Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010, A New Year, with New Possibilites

It's now officially 2010!

2009 came and went. It was filled with many good moments, and some sad moments. There were some good expriences, some of which I wish would've had a different ending. I made some new friends, while still keeping connection with old ones. It was a difficult year for me, with the loss of my job, and being unemployed for most of the year, and with the loss of my Grandma R., that was a very difficult month. However, God was with me through it all, and thankfully that will never change.

Now it 2010 - a New Year - full of New Opportunities and Possibilities.

I have many goals and ambitions that I would like to see accomplished in 2010.
I'm starting one of those by going back to school for a couple of certificates in Web Desgin...with those I hope to finally find a job in my field.
I also have a goal of completing at least one art project a week, and have a few projects that I am going to try and finally accomplish, and maybe possibly even sell.
One of my more important goals includes cultivating a closer walk with God, and being better prepared for my Sunday School class. I also want to memorize Psalm 139, my prayer group my senior year of college tried to do that...but I only memorized a few verses, and it's come up alot lately, so I decided I'm going to give it another try.

So there are some of my goals...I have others, but I'll have to see how those play out - this year anything is possible and I'm going to try and make this "My Year".

Happy New Year, Welcome to 2010!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Holidays 2009 - Thanksiving & Christmas

So I meant to make seperate post for Thanksgiving and Christmas...but since I've been workin' and such I haven't gotten around to it.

So let's start with the holiday that came first:


Usually we spend Thanksgiving at our house, but seeing as Mom and Dad were putting in hard-wood floors and the kitchen and dining room were filled with stuff from the living room, and the furniture was out in the garage, therefore leaving us no place to sit or cook...we spent it at my Granparenis house.

We had our usual dinner of turkey, ham, stuffing, sweet potatoes, cheesy potatoes...and all the other fixin's that go along with thankgiving dinner.

Then of course there was the strategic planning for Black Friday Shopping! Of course the only one who really got into it this year was Little M, mainly because she was the only one who was going to go 'cause Mom was sick (although she did get up and go to about 2 stores), and I had to be at work at 6 (but I stopped by one store to pick up Dad's gift to Mom for him - which made my day really long).

Little M, starting the planning on the living room floor - yes she is making a list, and checking twice...or more. :)

Then she moved to the table.

Of course while she was planning, I was getting bored waiting for her to get done so we could play some games, so I gave myself something to do - doodle! I doodled on the Macy's ad (as you can see in the above photo, those litle Christmas trees are my doodles).

Then there are these...they are soo cute. :)

Yep. I doodled little stick figures on the furniture ad photos! :) I know I'm weird...but hey, I was bored.

This one is my favorite!

Of course, after the Black Friday planning was was...Game Time!
We played one of our favorites - Aggravation!
We also played Phase 10...that took forever... :)
There is our Thanksgiving in a nutshell.
Now for the next holiday:
Which is my most favorite holiday of all the holidays!

This year, I decorated the tree all by myself. I thought it looked pretty good.

And while I decorated the tree I enjoyed a little, it's not wine, nor is it in anyway alcoholic. It's actually Pomegranite Juice and Sparkeling Grape Juice, which is poured over a sugar cube - delicious!

Then we move on to the presents.

These two I recieved from my kids in my Sunday School Class.
R got me the basket filled with candy and makeup, and E brought me some home-made peanut brittle - yumm!

Then my dear friend B got me these wonderful gifts!
An Ice Skating Owl ornament, and a really cute owl necklace! I photographed them with the bag they came it 'cause it was just sooo cute!
Now how 'bout a look into that stocking! What goodies!

Sudoku, lotions and makeup from Bath & Body Works, Pictureka!, Sunny Seed Drops (Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds) in a Christmas light bulb shape, Ferrero Rocher candies (one of my favs!), and a Little Pet Shop's Turtle - which I've named Speedy and is going to sit on the dashboard of my car!

Then there are the gifts I got on Christmas Day!

Wii Resort from my Grandpa and Grandma (whom I also got the rest of my Christmas money and a bag of M&M's from), a Garmin Nuvi GPS from my Mom and Dad, a Zune from Little M, her Hubs M, her brother-in-law J, and her mother-in-law P.
Of course there was one of the best gifts...

SNOW! I actually had prayed and asked for a white Christmas - and we got snow on Christmas Day!
All in all th holidays were pretty to look on to the new year and the challenges and blessings it will bring!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Back to School...

I thought I was done...but I'm not. Yep. I'm going back to school.

Waited for about 2 hours to talk with a counselor to figure out if I could do it in 1 year...looks like I can.

I'm going back for a couple of Certificates in Web Design. Hopefully that will give me the jump start I need to get a job in the Graphic Design field.

I'm registered, and as of today paid up for the upcoming semester. I should finish in Fall of 2010, provided everything goes well.

It will definitely be exciting - and if nothing else I'll be able to design a site for myself, and a site for my Church when all is said and done!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Designing on the Side...

As most of you know I'm currently working at Kohl's...but for the next week or two...I'm also designing on the side!

My good friend G contacted me on my FB page and told me his boss was looking for someone to design a logo, brochure, and website, and wanted to know if he could pass my info on to him.


I can do it all...'cept the site for now, but he doesn't want that now anyways, but back to the point here. I met with him this afternoon, told him how much I'd charge, showed him some of my work, jotted down some notes...and I'm hired! Yessss!

Now I'll have something else I can put into my portfolio - that is being used for a real company!

Deadline for the logo...end of the week.
Deadline for the brochure...end of the year.

I'm so excited to do this!