Sunday, May 20, 2007

Fall Creek Loop

.: I found a new girlfriend her name "Fall Creek" in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. I rank it up there with the best hikes I've ever been on.. It wasn't long (only 8 miles).. Wasn't that tough (only 2 major/minor climbs).. But you got to see a lot of pretty trees (2nd & 3rd generation redwoods).. And you get to follow a little beck for about half the hike... Ultra relaxing.. I got to clear my mind of everything.. Ended up thinking about some really random topics though.. oh well..

.: On the whole hike, I saw maybe 10 people.. and most of those were on the 2nd half of the hike.. It was nice to be all alone on the path.. Don't get that too much in parks where you can day hike every trail.. I ran into the same 2 horse riders 3 times.. It's weird to run into the same people twice in the same day.. but 3 times is amazingly weird...


.: On my way out of the park I ended up getting lost by taking the wrong trail.. I didn't have a park map (no ranger station to buy one.. booooo).. I ended up on the road where my car wasn't... I had no idea where I was... so what did I do? Pop open my phone, pull up google maps and found the street I was on.. the most likely place I was.. Grabbed my compass and tracked south west and ended up finding my car again! Hurray for knowing how to use the tools of the sport (replace google maps with a real map.. but you get the idea)....


Saturday, May 19, 2007

Joining The Digital Age

.: Holy S***... I did the what I should have done a while ago.. I purchased my first digital camera... I wanted one that would fit into my pocket and had good manual controls... I went to the store and played (I always do my research on these things).. I ended up going with a Casio Exilim Ex-V7... Itz a 7.something Megapixel..

.: I took it on a test drive today in Felton, Fall Creek Park... Worked ok.. kept on resetting to default ISO and White Balance... But it's "Best Shot" feature worked surprisingly well.. It did want to goto flash to quick like all other point and shoots.. But it did allow me to go pretty dark... The shots were pretty crisp in the end..

.: I'm interested in how it does on some of the other tasks it has ahead of it...

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Scary Days.....

.: For the past 5+ years, I've only designed graphics on an Apple computer.. However, my income being what it is, when I left the "nest", I had to design with whatever I had (a borrowed PC).. I've been on PC's for about 5 months now... What is scary is, my boss today asked me to fix up a logo that was on a rush job.. The senior designer was working on it, so I thought I could just fix it up on his mac instead of transfering it to my computer... I sat down and I was LOST on his mac.. I didn't know the shortcuts or how to connect to the server or where anything was... I felt like a graphic designer wash-up... HOW could I forget the key combinations.. Why was I lost... I was seriously beside myself....

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.: In reflection, I was under pressure (my boss was hovering right over my shoulder).. It was the first time I touched one since Adina in college (yes I named my computers).. And I was using CS3 which I've never had a chance to play with... On a computer that wasn't set up the way I like it (I customize pretty much all the adobe keys for my style)...

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.: But that still doesn't get me off the hook.. I should have been able to pick it all up again quicker then I did... blah

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Wisconsin For The Weekend

.: The Spring 07 Graphic Designers' Senior Show was this past Thursday.. So like a silly person, I flew back into town to rock out with my friends.. I do NOT regret that choice at all.. The show was ok... Bowen and Bill didn't let me down.. They rocked the show! Congrats to them.. Also congrats to Dan, Katie, and Joe..

.: Thursday night after the show, we went out to D'Pub for drinks. I ordered up some Jager bombs (8 in total..) and pulled out 80 bones (thinking thatz how much it would be..) and they told me it was only $34.. What?! I love wisconsin... Cheap booze.. I ordered another couple rounds by the end of the night.. We had some laughs and some good moments.. After D'Pub it was Oblios.. then back to my place for after bar..

.: I ended up not sleeping that night.. had a two hour "nap" which didn't count cuz I got woken up by work calling telling me a site was broken and i needed to fix it.. so no sleep..

.: Friday night was another friend's senior show. And then to the bars again.. That night I got some sleep.. 7 or 8 hours.. maybe got up and started packing and cleaning my apt... Got most stuff down to boxes and off the walls and collected.. lots of work...

.: Saturday was the art walk... A friend of mine had work up in a gallery.. so checked that out.. then back home for a breather. then out again to the bars with Dana.. Then after bar party again.. Ended up staying up till 5am.. got home and slept for a bit..

.: Sunday was breakfast with CC and then off to MKE for my flight to SJC... blah...

.: Needless to say this weekend has been off the hook... Loved almost every minute of it.. I messed up my shoulder and my really worn out.. but I got to see my friends and that trumps everything... (( hugz )) to all of them..

Update: Amy was made cuz we wasn't mentioned here.. Thank you Amy for hangin out with me on Saturday morning at IHOP and driving my dumb a$$ back to Milwaukee.. (( hugz ))

Massive Updates

.: Ok, so I've let my readership down by not posting whatz been going on in my life... I'm sorry.. There has just been so much going on, I just got busy and my blog was last on my list of things to keep updated.

.: Lets start with the most important news and work down from there.. I got a new job. I work at a company called "Sleepless Media". I'm a website/logo designer. Sleepless is an agency that works with smaller companies. Lots of online stores. I'm loving it so far.

.: I got an apartment in Santa Cruz on the west side. I live with 4 others in a house. My room is in a converted garage. Itz actually not bad. Not as much space as I had in Oshkosh and my "quality of living" has taken a hit. But in the end, I'm only a couple blocks from the beach and my roomies are fun peeps... My room is pretty tight.. Itz got ceiling to floor wine red curtains.. My bed isn't the kewlest, but working on that.. Really I'm waiting to move the rest of my stuff out from oshkosh..

.: Nothing new on the lady scene. Wish I had time to invest in that, but at the same time, I don't care.. Not in any hurray. Though today I realized that my mom and dad were married already, and I'm not doing math correctly but I'm thinkin mom was pregnant with my sister? idk... Kinda scary thought for me...

.: Hangin with new Cali friends which is fun.. I'm enjoying finding new people to rock out with. Work is getting in the way of hangin out with peeps though.. Working 2 jobs for 60+ hours a week cuts into social time...

.: In the end I'm healthy and enjoying my time... Kinda sums it all up