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May. 21st, 2015

Welcome to My Grand Design

there's a wild wind blowing * down the corner of my street * every night there the headlights are glowing * there's a cold war coming * on the radio I heard * baby it's a violent world * oh love don't let me go * won't you take me where the streetlights glow * I could hear it coming * I could hear the sirens sound * now my feet won't touch the ground * time came a-creepin' * oh and time's a loaded gun * every road is a ray of light * it goes on * time only can lead you on * still it's such a beautiful night * oh love don't let me go * won't you take me where the streetlights glow * I could hear it coming * like a serenade of sound * now my feet won't touch the ground * gravity release me * and dont ever hold me down * now my feet won't touch the ground!

"Life in Technicolor" by Coldplay
 
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Welcome to my journal! I'm pretty open to what I publish here, but if you would like to see the crazy personal stuff, comment to be added. Hope you enjoy!

Aug. 8th, 2009

Listen to me!

Wow NY. Seriously?

I love NYC. I really do. I would love nothing more than to move there and live among the hustle and bustle. But I have to say NYC's air safety does have me a bit concerned as of late.

Air Collision Over Hudson River

I mean...first 9/11 in 2001, which, face it, was not only a big breech in national security, but air traffic security as well. Then there was the emergency landing in the Hudson River. Now there's this...maybe I'll fly into Newark from now on.

...or if Pete gets the job in Buffalo, I'll take the train. Trains are starting to come back into fashion, right?

Jul. 31st, 2009

For the Win!

You know what's awesome? Doing chores, looking up the addresses I requested on Facebook months ago and getting them into my wedding roladex, and looking up to an ad in the margine that links me to super cheap tickets to an event that I didn't think I'd make it to, but I knew I was dying to attend.

In other words...

WOHOO! I'M GOING TO SEE LEWIS BLACK AT THE FILLMORE ON SUNDAY NIGHT! I MIGHT EVEN MEET HIM TOO!

So I'm going to take one of his books that I have and asked to have it autographed. He is seriously one of my all time favorites and a real inspiration to me as an aspiring writer.

This means that Sunday is going to be crazy busy, but you know what? It's totally going to be WORTH IT!!

Jul. 29th, 2009

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Praying for a Friend

This week has been a little too crazy for my liking, but the good news is it is gradually getting better.

I walked into work first thing Monday to find out that my friend Mirvet had suffered a stroke the night before. As Mirvet is only 36 and is in good health from what I understood, this shocked me and scared me a bit. I planned to go to the hospital to visit her after work until news came in later that day that the reason she had the stroke was the doctor's discovered a brain tumor. After finding this out, I had basically lost it and had a hard time getting myself to settle down. With the enormous headache that followed, I ditched the idea of going to see her, and instead planned to go see her on Friday night after work (still do).

I didn't do well on Friday night. I came home and battled my headache for a good portion of the evening and I battled to keep food down. It was possible it was a mild migraine, but it eventually let up and I headed to bed early after reading a couple of pages from my book.

The next morning I woke up feeling better, but still worried. I got to work waiting to hear news, and the first thing I heard from Tiffany is that word of mouth is a load of crap. It turns out Mirvet doesn't have a brain tumor, but it was a blood clot that caused the stroke. This relieved me to find out as this is much easier to handle than a tumor.

I also heard from a couple of people who went to visit her that she is doing very well and a lot of the feeling in her body is back, though it's still a bit sensitive. She's able to walk, use the rest room on her own...I guess the worst problem is she's still trying to get the feeling in her face back, so she occassionally catches herself drooling. But otherwise she's her same ol' beautiful self.

Anyways, I'm hoping for a smoother week from here on out. It's been a bit crazy with Mirvet being in the hospital, a couple of people being out for various reasons, and Kevin and Jim being on vacation all week. But as it's Hump Day, I'm hoping to get over that hill and bring the weekend on with a bit of peace. On Friday night I'm going to visit Mirvet and take her a little care package, and I'll stay the night at Mom's. On Saturday morning I have a massage scheduled and I think I'll do the gym soon after. Saturday night I'm determined to go see Harry Potter and the Half~Blood Prince. That'll make my weekend very nice.

Jul. 20th, 2009

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Kicking My Own Butt!

Eight months from today I will be marrying the love of my life, Peter. However, I have been having some issues with my body as of late. Nothing I can't handle though.

I picked up my dress two weeks ago, and while it fit, it was a little snug. To add to the fact, I have been a little disappointed with my weight and looks lately. I'm not trying to be vain, but I just want to be healthy. As a result, I joined a health club a couple miles from the house. I joined Friday evening and worked out both Saturday afternoon and first thing Sunday morning. Feeling good so far, and I'm hoping it all works out from here.

My goal is to drop two sizes so I can wear the size I wore in college, which was a six.

As of this morning when I first woke up, my weight was at 144.2 pounds and my total inches for bust, waist, and hips was 110.5. Let's see what I can do. Wish me luck!

Jul. 14th, 2009

Listen to me!

Artistic Bent

As of late, I've been kind of bored with journaling, besides the fact that I just need to do it more often. I've been busy, but I know all of you are tired of that excuse.

I want to spruce it up a bit, and I had an idea, stolen from a very creative lady.

An old acquaintance of mine from back in the day still journals on here. I met her in a forum that discussed my favorite Disney movie, the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Not only did she draw on there, but she spanned out. Some people in cyber land may recognize her drawings of the Harry Potter characters in a very Disney-esque style. Her cyber name is Tealin Raintree. Nowadays, she's working her dream job as an animator at the one and only Disney studios, having just completed work on the Princess and the Frog. If you want to check out her journal, please visit username twirlynoodle.

