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obliviousally: (leather jackets and cigarettes)
Yesterday we marched in the Pride parade in Cleveland with the leather group we're a part of. It was really, really hot and the parade goes from downtown near Tower City to Voinovich Park by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's about a mile. A mile is not that far at all. A mile is extremely far in a staggered parade (we line up on a four lane street and then each lane goes one at a time to make the whole parade) in 90F weather in downtown Cleveland with no shade. Thankfully, that was probably the worst part of the day. I did manage to acquire sunscreen (because i was like herp derp i'll wear a tank top because it won't be too long and it's only a mile and i didn't think to consider zero shade and the super hot weather), so I only got burnt the places I forgot to put sunscreen, like around my neck and the collar of my shirt. Way to go, me. I think there might be a little on the back of my arms, too, but it's not awful.

Tony carried the transgender flag for our group, naturally, and I helped carry the fuckall huge leather flag.




Despite the heat and the sun and the lack of shade, the parade was really nice and it was really great to see Angel Action blocking the usual handful of protesters that always show up.

At the park, we hung out for about an hour and I got custard because that's the kind of thing you should eat on a ninety-something degree day. After a round or two around the park, we met back up with folks and let them know we were out for the afternoon, heading to the zoo, and we'd see them at the bar that evening.



EDIT: OH MY GOD I LEFT A WHOLE BUNCH OF SHIT OUT

After Pride, we HEADED to the zoo, but first we stopped at the West Side Market, because it's on the way and, of course, we love the market. We were super said to find out that J&J Meats isn't making the chicken jerky EVER AGAIN. It was a sad moment. But we bought some of their regular jerky and the guy who helped me last time recognized me, so that was nice!

I also stopped at Cake Royale for, of course, macarons and freaking Bailey's irish cream cannoli. The had Nutella macarons and they were delicious.

After grabbing noms, we went over to Horizontal Books which, if you've never been, is amazing. They discount stuff according to how many items you purchase (50% off one, 60% off two, 70% off three). We ended up buying...

Dragon's Luck by Robert Asprin
Socks Appeal: 16 Fun & Funky Friends Sewn from Socks by Brenna Maloney
How to Save Your Tail*: *if you are a rat nabbed by cats who really like stories about magic spoons, wolves with snout-warts, big, hairy chimney trolls...and cookies, too. by Mary Hanson
Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves & Other Female Villains by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple
The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powell
Repossessed by A. M. Jenkins


...as well as a Winter Soldier trade, some glow in the dark scratch paper, and a Scythian metalworking kit.



THEN WE WENT TO THE ZOO

And we actually got to spend time walking around and doing stuff, cause we got there around 3PM, I think, maybe 2PM. But the zoo is open until 7PM in the summer, so we could check out all the exhibits and take our time. We haven't been to the zoo in, literally, years, so it was nice to do that. Other times, as well, we were always in a hurry to see things and then go somewhere else, but since we didn't have to be at the bar until 8PM or 9PM, it was nice to be able to take our time.

I took a lot of pics which I will stuff behind a cut...


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After the zoo, we still had an hour to blow and were hungry, so we decided to hit up the asian markets and drive by Koko Bakery and see if maybe possibly they were open (the last time i knew, they closed at 7pm). Much to our delight, Koko's was still open and we bought a whole bunch of buns and tasty things (like castella cake with lemon in it!) and sat and got off our feet for a little while before stopping over at Park to Shop and then heading out to the bar.



The bar was mostly uneventful aside from the presence of Douchebag Who Isn't Allowed To Talk To Tony (which was the only negative) and Tony winning a t-shirt (which, of course, was a positive!). We hung around and helped sell raffle tickets and socialized before heading out early around midnight and making the long drive home to Kent.

It was a long, long day, but it wasn't nearly as grueling as I anticipated it to be, and that was nice.

ALSO BEFORE I FORGET AND AS A NOTE TO MYSELF TONY SUGGESTED DRAWING OUR NYC CHARACTERS A LA HUMANS OF NEW YORK AND I AM SO ON BOARD WITH DOING THAT YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW /HEAVY BREATHING
obliviousally: (the mountains said i would find you here)


I did not expect Iron & Wine to be as absolutely stellar as they were. I expected them to be good, don't get me wrong, I've heard live recordings and stuff, but I was not prepared at all. They did a mix of songs I wasn't quite familiar with (some off their new album, which i haven't listened to much) and some stuff I absolutely love. They did Resurrection Fern, Woman King (which they opened with), Boy with a Coin, an absolutely amazing Freedom Hangs Like Heaven, Me and Lazarus, The Trapeze Swinger, etc. I got really emotional a couple times, which I kind of expected and kind of didn't? I dunno, sometimes listening to people be really into their music sets something off in me. I was definitely tearing up at most of my favorites, but I legitimately cried at their encore song, Muddy Hymnal, which I absolutely didn't expect them to play. I was hoping for Naked as We Came, Evening on the Ground, or Walking Far From Home, but I wasn't expecting Muddy Hymnal and it was really amazing.

Also, Sam briefly started playing Freebird after someone shouted it and then said 'be careful what you wish for, motherfuckers'.

Now I have a headache, but whatever.

The only obnoxious parts were the frat bros a few seats down who wanted to stand for a whole song (the kent stage is all seating, a bit like a theatre) and people kept telling them to sit down and an usher eventually had to come out and scold them. Then, behind me, was #1 Super Fan who talked just a little too loud and was just waaaay into everything Sam Beam was doing and it was pretty annoying but I was able to tune most of it out.

