The awesome thing about being a grown-up, if you didn’t know, is being able to do whatever you want. Some days that means eating half a bag of Oreos for dinner, and some days that means Swiffering your kitchen. Mostly for me it means working until 5, sitting in traffic for 30 to 60 minutes, going grocery shopping, coming home to feed and corral three cats, making dinner for myself and someone else, trying to clean up aforementioned dinner preparations and any messes that aforementioned cats have made, and then realizing I’ve got about two hours of “free time” before bed.
Could I stay awake until 1AM? Sure. Will that make me a happy camper when my alarm goes off at 630AM? Absolutely not. I require – yes, REQUIRE – a minimum of seven hours of sleep. These aren’t the days of tech support, hidden away in a NOC, forwarding calls up from the second tier. My job is in customer service, running the front office for a rather busy and large marina/conference center. I need to be functional… and friendly. You know who cares if my vertigo is acting up? You know who cares if I’m randomly nauseous because my inner ear hates me? You know who wants to hear that my cramps are bad, or my bipolar disorder is on the down side, or if there is no creamer for the coffee, or if my throat itches with allergies, or if I couldn’t get parking at that restaurant last night and had to circle for half an hour and was late today because I forgot that my car was low on gas? NO ONE. Nobody wants to hear that! Not one single person. Not even my friends and family, to tell you the truth, which is why I try to keep that stuff to a minimum online in general. It’s also why things around here have been quiet: most of what I want to talk about comes out in a rather whinging* fashion, so it doesn’t get said. Just keeping it clean.
However if someone out there requests me to post – regardless of good content or not – they are more than welcome to hear me venting.
What I’m really trying to say though, is that the truly awesome thing about being a grown-up is being able to do (essentially and within reason) whatever you want. What *I* want to do is make art, and that means I’m doing it. It’s happening in very small bites, because (see above) the two-ish free hours between the work-sleep cycle are usually for decompressing with a book or by playing WoW or by crocheting something. Those things are all enjoyable and relaxing, and then all of a sudden it’s time for sleep. Which, by the way, I need even more of lately because inner ear issues (and the accompanying medications) tend to really up my fatigue levels. It’s a glorious cycle.
I’ve got some things in the hopper though. The one taking the most precedence because of the time limit is a piece for a charity art auction. There is no theme, there’s total freedom to paint whatever you want, which (as most artists know) means that too many choices results in a stalemate. They’ve provided me with a 12”x12” canvas, and it took me over a week of solid creative block to think up an idea to paint. I figured out what I wanted to do this past Thursday, did up a quick computer-generated draft, and hope to knock out the first phase today. With luck it’ll be completed by tomorrow and then I can get it back to them this upcoming Thursday. Local peeps can go check it out – for charity!! – on Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 6pm to 11pm. Bonus round: they can hang out with me. Woot!
So anyway, that’s been fun. A very short list of the other things going on in my non-office-job hours are:
- Finally got a proper system setup at home, complete with all the programs I need to get back on the track of digital art that was put on hold waaaay back in 2009ish when a) my computer died and b) we were house-hunting.
- Crafted up some business cards for drunkbunny
- Crafted up some business cards for Say It With Style
- Got the website up and running for SayItWithStyle.biz but still working on content and social media
- Crafted up some business cards and promo cards for Praise Pittsburgh
- Got the website up and running for PraisePittsburgh.com but still working on content and social media. Planning for an end-of-March launch date.
- Archiving the stuff on my old hosting account and switching to a new hosting company so that I can stop wasting money on an account I don’t use
- Getting all things drunkbunny ready for prints and web portfolios
- Getting web portfolios for Young Enterprises (parent company) and Say It With Style (subsidiary) split up appropriately
- Doing some new sketches for drunkbunny based on the daily emails I receive from Dictionary.com’s “Word of the Day”
Somewhere in there I’m supposed to find time to work out, have a social life, and stand tall when this inimitable blasted depression shows up, but I’m not gonna lie: it is WAY easier to just go to sleep. Ain’t nobody got time for that indeed. The problem is I want to curl up in my home library with tea and a good book, but there’s no library without a house, and there’s no house without a foundation. So that’s what I’m doing now – building the foundation. This is on top of all the stuff I’ve got going on at work, which usually involves cramming sixty hours of work into forty hours of pay.
You’ll excuse me, then, if I go into hibernation for a couple weeks here and there. This is also why I enjoy going to all J’s hockey games: it gives me an opportunity to go out of the house but with much less social responsibility than if I were to go to a bar or a club or a party. People call me, text me, email me, hit me up on Facebook, and I see it, but I either forget about it or am too busy to respond, and then just don’t have it in me to respond at all. But anyway, that’s where I’m at, and you know where to find me. (If you don’t: Facebook or email. That’s the quickest and best way.)
Stay classy; I’m still here. Just quieter.
*MAN I don’t get to use that word enough. It’s one of my favorites.