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Archive for January 2009

Feeling a little depressed

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Today is one of those days where I just want to sit around in my robe and eat heart shaped gummies. Actually, that's not what I wanted to do, that's what I did. It's been a weird week.

It started off great-I was the first student who finished her portfolio. And it doesn't have a single mistake! Both of my interior design professors checked it over, and I am so happy that I don't have to reprint any of the pages.

I might have completed one thing, but my to-do list keeps getting longer and longer. I'm adding more things than I'm crossing off. We learned how to use a new program this week. Google SketchUp. It seems easy enough to do the easy stuff. But I'm at a loss with the hard stuff.

Last semester I found a designer on Etsy who made me some business cards and a letterhead. I really like how it all turned out, but my professors told me that I have to come up with my own design. The whole reason I found a designer was because I can't come up with any ideas for business cards and letterheads. This has to be done ASAP because next week I'm mailing out resumes and portfolios to different firms.

The absolute best part of this week (please note the sarcasm) was hearing that the girl I never, ever thought would find a boyfriend (the girl doesn't even bathe!) is now engaged. I think I'm just going to avoid getting on Facebook. I'm tired of seeing all these engagements. You know what really makes me mad about the Girl Who Doesn't Bathe? She and her fiancee have only been dating since October. And they're already engaged. She's the same age as me. She's graduating the same time I am. Except she's engaged and I'm not. It's just a tiny bit depressing that I've been dating my boyfriend for three years and I'm still not engaged. And it doesn't look like it's going to happen any time soon.

My Portfolio

Monday, January 19, 2009

It's weird that my entire (minus this semester) college career fits in this one little box. 152 color copies.

Finished! I decided to save money by doing the binding myself. It took me four hours! I even made my own plastic cover out of some Duralar I had stashed in my room. If the picture on my portfolio cover looks familiar, that's because it used to be the picture in my header.

I'm so glad to be done ahead of the due date!

First week of school in review

Saturday, January 17, 2009

So far my semester is off to a busy start!

-We have a new professor (Mrs. B) at school who has lots of connections with different designers and firms. She told me about an internship possibility back in my hometown. She wants me to send in my information ASAP.

-I've been spending all hours working on my portfolio so I can apply for internships. I went to the UPS store to get everything printed today. It cost $73! Then I went to Target, Wal-Mart, and Office Depot to buy things for my packages: resume paper, CD sleeves, mailing envelopes, etc.

-We're probably going to an ASID event in Hattisburg. There's a student competition portion, and Mrs. B wants me to enter my Studio Apartment project.

-I really like my American Literature class. I have an interesting professor.

-I have a great roommate! Melissa got a new job at an Italian restaurant, and she brought me back some cheesy penne pasta, tiramisu, and dessert ravioli!

-I signed up for Blockbuster's version of Netflix and I received my first three DVD's this week. Two out of the three skipped. Badly. I reported the problem on the website, but if this is what I have to look forward to, I'm probably going to cancel it after this month.

-I still don't want to be in the senior show. The only saving aspect of the senior show is that the interior design coordinator is the sponsor. All the students have to sign up to be in a committee, and I told her that I didn't care what committee I was in, I just wanted to be with my three other interior design friends. She's very understanding of that. I see these people every single day, and I think it will be much easier to plan a senior show if a)I actually like the people I'm working with and b)I see my group often enough to get stuff planned.

-Tomorrow I'm going to bind my portfolios. I'm doing it myself to save money. We have a binding machine in the interior design building, and I seem to be the only person who knows how to use it. I've given several lessons on how to bind.

I'm glad I don't have classes on Monday!


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A basket full of french fries + one coke float + chocolate chip pound cake = a fabulous lunch! In my defense, I won't be a college student much longer. I'll be entering the real world soon, and people in the real world seem to eat better lunches than college students(?). I still have four months until that time comes, and I'm going to enjoy my coke float lunches until then!

