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Archive for October 2008

Must See's in Connecticut

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Last week, Shawn moved to Connecticut. Since then I have been busy, busy planning a vacation to Connecticut for myself. Not that I have any idea when I can go, but I'm planning anyway.

First up on the Rebecca's Must See In Connecticut is this place:

YALE! I swear, I must have heard the Hallelujah chorus when I started looking up pictures of Yale. It's an architecture lovers dream location. And they have a walking tour!

As I was doing my research, I realized there are tons of things to do in New England. So I decided to make this a themed vacation... You guessed it, an architecture vacation!!

Next up on the must see list is Center Church in Hartford, which has windows made of real Tiffany glass.


A vacation to Connecticut wouldn't be complete without seeing a castle, also known as the Wadsworth Atheneum Art Museum.


Then there's Mark Twain's house.


Here's another castle. This one was the house of the Sherlock Homes author.


The Webb-Deane-Steven's Museum. There are over 300 historical homes in Hartford, 50 of them were built being the American Revolution. National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Connecticut, operates four 18Th century houses, three of which are National Historic Landmarks.


I'm very excited about the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, also known as America's first chateau.


There you have it-Rebecca's Must See in Connecticut list. Now, I just have to figure out when I can go to Connecticut!

Getting caught up

Sunday, October 26, 2008

On Wednesday after turning in our project, we were supposed to start our next project right away. Thankfully, my professor decided to give us the weekend off. I'm so glad she did because I've gotten a lot accomplished!

I managed to read all 234 items in my Google Reader. I had a lot to catch up on.

I started writing my Spanish paper about Baroque architecture in Spain. I wrote the outline (it has to be written in Spanish) and it was six pages. I turned it in on Thursday, and I discovered that all the other students only wrote one page. I guess I missed that memo.

Our final in Photography class is showing a power point of all our best photos. I started working on my layout, and I've picked out my best photos from each photo session.

I sent an email to the clients of our last project, thanking them for giving us an opportunity to have a real client project. I received a great response back:
"[My wife and I] were very impressed with your presentation yesterday. You are very articulate and came across as very professional. I do believe you will have a wonderful career in Interior Design. Thanks for the good work you are doing, for your contributions to the wonderful newsletters I've been receiving, and to the ID program overall."

My dad visited me this weekend, and I enjoyed hanging out with him. And I especially loved that my dad put in a new hardrive and more memory in my computer. He just happened to have an extra hardrive at his house and brought it when he visited me. I don't know how other people survive without having computer scientist fathers.

I completed my evaluation about my partner for my recent project. The evaluation makes up 15% of our grade. One of the questions asked what grade we would give our partner. I definitely didn't give her a good grade. Hopefully when giving my partner a grade, the professor will take into consideration that she went to Arkansas right before the project was due.


It's over

Friday, October 24, 2008

My project is over with, and it turned out amazing! My board were the best I have ever done, and I even managed to finish my project two days before it was due! Usually I'm up until five in the morning the day it's due. And I managed to get everything accomplished even though my partner abandoned me and went to Arkansas. Here are a few photos:

My maquette model, which was rendered in Photoshop.

Fabrics in the master bedroom

Den elevation rendered in Photoshop

In the corner of my boards, I embossed this stamped image.

I'd love to show the entire boards, but I'm paranoid about my work ending up in someone else's portfolio. My dad is coming to visit me this weekend. I'm very excited about seeing him. And on Monday I start a new interior design project.

It's that time of year again

Friday, October 17, 2008

The leaves are changing. The temperature is cooling. And I'm moving all my belongings into the interior design building.

That's right, it's crunch time. My project is due in less than a week-on Wednesday. I will be spending all my spare time, when I'm not in class, working on my real client project. Tonight I'm taking my computer, printer, glue sticks, glue gun, and two totes bags filled with whatever else I need to survive the next few days (lots of snacks and tea). Unlike some other girls, I not be sleeping in the Annex. That's where I draw the line. I will not be bringing sleeping bags and coolers filled with alcohol (yes, people actually do this). I will stay up until 3 or 5am, and then I will go back to my room to sleep, and come back in the morning after my classes are over.

