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Story Time Again! A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Story Time Again! A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I’ve always loved Shakespeare. When I was a kid, my parents used to bring me to see Shakespeare on the Sound. Every summer, they’d preform a different play. The first one I can remember was “The Taming of the Shrew.” I had NO idea what it was about. Love and gender roles and courtship were way over my head at that age, and I remember trying to catch fireflies without leaving the picnic blanket.

“In this same interlude it doth befall That I, one Snout by name, present a wall. And such a wall, as I would have you think, That it had a crannied hole, or chink,” -A Midsummer Night's Dream

“In this same interlude it doth befall
That I, one Snout by name, present a wall.
And such a wall, as I would have you think,
That it had a crannied hole, or chink,”
-A Midsummer Night’s Dream

But one year, it was A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I was hooked. Puck was my michevious idol for years, and I dreamed of having a bed like Titania’s bower. I have to say though, one of my absolute favorite parts of the play was Bottom’s theatrical troupe. And Snout! His bumbling role as the Wall still makes me laugh.

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So, I simply had to make a Wall. Even if no one but me gets it, I will wear my Wall proudly on days when I need a good laugh.

What a Day

What a Day

So, U-Verse is having an outage in my area. 20ish hours and counting. I always knew I was heavily dependent on the internet, but wow. I can’t do anything. Can’t post listings, can’t listen to Pandora (and I don’t really have a saved music collection,) can’t study up on Java.

So, lack on internet has driven this homebody from home, and into the general public. I feel out of place and awkward.

I do have a story to share though!

Here’s my latest piece.

"Love is that condition in which another's happiness is essential to your own." -Stranger in a Strange Land

“Love is that condition in which another’s happiness is essential to your own.”
-Stranger in a Strange Land

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Stranger in a Strange Land has always been one of my all time favorite books, so I thought it was time to create something from it. I chose this quote because to me, this is love.

You can love so many people in so many different ways, but it all boils down to this fact. Their happiness is essential to your own. They succeed, you feel pride and joy. They cry, you’d tear apart the world to fix it. I am lucky to have so many loves. My husband, my dad and mom, my best friends. Each little heart hole represents someone. And their hearts complete my heart. I wouldn’t be who I am without them. One by one, all the holes are filled by the happiness of our loves.

So that’s my story for today! Maybe I’ll leave the coffee shop and clean the house. Or not.

Works In Progress- Armor USBs

I know it’s been a while since I posted these sketches on Instagram, but they’re still works in progress. I finally got the actual drives in, so I can start building the armor shells.

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However, I realized the designs need some tweaking. Sometimes ideas come out perfectly the very first time, and sometimes not so much. At least I’m still happy with the aesthetics! It’s just the functionality I’m working on.

Lately I’ve been on the struggle bus trying to design things I’m happy with. I squished seven things the other day because they weren’t right. Poor little things. Oh well! That’s what happens to some works in progress!

My Solution to Symmetry

Typically my sketches are more “guidelines” than actual blueprints, but lately I’ve had to be much more accurate with my drawings. When I’m working in metal clay, I make my own templates out of paper and tape. (I laminate the paper with tape so that the clay doesn’t get my template too soggy.) Usually I’ll make things symmetrical and get the dimensions perfect in Illustrator. It makes it easy to size up and account for shrinkage depending on what kind of clay I’ll be using.

Right now, my printer is completely broken, which means no printed templates, unless I take a 15 minute drive out to Kinkos. That’s 30 minutes I could be spending sketching! So, I’m doing my templates the old fashioned way. Lots of measuring, multiplying, and then sketching one perfect half.

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Then I x-acto out that half, fold it over on the midline, and trace it on the other side! Then cut again, and I have the outside template. From there, I just keep folding and cutting as I build it up in clay, until I have a finished metal piece, and a pile of paper scraps.

A Family Outing Resulting in Baldness

A Family Outing Resulting in Baldness

Note the goatee! Also, that is a lot of hair I have pinned up in there!

Married life is just as I thought it would be. Exactly the same as our unmarried life, except with weirder taxes. We’re always trying to find budget friendly activities to do together. There’s only so much pizza and Netflix a couple can do!

Last weekend, my husband and I found the perfect activity- supporting our community! One of my husband’s coworkers organized a St. Baldrick’s Day event.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation raises money for childhood cancer research and aims to bridge the funding divide between adult cancers and childhood cancers. Volunteers can organize what’s called a Head Shaving Event. At these events, volunteers from around the community take donations from friends, family and even coworkers to donate as they shave their heads.