The opening band was The Secret Sisters, who I'd never heard before, but I think I'd heard of them, y'know? They were great, however. They were adorable and had cute southern accents and I immediately bought their newest CD and had it signed. I also informed the one girl of what the animal she saw when she was walking down by the river (it was a groundhog). They were really sweet.

I bought, as mentioned above, a CD and also one of the 250 limited Iron & Wine posters because it speaks to me on a spiritual level.

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Christmas was nice. I went over my mom's, as I usually do. Of course, this time it was at 6AM and I got roped into helping prep and cook food for dinner, which lasted nearly all day. But I didn't mind too much, I like helping out in the kitchen anyhow. We made tons of food, too, two turkeys and ham and lots of sides and snacks and desserts. It was a pretty big throwdown, but there were also eight or so people there. I ended up taking a lot of food home because of how much there was.




When I came home, Tony and I laid around and ate and watched a two hour Rammstein concert on youtube.



This last weekend was crazy.

Since the car is still out of commission and we wanted to go to an event in Cleveland, we asked if we could crash with some friends attending/hosting the same event. We took the bus up Friday evening and that went over well. Got pizza, watched Thor, chilled out and then went to the bar to socialize and get out of the house. Saturday we went to the event at the same bar and had a really good time, met new people, talked with others, it was really nice. I was glad we got to go because Tony was really looking forward to it.

I have lots of pictures from Saturday night buuuuuuuuut....you'll have to ask for my Fetlife. :V

Sunday, we got dropped off at Tower City to catch the bus back home, but had enough time to pop down to Koko Bakery and get some delicious baked goods before making it back to the bus stop and...waiting. And waiting. And where the fuck is the bus. Called PARTA and discovered...the Sunday Cleveland Express does not run over the break. There was nothing that stated this on either the schedule (which i had a pdf of) or the website itself. The guy on the phone was really sympathetic and, apparently, we were not the first people with this issue. Thankfully, it wasn't too much of an issue, as we just called up the friends we were staying with before and crashed for another night. Ended up ordering delicious chinese food and loafing around for the night until Monday when we got dropped back off at Tower City and caught the bus back home on time.




Being gone from home for longer than expected makes me antsy because I worry about the animals, but everything at home was fine (squeeji peeked in the windows to make sure everything looked okay while we were out, as well) and the cats were happy to have us home because, god forbid, they could see the bottom of their food dishes.



Last night, we went to hang out with friends for a New Year's Eve party. Said friends recently moved within a couple blocks of us, so it's a lot easier to get there and back, even if it was cold out! The usual party shenanigans were in order, naturally.



obliviousally: [ art by me | icon by me ] (oh death)
So.

Anthrocon was really great this year.

Like, really, really completely un-stressfully great and fun and enjoyable.

In previous years, there's always been little bits (and sometimes big bits) of drama. I think it really just boils down to expected and assumed obligations, working around hotel roomies' schedules, and that kind of thing. This year, we flew solo. We were able to afford our own room, which is something we've wanted to do for many years now. Tony and I like our downtime and we also like not having to worry about people clashing with each other if we invite them back to our room - or having to work around others and get permission for guests if it's someone else's room. And, y'know, sometimes it's just nice to do things by yourself and, since we could afford it, that's what we did!

It was basically the best idea ever.

So, recap of the weekend.

We left Thursday morning, around 11AM or so. Our checkin wasn't until 3PM, so we figured if our room wasn't ready when we got there, we'd only have to bum around for about an hour. The drive to Pittsburgh, which is only about two hours, went smoothly. Traffic was sparse, we didn't get lost or off track until a pair of highway signs swapped on us at the last moment and, even then, we just got off the highway and went back the other way. Traffic in downtown Pittsburgh was nearly nonexistent and we got to the Westin much easier than we ever have in previous years. Unloading our car was quick and parking was just as fast.

We waited around the lobby for the elevators and ran into local buddies Bass, Willow, and Lauren. Then, we went all the way up to 1802 to dump our luggage out and return the cart for folks downstairs. After, we went over to registration and picked up our badges. I swear, after standing in the regular registration line - on any day - we're always going to pre-register now. The lines are so short and fast. While over there, we bummed around because I was super hot and sweaty and needed to cool down.

Tony decided he wanted to suit, so we went back to the room (after standing in the elevator line for about ten minutes) and I changed into something cute for shits and giggles.



Then we wandered around for a bit and, I think, we went to get food at Hanlon's Diner. Tony, at one point, was wearing Jokull (his tauntaun) and was handing out lei's to people.



After, we changed out of clothes, threw on our kigurumis, and spent the rest of the day wandering around and trying to find folks we generally see at the con. That evening, we went up to the convention center balcony to watch the fireworks for the 4th. They were pretty impressive, if a bit on the long side, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

Afterwards, we went down to the Zoo (the lounge area) and a girl accosted me because of my boar kigu and drew me a doodle.





Friday is official first day of the convention, which meant I was working in the Artist's Alley. I was woefully under prepared setup-wise, despite thinking I wasn't. I discovered I had no business cards of any sort! Go figure. Plus, I spent the first ten minutes after getting into the dealer's room running around crazy because I'd gotten a tag for a Dark Natasha badge for Tony, but none of his references were loading on my tablet, I didn't have any cash on me, my tablet was fucking up and I had to buy internet for it and then it CRASHED and I was pretty frazzled. Eventually, however, Tony made it down to the dealer's room and I gave him the tag for the badge and my tablet so he could go over and get his commission. Everything turned out better than expected.



