hollybrooke: (Rapunzel finishes her painting)
I decided to not go to the open house tonight. This decision really has nothing to do with Dad's tirade last night, but more of the fact that the weather is stormy and windy and getting kind of cold. And frankly, I don't want to be driving around Chicago in weather like this, especially if I'm not familiar with the area. (That, and I don't want to waste a tank of gas.)

I had a hard time sleeping last night, so I'm exhausted anyway. I was hurt and angry over Dad being Dad. Plus, I didn't get to make myself any dinner once I got home from work, so my stomach was all rumbly. And it probably didn't help that I had a Rockstar drink on the way home, so I was good and caffeinated. Oh, and Bo woke me up twice (when I was able to fall asleep) to go out.

But this morning yielded a more rational discussion of last night. Dad is still not entirely cool about the idea, but I really don't care about that. Mom somewhat supports the idea; she's just worried about expenses and whether I can get any financial aid or a job to support myself out there. And they are both somewhat concerned about Kevin's fear/lack of commitment (I am, as well, but that's another story). Meanwhile, I'm still telling them that I haven't even applied yet.

So after rationally thinking about it today....I may end up doing one of the following:
--just finish up whatever classes I need at IUN to get my damn English Lit degree out of the way before I get out to California. Because having that degree would definitely help secure a job to make ends meet out there. (I'm kind of iffy about this, but it's an option.) Or....
--apply with Illinois Institute of Art and go for a semester or two before transferring to CalArts in about a year. Or.... (and this is the option I really don't like, but it's probably for the best)....
--hold off a year in applying and just keep working on my art for my portfolio. Because right now, I'm feeling frazzled and rushed trying to create stuff for it only to be sent off in two or three weeks. (I also have decorating the store and that tree to worry about on top of this.) Quite frankly, I don't want to send in sub-par material for submission. This way, I can get a second job and save save save money before I move out. And this way, I can get some input from current students in the animation program and HOPEFULLY from recently graduated alumni about what I'd have to look forward to in getting work once I'm done.

I get the feeling Dad felt bad about last night, but you know....he really can't take back what he said. He didn't have to be such a dickhead about it.

(Plus, I still need to get cracking on my book. I've hit a lull in the writing process because of the "OMG art school deadline approaching!" thing.) If I can get that published before I apply, that would be great. I'd like to be able to include a copy of the book with my portfolio. :D
hollybrooke: (Default)
It's done!! I'm done painting my bedroom walls! It turned out so nicely! I'll try to get pics up soon once my room is cleaned up and I get some new shelving units in here in the next month or so.

I never realized how much CRAP I have until I decided, "Hey, I want to repaint my bedroom." I mean, I had a good idea, but GOOD LORD. It doesn't help that my dresser and desk and queen-sized bed take up the majority of space in here. I kind of want a smaller-sized bed, to be honest. A full-sized would be ideal. Kevin jokes around that if I ever get rid of my bed, he'd gladly take it off my hands "because it's so comfy." Ha ha, his room is smaller than mine. He'd barely be able to move around with all the stuff he has.

*tangent* Oh my freaking God, I can't WAIT for Halloween. I have to get started putting my costume together soon. I won't be able to wear it to work on account of it being kind of...well, skimpy. (It is a ballerina costume, after all.) But I'll be going to Help Me Mommy's Rocky Horror Halloween show, and maybe another party, so I want to dress up. I don't care if I'm 30. I'm starting to feel like my good ol' festive self again. :)

*tangent* Well, Jessica moved out and she and Hunter broke up. (Again.) Hunter tried to paint it like she was the one who did the "dumping" and gave some excuse about how if she stayed with him, she'd never be able to live to her potential. And Hunter agrees, really. We all do. And he said that yeah, he's sad about it, but he's not exactly heartbroken over it.

But there was a lot more to it than that. Read more... )

*sigh* Enough about that. That's been the drama that we've been dealing with here for the last week.

