Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Some of my art work.




My very first watercolor, it is 22" x 28" in dimension, it took about 20 hours to complete.  I am pretty proud of it.





I made this for my old roommate Sarah.  We had both broken up with our boyfriends at the beginning of the summer and had collected quotes all summer long.  I compiled them onto this picture.  It is also 22" x 28" but it is done out of colored pencil.






The purple glass is from Susan's wedding plates.  The plates broke in transit but she loved the glass so I made a vase out of the pieces.  This is not the completed piece, I put putty in between the pieces of glass, it is sooo heavy but it looks great, even better with roses from her husband Leevi!







I did this for a friend because she wanted something pretty to decorate her wall with.  It is one of my favorite watercolors I have done.  It is 22" x 28".





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The biker was for my brother.  I drew him this so he would have something to hang on his wall when he went to college.  Also, biking is one of the few activities Dakota and I share.  The wheat was done for a friend because she grew up on a wheat farm and missed watching the sunsets at home in Nebraska.

Instead of what is important

I have decided to write on my blog instead of write my essay due tomorrow at 8 in the morning.  I thought I would talk about the neat opportunities I have had while in college.  Tonight I went and listened to Art Spiegelman talk about comics and how they are used as not only pieces of art but narratives.  For those of you that don't know Art Spiegelman wrote Maus, which is a graphic novel about being a son of a holocaust survivor.  It is a great tale and extremely hard to put down once you start reading it. 

Not only have I had the opportunity to see Spiegelman and others but college campuses are often grounds for politics.  This year I was lucky to see both Obama and Bill Clinton speak.  Though I am sure I have differing views on politics with many reading this and also with these politicians, it was a great experience!  I not only saw a past president speak but a potential future president; it was awesome!

College has not only given me a chance to listen to people I probably wouldn't normally get to but also has given me great opportunities for me to grow as a person.  I have taken it in to my own hands to volunteer for different things, join different clubs, and participate in different activities.  I think the biggest thing college has taught me is to think for myself. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Talk Nerdy to Me.

I have spent the last three years as a math major, so as one might expect, I am a math nerd.  Well, being a math nerd I find topics like math jokes, Fermat's theorem (which was solved 14 years ago), and the like interesting.  Well, I recently came across an article about a 63 year old man who solved a thirty year old problem with only 8 pieces of paper.  I know what most of you are thinking, ONLY eight?  Well, I have used two pages solving a basic math problem, so for a math problem that has been sitting around for thirty years unsolved, I find it very impressive!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer is a tool to make your blogging easier, so far, so good.  You can install it Free!  Here is the link... Free Live Writer.  I use it on my blogger, it makes it much much easier!



Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Scenic Wyoming

A few of the reasons I like Wyoming is the amazing view, hiking and biking is awesome when you have awesome things to look at. Also, though I hate the cold I really enjoy what the cold has to offer, frost, snow and ice.

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This photo was taken at Veedauwoo, a beautiful place to go hiking and biking. Though, I am not an experienced enough biker yet to really enjoy it.




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The top two photos are from my experience house sitting on a horse ranch last summer.  It was an awesome experience, living on a ranch for a month.  Olive was so happy to be running free and I loved my daily bike rides through the horse pastures.
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Both of these photos were taken in Autumn 07.  The first is Thanksgiving morning, we had a heavy fog the night before and it froze to everything, it was neat to wake up to.  The second is the cottonwoods on campus.  The fall is short in Laramie because of all the wind but it is gorgeous!



Those of you that know me real well know how much I love my dog Olive, and those of you who know me really, really well, know I have a huge passion for animals. I am not sure what I want to do with my life (career-wise, when I graduate college) but I do know I want it to somehow involve dogs and people; especially people!!!


For those people who know I love animals, they also know I would sacrifice, not only my own life but also my dogs life to save a criminal on the street. I love animals but I feel people are worthier of being saved, even the dodgiest of 'em. I hope that I have the ability to do both in the future, to make a persons day in a hospital bed brighter by bringing my dog by so they could pet it. I want to bring hope into peoples lives.

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Olive is a big part of my life. I know this but sometimes forget. I was reminded of this last week when she started limping and I couldn't bring her with me on our bike ride we go on every other day. I felt sad leaving her behind, almost like I was betraying her. She has been recouping fast, though she might have to deal with a sock on the next trip.

Monday, April 14, 2008

April Showers Kill? May Flowers

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Snow, in April! Sometimes I wonder why I moved to Wyoming, it is cold and desolate, everyone is running around on their horses shooting things! Okay, I made the last part up but seriously, snow in April?!? I want grass and flowers, though my allergies think they have already arrived. The snow was nice, over 8 inches!
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I do know I can't wait for summer! Laramie in the summer is one of the most beautiful places and there is so much to do, as far as hiking, biking, and camping goes.