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May 5th, 2013

road tripping not a major hurdle in my media consumption apparently

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J and I went on a week long road trip that took us up through Oregon and throughout Washington. Better still we had a [personal profile] blue_soaring along for the ride for half of it! Despite camping half the time, we still managed to see the season finale of The Following, and I also caught the newest SPN which prompted me to actually get my ass caught up on the show. It was a really lovely vacation despite the surprise!wind that cut our time in eastern Washington short. I managed to post a few photos from the road on Tumblr/Twitter, but I'm hoping to assemble it all into a proper entry tomorrow evening and recount all the things we saw and did.

It was fun using the books my company publishes to plan our trip, and we made it home again late Friday, so I've had the weekend to recover. We did help my work bestie move into her new apartment this afternoon, which despite always being The Friends With the Truck, it was nice to get out of the house after spending a lot of the day sorting and cleaning up various vacation detritus.

I feel nicely rejuvenated, and ready to tackle finishing up the Big Project I took off right in the middle of. I found out that there's been a bit of a shake-up in the greater department while I was gone, and I'm curious to see what the climate will be like tomorrow. More on that under lock later probably. I also managed to kick start my drawing and work on my commissions today, and also got over a minor hurdle in a couple WIP fics I had, so I'm feeling ready to tackle the creative projects of my own I have floating around. Good times.

The most important thing during my vacation: Iron Man 3.

Not really spoilery, just a reaction shot. )

Crossposted here at Dreamwidth. Comments are friends only at IJ due to spam. Anons are welcome on the DW post, but OpenID or signed comments are preferred!

June 12th, 2010

I have once again affirmed my being a sucker for the ladies man.

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Rode my bike over to the Claremont branch of the library to meet up with someone to play Magic. It was nice, although poor timing on our part since we only got in one game before the meeting room was needed for an event. We spent the rest of our allotted time chatting and getting to know each other a little better out front though, so I'm looking forward to meeting up again in a couple weeks for a proper set of games.

It is flipping hot today, and our apartment is on the west side of the building so gets oodles of sun. It's like we still have an attic room with how warm this place can get. Called J and talked him into riding back to downtown and catching a movie.

I was so uncertain going in to see the A-Team. I'm still not entirely certain how I feel. I think I was more entertained than I had been seeing Robin Hood, but that could be because explosions are awesome and I still have an incredibly dumb girly crush on Mr. Templeton Peck.

I feel good about the 7 or so miles of biking, even if my legs are probably going to be super achey tomorrow. I really need to fill my tires though (or better yet replace them entirely so my bike is hybridized). Low air made the ride about twice as hard as it needed to be.

June 11th, 2010

one of those gratuitous i'm still alive yet entries

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I feel as if I want to write an entry that is more than just random bulletpoints or general flailing over how work is very busy and overtime is cool and all except I come home after the gym and have zero energy to do anything but spamwatch episodes of Lost. On the upside, work is crazy but fulfilling, I still love my new gym (Trainer Matt, henceforth to be known as Mr. Arms is kicking my back-in-a-desk-job ass) and J and I are burning through those episodes at a nice clip. Despite occasional forays into Red Dead Redemption, the Xbox has pretty much become the Netflix machine.

Netflix also continues to give us hilarious suggestions based on our viewing preferences. I'm not sure what amuses me more, things like "visually striking mind-bending romantic movies" or that because we've been watching so much Lost, Netflix suggests it in a category of "like G-force". G-force, btw, was a terrible movie. The things J and I do to pay attention to the industry. At least it had a few cute bits of adorable small fuzzy animalness.

I shall strive to post something of more substance tomorrow and try not to use excessive cut tags just to have fun with the little arrow. But oh man, how awesome does it make checking out the ships I'm interested in on the white collar fandom newsletter. So very. So. Very.

Also tomorrow I am going to Not Have To Drive Yay and bike over to the far branch of the library where I shall draw and play Magic. I look forward to this.

