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Well, not quite yet. I'm done with all my classes. I've got my cap & gown.

All that's left now is to walk across that stage on Tuesday!!!

If any of y'all are interested in coming to the ceremony (and I certainly don't expect you to, after all, no one *really* likes going to those things!) the graduation ceremony will be held at Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota (84 Church Street S.E. in Minneapolis) at 7:00 p.m. on May 19, 2009.

It may only be a two year degree, but I've finally got a degree, dammit!!!!!!
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As I'm sure you all know, I'm in my final year of school for my Graphic Design degree. The graduating students put together the end-of-year portfolio show and are responsible for all the planning and work.

Well today we got the bad news that the school pulled the $4000 they had agreed to give us. This is a large part of our already tight budget. In addition to cutting printing costs as much as possible, we will be looking for other ways to save money.

One of these ways is food. This is where y'all come in.

Do any of you work at a restaurant or a food provider who would be willing to donate food? We're looking for finger food types of things for the guests to snack on after viewing the show. If any of you can help, or if you have ideas of companies known to donate such things, could you please let me know?

[livejournal.com profile] chebutykin, does GM like to donate to schools?
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I have been such crap about updating lately. Sorry. :(

Ok, my life lately...

School. Lots of school. This semester started on January 12th, and I have class 3 days a week. My FINAL THREE CLASSES!!! are Career Planning & Professional Practices, Portfolio Prep/Exhibit, and Graphic Design Problems 2. So this semester will consist of mostly getting my portfolio ready for the portfolio show that we will be putting on in May, and doing my part in putting the portfolio show together. Only 3 months. Eeep! And we are the largest graduating class the program has ever had.

What else have I been up to? Well, in the middle of January, Minneapolis was blessed with a visit from our Future Dark Overlord, Scott Sigler. He's a podcaster who got a book deal after releasing his novels as free podcasts, and hit the NYT bestseller list with his newest release, Contagious. He is not, however, the Scott Sigler who writes about adult incontinence. At least he claims he's not...
[livejournal.com profile] johnboze picked up [livejournal.com profile] hellbob and I for the book reading, and afterwards we walked a couple blocks to Old Chicago for beer with Scott. A good time was had by all. :)

On Friday the 23rd we had our holiday party for work. Free dinner at Lord Fletcher's. Yummy!!! And, as always, my co-workers were fun to hang out with!

Saturday of that weekend was the annual holiday party/white elephant gift exchange with the geek friends. Too much yummy food!

[livejournal.com profile] hellbob and I took off from there to go to see some bands at O'Gara's Garage. [livejournal.com profile] ninja_tech & [livejournal.com profile] floppycorpse met us there. (Yeah, you all were wondering about the subject of the post, weren't you? Sorry. I just couldn't resist!). We had all missed the 1st & 2nd bands, and got there just as Mass Drastic *MySpace Link. Music will play* was setting up. They played a great set, and I still want them to put out a CD! After their set we listened to a little bit of the next band, but we were all just too tired to feel up to staying. What can I say? We're old! We did chat a little bit with MD's drummer Jim and his family. Hi Jim! Hi Jim's mom!

This last Wednesday I got to MonkeySit [livejournal.com profile] technomonkey_m & [livejournal.com profile] gigglemonkey_b for a while because [livejournal.com profile] genevra had a meeting at her house. I took them to McDonalds so they could run wild in the playland after eating. I do still have the CUTEST niece & nephew in the ENTIRE WORLD! Even if [livejournal.com profile] gigglemonkey_b did tell me she doesn't like my scarf. :)

This weekend was mostly lazy. We went to lunch at Jun-Bo for Dim Sum with LJless Jeanine & LJless Curt today, and then to see The Wrestler. Good movie. I really need to get out there to see some more of the Oscar nominated stuff though.

So that's what I've been up to lately. Also, I ♥ my iPhone! And since I've got the iPhone I'm on Twitter a lot more now. So if you are on Twitter too go ahead and follow me. If you can't figure out my username there you really haven't been paying attention, have you?


Jan. 30th, 2009 01:15 pm
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To everyone who suggested Ax-man for the beakers & test tubes & stuff I needed for my homework: Thank you!!! They had exactly what I needed.
I'd never actually been in an Ax-man store before. [livejournal.com profile] hellbob had a hard time believing that! :)
I couldn't believe their selection of chemistry supplies. If/when I decide to start a meth lab, I know where to get all the equipment now.

Posted via LiveJournal.app.

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OK, you lot know all kinds of stuff.

Where would I go in the Twin Cities to buy lab supplies?
Specifically, I'm thinking Erlenmeyer Flasks, and Volumetric Flasks, and Test Tubes.
Also, the cheaper the better!
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OK, time to tap the LJ Hive Mind.

We're doing product design right now and I'm going to do wine for my project. It's going to have a mad scientist Jekyll/Hyde theme. The inspiration was my dad's cranberry wine.