I sat next to Friend Kelson and we bullshat a lot. I got a commission and discovered the nice new paper I bought to do commissions on before the convention doesn't hold ink well and it's very finicky with marker. So I had to deal with that while working on said commission, since I'd already sketched it out and wasn't going to re-draw it in my other sketchbook. Between working in the alley, I popped out once or twice to walk around the dealer's room with Tony because he wanted to show me things. He also bought me a copy of The Last Unicorn graphic novel and got it signed for me!



Payout for AA took forever, but we had some entertaining entertainment in the form of a dude with a guitar and two other guys singing. We were treated to a find rendition of 'What's Goin' On' and had a good laugh. After payout, I busted ass back to the room to drop my stuff off, grab Tony some noms, and then get down to the Zoo for the Supernatural Meetup Mantis/Drei and I was doing! Everyone was running late for stuff, so we didn't feel too badly about it. I was quite nice and everyone was appreciative of pizza and stickers. We talked about the show and our Supernatural-related creative things (Mantis runs asksupercatural on tumblr and Tony and I have our dumb SPN furry characters). Next year, we're going to do another one, but we're going to actually plan ahead this time!



Saturday was the fursuit parade and I decided to work in the alley only until 3PM, so that I would have some time to spend with Tony and browse the dealer's room and the art show. I got another commission in the alley which I decided to bring home so that I could do it justice. I helped Tony suit up and get down to the ballroom for the parade. He bought a flight suit for Jokull (as he's a pilot for the Systems Alliance) and the whole costume came together really well!



Before the parade (there were 1,300 suiters! we're going for a Guinness World Record this year!), I packed my stuff up in the alley and got pics of Tony by the Shelby Cobra that was at the convention.








He also met another tauntaun!



After the parade, Tony went up to the room to change out of his fursuit. We were waiting in the normal elevator line, because he was half out of suit anyhow, but two suiters still in costume ran up to us and asked us if we were together and, if so, they'd take us as their handlers to get into the fursuit line - which we all presumed would be significantly shorter. We were all wrong! But it was alright anyhow, as we stood around in line and bullshat with other suiters.

Then, we went back down to the dealer's room to shop. I bought a bunch of little trinkets, like I usually do. We bid on some stuff in the art show and, shockingly, won everything we bid on!



The above isn't everything, but mostly just my trinkets. Everything from the art show is still wrapped! We haven't taken it out to figure out where to hang it and such. My two favorite items I got, however, are a pair of fleece antlers (by LitheFider) and a teeny tiny kitten in a walnut shell.



On Saturday, we also went to have dinner at the Fish Market in the Westin hotel. They have amazing sushi, but our primary reason for going is the cream of blue crab soup and the cajun shrimp butter. It's was absolutely amazing and we try to go once every year.

Saturday evening, Rax came up to the room and we talked about all kind of shit. Kelson joined us for a short while and, every everyone left, Tony and I bummed around in bed and played Animal Crossing, as well as packed things up so we'd have less work in the morning for check out.



Got up early on Sunday so I'd be awake for Kelson to come by and grab his art stuff. Got a bath, finished packing everything up, gave Kelson his things, and then started dragging stuff down to the parking garage. It took three trips, mostly because the tote of fursuit stuff wouldn't bungee right onto the wheeled cart, but it wasn't a big deal. Once the car was packed and we were checked out, we went over to the dealer's room for last day browsing and waited for the art show to be wrapped up so we could pick up our pieces. We were surprised to see we won all of our bids and Tony also picked up an additional piece that hadn't been bidded on.

We said goodbye to the people we saw on the way out and then headed back home. Getting out of the city was pretty easy and, on the turnpike, we stopped and got some food at a rest stop. We were happy to get home, however, and I was happy to see the cats and see that the house was still in one piece.



It was a good con, though. We got to see everyone we normally see, even if just to say 'hi'. We had a nice time with zero stress and had loads of fun.

When we were in the dealer's room on Sunday, I almost bought a pastel pink and white tiger tail. Then, I decided I'd rather do a suit of a tiger hybrid based on a strawberry milkshake and that's all I could think about for the next two days. Which means it might actually happen for next year...

obliviousally: (delicious priestchester)
Way too long since my last post. I kept meaning to write something, but then I'd get distracted by other things and never get around to it.

Spring semester is over. C in my Media, Power, and Culture class, Incomplete in my Literature class - which means I need to get cracking on what I need to finish for it now. But, honestly, I just took a much needed break after busting my ass for two weeks and then freaking out about declaring my major and getting my work study money sorted out so I could actually, you know, work. I missed out on a couple days because of that and, while I tried to do open/close for two days at the library, it just didn't quite happen. Then I was all gross and crampy last week, so I took two days off to lay around the house and feel like crap in the comfort of my own home. Now I'm back on track (aside from the loss of a day of work on Memorial Day, when the library was closed, but I can make that up here and there through the rest of the week).

I need to do the satisifactory progress appeal song and dance again, which shouldn't be too much of an issue, since I'm working with my instructor in regards to that Incomplete grade and I have a laundy list of reasons why I struggled so badly last semester. So once that's taken care of, hopefully everything will be in order for financial aid and starting classes in June.