I will also be doing most of this work without the help of my partner. Even though this is a partner project and we're supposed to be working together, she decided to go to Arkansas, without telling me, and won't be coming back until Sunday. She's been out of town for over a week, and neglected to tell me about it. I came to class this past Wednesday, and she didn't show up. It was a very bad day to miss class because our professor taught a new model making technique. Since my partner missed this demonstration, I will be making the entire model by myself. I've done most of this project myself anyway so what's an extra model thrown in to my to do list.

Goodbye for now. I won't have any time to blog in the next few days since I will be very busy. I hope I make an A!

Conversation with my Mama

Monday, October 13, 2008

I have really enjoyed my Fall Break, which unfortunately will be ending tomorrow. I've enjoyed hanging out with my sisters. Stephanie is trying to convince me to write her paper for her. She believes that her classes (she's a senior in high school) are harder than mine (except for my designer classes). When she's not trying to get me to write her paper, she's giving me ideas of what to blog about.

Sorry, Stephanie, I already have an idea of what to blog about. (She's currently reading this over my shoulder and calling me bad names. That's what sisters are for, right? That, and correcting my grammar.)

My mom and I were sitting on the couch (I'm not supposed to use the word "couch" because it's slang. I'm supposed to say sofa. But this is my blog, and I'll use whatever word I want to.) Anyway, my mom asked me what my favorite blog is. And then she asked, "Do you know what my favorite blog is?"
"One of your teacher blogs?" I replied.
"My favorite blog is [Almost] A Designer. She's so interesting and takes such great pictures."
"Aww, thanks Mama."
"Everyone wants to know where you find the time to blog."
"I blog during work." (Not my interior design work, but my other job, the boring one)
"So you're being paid to blog?"
"Yep, it's great."

Now, I just have to not get caught. It's my highest paying job, and I'd like to keep it.

Introducing: Pistol

Saturday, October 11, 2008

This summer my sister bought a motorcyle and also acquired a new nickname: "Pistol". I'm just going to call her Megan because that's what I've called her for the last 19 years. Here she is with her motorcycle:



My mom and I had lots of activities planned for the day. After a walking tour of Olde Town, and running several errands, my mom and I stopped by Megan's college (she goes to the same school as Goldie Hawn's son, Wyatt Russel) to take her to Kroger.


After Kroger, Megan wanted me to see her "pimped out dorm room" which was decorated for Halloween.

Oh. My. Goodness. I've never seen so many Halloween decorations! Down to the salt and pepper shakers. I even got pumpkin shaped ice cubes in my sweet tea!

Tomorrow I'll be hanging out with my other sissy-poo, Stephanie. We're going to an Indian restaurant.

Fall Break To Do's

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Fall Break is right around the corner, and I'm very excited to get a break from school. I don't think it will be much of a break though, since I'll be spending the majority of the break working on school projects.

Here's my to do list:

  • Before leaving Mississippi, eat lunch with Ashley. I'm excited about this because I haven't seen her in a while.

  • Do more research on Baroque architecture in Spain for Spanish paper. Since it has to be written entirely in Spanish, find a Spanish architecture dictionary, if such a thing exists.

  • Write outline for paper. Spanish architecture dictionary would be helpful to have at this point since my Spanish/English dictionary doesn't contain works like broken pediment, vaulted ceiling, or doric capital.

  • Put together THE BOOK for my real client project. It contains specifications for every single thing that goes in the house. From the furniture to the wall coverings to the hardware on the cabinets.

  • Render my two elevations in Photoshop.

  • Try not to get angry at Photoshop. Photoshop can't help that it isn't as cool as AutoCAD.

  • Write my business plan for the business I will never have. We're supposed to create a pretend business. It doesn't matter that I will never, ever have a business. My professor says that you never know what the future will hold. But I do know that owning a business is not in my future. I know this because I barely passed accounting. If I ever owned my own business, I would lose all my money.

  • Do fun stuff with my mom: Go see Nights in Rodanthe, and go on a historic home tour, and whatever else she planned.