In the mad scientist vein, there won't be any grape wine, it will be wine made from other things. Maybe dandelion wine, strawberry wine, blackberry wine, etc.

Have any of you had a non-grape wine? What was it? Was it good?
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So, one of my projects I'm currently working on for class is to do a 24 page (minimum) full color catalog.

One of the projects I've been doing for work in my spare time is getting the Holiday Greeting card displays and samples ready.

It JUST occurred to me today that both of these projects could be one and the same! West would get a pretty decent Holiday Greeting display/catalog, and I'd accomplish two projects at the same time!

I was going to do it on the Minnesota Zoo, but I've only got 4 pages done so far. I can totally scrap it and switch to the Holiday Card catalog without losing too much ground!
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Oh hell yeah!!!!!!!

I just found out that that next semester's Graphic Design Problems 2 class will now be taught by my absolute favorite teacher, Will, instead of my absolute least favorite teacher, Dianne!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This fills me so much glee, you wouldn't believe it!!!!!
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Our next assignment is to do a 24 page catalog. I need to think of what my subject will be.

Give me suggestions!

Basic guidelines are that it should be a Commercial entity (brick & mortar store, product or manufacturer, Art or Science museum special exhibit, etc.)

Bonus points if it's something where I can photograph stuff myself.

I want something fun that interests me, but it's far too early in the morning for me to think of anything!
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Something I actually hadn't posted about yet.
I'm back in school! I'm taking the two classes offered this fall that I NEED! Then in the spring I'll be taking my LAST THREE CLASSES!!!!!
Yay! Back on track!

I hadn't been able to register for them last spring because they filled up wicked fast, and even though I checked fairly regularly over the summer, there hadn't been any openings. So I went to the first day of Graphic Design Problems 1 (at 8:00 am. UGH!) and asked the teacher what the chances were. She said they were slim, but that there was some chance. Then I talked to the other teacher who is teaching the other class I need and she was pretty sure she'd be able to get me in.

When I was at the second class on Wednesday the first teacher told me there was a spot for me, and then the 2nd teacher told me the same thing. I got registered for both classes!!!! w00t! There was actually one guy who had contacted the first teacher about trying to get into that class before the semester started, but since I showed up for the first class and he didn't I got bumped up the list before him. :)

So, I'm in Graphic Design Problems 1 on Tuesdays, 8:00am to 12:00pm, and Print Production 2 on Wednesdays, 1:00pm to 4:00ish pm. Also, [livejournal.com profile] mle292 has a 1:00 class in the same building on the same floor as me on Wednesdays. I ran into her this week. [livejournal.com profile] mle292, now that I'm registered for class I'll be much less stressed & hurried next time I see you. :)

Work: The other lab girl, R, put in her notice because she's moving back to Iowa. This means that if I wasn't in school I'd be able to get full time hours. As it is, I think I'll still be able to get all the processing work done while working 3 full days and two half days.

I have no big plans for the holiday weekend. [livejournal.com profile] hellbob & I are both dog-sitting, but different dogs in different houses. He's going to be staying with LJ-less Jeanines gorgeous greyhound, Zoe. I'll be staying at the MonkeyHouse with [livejournal.com profile] genevra & [livejournal.com profile] akdar's dog, Kyanna (or however the f**k you spell it. Pronounced key-on-na.) We may meet somewhere over the weekend for the dogs to go on a playdate together.

Then on Monday when I'm off work, I'll be going to the Minnesota Zoo. At the end of the summer if it's been a while since I've been there I like to go on Labor Day. It's the last day the butterfly house is open, and it's also less crowded than your average summer weekend day. Everyone is at the State Fair or the Rennaissance Festival instead! And I haven't really gone much this summer because the awesome success of the Russia's Grizzly Coast exhibit has meant that it's more crowded than I like. I'm thrilled for the zoo about the success and huge increase in attendance, but I selfishly want all those people to be there when I'm not!

Oooh! State Fair! Did I mention the State Fair yet? We went last Saturday. I had deep-fried pickles, and cheese on a stick, and all kinds of other wonderfully bad for me things! The [livejournal.com profile] kaldeth & [livejournal.com profile] kalfoley family and [livejournal.com profile] lucky13charm went with us. It was a very fun time.

OK, bed time now. At least I can set my alarm tonight since we have power... The power in our neighborhood was knocked out at about 11:00 last night, and was out for about 4 or 5 hours. Cool thunder and lightning though!
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Well, I was going to work on my HTML scripting homework while eating a late lunch at Panera, but I can't. My teacher's server that our assignments are all up on comes back with a message of:

The SonicWALL Content Filter Has Blocked this site.
If you feel this site has been blocked in error,
Please submit a URL Rating Review at:
URL: http://xxxxxxxxx.html
Reason for restriction: Forbidden Category "Other"

Other? What kind of a restriction category is that?!?! Although Carl's site isn't hosted on the school servers everything we do for class has to maintain the same standards as if it was hosted on the state funded machine, so it's definitely not questionable material. Grrr.

