Holy guacamole, have I been incredibly busy. I feel like typing all proper and grammatically correct so this entry has taken me days to write. Time is flying by and I can't seem to keep track of the days. So.. I’m just sitting here, drinking some kool-aid, listening to some music. I have to do something to raise my spirits to be at CVS all day today. Blahhh.. I’ve been there for almost a year now, started working there July 26th of last year. It’s not that bad of a job but it does become monotonous. I have to do the same exact process every shift that I’m there since I barely ever open. Ring people up, help people on the Kodak machines, develop/process film, deal with old people who are either grumpy, can’t understand how to use the technology we have (or both), and then try to straighten and clean up the store since it seems to never get done during the week. Man I really miss having Harold (store manager) around. He’s coming back sometime next month I believe, he’s been gone because he had surgery for pancreatic cancer but I heard he’s going to be just fine. That’s pretty remarkable because pancreatic cancer is usually pretty vicious.
Finished up my first “year” of college, which only lasted from October 5th until June 17th lol. I go back to school to start my fourth quarter on July 12th. My classes this past quarter went well and I absolutely loved my schedule. My math class was very easy but I did brush up on some old skills and I really needed that, plus the teacher was great. She had us do this project where we made mathematical shapes and decorated them. I decided to try an octahemioctahedron (http://www.srcf.ucam.org/~jsm28/polyhedra/octahemioctahedron.jpeg) and I definitely want to try making more and do something similar to what Kirsten Hassenfeld does (http://www.kirstenhassenfeld.com/installations/Suite1.jpg), just make a bunch of shapes and college them into the corner of a room. Speech was a bit challenging, I’m still not that comfortable with talking for more than 2 minutes in front of people and my voice gets all shaky and weak but George is an awesome teacher and the people in the class made the class pretty entertaining. Type & Image was kind of bland, we basically just made up a company in the beginning of the class and created a logo for it and used it for the rest of the class, doing different projects like corporate identity stuff (business cards, brochures, etc), packaging design, and outdoor advertisements. I didn’t really learn much except for a couple of tricks on Photoshop because Sinisa (although I do like the guy most of the time) doesn’t really teach the entire class tricks and tools of the trade like he should. He just waits around for you to ask him questions and he usually doesn’t give you the answers you want. He also doesn’t go out of his way to provide you with your progress throughout the class. I also took an art history class online during the first six weeks of the quarter which wasn’t very fun but I did learn a lot of things by doing research for my assignments. I loved learning about the Gothic era and found out that I reallllllly like the Manueline-style Cathedrals and buildings. I probably won’t ever do an online class again but it was nice to have extra time to do other things after the online class was over.
I really do love my school and it was probably the best decision I’ve ever made to go there. I’ve made a handful of friends who are really talented and I’m learning a lot by just being around a creative environment and finding new ways to approach different types of art projects. I wish there were more hands-on art classes, I’m going to be taking Form and Space this summer and I think that’s the last hands-on class. I’m really excited because I think Cynthia is teaching it and she’s my favorite teacher there. I would have liked to have Bryan, who usually teaches the class, he seems really awesome but I guess he won’t be able to during the summer for some reason. I’m also taking another math class, Digital Illustration, and Digital Photography.
My schedule, July 12th until September 24th:
Mondays - Math 9-11am
Tuesdays - Form & Space 11:15-2:15pm, Digital Photography 2:30-5:30pm
Wednesdays - Math 9-11, Digital Illustration 2:30 - 5:30pm
Thursdays - Form & Space 11:15-2:15pm, Digital Photography 2:30-5:30pm
Fridays - Digital Illustration 2:30-5:30pm
The art club that I’m in at school is finally getting somewhere. We’re doing a project for a pizzeria in New Hudson. I’m still trying to come up with a composition but I’m pretty sure I want it to be Roy Lichtenstein-ish meets Pizza Planet from Toy Story with dinosaurs and space stuff. I was also asked to do this project for the school with a few other people. It’s a life size charcoal drawing, Robert Longo style (http://blog.costumenational.com/images/robert-longo/Robert-Longo.jpg). I think I’m going to draw Branden if he’s up for it.. we actually broke up last night. We decided that we just need to put our relationship on the backburner for a while and maybe come back to it at another point in time. He’s got a lot on his plate right now, (he’s going to Ai also now for Graphic Design) and trying to find work. He’s trying to fix up his car and he has other ambitions and I don’t want to be in the way of that. Anyways, if he’s still up for it, he gets to get dressed up at the mall and I have to take pictures of him in the dressing room of him doing all sorts of weird contorted poses. I’m probably going to be drawn by either Jack or Andrea so I get to take pictures to. I’m not that great at drawing but hopefully Branden can help me along the way because he’s awesome at drawing. Even though I’m upset that our relationship has ended for now, I really am proud of him. He’s going to be done November of 2011 and then he’s going to Henry Ford Community College for automotive design stuff. I also have some other art things that I’m working on. I’m trying to help get this teen art club going at Maxwell’s Arts & Treasures. It’s going to be every other Wednesday at 6pm. I can’t wait to see who shows up on this Wednesday. I’m really excited to be going there again, I used to go there kind of often when I was still living in GC but my life got really busy. I walked in there last Wednesday and was amazed with how the place looks now. There’s a stage, a good sound system, recording capabilities, they knocked down some walls to expand the place, and there’s so much artwork everywhere.
