August 14th, 2003


My interview from chebutykin

1. Where is the strangest place you've ever been?
Well, there was that time I woke up naked in a bed with 5 other people... heh. Just kidding, but you're all paying attention now, aren't you?
I can't think of anywhere that I think is strange, but I can name a few that other people would find strange:
The Tiger Barn at the Minnesota Zoo. It smells like you haven't changed your cat's litter box in oh, about 3 months or so.
The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. They have a gift shop.
The roof of a 4-story building on NDSU's campus, and stepping off the edge rather than taking the stairs down.
South Carolina & Georgia.

2. When did you start doing photography as a hobby? What draws you to photography?
I took a photo class in high school, and I was immediately hooked on B&W darkroom work. I convinced mom & dad that I really would rather have a camera as my graduation present instead of a typewriter.
I never took very many art classes because I didn't think I was very good at it, and photography was art that even someone who can't draw can do. Also, everytime I look at the brilliant work of someone like Ansel Adams I think to myself "That's what I want to do" I never did much with color, but now that I have the digital camera I am starting to do a lot more color work. I tend to like to photograph nature and animals. Not people so much.

3. What would your dream job be?
I would be a wildlife/travel photographer who would get assignments all over the world and my employer would pay all my travel costs!!

4. A mad scientist gives you a Learning Pill. The pill enables you to instantly learn one skill that you didn't have before, and you get to choose what that talent would be. What would you learn?
I would love to have the language skills to learn several foreign languages. It would also be nice to learn to dance. But I would probably ask for some sort of uber-computer skills so I could get me one of those jobs that pays you a ton of money to cruise the net & LJ all day.

5. Talk about someone you miss.
Most of the people that I miss are friends from Fargo that I lost touch with while engaged to Dickhead. Winona was my roomate freshman year. By the end of the year it was just the two of us in a four person room. She was one of the best roomates I ever had, even if she was a slob. Brian was my roomate winter & spring quarters of sophomore year. We had a 2 bedroom apt. south of campus with a balcony overlooking the train tracks. We were super close friends for about 3 years, but I started dating Dickhead & he would get jealous of Brian and the time I spent with him at the ATO house. Brian was the one who took me out drinking on my 21st birthday, because it was in July so a lot of our friends were gone for the summer. Mike was good friends with Brian too, and was also an ATO, but he went kinda nuts, he was an alcoholic and had other problems. He moved down here to the Cities and I saw him once after that but then we lost each other. I always wonder if he ever got his act together. Roxanne was a high school friend. We became friends initially because I was the first one on the bus and would get the coveted back seat & she got on a few stops later & would sit with me. We were so different. She smoked and drank and did drugs and swore. I didn't. We mostly just hung out together at school, didn't do much together outside of that, but we had several classes together and somehow it just worked. She went to college in Arizona, and we saw each other a few times while home for breaks and we wrote to each other, but then one of us didn't write the next letter and next thing you know it's 13 years later and I have no idea where she is. And she's totally not the class reunion kinda chick, so I'm not sure how I'll ever find her again. And I miss my friend Kerry. But we email & talk on the phone & she reads LJ sometimes even though she never posts. So we stay in touch, but she lives too far away!

And to carry the great meme on, the rules:
1. Leave a comment saying you want to be interviewed.
2. I'll reply and give you five questions to answer.
3. You'll update your LJ with the five questions answered.
4. You'll include this explanation.
5. You ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed. And it just keeps going, and going, and going
  • Current Mood
    contemplative contemplative

It's the weekend!

