"the artist has one function--to affirm and glorify life."
- w. edward brown

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Walk the dog

Tonight it is absolutely beautiful. Warm, with a slight breeze, and a clear sky with tons of stars overhead.

I decided to take the dog for a quick walk around the neighborhood to get her used to going out like that. Mostly we've been playing with her in the backyard because she isn't too used to the leash yet, but she's getting better so I thought, why not!

She did really well. She was a little frightened by some of the sounds and unfamiliar territory, but she didn't pull at the leash too much.

After we went around the block (well about 1/4 of the way around, and then back) I thought I'd grab my camera and catch a picture of the beautiful crescent moon.

Yes that's a house across the street, no you can't see it clearly because it's dark.

Now, I know you probably can't see it, but there are two streaks of light above the moon in this picture. They are two satellites of some sort, that were following each other in the sky.

No they were not planes, there are enough of them in the sky that I know what they look like. They were unblinking, and after about 3 minutes, where I shot about 5 pictures, they went beyond the curve of the earth, and winked out, as they no longer reflected the sun! It was super cool... trust me it was.

(If you click on the picture, it may get bigger and you might be able to see the streaks of light that are the satellites!)

Anyway, that was my fun for the night, now it's off to bed before my interview tomorrow!

UPDATE: Indeed if you click on the photo, you can see the streaks at about 10:30 if the moon is at the center of the clock face... pretty cool if I can say myself!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

What to wear?

So for my interview tomorrow, I'm not quite sure what I should wear. Do I go with tie or no tie, black, khaki, or charcoal grey pinstripe pants, plain shirt with a tie or colorful shirt with none?

So I thought, why not give you examples to help me out with. So here they are:

Charcoal grey pinstripe with blue and green button up

Charcoal grey pinstripe with light blue and white strpied button up

Charcoal grey pinstripe with solid light blue button up with pink and blue tie

Charcoal grey pinstripe with solid light blue button up with yellow tie

Khaki pants with solid light blue button up with yellow tie
(could use pink and blue tie here as well)

Khaki pants with yellow and blue button up
(this shirt didn't look good with the charcoal grey pinstripe)

And to make matters worse, I also have plain black pants which would go with any of the shirts that I wore with the charcoal grey ones...

So my questions are as follows, and please answer:
1. Tie or no tie? if no tie, my shirt options open up more, but is it not as professional?
2. Which pants? the Charcoal grey ones are dressier, but are they good for an interview?
3. shirts galore! which one?

As of right now I'm leaning to the first one, the charcoal grey pinstripe with the blue and green stripe button up. But I'm nor sure if I need a tie.

So there's your mission, help me figure out what I need to wear.

Oh and one more thing, I'm interviewing at a national clothing store, not too dressy style, but still nice, so I do need to look like I have some sense of style!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


NEWS: Bob has an interview on Thursday!

I got a call from Old Navy today asking me to come in for an interview! I'm really excited and think that I have a good shot at getting a job there. Hopefully they will like me and hire me.

WEATHER: Nice day today, was cooler than yesterday which was a blessing, as it has be up to the 90's lately, and even just a little cooler is very welcome.

And finally: HEALTH: so while taking the puppy out this evening, I slipped off the concrete slab/step and landed very badly on my ankle. and then I fell on the grass, and the puppy came running up, thinking this was a new fun game, while I rolled on the ground gasping for air and holding my foot.

Thankfully, I didn't cry, that would just be embarassing. But, after the puppy was done, I hobbled inside and immediatly got some ice out and started chilling it. Now, I've taken the IB proufin, iced it for a few hours, and am trying to stay off it. But, we'll see how it is tomorrow.

Right now it't trhobbing, I think I need to elevate.

Friday, June 15, 2007


Mowing the lawn +
weedwacking +
emptying heavy catch bags of grass clippings +
almost 90 degree heat +
a man propeled push mower


a very good looking lawn +
a very sweaty me

The backyard...

The front yard!

Thank you Bee!!

So after some editing help, and some serious applying with assistance from Beth, I've added three more applications to my list of applied for Jobs.

These jobs are all in the secretarial line of work and are at hospitals in the area. With needing only a GED, I'm fairly confident that I have at least a shot at getting an interview.

I'll let you know what happens.

Resume and Cover Letter

Well, I just spent another two hours putting finishing touches on my resume and cover letter. It's a funny thing because the resume and cover letter that I worked so hard on in my senior seminar class is mostly useless in applying for real jobs.

Who wants to hear about the art shows I've been in when what they really want to know is if I can type and have people skills.

Thankfully I've had enough varied jobs over the years that I feel I am qualified for most of the jobs for which I am applying to.

Now let's just hope the employers think that!

I am also, in addition to the seeming legion of retail establishments, applying to Parker Adventist Hospital. Yes the same one Bee works at part time. But I'm applying for a Unit Nursing Secretary position which actually sounds like a lot of fun. They are the ones answering the phones on the floor, and no, I would not be on the same floor as Bee. :)

We'll see how things pan out...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

it continues

Well, the adjustments and search for employment continues. Not too much to do besides keep filling out applications and keep waiting for calls regarding employment.

On the plus side, I have read a number of books that I have either been meaning to read or have recently got through generous gift certificates to the B&N.

Oh, and the weather here has been pretty amazing. Wind storms causing dust storms out our back door. Rain causing rushing rivers in the street. Bright sunny days, cool summer nights. And this all with in the first week.

Here are a couple sunset pictures I took... I like the sky here.

And just for fun, a shot of one of the flowers on the kitchen table, because it's pretty.

So, that's about it for now. I'm off to help cousin Michelle do some packing as she readies for her move.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Trip to Denver

Well, the trip out to Denver went well. No problems with the truck or the car, though I had a few anxious moments when I was looking at all of my worldly possessions in a single space, and though things are not the point of life, they make things easier and hold memories that I was worried about losing. Nothing happened though, no boxes flying off the back of the truck at 70 mph, no stolen truck or any thing like that.

And now I'm here, and have been doing the things that one needs to when one changes residences, such as waiting for 3.5 hours at the DMV for a transferred driver's license, sitting at the bank while they add me as a new member of the Members Federal Credit Union, and all things like that...

I've already filled out about 6 applications, and am well into the process of unpacking my things, and I've even made friends with Hal, who is on my lap at this moment, begging for head scratches. And of course I'm willing to oblige him. When he's not meowing at 3:00 in the morning, he really is quite sweet.

And now, some pictures- some of the trip out, and some of my studio setup which i worked on today for a while, setting up the fish tanks and moving the table and chair to where I want it...

Loaded and ready to roll.

What I watched for the entire trip....

Ok, so the plains states are pretty pretty.

One of many windmills we saw while driving... even cooler was seeing 5 semi's with the huge blades for new ones going up. A single blade was the length of the semi flatbed... maybe longer.

My studio/own space in the basement, yes for those of you who know that is Dad's old Lay-z-boy

My shelves, with art books and art supplies.

A cool plant in one of my tanks... yeah, its cool, trust me.

And finally, two pictures of my buddy, Hal.
-Halbert, Halidol, Haliburton, Hallelujah-
whatever his name is, he's the funniest cat.