Outakes (Occasional dragons)

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Sometimes you get to do cool things. Much of my work has been a slew of realistic gray things that look right for the show, but they aren’t necessarily fun to paint. However, sometimes you get a dragon and you like it so much you decide to do a slightly smaller one for yourself as well. Not all shows can be superawesomefabulous, but it’s the few challenges that keep me around.

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So here’s to the dragons in the midst of the gray. Find them and accomplish them with abandon.

Full Time

Do you know, I was nervous that not having a job would mean my life would get less interesting. Perhaps that sounds naive, but if you consider the amount of hours one puts into a full time position, then you can understand how I was nervous that I wouldn’t have much to fill those hours once the job was gone. Well, you can cross those fears off the list of anxieties that plague me. Within the last two weeks, I have driven a good portion of the east coast of the United States (Florida up to Connecticut to be precise), spent copious amounts of time with friends in multiple states, been applying out my ears for new jobs, battling dragons and gremlins of varying size and viciousness, working out, dreaming of sky castles and their foundations, tunneling out of snowy waste, and navigating my relationship with a man who I have only thus far enjoyed long distance. I will not pretend that life is idyllic seeing as there are certainly things that plague me, but, as I said, dragons and gremlins (for the record, not all dragons are nasty, but a portion are rather rude and tend to use their size and fire-breathing capabilities for less than savory endeavors.) ¬†Ultimately, I am just musing on the fact that, though I love working, I wish that people here could be allowed such a holiday that I am having now. Obviously I am seeking work, but wouldn’t it be truly glorious to just be allowed to enjoy not having a fixed job for a while? To simply pursue living uncomplicated by the institutions that twist our guts and make us feel anxious because they are the new predators that replaced other animals when we evolved? I have to wonder what it will take for everybody to demand time to truly enjoy living. There is so much to explore, and certainly people make it happen within the confines of working so hard, but wouldn’t it be a beautiful thing if we determined the limits of our time rather than working within a convention that we had very little say in creating? Musings are another way I have been spending my time ūüėČ

I Swear I’m Here

I make no excuses, I only say that my life has events arranged in such a way that blogging as consistently as I once did is proving quite a challenge. However, here are a few new things in my life that I either love or completely detest at this point.

Love: Cigar City Brewing Company I mentioned them in the post before the giant voting sticker, and I am still totally in love. I am extremely fond of beer, and to have a fantastic (and affordable) local brewery in my area makes me absolutely giddy.

And an excellent logo to boot!

Detest:¬†Gold/Metallic Paint¬†Not exactly new, but it has been present in my life more often in this short time period than previously. For anyone who thinks gold paint is awesome, I must believe that you have not worked with the substance. At first, everything is cool and sparkly. Then….it makes a stupidly obvious mess everywhere that cannot be remedied by begging, pleading, or even a full bottle of GoJO. No longer cool, but still annoyingly sparkly.

Love:¬†Dragonvale¬†I first heard about this game on the CogKnitive podcast from the wonderful and fabulous Dr. Gemma. In her segment “Something I Really Like,” she waxed poetic on the wonders of this game. I listened to her happy exaltations and then promptly forgot them. Then, my dear Handsome was talking about online games last night, and I had the idiotic impulse (you know, the ones that come late at night when you’re tired and your guard is lower than usual) to download this free app. Very. Poor/best/bad/wonderful. Decision. The premise is simple; one buys dragon eggs, hatches them, and then formats an island for said dragons to live upon while doing all kinds of fun things in the interim. Kind of like farmville, just with dragons that are way too cute for comfort. It is simply unfair how nifty this game is, and I am not going to admit how many times I fed my dragons today during my shift.

Too Much Adorable!

Detest:¬†Zep Lubricant¬†No, this is not the fun kind. This is the gak you use to keep the parts on an outdoor stage from rusting together. Extremely effective product, not exactly nice to use. Looks like a bodily fluid, smells like gasoline and contact cement, and it will eat through anything it touches (including skin). Only had to use this briefly, and twas enough for a few lifetimes to be sure. Felt quite terrible for SuperLady who had to use it for miles of chain…ickyyyyy.

Love: Banana Bread Herculine got me hooked on the cake, and now ZeldaStark has become my supplier of the bread. Seriously, every time we go to market, she shows up with a tin-foil-wrapped treasure that smacks of homemade wonder and sunshine. The bread is always moist and perfect. A delightful treat to get me through the week until she comes round again.

Yummmmmm!!!

See? I promise I am still having adventures in living a life, and I promise to update thee as much as possible. And besides, the longer I go without writing, the more I will have to tell you. An excellent scenario, don’t you think?