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May. 27th, 2007 | 04:48 pm
mood: tired tired

I haven't been making any real notes on my health progress, so I guess this might be a good place to do it. But first, I must provide info up to the present...

The following is behind a cut because it's really more for me than anything, and reading about other people's diets is usually boring.

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This thing about school (transferring)

Mar. 7th, 2006 | 10:46 am

If you already know about this, don't worry about it, but I know some people still don't (or don't know the story behind it), so I'm here to say that I'm transferring out of the Art Institute of Dallas at the end of this quarter. Here's the deal... when I was looking for a school originally, I was attracted to AID's 3D Animation program, not because of what it was, but because of all the great courses it came with (among them being three classes directly dedicated to traditional animation, which I really would like to do at some point, if even just for myself). I figured I could put up with the 3D stuff long enough to get all the cool stuff I wanted out of the program.

First year? Brilliant. So many awesome courses, everything I'd wanted, and not a whiff of 3D dealings in any of them. Second year. WHOLE OTHER STORY ENTIRELY. That's when the 3D stuff came to pass. It started in (somewhat) gradually, 3D type classes mixed with non-3D. First quarter of this new year of 2005, I failed something for the first time in my stay there, and it was the 3D stuff. I failed things *every quarter after*. I should have known something wasn't right, but my mindset that only a loser would stop, and that 'real adults' finish everything they start, no matter how ridiculous it ends up being, showed me no option but to continue. Not only that, but I wasn't really seeing the whole picture; nothing except what I had right before me. "Gotta do this so I can get my degree" was all I could think of, and nothing really past that.

By this quater, I was feeling run-down in a really big way. I had no motivation for anything that I was doing, considering just about *all* the classes were now immersed in the 3D part of things. I hated 3D. I wasn't good at it, and I definitely didn't have enough interest to learn to be.

Doesn't this sound a little strange? Well, apparently it did to someone else... I went and talked to one of my teachers from my first year about it, and she asked me why I was persuing this 3D arts degree so doggedly if I hated it, and it was doing this to me every single quarter? I had a long think about it, and thought "You know what? She's right. Why *am* I doing this? I don't want a degree in 3D arts, I never did. I've gotten what I wanted out of this program, but now I'm pushing for, and spending an assload of money on a degree I don't even plan on using... double-you tee eff?" And so, after much soul-searching, here I am. And that is how it happened.

If it sounds like I'm dropping out of school, don't worry. one of the first things I'm going to look into when I get to Australia in July is the nearby schools with programs in Graphic Design. Might as well get a degree in something I *want* to do, right? =o)

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Squirty Pool Toys - a pictorial article

Mar. 4th, 2006 | 04:42 pm
mood: dorky dorky

Okay, so I went by the local Toys 'R' Us the other day on a lark (big surprise), and I spent about an hour poking around in there. Didn't really have the money to get anything, so I was just looking... or so I thought. On my way out of the store, I took a glance in the 'pool toys' section at the front of the store, and I spotted some interesting looking squirt toys, sold three to a package. I checked, and the pack was only about a dollar fifty, so I shrugged and purchased them. The next day, I found myself wondering about the other squirt toys I'd seen in there; there'd been one other type of three-pack, and a cylindrical container with five dinosaur-shaped squirters. Proper funding or not, I ended up buying those too, and now I have eleven of the things. So I got to thinking... in the spirit of x-entertainment.com (an addictive gen-X-themed memorabilia site), what better thing to do with a pile of useless crap than to write an article about it?

So now, I give you my squirt-toy article, complete with terrible fuzzy photos of each one! Go find some sprinkly fun!Collapse )

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A little puny

Feb. 26th, 2006 | 10:38 pm
mood: tired tired

I was away for most of this past week, as some of you might have noticed... I had to help my grandparents move from the house they'd lived in for 40 years, up to my mother's house (my grandmother's pretty infirm, and she needed to not be in their split-level house anymore). That went well in the end, though it was clearly a job... Before all that, though, I had to make a little visit to the doctor.

