Friday, September 12, 2008

Thatcher reunion

I'm posting these late but my blog needs some more pictures cause I'm sure everyone's sick of all my posts with just boring words and letters and stuff...

Two weekends ago, a group of Thatcher people came up to the big city to visit and see a d-backs game. Jason, Kali, Jenni, and Jessica all joined us and we had a good ol time together. Sure, we only made it to an inning and a half of the game, but we had a jolly good time and we even got to take pictures with the streaker who ran across the field inbetween the 8th and 9th innings. It was so good to see my old friends! I love them all so much!
The picture below is when Jason took me ice skating. Not a good picture to show the ice skating aspect but we didn't remember to take a picture until the rink was closed and we took our skates off. It was fun though - I've never seen someone look so completely off balance and yet still remain on his feet the whole time. Jason's arms were waving everywhere and I feared for both of our lives several times that night, but we had fun skating. All the 13 year olds put us to shame with their skating skills but we caught on.

As of now, Jason is 3 for 3 in surprising me each time he comes to visit. I don't know how he does it, and why he CONTINUES to do it! I told him my heart can't take it when he sneaks up and surprises me with his presence, and that was the FIRST time he came to visit. But really, I have no room to complain because I get to see him and spend time with him. One of these days I'll get him back and surprise him with a visit. With my luck, he'll have decided to surprise me again so we'll both surprise each other by being in opposite towns!

The Life of a Square

My life revolves around a four-sided polygon. I'm sure you have been dying to know what I'm doing with my time... so here it is:

I'm pretty sure the only skill they are trying to teach us in my graphic design studio class is the art of repitition. For the last 3 weeks, my life has consisted of drawing squares, coloring squares with markers, painting squares, cutting squares... The bottom of the three pictures is what I have spent the majority of my time on. I can't even count the hours I've spent perfecting those little 20 cm squares...there is no margin for error when we turn these in and it's a lot harder than it looks. I'll spare you the messy details, but so far I have learned to have a lot of patience as the only way to get these bloody things perfect is to do it over and OVER again.

It's rather pathetic... my roommates just shake their head everytime they come home and see me working on these. Sylvia probably says at least daily, "All you ever do is squares! Just squares and more squares!"

I was having a hard time in this studio class though because everything was so new to me and I seriously felt like a fish out of water. I was discouraged after every class because I felt like I could never get this right, but praise God, I had my first good class this Wednesday. My hard work finally paid off when I did my homework of 10 sketches (which took me a minimum of oh, four hours. I wanted to laugh in my professor's face when he said they're "just sketches" and it should be "quick") and went to class to discover only about 3 out of 24 students had done all 10 sketches. My professor lectured the whole class on not doing the required work, so it felt good to be on top for once. Then when looking over my sketches, he complimented me on my good work and the variety of sketches I made. I was so happy!

I'm getting into the groove of things here at ASU and enjoying myself more as I get to know my classmates (I have an awesome friend named Jillian who's from Canada and has been the greatest help to me, EVER!) and the way the program works. The huge campus seems smaller when I can pick out familiar faces and find my way around campus with ease. Plus, I'm getting quite a bit of exercise walking everywhere. Yeah! So things are looking up! :)