A Whole Bunch of Random

Friday, September 20, 2013

My poor, sad, neglected blog! And my poor, sad, neglected pile of freelance work! Those clothes I need to wash... Nothing in my personal life is getting the attention it deserves or needs these days. I thought I had adjusted to the working world pretty well, but I'm still having a hard time letting go of all the freedom I've had over the past year! I just need to learn new time management.

One thing that has been taking a lot of my time in the evenings has been cooking, but that's something I wouldn't want to change! Chelsea helps by doing prep work during the day and then the three of us are able to talk about our day while cooking together. Sometimes by the time we clean up, it's close to 9pm! It's stress-relieving, happy, and helps us all spend time together. We're also eating more actual meals than I ever prepared before we moved here... cooking for three is way more motivating than cooking for two!

I really miss is my morning time, and I never really appreciated it until it was no longer my morning time. I used to get up, make coffee, and then read blogs, news, and other things on the internet while I drank my coffee. I'll just say, I take my coffee out the door with me in the mornings now and I haven't read any blogs all week. So sad. And don't tell me to get up earlier... nothing gets me out of bed before I have to! haha

But don't take this as complaining... I absolutely love my job! I get to work and have so much to do that I'm constantly busy; the days fly by! I get a lot of work done and I feel so very productive. I also really like all of my coworkers; everyone has made me feel so welcomed and included since day one. I even made them brownies this evening after dinner... they're going to love me! (Or probably think that I'm plotting against them; we're doing a weight-loss challenge and my evil brownies are just a part of my evil plan muahahaaha!)

For those who live in a cave don't know it yet, Spotify is the best. I put on my headphones and instantly drown out the sounds of my workplace (printers, other machines, people, etc) and get so in the zone. I've been heavily rotating through the entire discography of both Ellie Goulding (Halcyon Days is amazing!) and The Maine (Pioneer is my fav) and then get in a few episodes of Armin van Buuren's A State of Trance as well. Sidenote: I'm going to see The Maine with Anberlin the first weekend in October! Stoked!

To my overjoyed surprise, the weather has cooled off significantly in the last week. The days still get pretty warm, but the mornings are cool and have me reaching for my big, warm comforter in those last minutes before I get up. All I've been able to think about every single morning this week is how this feeling just instantly takes me to New York. You know when you smell something and it instantly brings back a memory? This cool air hasn't made me think of home... it has made me long for NYC. I have no idea when I'll be there next, but I have said multiple times this week, "we should have moved to NY instead." Lifelong life goal of mine. Will that be next?

We've been buying a lot of cider and seasonal sampler packs of craft beers and Chels has decided to make up a game using the caps. Really random sidenote there, but she is currently very excitedly explaining her newest concept to me. Spoiler alert, it involves Game of Thrones.

The Melrose Trading Post & Hollywood

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The weekend before I started my new job was the same weekend that Daniel was taking his motorcycle license certification course. This ran from noon to five both days; Chelsea and I had the option to either hang at the apartment car-less all day or use those five hours to run around and explore. I decided spontaneously that Sunday morning that we couldn't waste one of my last days of freedom sitting around the house! We dropped Dan off in Anaheim and took off up the 5 to LA.

The Melrose Trading Post is a weekly flea market held on the campus of Fairfax High School. I had been there once in 2005 and it was probably the first "nice" flea market I had ever been to at that point. (i.e. It isn't just people selling junk off their pick-up trucks. Why anyone would go to one of those is beyond me. This is a thing in VA.) Chels and I rerouted ourselves to avoid an accident on the freeway and ended up in south central LA, whoops!, but we easily found our way to the Fairfax area and braved the sweltering heat for about an hour so we could look around. I bought a fun gold California-shaped necklace, and of course I didn't take any pictures. Other than this one, in the bathroom...


I really have to start carrying my actual camera around with me, because these cell phone photos just don't cut it. (Just how many times have I said this to myself, exactly?)

When we couldn't take the heat anymore we headed over to Hollywood so Chelsea could have the full tourist experience. This was her first trip to LA, and you have to see the sign, right!?

On our way back to the car we spotted a mural by Sand One. Love it!


We hit the Walk of Fame, the Chinese Theatre, and Hollywood and Highland for crepes. Kind of nice that we can just "explore for a few hours" by just going up to LA for the day! And the best part is that our commute was only an hour each way that day! Score!

 Chels took this one! ^
Last one via Chelsea's Instagram

One Week In...

Monday, September 9, 2013

I'm one week into my new job and I've been so busy and productive that I haven't even had time to think about writing about it! I have quickly adjusted to the 8 to 5 lifestyle, but that could just be the newness of it all keeping me excited. I could totally be dragging in about a month, just dreading the alarm, but right now I'm up bright and early, caffeinated, and sitting in my desk 10 minutes early.

Well... a big reason for me getting there early is because we're still a one-car household and Dan has to drop me off on his way to work, but that's about to change. He finished his motorcycle license certification class last weekend and we're about to dive into that world head first. Oh gosh. I never imagined in a million years we would own a motorcycle... this should be interesting! But more on that later...

Anyways, I really like my job and my coworkers. I'm a graphic designer / production artist and the company I'm working for is an alcohol distributor... uhhh, totally not somewhere I ever imagined myself working haha! But the position is pretty awesome! I work for the in-house design and print shop where we create drink menus, banners, posters, and anything else that needs to be designed and printed to advertise alcohol-related things to patrons of our businesses. Basically, those drink specials cards and booklets on the tables at restaurants... that's me! I feel like I have really grown as a designer already, even only after a full week in-office and six weeks as a freelancer. It's amazing how much of a difference consistent practice can make! And it's pretty cool working with big brands like Jack Daniel's, 1800, and Bacardi; this work will look great in my portfolio!

I'm off to enjoy the last couple of hours I have for myself this evening. I guess this (the not having much "me" time thing) is what will take some getting used to!

I Got a Job!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Today I am going in for my first day of work at my brand new job! That's right! I FINALLY got a job! This unemployment thing is no more!

The craziest part of this whole thing is to realize that it has been eleven months and two weeks since I lost my last job in Roanoke. Yes, we were doing the magazine thing, and I have picked up a bit of freelance along the way, but I haven't had to get up, get dressed, and be in an office all day in nearly a year. And that is crazy.

I interviewed for this job nearly two months ago. Since then I have been doing between 20 and 30 hours of freelance design work for them and going in on Fridays for about an hour to hand off completed jobs. A couple of Fridays ago they told me that they wanted to hire me full time and they were 99% sure they could give me the job by the end of August. I received my official offer last Friday, August 30th.

Because of the sudden start date I made sure to make the most of my last few days of freedom. I went shopping for all sorts of new work clothes, mainly because I hadn't brought anything remotely professional with me. (Remember how I pretty much took everything I owned to Goodwill and we brought barely anything to California?) Pants, shirts, shoes, the whole nine yards; I sort of felt like I was shopping for "back to school" going all out like that. I even went and had my hair trimmed on Saturday. And this morning really felt like getting ready for my first day of school. A whole lot of time off will do that to you!

So here's to my first day back in a real office! I hope it will be wonderful!