Our Story, Part Three

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

You might want to read these first:
Our Story, Part One
Our Story, part two

Shawn's version, Part One
Shawn's version, Part Two

About two days after The Run-In, I got a Facebook message from Shawn that said, "I found you. You would be surprised how hard it was." After that, I stopped ignoring Shawn in class, and we started sending Facebook messages once every day. Eventually it turned into five messages a day. I also found out that the girl sitting next to him on the bench was not his girlfriend. Then we started hanging out: we went bowling, walked around campus, ate lunch together, went to a local restaurant for a late night snack. Finally, he asked me out via Facebook message. Our first official date was dinner and a movie on September 16, 2005.

After our first date, we started spending a lot of time together and went on many more dates. The thing that first drew me to Shawn was his intelligence. Biology/pre-med majors were considered the smartest people on campus. He was also funny and sweet and such a gentleman. He always opened the car door for me and every other door, and he paid for every date. He was also incredibly romantic!

About three weeks after our first date, I was staying up late every night, going to dance practice. There are these social organizations at school that are like sororities, but they aren't called sororities. After rushing, all the new pledges have to put on a ten minute skit/dance. It's a huge competition among all the organizations, and the winning group gets a lot of money. My group had won last year, so the pressure was on to win again. We practiced every single night, usually until after midnight. Shawn knew how hard I was working, and on my Facebook wall one day was this:
"Your eyes are pools of depth
Drawing me and holding me inept
Unable and unwilling
I can't fight the feeling my heart has kept

Your heart perhaps I could capture
An ingenious invitation meant to flatter
Will it work, I’m wondering?
My ill felt reservations do not matter

A picnic under the stars
At the Mid-of-night, the height of romance
In moonlight dining
A perfect time to take a chance

Quad, Be there."

After dance practice, I found him on the quad with roses and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. He had definitely captured my heart.

After my sophomore year, Shawn decided that he didn't want to be a doctor. Instead, he wanted to go into the nuclear power program with the Navy. In May 2007 he went to the Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. Since then, he's been in South Carolina, upstate New York and most recently, Connecticut. The three years we've been dating have certainly been an adventure!

Shawn's been having writer's block with Part Three. He says it doesn't really matter if he writes his version because my readers wouldn't be interested in him. Please let Shawn know that you would love to hear his side of the story (I know I would)!

Six random things

Monday, January 12, 2009

I was tagged by KD and Tania.

1. Link to the person that tagged you
2. Post the rules on your blog
3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself
4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs
5. Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.
6. Let your tagger know when your entry is up.

Stuff about me:

1. I hate broccoli, but Shawn just can't seem to understand this. Broccoli is one of his favorite foods, and he is determined to make me like it too. Every time I visit him he makes broccoli a different way. But I just don't like it! I don't like it steamed, I don't like it raw, I don't like it with cheese, and I don't like it with various seasonings.

2. My latest obsession is Vera Bradley's peacock pattern.

For Christmas I got the Villager, the pen case, the travel organizer, and large makeup bag. It was a Vera Bradley Christmas!

3. I don't like it when people call my hair blond. Strawberry blond or red is acceptable, but it is NOT blond!

4. I like really big purses. I need to fit a lot of things in my purse, like a couple magazines, a water bottle and snacks, plus all the normal stuff. It might be easier to pull off the big purse look if I wasn't so petite. Several people have told me that my purse is bigger than me.

5. My favorite book and movie is Gone With the Wind. Several years ago my family was driving through Atlanta to get to Florida, and I saw several billboard advertisements for Gone With the Wind museums. I really wanted to stop at some of the museums, but my sisters aren't very interested in GWTW memorabilia. A year later, during my Spring Break my mom took me to Atlanta to check out the museums. It was so much fun!

6. My favorite shoes are flip flops. I would gladly wear them all year long, except I'm a wimp and can't stand the cold. Hurry up and go away Winter! I want to wear my flip flops!

I'm supposed to tag six people, but I don't know anyone who hasn't already been tagged, so I'm just going to skip over that part.

