Lately I've been busy(ish) going to work and pretending to be a responsible adult. This week, however, I am only scheduled to work three days and so have quite a bit of free time. I haven't accomplished much yet aside from clearing a stack of old school papers from my closet, but this morning I also played around on Shapeways. I fixed a model that I had printed and was not impressed with (the facial features on my guinea pig weren't very clear) and played with their new feature, which allows shoppers to add their own custom text to a model! Now I have this feature enabled on all of my guinea pig charms. Check 'em out!
One of my brother's friends suggested a WiFi card to remedy my Internet issues and after installing it myself, I can now edit this site from my own computer! Yay!
This week I also entered a contest on YouTube for The Cavy Crew. In it I talk about my guinea pigs and some of their favorite things. So if you want to learn about them, but don't want to read, this video's for you!
I got new piggies! I saw them online and just couldn't resist. They had been at the shelter a whole month, like Zelda.
Also, check this out! I can show off my Shapeways shop right from my blog!
OK, excitement mode over... I hope you all have a nice day!
I got my laptop in 2008 and it still works pretty well. It is a MacBook (bought just before MacBook Pro showed up in Best Buy, still a little ticked about that) and I use it mostly to run Microsoft Office and check the Internet. But, it is slowly reaching The End in regard to its web surfing capabilities. Every time I log in, another of the sites I visit no longer works properly with my outdated browser and operating system. Mostly this just makes sites a little buggy and ugly, but now I am unable to even log in to make changes to this website! I can bring up the log in screen and enter my information, but the "submit" button does nothing, and neither does hitting enter. Sad day.
I don't see the point in upgrading to a new OS since the laptop is already seven years old (ancient in tech time) and will probably stop functioning as soon as I throw down the money to upgrade it, and anyway I have a new-ish Dell computer that should fix all these problems. Right? Well, I wouldn't be writing this if it was that easy! The new computer (which I named "Thunder" at set-up, even though it's quiet as a breeze) works very well for running Lightwave and editing videos and doing all the other artsy things I like to do with it, but it has issues with the Internet. Well, one issue. Really weak WiFi. The router is literally in the next room, but connecting to WiFi seems almost impossible. Sometimes it works without any issues at all, then an hour later it won't pick up any signal. I've even tried moving it across the room to be closer to the router, but the signal actually got worse. I don't get it.
So anyway, this post is being written from my mom's laptop. Blah.
In completely unrelated news, I recently ordered some items from Shapeways, the company I design 3D printable items for. I am really excited to get them and see how well they turn out, if they turn out at all. I plan to make a video of opening the box and checking out the items when they get here, so my few YouTube subscribers should have something to look forward to.
Well, that's all for now. I'll post again soon... Or not... You know, technical difficulties.
Today I worked for a while on the book I have been writing since the eleventh grade. I don't hate it the way I used to, so I think that's a good sign that I might eventually finish it, but it seems to get shorter, not longer, every time I open it. I keep over-editing it, probably because I leave it alone for too long and have to re-read it to remember what I was doing before I can continue it.
So far the book has five short chapters, the first being over 2000 words and almost half the entire length of what I've written. I plan to beef up the other chapters eventually, or just combine a few of them together. I read somewhere that a decent novel is around 100,000 words long, so my 4,500 word piece still has a long way to go.
It is VERY hard to write a book. I think part of the problem is living in this culture where we spend so much time consuming, we lose some of the ability to create. Or maybe I just have ADD. I don't know. Just a thought.
Randomly, my guinea pigs are behaving very well lately. Even Elli hasn't been running away when I try to pet her. They still don't like to be picked up very much but any small improvement makes me happy, even if it confuses me as well.
Since I have been unwell, I have also noticed less fighting between the pigs. Before, I would often hear Peach squeal when one of the others (usually Zelda) chased her out of a hide out or away from the hay rack. Now, they seem like best buddies again. Their rodent politics will always remain beyond my understanding, I suppose.
I don't want to go to work tomorrow... My nose isn't running away like crazy as it has been for the past week and a half, but I'm still tired and my throat is a bit sore. Running around carrying cardboard boxes all day generally makes me feel worse.
I can barely breathe out of my nose right now. I had to miss work yesterday, too. Luckily I am off today and was off the day before yesterday, because I was also sick then. DayQuil works for about half an hour before I start to feel awful again, so it's not like I can just load up on meds and go to work. Oh, and did I mention that all the roads in town are frozen? People around here drive badly enough under normal circumstances, but yesterday there were over 100 wrecks around town due to the ice. What a way to finish off 2014.