Anyways, what she does is sometimes she draws herself to express her actions and feelings for the moment. Now my art and drawing is no where near as good as hers, but do you think that would be a cool addition to my journal? I used to do that for my own personal diaries all the time. I think to do it on here would be kind of cool.

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And just so you don't believe I'm a true artist, here's more or less what you may be subjected to. I present to you my stick figure representation of myself in my blue jeans and new haircut with glasses.

My artistic bent drives me crazy sometimes.

Jul. 12th, 2009

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I need to get some new icons on here, STAT!
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Progress in the Office

I have to start making posts more often than every two weeks. I've been horrible lately. But then again, it's be very busy too. Anyways...

I've finished up a lot of work with redecorating the second bedroom in out house and turning it into my new office slash artistic sanctuary. I've chosen a few select pictures to display, but if you want to see the full project, you can check it out on my FaceBook page.

Adrianne's FaceBook Album

This is how it all began. The room was basically a place to dump everything we didn't have use for. This resulted in a disorganized room, a packed closet, and attic space that was not being utilized in the least.

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After having enough of this for almost a year or so, I decided it was time for a change. This is a basic sketch of what I was hoping and looking for. The results differed a bit, but it still came out looking fabulous!

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I set to work...with a bit of help along the way, courtesy of Foster...

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And here are the happy results!

First off, my main work space. I ditched the old desk from once upon a time and replaced it with a more modern, sleek white one with far more space than I had. Pete's mother bought it for me for my 26th birthday this year and I absolutely adore it! I painted the walls a nice neutral tan and put up a small shelf above the desk for some added storage and display space. Above that, I painted some strips of cork to create a grand, large story board area for when I'm writing. The chair actually came from a set that my parents owned, but don't use anymore. I love the design on the back and it definitely gives the room a bit of "pop"! I finished up the set with some decorative candles and lights from Ikea and a small clock from Peter's old storage.

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This bookcase for the inner wall of the room came from Ikea as well. Only $35 and it matches the desk perfectly. I dressed up above it with a homemade painting.

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Here's a close up of the painting, made from inspiration on HGTV. Simply take a painter's canvas and some painter's tape and tape off a design of your choosing. Paint in wherever you wish. After the paint is dry, pull the tape and you have your own modern art! Since I accidentally sploched on mine, I decided to add a couple more marks. Lo and behold, I think it ended up making the painting all it's own. I love it even more now!

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I've had this cork board since I was in high school, but I redid it with a fresh coat of the blue paint, covering the sun, moon and star design that previously decorated it. I also hung a shelf, painted the same blue, between the closet and entrance doors. I finished the look with some decorative candles.

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The dresser actually came from my nursery as a baby. After being white and yellow all my life (and missing some handles from wear and tear), I decided it was time for a revamp. A fresh coat of paint with some blue splashed in gave it a new fresh look. I removed what was left of the old, silver handles, replacing them with some new, intricate ones I found on clearance at Home Depot. If you would like to see a close up of the design, go to my FaceBook album. The lamp came from Pete's mother, was in need of a touch up as well. A couple coats of paint freshened up the sharp design. The shade which was previously destroyed during the move, was replaced with a four corner one from Target for $8. I also added a couple of hooks to the wall to match the dressers new knobs.

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This is the only corner I have left to work on. I'm hoping to soon get a small rug to put down on the hardwood floor and a chair and ottoman to put in this corner. I think it would be a nice finishing touch to this room and give me a nice area to sit and read, write, and crochet when I want.

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All and all, I believe my work for the past month went by with success. I'm hoping to hit the back room with Peter this fall and do a total redecorating of that. It needs it since it's currently housing some extra, outdated furniture and my old college futon, which now seems to be falling apart. Stay tuned to find out what I do with it!

Jun. 27th, 2009

Chick with tools.

PHEW!! Okay. One of the hooks is up on the wall. It's moments like these what I wish I had a power drill!

Working in the office again today. After I get the coat hooks up on the wall, my projects will all be paint related. Getting the primer and paint on the dresser, then painting and haning the lamp and cork boards. More pics to follow up with this. Wait until you've seen everything I've done!

Jun. 22nd, 2009

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I'm pathetic at this anymore...

Lord knows I should be doing a lot better at updating this thing nowadays. Being busy shouldn't be an excuse. On my old journals I would update with little one or two sentence blurbs constantly. So why not here? Have I just set my standards too high for myself?

I've been working like crazy in the second bedroom to turn it into my office. It is looking great thus far. The walls are all painted, my desk is put together, and my two wall shelves are up and mounted. My project for this coming weekend is to get the dresser repainted and done, and hopefully that shouldn't be too much of a hassle. I picked up the new handles for it yesterday at Home Depot with matching hooks for the wall for when Peter needs to hang stuff up. I think from there I'll need an area rug, a bookshelf, and my chair and ottoman. Then my ensemble will be complete. I'm very excited with how my room is looking and it's making me look forward to starting my classes for interior design.

Speaking of classes, I'm hoping to take Friday as a vacation day and head over to campus to get some stuff done there. I'm crossing my fingers for some financial aid help and evening classes, but scheduling may not come up for a couple of months I'm guessing.

Okay. I've updated. I feel vindicated. :)

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