The Space

I’ve been working on the same easy project for months because either one, I didn’t have enough time to finish it in one go, or two, I was just simply never home. I live in a duplex with another friend and since my bedroom is entirely too small for me to do anything in it, I decided to make use of the basement by transforming it into a craft work station. Since it’s an older home with very little upkeep, there isn’t a whole lot I can do to begin with without having to spend money on things I obviously wouldn’t get to keep (since I’m renting), I decided to just work with what I had on hand.

When I first encountered this to do business

When I first encountered this to do business

P.S. All pictures are pretty awful. I have an iPhone with a slight mark in the camera lens, bear with me.

There are a set of poorly done shelves against the wall, which aren’t really fixable unless I take the whole thing apart and rebuild it, which in reality, if I hopefully only stay in this place for one more year, it’s not really worth the trouble. It does hold my crafts supplies and other materials well enough though, since I don’t have anything particularly heavy. I did start repainting the shelves with the paint that was already there, just to make it bearable to look at. There is an additional cupboard in the back-end of the section, which I will also repaint when it’s not negative degrees down there (C’mon spring!)

This is the up close, painted versus awful

This is the up close, painted versus awful

On top of all that, I got some free rugs from the boy, who had them leftover, and I got a sturdy small desk for $5 at the Construction Junction warehouse! All in all, working with what I had on hand has been going pretty smoothly for an amateur work station and definitely gives me better ideas for future spaces when I move. The best and worst part of what I ended up doing the desk made me ridiculously happy, and other people weren’t impressed. I came across some Hard Cover Mod Podge that is used for furniture, and decided ‘Why not just redo the surface of the desk with book pages and color pictures of inspirational things?’ I got some super cheap old books for a couple bucks at the PGH Creative Reuse Center and begun my project by tearing out pages after pages of things I liked.

Rip, rip, glue, rip

Rip, rip, glue, rip

This part took the longest because to apply the Mod Podge, it was recommended to do at least 5 layers with a 15-20 min break between each, wiped, sandpaper with super fine grit, wipe again, steel wool down, and wipe again. I finally did all of this last night, and it did take me a few hours to finish it up (as well as finishing BBC’s The Office Xmas special so I could move on with my life past Tim and Dawn). I’m pretty satisfied with the end results, especially for my first real desk I was able to play around with. Obviously in the future, I will look into getting a better looking one that has drawers, but I foresee this desk having a special place in my heart for quite some time.

Vintage finished Up close

 

I look forward to seeing what creations come out of this.

Aside

Brief Pieces on Media (Social, Televised, and Other)

I’m that guy that doesn’t watch television, or really very much movies, because I’m a jerk like that. Super snooty about it, actually.

Actually, no, that’s a lie (sort of). I don’t have any access to cable or digital television channels. The tv we got from a friend is analog, so I would have to go buy a digital conversion box to even get that work, and really… the roommate and I decided against it. She got Netflix to use and I use my work (library) to borrow anything I care to watch (currently BBC and Portlandia) or the boyfriend. We are champion money savers, I must say!

On the flip side, I do care to keep up with my social media (because why not?), so naturally I pay attention to what’s going on via Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, WordPress, BuzzFeed, and general news stuff. No, this isn’t going to be a post about what I thought about the Oscars solely based on a couple videos and photographs I saw. That’s really not relevant enough to me.

[Spoiler alert: I did not find Seth McFarlane offensive because let’s be real. if you have watched any Family Guy or seen Ted, or watched those other not-very-good shows of his, you know what’s coming. Seth doesn’t do clean or even lightly offensive joking. He pushes, crosses and shoves way past the line. It’s what he does. This should not be surprising to anybody at all.]

The social media world on the internet fascinates me. We’re intrigued by it, want to be wanted by it, solely depend our daily mood by how big of a response we receive by it, and quite frankly, letting our worlds be dominated by it. It’s not really a terrible thing, although it could be destruction in some cases. Worst case scenarios are using only technology to communicate with people, and yet not communicating with people IRL at all. (Mm, check out that old school AOL lingo right there…) There is definitely  a certain dependency on the internet and technology, which ranges for all people, but the hardest part is not letting it control you.

Of course, most people who actively use the internet have a hard time coping with this. I have an iPhone, use a computer at work and at home, and been debating on saving up money for a tablet (much later on this year or the next), but my thoughts keep swinging back to the “Do I really need all of this?” It’s a weird transition from living your younger childhood days without technology, straight into your teenage years being completely dominated by it. As we all know, with technology comes social media and alternative ways to interact with people aside from face-to-face or even via phone conversation (the talking part, not the texting), and that’s the hardest part we have to remember doing just maybe 10-12 years ago. 

As all things change over time, we often forget the “old way” of doing things. Simple things like looking up directions using a map, or doing math in your head, or even just excess tools in the kitchen. Do we really need a quesadilla maker? I swear it’s fairly easy to do without this magical device.

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This thing must be magical if it cuts my 5 minutes into 4 minutes!

So, in regards to the “old way,” this shows that the younger generation (including myself as a person in her mid 20s) often forgets how to communicate with people how it used to be done. Face-to-face, telephone talk, letters (PENPALS anybody?! I had one of those!), and what have you. People used to meet each other by just going up to someone in the market after getting their morning whisky fix at the bar and saying “Hey, I like the way you handle those eggs in your wire basket.” 