Also, hoping everything works out well so I can pay all my goddamn bills and finally catch up on rent oh my god. Once I take care of that, as long as I'm doing my 28/hrs a week at work, I should be able to manage keeping on top of rent and stuff.



At the beginning of the month, I told off a guy for exposing himself on the bus:
Okay, here's the story about an exposed penis on the bus.

I'm on the Interurban bus, sitting all the way in the back by the window because I'm going all the way out to Downtown Ravenna and it reduces my chance of someone sitting directly next to me. I get on in Downtown Kent. At the stop by Starbucks, an older man (probably fifties or sixties - thin, grey hair, glasses, has a reuseable bag full of whatever). He doesn't have his change out, but the bus pulls off to C-Midway anyhow because, I guess, the driver assumes he'll have it out by then.

While he's digging his fare out, I squint because it looks like he's wearing this super tight shorts and, for a brief moment, I'm wondering if he's not just wearing boxers. But he's not sitting near me (he's by the rear door), so I don't bother myself with it.

At C-Midway a metric fuckton of people get on the bus. Dude moves to the back of the bus, to the parallel seats that face each other. The bus is very crowded at this point, so I squeeze myself into my corner and play solitaire until they all pile out between Campus Pointe and the few stops before Walmart.

After the bus empties a bit, going counter-clockwise from myself: there's a guy sitting a seat over from me, one guy in the opposite corner from me, weird old dude, a Muslim girl and an Asian girl sitting directly in front of me and across from weird dude.

At some point, I glance over. At some point, I squint because it looks like those are actually just plain ol' boxer shorts. At some point I realize he's wearing absolutely nothing under said boxer shorts and, welp, there's someone's dick. Right there. The boxers are hiding nothing, the leg holes are wide, and there's a breeze in the bus from the open windows so HOW DO YOU NOT NOTICE IT.

I make eye contact with the Asian girl in front of me, neither of us says anything. I pull my legs out from behind the seats in front of me, reach out with a foot, shove his knee and I go, "Dude, close your legs, no one wants to see your dick." No one says a word, which I'm fine with, because I didn't want to disturb the front of the bus, I just wanted this dude to stop exposing himself to the two girls in front of me who probably weren't going to say anything.

Guy looks spooked, doesn't say anything, spends the rest of the trip making a half-assed effort of trying to keep his legs closed - which he's not good at at all - while I stare him down (full eye contact, I don't think he knew how to deal with that) the entire time until I get off the bus. He spent the entire time trying to keep himself covered by adjusting his boxers, but it was pretty much futile.

I think the only saving grace was that he didn't have an erection. Which is a pretty sad upside, if you think about it. Who seriously thinks its a good idea to go out of the house IN ONLY BOXERS. DO YOU NOT SEE THE PROBLEM WITH THIS?


Copy/paste from Facebook because that's easier than re-writing it. It was ridiculous and sad.

I've been cleaning the fuck out of the house. The only rooms that need a hardcore clean at this point are the bedroom, my office, and the kitchen. The two former are really just cluttered with clothes and stuff, nothing special. My office seems especially bad because it's so small. The kitchen is mostly just dishes, which I still loathe and I should probably do some of tonight because our water may be off tomorrow. They wouldn't give me an extension until Friday, which I think is ridiculous, and I can't seem to get anyone interested in commissions to get the cash together so I can pay it in the morning.



Friend Kelson stopped by last week, which was awesome because we never ever get to see him since he's either busy or living down in Columbus now! He hung out for a few hours before departing into the night.

Last weekend we went to a bonfire at a friend's place and it was really nice! I saved a mama wolf spider and I acquired a deer skull. We also played a bunch of Just Dance and a card game called Pit. It was a good time and, while we were waffling on going at first, I'm glad we did.



I haven't been drawing a whole lot in the last two weeks, but I signed up for ArtSlam, which I'm looking forward to! I think it'll be a fun challenge.



Last week, I went for a walk downtown to the river and took some photos because it was a super nice day and the river was low enough that I could walk around in it.



And now, the remaining instagram spam:



And, finally, I made Tony give me a side shave/undercut the other night.

obliviousally: (loev crow)
Things I want to do this summer:

  • picnics!

  • go to the ledges - nelson ledges and/or kendall park

  • heck, go to kendall park and the cuyahoga valley nat. forest

  • train rides at peninsula!

  • great lakes medieval faire!!

  • swimming, maybe?

  • bjd zoo meet? might happen in june

  • more bonfires

  • more random shenanigans

Yesterday was really crazy, but in a good way!

In the morning, Tony and I got up to go down to the open farmer's market a block away from us. There wasn't much, since it was the first outdoor weekend they've had, but we bought some kale for Jackie, our uyromastyx, and we ran into Lysa! Then, we walked up to Gaming Grounds (which is run by Noir, who we know from Warren years ago) to see if he had any swag for Free Comic Book Day. We got little Iron Man Heroclix and talked about maybe running tabletop games and stuff like that. Tony hadn't been up there before (I'd been there once prior), either.

After, we came home and I went up to work. I thought I was going to be working from 3-9 (instead of my usual 3-6), but there was a miscommunication with picking up someone's shift and another kid came in to cover the shift I was going to take after mine. I didn't mind too much, because that meant I could go downtown and catch up with Tony and Jevin at BW3. We hadn't seen much of him all semester - due to conflicting schedules and stuff - and he wanted to hang out a bit before summer break, because he's going out of state to see his partner. So we hung out for a little bit, then he dropped us off up at campus and we met up with some of the local furries that we actually enjoy the company of (Bass, Malik, Willow, Jeff, Savanna, and Malik's girlfriend, who we hadn't met prior, but was pretty cool!). We ended up going out to Jeff's place in Streetsboro and having a bonfire and generally hanging out and bullshitting until about midnight.


