Simple Splendor

Monday, November 28, 2005

These were a long time coming, I know. Thanks to Dave and Nadia for sending me some shots of our commencement celebrations. My blasted camera didn't have any batteries that night.

Mandippal spoiling a nice picture

Dave being Dave, and Nadia having the misfortune of sitting beside him at the restaurant

Nadia - as gorgeous as ever

Qasir, myself, and Mandippal (don't bother, all the oreo jokes have already been made....)

*Note our terribly rude waitress in the back*

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

+ Good News: Two of the three pieces I entered for Gala were chosen to be part of the exhibit this coming weekend.

- Bad News: Henry's e-mailed me to let me know that the enlarger I ordered from their site will not be shipped to me, as it has been bought by someone else. They also don't have any other used ones that they can sell me.

+ Good News: I hung out with "the group" this weekend for the first time in a long time. We went to see Jarhead and had a good night.

- Bad News: Steve decided to go out for Halloween as The Rock. To complete his look, he not only shaved his head but he also shaved one of his eyebrows (and drew one on mimicking the trademark Rock expression). It has yet to grow back in and I can't take him seriously.

+ Good News: I fully intend to go to the gym first thing in the morning before school - a bit of treadmill, elliptical and maybe even a few laps in the pool.

- Bad News: This trip to the gym was brought about by the many, many times I broke my "I'm going to eat healthy" regime this past week. (Note: It is not a diet, it's a regime. Big difference!)

+ Good News: I just finished the online application form for a Visa. Not only will I build up my credit and increase my chances of a bank loan for university, but I'll also be able to order all the kick ass tees I've been finding online.

- Bad News: I'm not sure if the huge holiday sale will be over before I recieve my card (or letter of decline for that matter) in the mail within 5-7 business days.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

I'm giddy - giddy like a school girl. I'm sure you're asking yourself why. Why else?

Boys of course! A boy to be exact. How lame am I, eh? Oh well, this mood will make work tonight that much more bearable!

I have great news everyone! I ordered my darkroom enlarger from last week. Which means I'm one step closer to completing my darkroom and developing my pictures at home!

Things are good, really good!

Saturday, November 05, 2005

I meant to blog about this awhile ago but, as usual, it completely slipped my mind.

A few weeks ago, Jeopardy had one of it's student weeks - you had the typical cute kids that everyone loves, with the occasional snotty one that you hope doesn't win. It was a day or two after watching an episode of the kid's week that my brother and I had the following conversation:

Matt: How do you get diplomatic immunity?
Amy: You become a diplomat.
Matt: No, no ... how do you become a diplomat?
Amy: It really all depends - there's a few different ways. Why do you need it exactly?
Matt: Do you remember that girl on Jeopardy last night? I figured if I got diplomatic immunity I could assassinate her...
Amy: Matt! She was like, twelve!
Matt: Yeah, but she was stuck up and the cute kid should have won. Besides, she'll be older when I do it - it'll take me awhile to get my immunity.
Amy: Okay. So how do you plan on getting diplomatic immunity?
Matt: I'm going to become a diplomat.
Amy: No, no ... What kind of diplomat?
Matt: I don't know, a senator or something. I can figure all that out later.

He's a funny kid, I tell ya! Although, I think very few people see that side of him. He seems quiet around his friends. I could be wrong, but it's a shame if he is. He's a riot!

On second thought, we may just both be idiots! :P

Friday, November 04, 2005

If all goes as planned, I'll start work on converting our fruit cellar into a darkroom this weekend. It's exciting stuff! But there is so much to be done. First, I'll need to empty it out and pack away all of the old tools that are currently residing in there. Then I'll have to paint the room black and light proof around the door way, which in itself is a weekend's worth of work. After that it's a matter of plumbing in a sink, installing a light socket, replacing the door and building a shelf or two.

I sure have taken on a rather large task, but I've wanted this for oh so long! I'm going to go on a hunt for a second hand enlarger this weekend and I'll use my German contest winnings to cover the cost. I'm thinking that I'll ask for the sink, paint and door to be my Christmas gift from my dad. All that'll be left is the developing supplies which can be bought with my next paycheck.

Oh, and my brother has offered manual labor at the small cost of $20 and a lesson or two in developing film.

I'm getting all antsy and giddy!

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Great news everyone, all that's left to do on my film is the credits! It's looking pretty good and things just kind of fell into place this morning - such a huge relief. The class will be viewing it either tomorrow or Friday. Here's hoping it's well received!

I'm just glad that everything has managed to wrap itself up before the weekend. Over the course of last weekend I worked a total of nine and a half hours. This weekend? I'll work twenty-one and a half. Mind you, it will be a nice paycheck to go Christmas shopping with!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Ha! You thought I had forgotten, didn't you? Well, I'm sorry to disappoint but I'm keeping with my goal: One a day, every day with 12 days to go.

So back in July, Drawn! (a great website, check it out) posted a link to FLIPBOOK! - the coolest thing to keep me amused for hours since...

I really have no idea. But either way, it's great and you should check it out. I'll post a few of mine tomorrow. Feel free to comment with links to yours too (especially Qasir and Richard).

What are you waiting for?