Am I complaining about this? Actually, no. I rather enjoy the current waves of technology and what’s coming ahead for us. I do at times reprimand myself for forgetting to keep in touch with people in the “older” ways because I took the lazy route, and I do often question why I keep my Twitter account (keeping up with the news, right?), and I’m also fairly certain I have no real need for a tablet, but hey, this is 2013. What else are we supposed to fret over? First world problems, anyone?

I couldn’t agree more with this!

Dipping in that BBC Pool

I decided to start a new trend. Something fairly popular and commonly known to the internet world. I thought perhaps I was being a hater for far too long and I should embrace my more American side (just kidding, really). Anyways, I have begun a new destiny for myself:

Start watching BBC America shows.

Mind you, I don’t have any form of cable or digital television. I just have an ancient television with a DVD player and a VCR in case I want to watch Good Burger for a good fun. Hey, when you’re poor, you do what you can to get by. Anyways, with the help of some lovely friends and my awesome place of work AKA the library, I’m able to score some BBC goodness on DVD to get myself in the know of this wonderful world of British accents. I have this desire to know more things about unimportant matters than important, but that’s just way my brain operates sometimes.

Anyways, so I started with the original The Office, so I could get an idea where the American version got it’s idea and how they derived from it. I have to say that once I got into the BBC version, I was a little disappointed to see that the American version really did take so much from the British version. Tim to Jim? Really? Dawn’s troubled engagement to Lee to Pam’s troubled engagement to Roy? Stapler in jelly to Stapler in Jell-o? Ahh, I was very disappointed, but whatever, it works. Anyways, after I got through the first three episodes, I did enjoy it very much. I was surprised and pleased to see how much I ended up liking it by the end of the 1st series.

My next step is/was Sherlock. OH MAN. I was told to just go for it because so far, it’s a short series, only into it’s second bit. I was all, ‘Oh alright, if it’s short, it won’t take up too much of my time.’ I got my boyfriend to agree to watching the first episode with me and I was thinking, ‘Ah, this won’t be too much, right?’

First off, I didn’t know each episode was 90 minutes long (because I never read the fine print, I just generally grab and go). Ninety minutes later, both the boy and I were in a daze and a little confused by where the time went. HOWEVER, it was very good! I got very into the dynamics of the Holmes-Watson relationship and the mysteries were amazingly intricate. While the episodes were definitely long, I found myself very immersed by them. The second episode didn’t grab my attention as much, but the third one definitely went back up to speed. Of course it ends at a cliffhanger and of course, I don’t have BBC America, so at the moment, I’ll be waiting for my copy to come in at work.

What’s next then? Well, I’m waiting for The Office and Sherlock, both series 2. After that? Perhaps I’ll just jump into Doctor Who? I was also debating on some comedy series, in the situation I was told “The IT Crowd” is worthy of watching. I did watch an episode of it before and did like it very much, so I see that being possible too.

Now I’m aware there are some hardcore fans out there and I would very much love to ask your opinions, but let’s not be overwhelming, shall we? Baby steps… baby steps…

Back to the real world!

Chances

It’s 2013 and honestly, I feel as if I have a lot of things to look forward to. This is the year that I wish to make an advancement in my company and hopefully end up with a new position that is truly worth working for. I am eternally grateful for the opportunities that my current position and location allows me to take advantage of, and even more so grateful for the support I receive. This is a company I would love to grow and develop my skills over a long run, and hopefully this will lead to greater things down the road.

It is a little strange, in that I would love to stay in my position and do the things I am doing, but since it’s very little money,

Write something good that happened to you every day

Write something good that happened to you every day

I know that I must move on further in order to make anything of myself. We live in the times where if you don’t have any internal connections and/or prove your worth by killing yourself to exhaustion, you better start liking the change in your pockets and the cheap ways to everything (which, admittedly, are neat to find when it comes by).

However, this isn’t a post about jobs or my company in particular, this is just a post about life and making the most of it. When a new year comes, it’s always exciting to think about the possibilities that will come your way. Will you take the chance or will you pass it up for something else?

Last year, I took a business-oriented purpose and started a MeetUp group in order to attract a larger audience of people in order to increase attendance for my work’s programs. Now, MeetUp is a website whose intentions are to allow people to meet and hang out based on similar interests, and make friends in an alternative way (via internet). It’s not exactly uncommon for people with more business intentions to take advantage of this though, as you are generally

giving people an opportunity to explore something new (and my promoted programs are typically free, so everybody wins), but it somewhat takes away from the social aspects of the group. I didn’t really explore the possibilities of really getting to know people in my group until a few months in when it seemed like I was getting a more steady, consistent group of people attending.

I suppose my point is that I didn’t think of myself actually getting to know and making friends through the website, as I initially treated it as a business opportunity to show my company the advantages of reaching out to another audience and allowing us the chance to actually try more things for those said people. Now that I have actually attended to some events outside of my work with those meetup people, I feel more included in my own group. It’s strange, right? I wanted to take the chance of getting to know people though, and this was one way I figured would be most comfortable for me, and I’m definitely glad to be doing so.

On a more personal note, I’m taking another chance of getting to know about those friends as well as my coworkers’ and my boyfriend’s interests in order to get to know what other people are getting into. I wish to be open-minded about as much as I can find out and allow people to express themselves comfortably without feeling as if they will be judged. Really, this is an outlook I think everybody should live, but we don’t have much control over that.

Roll with what you can manage, right?

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