(they had a really cute cat with a nub tail at Jeff's place)


It was just really nice to do something completely spontaneous and have an enjoyable day spent with friends after stressing over money and stuff. I mean, money troubles are still there, but I feel a lot better about them now, I guess? My mind's in a better place than it was two days ago, at least. Shit will work out, it always does.

Other than the money issues, I've been feeling good otherwise about a lot of things.

I've been drawing a lot more, taking my tablet to work a lot to just sketch on the larger monitors at work, and spend time doodling when I'm stuck inn the photo studio with nothing else to do. I'm feeling a lot better about my art, taking more time to tweak things and make them look better instead of sort of half-assing it or not paying attention to what I'm doing. Faces are looking better, less weaboo. Eyes are looking nicer and less anime. I still need to work on things like hands, of course, and feet. But loose gesture sketches are coming out faster and nicer and I like that.

I've been working on a set of digital pieces for Anthrocon - the main six characters from the new My Little Pony show. As much as I loathe the fandom and the bronies, I do love dumb, colorful designs. I'm basing most of the designs I'm drawing off the Equestria Girls spinoff they're going to do, which a lot of people don't like?? I like the basics of them, so whatever.




I've only inked Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie so far. All six are sketched, though the three I did after the ones above are kind of half-assed, so I'll have to clean them up and make them nicer. I'll probably make mini prints of them (4x6 or 5x7) to sell, and then maybe make some larger prints and paint some colorful frames and put them in the art show if I'm able to.

I might also one or two personal (my own character) pieces in the art show, if I can hash something out this week and maybe use the printer at work. We'll see. I really don't know what sort of merch to take/make to AC because I don't want to be stuck doing commissions all weekend. I've still got two months, though, so I'm sure I'll figure something out.

I'm also thinking about trying to do basic reference sheets for my main characters that I use/draw frequently (Phe, Gwen, Max, Tegan, Poe, Sahariel, etc.). Probably just a ref for their markings and body shape without clothes (because none of them have the same body shape - Gwen is pear-shaped with big hips, Poe is slender but busty, Phe is somewhat athletic, Tegan is thin and doesn't have a lot in the way of hips and boobs, etc.), and then what they normally wear - something to show the style of clothing they dress in.

I'll probably use stock photos for them - cause I want the pose to reflect their personality/character a bit, and it's a bit faster to sketch over stock photos and keep everyone looking similar-ish when it comes to the style anyhow. I've only started on Phe so far, however.



And, for good measure, two other little doodles from recently:



Alexis and Phoenix Shepard - my Mass Effect Shepard who's based on Phe, which is kind of self-explainatory by the name! I'm pretty proud of her face. I need to go back in and do some tweaking and fix her ear, but she's coming together pretty well so far!
obliviousally: (loev crow)
I've been bad about updating! Which totally defeats the inital purpose of, you know, using my journal again.

I'm sitting at work in the MACC Annex, listening to the wrestlers (I think) in the next room over have practice or something. They're making a lot of noise, is all I know, and I'm trying to counter it with music, since there's no one in the Photo Studio right now.

My laptop is back in working condition! My power cord eventually went completely kaput and I snagged another one for, like, $10 on Amazon. Looks like that was the problem, which is nice. I mean, I still can't use my laptop without the cord, because my battery is shot, but that doesn't bother me. I also reformatted it and it runs a bit better. But it's also something like three years old, so it's to be expected that it's lagging behind a little. I don't know if I want to buy more RAM for it, or just buy a new laptop. I'm so attached to my stupid sticker-covered laptop, though.

I was sick over the tail end of spring break last week. A head cold was going around work at the library and I'd avoided it until the weekend or so when kicked my ass. I was congested and couldn't breath or swallow well and all I did was sleep. I couldn't keep myself awake and I was just constantly tired. There's a little of it lingering still, but it's nice to feel human again. Especially because the weather's finally warmed up significantly and I've been wanting to spend time both outside and cleaning the house.

We're planning on pulling almost everything out of Tony's craft room downstairs and organizing things to be easily find-able and accessible. I wish I had the extra money to get some nice organization things, but I don't right now. The biggest issue is finding the best way to store all the bolts and yards of fur he has so they don't get dirty and the cats don't lay on them and them still be easy to pull out and use and put away. But we'll see what we can do. Worst case scenario, we buy some more of the plastic shelving things we're using for fur now.

I just want to get all the mess/clutter organized and cleaned up. I want to put away fall/winter things and pull out spring/summer stuff. I'd like for everything to be nice and neat and easy to find, really. I want the living room to be nice and neat because sometimes I'd like to spend time downstairs or have a second television where we can play games or invite people over to hang out with. Our main TV is in the bedroom and it's always a clusterfuck (mostly clutter, let's be honest here) and small and not exactly condusive to having people over or anything.

I'm also thinking about pulling everything out from my office and re-organizing it. But everything's so precariously placed in there right now that it might not be worth the trouble?? i have two desks and my desktop comp in there and I'd like for my one window to be fully accessible (there's a desk in front of it right now and I can open/close it, but maybe I'd just like to, I don't know, toss the papasan cushion down in front of it and nap in the sun or something?

