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    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2013 edited
    We got a new kitten! Then I lost them, no idea where in the apt they are. We named them Fenriz, since the cat we already have is Loki (which Edgar hates because he's only black and not black and white, but that's what his previous owner named him so it's stuck).

    Also I found my copy of "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain," so hooray! I don't have to buy it again. I never went through it seriously before because we used it for like a week in a non art class when we were talking about meditation and learning to let go of your logical brain, so it kinda just sat around after having bought it as a required text. Now I intend to actually use it to learn to draw.
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2013 edited
    Alright, well...

    - got paid on a photo job and given a "well done" on it, which I'm happy for. Means that my reputation is solid.
    - Looks like I'll be going in to meetings soon regarding a photo shoot for an album cover. More money!
    - Just gave the okay to make a client's web site go live. Feel good about it, even though there's still plenty to do.
    - My homebrew turned out well. Am VERY happy about this.
    - A jazz composer friend has written a song for me as compensation for putting copy together for a press release.
    - Maaaaaaaay be interviewing the Mayor of my city as well as a few others for a TW post.
    - Assuming timing goes well, I may be the first to talk about a beer coming out next week in my area. Plus am interviewing Dallas & Green from City and Colour (and Alexisonfire) regarding this story.
    - A local/national/international paper is looking at my site. This doesn't mean they'll hire me, but they're looking to see if I'll fit.
    - hops and vegetables are growing.
    - Just planted a tomato plant.
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2013

    Damn, girl. That's a masterful list.

    I'm sat in a Second Cup watching people roll weird little racecars around. Is there something going on in this city that I don't know about? Whatever, I'm on a plane to San Diego in eight hours.
    My first professional conference starts tomorrow and I'm going to spend a day with the lovely Argos and hopefully an evening with the gentlemanly Oddbill and then get two student awards! No, I still haven't finished my presentation.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2013
    @oldhat - ask him if he knows Fabio Basso and watch him lie. (I went to school with him.) YAY Robin! And should Ford REALLY be interviewed about beer? I guess anything's preferable to questions about transit.

    @allana - give ol' Bill a hug from me! And finish your homework on the airbus, young lady!

    Mah Ladyfriend gets home tomorrow from scenic Victoria, British Columbia, where she was inaugurated as the President of the Canadian Sociological Association. She also ate deep-fried pickles. Some old academic woman made a snarky remark about her attire and her first thought was "Fuck you, you old goat." (I'm starting to influence her decisions, as if by magic or osmosis.) Instead, she smiled like a serial killer and kept on walkin'. She is an amazing woman and I can't wait to have her back.

    Oh and Richard Ramirez died in prison. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Manson's still alive, apparently so I'm out fifty bucks. Damn! (Kidding.)
    • CommentTimeJun 9th 2013
    So. Turned 40 with minimal incident. The incident in question was a surprise birthday dinner after a particularly meh author event. But supper was rotisserie cornish hen and a gorgeous actually incredibly wonderful shared bottle of Rioja and conversation with the woman I'm on the way to becoming. She's my boss. People think I'm her daughter. It's kind of unnerving, not gonna lie.

    I start reading Proust soon and the cat is healthy and in 2 months I will see my best friend for the first time in 2 years.

    In other news, I'm still crazy broke, can't pay my phone bill and don't really care. Why? Um. because I have the time to read Proust without being distracted by dumbheads.

    Also - PICNIC happens in near future.

    I love Picnic.

    @mister hex - yay for return of ladyfriend!
    @oldhat - yay for tomatoes and beer and work!
    @allana - yay for fun social engagements
    @argos - good luck finding teh kitten!
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2013 edited
    Though it's been a battle and a half, I'm "celebrating" being 9-months-clean today and this week. For my sins, I will receive a yellow key-ring when I go to an N.A. meeting tonight. I think it may be yellow to signify things getting all fuzzy-and-warm in recovery, which is something I know little about. And serenity; that's an alien concept to me. God is still a colony of evil space-chimps getting up-to some nasty shit in a rusty, disused space satellite. My higher power is a black hole, sucking in everyone and anything that has the audacity to dare go near it. My step-work reads like a cross between Burroughs and ...I dunno. It leaves a lot to be desired.

    I'm still a mad bastard, but I've grafted for that key-ring. It's mine! Gimme!
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2013
    @Wax - Happy Birthday! And good luck with Marcel, brave soul.
    @fleck - Congratulations! We're all behind you.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2013
    @256: Thank ye kindly.

    Mission accomplished. Got my key-ring. I'm proud of what I've done/doing.

    Hugs to all of you!
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2013
    Today I bought some drawing supplies - a drawing pad, a set of graphite pencils, and various erasers. Soon as I got home I introduced myself to the wonderful world of drawing with different grades of pencils. I've seriously only ever used a regular ol' #2 pencil my whole life. THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING.

    Also the kitten socialization is going well. He plays a lot and though he still runs away if we approach him, if I can get the chance to scruff him I can put him onto my lap without much trouble and he'll sit and purr for a bit before running off.
    • CommentAuthorMark R
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2013
    Congrats, Flecky. It's a big deal to keep on keepin on like you are, you should be proud.
    • CommentTimeJun 10th 2013
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    Shit yeah flecky! __b
    • CommentTimeJun 11th 2013
    Flecky, that's incredible. Congratulations man.
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    Whooop! go mr Flecky... do we get a picture of said keyring (I am the nosiest person known to mankind...)

    We all seem to be a bit mad here though... (she says looking over her shoulder and hoping she hasn't maligned anyone)
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    Biggest offspring sang solo in a talent show... didn't win, but she was really bloody good, and thus am all squishy and proud father like.
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    Today is Father's Day, and last night, my 13 year-old daughter moved in with me for the summer.

    Ever since her mother and I split up over 11 years ago, I have been working towards this moment.

    Technically, this is just a trial thing, for the summer. Her grandmother (the baby momma's momma) has legal custody, and I have been (figuratively) kissing this woman's ass for the past 5 years+. If I had been married to my child's mother, this would be my ex-mother-in-law, and she's basically family to me and my wife, and our newborn son.

    At this point, the baby-gramma more than aknowledges that my wife and I make better parents than my ex and her unemployed boyfriend. Finally, she concedes that as my daughter's father, she belongs in our home, and grandma's job, is to be a grandma.

    As we're bringing in boxes to my daughter's room, I stopped for a moment outside the house, near the car, and I give the old lady a hug. I said something to the effect of "I never thought this day would get here," and she responds that she has been waiting for this day just the same as me. What she left unsaid, that I finally understand, is that she's been waiting for me to get my shit together to the point where I can responsibly raise my daughter, because she can't count on my ex at all. It's either her or me, and I've finally managed to step up to the plate.

    So where, on one hand, I feel like I have received the greatest Father's Day gift a man could ever ask for, I also feel like this Father's Day is a challenge for me to accept. This is my first Father's Day with my newborn son, and my first in 11 years with my daughter under my roof. It's possible, that this is my first true Father's Day as a real dad.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2013
    @gov - that is amazing, I hope all goes well for you and your daughter
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    @gov that's brilliant, and wishing you all all the best.
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2013
    @Govspy, what an AWESOME Father's Day!!! Congrats to you and the tykes, and I hope it goes super well.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2013
    @ Govspy - Congratulations. Hope it all goes well.