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 1.  After weeks of not enough shifts, I worked twenty-plus hours this week because we were heavily understaffed (manager's sister had a medical emergency, assistant manager recently quit, girl I was hired with is currently in Greece).  I look forward to the paycheck.

2.  I found out (at approximately the same time as I got my schedule for the week) that the deadline for the Fall print residency at Spudnik was 1 July.  Since I was working so many hours this week, I wasn't able to put together anything new to apply for it.  Well, technically I did apply anyway, because I ticked the box that said "keep this on file" when I applied this summer, but if they didn't like it then I'm not holding my breath.

3.  I don't remember ever specifically mentioning it, but apparently it is known at the store that I'm a Star Wars fan.  Perhaps I exude eau de I totally want a lightsaber?

Holiday Cards (In June)

New post up at Flying Seal Press. If you think you've any interest at all in purchasing holiday cards from me, please read.

Just got word from the second of the printmaking residencies, it's a no.  It's not, strictly speaking, a surprise, as they were supposed to inform people several days ago, and my best best of getting anything this summer was the first residency, which had a much smaller (and less international) applicant pool.

There is a distinct lack of direction in my life at present.

Year of the Rabbit Card Images

Long blog post at flyingsealpress.com with pictures of the Year of the Rabbit cards I've just finished.

Some combination of springtime, New Orleans, and job loss has me feeling more energetic and upbeat than I have in a few months. I'm hoping it will last.

In the meantime, I've finally gotten my Year of the Rabbit card designs where I want them, spent Monday and Tuesday carving, and spent yesterday printing the first fifty.

(I'm on a relief printmaking mailing list that does annual new years card exchanges. It's lovely getting handprinted cards from all over the world. And the fact that I'm still getting cards at a rate of about one a week means I'm not feeling too far behind.)

I'll be posting images of the actual cards in a few days, as I'd like it to go up on the fsp blog at the same time.

Flying Seal Press, by the way, now has a new website at www.flyingsealpress.com. It's still in progress, but I think it's a step in the right direction.

End of 2010 Meme

End-of-year meme ganked from lareinenoire and midnightdiddle

[1.] What did you do in 2010 that you have never done before?
Watched the bats leave Carlsbad Caverns at night.  Was instructor of record for Printmaking 1. Graduated.  Moved to Chicago.  Moved in with <lj user=teki>, which is the first time I've (a) lived with a significant other and (b) lived with this particular significant other, thus ending the long distance phase of our relationship. 

[2.] Did you keep all of last year's resolutions?
A quick look at the list shows a roughly 66% success rate.

[3.] Have you any resolutions for next year?
I will probably write some up in the next week or two. 

[4.] What countries did you visit?
None.  It was a very US-y year.

[5.] What would you like to have in 2011 that you didn't have in 2010?
Financial stability.  More progress on the business end of Flying Seal Press.  A scooter to jet around Chicago in.

[6.] What date in 2010 will remain etched in your memory?
13 April, my MFA defense.

[7.] What was your biggest achievement of the year?

[8.] What was your biggest failure?
I'm still not the person I want to be.

[9.] Did you suffer any illness or injury?
Spent New Year's Eve/day/period afterwards with a stomach flu last year, it was an inauspicious beginning. 

[10.] What was the best thing you bought?
I'll tell you in April.

[11.] Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Tea party.  People opposed to marriage equality.  The Pope.

[12.] Where did most of your money go?
Food.  Student loans.

[13.] What did you get really really really excited about?
Graduating, living with Teki.

[14.] What songs will always remind you of 2010?
...I got nothing.

[15.] Compared to this time last year are you:
[A] Fatter or thinner?
About the same, I think.
[B] Happier or sadder? Generally happier.
[C] Richer or poorer? Definitely poorer.

[16.] What do you wish you'd done more of?
More work on art, more work on FSP.

[17.] What do you wish you'd done less of?
Wasting time on the Internet doing things like lj memes.

[18.] How will you be spending Christmas?
Visiting family and eating things covered in gravy.

[19.] Which LJ users did you meet for the first time?

[20.] Did you fall in love in 2010?
Again and again. teki is awesome.

[21.] How many one night stands?