*tangent* Kevin was asked to step down from his position at his job. He's now second-shift IMS, and he's got a weird work schedule now, but after one day of doing IMS work, he said it's definitely not as stressful now. Maybe it's for the best.
hollybrooke: (Rigby jumping on the bed)
I thought winter was bad last year? It's going to be WORSE this year.

Winter is on the way in Chicago, and it's expected to be as bad as -- if not worse -- than last year.

The Midwest and Great Lakes region will "hands down" be hit with the nation's worst winter, according to AccuWeather.com's long-range report. Chicago, in particular, is expected to get the most snow and cold.

"People in Chicago are going to want to move after this winter," said long-range meteorologist Josh Nagelberg.

The weather service predicts 50 to 58 inches of snow in Chicago, (FUCK, THAT'S A FEW INCHES SHORTER THAN I AM!) not far off from the 57.9 total we saw during the third largest blizzard on record.

"Bitterly cold blasts of arctic air" are expected to send temperatures plunging 2 to 3 degrees below normal in December and January, though AccuWeather says Minneapolis will get the most frigid air.

Last year, the Blizzard of 2011 paralyzed Chicago and snowed in hundreds of cars on Lake Shore Drive.

The record snowfall cost the city and sister agencies $37.3 million, according to estimates released in March. Gov. Pat Quinn requested federal assistance for the cleanup.

Last month, the Farmer’s Almanac predicted “clime and punishment” for many parts of the country, including lots of rain and snow in the Midwest.

Temperatures should feel close to the average this winter for the Chicago area, the Almanac predicted. That means a perfect environment for heavier-than-normal precipitation.

You bet I'll be moving after this winter. By next winter, I hope to be moved out to Southern California. :D

*sort-of-related tangent* I finally sat down with Mom to have THAT talk today. The topic of conversation came up when we were discussing how much longer my brother's GF would be living with us. Mom doesn't think it's going to work out with her and Hunter, to be honest, and I don't blame her. ( She likes to spend spend spend her money, and she just got a speeding ticket, and we can totally see her and Hunter having arguments over money.) Then Mom said she doesn't expect Hunter to move out anytime soon; this is his home, and he is welcome to live here as long as he needs. Same applies to me. Then she kind of laughed and said something about how I'll never want to leave now, but I laid it down and told her if things work out and I get accepted to the art school I'm working hard on getting into, I'll be moving out in about a year.

Now Mom knows I've been looking into art school for animation, and she already knows I've looked into a few already. The Illinois Institute of Art is pushing for me to enroll in classes that start either this week or next week, even though I've told them I don't want to rush into a decision that quickly because I AM looking at a couple of other schools. (Plus, the other schools I'm interested in want a portfolio submission and Illinois Institute of Art has not requested one. I think that speaks volumes right there. And I STILL have my heart set on CalArts, even if I have to relocate all the way across the country.) So Mom wanted to know which one would require me to move and where to. So I had to tell her, "California."

She wasn't pissed off or anything. It was kind of hard to tell her reaction, actually. All she said was, "....That's very far away," and pointed out the only family we have close to California are my cousin Robin in Oregon, and Dad's cousin Donna in Colorado. And that I wouldn't be able to just come home whenever. I told her I've taken all of that into consideration, because it's not like I'm rushing into this without thinking about that kind of stuff. The only time I'll probably get to see my parents or Hunter or Bo (Oh GOD, I don't know how I could handle leaving my poor dog!) or Gramma Julie or Kevin (and I don't even know if I can handle a long-distance relationship) again would be Christmas and possibly the summer. So yeah. Sacrifices will have to be made.

Like I said, this isn't a decision I'm making lightly. Mom seemed to take it okay. But I think she might be scared that I will get accepted and will be leaving her.

*sort-of-related tangent* Today we set off some bug bombs in the house, so we had to evacuate for two hours. Hunter went to work. Mom and Gramma went to do some shopping (it's good therapy for Mom to get moving around). I put Bo outside with some kibble and fresh cool water, and I intended to go to the park in town to work on my sketchbook. But no. I retracted my car's sunroof (it was GORGEOUS outside) and just cruised around Lowell, Cedar Lake and Crown Point listening to 97.9 FM and 103.9 FM (the local classic rock stations) for two hours. It was a good way to unwind after the couple of weeks I've had, with painting and work.