September 17th, 2009

deadlines fail

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I missed a work deadline earlier this week on top of completely not understanding what it is the client was asking for. Got that sorted out the next day, but am still slightly irritated at myself. And I just clued in on that I missed a fannish deadline this week too. Gah. (The lovely mods just gave me an extension though, yay!) My sense of time has been completely fucked lately. I think it's a combination of adjusting to my new schedule coupled with this stupid cold that has decided to live almost entirely in my sinuses to the point where wearing featherlight glasses is painful. It's been a week and a half and it's going away, thankfully, but I'm still catching myself with moments of complete bzuh.

Going in to my second week of classes, I'm wondering just how much free time I'll have with the amount of homework I'm looking at. I was hoping to sail through my online English class, but the instructor is actually good at structuring the discussions and putting up interesting materials (if on infuriating subjects), so that's taking up more time than any online class I'd taken previously. I am equal parts boo and yay about this. All three of my on-campus classes are project intensive, although I'm very, very happy to be nailing down what I need to model early on and not floundering around like I was last semester.

Driving down to my mom's today and visiting folks, which is cutting out almost a full day of homework, but is necessary on a few levels. I'm hoping I'll be able to get the online stuff out of the way while I'm down there though, and this weekend I'm not on opening shift anymore so when I get home from work I shouldn't be quite as exhausted as usual.

August 18th, 2009

perhaps not smart

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Celebrated finishing up my six day work week and that J can now eat solid food by going to Pyramid Alehouse for dinner. I got their seasonal IPA Grifter. It was awesome. So awesome it has taken me forever to weed out all my typos.

As soon as I sober up, I have a last minute design gig to revise. Oi.

August 14th, 2009

j is turning into a zombie robot

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So despite working desk and technically not needing to be in the office until 9-10, I was up extra early to take J to his ridiculously early appointment at the oral surgeon. He was training a new morning baker, so I ended up putting together a fruit platter for a morning catering. I was proud of myself, as I managed to make it look very pretty and kaleidoscopic. After that was all taken care of, I drove J in, and was able to arrange to pay half the bill now and half at the beginning of next month (whew!) and headed back to my concrete box.

He texted me when he was all done, and it went really fast. Tim was nice enough to pick him up and take him to the pharmacy. J's doing well and healing up from his crazy bone graft. The dental literature tells me that the bone can come from several sources, and if you choose not to use chunks of your own bone, it can come from a cadaver. Exciting! After his jaw heals in a few months he'll be getting a titanium implant. Step one towards turning J into a zombie robot is complete.

In other news, while I was trying not to go crazy working on a design gig, I decided to put my restless energy to good use and threw together some poster comps for [info - personal] blue_soaring's latest fics. I love poster design. They're my favourite gigs to do. :3 Typically I get ultra inspired by the typography on a lot of the promo posters for bands I like, and my typography geek is in fine form these days.

Blue posted em over on her journal, so you can see them in this post. Worksafe imagery, but some fic quotes used in the designs.

I want to do more! :3

July 13th, 2009

lack of sleep strikes again

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You would think I'd know my cycle better, but no. Spent a good chunk of last week fighting insomnia and scatterbrain before cluing in on oh, yeah, girlparts. Bah. The upside to the lack of sleep is that I've probably committed all the episodes of Fringe to permanent memory.

Good things about last week is that I joined a gym that's a short four blocks away from Highwind and had a session with a trainer. Everytime I think I'm in worse shape than I am, pushing myself proves me wrong. I've put myself on a MWF schedule and this morning was the start of adding more weights and more sets so I'm curious to see if I'll end up sore tomorrow. Trying to set myself solid goals rather than fuzzy ones, but ever since I hit that general 'healthy' goal, it's been tough trying to think in more concrete terms.

Doing some writing today, and some drawing, and some general maintenance on catching up on email again. I also have a layout comped that I want to use for my DW journal, but need to work up some serious motivation to slog through and actually theme it.

June 30th, 2009

apathy blankets are comfy

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Today is half work and half fun. Earlier, J and I went to Blue Bottle cafe where we each got a cappuccino and a half pound of coffee. Am trying a new type of beans, so I have something to look forward to tomorrow morning. We walked around a bit, and wandered over to the Irish Bank for lunch. Not expecting to go near a pub, I didn't have my ID on me and couldn't get served. Oops.

