daily dose of awesome

October 31, 2008 at 9:14 am (crafts)

continuing in the sock buddy theme that started with the pig below, i made a bunny!

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high school all over again- but this time i'm ready

October 30, 2008 at 9:47 am (life in general, thoughts and musings)

hahaha! i think i’m officially the “social outcast” in my lab! all at the behest of the queen bee, i’m sure. that’s actually a good thing- now, if/when i find a super great paying job, it’ll be that much easier to leave this one behind.

i’ve never fit into any groups, at any point in my life. i’ve always been the odd girl who does crazy stuff. in school, this of course led to me being picked on, etc, but never stopped me from doing my own thing and loving my hobbies. in seventh grade, my latin teacher asked everyone in class to talk about what they got for xmas, etc. i was really excited that i had gotten a microscope, so i said so- and the whole class laughed at me. in sixth grade, my incredibly politically incorrect science teacher asked us to raise our hands if we supported abortion- i was the only person in class who did so, and she pounced on me. the only place where i started to find people like me was in band in high school, but even then it was hard to find people who loved playing their instrument for the shear joy of it, like i did. most people seemed to take it just so they could get out of gym and get into football games for free, or because their parents made them. or even just so they could belong to something.

now that i’m all old (haha) i’m actually proud of myself for always sticking to my guns. someone once asked me “do you ever hate yourself?” and i was flabbergasted by the question. how can you hate yourself? i had to learn the hard way that in life, you are the only absolute for yourself. you are the only person you can fully trust- people have their own agendas, all the time, and if you put your faith in others you will most likely be let down. not that i’m a massive pessimist, quite the contrary- i’m usually a cheerful optimist. but i only really became an optimist when i “came into myself”- when i realized that i like who i am and that i have to be strong for myself. i live with my mistakes and my accomplishments. there’s no point crying over spilled milk, people, what’s spilled is spilled- just mop it up and get ready to face the next spill. one of the strongest and hardest lessons i had to learn after my mom died was to not ask why in some situations- just be ready to face whatever is next. and always take joy where you can, because there are those people and situations out there that will try their hardest to break you down. just like high school.

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oink oink!

October 27, 2008 at 8:51 pm (crafts, life in general)

hahaha! i made a pig sock buddy, the first of my craft plans inspired by a book i got at maker faire.

teehee!! isn’t he lovely?

this guy was made to avoid the frustrations of last week…which extended into the weekend. i spilled vitamin water in my purse (don’t ask) and ruined my fancy smart phone (sad!) and probably my camera (very sad!). thankfully, my ebook reader was protected by the several layers of covers that i put in place to protect it from just such an event. i had an old phone to use (stupid sidekick…), so that’s not the end of the world, but most of the time my camera makes sad noises and tells me the lens can’t open. though all may not be lost- last night it worked long enough to take pictures of sir pig above, but it hasn’t worked since then. poop.

i have other news (maybe) but i’m going to save it and not jinx myself…but cross your fingers anyway!

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right, check it

October 27, 2008 at 12:02 pm (just pure awesome)

ok, here we go:

coffee? check.

kick ass bag? check.

fine-looking dress? check.

looking good? oh check.

ready to face the week and whatever the universe throws at me? you bet your sweet ass.

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context is important

October 24, 2008 at 11:17 pm (Uncategorized)

oh, moly. sometimes i think people need to take a break from their long time jobs and take some reality check classes. here’s a classic example (that just happened today):

a coworker and friend of mine has a blog. she uses it like i use mine- as a theraputic agent to work out the things that are bothering her. in one post, she mentions “so while i was cutting today i was thinking about this thing that happened.” some random person at work (hmm, who could it be?) sent that post to the boss, to work people, etc- who then interrogated the poor girl, and took her to the dean. not only that, but people who were not certified to do so told her to quit school, and give up on her dreams to be a doctor.

here’s the kicker: SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT WORK. NOT SUICIDE. SHE CUTS BRAINS. THAT’S WHAT “WHILE I WAS CUTTING” MEANT. AS IN “WHILE I WAS CUTTING BRAINS FOR WORK.” of course. no one bothers to put what she said into context. no one bothers to listen to people’s defenses when they are accused of random, pointless stuff. it seems like people have their minds made up when they bring people in for “discussions” on things like this. same for students, same for techs.

in good news, good things may happen next week. we’ll see. here’s a fun picture to make people happy (namely, me and the said student): it’s a pic of me from undergrad! so young, so innocent, so happy!

haha, so funny! this is from when i worked in the plant lab. fun, fun.

must go rest, have to clean dad’s floors tomorrow…

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you tell me

October 22, 2008 at 9:49 pm (Uncategorized)

so what should i do? i’ve tried to figure it out and totally failed, so i’ve decided to let you all decide for me…

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this is my sad face

October 22, 2008 at 8:11 pm (Uncategorized)

how come i’m hotter when i’ve been crying?? so not fair. so my meeting was not a pleasant one. suffice to say, i still hate my job.

i really need to make something…

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this can't be good…

October 22, 2008 at 12:10 pm (Uncategorized)

i got this email from my boss today:

Megan: I need to meet with you today at 3:15 PM in my office. It is very
important, so if you have other activities, please cancel them. See you

she is the kind of person who schedules her meetings weeks in advance, so this is very weird. last time i got a message like this, it was because the other tech got fired… so, me being who i am, the first thing i think of is “crap, what did i do?” then i think “hmm, i wonder if she found one of my rant blogs….” unlikely, i’m pretty sure she is of the age group and type of people who don’t know what a blog is. it’s probably something administrative, or some stupid gossip related incident (gah, those are dumb.) or, maybe one of the jobs i’ve applied with contacted her as a reference, and she wants to confront me about it. or maybe she hates me and wants to throw dog poop in my face. i don’t know. i won’t find out for another two hours. i’m most likely worrying for nothing.

but still, the niggling thought persists: crap, what did i do??

