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wedding, new camera, and snow tire removal

Mar. 27th, 2011 | 11:12 pm
mood: busybusy

To start off with, the wedding. Two weeks ago I was coming home from a friend’s wedding. The weekend was spent with a lot of driving. Back to my hometown to meet up with my friends, and then on to Portland for the wedding itself. The wedding took place at Voodoo doughnuts, which was amazing and so much fun. The bride dressed as an Indian Princess, and the groom as an Explorer. I took a few pictures, was very happy when I got the money shot. My lesson in this was using my external flash. The recycle time simply wasn’t there. It was a major help, and I loved having it there... but it is something that I need to work with more. I still managed to get some good shots though. After the ceremony there was donuts, coffee, and the purchasing of more donuts and a sweatshirt. At the hotel we awaited the caterers to bring indian food, w00t curry! And an amazingly decorated cake made by one of my friends.

The next morning took us to Powell’s Bookstore. 4 levels of books... major win! Sadly I was not able to make it to camera world, and the other two places I’d gone earlier in the weekend did not have my camera in stock. However Powell’s had such an amazing selection of books that it kind of made up for not being able to find my camera. Best of all I came home with an Encyclopedia of Mythology, something I could not find in my current area bookstores.

The following weekend came and I worked on pictures and thought more about ordering my camera. Last Monday, I finally did. The Canon 60D. The camera came on Wednesday before work. I was thinking the battery would have a partial charge as is customary. My hope being I would be able to turn the camera on long enough to take a picture. The battery was sadly completely dead and was placed on the charger while I went to my shift. After work I put the battery pack in long enough to take a picture, but then immediately had to go to bed due to a doctor’s appointment the next morning. Took my boyfriend to see the chiropractor. Afterwards we were so tired a nap before work was necessary. Friday was the first morning that I was able to really play with the camera. It’s gone with me everywhere except work.

Saturday was a trip to the city with my parents. Before leaving we took my car to Les Schwab to get the snow tires changed out. Left the key with them and pre-paid not knowing what time we would return... which happened to be 15 minutes after their closing time. We found the snow tires were still on the car. A phone call was actually answered though and after emphasizing that I needed my car back the worker offered to change the tires that night. The key had been locked in the car which meant I had to run down to unlock the car. I was super irritated and ready to be done. The worker told me my car needed new tires soon, and to come see him, he would make me a deal and reimburse me for my changeover. At this point he was trying to win back a customer, but I’m not convinced. And no, I did not get the promise of reimbursement in writing.

Anyway, that’s what’s been going on in the past two weeks. Next post, I’ll have new art!

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new piece

Mar. 7th, 2011 | 02:09 pm
mood: accomplishedaccomplished

So I finished the dice bag, finally. I than finally took pictures and manipulated one of them. I encourage you to check it out.

http://beepear.deviantart.com/#/d3b51yh

I must say, I’m rather pleased with how the piece turned out. Without a doubt wanting to work on more, and this weekend will be perfect as I’ll be traveling down Portland. Can someone say photo op? In truth I will be taking lots of photos as the reason for travel is a wedding! The only remaining question is, will I be shooting with a new camera?

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I really hate being sick

Mar. 2nd, 2011 | 07:27 pm
mood: sicksick

Not that anyone actually enjoys being sick. Who does like being sick? That’s right, no one I can think of.

Yesterday I felt wiped. Sore, tired, ready to collapse at any moment. It was the end of the day, time to go home. I figured it was normal exhaustion. The kind that would mean a good night’s sleep to be ready to go to work again today.

WRONG! I woke up with a sore throat and moving was draining. I called my dad who gave me his sage fatherly advice... stay home and rest. I’ve been consuming emergen-c and V8 all day. My new residence... my couch. Please let me get better so I can return to work tomorrow!

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Still working on this weekend's project

Feb. 27th, 2011 | 10:19 pm

So this weekend I was attempting to finish a dice bag I started during our game session last week. Unfortunately I'm only halfway there. I'll post pictures as soon as it's complete.
In other news I have the best boyfriend in the world. He bought me three portfolios for my birthday. Now I just need to fill them :)

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angel relic icons has a logo!