I don't know, a lot of brainstorming needs to happen before I do anything with that. I can spill some of my stuff out into the landing (like my bookcase, for example), because there's plenty of room out there and I'm probably going to put the cat's stupid cardboard house into the extra bedroom - which is basically their room anyhow.

I also need to plant my veggies and stuff! I don't want to procrastinate on it forever this year because I'd really like to get a harvest out of them.



I've been trying to draw a bit more (and get some commissions to help with rent/whatever).




Two requests I did and one commission and a gift for a patient commissioner~

I've also been working on my dolls! Well, mostly on Poe. I want to blush Desma's body with pastel, but it's not working really well, so I'm putting her on the backburner for now. In the meantime, Poe's been progressing nicely.




I've been writing a lot about my progress and such over on my doll blog, so I won't rehash it all here. I need to pick up some better acrylic paints, but so far she's coming along well. I haven't done the markings on her body yet, though.



And now, some Instagram spam~



I also made a seperate flickr account for all my book cover photos, as well: raggedpages



So a bit back, we switched Finnick over to some Taste of the Wild cat food, because he'd been breaking out in scabs and we couldn't figure out why. It wasn't hurting him, they were just a bit itchy and never seemed to go away, even with baths and such. We thought he was allergic to the flea meds, but then we thought it might be a food allergy.

Which is pretty much exactly what it is.

Since we've switched him over to a higher quality food, his scabs are almost completely gone and no more have broken out at all. He's probably allergic to something stupid, like corn or whatever they use to fluff out the standard cat foods. He doesn't eat the other food at all anymore, but we have to feed him by himself because I can't afford to switch them all over to the more expensive food. But at least he's smart enough to come and let us know when he's hungry.

The other cats are doing well, which I'm thankful for. They're all stoked about the warmer weather, too. The other animals are good, too. I have to pick up some more food for the ratties and clean out their cages (and pair them up, which I've been procrastinating on) this week.

I'm sure there's things I've missed that I'll remember right after posting and go 'why didn't I write about that??'.



See, I knew I'd forget something!

I'm going to be making a Commander Shepard cosplay for Anthrocon (yeah, I know, that doesn't make a lot of sense) because Tony is going to try to do a Geth or a Turian and I just want an excuse to wear awesome armor, dye my hair red, and yell at people.

I'm pretty happy that I found great pattern templates for the armor, too. Now it's just a matter of figuring out how much EVA foam I'll need and then, you know, actually piece things together. I don't think it'll be too difficult, just time (and money) consuming. Especially since I'll need to get a decent undersuit to wear and, likely some kind of compression/spanx thing so I don't look like a fatty. I mean, I have a spanx thing, but it's prone to rolling up. I might buy one of the bodysuit-ish ones, with the shorts or whatever that's all one piece.

But hopefully we can also cobble together what we need for whatever Tony decides to do. The biggest obstacle for him will be a mask, I think. Or, if he does a turian, that damn collar thing.
obliviousally: (loev crow)
Instagram annoyances, because I'm feeling catty this morning.

  • People who tag photos with #instagay, #gayboi, #kentgay, etc. No one care that you're gay and I'm pretty sure intagram is a terrible way to try and pick up dudes. You also don't need to tag these things on EVERY. PHOTO. IN. YOUR. GALLERY. It's bad enough on your selfies.

  • People whose galleries are ONLY of self portraits. Do you have anything else going on in your life? Or does the world revolve around you?

  • Gratitious tags. If you've already stated your little sister won first place in a competition, you don't need to tag it #firstplace ir #littlesis. Also, #girl, #boy, #hot, #swag, #shirt, #love, #cute, etc. are all equally redundant. Long tags are dumb, too. This isn't tumblr.

  • Bar 145, you're not #noisyneighbors if you're in a metro area where few people actually have their residence, nor are you #noisyneighbors when you're a bar that's open after other businesses have closed.

  • People who have PARAGRAPHS of tags. You're not going to get your photos noticed any quicker like that.

  • Duckface. From anyone. I hate you.


And, sure, my tags might look stupid on first glance before knowing I use them to tag on the sites my Instagram is linked to and, sure, a lot of other people's tags might be for that same purpose. But still, it's unlikely in my book. I'm also sure people on the #kenstate tag sit back and bitch when I spam my book covers, but I don't really care. Just like those people I'm bitching about don't really care. Likewise with my #instagram tag, which tags my posts as such on tumblr so people can ts them. Personal annoyances~



Okay, in things that aren't bitching, which really isn't a great way to kick of an entry, but I swear I'm not all cranky and moody, haha.

Been playing catchup with classwork. Out English teacher gace us all a week to catch up with what's been going on there (which I flaked on all week - go figure - I'm going to have fun cramming three papers into one evening tomorrow). I think I'm caught up on my Media work, except for this week's stuff, but we always do that on the weekend when it's due anyhow.

I reformatted Tony's old laptop to use for myself temporarily. Either my power cord or my battery is on the fritz. Well, actually, I know my battery is going, but recently when I've unplugged and taken my laptop somewhere, plugged it back in, it doesn't want to charge. It'll run on what power is left in the battery, then shut down and turn off. I can try removing the battery and running off just the power cord, but it won't do that. I have to do a song and dance that has absolutely no rhyme or reason to it before the computer will suddenly decide to power back on.

So I need to figure out what that's about.

After I'm done with Tony's old comp, it's probably just going to be used as a place to store movies/videos and stuff.



