- sleeping in your own bed after being away from it
- having a day off after working a gazillion days in a row
- getting something perfect on the first try
November 24, 2012
November 21, 2012
For the last few weeks, I’ve been helping out with the design of Handmade Colorado. This is an exhibition at Denver International Airport featuring crafters and artists from throughout the state. It has been an immensely fun project! They have some really amazing stuff in those cases… I am definitely putting a Valentich bag on my wish list. The exhibition photos I took (after a 5-hour flight! And at night!) turned out terribly, but when I have some I will post them here.
I’ve also been upping my web design skills with this project. I have been studying HTML & CSS for the last year, but feel like I have doubled my knowledge of these subjects in the last three weeks. As the exhibition has a QR code, many people will (hopefully) be interacting with the site on their mobile devices. So I learned how to create a responsive web design that can be scaled up or down depending on the user’s screen size.
The new site was uploaded today, and I hope people enjoy interacting with it. But there is no rest in my future… we are planning a more expansive (WordPress-powered) site that has content from the participants themselves. I have some experience with WordPress with this site, but creating, or even doing a decent job of customizing, a WP theme is a huge undertaking. I have been studying, learning, experimenting and working day and night on this. I first learned HTML in 1999 and it has been absolutely astounding to me how much more complicated web design is now in 2012. Back then, I loved experimenting with layout and image maps (remember them?). I’d love to get my skillset up to the level where I feel like I am playing, rather than trying to solve a problem.
July 9, 2012
For probably the last 5 or 6 years, I haven’t slept.
Or at least haven’t slept normally. Which, for me, means waking up several times a night, waking up at wildly inappropriate hours, waking up well before my alarm, thinking about real-life while asleep and never really feeling quite rested when I woke.
To remedy this, I started drinking coffee in ever-increasing amounts. Half a pot became one pot which became “one pot prior to leaving the house; coffee house stop on the way to work; office coffee all day; coffee house again in the evening.”
I loathe the withdrawal, and as any coffee drinker can tell you, the only cure is more coffee. I get so cranky! Every little irritation feels like cause for revolt, and yet I have no choice but to pay attention to everything except what I’m supposed to be doing.
So three weeks after quitting all caffeine (regular, decaf, soda, tea… all of it), I now know how sensitive I am to it. I had headaches for the first 10 days, and still had poor sleep for the first three nights. Yesterday afternoon, I had some chocolate. Sure enough, at bedtime last night, I’m wondering why I can’t sleep. That’s how sensitive I apparently am. For a brain that doesn’t really turn off, caffeine is ultimately exhausting.
It’s unfortunate for me that coffee is just about my favorite thing in the whole world. But a good motivator to stay away from it is how well I’ve been sleeping. I’ve had about a week now of sleeping like I’ve never slept before. I can only imagine how much I need to make up in order to repair my body & mood after years of espressing away my fatigue.
April 14, 2012
It’s been gnawing at my brain for weeks: “I need to update my blog. I need to update my blog. [repeat]” So here I am.
I am actually moving next weekend! I’ve been organizing and packing my belongings these past couple of weeks in preparation. It’s funny how quickly I’ve become a minimalist again! “Do I want to move this? No. Do I want to take this with me? No.” I fantasize about becoming a sort of digital nomad, traveling around the country with a laptop, a backpack and a suitcase… just the essentials. I’d rent people’s sublets and work odd jobs and make art and write in my journal.
Back in December, I quit caffeine, a wagon which I fell off of a few weeks ago with an inadvertently caffeinated venti decaf Americano. So I’ve been chugging coffee left and right and the effects on my poor, apparently delicate brain have been astounding. My metabolism is so high that the benefits of caff only last a short while, before I find myself in withdrawl. And since I’m in withdrawal most of the time, I’ve become cranky, unfocused and an overall Debbie Downer. So before I alienate everyone around me, I’m quitting. Had my last coffee yesterday afternoon. I don’t feel great, but don’t feel terrible either. No headaches this time, but have hit some mood bumps which I can only hope are the last gasps of caff working their way out of my system.
My big freelance project lately has been designing the album art & marketing materials for the Minneapolis-based band Murzik. This album comes out in May and it was really a fun project to work on:
February 1, 2012
Little Free Libraries are crate-sized DIY lending libraries that one can build (or purchase) and install in a place to be accessed by the public. Your Little Free Library is stocked with books that you don’t actively use anymore, so that others can read and benefit from them. Users can check-out on their own, and either return the book borrowed, or replace it with a book that they’re ready to share.
Here is a news segment about how they started:
via Library Stuff
This was the special surprise I found when I drove my friend Kenny back to Fort Collins today. I had seen it once before and thought it was just somebody’s homage, but when Kenny said it was a true-and-tried Warhol, we pulled over and I asked him to snap this photo of me.
The can was created for Warhol’s 1981 exhibition at Colorado State University, then re-installed in 2008 at their new art building.
I went out today to an abandoned school near my house. I don’t quite have the huevos mas grandes to spelunker into the school and explore, but it sure is tempting!!
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