The last five years has been a bit of a whirlwind of experiences for my body. With vertigo, RSI, bunion development, and an overall weaker body, I really take for granted the youthfulness of my teen body.
I’ve been making a conscious effort to eat better (will be going on a low/slow-carb menu soon, and I’ve cut out a lot of sugars since moving to LA), been trying to swim/jog frequently, get to yoga twice a week, and keeping up with physical therapy workouts.
I know it’s hard to see the outcome when it’s a slow gradual build, but I’m really looking forward to this new initiative to just be healthier, and to treat my body nicely.
One thing I’ve been thinking has been: would my pregnant friend eat this? Helps me figure out if it’s worth eating certain foods or not hahah
Cheers to healthy living!
Three lumberjacks attempting to impress a lady:
Attempted to tell a visual joke with dudes showing off their wood, but it wasn’t slap-sticky enough as a visual joke. Had fun, though!
Two females with their animal counterparts:
So much blogging catch-up to do! Here are my finals from my second term at Art Center:
For Composition and Painting, I painted a portrait of my mom when she was a teenager. I spent several weeks on this, almost every day in the garage painting away! The challenge with this piece was using a black+white photo for reference, and having to use my own skin for color reference. Fun, very challenging, and I’m super stoked about the results!
24×30, oil on canvas
There were also several occurrences with this painting where I kept putting it in places that spooked me out: in the back seat of my car (so whenever I looked in the mirror, I thought someone was sitting in the back of my car), near the entrance of my apartment (so it looked like there was someone in my house), etc. I presented the portrait to my mom a few weeks and she absolutely loves it! PHEW!
For Materials, I’ve been working on making a jewelry box for several weeks. It took a long time to figure out how to hinge the lid. And even still, I was a bit off with the hinging. While in the class, I learned how to mold/cast with urethane. I sculpted a narwhal head (I had some trouble sculpting out the tail portion!), cast the head, and brought it to a foundry to get them in bronze! I used a drill press to put a hole in the back of the narwhal heads, tapped the hole to add threading to it, and added a screw in the back! Functioning drawers :D Still in progress: making little dividers within the drawers and then adding felt lining to the interiors.
For VisCom, we had to design a machine that moves on the ground with tire treads. I was anticipating a Mario Kart tournament post-term so I kept thinking of go-karts for my final! My original design was not very exciting -_- but my TA helped me spice it up a bit!
Last term, I did a compilation of spending to have a visual idea of my how much I’m spending while in school. Here’s a review of my second term at Art Center. I like to do this so folks who may be planning their budget of attending Art Center might use this as a resource.
Overview of Spending from January 2013 to mid-April 2013
- Education — details about education spending below.
- Food & Dining — this term, I tested out how it might go by eating more often on campus. I had longer days on campus, and have taken up more coffee drinking! I definitely spent more money on food by eating at the cafeteria, where things are often priced very high. Obviously, it’s much more healthy and resourceful to bring my own food. I bought a coffee mug and stashed several bags of teas in my locker to offset some of the caffeine costs.
- Health & Fitness — I was hit with several medical issues this term. Though most of this consists of eyecare costs: seeing optomotrist, new glasses prescription and contacts. I found out I’m developing a slight astigmatism, too. :( I had a few other doctor visits with copays and all that jazz. NOTE: The Aetna student health insurance provided by the school is not too bad so far!
- Auto & Transport — a bit more this term because increase in gas prices, and also driving around to do errands a bit more than first term
- Home — some organizational upgrades to the house, and I’ve been working on a small garden area just to keep our place comfortable and looking nice!
- Shopping — new shoes for my messed up feet, and some baby gifts for friends
- Taxes — cost of tax software
- Because I was taking an oil painting class, that in itself was over $300 for supplies. I was also taking a materials class, working with wood, metals, casts/molds, etc.
…and all I want to do is research and work on DIY gardening projects!!! I’m addicted to apartmenttherapy.com.
We have some minimal space in our porch area that I’m highly optimistic about. It’s a little bland and somewhat anemic at the moment and I really want to make it lush and pretty!
Hmm… should I be concerned about attract mosquitos? O_O
This summer, I plan to take a somewhat lighter load of classes. Hopefully I can have extra time for building all these projects I have in mind!!!
Things that make me happy #9: home improvement, optimizing and beautifying my living space. And PLANTS have been making me very happy lately, too!! Trying to find ways to integrate more plants into our home space.