But by the time I got home, OH GOD, Bo acted like he hadn't seen me in ages and was all, "How DARE you leave me outside like that for two hours?! I missed you! LOVE ME!!!!!" Bless his doggie heart.


Sep. 6th, 2011 12:22 pm
hollybrooke: (It's time to paint!)
It's time to DRAW FOR MY LIFE.
hollybrooke: (Crayon love)
Yesterday, I went out to Tinley Park to see what their Illinois Institute of Art campus was all about and to have that meeting with the admissions assistant. Holy moley, it's a small campus! I wouldn't even really call it a "campus" (when you compare it to a more traditional college campus). It's more of a two-story building located off of I-80 that seems more like part of a campus. And the Tinley Park campus is newer, too. But you know, that's good. I'm used to small-ish. IUN was small-ish. Which means class sizes are small-ish and you get more one-on-one time with your instructors.

But the admissions assistant explained how quarters tend to overlap, and they involve summer classes, so it's kind of an accelerated program. I could get what could normally be a four-year program within three-years. (A plus!) And we went over financial aid, which concerns me the most.

I still really have my heart set on CalArts, but I'm still putting my feelers out there. I have a couple other options I'm looking at, but Tinley Park seems like a nice fit. So far.

The admissions advisor gave me directions to get there that involved taking I-80, but I tried MapQuest, and MapQuest gave me these convoluted directions that involved taking lots of backroads through Illinois. And me being a weirdo, I decided to use the MapQuest directions. I was going north on Harlem when I came to US-30. And I was all, "FUCK ME, I could have taken US-30 this whole way?!" No, seriously? Would've been much easier on me! Next time I'll know better! (And it's roughly an hour trip. A little longer than it would be to go to Purdue Cal, but it only takes four gallons of gas, round-trip. Nothing too hard on my Focus. But still. It's something to worry about come winter time.)

But I still feel kind of....bad about it. I have yet to tell either of my parents about these plans, but I don't want to spring the news on them until I'm absolutely sure. I'm very weird about telling them stuff like this (ESPECIALLY Mom). I didn't tell Mom I was going out to Tinley Park to look into art school. Because quite frankly, it's none of her damn business. All she'll do is bitch about it and put in WAY more than her two cents worth, and try to shoot it down. I feel bad about sneaking around like this. But I have my reasons. I really don't trust her judgment, and I don't need</i it, either.
hollybrooke: (Bad Holly!  No jumpies!)
I'm going to Tinley Park on Wednesday for a meeting with an admissions advisor from the Illinois Institute of Art. *squeeeeee!*

This is nothing serious (at the moment). This is a "You want to potentially come to OUR school? Great! Want to come see what we're all about and talk about admissions requirements and financial aid?" meeting. I'm still putting my feelers out there, and I'm looking to actually be making the big move by next year when I have some decent stuff to submit for admissions.

The woman I talked to over the phone (Jessica) was very nice, and we got into a conversation about movies, and she wants to hear how Super 8 was.

*semi-related tangent* Speaking of, Super 8 was really good! I heard a long time ago it was supposed to be a prequel of sorts to Cloverfield. Then I hear J.J. Abrams saying the complete opposite. Make up your mind, J.J.!

*tangent* 27 days till Money in the Bank at the AllState Arena! I don't even know if I want to do a sign/poster this time around. Ideas I'm already floating around?
--Chris Benoit Killed My Sign (SURE to get confiscated!)
--Sit Down! You're In My Way!
--RIP Macho Man
--do a poster of Sheamus from "Family Guy" in case Sheamus (the actual wrestler) is wrestling
--Take My Sign. It Has Zack Ryder On It.

*tangent* I'm watching the "When You Wish Upon A Weinstein" ep of "Family Guy." You've got to be kidding me. Lois made it from Rhode Island to Las Vegas THAT QUICKLY in Quagmire's car? Thanks for making me suspend my disbelief, MacFarlane!

