March 21, 2009


I achieved my goal for the day! I wanted to finish my descriptive geometry drawing up to the point where all i would have to do is add line weights (which I plan on doing during class on Tuesday) and I did! I left for studio at 10:30 this morning, and but for an hour break for lunch (at annie's with sami) and a two hour break for dinner (picnic in the park with sami) i worked up until 9:15. It was a very productive day. It's a good feeling, accomplishing one's goals. I should do it more often.

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

March 20, 2009

Spring is in the air

Oh how I love spring. It's my favorite season (fall is a very close second). Everything is waking up after a long hibernation, the trees start growing leaves, flowers start to bloom, everything starts becoming green again, and there is an overwhelming freshness to the air. Everything is coming to life. I'm sad that I wont be able to spend time at home during spring. It is a wonderful time there. All the wonderful earthy smells, mom starts her garden again, we start running around barefoot through the cool grass. Too bad spring break was this past week instead of during the middle of spring. But in spite of that, today is the first day of spring, so (surprise, surprise) I found some quotes to kick off the season.

An optimist is the human personification of spring.
-Susan J. Bissonette

If there comes a little thaw,
Still the air is chill and raw,
Here and there a patch of snow,
Dirtier than the ground below,
Dribbles down a marshy flood;
Ankle-deep you stick in mud In the meadows while you sing,
"This is Spring."
-Christopher Pearce Cranch, A Spring Growl

[Spring is] when life's alive in everything.
-Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894)

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"
-Robin Williams

It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!
-Mark Twain

If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom.
-Audra Foveo

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.
-Nadine Stair

The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other.
-Arthur Rubenstein

Happy First Day of Spring!

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January 6, 2009

Happy New Year!

Hello Everyone! Happy New Year! It's now 2009. Wow, how time flies. I can't believe that my first semester of sophmore year is over already. It seems like just last week, or maybe two weeks ago, i was packing up and going to spat camp. wierd. Anyway, one of my goals for 2009 is to take one picture every day, the picture (so far) generally has something to do with what's going on in my life that day, so they will sort of tell a story for the year. That's the plan, anyway. and then at the end of the year, I will put them all together on a big poster and have a year in pictures. I thought I could post them here too. So here are the first 5 pictures of this year (I have done anything yet today to warrent a picture).
Jan 1
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Jan 2
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Jan 3
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Jan 4
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Jan 5
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June 24, 2008

Randall the Scanner

So I named the scanner at work Randall, after the bad chameleon monster in Monsters, Inc. The first day I started scanning drawings, it took me an hour and a half to scan 30 drawings. It kept eating the paper, crinkeling its edges, getting jamed, and making it impossible to send the paper through straight. He's gotten better though. So far, my best is 2.6 sheets per minute. Today, I scanned in 87 sheets in 35 minutes. (watch, i probably just jinxed myself, and tomorrow i wont get anything scanned in). Yes, this is what I do at work, I spend my time trying to figure out how many drawings I can scan in a minute. :D It's good fun.
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June 3, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom!!!

Happy Birthday to You...
Happy Birthday to You...
Happy Birthday Dear Mom...
Happy Birthday to You!!!

May 13, 2008

Quote of the moment

"Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness."
-Rabbi Harold Kushner

