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?

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?

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 :)

When it cools off my constant companion is tea. The kettle is constantly boiling to make more of my favorite drink.
I figure thats true for just about anybirdy. *sorry* reeeeeaaaaaly bad pun...

Anyhow, original is available, and is watercolor on arches paper, approximately 3.5"x5"

As always, prints, mugs, stickers, magnets, and just about anything you could put an image on are available, just contact me for more info.

Art © Laura Garabedian
Whew... well, FC was quite a whirlwind. 
I flew in on Thursday (coincidentally I ended up on the same plane as Mitch and Balto, which I thought was AWESOME) and got in eeeeaaaaarly... in the hotel by 9:30am and they didn't let us in the room until 3 - blagh. Told me I could leave my bags with the bellhop, but he wasn't paying much attention and I feel funny leaving art and things that are hard to replace with someone who isn't really paying any attention to what he is watching.
Got to meet up with the most awesome Wolf-Nymph and her boyfriend at noon, whereupon I kept them company as they waited in the CRAZY line for pre-reg (for her boyfriend, as he was assisting her). Then dinner and a chance to hang out with them for quite a while.
Friday through Sunday was crazy and hectic.  Selling went pretty well. Didn't do great, but definitely justified the trip out there.  Got a chance to hang out with a bunch of amazing people (SOooo many...  Balaa, Bagheera, Artlan, Idess, Jadesay, Dark Natasha (however briefly), Ebony Tigress, Hawaiin Style, and so many more)!

The High Points!
Flames Diner - Nom. and Nom. and more Nom. OMG Nom.
My Roomies! FTW guys, seriously!
Meeting FANTASTIC people I had only previously seen online. 
Selling art to people who I admire *blushes*
Being RECOGNIZED by people I admire *blushes even more*

The WTF Points
Elevator Fail
Dear GOD the waiting line for pre-reg - SO loud - So ConStenchful - SO nasty
The Fairmont. I had heard great things and then they treated legit concerns like we were nothing
The girl who inconvenienced me for a quite a while, and treated me like I was a robot then changed her mind about a purchase, thanks.
Awkward Cub Porn Guy :/

Things I learned
I still need to make my sign better
No more half tables EVER again
Bring more stickers
People like my tribal work
People like my tree work
No more half tables EVER again
My arctic wolves sell.
Bring a couple of mugs.
ACEO's sell better in their own binder
I need a better way to present my work.
Prematted work sells well
No more half tables EVER again
Bring more badge examples
Bring more sketches for sale at the con

So overall. NO MORE HALF TABLES EVER AGAIN. Is makes my sales fall down go boom.
Erm, yeah. People kept thinking I was Myenia or vise versa, or we were a team like Blotch. So yeah...

And super mad props to the people who pimped my work KyellGold you are full of awesome. And if you guys don't know him you need to go check out his work and his LJ, for he is amazing.

Still exhausted and catching up from the con.
Next up, Furry Fiesta

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