*semi-related tangent* Hey [livejournal.com profile] supermachodude. Guess what? Diarrhea!

*tangent* Well, I've found a new obsession. The new My Little Pony series on the Hub. Ponies are keeping me sane currently. :)

*tangent* How odd is it that I want to purchase this "The Dean Martin Variety Show" series on a DVD set? The informercial is on right now. I love me some Dino.

hollybrooke: (It's time to paint!)
Here's a link to my pathetically tiny deviantArt page, for anyone who's interested. YES, my stuff is amateurish, but I'm working on it.

hollybrooke: (It's time to paint!)
Once again, Hunter is thinking about breaking up with his girlfriend. I don't know how many times I've heard this in the last year (maybe four or five; he starts getting that itch every few months) and how he never follows through on it, though. And this may sound mean and very blunt, but if he's seriously going to do it, then he needs to shit or get off the pot. I'm not saying that because I don't like Jessica (I do, actually; she's a sweet girl). I'm saying this because Hunter's been kind of dancing along that line for the last year and talks about it, but he never does it. If he's going to do it, then do it and quit stringing her along.

And it's not like he doesn't love her anymore, but from what he told me last night about it, he feels that their respective priorities have changed. He wants to finish up school and do what he wants to do (hospitality management, I guess; he wants to run a hotel or work on a cruise ship or something...how he came to that, I have no clue, but he wants to do it, so I support him on it). And she just dropped out of school and wants to take classes to learn a trade and be a massage therapist. She was majoring in psychology and wanted to work with special needs kids, but to be honest, I think her current job working with special needs kids is starting to take its toll on her. Hunter's kind of ticked that she won't at least try to finish up and get her degree at the very least. But he also feels that she's pushing for them to get married and have a kid, and he's so not ready for that. He just turned 21, for crying out loud. He wants to live his life.

More behind the cut, because I'm just rambling and having a epiphany in the process. )
hollybrooke: (another Rapunzel pic)
Re-tooled my layout/colors/background here. I guess I got inspired by all of that Tangled concept art.

And another update on Dad's job(lessness) situation. Got another call from Mom. Earlier, I told Mom that Dad should contact his union about this mess because really? This is bullshit. (Can I say that any more?) Like I said, they tell him he's got his job back, then they turn around and tell him there was a mixup? That's just shady. If something happened like that at my job at the grocery store, I'd be talking to my union rep.

Regardless, Mom's ready to come home. She loves the big house down there, but it's almost too big for her. She's in the wheelchair all the time, and she knows up here, she'd have more gumption to get up out of the wheelchair and try to walk. So Dad will probably be bringing her back up here and he'll probably go back down there to job hunt. Whatever. I don't know what Dad's plans are.

And watch Mom call back in a couple of hours and be all, "Nah, we're gonna stick it out down here." She's wishy-washy like that.
hollybrooke: (Cartman sings "Poker Face")
Good news: finally got word from my accountant. I should be getting back close to $900 (fed AND state combined). SWEET.

Bad news: Mom's getting bad again. She's been having muscle spasms all on her right side, mainly in her leg. If they don't get better by tomorrow, back to the hospital with her. :(

WTF?!: Okay, so I'm getting close to $900 in my tax return, but Hunter--who earns about as much as I do and works about as many hours--is getting something like $40 back from federal alone. Fishy, y/n?

Beautiful: So I requested a brochure of information from CalArts to aid me in my quest. And this is what I got in the mail today:
Behind a cut because it's kinda big! )

This doesn't even do it justice. The "brochure" (if you can call it that!) is AMAZING. It's all embossed, the side binding is stitched and the pattern continues on the back. They put some WORK into this thing!!
hollybrooke: (rio is cute but not that bright)
Artist's comments: "Riot is like a fortune cookie, all of his lines become exponentially more entertaining if you imagine him saying them to someone in bed."

Kinda NSFW, cuz it's sexay time. )


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