On Wednesday, we went to see Howie Day at Musica in Akron. Tony wanted to go, so he had picked up tickets a bit back when they went on sale. It was quite nice! He played a lot of songs we know and Tony's pretty much convinced he played Bunnies for him after he shouted it out amongst the sea of voices yelling for Africa.

I only got one good photo, sadly.



Afterwards, we went to Mr. Zub's (which is amazing if you've never been there - all their sandwhiches are based on characters from movies). We try to have something different each time we go (though I often fall back on The Ren McCormack - chicken shawarma) and my post-errand and concert fatigue was craving something ridiculous, so I tried The Duke (roast beef with onion rings, jalapenos, bacon, cheddar cheese, and bbq sauce). I though it was going to be wayy too much of everything, but all the portions within the sandwhich were perfect. The jalapenos were insanely fresh, the BBQ sauce wasn't too sweet, the roast beef was tender and tasty.

Tony got an Ernie McCracken (pastrami, salami, swiss - bit provolone in place of swiss and on a wrap instead of a bagel) and we split it (he got half of my sandwich) and I said eating it was like a religious experience. Their pastrami is so freaking good.

Then we went home and promptly crashed for ten hours. It was a good day.



Tony's stupid Garrus love pillow came today and it's horrible and awful and ew how could anyone like that at all gross.



I'm fully expecting it to be lovingly laid on my side of the bed when I get home from work.

>:|

I'm waiting on my white Hujoo Freya that my mom's getting me as an early birthday gift!



Now I'm going to actually have to learn how to do faceups properly (I practiced a little on Desma - the grey Freya I have), because I have a long way to go. But I have all the supplies I need now, so it's just a matter of teaching myself and practicing a whole lot. I also got a pair of Hujoo high heel feet because I want Poe to be able to wear boots and cute shoes. They're the normal flesh color, but it won't be an issue since she'll have stockings or shoes on anyhow.

The white one is going to be Poe and she's going to be just as difficult to paint at Desma is. Because Desma is actually supposed to be black, so I'll have to tweak her design a little so I don't have to completely re-color the Freya body, and she's also supposed to look malnourished and such. Good times. And Poe, well, it's obvious to see the issues with Poe, but I think I'll just have to take her markings on layer at a time and teach my hand not to shake so damn much.

I also have a doll blog for all my ramblings, so I don't spam them on my main tumblr or here: http://ivegotabrandnewkey.tumblr.com/ I'll probably post nice stuff here, when it happens, though. Like it I ever succeed in a faceup...



Now, here's some photo spam in two parts:


[ more at my flickr ]






So the drama tale of Creeper Cat is continuing. A few weeks ago, some folks from the Kent Area Furs list did a little meetup downtown for fursuiting and stuff. I wasn't able to go, but Squeeji went and returned with the verification that Creeper Cat has not changed at all. While there, apparently he:

  • Jumped on her while she was in fursuit. She responded by elbowing him in the stomach.

  • Talked about porn slash fiction from children's shows such as Bear in the Big Blue House and the like.

  • Yowled loudly at people on the streets.


We're having a small art jam/social meetup tonight at Tree City. He's showing up. We've been, on Facebook, trying to press the issue that there's going to be no stupid murry purry bullshit without actually naming him as the issue. I posted a comment that all but calls ( Also, Tree City is a pretty low-key, quiet sort of establishment. Which means no yowling like cats, talking about things you shouldn't be discussing in polite conversation (incest, fetishes, slash fiction, the like...), and no jumping/pouncing/glomping/touching people without their permission. I feel like these things shouldn't have to be stated, but they do. So don't do this crap and act like a normal person.) him out by name, but I know we're STILL going to have issues and after today, NOPE. Not putting up with it at all and he will not be welcome at any meetup things we put together.



Okay, aside from that and to wrap things up, one more thing!

I didn't complete LetterMo, but that's okay. I sent out replies and I still have some to send. I'll probably keep sending out letters to people as I work through my address list and when I have a little time to spare to write letters. I got some lovely letters and it's really such a fun thing to do anyhow~




I had a lot of fun making cute envelopes and decorating them, as well as putting little photos into each of the letters and stuff~
obliviousally: (spirit writing)
I've been meaning to write a post for a few days now, but I've also been in an apathetic lull of sleeping and sleeping and sleeping. It's been pretty cool. /sarcasm

I had almost a week off for Thanksgiving break, which was nice, but it flip-flopped my sleeping schedule all around. I was going to bed at 7AM and waking up at, like, 6PM. When the sun goes down at 4:30 in the afternoon, doing that really makes you feel like you've wasted the day. But it's almost the end of the semester, so I guess it's not too big of a deal.

Thanksgiving was nice, made turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and I bought a pumpkin pie, but it was really sweet and I should really just learn to make one from scratch. I already brine the turkey and have a certain way I prepare it, why the hell shouldn't I do a pie, too? The turkey was quite tasty, though, and pretty much fell off the bone when I cut it, which was doubly nice because then I didn't have to put a ton of effort into seperating the tasty meats from the rest of the bird. We have plent of leftovers, so we'll probably end up making soup or something with the remainder. The cats and rats got some scraps, too, which they were all esctatic about.

The bookstore contacted me at the beginning of the week and once I figure out my schedule for my other two jobs, I'll be back there for the end/beginning of the semester, which is nice. I'm still hoping I'll get hired in. Even working part time there and my two work study jobs wouldn't be too bad. I'd have 30-40 hours a week and steady jobs that would work around each other and my school schedule. But even if I don't, I still like working there for the rushes, so I definitely can't complain.

