Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ding Dong! You're Wrong...

Salutations and greetings and blah dee blah dee blah.

Freddie sent me a reminder that I'm supposed to remember to update a little more ofen-ish. So, that's what I'm doing. I guess I kind of let updating slide (this time) because things are getting into a boring routine again. No drama makes me vey very bored. (And now that I'm married I don't have boy drama, since I'm not working there's no office drama, since I barely speak to my family there's no family drama, since my friends are basically all busy and/or far away there's no friends drama...you get the idea.)

Mostly I've been keeping myself busy. Between cooking, cleaning, class 5 days a week (walking 2.7 kilometers to and 2.7 kilometers from class 5 days a week - and twice on Tuesdays) and all the other random stuff you need to do to keep a place of residence in somewhat decent order, I just don't find much time to pleasure-type. There's also the fact that I usually use the computer for school-related stuff, so when I have free time I'd rather do something like latch-hook or reading a book. ;)

How's school going? So far so good. (I know, I keep saying that - but it's true.)
  • Computer graphics are moving along we're almost finished with Illustrator (and though I still very much dislike the pen tool) I'm relatively proficient with it.
  • Graphic Design is totally a 'snore-class' (meaning I wish I could sleep through it.) The teacher seems to feel that she is the ONLY one who knows what a 'good' or 'acceptable' design is and she seems to like flaunting all of the 'wonderful', 'incredible' and 'amazing' designs that she's come up with (*cough cough* not so impressive. Charedi book-covers? Come on! Seriously.)
  • Web Design (although tedious and tiresome in HTML) is actually a lot of fun. We have one more session (tomorrow) on HTML and then we're moving on to CSS. We learned all about image maps today and after I finish this post I need to work on my homework - an image map with polygons...(wish me luck.)
  • Photography is actually really fascinating. The teacher is a super-professional and he started off the course with a history of photography & cameras. Then we moved on to the mechanics of how the camera works and all of the technical details of apertures, shutter speeds, ISOs, focal lengths and more. Next week we'll be meeting at the open-shuk for a session 'out in the field' I can't wait.

Photography is actually supposed to be a 2 part course. The first part is the basics and the second part is serious studio photography. Although I had originally signed up for both parts of the course, I decided to opt out of the 2nd half - because I would need to buy a 'real' camera for it. (For the record, 'real' cameras cost between $1,400-$2,500 for a low-end model.) Instead - I decided to put the money towards the (ridiculously expensive & ridiculously fun) Adobe Suite so that I can put my graphics skills to work. Of course, complications have arisen regarding my ability to run the programs (since my laptop has neither the memory available nor the power-capacity to handle the graphics heavy programs.) Next investment, a new computer. *sigh*

In other news, Zalman managed to get 'exemptions' from both his physics (well, first semester anyway) and math classes. That means that now he only has to go to school 3 days a week. :) Yay for actually having some time to see my husband! (Or should I say, Yay for my husband actually having some time to see me...)

We spent last Shabbat in Bet Shemesh and this Shabbat will be another quiet weekend at home. Gosh, hard to believe it's Wednesday already. I should probably start cleaning the house so that I can cook tomorrow.

Hahaha, I'm domesticated. Hahaha...

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Glinpots Merlew Obintly...

So lately I've been working on this cute little project. In an effort to make some of the junk I insist on retaining useful, I decided to recycle all of the pretty cards, well wishes and random letters which I have recieved on numerous occasions. Most recently many of these greetings were received on the occasion of my wedding. I am sort of scrapbooking them on A4 paper and I intend to (eventually) write my favorite recipes on the 'other side' of the pages and then laminate them. I thought it would be the nicest personaly thing ever. I even chose my very favorite one to be the cover of the project. Sadly, after a visit from some friends, the letter mysteriously went missing. I am now much saddened and am not sure whether it is worthwhile to proceed with the project at all. Frankly, the recipe writing will take lots of time and effort that I'm not sure I have or want to spend on it. Ok, enough about that.

Shabbat was very nice. Just me and Z at The Ranch. It was quiet and it didn't rain although the weather-person suggested that it might. I made just the right amount of food and everything was quite yummy and the vegetables were even cooked all the way through. I lost at Rummikub, we ate sloosh-jelly-beans, the wafers were stale, I recited the ABC's and Z read me a story and Ryan went undercover until the sneezing fit passed.

Now it's a whole new week. Our house is open for a 'boys Shabbat' next week, and I've left Z in charge of finding some guests. We can fit one person on the bed in the guest room, one person on the massage table in the guest room, another person can sleep on 2 quilts and the yoga mat on the floor in the guest room and of course - anyone who wants to crash on the living room couch or rug is welcome (but the ceiling light stays on all night.) Alright, enough of this public-invitation.

Blech - I have homework to do. I also have to clean out and organize the guest room so that we can have people sleep in there next Shabbat (if we manage to find anyone.) I also have to write out a shopping list, figure out a menu plan for the week and fold the last load of laundry which I neglected in the dryer over Shabbat.

Tomorrow I'm going 'bed'-shopping with Mommy (since Z is too busy, and I don't think he has ANY idea what he's talking about.) I'm sick of the bunk-beds. It's been 8 and a bit months so I think the time has come to graduate. Now we're just waiting for the little old lady to give us permission to get rid of the garbage (that is still on the mirpeset) and then things will be good-ish.

Ok, I'm gonna get to work.

Shavua tov!