(Note: I may talk a little about female problems, so if you're at all squeamish about the fact that girls bleed, watch your step. =p)

I'd been having two problems lately, one being some strange 'head spells' I've been having, and the other the fact that I'd had a period that's more or less been going on for two and a half years. So I asked about both of those things; the female bit required ten days of hormone therapy and a trip back after (next Monday), and the head spells turned out to be petit mal seizures. For those who aren't aware, petit mals are on the minor end of the seizure scale, so they're not serious; more of an annoyance and a disruption of daily life, really. Occasionally they result in headaches or a 'weird feeling' for the rest of the day, but more often than not, I get over them pretty quickly.

So I got my diagnosis, which had me worried originally since I wasn't sure I'd be able to describe it clearly enough. He said it was a perfectly accurate description of the condition at hand, though, so he wrote it up right away and told me to go get a blood test and run up to the CAT scan room. I did so; the nurse who took my blood did so pretty painlessly, and got it on the first try, but the nurse putting the dye in my bloodstream for the scan took five or six tries to hit a vein, and got some pretty good yelps from me. Actually, she tried twice and called someone else in, but her aim wasn't much better, I've still got bruises all over my arms (and had a slight allergic reaction to the dye), but came out otherwise unscathed. I'm supposed to go back next monday, as I said, as soon as I've taken all the hormone tablets I was given.

I don't know what the solution will be to these seizures yet, but I'm eager to get them shut down because I've had about five of them today. Anyway, that's it. More later, I'm kinda tired...

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Sketchy doodly thing

Feb. 17th, 2006 | 12:07 pm
mood: lethargic lethargic

(Meme pinched from geddcoon, hawhaw.)

1. You comment here. I choose two of your interests and make a dumb picture from them.

2. You don't get to choose what interests! You will take whatever I draw and like it!

3. Post this meme to your own journal, including whatever drawings have been done for you through these meme, or I'll get Clip to make you cry.

So get to it already! Oh, and like the originator, I will be spending five minutes at most on each of these. Just super-quick things.

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The Club and The Grounding

Feb. 5th, 2006 | 11:52 pm
mood: tired tired
music: Some really weird German 'claymation' music video

I'm doing an experiment right now (from last night at Midnight 'til this coming Saturday night at Midnight), where I'm allowing myself no games, DVDs, or recreational internet browsing. I may check and answer emails, write in LJ, and have a limited amount of time each day for IRC and television (not that the latter was something I used much anyway), but the rest is off-limits. I'm doing this, of course, because all these things take far too much precedence in my life right now. I want to see how much I accomplish in my week without them.I'll update on it later in the week to tell how it's all going.As promised, I'll say something from the suggestions in my recent poll... the goth club and the Australia plans are tied, so since I feel more like talking about the former than going into the long story of the latter right now (I promise I'll tell about it later), I'll discuss the club.

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Banner Hee

Feb. 4th, 2006 | 01:42 pm
mood: blah blah

An ad banner that struck me kinda funny. Yeah, I know, the 'write about stuff' poll... I'll get to that next, honest. =p

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Tell me to tell you

Jan. 29th, 2006 | 09:44 pm
mood: thoughtful thoughtful

Poll #662717 Whatchoo wanna hear?

I have no interesting informations. What should I write about? (I might not write about *everything* suggested, but I just need ideas. and if there's anything not on the list that you wanna hear about, feel free to comment and ask.)

college projects
0(0.0%)
exercise/self-maintainence/learning not to think I'm a douchebag
0(0.0%)
my first trip to the local goth club
1(25.0%)
plans of things to do once I move to Australia
1(25.0%)
a rant
0(0.0%)

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Mah Hair

Jan. 23rd, 2006 | 07:36 pm
mood: artistic artistic
music: 'Hair'? Heehee.

So I finally got around to taking pics of my BRAN' NEW HAIRDO. So look! (for those of you who don't know, I'd had long, straight hair all in a ponytail since the beginning of TIME, and decided to change it earlier this month.)

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Spirituality

Jan. 15th, 2006 | 09:15 pm
mood: contemplative contemplative

Just a thought I'd like answered, is it... wise to discuss personal spitirual issues and revelations in a blog? Would i be asking for trouble if I did that, or what? Normally I wouldn't touch it, but what I'm thinking about isn't a call for debate, but rather just some personal thoughts and feelings I've had over the last while. You know, things you're generally *supposed* to put in a journal, but I'm still not sure about here. Thoughts, please...

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