Saturday, August 28, 2010

Doily dreams

I love pillows. And yet my house is sadly lacking in pretty pillows.



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Look up, open the clouds

Having Jose Villa take my picture is on my bucket list. This man is an artist and his photos make me feel. The way he uses light in his photos is just beautiful. Oh yeah, and he still shoots in all film.






Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I Feel It All

The semester is off with a bang! Forgive me for all the graphic design jargon ahead. I just want to document where I am, here and now, highs and lows.

The highlights:
Everything has happened so fast! I'm still trying to process how many assignments I've been given in the last four days.

I have projects that are already keeping me up at night, but in a good way. As in, I'm so excited about what I'm doing I can't stop working on it.

I'm SOOOOO very overwhelmed. I forgot how to multi-task.

I have three different projects creating information graphics. Really, three? Information graphics as in: "analyze the survey and translate qualitative and quantitative raw data into understandable date and design a visual display of the investigation." Have mercy.

What my printer and I have is true love. Seeing the black, velvety ink on paper is yummy.

When my professors start talking about typography, I get excited. Nerd!

Basically, a lecture class equals me nodding off the majority of the class time. Definitely confirms that I'm supposed to be taking studio classes, not lecture classes. Oh yeah, and my notes are AWESOME when I'm half asleep.

We will have our first TEST in a studio class this semester. What, a test??? And we have required reading! So bizarre.

I'm finally getting a grasp at using the pen tool in Adobe. I liken this to walking a dog. Before, the pen tool was walking me. I'm finally beginning to walk the pen tool.

I have my own desk. It's beautiful and so very big.

I highly dislike researching.

I still haven't finished my wedding thank you cards. And now that school has started, I fear I never will.

ASU is so incredibly interesting!! It's like the sweetest drug for a people-watcher-person like myself. I could be happy to sit all day and just watch my fellow student body. Delightful.

Having Jason here at ASU is wonderful! Sure, I've only seen him once on campus, and that was a day he didn't even have classes, but it's so nice just to have that option. We can finally spend every night together, aka spend every night doing homework together.

I fear for the state of cleanliness of my apartment. We were so good at keeping it clean in the summer... and now... oh dear.

I'm trying harder to be organized this semester. As in, using my iCalendar and putting in all my assignments and due dates. The state of my backpack is another story. Remember that kid in grade school who would just stuff all his papers in his backpack - no folders, rhyme, or reason? Yeah, that's me. (Disclaimer: most of my assignments are either digital or are too large for my backpack, thus I lost the skill of backpack maintenance)

Facebook is generally a waste of my time, and I'm trying to cut back. And yet, the pull is strong.

Andy Weed still talks to me in my thoughts sometimes. It's creepy. I hear him when I'm setting up a layout, when I adjusting the text, when I'm choosing colors. "Type in a cage is not typography." "Horizontal and vertical relationships." I also hear him when I drink green tea. "I drank green tea last night. I almost blew up." Half of my classmates did not have him for typography last year. It shows... oh does it show. On a side note, he was probably one of the worst/best teachers I've ever had. He trampled on my confidence, and yet, he really gave me a good foundation and an integrity for design. So complicated, I know.

I'm still trying to adjust to group projects. We all have our own ideas and preferences... fun times. Our first group project was to give our group an "identity." Which for now translates to a logo. I had so much fun thinking of names and creating the logos, even though my group wasn't as enthusiastic about my work as I was. Ha... here's 3 of my faves down below.



Our group name began as echo, but has been changed to re:creation. And again, I hear Andy Weed. "Leave creation to the church." I hope he can at least be proud of our sign's letter spacing.

Monday, August 23, 2010

You see the night is all I have to make me feel


Learning...

//to trust my intuition

//to wonder

//to stand up for my opinions

//to love the Adobe pen tool

//to work as a team

//to appreciate the beauty around me

//to not drink coffee on an empty stomach

//to be less critical

//to not sweat the small stuff

//to look

//to see

Learning...

//to live

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wishes and Candles

I turned 22 yesterday. (Finally!)

I got treated to some cupcakes at work and cheesecake when I got home. Jason made this card for me.

With some of my birthday money, I bought this lil beauty today. Someday I want to have some nicer film cameras, but for now this will be a fun way to mix things up. I'm hoping this camera will give me a new perspective and inspiration to be more creative.