I think I'm coming up on my work study limit and I don't know what happens when I do? I have to ask someone next time I see my supervisor for either job. There's only two weeks left in the semester, so I don't know if it's even going to be a big deal. My VCD job won't be necessary until the semester starts again, since it's a customer service kind of job and if there aren't students needing to use the resource room, there's no need for it to be open, I assume. I might not be able to work over the break at the library, which is really the worst case scenario, but both jobs pick back up in the Spring and I'll be at the bookstore in the meantime. So not a huge deal, but it'd be nice to have both sources of income, since the paydays are opposite each other and I would get paid every week.

I'm a month behind on rent and I'm trying not to freak out about it. I need to take something from this paycheck and put it towards what I owe. I'm going to be behind all month, but when we can get out advance on our financial aid, we can pay nearly all of it up in December. So it's just a matter of not freaking out about it and being clear on when I'll be able to have the money to the landlord.



I've been making myself draw more. It's mostly been just little headshot doodles, but it's better than nothing.




Terrance & Emily, Phoenix & Gwen, Samil, Tegan, Tegan


The other day, in the resource room, I had my sketchbook out because I was inking some of the headshots and I had two different people - a VCD student and a VCD instructor - compliment my work and ask if I was a Fine Arts or VCD student and then wonder why I wasn't (financial reasons, obviously). The instructor said I should definitely go for one of the two programs and that I had talent. So that's kind of been motivation and encouraging, at least. It's different when complete strangers comment positively on your artwork, I think. Regardless, it's making me re-think doing VCD and I might prod at Tom, the computer guy for VCD, and see just how big of a deal having a Mac is for someone who actually knows computers. Because I can get a Windows laptop with the exact same specifications that are required for the Macbooks for around $600 (and I would have to buy a new laptop regardless, as mine just isn't up to speed).



NaNoWriMo finished yesterday and, while, I didn't win, I'm happy with what I've started. I want to keep writing more of Tegan's Story because, well, it's not connected to anything else. It's all mine. I can do whatever I want with it. I can world build however I like and I can create something new and interesting (hopefully) and have it all be mine.

I love co-operative storytelling, I do. I've been doing it for years and years with friends and it's so much fun. But sometimes you just need a little something that's your own, you know? I don't mind input on stuff, either, but it's nice to not have to weigh in other people's character's into the equation. That can get really messy and confusing sometimes, which is what's going on with my other NaNo story, Team Free Will. It's definitely a fun challenge to get someone else's character right, though!

So, while I didn't win NaNo, I'm happy to have started on something I'm enjoying writing and want to continue writing!



I have a group project due on the 4th. I haven't even read my story for the essay I have to write. I'm just not sure exactly what I'm writing about and every time I read the assignment paper I blank out and I'm just ready for the semester to be over. Not because I've disliked my classes, but because I'm just ready for a month of no classwork and no discussion boards and no essays, really.



Now, here's some Instagram spam!








obliviousally: (Default)
 Two months between entries makes me have to go back through things and see what I've done to talk about. I'm constantly forgetting stuff, despite things happening. It's ridiculous.

Obama came to campus back in September and, while Tony and I weren't able to get tickets, it was pretty cool that it happened. Also, glad the election is finally over and I don't have to deal with hearing about it and being bombarded with election coverage and campaign commercials. I'm not a political person, so presidential election season is always tiresome for me, especially living in a college town and working on campus.

I dyed my hair purple/black. It'd starting to fade to a blue color, so I'll have to do something with it again soon. I think I'm going to go back to brown for a short while, maybe until spring, then I'll do something colorful with it again.


(also, new Supernatural shirt!)

Classes have been going well. I've been keeping up pretty well with my homework and stuff, though tonight I have to do my Excel Exam for my COMT class and, tomorrow, I have to bust ass and write a scene analysis essay for my writing class. I doubt it's going to be too difficult, but it's due on Tuesday and I've just been procrastinating on it.

Work has been work, easy but a little boring. But I've been meeting new people and I do like that.

I'm doing NaNoWriMo again this year and I've been keeping up really well with the wordcount! I'm actually doing two stories, just to give myself the option of switching between two different genres. I've been updating pretty much daily over on my NaNo tumblr: lacearoundthewound

I haven't been drawing at all. I keep wanting to, but then I tell myself I should be writing instead. That's okay, though, I'll get back to it sooner or later. I do have a Weasyl, however! I donated to the Kickstarter (or whatever it was) and got an invite to the beta. I really like it so far, so much cleaner and nice than FA.

Tony's birthday was subdued, we really didn't have much money to do anything and, for awhile, it was cold and miserable and bleh. Halloween made up for it a bit, though, we went downtown and Tony wore his tauntaun fursuit. We met up with Jeff, from the Kent Area Furs list and wandered around downtown looking for Squeeji and Elliott and Angie who ended up being in the one place we hadn't gone: Euro Gyro. But it was a good time regardless, we had some drinks and they both got their pictures taken by lots of the Asian students.



And now, a picspam of Instagram pictures:






 



So, overall, things have been pretty good. Money's been tight, but it always is around this time of year. I'm hoping to hear from the bookstore soon and, when I start back there, I'll have a paycheck every week (since the bookstore paydays and the campus paydays are opposite each other), which will be pretty awesome. I'd like to actually be able to buy Christmas gifts this year, y'know?  
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