The time is now 12:26, I would love to finish this before I start getting ready for work at 1:30 so I’m going to try. This entry is gonna be all over the place because I’m typing as things come to mind. I wanted to actually write about everything in a somewhat orderly fashion, somewhat chronological but.. I haven’t done a good job of keeping track of dates and I can’t remember what things happened when.
Update on my plants. I have four mammoth sunflower plants growing in a pot that Branden decorated for me. The tallest one is now more than 2 feet high. I planted Royal Carpet seeds with them and they’re growing pretty nicely too. I can’t wait until my flowers (hopefully) bloom. The other seeds that I planted a couple months back died (not sure why, sad face) so I had to replant them. They’re doing okay but I need to plant some more seeds this week, quite a few died probably because of the crazy rain we’ve been having lately. I’ll post pictures later. So far, I’ve tried to grow: mammoth sunflowers, lavender, purple cones, lobelia, royal carpet/alyssum, fruit smoothie zinnias, California poppies, blue bachelor’s buttons, snapdragons, watermelon heaven poppies, green envy zinnias, pinwheel zinnias, bright light cosmos, and pacific beauty calendulas.
Okay so I’m going to briefly talk about the other things I’ve been doing lately besides work and school and it’s going to be completely out of order.
Renaissance Center in Detroit – I worked with Branden, his mom, and Ashley at this banquet dinner, greeting and escorting people to their tables. Made like $60 which was nice because it was only a couple hours of work. After we were done, we went up the glass elevator to the top floor of the building (I think it was the 72nd floor) and looked around at Detroit and Windsor.
Jake & Sam – Branden and I hung out with Jake Browning and Sam Stark a little while back. We went up to DAV and I bought this awesome giant set of bowling pins and two bowling balls for like $6. Then we went up to the high school to check out the art show. Afterwards we went and got ice cream and I think that’s all we did. It was nice though, they’re such a cute couple.
Movies I’ve seen lately – I went with the Art Club at school to Royal Oak a while back to see this independent film called Exit Through the Gift Shop which I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys art. I can’t wait to own it when it comes out on DVD. It’s about street art and Banksy made the film. I also went to see Iron Man 2, and it was freaking amazing. Robert Downey Jr. is yummy. I went with Branden and then went with Tammy on another day. Tammy took me out to Carraba’s Italian Grill which was delish. Tammy and I went the next week to see Shrek 3 and my sister came with us. The soundtrack was great and I think it was the 2nd best of the series, next to the first of course. Last week I went to see Toy Story at midnight with Branden at the AMC 20 by my place. Saw it again with Tammy and my sister the next day at Canton Cinema. Tammy took us to Chili’s and I had some delicious fajita lmao. That movie gets 5 stars from me; I loved every minute of it. I can’t believe it’s been 11 years since the 2nd one came out. I feel so old thinking about when the first one came out. It was such a big part of my life growing up and I think all three are masterpieces. I really loved the short animation before the movie, Day & Night. How clever.
Shows I’ve gone to lately – I went with Branden to the Magic Stick and saw Reverend Horton Heat. I wanted to see that man perform for a long ass time and I am so happy that I made it out there. What an amazing guitarist that man is. His band was also amazing, they had a really tight show and by tight I mean their arrangements were executed perfectly; no mistakes that I could catch. I’d love to see them again, especially at a smaller venue like the Magic Stick. I’ve never seen the Magic Stick more crowded than it was that night, which was shocking because it was a Tuesday night for one and secondly, because of the smoking ban. The ban makes shows so much more fun to go to though. It’s so awesome to come home and not reek of cigarettes. The two opening bands that night were Split Lip Rayfield (awesome set, they were these badass bluegrass dudes) and Cracker (LAME). I also went to Ann Arbor with Brooke, her boyfriend Jake, Alex Eagal, and Branden to the BTB Cantina to see the Green Room Rockers. I’d love to go to that place again, the food was sooooo good. I had an AWESOME chicken quesadilla and it was like $3.50 I think. Lmao, I’m such a beaner. Branden and I drove to Ypsilanti to pick up Brooke and Jake. We parked in a garage downtown and then met up with Alex and this chocolate place. I bought a few different truffles there, one of them was key lime pie and it was something I’d love to have again but it wasn’t cheap lol. We walked to the BTB from the chocolate place and stopped at the graffiti alley on the way. I’m gonna have to go back there during the daytime to check it out. So yeah, we got to the show (there was no cover which is always great) and sat in a huge booth. It took forever for the opening bands to actually play their set which was kind of bullshit but whatever, I’m not going to complain about a free show that had cheap awesome food lol. Anyways, the two bands that played before were okay but kind of lame. GRR’s set was very impressive. I saw them at the Blind Pig when they opened up for the Slackers and I thought they were awesome back then but wow..their sound and set improved a LOT!