Christmas was pretty good this year. I was sad that I missed the family Christmas party on Christmas Eve, but the next day one of my aunts had a party at her house so I got to see some of my favorite cousins anyway! I didn't get many presents, but I'm an adult so that's kind of okay and expected. I keep telling myself, "at least I got a job for Christmas!"
It would be totally awesome if 2015 was "my year" and everything started working out in my life, but so far I doubt it. I still have no clue what to do for a career. Unloading boxes isn't terrible, so I could probably deal with working at my current job for a while if they decide to hire me on after my seasonal job is over. BUT, it totally isn't a forever career. I don't see myself doing this in 30 years like some of the people I work with. That's cool for some people but I'd like something that won't kill my feet every day. I am still enjoying modeling items for Shapeways as well, but so far I still have not made any money at it. If anybody has any ideas of models I could make that other people might want, please share them!
I finally got a new job! It's not a big, exciting, high-paying job requiring a college degree, but I DON'T CARE. It's a thing to do 20-40 hours a week, and I get payed every two weeks. Sooo... If I don't post much here, it's because I actually have something to do Not just because I'm lazy.
In other news, I got Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. Or, more accurately, my brother got it for me.
It's been over a year now since I quit my first-ever job, and I still haven't found another one. This is incredibly frustrating, especially when I spend any time at all with my dad who has had the same job practically forever and doesn't understand how I could absolutely loathe the idea of doing a job I had gone to college for four years to get. For anyone who doesn't already know this, college does not prepare you for real life. Showing up for two or three hours a day and then doing another few hours of homework is nothing like being in a real office for eight or ten hours. Nothing.
I really hate looking for a new job. Everything I look at seems like a bad fit for me. I am not great with people, so I think basically anything customer service related is out... which is basically everything that is available where I live. I want something that would put my education to use, but not melt my brain like my old job.
In the time I don't spend trolling job boards online, I am also trying out non-traditional methods of making money. Most of these methods have generated literally zero income, but they help pass the time until I can come up with something better.
Probably the coolest thing I've been trying out is designing models for 3D printing at Shapeways. It involves using my computer and my education, so it would be awesome if I could actually make enough money from it to call it a career. You can see my latest creation here: http://www.shapeways.com/model/2807728/guinea-pig-carrier-pendant.html?materialId=83
The main (really lame) way I've been making money (other than finding it on the ground) is through Amazon Mechanical Turk. I only make about a dollar an hour from it, which is why I think it's super lame that it has been my main source of income for the past year.
Wow, I haven't posted in a while! For a long time I felt like I wasn't doing anything worth talking about, so I just left this page alone. However, now I have done something (sort of)! I opened a shop at Shapeways: https://www.shapeways.com/shops/lifeasitmaybe
What does that mean? I'm going to be developing models and uploading them to the site so they can be 3D printed! So far my efforts have been... well... weak. But I'm figuring it out and soon enough I should have some products worth ordering!
It's raining right now. It rained quite a bit (by Texas standards) on Friday as well, about three inches.
On Wednesday I spent some time with my brother and his friends from school. We ate at Chili's and then went to somebody's house for a while. They live just down the street from my parents. I forgot how fun it was to hang out with all of those crazy people at the same time. My head hurt from laughing so much.
On Thursday my brother and I spent most of the day trading Pokemon with each other. I had all of his Pokemon from Heart Gold and Diamond versions, and now I have some empty boxes to play with. He gave me a few good Pokemon in return, most notably a Kangaskhan, Rhyhorn, Dedenne, Farfetch'd, and Gengar with five perfect stats each.I finally left my parents' house on Saturday. I was planning on leaving the Friday before, but oh well I had a good time. It rained almost the whole way back here. Which is good, we could use the water, but depressing at the same time. I wanted to turn around and go back.
On Saturday afternoon I worked on some animation stuff. I kept wanting to when I was at my parents' house, but I hadn't dragged my computer with me. I'm pretty stuck right now, like writer's block but with modeling. I don't have a specific plan for what kind of videos I want to make, so I'm having a hard time getting motivated to just start working on something. Also, any time I bring up the guinea pig model I want to throw something at my computer screen. Why can't I make its legs look right?!
Yesterday I went swimming for the first time in two years. It reminded me how much last year sucked and how I don't want to be that stressed out ever again. I was making good money, but who cares about money when you don't even have the energy to go to the pool once in a while? The water was freezing and I have weak little twig arms but I had a good time anyway.
Today I should clean the guinea pig cage and do some laundry. We'll see.