Saturday, September 20, 2008

Renovations, Inside and Out

Just a quick post. Times are busy with a full school schedule, light remodeling (paint, light fixtures, etc.), and various social obligations. Is it just me or does it seem like everyone is getting married or having a baby? I suppose these events are to be expected at this stage in life. That place where you have graduated from school, focused on building your career, played around a bit, and now you are ready to move on to the next stage of adulthood. Of course, I feel as if I'm in a bit of a vacuum where time or rather, progress, is standing still. I attribute this to my status as a student mostly. And that's okay. Because if I've learned nothing else, I have learned that my current circumstances- whatever they may be- are a result of my past decisions and I am responsible. It sounds obvious I know; but when we're in the thick of it, we find it very easy to point the finger. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about, so I won't belabor the point. What is the point of this post anyway? That I'm very busy of course! Ha ha! Who isn't?

Actually I just wanted to share a couple updates. First, there is much painting going on and I will be posting before and after pictures and looking for any feedback or suggestions. I think comparing the photos from when we viewed the house the first time (while the previous owners still lived there) with the current photos will be especially interesting. We have very different tastes. We'll just leave it at that. I'm also finally, truly moving into my studio. I was in a sort of holding pattern until I could paint the walls and put up shelves and really organize myself in a more permanent manner. So my studio redux is in the works and I'm super excited! I'll be posting photos of that progress as well.

Second, I have taken several steps towards regaining my health. I've joined Weight Watchers, started working out at the gym and the yoga studio again, and I've also committed to playing on a volleyball team. I had forgotten how good of a workout volleyball is, especially in the sand! If you want to work on your hamstrings and glutes, volleyball is very effective. Promise. During our first team practice I was reminded how beneficial sports can be. I think a little competition is good and being part of a team is always fun.

It is now 4am and I must get some beauty rest. I have a wedding to attend tomorrow!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Hello Stranger!

Wow, I can't believe it's been more than a month already! You know what they say, time flies when you're... well, busy. I finished up summer school, had about a week off and started the fall semester last week. During my short break I became absolutely obsessed with the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. I read all four books in about 6 days. And I know that the books are actually written for young adults and the majority of my fellow readers are teenage girls, but I just love it! I wish the series wasn't over, but I am glad I finished them all because now the fall semester is in full swing and I've got a lot on my plate.

I'm taking a couple of art history classes that I think will be very interesting focusing on art from Venice and 19th and 20th century Mexican art, an anthropology course on ancient civilizations in the east and an independent study where I can focus on my work with text and image. I'm very excited about that class in particular. But you know what comes with attendance UTSA? The never-ending quest for a parking space. Ridiculous. That's the only word for it. I'm considering getting a scooter so I can park in the motorcycle lot. It's a lot closer to the building and they're so cute. I could get a matching helmet!