It took a month, but I'm at the point where I'm at peace with the fact that I'm no longer invested in my job. I wish I was, since I love interacting with customers (even the ones who ask me for a macchiato) and knowing the ins and outs of nearly every aspect of the workplace, but there's no longer a sense of fulfillment to keep me motivated. The facet of my personality that had me devoting extra unpaid hours is better served working on other, more rewarding projects. I'll be finishing the last of the design work for the cafe between this week and the next and then I'm just going to show up, put in my fifteen hours a week, and let my apathy blanket keep me warm and fuzzy.

Of course, just before I start seriously considering what my options are for job hunting, I shaved my head. I love it and it is very pettable, but considering what the bulkier part of my resume is loaded with, the look is not entirely geared towards business casual.

Tonight is game night for our D&D campaign and I think we're almost out of the dungeon. I can't wait to get back to town and add my new skills. Until then, it's time to do some design and some illustration!

June 11th, 2009

next step is writing a to-do list

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I typically put a movie on while trying to fall asleep and for the past couple nights I've been watching Van Helsing. Even though the overdone effects haven't aged well and I begin to hate how the baddies leap acrobatically everywhere, I do love all the camp. The sets and costuming are still the most gorgeous thing ever, and I adore the corny bits all the more every time I see it again. In my heart of hearts, I still hope for a sequel in which Gabriel and Carl have Grand Adventures. ♥

Since the semester ended, I feel as if I've been catching up and that now, finally, things are properly settling down. It's a good feeling. J and I still haven't managed to make it to the zoo to sketch animals, which I blame mostly on staying up late to marathon shows we'd fallen behind on, so maybe next week for that.

Doing some work on my site today and some client stuffs, although since I'm working the desk tomorrow the things I have to do for the cafe I'm going to schedule for then. I'm thinking I'll do some drawbles for porn battle to warm up to drawing today. There are so many shiny prompts though, that picking a few will be tough.

May 13th, 2009


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Mostly free anyway. I need to go in tomorrow to get my anatomical sculpture graded and take it home, but am otherwise done with this semester.

School chatter and shots of my most recent 3d character/environment sculpt )

Now I plan to laze around for a few hours and then crash since I have to go to work early tomorrow and bake muffins for the Bike to Work Day energizer station at the North Berkeley BART. Extra hours /and/ feeding Bike to Work'ers, I count this as totally worth it.

Tomorrow is J's last class. Based on whether or not he needs to pull an all nighter tonight, I think the plan is pick up my sculpture, meet up at the Powell building, and then go next door for end of semester margaritas and nachos.

May 4th, 2009

from the brink of death

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I hadn't been sleeping well lately and finally came to the realisation that it was temperature related. I have this lovely comforter from Ikea that's perfect for the chill of winter, but as soon as that chill is gone it's just too warm. Usually I just pile it up next to me like a body pillow and to keep me from flailing into the wall in the middle of the night, but recently had been using it by itself rather than the pile of flannel sheets and blankets that J prefers. For the last two nights I swapped to just a plain sheet and the one flannel sheet and that's been perfect and I've slept nice and deeply. I feel so much more rested!

Enough so that I woke up before six without any problems to go in to work early today to finish off J's bake shift. He's down in San Jose right now for a deposition. Someone is suing someone else in the huge foggy night pile-up J had been involved in a couple years ago and so he's talking to the prior someone's lawyer. I treated myself to breakfast since it was so early and had a really lovely walk afterwards. The temperature outside is perfect this morning, overcast and cool without a breeze to tip it over to cold.

Coming home I stopped at the bottom of our steps to weed the little patch of the front garden that I was first planning to put some flowers in it (turns out our landlord doesn't mind if we add flowers to the other side of the front yard that's in front of the vacant unit's door). I ended up sitting out there listening to music and weeding for over half an hour, and in the process discovered an iris plant that was nearly choked to death by weeds and shed leaves. There's one bloomed flower on it and another shoot with a bud. I'm terribly excited. I love irises.

May 3rd, 2009

two very important things

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Item the first: Internet! Ridiculously fast internet, even.