[22] What was your favourite TV show?

[23.] Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I think my shit list has been pretty consistent, though I definitely respect Keith Olbermann less than I used to, and I'm currently disappointed in President Obama.

[24.] What was/were the best books you read?
Hunger Games, Blameless, Washington: A Life, Cleopatra: A Life, The Way We Never Were, Stitch n' Bitch Superstar Knitting

[25.] What was your greatest musical discovery?
Bob Dylan's Christmas Album is basically the worst thing ever.

[26.] What did you want and get?
An MFA.  A job.

[27.] What did you want and not get?
A better job.

[28.] What was your favourite film this year?
Scott Pilgrim.

[29.] What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
Worked six hours, met up with my mother in downtown Chicago for shopping, then had dinner with her, my uncle, and teki at a really lovely tapas place.  It was a wonderful birthday.  The weekend before it, though, I'd also been fortunate enough to have Genie, Christina, Jamie, Beth, and Brian in town (all but Brian crashing here) and we hung out and were silly and dorky and it was basically the best thing ever.

[30.] What one thing would have made your year more satisfying?

[31.] How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
If I'm not in a print lab, I need not be covered in ink.  But I might be anyway.

[32.] What kept you sane?
Cats.  Boyfriend.  Friends.  Internet.  Yarn.

[33.] Which celebrity did you fancy the most?

[34.] Which political issue stirred you the most?
Decisions being made with no regard for the facts.  Laws codifying hatred and discrimination.

[35.] Who did you miss?
All the friends not in NM, then my friends in NM once I moved, plus all the people I just don't see as often as I'd like.

[36.] Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned this year?
You don't have as much control over your life as you think you do.



Just once I would like voting to go smoothly.  In the almost ten years since I've been eligible to vote, I've

a.  had an old woman try to give me a provisional ballot even though I was eligible to just go in and vote (Ohio)

b.  had my registration returned to me for no obvious reason (New Mexico) rendering me ineligible to vote early or by mail

c.  even though I changed my address and registration several months ago, I have not received anything, am apparently not even in the system,  and thus will not be able to vote tomorrow (Illinois)

Dammit, Democracy, I am trying to participate here.

Reading Suggestions Welcome

As I may have mentioned, one of my job perks is getting to take two books home at a time, for two weeks each, provided I return them undamaged.

As you may imagine, I've been taking advantage of this pretty constantly.  But while I have no shortage of books I'm interested in reading, being in a bookstore has me thinking about how much more there is out there to be read.

So I'm throwing this open to you guys:  Name some books you think I should read.  Think I ought to be more familiar with Plato's Dialogues?  Cool.  Know a really good cookbook?  Sounds great.  They can be books you think I'd enjoy or books you think would smarten me up a bit.  Whatever.  Give me a title and an author, and if we carry it, I will read it. 

(Currently I have Gail Carringer's Blameless and Carl Sandburg's Chicago Poems checked out)

Where I'm at

We're now living at residence #4, which is the condo we're renting from two of teki's friends (currently doing a postdoc abroad).  We plan to stay here for at least several years, which means that for the first time in months I can actually throw out cardboard boxes and unpack in earnest.  Words cannot describe how good it feels to finally be settled in a place semi-long term.

We're picking up my cats and the rest of my things from Cleveland this weekend.  I've already painted the second bedroom, which is going to be my studio.  We're considering painting the rest of the place at some point, but for the time being we're just living with it.  Last weekend (in addition to moving things here) we dropped way too much money at the Ikea buying bits of furniture and whatnots.  Next weekend we're going to visit my family in Traverse City, which on hand I <3 seeing family, but on the other hand I'm still so exhausted from all the moving it's more like oh-god-seven-hour-drive-each-way.

Work is... something I'm not discussing in an unlocked entry. 

I'm starting to see the effects of back to school at the store and elsewhere, though I'm far enough away from it that it feels like secondhand school.  It feels really weird that I'm not starting classes, this is the first year I haven't been doing back to school in three years, and in all my years since I started first grade this is only the second year I haven't been starting classes in the fall.  I'm not saying I *want* to be back in school, mind you... but it was familiar.

This entry will be followed by a locked entry for those who would like my new address.