Thursday, April 3, 2008

today:

i threw in the towel and bought a new keyboard. the 'o' would still not work, and the 'o' is imperative for me to log into every single email address i own. the number pad was also fickle; i could use the numbers across the top for every number except 8 or 9; those worked on the number pad, though, but not 1, 4, or 7. ugh! it's good to be back on my own computer, though. i will have to get used to this new keyboard, as the keys feel a bit strange compared to my old one. this one is so beautiful and clean and white, it looks like it is glowing.

this week so far is filled with lots of emotions. i have some new set in stone deadlines for art work to work towards, which is always relieving. I like to know exactly when something will have to be done, so i can budget my time. i found a new store that wants to carry some of my stuffed animals and art prints; another store i already have stuff at sold one of my drawings, and has offered me to think about teaching a colored pencil class sometime soon; i got a lead on a day job that is where we are trying to move to very soon ... and ...

well we got the house we want! it is almost for very sure. i say almost because all the paperwork is not quite filled out, and we haven't heard for sure from the bank about the loan, but i'm pretty positive that will work out just fine. we will live in a house with a yard and a garage and almost three times as much room as we have now. just amazing! if i get the job i want, i will be able to walk or ride my bike to work instead of having to drive; pretty much the only driving will be when i need a large grocery trip, or in the dead of winter. there's a drug store on the corner, and a mexican grocery store which i hear is actually really nice to buy fresh stuff from. the job i applied for is to work at an organic grocery, which is pretty small, but they still have some fresh stuff, and lots of grains and coffees, etc. i also want to sell out a bit and see if the starbucks there is hiring; i know they offer benefits to part-timers, which would be nice. i worry a lot about potential babies become real babies, and not having the money to pay doctor bills unless i am covered. i could be tacked onto brandon's insurance sometime soon, over the summer i think i will be qualified again, but it is a lot of money to add me on.

the new house will be a chore all summer long. it is filled with a lot of junk from the previous owners, who had their house foreclosed on. we will have to throw a lot of it away, things that shouldn't be saved, such as at least two mattresses, and an ugly ripped up couch, and old beer cans, etc. everything else of value we will decide whether to keep or try to sell on ebay. we could potentially make some good money on all the books and old antiques, such as a suuuuper old adding machine, which is kind of cool, but maybe there's a market for that kind of stuff ... not sure. but i will find out! we will have to refinish the hardwood floors (i finally get my hardwood floors, i've wanted them for years!), and tile the kitchen, and rearrange the cupboards, and install a new oven, and and and ... well, a lot of stuff, to be done in a months time, which is all the time we will have when we've given our notice to the apartment, and all the time we'll be able to afford having a house and apartment at the same time. if only we had known last september we'd be finding a house, we wouldn't have signed an entire year's lease ... we will have to pay a lot of money to break it early.

that is all that is going on now. a lot of boring grown up type stuff filling my head at all times of the day, and night, too.

here's a candid shot of me in my possible new studio:

butler

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