So because I was too lazy to see if anything else was on after watching Grey’s Anatomy on Lifetime, I ended up with a marathon of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers!  I love this show, mostly because people never expect the shit they do from an old person.  But also, because this will be me and my friends when I’m old.  We have actually spent a lot of time (while drinking) thinking of the hilarious/horrible things we can do to people when we are old.  Some of them are quite extreme and outrageous, but hey why not!

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In other news, it is haunting season once more.  Last year we had flies (despite constant cleaning, spraying, and flytraps), odd noises, doors opening with no one there and computers acting up.  Today I was sitting in the living room watching TV and I’m hearing weird noises (which could have been due to wind) and then.. there’s a loud crash of something having fallen.. don’t see anything.. all the dogs are sitting with me, and didn’t find it later.  Hopefully, it won’t act up too much otherwise my friend Megan is never gonna come over again!

Since I was lucky enough to finally get a copy of American McGee’s Alice I thought I’d play it.  The only difficult thing is that since it was made in the 90’s the controls aren’t as good as newer games.  The graphics are pretty darn good for their time, I just have issues because I’m so used to the controls on Alice Madness Returns.  So I put the first one on the back burner and have started going thru Madness Returns again.  I’m almost to the Whalrus and the Carpenter, but I want so badly to get past that part without having to do it again!  I really wanna get to the dollhouse level! So for now I must suffer through.

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So like many others, I’m addicted to Pinterest.  Especially the food and drink because I love to try new recipes (especially easy ones!).  Well, lately there has been a lot on there for paleo eating.  Which I’m not really into, but since I want to eat healthier I was intrigued by some of the stuff they do with cauliflower.  So yesterday I’m like pierogies sound awesome, but they are so bad for me!  So, brilliant idea, I’ll make the mashed cauliflower I keep seeing on Pinterest that everyone says is so good. Bad Idea.  It does not taste anything like mashed potatoes.  I love garlic and olive oil, but it got a bad aftertaste since cauliflower doesn’t really taste like much.  /sad fail.  I think I’ll just make real mashed potato pierogies (the lazy way – in wonton wrappers.).

However, I did successfully make some pizza “cupcakes.” Bisquick mix, milk, cheese, onion, and pepperoni – mix well.  Then stick it in a cupcake pan (sprayed with cooking spray) and cook about 10-12 min.  I needed to use more pepperoni, onion, and cheese because while it looked like a lot – turns out when it puffs up they weren’t enuff.  Easy fix for next time!Image

I’m working on some vamp stuff to post, because I’ve been bored and because I’m totally interested in the evolution of the vampire recently.  And guess what!  Next season’s Once Upon a Time is in WONDERLAND!  So excited!  It better be awesome or I might cry lol.

So I know she isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I LOVE Emilie Autumn.  I think she is an amazing artist and has so much talent for so many things!  Plus, she’s bipolar like me so seeing how much she has accomplished helps me think I can too!  She recently released a video and one of my friends back in Arizona is actually in it!  Kinda cool to be watching it and then going “oh oh I know him!”  I don’t know what her inspiration was for this video, but it’s the best music video ever.  Just the right mix of fucking crazy, sex, and awesomeness.  Emilie Autumn is about as girly as I get and she’s fairly girly to an extent lol.

I’ve been working on getting my things brought down from my old room to the new, super unexciting but necessary. At least it’s at least 10 degrees cooler down here most of the time now that it’s getting hot, humid, and nasty.  Gonna have to work on my tan soon so that I’m not blinding people when we go to Florida in July.  Crossing my fingers that the internship I requested information about will allow telecommuting, hopefully I hear back on Monday!

Today I noticed that The Bates Motel was on A&E so I thought I’d finally see what all the fuss was about.  I don’t get it.  Maybe because I didn’t watch it from the beginning, but I am so lost about so many things.  And because of that I can’t decide if I like it or not.  It does draw my attention pretty well, but who knows.  I am very excited that Falling Skies season premiere is soon, that show rocks.  This week was the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy and of course they left a huge cliffhanger!  Not as bad as last season, but still one that had me yelling at the tv.  My plan next week is to watch Defiance and see if that’s any good.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention.. Tuesday was my birthday!  My kick ass friend Megan got me a new Jack Skellington wallet!  AND cupcake supplies!  New liners, gel, icing, and sprinkles.  So this week I have to figure out a new recipe to try.  I’m thinking maybe chocolate-orange.  That’s always a tasty combination.  Anyway, now that you’ve finished reading all my jibber jabber.. here it is!