Feb. 20th, 2011 | 07:25 pm
mood: busybusy

Mercy-angel-09 and myself have a icon community on livejournal call Angel Relic Icons. We’ve had this community up since March of last year... and I’ve just now finished our logo. Besides being super busy I’ve had some creative blockage when it came to thinking up ideas. Finally, I had some inspiration and sketched out our new logo, which I’m pleased to present to you, here

And now back to my boyfriend’s D&D campaign. Stories later.

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this week

Feb. 12th, 2011 | 10:54 pm
mood: accomplishedaccomplished

Has been busy. It started out not too bad. I was getting up earlier to run some much needed errands. About halfway through the week there was an opportunity for overtime, which ended with overtime for the rest of the week. Today was more errands and a bit of cleaning. I finally managed to move a pile of cardboard boxes into the storage room which was a big accomplishment as I’ve been avoiding them. Goal for tomorrow includes more cleaning and photography. And the super big deal of the day, I finally found one of my cookbooks that has been missing for months, along with my origami books. So many projects and little things to do.

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slowly learning to cook

Feb. 6th, 2011 | 05:35 pm
mood: tiredtired

Yup, another one of those entries, my adventures in cooking. I really should focus more on my photography, but as the cooking is taking up a lot of time I’m focusing on that.

Last week I made meat loaf, in my slow cooker. I love my slow cooker, that and my rice cooker are the most commonly used appliances in my house. The meat loaf was a little bland in my opinion, but I am used to my mom’s. I’ll try making it again sometime and add some more seasoning.

Today I’m making mac and cheese. Again using the slow cooker. I decided to alter the recipe I used last time, again, because I had bacon on hand. Also made sure to get pepper jack cheese for a bit of a kick. Hoping this turns out right. I didn’t realize until after starting cooking that I forgot to grease my pot. We’ll see.

And now I’m off to work on other projects, some I may even take pictures of.

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human anime character

Jan. 30th, 2011 | 11:48 pm
mood: fullfull

So.... possible evidence that I am a human anime character....

Tonight I made more black beans and rice and plantains, for lunch tomorrow. My boyfriend had ordered pizza earlier and we were both full from that so I really had no intention of eating more than a couple of plantains before packing up the food for tomorrow. I ate about half the plantains I cooked and a bowl of rice and beans. As I was eating the rice and beans my boyfriend looks at me and asks “How can you eat anymore?!” It reminded me of mercy-angel-09’s wedding rehearsal dinner where her sister and I ate two plates loaded with pasta, bread, and salad. The reaction I got that night was “Where do you put it all?” For the record, as mercy-angel-09 put it things into perspective, I’m a size stick.

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salsa con queso

Jan. 29th, 2011 | 09:52 pm
mood: accomplishedaccomplished

Tonight I made my second attempt at cooking salsa con queso. Not difficult right? You’d think, but the first time was a disaster. This time it was good though. What could have been the problem the first time? On to the story!

The first time I made queso I got all excited, I bought the velveeta and rotel and was determined to make this... in a slow cooker. I went over to my parents house and because we both have the same rice cooker which happens to have a slow cook function I thought this would work. Cheese and rotel in the pot, close lid, set time. Open lid occasionally to stir. It was a lumpy oily mess that didn’t get any better over time. I couldn’t figure out what happened. Finally I found the temperature for my rice cooker/slow cooker online. Apparently it brings everything to a boiling temperature and then cools to a lower slow cook temp. Oops. It scorched my cheese! Moral of the story: use a slow cooker with an actual low setting, and rotel smells/tastes really gross.

Which brings us to.... attempt #2!

After learning about how gross rotel is (seriously wasn’t expecting that) I decided my next attempt would be green chilis and jalapenos. So I went to the store and bought the spicy peppers and some more velveeta. And then did nothing for a while... a long while, I now know that velveeta lasts WAY too long. Anyway, I got out my real slow cooker, cubed the velveeta, added peppers and set the temp to low this time. Two hours later I had queso! And it tasted good. What’s next? I think I’m going to figure out how to make a sauce using cheddar so all I have to keep on hand is green chilis and jalapenos. Plus the less processed we get the better.

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question... anybody?

Jan. 29th, 2011 | 07:06 pm
mood: curiouscurious

I keep a lot of programs running at the same time while using my computer. At home I have a mac and there’s this handy quick key to switch between open programs (command + tab). My question today: is there a similar toggle between programs on PCs? The PC I use runs Windows XP, and it would save me a lot of time if there were.

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