  • Visit my sister at her college.

  • Eat yummy home cooked food.


  • Happy Monday

    Monday, October 6, 2008

    Today was a pretty great day. I started out the morning with our student chapter meeting of American Society of Interior Designers. I'm the president! We revealed our t-shirt competition winner. I love the design and I can't wait until we get our shirts!
    The red square is glass tile, the green square is wood flooring, and the blue square is a tufted chair. Separating each square are windows in a floor plan. Carrying through the floor plan idea, the outside edge of the design is "dimensioned" but instead of numbers it has the name of our school.

    For lunch I met my friend Liz and her fiancee, who is joining the Army. I met Liz my freshman year and then she transferred to a state school. We've kept in touch, though, and when she got engaged last semester she asked me to be a bridesmaid. We don't get to see each other very often since she's going to school several hours north of here, so I was very excited when she Facebooked me this weekend and told me she was coming to town.


    In Interior Design V, we had a furniture sales rep come and speak to our class. We've been discussing our futures a great deal in my one of other classes, Business Principles for Interior Design, and I've finally determined my career goals. I want to have my internship with a commercial interior design firm/architect firm. Hopefully this experience will open doors for me and lead to job opportunities in commercial design. After working for a firm, I would like to work somewhere that concentrates in historical preservation. My favorite class so far was History of Architecture and Interiors, and I would love to learn more about this type of work. Eventually, after learning a lot, passing the NCIDQ, and becoming a professional member of ASID, I would like to be a sales rep. I've been thinking about being a textiles sales rep because that was my other favorite class. But after listening to our guest speaker today in class, I'm thinking that being a furniture sales rep would be more challenging.

    After class Shawn called me. I was very surprised to hear from him two days in a row! He's working 7pm-7am this week, and it's difficult to find time to talk to each other. I definitely don't want him to call me at 6am my time when he gets off (especially since I don't have class until 1pm), and when he's on his way to work I'm already at my job. So it was very exciting to get to talk to him today, despite the fact that he had to call me back about five times in 30 minutes. For some reason, our call kept getting dropped.

    This week has started off pretty good, and this weekend Fall Break starts! I get Monday and Tuesday of next week off.

    I got a haircut!

    Saturday, October 4, 2008

    A big one! The roomie and I went to get our hair cut yesterday at the hair cutting school, and it only cost $10. I'll give you a few "before" pictures for your reference:

    Before I got my hair cut, it was long. I think it was even longer than it was in this picture.

    And it was flat.

    Very flat. (I have no idea what Shawn is doing in this picture)

    Now it is 5 inches shorter and a lot BIGGER! I have discovered the art of hair teasing!

    And I have swoopy bangs.

    Five inches might not seem like a lot to most people, but I have had the same haircut since 6th grade. This is a big change for me! And I love it!

    My roomie and me showing off our new haircuts. We were on our way to see the school's production of The Secret Garden


    Ready for Fall

    Thursday, October 2, 2008

    I am so ready for fall. The weather isn't cooperating, though. The temperature stays around 85 degrees. Regardless of the weather, I'm ready: I painted some little pumpkins and set them outside my door. My roommate said several people have admired our pumpkins.



    I bought some Apple Cinnamon air freshener, and now our room smells like fall.



    And I made some Apple Cider tea. I just added some packets of Apple Cider to my tea. It's pretty good. Next time I'm going to mix in a bag of Tazo Organic Apple Red. My dad likes to concoct different iced tea varieties and then makes me guess what tea he put in it. I usually guess right. I guess his tea concoctions have rubbed off on me too.



    Last week my photography class went on a Fall Photo Shoot. Here are some of my photos.






    On Tuesday we were having a Photoshop editing day with the photos from the shoot. I just wanted to edit them on my computer, using MY photoshop, so I decided it would be a great day to miss class. I went to the Annex (the Interior Design building) to work on my real client project. After finally emerging from the Annex, who is the first person I see? My photography teacher. He reprimanded me for missing class, and told me that I was really behind. I told him that I have my very own version of Photoshop, and I was just going to edit my photos on my computer, which I like better than the school's computer.