Item the second: Wolverine! I figured I didn't care how many helicopters got taken down by a not quite fastball special as long as there was some Gambit action, but oh, omigod. My fangirl is off the charts. I can't believe I'm working a split shift, as all I want to do is DRAW. I've always loved Sabretooth and now with Liev's version in my head, I have extra stars in my eyes. The hotness is killing me. So much so that it's taking a lot of effort to type in sentences.

As I mentioned in my frantic twitter while exiting the theatre, it's like they made this movie for me. ;-; I'm so happy I didn't pay any attention to the screener gossip. sdflkjg.

May 1st, 2009

dying without internet

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Internet hooked up on Sunday, or so they say. I'm going crazy. This post will be much shorter than I'd like since I need to run home and get some sleep.

On the upside of having no internet, it meant I could put a bit more time into some art which I've finally managed to send off. Nearly everything is put away in our room and our desk set up is awesome. I will definitely put up those pictures when I can, too. The new setup means I can really utilise my Cintiq to the fullest too. Yay. I've also gotten to watch a few things, and I am SO TORN over the new FMA. I'm not sure I can do it and get my heart stomped to pieces all over again. I did end up rereading a bunch of fics I'd saved on my computer though and that was lovely.

Also lovely: we had rain today. That took me by surprise. It was nice and cosy in the cafe and we did a nice steady stream of business to keep me on my toes.

Two more weeks to finish my modeling. This is nowhere near enough time. I'll have a lot of things to work on over the summer. Staying at part-time though will help me actually get through my big fat to-do list of projects.

Back soon, one hopes.

April 25th, 2009

99% moved!

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In real life, that is. Address up in a locked post in a few, although if anyone I know out there who isn't on IJ or my flist needs my address just hit me with an email. I'm vowing to write more letters this year, because I miss that style of correspondence rather desperately.

There are boxes everywhere, and with both J and I having to work tomorrow also means that those boxes are going to stay there for a bit longer than our initial move to Berkeley where we'd unpacked the first night. It'll be a relief to get everything sorted and tucked away so we can properly enjoy our new space. :D

Comcast is full of stupid per usual and so it looks like the house won't have internet for at least a week and more likely two. Not that I'd been particularly chatty, but expect lag as I'll be using the connection at school and work until things are all set up.

Oh, and hopefully I'll score a fan market spot for Y-con. I know a chunk of people aren't going to make it, but J and I will be there for those of you who are. ^_^

April 19th, 2009

everything around the corner

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I can't wait for summer, blahblah busycakes.

We're adding our most regular houseguest to the family and thus we are moving in five days. Given that there are only about 4 weeks left in the semester, this makes for extra busycakes. The house we're moving to is awesome though, and a lot closer to both bart and work for J and I, so any anxiety is being beaten down by the excitement. The place has a huge backyard with fallow plots that we can till and plant veggies in and a huge balcony/deck that offers a gorgeous view of all the trees in the neighbourhood. The downstairs flat is currently being renovated, so no neighbours to worry about for a while, which also means that I won't have to feel weird about claiming half of the backyard for new plants and flowers. The common room is even larger than our living room now and my mom has decided she's sick of having a huge couch, so that means a new hardly used couch for us! I'm hoping to have everything non-essential packed up in the next couple days and head to the post office with the stacks of Things I've Been Needing To Send Forever.

Aside from that, working on my final is claiming almost every scrap of free time I've had recently. Even though I'm a lot faster modeling now, trying to do character design on top of modeling was a poor choice. I really should have recruited someone else's design again so I had a clear goal to work towards. My demo reel is shaping up nicely at least. I'll have several strong pieces ready for it and next semester I'm going to try and get in the advanced texturing and lighting course since I probably know enough to skip the pre-req.

Not having a chance to finish some of the fannish images I have in progress is driving me a little crazy. That'll be my light at the end of the tunnel. I'm very inspired though by J, who has been doing a drawing each day, even if its something quick and sketchy. I remember when I used to draw a bit every day and I think my skills are suffering from not making that a part of my routine anymore. I don't know if I'm ready to commit at this point, even to something small, but it's been on my mind a lot so if I spent the time /doing/ instead of /thinking about doing/ it might balance out just fine.