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list of crafts i wanna do

October 21, 2008 at 9:02 pm (crafts, life in general)

’cause if i don’t write it down, i might see something shiny and then totally forget about it…

-try some needlefelting! here’s the inspiration. i saw her stuff at maker faire, teehee! (side note: i bet needle felting would be great for cat toys…)

-make some sock buddies. (inspiration, acquired at maker faire)

-turn old toy accessories into random crazy jewelry, possibly to sell on my sad etsy.

-go wild with my new staple gun on some fabric and canvases, possibly to make a new earring rack…

-do more fancy embroidery, ala this book (also acquired at maker faire). not that i have ever learned a real embroidery stitch, but that’s beside the point…

-make some snarky book marks using patterns from this book (guess where i got it! that’s right, maker faire!) for coworkers

-convert dad’s khaki shorts to a fancy “everyday” kilt (we’ve been talking about me doing this for a while, but i saw a guy at maker faire with a kilt he had made from jeans. awesome!).

-get some tartan fabric to make dad a “going out” kilt

-find some plastic and make some shrinky dink stuff!

-finish the blanket i started knitting (on a loom) using my birthday yarn. so far i have finished one square out of sixteen…

-with yee yee, make quilt for mama yee yee.

-figure out what, if anything, i’ll make coworkers for xmas this year. last year it was necklaces, but we’ll see.

-make some felt appliqué style pins

-try my hand at making own notepads, ala this crafty lady.

-make and mail crafts to those buds of mine no longer in austin

not crafts, exactly, but related:

-figure out which austin craft store it was that gives you store credit for volunteering, and then do that.

-organize craft area better. every time i clean it, i then have an idea and it all goes to hell again.

-read craft mags

-find time to do all these things!!

ps- why won’t wordpress format properly so i get breaks between my paragraphs?!?!?! whatever.

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nerdgasm, times a million

October 20, 2008 at 7:58 pm (crafts, just pure awesome)

oh my moly. maker faire austin was this weekend, and it was amazing. in all of my faire-visiting life, i have never been to an event that more fit my interests, and where i felt more at home. if you don’t know what maker faire is, it is described as a huge do it yourself festival, but it’s way more than that. all the austin crafters, modders, robot folks, and just crazy awesome folks come out, and not only do they show you what they make, they show you how to make their stuff. holy crap, i learned so much. for example, did you know you can make shrinky dink jewelry using regular #6 plastic?? i didn’t until this lovely lady taught me. plus, the guy who wrote kluge was there, and he gave a super great talk. the sheer overwhelming atmosphere of creative goodness that surrounded the faire made me incredibly happy- it did in only one day what i could not accomplish in an entire week of vacation. here’s some examples of the awesomeness:

i also took some videos of the cool events (sadly, the video i took of the eepybird guys doing their diet coke and mentos routine got corrupted, and i never got to see the life size mouse trap), i’ll post links to them when (if ever) they finish uploading to youtube.

holy crap, it was so freaking awesome. i wish it was every weekend. i’ve decided that i have to get more involved in the austin crafting scene. i need to surround myself with like minded folks! it’s funny, i talked to people who had been to the original maker faire in san fransisco (or wherever) and the overwhelming feeling was the austin faire was more craft oriented and “just…weirder.” well, yeah, that’s what we do in austin! they had shirts that said “make: austin weird” and they had no idea the shirts would sell out as soon as they did. silly, silly folks.

the only down side was that i got assigned to work the bookstore as my volunteer shift (to get in for free). at first, i thought this was the perfect position- i got to work inside, away from all the kicked up dust that gave me multiple asthma attacks the day before (just like a nerd…), and out of the heat. plus, i was surrounded by books! after a little while, i realized my folly. i was surrounded by corporate lackeys and not artsy folks! plus, i was reminded once again that in general, employed folks hate volunteer people. why?? they get breaks, perks, not to mention money, and i’m there out of the goodness of my heart (and for free shwag), never getting any breaks, on my damn feet for nine hours straight. grrr… next year, i’m going to ask to be put with a craft person, or volunteer directly with someone. the upside of all this was that the head bookstore person did know how hard i worked, so he let me get some free books and shirts for free. woohoo! all in all, between volunteering and everything, i ended up with three t-shirts (all free), seven books (four from my dad, three from volunteering) and one felting kit.

i cannot wait until next year! all day today, when people on the bus were jerks, or people in the pharmacy ignored me for forEVER, i just thought back to maker faire and all the amazing people i met. my new mantra will be “i wish i were at maker faire!”

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