This is before we left for dinner. Apologies for the wonky eye in the left picture. In the right, we're throwin up 2s in honor of my big day.


We went to Liberty Market for dinner. It was yummy! The pizza got a little burnt, oops!, but overall I enjoyed it.

Also yesterday was a reception for the recipients of the ASU Parents Association scholarship. Being that Jason was one of lucky winners, I was able to join him at the reception. They said that only 50 were chosen out of 600 applicants - yeah, my husband is pretty cool.

They asked all the recipients to line up at the front and tell a little bit of their story. A little unorthodox, but a lot of people had overcome difficult situations so it was encouraging to listen. One girl talked about how grateful she was with tears in her eyes and a trembling voice. She was a freshman, and a graphic design major. My heart went out to her and I felt the need to reach out, as strange as I may come off to her. After the ceremony was over, I found her and gave her my email and phone number. Mostly because I wish that when I first started in the program, I could have had someone to ask questions, someone's who already been there. I don't know if she'll ever contact me, but I feel grateful that God has put me in the place where I can now help others. I saw myself in her eyes; young, excited, scared, clueless, hopeful. It's good to be reminded of where I came from, and how far God has brought me.

School starts tomorrow.

Am I ready? Of course not. I cringe when I think about the mental, physical, and emotional stress I am voluntarily entering into. And yet, I've come so far. Like the little engine that could, I'm going to keep pushing as long as God keeps me here. The thing I'm most excited about is to see my classmates shining faces after a whole summer without them. I'm grateful for a school program where I can actually develop genuine friendships with my classmates.

Bring it on, ASU.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Yellow feet.



Be still my heart.

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The little things

A few things that have made me happy lately.

Finding this under the couch when I was vacuuming


Long story short, I threw up in a trash can in the Harkins Theater hallway. A lady came up to us (Jason was standing with me) and handed him this. One of those "there's still good people in the world" moments.


Licorice Allsorts. So yummy, so addicting.


Happy Monday!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Coraline

Has anyone seen this movie?

I know it's been out for a while, but I just barely watched it last night. I was speechless - it is such an amazing work of art.


It's the longest stop-motion movie to date. I couldn't believe my eyes at what they were able to create with stop-motion. I can't even imagine the time that was spent to create this, but it was just beautiful. They were so meticulous with the details and it was serious eye candy. The music was just as lovely - very charming and imaginative and perfectly set the mood.

After the first half of the movie, I was about to tell Jason that this will be a movie our children watch, but I realized he was asleep (12 hour shifts will do that to you). Unfortunately, the movie turned a lot darker so I had to change my mind. I was honestly creeped out so it's not for the young children. I enjoyed the first half of the movie better, but I understand why the tone had to change.

I'm still daydreaming about it all... the first scene of the movie had me swooning with the creation of the doll: thread, sewing needles, stuffing and all. Brilliant, just brilliant.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Feline.

A lot of my friends and people I went to school with have been getting the baby bug, and consequently, are getting pregnant and starting families.

Me?

I just want one of these.


I just tortured myself with way too many pictures of adorable cats. Why do I do this to myself? I am fairly certain that the yearning of said friends and classmates for children feels quite to similar to the pull I feel in my stomach when I think about having my own cat. (Don't judge) I hate being in school and spending money on ink and paper instead of cat food.

I've informed Jason on many occasions that on the day I secure a job post-graduation, I am getting a cat. Until then, I anxiously await the day when I get to hold that bundle of fluff and hear it purr contentedly.

Ruffles

Oh the pretty things you can do with a bunch of cut out circles. All of these crafts have the same basic construction, just executed in different ways. I need to get myself some fabric!!

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Creme de le Crepes

Our new favorite recipe. That we may or may not be eating as a meal, not just a dessert.

Dessert Crepes

Ingredients

4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/3 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

In large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, melted butter, flour sugar and salt until smooth.
Heat a medium-sized skillet or crepe pan over medium heat. Grease pan with a small amount of butter or oil applied with a brush or paper towel. Using a serving spoon or small ladle, spoon about 3 tablespoons crepe batter into hot pan, tilting the pan so that bottom surface is evenly coated. Cook over medium heat, 1 to 2 minutes on a side, or until golden brown. Serve immediately.




Summer is

Watermelon.
Barbecue.




Family.


(Unintentional emo shot)

Love.