So excited for a few month’s off of school to recharge!  However, now I feel at a loss of what to do.  I am looking at an internship I would love to have for the summer, but I have to find out whether or not I’d have to drive to D.C. or if I could telecommute – of course expecting they would even accept me!  Sadly, it is the only one I found that I am fairly qualified for since I don’t know javascript yet.  I can’t seem to get into any tutorials online to start learning, but I should get my book the middle of next week so I can start learning!  Even though I have a super great job at U-Haul, since it’s not in the field I’m currently looking at it just doesn’t seem so exciting anymore.

I finally got my friend Andrea’s site done (she’s the artist that did the buttons, header, and footer for my Alice site).  Until she puts it online and gives me the final touches for her gallery page all I can share is her header –

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The site is for commissions so when it’s fully up and running you should check it out, she really is very talented!

I feel proud of myself, all my hard work this semester paid off and I got a 4.0 GPA for the semester  and a 3.857 cumulative!  And to celebrate I was totally ready to spend like $30-$40 bucks to get another copy of Alice:Madness Returns (only PS3 this time) to be able to buy the original American McGee’s Alice, and guess what.. I go on Amazon and there is a downloadable PC complete collection!  Not only did I get the original game, but more dress and weapon skins for the second.. ALL for under $8!! Sometimes procrastination pays off! lol

So it’s my second to last day of the semester and I finally “completed” my Alice site revisions.  While it is a project I plan to work on forever, this is what it has turned out to be for my final project. (click the pic to see!)

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With that finished it is time to work on uploading all my digital work to my school blog – Graphically Demented.  That will be finished later today if anyone is curious.  Thursday I present that blog and my final project for my HTML Site.  If you click the heart pic, it will take you to my index page for HTML and all sites I have put together this semester.  None of the content is mine (except the home page for Scotland Tours), but I did all the css and html code (and designed the index page and Scotland Tours pages).

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I am looking forward to some time to relax, play Guild Wars, catch up on my favorite shows, and work on my personal web site.  About the only thing I have been able to discover this semester is “Hemlock Grove” a netflix series.  SO ADDICTIVE!  I was hooked 5 min into the first episode.  I can’t wait for the next season! Take a peek!

 

I have been so neglectful of my poor blog lately, but only 2 weeks left until finals are over!  I am still working some kinks out on my Alice site, because of course it doesn’t want to line up all nice for me without some tweaks.  However, for my digital design class I made “the last flower on earth.” Everyone thought it was pretty kool so I thought I’d share it here.

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Unfortunately the awesome steam punk background isn’t showing up!  So I will get the background up soon – I can’t now because I just went from Windows Vista to Windows 8 Pro and I still have to put my adobe programs back on the comp and therefore can’t make my illustrator files into gifs.

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On a very sad note Damen, middle, passed away this last week and I will miss him terribly.  Everyone will.  He was a great guy that made life fun and improved the lives of those around him.  In case anyone who reads this is in Arizona.. Jolie’s Place in Chandler is having a benefit for his family May 5th from 2-6pm.  It would be much appreciated if anyone could go help out as I myself cannot.

Now, hopefully in the next couple of days I can link you my updated Alice site.. if I can stop playing Guild Wars 2!  I have been overly addicted this past week and procrastinating even more than usual.  Spring fever is here!  Looking forward to no more homework for awhile and hopefully a few fun road trips this summer.  Haunted locations here I come!

While I don’t usually go out of my way to listen to country music, it is always one of the kinds I turn to when commercials come on the radio.  And lately I’ve been kinda into turning it on more.  Love me some Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, and Taylor Swift.  Today is totally a country day.  Had to spend some time getting together a list of why my mother should buy what computer and cell phone because she is tech stupid lol.