People I’ve hung out with lately – Trying to find time to hang out with people was really rough during this past quarter of school. Now that I’m out of school until July 12th, I’m trying to get out and talk to people more. This is probably going to sound all Debbie Downer-ish but the fact is that I haven’t had much of a social life. I don’t live in student housing, I don’t really know anyone in the city I’m living in currently (and I totally don’t fit in lol), and I don’t have any really close friends anymore. It’s probably my fault and I’m sure there’s things that people don’t like about me, I don’t get asked to hang out much. I’ve always been the one to make plans and I just don’t feel like doing that anymore, although I realize that if I stop doing it completely, I’ll end up being a complete hermit lol. But yeah, I just want to sit back and see who honestly wants to talk to me. I’m just trying to occupy my time with the things I’m trying to accomplish. I don’t want to get distracted and waste any of my time if I can help it. I realize that I have to really get serious about this career stuff and be thinking about ways to build up my portfolio constantly. I have way too many goals and I can’t let anyone hold me back. Enough about that rant, I have had some good times with people lately. I hung out with Cassie and Jessie a couple weeks ago at Jessie’s host mom’s place. Branden was with us too and we just sat in the backyard catching up on stuff. I went to student housing with Branden to Lee’s birthday party which was actually quite fun. Branden and I went on a double date to Buffalo Wild Wings with Andrea and her boyfriend Ryan, just before heading out to the BTB Cantina. I ran into Sheila Smith there, haven’t seen that girl in years. She and I went to freakin kindergarten together and we were really close friends in middle school; crazy. I also went to Garden City’s Graduation. Robyn, Jessie, Alex, Branden, and I went together sorta. We went to Big Boy’s afterwards. Tammy and I went out after work last weekend to this place in Plymouth called Zakk’s. I love little 24hr diner places, I’m definitely gonna have to go there again. I had some yummy french toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausage. My sister’s been over here since Wednesday which has been pretty cool since I don’t see her more than a day or two every week usually. As annoying as she can be sometimes, she’s pretty awesome to have as a sibling. Her and I went to Maxwell’s for the first teen art club meeting and then we went over to the Northville Library and rented Big Fish and A Nightmare on Elm Street (the very first one lmao). Big Fish is now also a favorite. I also borrowed a Big Bad Voodoo Daddy CD, some horror comic stuff, and some other art books which I’ll talk about in my next entry after I take a look at them this week. My sister checked out some books with loads of sheet music so I have to go through them and make copies. So yeah, that’s what I’ll be up to this week. On Friday, I dropped my sister off at a friend’s birthday party and I drove around GC for a bit and ended up at Plato’s because I was starving. I tried calling Branden but he was busy, called Jessie but she didn’t answer, and then I remembered that David Williams and I had tried to get together a few days before to catch up so I gave him a call. He ended up having dinner with me and we both had burgers. He told me about how he ended up quitting his job, and how he’s not smoking pot anymore so that he can work at this labor union job that his grandpa got him and such. It was really nice to get together and talk to him, he’s always been a pleasant person to talk to. He used to be my best friend in middle school and we always got along really well. Hmm.. what else. Oh! My cousin Brendan might be coming over on Monday, hopefully we can get together and play some music.
Shit, it’s now 1:40. I’m gonna end this for now and definitely update again this week because I want to keep better track of the days. I don’t want to have to do another entry like this for a long ass time because it takes me days to gather my thoughts and have time to write it all down. I want to be more organized with all aspects of my everyday life, especially my thoughts. I want to make this summer as productive as possible. I’m gonna set a goal right now for two entries a week.
Goals for this week:
Make copies of the sheet music
Go through the books I checked out from the library and update on them.. as well as the ones I just ordered from Amazon which should be arriving soon.
Edit my wishlist.
Create a plan in order to save money for things I want. Make list for this I’m saving up for and add to a journal entry.
Look for scholarships.
Start playing music again.
Alright, I feel a lot better now. Hopefully today won’t be so bad, I’m trying my best to not be all mopey and such..