Weird, weird and more weird

I'm feeling pretty bored, so I stopped by Google Analytics to check out what's going on with my blog. Things have changed a bit since my last visit to Analytics. For the longest time, my post about the ballroom I visited stayed in my top ten most popular posts. Now my most read post is the one about Interior Designer vs Decorator.

After checking out my most visited posts, I headed over to look at the keywords. I've had a few weird keywords every now and then, but not anything like this! Let me share my favorites with you (my responses are in italics):

-Be my roomie Um, what?? I already have a roomie, who I like very much. I'm going to have to decline.
-taking pictures for Facebook I rarely change my facebook picture, so I can't help you there.
-boyfriend+nailpolish+painting+stories I don't even know what to say about that.
-How is the interior design field doing now? I don't really know, but I would guess that they're suffering like everyone else.
-How to Photoshop Love
Step one: spend hundreds of dollars buying Photoshop.
Step two: regret spending all the money because you can't figure out how to use Photoshop.
Step three: Figure out how to use Photoshop.
Step four: Spend more time using Photoshop than you do sleeping, eating, and talking to your boyfriend combined. And there you have it: Photoshop Love!

-Interior Designer naked OMG!! I can't believe someone found MY blog with those keywords!
-Polish Naked Wifes Girlfriend Another strange, strange person
-Would my boyfriend like the transiberian orchestra? Yes, your boyfriend would love it!
-How to render floor plans in photoshop It's very complicated. I suggest talking to your local university.
-I am on my way That's nice...

And there you have. The keywords that the weirdos use to find my blog.

Home not Home Home

Sunday, January 11, 2009

My sister Megan calls my school my "home" and my family's house is my "home home."

Last night I arrived "home" and I start my last semester of classes tomorrow. I'm not looking forward to these classes. Half of them are classes that I've procrastinated taking. Like Plants and People lab. Ick! I took the class two years ago, but I never took the lab. Another class I'm not looking forward to is Senior Art Exhibit. I'm being forced to participate in the Senior Art Show. I could really care less about it. Interior Design is part of the Art Department, and everyone in the Art Department has to participate in the Senior Exhibit. We're supposed to come together as a class and get it catered and send out invitations, etc. I can understand why this would be important for painting or drawing students, but I think it's pointless for the Interior Design students.

Something I am looking forward to: meeting the new interior design professor. She has a lot of connections that can help us find internships. At the end of this month, I'll be sending out packets (mini portfolio, cover letter, resume, and portfolio on CD) to possible internship places. I can't believe I'm almost done with my classes! And I'm afraid that it will be hard finding my two internships. I'm getting nervous!

Connecticut Trip Part Two

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Day Five-Wednesday:
I had a lot planned for Wednesday. Unfortunately it snowed that day. I didn't think that a little bit of snow would shut anything down, but I was wrong. I guess northerners don't like snow anymore than southerners do. I was surprised that there were so few people out. We tried to go the aquarium but they were closed. Then the snow got even worse, so we decided to spend the way watching TV, but not before I could get some pictures of the snow.

Thankfully, the restaurant where we had reservations was still going to be open no matter how bad the snow got. Here we are dressed for our New Year's Eve dinner.

We had dinner at Olio's in Groton (Becca recommended it) and this photo is from their website. The food was wonderful!

Day Six-Thursday:
We went back to the Mystic Aquarium, which was open this time. I have been to two aquariums before going to Mystic. I went to one in Monterey, CA and one in Chattanooga, TN. I remember both of those being indoor aquariums. At the Mystic Aquarium, half of it was outside. If I had known that we probably wouldn't have gone. It was FREEZING (it had just snowed the day before) and it was hard to enjoy the aquarium when I couldn't feel my face, hands or feet.

Day Seven-Friday:
We went to the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield just outside of Hartford. The Webb house was built before the Revolutionary War and George Washington stayed at this house during the war.

The Deane house was built for a French diplomat around 1770.

The Stevens house was built in 1789 and is set up to portray the life of a middle class family.