I'm not gonna go to work tomorrow & you can't make me!
I have an early-ish appointment at Memorial Blood Centers tomorrow. They always call me at work the day before to remind me of the appointment & the chick who called today said that if I don't feel well tomorrow to call & let them know as soon as possible. Apparently one of the hospitals put in a request for B+ platelets and they must not have any in stock because the ones they take out of me are going right to the hospital. I know that each time I donate I am saving a life, and that my one platelet donation is the equivelant of what they can spin out of 16 pints of blood (I almost always give a double) but I've never known when/where it would be used. It's kind of cool knowing that at this time tomorrow someone will have my platelets in them!
Then, after that I get to go to Minneapolis Community & Technical College to watch the ultra-exciting transfer student video. Once I have done that I will be allowed to register & fork over much money to them! I'm thinking that I will not take the Saturday morning class this semester because I still have so many weekend things going on, and I will take a Tues. nite & a Thurs. nite class. Another happy thing is that I will be right by the Students with Disabilities Office for my movie viewing excitement and ADD is on their "list of disabilities" so I will be talking to them about that and seeing if there is any possibility of cash & prizes for being defective. Grants would be a most wonderous thing!
Then, I will be going to National Camera's super duper Tent Sale extravaganza to see if there is anything I can't live without. This could be dangerous.
Then, home to wait for kalfoley so that we can head up to hellbob's dad & stepmom's cabin with the kids. hellbob & kaldeth are already up there, so I am single for the night! It's really not as exciting as it sounds.
I have to decide which photos to do as 8x10 prints & 5x7 prints and actually get them printed out before August 23rd. Also, I need to see if I can get blank notecards somewhere cheap so I can make a bunch of greeting cards. I will be selling these things at Pagan Pride at the U of M on Aug. 23. I don't have to pay for the table, but I am also only getting my cost back and the profits are going to CotP, because it costs money to rent ritual space. I figure that this way I can see if any of my stuff sells, and if so, which ones.
So now I am just working on copying all my cd's onto the computer so I can make mp3 disks. Then I can take 10 disks to work to listen to instead of 100.
Now, I am off to answer meme interview questions!
  • Current Mood
    satisfied satisfied

And thus, uglyzebras interviewed me

1) How are Gabe and Lump? Has Gabe forgiven hellbob for trimming his tail?
Currently, Gabe & Lump are trippin' on the 'nip, thanks to chebutykin and cajones. Gabe successfully underwent anesthesia last week to get his teeth cleaned so he no longer has demon breath. Lump is still as cute and adorable as ever! Yes, the Gabester did forgive hellbob, because hellbob is He Who Feeds Me, which is synonymous with God in his kitty world.

2) Do you make new year's resolutions, or keep track of your big goals for the next 365 days in any way?
I don't think I have ever mad a new years eve resolution. I've made a few new years day resolutions, and they are always "I will never drink that much again"

3) Ha ha! Again stolen from alisgray, what do you struggle with every day?
Depression, ADD, caffeine addiction, dieting, the desire to not go to work versus the desire to get paid... I've been on antidepressants for 10 years, so that's not really so much of a struggle these days. I just recently got back on Ritalin after a year off it & OMG, what a difference it makes! Now if only I could kick that caffeine habit. Caffeine is more addictive, less effective & has worse withdrawal than Ritalin, yet I can buy it almost anywhere I go and I can't get Ritalin without a written prescription. No refills, no doctor calling it in, I must have a little white piece of paper written out for one month's worth. The dieting was never an issue before last April simply because I had never dieted. Hence, the weight gain over the years. I was about 130 lbs over my high school weight when I started the diet. I am now down 37 lbs, but there are days when I just say "fuck it" and eat what I want. As long as it is not a habit and overall my eating has improved I keep losing the weight slowly but steadily...

4) If you suddenly found yourself with an entire Saturday with nothing to do, what would you do?
If the weather was crappy I would go bury myself in the darkroom and print, print, print. If it was nice I might go to the Zoo. If I felt ambitious enough I would dig out my scrapbook stuff and work on the gazillions of photos I haven't done anything with. I would see what hellbob wanted to do and spend the day with him.

5) Where did you send your last few postcards?
California, Connecticut, New York, Illinois

And to carry the great meme on, the rules:
1. Leave a comment saying you want to be interviewed.
2. I'll reply and give you five questions to answer.
3. You'll update your LJ with the five questions answered.
4. You'll include this explanation.
5. You ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed. And it just keeps going, and going, and going