DW is all over my flist these days, and I've been intending to join since they first were getting the project off the ground. I'll be having an account there. I'm not dropping this space in any sense, so it's permanently temporary status will continue on as usual.

In other news, I have been reading again. Most recently I picked up Night Watch (hence icon). For all the talk I expected the storylines to be radically different from the movies, but maybe if I had read the books first, the visual leap on top of the plot changes would seem more drastic than it does. On the shipping angle, Anton/Kostya seems more angsty to me now. Mmm delicious.

ETA: After much deliberation whether or not to keep the 121... @DW. I'll figure the rest out later. :3

February 3rd, 2009

busy, busy

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Today I'm doing a lot of cleaning and a lot of drawing, with a liberal dash of work things on the side. As I poke at things I've been mentally plotting out my class project for this semester. I need to pin something down in the next couple days and get started. All in all, I'm rather glad I only have one project-based class as it's going to simplify things a lot for me, especially with all the other things I have in the works.

Discovered that I still hadn't posted a ton of old fics up on my site, so I've been spending a few minutes each evening to get them up one or two at a time. Next I'll need to actually design my layout so I can get the categories looking all nice and neat like Blue's site. Oof. Between editing the old stuff since I can't help myself, and working on tidying up the things I wrote for the blindfold meme, I've gotten quite a bit of writing done lately.

Work is a bit better, and my schedule this coming weekend is altered to save me from going crazy. Despite a completely omgwtf moment last week from the person with whom I dread working, I properly explained my feelings to my boss and had a good conversation with him. I also talked a lot with J which helped put a few things in perspective.

And in fannish news, I still haven't watched any of the new BSG season in order to keep current with SPN, but also we finally had a chance to sit down with Jason and marathon some Dexter. We're almost current with that, and despite a few things that are making me be all frowny face, I'm liking the season in general.

I'm also glad I picked up an subscription again. I have so many new things to listen to it's really boosting my creativity, and I've finally filled in a few albums that I had trouble digging up back when I used to, you know, care about owning CDs. Wee.

October 1st, 2008

robot fights!

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Nothing makes me feel like I've got a whole lot more extra time than I thought than checking my schedule and realising that the following day I am working closing, not open. Hm. And despite wasting a ton of time reading news and getting caught up on all the latest goings on, I managed a rough ink for the next 1mr comic which I've slotted to finish tomorrow. I'm fairly on top of my homework as well, and overall I feel surprisingly good about my level of work versus classwork versus funstuffs. I worked another full day in the office today without any hand-holding, so I've pretty much got that down, also got paid which after putting most everything on plastic this weekend for convenience, will be very handy. :3

Speaking of work, J is going to be learning how to cook on the line this week! I'm kinda excited, especially since I think it's neat that he's getting to learn all of that. I'd considered training on it myself since the option is there, but it's a little intimidating, particularly since my height could actually affect my ability to be quick about certain things like reaching for soups that are on the back burners! But anyway, J is on his way home, and has promised me pizza and Iron Man when he gets here, so maybe I'll draw for a bit. Woo! :D

August 21st, 2008

your weekly hey look i'm alive post

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So, J draws me these little doodles and then leaves them for me to discover when I wake up and get ready for work. I made an icon out of one of my favourites. It's of our LOTRO characters! My poor elf is not so happy to be in a dress as his cute little hobbit. The important thing is that everytime I look at it, I die from the adorable.

I had three days off, which has let me get a ton of things done. Felt better enough to not only bike downtown and do some unfortunately fruitless searching for pants but also to go for a ride down near the water that completely kicked my ass in the omg-my-quads sort of way. Stopped briefly at the pull-up bar and managed 2.8 chin-ups and made a passing attempt at a pull-up. Roar. My current goal is five pull-ups, but I'll probably stick with the chin-ups for a bit until I'm rid of my lovely lingering cough.