My husband is the exact opposite of me. He has very little hair on his head. But what he does have is his beloved goatee. For the past five and a half years, where he goes, his goatee goes. In the beginning, his fundraising wasn’t brilliant. He would get a few dollars here and there, but it wasn’t until he put a bounty on his goatee that the donations started pouring in. (Who doesn’t want to fight cancer while watching people you love have potentially unflattering hair?)

So much hair!

So much hair!

Inspired by his donation, I booked myself an appointment to have 12 inches of hair cut off and made into a wig by the non-profit organization Wigs for Kids. I really love this organization because the recipients of the wigs do not pay for them.

The results of our family outing!

We had a lovely time at the St. Baldrick’s event despite the torrential rain! It was entertaining, high energy, and right outside Natty Greene’s in Raleigh. If you’re in the area, I recommend the chicken tenders. Wow, are they good. We also won a cake in the Cake Walk raffle, so we’ve been chowing down on a delicious homemade Irish Carbomb cake for the past few days. All in all, a fantastic day of bonding with my husband for a wonderful cause!

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Before and After!

Our Weird Wedding Masquerading as “Normal” (Pic Heavy!)

Our Weird Wedding Masquerading as “Normal” (Pic Heavy!)

It’s been 6 months since marrying my husband, and embarrassingly enough, I still haven’t blogged about it! It’s hard to believe that six whole months have gone by. Time doesn’t fly. Time got a warp drive.

The stately Castle McCulloch

The stately Castle McCulloch

Our wedding took place in a very classy castle, complete with moat, suit of armor, and resident duck. The wedding party processed from the castle, across the bridge and to the pavilion to the timeless “Indiana Jones Theme.” Then the “Spectre Induction” from Mass Effect started playing, the dj yelled, “Go, go, GO!” through the walkie talkie, and Dad and I made our way to the ceremony.

0135_www.BlueBoxWeddings.com_IMG_5052The ceremony itself was solemn and tasteful, with references to how much we love each other despite laundry procrastination and stubbornness. Between our Ravenclaw and Griffyndor colored crests hung the One Ring, and our dear friend presiding over the union even managed to work in a Smeagol impersonation. All in all, very normal and not at all alarming to older relatives.

0010_www.BlueBoxWeddings.com_IMG_4873Our reception featured vodka soaked gummies, Kahlua brownie balls, candy Legos, Chocolate Frogs and a banquet of what a southern caterer believed was Filipino food. It was tasty, if not accurate. The entertainment was provided by our friends and family, who all took turns at the karaoke, singing everything from the Beatles “Eight Days a Week” to “White Wedding.”

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The first dance was excellently choreographed by Dance Dance Revolution, and I did not once fall on my face. (It helps that I took off my heels and went barefoot.)

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When it came time for speeches, the best man led with a song that he felt summed up our love, and all the groomsmen joined him for a very enthusiastic rendition of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

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Not to be outdone, my father had prepared a special speech, which was, in fact, a rap. He put on his backwards baseball cap and told me to feed my husband well, or he might “stay at work late,” as well as other bits of advice about not having children until we’re ready to spend less time on video games.

And that was our nerdy wedding with enough normality to keep relatives from having heart attacks! Scroll down for more photos!

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Passion

It’s weird; the prompt for today (well, yesterday) was to talk about what I’m passionate about. This should be the easiest thing to write about, but it’s suprisingly hard.

My husband says that one thing that really drew him to me was my passion. I’m not kidding when I say I’m passionate about a lot of things. You know how most people have a nice middle ground most of the time, and only get really excited about a few things? I’m not like that. I’m constantly REALLY into something. Most of the time it’s just an overwhelming curiosity that drives me to research things that have absolutely no bearing on my life. A few months ago, I was fascinated with squids. The differences between species, the anatomy, the behavioral traits, the whole nine yards. I watched documentaries, read articles about new discoveries, and talked about them all the time. Eventually I stumbled upon the Humboldt squid. They have moved into the #2 spot for creatures I never, ever want to run in to. #1 is still cockroaches. It’s an irrational fear, I know. Doesn’t matter.

I do this all the time though. I have this constant need to acquire new information. I guess for me, passion equates to curiosity. And I’m curious about pretty much everything. It’s actually really entertaining in odd ways too. With Google’s new ads, they try to target your interests based on your searches. Mine are ridiculous! Sometimes they’re spot on and give me relevant jewelry supply websites, and sometimes they think that I need financial advice on how to pay off my psychology degree student loans. Spoiler alert: I don’t have a psychology degree. And I have no student loans. Kudos for trying to be specific, Google, but don’t trust anything you read on my history.

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