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An Update Full of Updatey Updateness [Aug. 24th, 2010|11:28 pm]
Rat Momma
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[Current Music |"Cosmic Love" - Florence + the Machine]

Hi. I miss you, LiveJournal. No matter how uneventful my friends list gets, no matter how long I stay away, I will always come back--if only for the occasional, lazily bulleted/categorized update of my life. And so it goes...

Day Job
After nearly four years of hard, brain-sweaty work, I have been promoted to assistant marketing manager. My paycheck no longer depresses me, and I have my very own office! Witness the beauty that is Jenn's not-so-corporate lair!

My favorite corner, complete with black lace trim on the walls, awesome movie posters, and nice artwork, including a print of johannakatt's wonderful piece Horror Vacui.

The opposite corner, featuring my black antique-finish desk and my monitor with giganto rat butt wallpaper.

A closeup of the fantastically creepy painting on the wall. Apparently, ages ago, it was a commission for an old book cover. Everyone thought it was so creepy that they didn't want it anywhere visible in the office; so they put it in storage. But then Jenn came along, and everyone said, "Hey, remember that creepy-ass painting? I bet Jenn would like it." My co-workers--they know me well. =oP  

Love Life
Chris and I are closing in on our seven-year anniversary. We don't know if we'll ever get married or have babies, but we love the shit out of each other, and for now, that's more than enough. <3 Recently, we took a week-long trip to Hawaii, and besides my getting sick (like I always do on vacation), it was great.

We went ziplining, there--sooo, so much fun!

The black sand beach, on the road to Hana.

A waterfall, also on the road to Hana.

My parents recently had to put my Grandma Jensen in an assisted-living home. The situation is absolute shit. I feel badly for my grandma, who was always so proud of her independence; but I feel even worse for my dad, who loves her, takes care of her, and gets no gratitude for it. I wish I could be more help or comfort to him right now, but it's difficult, since I live an hour away and work full time. =o( 

On a happier note, Chris and I have added a new member to our rat family. Our neighbor works at a science lab that does testing on rats, and they recently got a new shipment of test-subjects in. There was one too many in the shipment; and had our neighbor not smuggled her out, the company would have "sacrificed" her. Luckily, she was successfully rescued and welcomed into the most loving rat home imaginable. We named her Bonus. ;) Here she is, snuggling with her new big sister Buffy:

I've continued to participate in some recreational modeling on the weekends and have most recently updated my Flickr with a new set from Adam Gross's "The Hyde Project." I'm pretty proud of these ones. (Click on the thumbnails to see larger versions at Flickr.)

The Hyde Project The Hyde Project The Hyde Project 

I'm still drawing whenever I can make the time, and have gotten a few recent commissions, which is nice (yay extra cash!) Here's a semi-new experiment in digital art--Fancy Rats! (There's lots more new stuff at my deviantART gallery.)



[User Picture]From: lilspanker
2010-08-25 08:16 am (UTC)

We just had this whole discussion on “street meat” when you’re in a new city.
You know, the hot dog cart, the taco stand.
I was dying with laughter, because it’s the worst to go somewhere with someone who always gets sick.
And these guys were bragging and I’m jsut thinking about all the times it didn’t work out.
Sorry about your stomach on your trip.

Which island? I did Maui this year, awesome.

Anyways, thanks for all the links. I’m often on Tumblr, it’s kind of nice because ppl post so much visual stuff over there, tons. I like that, my visual mind needs that, and LJ can be weak on it.
Same name, lilspanker.
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[User Picture]From: lilspanker
2010-08-25 08:20 am (UTC)
Maui, good for you.

Read this book of Hawaiian folk tales about a spot where you can go to meet the ancestors, you know, right off a cliff on three of the islands. It described it very well.

So we drive out to Hana, decide to go further along. I decide to pull over and look at a map, get some idea of time. I park the car, get out, its a single lane road after Hana, so I step over the guard rail to look at map. Look down, no rocks, just a 120 foot drop straight into the ocean.

Yep, defintely the right spot to meet the ancestors. *whew* step back over rail onto road....
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[User Picture]From: happy_raincloud
2010-08-25 04:34 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! Awesome. XD
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[User Picture]From: happy_raincloud
2010-08-25 04:34 pm (UTC)
LOL @ "street meat." Actually, when it comes to food, I've got a really strong stomach. I'll taste just about anything at least once, and I enjoy lots of food most people would think was gross. What got me was our abortion of a snorkeling trip. Like an idiot, I forgot to take dramamine before we got on the boat and spent five hours puking into the ocean. Sucked baaaaalls.

As for Tumblr, I'm all for the visual stuff too, but I don't like being scattered all over the internet and have decided not to make any new accounts at other sites. As it is, I'm already on LJ, Facebook, deviantART, Flickr, YouTube, and Model Mayhem. Takes too much time to update everything.
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[User Picture]From: shyfayrie
2010-08-25 06:48 pm (UTC)
I love you!!!!!!
I love your posts and I love your face!
I always get happy when I remember to check livejournal, and I see your posts :) It's so wonderful to know you're doing good <3
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[User Picture]From: happy_raincloud
2010-08-25 08:50 pm (UTC)
I love you toooo! And your face! I miss the good old days, when our circle of LJ friends posted all crazy-regular.

Miss you tons. We should catch up soon. <3
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[User Picture]From: weetzie_baby
2010-08-25 09:44 pm (UTC)
I LOVE your rattie artwork! It's too bitchin' for words. ;)

And hawaii? So jealous. I've never been but I want to because I have relatives that live there whom I've never met. I'm part hawaiian native, my great great grandfather was from there so I have this deep love for all things hawaii. :)
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[User Picture]From: happy_raincloud
2010-08-25 10:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, babe! Hawaii was beautiful; you should definitely go at least once. =o)
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[User Picture]From: lilspanker
2010-08-27 06:40 am (UTC)
Forgot to say: SExy photos. oop.
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[User Picture]From: happy_raincloud
2010-08-27 06:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks =o)
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[User Picture]From: lilspanker
2010-08-29 11:38 pm (UTC)
I posted something for you in my LJ
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[User Picture]From: cnnmn
2010-09-07 07:28 pm (UTC)
I LOVE this entry! I should come up with something like this myself.
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[User Picture]From: happy_raincloud
2010-09-07 08:02 pm (UTC)
Yesyes, please do! I feel so out of touch with most of my LJ-favorites. <3
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