arkratirma: (m16)
The first week of this term had left me stressing about my workload.

This stress was rather unwarranted, because I am doing very well so far.

All As on my Creative Writing assignments; a 100%, 98%, and 83% on my first three Intermediate Modeling assignments; a current 94.5% in Quick Sketch (which I know I can raise); and a 15/15, 8/10, and 10/10 on my museum paper and first two quizzes in 19th & 20th Century Art (I feel pretty good about my midterm, too).

Classes will get more intense from this point on, but I am going to make this term a good term.

Julia gave us a break in CW: we're turning in our assignments in class on Tuesday. We usually turn them in on Thursdays before 5:00. Also, Lee gave us a huge break by assigning no new homework for this week ("the calm before the storm," as he said). We spent Thursday sketching in the Portland Art Museum, which was fun, but tiring. I'd walked to the museum with Grace and Jacob (Jacob was flabbergasted when he realized we could have taken the streetcar to Jefferson, heh), and then ate dinner with Aurora and Whitney at the Rock Bottom Brewery on 2nd and Morrison. They had me try a sip of Whitney's porter to see if I liked it: it was bitter as hell and made me react as I had when I mistook a beer for apple juice on the beach when I was little.

I delivered our leftover nachos to Grace, who had to head back to AIPD when she realized she'd forgotten her Astronomy study packet. Wonderful day, Thursday.

Friday, I grabbed the CD mix Kat had made me for my 19th birthday and played it in the car. I printed three copies of my study packet and vocab list for me, Grace, and Melissa, and brought biscottis for us to share. Melissa brought The Golden Compass and was watching that when I arrived at the Commons. Grace came shortly afterward and we had a blast trying to study while rooting for Iorek as he battled (and PWNED) Ragnar.

Our midterm wasn't terrible, and we learned that Kate is actually a pretty easy grader. She let us out once we'd finished our tests, then Grace, Melissa and I eventually went to Noodles for lunch. Laryssa and her mom joined us later. GREAT time laughing and sharing stories and eating good food!

At home, I got Draco situated in his big cage, then set about washing the Buick. I cleaned it with TurtleWax polish, and LORD does that car SHINE. It had been incredibly dusty and was covered in a film of pollen before the wash. I also removed the floor mats and washed them with L.A. Awesome cleaner, but unintentionally left new stains because the concentration was too strong. Damn. But the Buick is shiny and beautiful and clean, and I will likely take it to Jiffy Lube to get it checked out tomorrow or Monday.

Watched The Dark Crystal last night. Hadn't watched it in AGES. Fun to watch, but DAMN is it slow. XD

Is it just me, or are the Skeksis strangely sexy?

...Yeah, I guess it's just me. [/lolwhut]

Uncle Larry called during the movie to let me know that Jessi was moving right along in her labor, which had to be induced with drugs as she was a week overdue. My brand new baby cousin, Katelynn Abby Lawson, was born at 12:30 this morning. Aunt Pam called me past 1:00 after I'd gone to bed to deliver the news.

She, Uncle Larry and I went up to Washington today to see the baby, Jessi, Maddie, Mitch, and the family. Jessi gave birth at the hospital she works at: Southern Washington Medical Center, which happens to be one of the top ten hospitals in the nation.

Katelynn is a gorgeous little baby, and I held her a few times and stroked her cheeks, which are as soft as barn owl feathers. Aunt Pam had suggested I bring my laptop so Mom, Dad, and Cammy could see her via my webcam, and the video call worked like a dream. Jessi gets to take the summer off to be with Katelynn, Maddie, and Mitch. Katelynn is going to love Maddie SO much.

Oh, and to wrap this entry up, Dad let me in on a wonderful surprise last night when I called: his good online friend, Eric Peterson (whom he was met with in person a couple times), is going to build a professional website for my artwork! He can also get me set up with a PayPal account. This is so exciting; I've always yearned for my own website, and now I can focus on it for my break in addition to being with my family and friends.

Love to you all!
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SO. My second term of college began on Monday, October 1. I have - get this - a THREE-DAY week this term. I have Color Theory on Mondays; Intermediate Drawing and Intro to Computer Graphics on Tuesdays; and 2D Animation and English Composition 1 on Wednesdays. I drove myself to school on Monday, and I told Uncle Larry I could probably drive myself each Monday. Carpooling with him on Tuesdays and Wednesdays works well: because I have two classes on each of those days, I no longer have to wait a whopping five hours for him to get off work. That wait has been reduced to a half hour on Tuesdays and an hour and a half on Wednesdays. Win!

My final first term grades are as follows:

Language of Animation & Film: A-
Design Inquiry (Freshman Seminar): A-
Digital Principles: B
Drawing: A
Principles of Visual Communication: B+

Brenna and Kat both commented that those are "[my] best grades ever!", but this honestly is not true. I tended to grade well the first quarter of each year of high school and started dropping when I lost interest in doing well. (Losing interest isn't good; junior year, Mr. Doering called Dad and asked if I was being abused. Eek.) I was an honor student almost every year in middle school. BUT ENOUGH REMINISCING.

I'm smart. I just didn't apply myself as I should have during high school. ...Because high school, as you all well know, sucks ass. I love the feel of college.

And because I have four-day weekends this term, I want to use them efficiently for completing my work, while allotting time for reading, drawing, and writing - and, most importantly, spending some time with my family and Draco. I do not want to screw myself academically, and I aim not to get any Cs for my final class grades (and I am not going to turn in late work again).

My Intro to Computer Graphics class takes place in one of AIPD's Mac labs: the computers are Mac OS X models. Lord knows how much I dislike Macs, but I keep hearing that they're preferred over PCs for nearly all graphics applications. We will be using Illustrator CS3, Photoshop CS3, and InDesign CS3 for our projects, which are due every couple of weeks. I could drive to Gateway and take the MAX into Portland on days I don't have class in order to work on those Macs, but I decided that investing in those programs would be helpful as well.

Hallelujah, I discovered Software Surplus. The Adobe Creative Suite 3 - Design Standard package retails for around $1,000 or more (a staggering $1,800 at Best Buy). Check out Softare Surplus's price! Beat THAT, retail!

I placed my order earlier this morning and chose 2nd Day Air shipping for an extra $21. That's trivial when you consider that any one of those programs by itself (except maybe Acrobat; I'm not sure) typically costs $600. I can't wait for my package to arrive. I'll be using these programs for the rest of my artsy life!

My tablet is going to love these programs. *grin*

On a random note, the Sneaker Pimps' cover of Duran Duran's "The Chauffeur" is spectacular. The video is here if you're interested. (It's the original Duran Duran video with the cover playing over it. There is a bare-breasted member of the 'itty-bitty committee' involved, so beware. :| The video is quite striking, though.... Oh, Duran Duran. You bleedin' horndogs.)

ANYWAY, I like my teachers this term. Kathleen (ICG) seems kind of blah, but that might have been her first-week attitude. I really, really like Nathan, my English Comp 1 teacher. His personality is almost like a giddy teenager's, and he seems rather metro. ("I was in a Catholic school when I was younger, and they tried to make me write with my right hand. I don't know if I'm damned, but....") :D

KAT! - I've still got to send you some more Sneaker Pimps songs. I downloaded two more recently: "The Grazes" and "Half Life". They're amazing. <3

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