May 11, 2008


Really Random List of Favorites:
-animal: elephant
-color: the blue of the ocean in a tropical place with white sand
-number: 7
-flower: a yellow and pink rose, or a Lily, alyssum are cute too
-store: Michael's
-artist: Escher
-month: June
-season: Fall
-fruit: blueberries
-body of water: North Pipe Lake
-type of grass: the rough on a golf course (hopefully i don't have to hit out of it though)
-mountain range: Rockies
-freezer food: egg rolls
-sport: golf
-tree: willow or oak
-time of day: twilight or sunrise (altho I'm barely ever up at sunrise)
-exotic animal: sloth
-office supply: staple-less stapler
-picture: the one of me, sami, and rachel when Mr. karolek was taking our sr. pics
-movie: Juno, PS i love you,
-feature on the opp sex: eyes
---what do you look for in opp sex: can make me laugh, knows what he wants
-font: teen, juice itc, nueva std, vivaldi
-kiss or cuddle: cuddle
-highlighter color: blue
-sharpie color: magenta
-quote: "Not all those that wander are lost." J.R.R. Tolkin
-food: potatoes, any way
-smell: dirt, during and just after a warm rain, grass, golf course, morning dew, clean air, spring
-website: flickr
-writing utensil: sharpie, pencil
-vegetable: carrots
-drink: Sanpellegrino limonata (Italian soda-any flavor really, and raspberry lime is really good too)
-sticky note color: green
-kitchen appliance: microwave or blender
-cardinal direction (NSEW): east
-restaurant: applebees is good. so's annies. not sure of a fav
-article of clothing: jeans
-form of precipitation: gentle rain or snow
-neon sign color: light blue
-computer game: um....sims maybe
-board game: life
-outdoor game: volleyball, kickball
-thing at a playground: swings
-country: well, the US...i haven't ever left it, so i can't really pick
-state: Wisconsin
-vacation place: Florida, west coast
-bus route: 16, 50 or 3: they all go to the library
-aim smiley: :D - giant smile
-glaze color (as in clay pots): bluish purple
-knot: square
-fish: blue tang (aka Dory)
-apple: Honeycrisp
-city: Minneapolis
-language: English and German
-way to say good bye: Hug and toodles
-way to say hello: Hug and Howdy there
-golf club: 7 iron, Driver, and pitching wedge
-computer application: photoshop
-job: circ desk staff at library
-day of the week: sunday
-room in my house: my room
-place to go in my home town: north lake library
-car: almost any convertible, and vw bugs are cute
-museum: Milwaukee art museum
-architect: don't really have one right now, but frank gehry used to be
-author: Christopher Paolini
-teacher: Frau
-class: band and all art classes
-type of glue: tacky
-fridge magnet: the one from gpa h that says "i know I'm in my own little world, but it's ok, they like me there"
-brand of bottled water: ice mountain for pure water, vitamin water for flavored
-type of chips: plain wavy
-way to eat a potato: mashed with sour cream, chives, cheese, and butter
-toppings on a salad: dressing-ranch or caesar, croutons
-ice cream: chocolate, mint, peppermint
-ice cream toppings: chocolate, cherries, butterscotch
-sandwich: panera Tuscan chicken or caesar
-soup: baked potato, chicken noodle
-place I've lived: my house right now just north of little North Lake
-actor/actress: um...i don't really have one.
-live concert: 1. Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2. Blue Man Group 3. Mannheim Steamroller
-nickname: lyss
-disney movie: 101 Dalmatians
-disney hero: Pongo and Perdita
-disney villain: Hades
-type of art: acrylic painting
-building on campus: rapson, northrop
-road on campus: the nonroad- pleasant street i think?
-bridge on campus: the old rail road bridge
-portion of the marching band uniform: the chicken
-place in Northrop: upper balcony
-library: Minneapolis central, followed by Town Hall
-color nail polish: blushy pink
-shoe: brown clogs, and black ballet flats
-band of shoes: um... bass shoes are comfy
-shirt: my blue long sleeved shirt, with the poofyish shoulders
-place to eat on campus: coffman market
-flexdine taking location: jamba juice
-rock: the purple one my sister gave to me for my birthday
-random fact: elephants can't jump
-color for a white board marker: blue
-chalk color: magenta
-decade: current one
-holiday: Christmas
-thing with a zipper on it: grey zip up
-thing to do with snow: make snow angels, go skiing
-pen: my purple one
-farm animal: horse
-movie shown at coffman: Juno
-flavor jamba juice: something with strawberry
-thing to order from qdoba: i think I've only been there once...prolly a taco salad or something
-thing to do on a rainy day: curl up in my papasan chair and read a book
-thing sitting on my desk right now: pic of me, sami, and rachel
-play (theater): um...Nutcracker
-type of light fixture: spider light or the lights that are just a shade in a tubular shape
-style of house: log cabin
-brand of golf ball: Wilson hope
-golf course: Songbird Hills
-constellation: the dippers (they are the only ones i can identify)
-planet: earth
-thing in freezer: was the chicken nuggets til i ate them and there was nothing left in our freezer
-thing in fridge: was my nice cold bottle of water, til Brittany took our fridge home
-thing in cabinet under the sink: um, at home, it would be a water bottle. i don't have a cabinet under the sink here.
-thing cabinet next to the fridge and hanging on the wall: at home: at home-chocolate chips
-book on book shelf: Eragon
-thing in bottom desk drawer: beading stuff til mom took it home, currently: sharpies
-power tool: drill press
-song to sing out loud: Hey Baby, Build me up Buttercup
-type of headphones: hook over ears and are separate
-item from Starbucks: Double Chocolatey Chip
-fast food restaurant: Culvers
-gemstone: Amethyst

May 5, 2008

Some Quotes to Make Me Feel Better...

...because quotes always make me feel better. Not that I'm feeling bad, I'm just feeling displaced in my own sanctuary in this crazy college life, and I don't appreciate it.

"The more things change, the more they remain... insane."
-Michael Fry and T. Lewis, Over the Hedge, 05-09-04

"So you see, imagination needs moodling - long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering. "
-Brenda Ueland

"Observe Everything.
Communicate Well.
Draw, Draw, Draw."
-Frank Thomas, Disney Animator, When asked to give advice to young animators

"The most potent muse of all is our own inner child."
-Stephen Nachmanovitch

"In most people's vocabularies, design means veneer. It's interior decorating. It's the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service."
-Steve Jobs

"Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home."
-John Howard Payne

"There is only one admirable form of the imagination: the imagination that is so intense that it creates a new reality, that it makes things happen."
-Sean O'Faolain

this one made me giggle:
"Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art."
-Tom Stoppard

"The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, 'Is there a meaning to music?' My answer would be, 'Yes.' And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?' My answer to that would be, 'No.' "
-Aaron Copland

So I've already posted this quote, but it still makes me laugh:
"An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger."
-Dan Rather
I listen to William Tell and think half time show, being on the string of the bow in the drill, playing it [almost] fully memorized in pep band...not the Lone Ranger.

