My summer reading list is shaping up! I would have never thought that two Erik Larson books would make it to my list but for some reason, both books are very intriguing. I’ve been waiting for “In the Garden of Beasts” for a few months, saving it on my Amazon Wish List. I’m currently reading The Imperfectionist by Tom Rachman, at fellow blogger and friend Sarah’s (www.sarahbydesign.wordpress.com) suggestion, and so far its a very good book with some characters I feel quite strongly about. I love and hate them- which makes the story even better! I’ve also started reading The Human Stain by Phillip Roth. I like to switch back and forth because I have a short attention span and need to be constantly re-stimulated.
As for the Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler selections? Tina makes me belly laugh and I think she is really earnest and likable. Chelsea Handler makes me laugh so hard that I almost want to split a gut. I love how everything she says is completely inappropriate, and David Sedaris is one of her inspirations- I’m sold.
Well, ladies and gentleman. It has finally come. The end of Words and Motherfucking Images. This class was a hellacious, unrealistic look into the world of graphic design and I couldn’t be more enthused that it is finished. While I wish I could have had more time to work on certain projects, I’m pretty happy with the outcome of everything. I had to revise only one project because the grade was absolutely unacceptable. Unfortunately their grading is insanely off base and I can’t really rely on it to give me a good idea of what my actual talent is, but to hell with it. I am really just happy to be done.
But since I love to torture myself, I’m taking an independent study this summer that will task us with creating a publication for the program to showcase our student work. I’m really excited that I have signed up for it, and I’m even MORE excited that I’m doing with classmates who I personally and academically admire. Below is my Eugene Lang aka Project 5- which was by far, the most difficult project of the semester. The writing and the design were hard, because it required extensive knowledge on a place we knew nothing about. Because there were so many restrictions and limitations, it proved to be my cross to bear this semester. Now it is time to put it to bed. Stay tuned for the summer life!
Our final project is designing a self promotion website. I’m toying with some ideas….
Well, good evening! Despite a long day in class, a hard workout, and running on so little sleep, I am here to bring you the good news.
DING DING DING- I shaved my head, again.
Now not shave as in, “hey lemme take a razor to this” but William bought a new set of Whals and who better to test them out on than your hair-hater girlfriend, right?
Let me explain myreasons for cutting my hair off YET AGAIN. ..
This week has been quite intense. The pressure from school is mounting with unstoppable speed, and it won’t let up for a few weeks. The threat of a government shut down has many people angry, tense, and ranting, and tensions are running high in the office. I felt like I was working for Fox news the whole week and the old men at work were crowing louder than the roosters who appear on Face the Nation. I couldn’t handle it. People are mean, nasty, inflexible, selfish and just outright disrespectful to one another. This isn’t just people I know, its obviously people everywhere in the country.
While mulling over why I let their negativity effect me in such a way, I began to feel a bit uneasy myself. What was I so angry at? Their view points? No- every one is entitled to feel differently. Was it their delivery? A little. I quickly grow tired of people telling me why I was wrong without even really asking what I thought. Bizarre. I didn’t remember telling anyone I cared to hear what they had to say about their political views.
So what does this have to do with my hair? Well, the link isn’t direct, but it is related. I just realized that I have been trying desperately to be more understanding. To be more patient. To be more amicable in the work place. I wouldn’t say I’m mean, but I just don’t care to socialize when I know people don’t care to listen or work with someone so different from themselves. As a black hispanic woman under the age of 30, I am certainly the minority in my office, and people remind me of that constantly. When I felt the pressure to conform a few weeks ago, I decided to give myself a mini makeover. I did my hair, nails, and bought some new clothes, I went into a work with a big smile every day. Nothing is wrong with any of these things. But secretly, I hated my hair, and I felt like I had sold out by getting rid of my trademark. I also felt terrible having to deal with people’s ignorance in the office. I ignored the nasty, narrow-minded comments some people made, and I graciously accepted the complements on my newly europeanized hair and impeccable grammar. Thanks guys!!!
In the last week, it has hit me like a ton of bricks that I have to expand my horizons at all costs, and that as a result of that need, I will not be at this point forever. While I do need to play nice in the sandbox for now for the sake of making a living, I don’t have to listen to their comments, smile through meetings where insults fly, or pretend like I don’t hear when they call the only other black person in my group Obama- its not funny, he doesn’t like it, and that isn’t his name, although it sounds similar to his real one. They aren’t cute. And I won’t let ugly people dictate how my day is going to go.
Nor will I let them influence how I feel about my hair. Since unsolicited comments are their specialty, the men in my office have let me know on multiple occasions, in the “nicest” way they can, how they felt about my short crop. When I got my hair relaxed recently, they were as nice as can be to me, told me how great I looked, and that I should keep my hair like that, rather than the short and peach fuzzy ‘do I had been sporting previously. I guess since I can’t kick over their trash cans and tell them how I really feel, the least I can do is NEVER let these people think for a second that I care about how they feel regarding my hair. Do I like it? Yes, good, awesome. Do they? Don’t care. Does it change how they view me? Absolutely? Am I any different? Yes. I am certainly more confident.
If hair is a woman’s crown and glory, then I finally have returned to the throne. I can’t control how people feel about politics, or the kind of politics they use in the office, but I certainly can control my own actions, and certainly my hair. I’m really happy that my swagger is back, ready to help me take them head on.
Good Morning, Monday Haters-
The work week has reared its head after a very fun and fulfilling weekend. Naturally, I don’t want to give in, but I have no choice other than to start planning my work for the week and figuring out how I will squeeze everything in. I realized after this weekend, that I can’t wait to have my Saturdays back. Taking a class all day on Saturdays in addition to working full time really leaves me with some challenges in terms of finding free time to do homework, planning, and side projects. Sunday is the only day I have to spend with family, do housework, and live a semi-normal existence where I don’t pass my boyfriend in the hallway en route to the computer, grunting with frustration. Anyways, I’m always searching for ways to keep myself in check and organized, and a friend suggested Evernote. Evernote is a program that you can run with your ipad, ipod, mac, pc, whatever, that keeps all your stuff in one spot. It is like a big book of post-its. You can create clippings, post photos, read blogs, create your blogs, and store everything in one spot. Pinterest, which is like a virtual visual board, is very similar. Evernote is different in that you can put EVERYTHING, not just your pictures or clippings of photos from the web. I suggest you try it if you are looking for a self/project/schedule/craft/school/work/etc. management system. I’m hoping I can get the swing of it by the end of the week. For now, let me give in to the Monday and get my bearings for the week.
Comp of the Product Pamphlet. Size is roughly 3 x 4 in a trifold pamphlet format.