I’ve decided to go dark background bright pop of flowers for my design assignment. I’m thinking a color pop similar to this:bluelips rainbowlips

I like the shine and the colors.. not sure how to do it, but i will figure it out damnit! Any hints would be appreciated!

 

Totally trying to think of some cupcakes to make for finals day for my multimedia class.  I want it to be something artistic and creepy.  Possibly spiders.  I’d have to do something more with them tho.  I could always make some Alice ones – a mix of Disney’s Alice and American McGee’s.

On another note, the lady I was tutoring on Dreamweaver is awesome and I can now dye my hair and go buy American McGee’s Alice: Madness Returns for PS3 so that I can get the add-on for the original!  I’ve been dying to play the original for years now! Nothing like a new video game to stop productivity on school work! Luckily I like most of my school work so I’ll still do it.

I’m curious, any of you have anything you’d like to see me write about? I’m always up for a challenge!

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One of my all time favorite movies is Interview with a Vampire. Such an awesome adaptation of the book.  And still just as riveting to watch as the first time.  I wish more books were so closely adapted.  I get that movies are made more for the masses, but what about all of the reader’s who loved the book and wanted a true adaptation?  I loathe watching movies based on books I love only to be thoroughly disappointed.  When I was a kid my mother would make me read a book before seeing the movie it was based on.  Now I purposely do not read the book until after the movie if it can be helped.  That way the book just makes the experience better.. and not the movie a waste of my time.

Right now I am trying to find inspiration for a flower. I have an assignment to draw one- and I can’t draw! So I have to find something I can figure out how to do without being too lame.  Then I have to create a background and whatever else I want.  I understand my teacher is doing this because it’s Spring, but I hope she realizes that doesn’t mean I’m going to make it all cutesy n girly n shit. It will represent my style. With that said, I don’t know what I want. I’m debating a black/red flower – possibly some blood maybe a skull center? Or I could go vibrant with colors with a dark contrast background. Gotta think on this one.

On another note, I had an amazing dinner at O’Shucks Irish Pub last night. They have a reuben eggroll (yes, eggroll) that was to die for.  The rest of the dinner was amazing too.  The service rocked, the atmosphere was energetic and laid back all at the same time and the hand-painted mural looked great. If you are anywhere near Centreville, MD then you should really go check them out.  Be warned tho- when it hits 5pm the place packs super fast. So get there early or prepare to wait!

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Why is it as soon as you think you’ve caught up, so much more needs to be done?!  Without previously saying we would be redoing our sites ( Absolutely Alice).. today we get told we have til the end of the semester to make it better… That’s barely a month!  Not to mention the other two sites I have due in a month.. oh and the one I’m doing for my friend Andrea (she did the header, footer, and bottles on my website.).  She is going to draw me an armadillo girdled lizard for my company logo – so excited!

So the new sites for school are

– A predone content site for HTML on Scotland Tours.  I only get to write the code and design the layout/pick colors.  And the home page is whatever I want.. The rest sadly is already given to us.

-A website for my professor.  She gave us a group project and since she is so impressed by my skills she asked my group to work on pages for her OWN site.  Awesome!

This means I will have 2 sites being used on the web shortly!  I am super excited about it because it will allow me to do a portfolio that isn’t just a bunch of files.. but also available anywhere and everywhere.

One thing I do have to work on is finding someone to intern with sometime in the spring of 2014.  I don’t know who to ask or who would even put up with me, but I’m hoping someone great who will teach me tons.  For now I’ll leave you with a favorite quote of mine…

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My logo.

Posted: March 25, 2013 in Life., Uncategorized, Web Design

So after finishing my website for school a friend of mine asked me to create a site for her. This is the same friend that did artwork for my Absolutely Alice site, so of course I said yes.  Then it occurred to me that maybe I should have some kind of logo/company name so that I can start getting things going if I’m going to have sites to put in my portfolio.  I still have to find somewhere to intern for a semester within the next year or so, but I’m pretty sure I want to work for myself.  Once I get my foot fully in the door I think it will all be smooth sailing from there. So I made this:

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I figure it’s simple, just a pop of red and I love the look of the armadillo girdled lizard.  Not sure if I should add anything else to the name or not.  Some comments and ideas would be appreciated!!