After touring those three houses, we headed over to Yale. My original plan was to go on the hour and a half walking tour, but it was COLD! So Shawn and I walked around for about ten minutes and visited the bookstore.

Day Eight-Saturday:
When Becca and I met, she told me about all the fabulous mansion in Newport, RI. Of course I had to check them out. The wealthy New Yorkers spent their summers here at their "cottages". First we visited the Vanderbilt's Marble House. As the name implies the place was covered in marble. The walls, the floor, marble was everywhere! The house was a birthday present from William Vanderbilt to his wife.

The next cottage we toured was The Breakers, which was owned by Cornelius Vanderbilt.

After we toured the mansions, we drove along a scenic highway and watched the sunset. We even hopped out of the car for a few minutes so we could walk along the snow covered beach. The perfect ending to my Connecticut visit!

Connecticut Trip Part One

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Day One: Saturday
I was supposed to get to Connecticut Friday evening, but I didn't get there until 2:00 in the morning on Saturday. I was pretty exhausted, so we got a late start to our day. All we had time to do was go to Lockwood Matthews Mansion in Norwalk. It's one of the earliest Second Empire style homes in the U.S. Part of Stepford Wives was filmed here.

Day Two: Sunday
We ate lunch at Mystic Pizza, which served as inspiration for the movie Mystic Pizza, starring Julia Roberts.

After lunch we headed to Mystic Seaport, which is a living history maritime museum. My favorite part was the 19th century sea village, but looking at the ships was cool too.

Day Three: Monday
Shawn had to work, so all we did was tour Gillette Castle in East Haddam. This was the home of William Gillette, an actor who was best known for portraying Sherlock Holmes. This was the most boring tour I've ever been on, and I've been to a lot of house tours! It was not worth the money at all. Usually, during a house tour there is a tour guide who tells about the house. This house had no tour guide. There were people standing around who could answer questions, but I didn't really know what to ask. I do no recommend this place.

Day Four: Tuesday
Shawn had to work again. I met my first blog friend Re: Becca.. It was so much fun meeting Becca and her son Noah. We drove around and she showed me pretty places in the area. Shawn joined us later in the day and Becca's husband gave a very detailed tour of the Albuquerque. I'd never been on a submarine, and I was glad for the opportunity to see a submarine that is in use. You can read what Becca wrote about our visit here.
Touring a submarine gave me quite the appetite, so Shawn and I drove to Foxwoods Casino, the largest one in the world. We didn't go to gamble, though. Shawn wanted to eat at Hard Rock Cafe and I wanted to check out the design of the casino. I thought it was ugly and that the largest casino in the world should look a bit more updated. Shawn thought I would like the Mohegan Sun better, so we headed there. It was every bit what I expected a casino to look like! A++ design!

Part two is coming soon.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I'm back! I actually got back on Monday, and I meant to post earlier...more on that later.

I got home on Monday around 12:30, after a very very long day. I got up at 3:30 am (it was awful getting up that early) to go to the Hartford airport. Let me tell you, never ever go to the Hartford, CT airport. It is the worst airport. Not that I've been to very many, but it was terrible. I had to wait in line for 50 minutes to check in because they only had ONE line open! By the time I got the counter, I had missed the check-in time (since you have to check in 30 minutes before the plane leaves) which meant that I had to get another flight. After that, it just got worse. Delay after delay. By the time I got home I was exhausted. I spent several hours in bed recovering.

By the time I woke up it was Tuesday. The day I meant to post lots of pictures about my trip. It was also the day I started reading the Twilight series. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

I have to admit that I HATED the first book. Ugh! I couldn't understand why people liked it. The vocabulary was nonexistent, it wasn't very descriptive and there was practically no dialogue. I can understand why teenagers would like them, but adults?? I decided to read the next one to see if I could figure out the appeal.

And I loved it! I was hooked! I read a lot of books, but I've never been so drawn into a series. I didn't want to sleep. Or eat. Or change out of my bathrobe. Thankfully I'm a super fast reader, and I finished all four books in two days. Now I'm back to normal.

I'll be posting about my trip soon.