Sep 13 2007

Learning!


Morning-After-Storm Sky
Originally uploaded by Miss Placed

I’m learning a lot of really neat new things at work now including Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and marketing, proposal writing, and business development strategies. I have so many new books I feel like I’m in college again, which is good and bad.

Anyway, I was doing some of the Photoshop exercises and found how to do panoramas. THEN I remembered that I had taken some shots of the sky the day that we left for vacation but hadn’t really done anything with them. YAY! Photoshop project!

The sky really and truly looked like this, only it was more impressive in real life. It was storm clouds on one side and sunny blue skies on the other, all in a rather small space (relatively, anyway). I’d seen stuff like this in the Midwest, but never out here in the mountains.

Sep 13 2007

Nerdy

ARRR! Where�s me grog, wench?

Cole and I will be performing at Joust at the end of the month (with my dance troupe- not on our own, of course). I always have mixed feelings about these kinds of events. On one hand, I think it’s a lot of fun to dress up and be around other people who are into it. On the other hand, I can’t STAND the people who get SO into it and take it SO seriously. Listen! Let’s all just keep in mind that we actually do live in the 21st century, that we are just trying to have a little fun, and as much as you maybe don’t like your normal life, I bet you like it A LOT better than you would like living in the dark ages! So how about not giving me a hard time about a fucking sippy-cup? Okay?!

But anyway, despite all of that, I do usually have a good time. And as much as I LOVE dressing myself up, I love dressing Cole up even more. So last night I made him a kilt. It’s not quite finished yet (I still have to put on the TOTALLY HISTORICALLY ACCURATE Velcro), but I safety pinned it on him just to make sure I got the measurements right last night. Do you know the first thing he did? He LIFTED it to show me his diaper! It was freakin hilarious. I’m slightly tempted to leave him nudie-butted during fair (y’know- to be historically accurate), but I think I’d probably be the only one who would appreciate that. Plus, the cleanup would be a nightmare. Maybe I’ll just tie a blue ribbon around his diaper.

(As soon as I finish the hat, shirt, and sporran, I’ll take pictures.)

Sep 11 2007

Scattershot

  • I haven’t been posting because 1) I’m freakin busy, 2) I don’t know what to write about, and 3) It’s really painful to look at the computer screen. It also makes me nauseous sometimes.
  • Do you know of any cure for or reason why looking at the computer screen is so painful/nausea inducing?
  • I broke out my guitar because I’ve been obsessing about KT Tunstall lately. I realized that the strings on my guitar were the original ones from when I purchased the guitar when I was about 13. They weren’t exactly staying in tune so well anymore, and they weren’t looking very nice, either. Playing left me with tarnished fingers. So I bought new strings (Elixers) and my new (though it feels like I’ve known her forever, too) friend Casey put them on for me last night. New, shiny strings+lesson on re-stringing guitars that I should have had 15 years ago+new friend+dinner experiment that turned out right=good night.
  • I’ve been having a weird, throbby pain in my right lower abdomen area for the last few days. Any guesses?
  • Cole was in last night’s local paper on the front page! A star is born!
  • I got to see my sister and nephew over last weekend. It’s always nice to see them, but I don’t feel like we really get to talk when she’s here. We both have our boys to take care of and our own things to do. I hope someday we’ll have a closer relationship. I actually like her, despite her being related to me!
  • I’m starting the planning for Cole’s birthday party now. I always want to do more than is really possible with the resources we have. I should learn to just keep it simple. Apparently I am not a fast learner.
  • People can be so strange. Maybe that didn’t really need noting.
Sep 11 2007

Go. Read.

Awesome.

Sep 05 2007

We’re Ba-aaack!

Actually, we were back on Monday night, but the first day back after an extended vacation does not make for the best day to blog. Also, the internet was down.

Anyway, I don’t have much more time today, but I wanted to make sure to get a huge THANK YOU on here to the wonderful family who hosted us up in Humboldt. A tip for all of the rest of you out there: if you are going on vacation and staying at somebody’s house instead of a hotel? Make sure that person could open up their very own gourmet restaurant at any minute, they cook so well. It makes for a thoroughly enjoyable stay. I’m just afraid that we made pigs of ourselves. (Sorry guys! We’ll make it up to you somehow!)

We had a fantastic time. Cole and I got to snuggle every morning, we checked out cool toy stores, Cole got to play with other kids’ awesome toys (thanks, Hannah and Jonah for sharing with us!), and Cole got to visit the ocean for really the first time. I think he fell in love just a little.

(Ignore the terrible collage-making skillz and the even worse clip-on glasses. I know, really.)

And we discovered a new talent:

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=298561&server=vimeo.com&fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=00ADEF

Cole- Live at Gepetto’s from Heels and Vimeo.