Archive for April, 2007

mKay?

I’m strongly considering becoming a Mary Kay consultant.  Not as my only job, but just for some extra income…  I get 50% commission as well as a 50% discount.  If I consult a party that has $150 in sales, I’ve made $75 in about 2 hours.  And I set my own goals, so I don’t have to meet certain $ quotas or hourly quotas.  Also, I could gather a group of clients who would buy products from me monthly (with no party) that could bring in some steady income.  It won’t be life-changing income, but it’d be nice if it could cover my rent costs each month.  So if you want to have a Mary Kay party (yes, I realize most of my audience are males) just let me know!

Can anyone think of a reason for me not to do this? I sure can’t!

Creature of Habit

Maybe I’m the only one who does this…but I’d like to think I’m not. It seems that every time I travel back home, I am back to my old habits. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just that these habits have since disappeared while being away at camp in the summers and college. Here’s a few to further my point:

  • Eating a bowl of cereal before bed
  • Drinking multiple glasses of milk
  • Setting the sleep timer on my TV
  • Staying up until 2
  • Sleeping in
  • Drinking pop from cans
  • Keeping my car unlocked
  • Showering for way too long
  • Not doing homework on the weekend

The few…the proud

The Animation Show DVD The rumors are true. I turned 21 on April 15. On that same day, I had my first alcoholic drink. It was a glass of Riesling. Which was nasty. I stayed up until midnight (not an easy thing to do for an old timer like myself!) and had a glass (more like 6 sips) of wine. I should have gone to bed instead…! Though, I’ll try other wines and maybe find something a bit sweeter that I could enjoy on occasion.

I opened presents from Miles that morning before lunch. One being a wood figurine from the Willow Tree Angel collection, this particular figurine entitled “Birthday Girl”. I started collecting them in high school and I think Miles is trying to encourage my collection (not a bad thing!) He also got me a DVD collection of “The Animation Show”, the DVD version of an animation festival…pretty sweeeet! Lastly, I got The Animator’s Sketchbook, which is by the guy who directed Roger Rabbit and it has lots of tips for character animation pertaining to almost anything you could think of. (A guy using a pitch fork to throw hay…who would want to animate that?! SOMEONE!) So they were exciting gifts, I must say!

Then we went to Sioux Falls and watched Meet the Robinsons. It’s a 3D animation in 3D vision…sensory OVERLOAD! It was good modeling and animation; though I didn’t care to wear the 3D glasses the whole time. Hurt my head! Then we went to Johnny Carino’s…delish! I tried a Bellini (which I mistakingly made a joke; thinking it was Belushi) and Miles ordered an Italian margarita in case I didn’t like the Bellini. They were very fruity and that definitely helped with the taste. We drove back to Madison and David came over to Miles’s and they played Guitar Hero while I did homework or something. All in all, a good day. And I get to celebrate it again with dinner with my family this weekend!

Also, some interesting developments have occurred in the past week or so…how’s that for a teaser?! Check back soon.

Beadlemania

UPDATE: I won 1st place in the 2D competition for my picture of Marissa…! Good thing I left that 2% chance!

I again submitted two pieces into Beadlemania. It’s called Beadlemania because 1) Beatlemania is the term used to describe the era where The Beatles rocked (it still hasn’t ended!) and 2) the College of Arts and Sciences is in Beadle Hall. Beadlemania is to 1) showcase student work over the past year and 2) award those pieces that are most outstanding. Ice Princess

Last year, one of my pieces won 1st place for the 2D category. I’m 98% positive I won’t be winning anything this year for my entries. (I left 2%; just in case it’s a Cinderella story). It’s not that the things I submitted weren’t good…I just know they aren’t as good as others’ work. They judge tonight or tomorrow, but I’m not hopeful. One award is good enough, right? I mean, it’d be selfish to win another. Anyway, I submitted that picture of Marissa and my Ping-Pong animation from last semester.

I submitted my Ping-Pong animation, as opposed to my exterior environment (see below) for many reasons. 1) For some reason, the DVD decided to stop working right when it needed to most. So, I didn’t have time or $ to try to reburn it on a new DVD. 2) Since I lost so much time from the remaking of corrupted files, I had to sacrifice many artistic endeavors I was going to try. Here are a few of them:

  • Every frame would have been black and white, except the flower would be in color
    • This would require bringing in over 2000 “pictures” and outlining the flower by hand — at least one more week’s work
  • I would have fixed the glitch in the animation of the flower, right after it floats in the air
  • I would have made the trees sway in the direction of the flower’s movement, to show it’s a windy day and the flower just isn’t a magical flying flower
    • I would have done this to the yellow ribbons, too
  • I would have focused more on the “back story”
    • More focus on the yellow ribbons, support our troops signs, words on gravestone
    • Confetti on ground — suggestion a parade the day before
  • Not even done this exterior and done the island from Lost instead
    • Would have needed at least another 2 weeks, just for rendering time
      • There are a lot of trees on the Lost island
      • Trees take for friggin’ ever to render

The thing I do like about it, is that I animated the camera as if it didn’t know where the flower was going. Kind of like if a human saw it start floating away and wanted to film it…one just can’t anticipate where the wind will blow. So I am happy with that. Anyway, watch it. If you don’t have anything nice to say about it…that’s OK. Apparently, neither do I!

Housesitting

Well, I’m home for Easter break and it’s below freezing with the wind. My parents are on vacation right now…in 87 degree weather. They were supposed to go a few weeks ago, but got blizzarded out.
I’m in the house alone, because Marissa went riding around and I am a scaredy-cat. The washing machine was unbalanced and making loud noises. It sounded like a monster.

On the bright side, here’s my dad playing Guitar Hero!

Dad & Guitar Hero

Tomorrow, I’m hosting a bridal shower for my future sister-in-law, Cari. It should be pretty fun, but has been a lot more work and money than I expected. The theme is Around the Clock, where each guest is given a time of day and are to buy a gift fitting for that time. Example: if you had 6:00PM, you’d probably give some sort of gift that has to do with cooking. Get it?!

Sunday, Marissa and I are going to church and then going to Sioux City with grandma and grandpa to meet up with other family for lunch. Then on Monday, I’m stopping in Sioux Falls on my way back to Madison and then my break is over…!