Stoopid Panera/SonicWALL censorship! My homework isn't porn!!!!!! Guess I'm off to school sooner than I planned!


Apr. 11th, 2008 12:13 am
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OK, I knew I was out of shape. Didn't realize just how bad it was until I actually *gasp* exercised.

Last week I joined Snap Fitness with J. from work. They had a special going where there was no enrollment fee, and they have month to month contracts, so I figure if I end up not using it I'll only be out a few months fees.

I went to work out yesterday for the first time and barely made my 15 minutes on the elliptical machine.

but wow! am I ever achy today. Mostly my thighs. It's that sort of feels good ache you get from exercise, but it is definitely something I'm not used to!

In other news, I did horrible on my Spanish test. I got a B- which doesn't seem that bad except that I'd been getting A's on everything 'til now.

It was raining when I left school. When I got home the raindrops were looking a little white and solid. It was also windy as all fuck out there. Right now it looks like we've got about an inch out there and it's still coming down.

I expect that it will be absolutely GORGEOUS out by the time I get up tomorrow. And I can leisurely enjoy it & take some pictures before snowblowing because I'm working the afternoon shift instead of morning. Yay! Sleeping in *and* pretty snow!
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¡It's homework time again!

The writing assignment was:
Ensayo Escrito (title = Este fin de semana)
Write a paragraph, in Spanish, of at least six complete sentences about
what you are going to do this weekend (Este fin de semana). Please use
a construction with ‘ir’ + ‘a’ at least three times. In addition, please
be sure to utilize the following verbs at least once: ‘tener que’ and

This is what I've got. If you can understand Spanish and see any huge mistakes can ya let me know? ¡Gracias!

Voy a desayunar con mis amigos en Uptown Diner el sábado. Después del desayuno vamos al cementerio. Voy a tomar fotografías de las lápidas. Quiero ver películas con mi esposo el domingo. Mis películas favoritas son las de ciencia ficción y de comedia.Tengo que estudiar español este fin de semana también.

ok, changed one sentence. Hopefully I've got everything else right. :)
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JavaScript makes my brain hurt!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hey intarwebs? Wanna check my homework for me?

La tarea escrita: Write a paragraph of 6-8 complete sentences in Spanish. You should:
introduce yourself (i.e. say how you are called); state where you’re from;
say where you go to school (and please do not translate names, such as
Minneapolis Community and Technical College); indicate what classes
you are taking and on what days *and* at what times you are taking
them; state where you work or that you do not work.

This is what I have:

Me llamo Sharon Snyder. Soy de los Estados Unidos, de Minnesota. Estudio diseño gráfico a Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Yo tomo dos clases... diseño Web HTML y español. Tomo diseño Web HTML los lunes a las cinco y media de la tarde. Tomo español los martes y jueves a la una y media de la tarde. Yo trabajo a West Photo.

If you know Spanish and see any glaring mistakes, feel free to point them out to me! :)

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Remember this painting I did for my painting class?

Well my painting teacher told me tonight that he wants me to submit it for the spring student art show! Wow! Not bad, considering that this last September was the first time I ever painted with acrylics! Go me!
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Not focusing really well in class tonight...

Got rollovers figured out though! Also have a plan for slicing and building my web pages from photoshop. And I have a Google Map started for the site.

If any of you wanna say 'hi' I'm on AIM right now. I assume y'all can figure out my username.

I got a Vosges Mo's Bacon Bar today!! It was yummy! [livejournal.com profile] mle292 is right, Surdyk's really is The Happiest Place On EarthTM!

Zombie music tomorrow! And there will be Sharon x 2! Be afraid, be very afraid!

Oooh. look. shiny....

Yeah, ADD girl is in the house tonight. :)
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Holy crap! I don't even remember the last time I went two weeks between updates.

How've y'all been? I've been trying to at least keep up with reading but I'm sure I've missed stuff.

So, what I've been up to:

West Photo's been pretty busy as we work to get caught up on weddings.

The General Mills assignment will most likely be done this week.

The last week of the semester is next week.

I'm still taking a picture every day for [livejournal.com profile] hundredpics, but I haven't uploaded them off the camera in about 2 weeks.

I need to have my web page ready by next Wednesday for HTML class.

I have to do a painting and a half by next Thursday for painting class.

I've been enjoying the heck out of painting class, and I'm even pretty good at it too.

I'm going to see Jonathan Coulton in two days!!

All you folks that I haven't met yet who will be at the JoCo show need to come say Hi to me! I'll be at the merch table. When you stop by you can't just ask for 'Sharon' though because Birdchick Sharon is gonna be working the table with me.

I'll make it easy on you for finding me.
This is what I look like and if I remember I'll even plan to wear my Beta Clone 131 shirt.

We have snow! Lots of snow! It took me 2 freaking hours to drive through downtown tonight. yuck.

Now, back to HTML land for me.


Nov. 20th, 2007 08:17 am
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Here's my painting that's due tonight. I'm really happy with how it turned out!


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