We went down to my mom's on Tuesday and helped with a few more things around the house. It looks so different after all the remodeling, and sounds different as well, which trips me out a little. ^^ J painted the front bathroom all by himself (since it was late enough that I was too wiped out to help!) and he did such a good job, especially considering he'd hardly gotten any sleep the night before finishing up a site conversion.

I've managed to get some drawing done during my time off as well. Finishing the colour on a comic this evening and the lines for a couple commissions. I also have some more batman porn waiting to be coloured, so hopefully I'll get to that soon. It's completely shameless.

In cosplay news, I've got my glove-armour all painted and lacquered up and half of it secured to my glove-base. I need to rebuild the thumb tip and then get the wires affixed to the brace that'll run medially along the forearm. Hopefully everything else I'll need will arrive shortly! I'll take pictures soon, since I'd promised a couple people that I would.

August 10th, 2008

work blather, drawing blather, lotro blather

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I am so amazingly tired! I had a 9+ hour workday today (voluntarily) and I'm going in a half hour early tomorrow morning (also voluntarily) to help with a catering order. My days off are looking more and more shiny by the minute. Next week I get three days off, and oh man, I'm going to draw my little fingers off. Yay! I am reminded suddenly about how I helped fill a catering order the other day where I rolled hors d'ouvres. One of them was grilled nectarines and pesto wrapped in sliced skirt steak. I got to taste one and holy crap, I don't really eat a lot of meat these days, but that was the most delicious thing I've ever put in my mouth. The nectarine was so cold and sweet and juicy and everything was so flavourful. I'm still thinking about it.

Work was really busy today in spurts, which gave me just enough time to run around and do some of the prep work that didn't get done the day prior by the closer. At one point, which amazingly was a slow point, the owner of the coffee bar/restaurant across the street from my current workplace came in and bought some stuff from me. He told me if things didn't work out where I was to talk to him and he'd give me a job. That was flattering, if a teensy bit skeevy what with the poaching. I like my boss a lot though, as he obviously cares about the people who work for him, and oh man, it makes me feel good that he also cares about things like keeping the front cafe lights off if there's a lot of sun to save on power. The general ethics of my workplace makes me happy to be there. ^_^ On that note, Berkeley area folks, if you know of any charitable organisations that might like donations of day-old breads or pastries, talk to me.

I put in my request for days off around y-con, so I'm hoping I get at least three days, if not four. I'm still not sure what the heck I'm going to do the whole time since I won't have a table. J feels the same way. :p

I'm doing some drawing now, in the hopes of finishing up a commission that I'd intended to do on my previous days off that I instead spent dying in bed from the minor plague. I'm liking my latest batch of commissions, probably because they're all turning out how I want them to! They're nicely diverse too, and letting me play with a few different styles.

Not counting catching up on sleep, I've been a little too unfocused to do much drawing lately. I've been playing mostly LOTRO in my spare time. Almost hit 50 with my hunter, although I've got an alt up to 25 as well. I'll probably hit up the PVP soon since that'll keep me in for the long haul when it comes to end game. Still liking it a lot more than WoW for everything /except/ PVP, so we'll see how I feel about that aspect once I give it a try. I love the instances, and the game is just so amazingly pretty it blows my mind. We've got a nice core group of us playing now too, which makes it even more fun. With the new update they added a ton of stuff, including new dyes for the armour, so I can't wait to compile a nice set and colour it to my liking. I'll be the most dashing elf in middle earth. :D

July 27th, 2008


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Work started off super slow this morning, enough so that I managed to write some Batman/Joker porn in my moleskine, but then it was like fits and bursts of busy. Usually we're pretty steady, but today it was slow/fast slow/fast and then just fast. I'm working a lot this coming week, which is good for paying rent and all, but on one of my days off I have to go in for a few hours to train for closing, so that kinda blows. Am still very much liking the morning shift despite the waking up early. I suspect it's because I'm nailing those latte hearts these days, but since I've got closing shift next Friday and Saturday, so that'll give me a better idea of if I /actually/ have a preference.

Am sitting down now to get some art done before having [info]nekofreak over for foods and chilling out. :3 Working on some commission things, but also a new SPN pic since I haven't drawn them in a bit. Am itching to do more Joker though as I am still painfully in love omg.
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