I like this one:
"My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence."
-Edith Sitwell

"Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!"
J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 1997

"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority."
-E. B. White

"The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you."
-Rita Mae Brown

"USA Today has come out with a new survey - apparently, three out of every four people make up 75% of the population."
-David Letterman

and i think that's enough for now.


My mom and sister came up to the cities this weekend for my cousins first communion and on their way home, I sent home a load of stuff, including my papasan chair, bookcase, and half my closet. Since they were there, along with my uncle and grandpa who came to help load the car, I decided that I might as well deloft my bed now instead of waiting a day and delofting it then and then having to wait in a giant line to turn in my loft. So now my bed has been delofted for almost a full 24 hours, and it is sooo strange. I walk into our room, and Brittany's bed is still lofted (that will change though tomorrow night) and her half looks normal. then i look to my half, and i have to pause. The wall looks bare, it looks so open, yet so closed. Like there is more space, yet there is less. Then I sat on top of my bed to work on homework last night, and whenever i looked up from my computer, i had to pause again. Instead of sitting squashed in the 3 feet of space there was between the bed and the ceiling, i now had at least 7 feet. I'm only 3 feet off the floor instead of 6. and I was basically on the same level as Brittany who was sitting on her chair under her loft. Then it came time for bed. I went to lay down, and i didn't have to climb up the side of my bed, i could easily reach the light switch on my floor lamp, and i had a table (the fridge) within easy reach to put my glasses on. Laying down was strange too. all that extra room above my head, i couldn't touch the ceiling, the lamp over my head instead of under it. I also felt very exposed. Being up close to the ceiling, i felt protected, like i was in a little cove above the room and no one could get at me. With it delofted, I was on the ground floor again, when Brittany walked around, i realized that the bed only came up to her stomach. I then realized the different zones that my room once had. There's my desk area, the "den", when all business takes place, homework gets done, its a public place. there was the "living room" under the loft, with my bookshelf, giant comfy papasan chair, and some lighting form the floor lamp, all held together by the rug, and kept nice an cozy by the low roof of my lofted bed, but it was still a public spot that my friends would gather and sit around. then there was my bed on the loft. that was my "bedroom." Only I ever went up there, and it was my little cave, my safe spot. No one could get me up there, i was above the world looking down on it, I was safe from whatever was happening down below. It was my little cave just for me. Now with the loft down, i lost the "living room" and my "bedroom" and the "den" area has lost its definition. It all now just flows together. The top of my lap top rises a few inches above the top of my bed, and the "living room" and "bedroom" are now one and the same. I don't have my little safe cave above the world anymore. And under the bed is just some storage space that isn't really good for anything. It's soo different and strange. It's sorta nice having my bed delofted, because it's easier to get to and i can now actually sit up in bed without hitting my head on the ceiling. But I've decided I much prefer it lofted.
I'm glad I'm only going to have to live with it like this for a week.

Before (take in the first week of school, so there is a ton more stuff on the walls and a bit messier):
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April 12, 2008

Breakfast This Morning

So I was eating breakfast by myself this morning when David joins me.
David: Ah, I knew I saw a familiar face.
Me: Good Morning David.
David: Where’s Sami?
Me: She’s at home this weekend.
David: Aha! I knew something was up.
Me: …why is something up?
David: Well, you two are like orbiting planets. If I see one, the other is somewhere close by. So when one was is missing, something is up.
Me: k…She’s at home for the weekend.

it made me giggle.

April 11, 2008

Zen of the Day

The unconscious mind is decidedly simple, unaffected, straightforward, and honest. It hasn’t got all of this façade, this veneer of what we call adult culture. It’s rather simple, rather childish. It’s direct and free.


April 2, 2008

So I do really enjoy quotes...

"Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to create an artificial shortage of fish and he will eat steak."
-Jay Leno

"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge. "
-Bertrand Russell

"There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot."
-Steven Wright

"The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal."
-H. L. Mencken

"If all the world's a stage, I want to operate the trap door."
-Paul Beatty i think that's enough for now...back to work.

Studying and the Wandering Mind...

During LASk today, Chris gave showed us a graph of our concentration during studying. It looked something like this:

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The x represents one hour (each red tally is at a 15 minute increment) the y represents level of concentration. Note the lack of concentration in the middle...this is where there is very little retention of information. Now this next graph is if you break up the hour. Note how much more concentrating is going on and how much more information is retained. True, it may take longer to study, but more is learned.

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So with this in mind, maybe a new study motto could be implemented? Instead of lets just get through this because I'll be done with it faster...maybe it should be mind is wandering...i wonder where it is going? I shall go chase it, see it's destination to satisfy it, then return it to the present and get back to work. I think I like that motto better.

April 1, 2008


Anyone pull any pranks?
Anyone fooled by a prank?

March 31, 2008