year did you do something that you consider completely out of your usual character?
can't think of it

22. Did you fall in love in 2011?
not yet

23. How many one-night stands?
None.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
DOCTOR WHO! Always and forever

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
a friends bf, hopefully he'll go away soon

26. What was the best book you read this year?
American Gods :)

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
ummmm..... not any big one I don't think

28. What did you want and get?
more fuel efficient car. Missmonster mask (from a friend, WOOT). JungleTribe bag (from a friend, WOOT)

29. What did you want and not get?
hard question? I mix want and need a lot... I'd really kind of like a kindle or some such... but don't really need it... I wanted an Inkling so bad but then it got bad reviews. I'd like some peace with family but... yeah...

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I have a horrible memory, don't remember what came out this year. Saw sherlock holmes and really liked that... so we'll go there?

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
ummm... I think I had sushi with friends - I turned 26

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Lots of little things, but I'm not one to do regrets or whatnot, the year happened as it happened and I am happy where I am so life is good

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
quirky, love that my short hair allowed for a lot of funky looks

34. What kept you sane?
Matt and art, and for a little while, meds

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
David Tennant *grinz*

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
womens rights... what I do with my own body is my own issue.  Though gay rights get me too.

37. Who did you miss?
ummm when I moved, just about all my tx peeps

38. Who was the best new person you met?
can't pick, all of my new friends in CO.  Though Tim happens to be pretty high up on the list.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
let go. There is only so much you can do, and when you have done it all and can't do any more, stop worrying, life will happen as it is meant to.  Just roll with the punches.  (Mind, I'm not always good at not worrying, but that's the idea)

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Breeze driftin' on by you know how I feel

It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new life
For me
And I'm feeling good

(granted this is mostly for the second half of the year, but we're going with the positives here)

So thats my year :)

May 2016

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