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So yesterday I got paid to go to a trade show for my job. It involved several long, boring hours full of people talking, followed by about a half hour of actually being able to test the tractors and lawnmowers and chainsaws (Yes, I used a chainsaw. And wore goggles while doing so. Cuttin' boards up erry day).

The tractors were my favorite part; I could drive those things all day for the rest of forever and be content. I can't even begin to tell you guys how in love I am with vehicles and transportation in general.

There was also this antique machinery museum right there that was sadly closed, but most of the good stuff was outside so I went and drooled all over everything for a long while, and took about a million pictures with my cell phone.

Steam tractor from 1909! Directly after taking this picture I went and stood next to that back wheel there-- it's a couple inches taller than I am. True story.

Anyways, people kept giving me Mountain Dew and food throughout basically the entire day, which culminated in going to an all-you-can-eat dinner with the people I carpooled with and getting even MORE Mountain Dew and food, so by the end of the day my poor body was very confused and was alternating between wanting to nap, and feeling oh-so-very-jittery because I'd had about five Mountain Dews and raided the ice cream counter at the restaurant.

Anyhow! Both physically and emotionally tired, I went to bed early last night, but then I couldn't fall asleep for a while because I was PANICPANICPANIC about money from out of nowhere. And then I was PANICPANICPANIC again this morning for the same reason, so I ended up waking up early. So now I am tired. BUT! When I braced myself for the worst and logged onto Wells Fargo Online this morning to pay a bill, I had a few hundred dollars more than I was expecting, so I feel a bit better now. Still, it's definitely time to start applying for at least one job a day, again, because part-time Sears isn't gonna cut it anymore, and I need to be prepared for when I inevitably do run out of my tax refund.

I just... want to not have to worry about this stuff anymore!


Oct. 21st, 2010 09:59 pm
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Someone sent this to me and it made me happy:

And this is me playing dressup and acting like the nerd that I am:

Once I add bunny ears, a fluffy tail, and appropriate pants, it's going to turn into a Halloween costume. Woot.


Jun. 1st, 2010 02:49 pm
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It's so gorgeous, I can't stop staring at it and watching the movement.

I can't even express how happy I was when the UPS Truck showed up. These past few weeks have been enormously stressful and now at least I feel a little bit better knowing I have a shiny new plaything to accompany me everywhere I go <3
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I made this cake today.

I am not eating it until I beat Portal.


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...but they look pretty cool.

These were made out of: toilet paper rolls, a static-free bag that came with my latest hard drive, buttons, a strip of elastic, some ribbon, gold spray paint, and lots and lots and LOTS of masking tape.

You can't see it, but there is also a polished brass safety pin in back, my logic being that nothing says "Victorian era" like polished brass, and nothing says "punk" like a safety pin. FEAR MY WIT.

Horrible action shot in which you can see that they are crooked (this will be fixed after work today):

This project helped to cheer me up a bit from my ongoing money woes... which are ongoing despite my best efforts. I have a lot of "plans in action" mostly involving shopping around for cheaper insurance or getting a new (cheaper) car loan, but it's the surviving UNTIL THEN that is killing me. =S
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Possibly against my better judgment I'm in the middle of turning my NaNoWriMo novel into a screenplay.

Really, it was inevitable, when you combine my whole predisposition for imagining everything like a movie with the whole "everyone in my book is some sort of animation-inspired anthropomorphic critter" thing, it wasn't a matter of "if" I was going to turn it into a screenplay... it was a matter of "when". Initially I was going to wait for Script Frenzy this April, by which point my book would ideally be all edited and polished up, but I got excited so I'm doing it now.

On the plus side, this is basically forcing myself to rewrite the same story, just in a different medium, and while I've only got the introduction finished (up to the title credits), I can already tell it's helping me to tie up story issues and get new story juices flowing, and this is a Very Good Thing.

My intro, by the way, is ten thousand times more exciting than my actual NaNo intro. Basically, it's an action-packed prologue, of sorts. Initially I didn't want to start out my novel with the action-packed prologue device, because I thought it was maybe too cliche, but I dunno, it seems to work really nicely at the beginning of the script.

