‘Warning: This will be a long post! In order, this post will cover: Christmas, New Yearâ€™s, Atariâ€™s Birthday Dinner, Art, School and finally Finances. Iâ€™m sorry again for being gone for so long! I meant to update on Christmas, but John and I were out of state. I meant to update on January 1st, but I uploaded photos from the New Yearâ€™s party and then had to run out before I could post. Then the rest of the week has been a mad scary dash for school.
On Christmas Eve, John and I went down to see his mother. I think she spent more on me that John spent on me, and I KNOW she spent more on me that I spent on him. Itâ€™s a little unnerving. Iâ€™m careful with other peopleâ€™s money, and I hate feeling like Iâ€™m taking any happiness away from anyone. Spending money on myself makes me happy. I didnâ€™t like a pair of pants she got me, so I exchanged it for a dress that I fell in love with. A dress! Can you believe it? Itâ€™s a little red and black strapless thing that screams Summer. Anyway, so then John and I went up to see my mother in NC on Christmas day. It was nice to see her and see my brother again. She got me a new cell phone. The number is still the same though. The phone is awesome because I can download ringers and games onto it (if I had any time). Jared got me some lavender bath stuff and some assorted candy. The lavender bath stuff makes me mucho happy. I used to have some as a kid, and I forgot how much I love lavender. We slept there that night on a horribly cold air mattress on the floor in her guest room, then drove back. I spent the day after working on cleaning up my wreck of an apartment and the commissions.
New Yearâ€™s was quite nice, but a little more quiet than I was expecting. John and I went down to Atlanta to Atariâ€™s (the same guy that throws the kick-ass costume parties). It was a little less well attended than the last one, but that served to make it better, in a toned-down sort of way. It was a really normal party until someone decided that strip twister was a good idea. Yeah… The way it works is just like normal twister, but if you fall you take off an article of clothing. After little debate, I decided to play as well. Iâ€™m horribly bad at twister, and predictably, I lost. I lost my top and bra, but I couldnâ€™t go any further south because it was â€˜that time of the monthâ€™ for me. Grrr. 🙁 Because of that as well, I was not drinking (mess up your belly). So we drove home sober and un-naked, but you can see the photos in the Parties album.
Then drove back down the day after for Atariâ€™s Birthday dinner, in which we invade an Outback in Atlanta somewhere with 40 people. It was much fun. Once again, I had to order from the kiddie menu because I donâ€™t like anything on the real menu. Stuck with my norm, chicken tenders. 🙂 It was very funny molesting the wait staff there. They were less than pleased. John and I left because I had to get to work early the next day, but I somehow thought it would be a good idea to drive into downtown Atlanta and take pictures instead of going to bed (mistake!). I got some great photos (which will be up on everyday beautiful as I have time) though, so I was glad for that at least.
At some point in there, I finished Atariâ€™s commission, which you may be able to see on Schlock Horror at some point. I also finished Earth for Heather and Water for Cliff, both of which I am very pleased with. I also got totally sick of the layout for Midnight Confessions, so I chucked it and re-designed it with something that works a little better for me. Itâ€™s less fancy, but much less of a pain-in-the-ass to update when I DO have new work. This also brings me to the end of my requested artwork, because no one else has asked for anything! So, Iâ€™m still taking commissions, for anyone thatâ€™s still wondering. Iâ€™ve really liked these, because I get to do more things that I would have normally thought of.
On a new topic: Iâ€™M BACK IN SCHOOL!!! Thatâ€™s right, I can finally quit bitching about my lack of an education and do something about it! It all happened so fast that it still hasnâ€™t hit me yet. Iâ€™m sure it will tomorrow as I am sitting is class. Iâ€™m taking College Algebra (eeek!), Intro to Sociology (whee!), and Intro to Early Childhood Education (whee!). Iâ€™m still quite apprehensive, but I think Iâ€™ll make it. Iâ€™m two days late though, which so will not make a nice impression in class. I never got a letter telling me when registration was, and it turns out that it was three days ago! Shit! So it was a mad dash to get registered and in the right classes, then to get it all paid for, etc… I have the Pell Grant because my income is so low, but it doesnâ€™t pay for anything BUT tuition, which means I have to get a private loan from somewhere else to make up for the time Iâ€™ll be losing from work. Johnâ€™s dad will be co-signing a loan for me so I wonâ€™t have to worry about money at all, which will be quite nice. Iâ€™m very excited about that part.