Also, have I mentioned that I love love LOVE writing screenplays? It feels so much more natural and fluid to me than writing novels. I mean, I like writing novels, too. But I'm better at scriptwriting. I have been writing scripts and plays literally for as long as I can remember... I filled up notebooks with them when I was in grade school... it's just something I've always done. It was what really spurred me to major in filmmaking and I can't do it without falling in love with the process all over again.

If only the film industry wasn't so hard to break into, and if I only I wasn't such a wuss who doesn't want to move out of the middle of nowhere... =/

STILL! I'm excited. I'm sad that I have to go to bed now. Because I want to write. This is good.

P.S. I bought a new guinea pig, to be Vincent's friend. I have named him Captain Nemo. :3 I will elaborate on him later.

pikestaff: (Tree Finger Wag)

I went out to go make an attempt to start scraping the snow off of my car because I have to be at work at 6:00am tomorrow morning and I'd rather deal with it now instead of then. Unfortunately, I then discovered that the snow goes past my knees and I literally can't get to my car, much less get it out of the driveway.

So I called my parents and my dad is gonna swing by with a shovel, because I'm ULTRASMART and live in Montana and don't own a shovel.

Let's hope it doesn't all come back overnight.

Driving down 19th pre-snowplows tomorrow morning is gonna be exciting... *goes to write a will*

(P.S. I like the snow. I don't like that I have to drive in it. /curls up in a ball)

Edit: MORE PICTURES THISAWAY because apparently I like to post non-WoW in my WoW and vice-versa!
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Easter is my favorite holiday. I like the symbolism, whether religious or not, I like what it stands for and yes, I like all the bunnies. Have a good one. <3

...and just to inflict pain on you all, Easter Moogle Pike, circa five years ago (I hate my teeth):


Jul. 10th, 2008 11:55 pm
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Work was kind of sucky (okay, scratch that, it was horrible. Allergy Attacks + irritating customers + problems with the system + more sick/dying animals than I really want to think about).

But then I came home and I had two awesome presents.

An epic geek shirt made of win, and my World of Warcraft character made out of Pom-Poms, courtesy of my extraordinarily talented 14-year-old sister.

Oh, picture of me. An actual recent picture. Taken about a half hour ago, showing off my epic shirt and epic lil' hunter/pet toy:

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And a couple more! Though the one I didn't put under a cut is definitely my favorite! )

And as if the last five years have finally caught up with me, I find myself quite exhausted. Okay, so it's probably because I haven't had much sleep these past couple of nights. But this is indeed a very odd feeling I'm having-- two parts tired and three parts out of it and four parts quite pleased.

It's done. At least for the time being.

On to life!
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P.S. Go me for always forgetting to disable the date imprinting.

And now, on to the video gaming!
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Boo says:

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"Happy Halloween... now go away, you're blocking the sunlight."

Aaaaand... )

So, mmyep. I had a largely uneventful day that mostly invovled school and later discovering that Target no longer carries Live Wire. Fortunately my mother practically lives at Wal-Mart and as they still sell it I can request her assistance in this very serious matter.

And now back to homework. And candy. And pumpkin seeds, and Mountain Dew.
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Okay, so yeah, still not a "Real Post." But meh. I got a scanner today and I've been scanning in a ton of random stuff. Including some of my black and white darkroom photography from freshman year. MTA 103 pictures, yes. (Also been posted on TSR, but for those of you who do not go there... here you go!)

Anyway, for the uninitiated, these were all developed and processed completely by hand. The film developing process alone took about an hour per roll, and then making prints was a painstaking process that involved several hours of experimentation: burning, dodging, precise timing, and getting my hands covered in photo chemicals.

Each of the following pictures involve my little sisters as subject matter. They were all taken with a Canon EOS Rebel 16mm camera at varying aperture settings and shutter speeds. I was the photographer for each of them and each print is the result of an hour or two of intense by-hand, darkroom tweaking.

So yes. I am very, very proud of them. Enjoy and feel free to comment!

Black and White Photography of Spring 2003 )

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