Monday, January 31, 2011

I'm done with Typography!!!!!!!

I have now finished my final project and turned it in. My teacher says I will most likely get an A.

*Dances around her house*

Pardon me interwebz while I throw myself a party

-Melina Rose

Sunday, January 30, 2011

That akward moment when somone takes a picture of you through the drive-through window when you are working.

I just got home from work and am incredibly tired. I can't really feel my legs or feet except for a dull throbbing pain. Yes, I work in the fast food industry. Yesterday and today were our busiest days and they were even busier than last year. We were sold out of many many things. Being in constant motion for around five hours I found, makes you dizzy. I had a ten minute break and that was nice but it was insane, crazy, busy. I had an 8 hour shift yesterday. I was so thankful that I went to bed at a decent hour. *noms on Nachos* Good ole Taco Bell what would I do without you?
I'm still cold. It was freezing cold because the drive-through window was open most of the night. It is snowing really lightly outside. When I walked out to my truck I kind of wanted to just keep walking. It would have been nice to go on a walk. Buuuuuut..... walks in the middle of the night alone (when you are a girl) are not the best idea and I have a bedtime to stick to. 1am.

That means I have an hour interwebz

-Melina Rose

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cinnamon Rolls and Coffee

Hello my dear blogging world!

I started off my day with a lovely breakfast of scrambled eggs, cinnamon rolls, and coffee with my Daddy. I showed him a couple songs I like on the computer and then typed a couple sentences to Lysa who is currently busy catching up on things. I have the rest of my Advanced Typography classwork due on Monday so I have been working on it. Do you know the difference between legibility and readability? I do :P I just finished my assignment for it! The jist of it was that we had to take a section of text that was measured the same and change different things about it like font, leading and point size and then write an analysis on it. Real boring stuff. Great fun. :P
Anyway, one down two to go!

Back I go interwebz! Fighting!

-Melina Rose

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Classical Heart

Dinner Time calls for a short break

I have been working on my typography homework non-stop since I finished lunch at 3 something. It was a late lunch. The thing about this part of my typography homework is that I have to be hunched over my work at a table. I chose our kitchen table since it has more room. My neck and back hurt so much though. I managed to do the hand done work for my Ledgability (however you spell it) and Readability assignment as well as for my Kerning assignment. I was working on designing a typeface/ hand lettering when my mom asked me to clear the table. I am currently sitting on the couch like a tired blob listening to Wishery (Disney Remix)  by Pogo on YouTube. Link
Hopefully I will gain some energy from dinner. It smells like we are having tacos and by the shells on the table I think my guess is correct. I could fall asleep now if given the chance. I don't have school tomorrow but I will be going anyway to do my homework. *sings* Such is the liiiife I leeeaaad. (yet another Disney reference) :P 
Listening to Upular now. I think dinner is ready so off I go. 

BYE-YUM interwebz

-Melina Rose

This is not about a party.

I didn't mean to

I had school. I came home telling myself I needed to get a lot done and got nothing done. I went and picked up Mnonaa and we went to youth group. Our youth pastor is sick with the stomach flu and so there was no worship practice on Tuesday. We parked in the parking lot and before going in exchanged our much delayed Christmas presents. I now own a Korean language book! Yay! We went inside and i sat down at the piano and played some songs while singing. A few other people joined in before we all went to eat the mashed potato bar. After dinner we all listened to Lysas dad talk about the missions trip to Arizona. Mnonaa seemed like she wanted to go. I wish I had enough money to do something like that again. It is no longer safe to go to Mexico on missions trips. I hope that the friends that I had made while there are doing well.
After church we went back to my house and made some green tea with honey in it. I don't have a real thermos so we just put it in my metal water bottle and put that in a clean sock. Clean. The bottle was to hot to hold otherwise. I grabbed the short version of my story off of the computer and we headed to her house. She grabbed her small tea cups and I poured the tea into them. We have no self control when it comes to drinking tea slowly and it was gone in a matter of minutes. I noticed that it was very close to 11 and told Mnonaa that I had to leave soon. We sat down on the couch and she read my shortened version of the story that I am itching to work on.  After she finished reading it I gave her the link to this blog. *waves to her* hiiiiii. lol I got home after 11 and so I get no kpop today. Sad face. Lysa and I made an agreement that to motivate ourselves to get to bed at a decent hour (11) the consequence if we didn't make it would be no kpop the next day. Bummer for me.

I get to work on the story again starting tomorrow interwebz. I can't wait.

-Melina Rose

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Accomplish something every day of your life. -Walter Annenberg

A set definite objective must be established if we are to accomplish anything in a big way.
John McDonald

A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.
Larry Bird

An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.
Thomas Fuller

Avoiding the phrase "I don't have time...", will soon help you to realize that you do have the time needed for just about anything you choose to accomplish in life.
Bo Bennett

With that I shall get down to my homework interwebz

-Melina Rose

Saturday, January 22, 2011

My Adventures in a 20 Below World


I was sitting on the couch downstairs still up from my remaining writing homework and they second part of the story I had finished afterwards. Suddenly the lights turned off, then on, then off again. This was at 3am. I said goodbye to Lysa and closed my laptop. I went upstairs to investigate the incredibly loud beeping coming from the office. It must have been something with the battery back-ups for our computers or something. Dad came out and took care of it and called the power company to report it. I tried to snuggle into a pile of blankets on my bed as much as I could. In that stillness and quiet I heard a car driving by outside. I wondered who it could be returning home at 3:30 in the morning. It was a  police car. I wonder what the point of them making a round through our neighborhood was. My mom asked my dad what he was doing and he replied that he had been calling the power company. She said that it was taking a long time. I laughed when he replied with "Well you try calling the power company in the dark." lol
I had an 8am class and dad said that the power wasn't going to come back on until 6:50am. I'm really thankful that we have a gas fireplace that doesn't need the electricity to run but I don't have an alarm clock like that. My alarm clock had no power and I couldn't charge my phone.
Thankfully one of my school friends texted me in the morning asking if I was going to class and that woke me up. I got a call from my dad telling me that it was 20 below outside and the roads were covered in black ice. He suggested I leave early since the road he was on was shut down due to several serious crashes. I thanked him and went out to the truck to get it warming up. After sitting there for a while, I tried to shift into reverse. It worked but the stick was really stiff. It literally had frozen solid overnight. I drove to school as carefully as possible and hurried into the building. In the time it took for me to walk from my driveway across the street to my truck I hadn't been able to feel my fingers. As I walked into school, I wished that I had a cup of coffee or something to keep my hands warmer.
I was the first to show up for class. Half came and half stayed home. I got a lot done and then went home to eat since I hadn't that morning. After eating a bowl of soup I started working on studying for my Personal Finance Test that I had to do. Ew. I really dislike this class a lot. It is an accounting class and I swear they try to make it more difficult than it needs to be. I want to know how many people use words like liquidity and monetary assets in their normal vocabulary. I finished the test with a decent grade for what it was and rushed around getting ready to go to Brees 18th birthday party.
I got there 5 minutes late but it was okay because she was running late too.

My next post will be about her party interwebz. I have to run to work now!

-Melina Rose

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lessons learned from a dumb person: Do NOT save your writing assignments for the day they are due.

So yes, I know that it is never a good idea to wait until the day something is due to look at what the assignment is and do it but, I was dumb and did anyway.
The first assignment wasn't to bad. You had to read through three different sections of the newspaper and then make up bits of story from one thing from each section. I enjoyed that one actually. It took mmmm a little over 3 hours to do?
I ate dinner and finished that one and sent it in. I then looked at my next writing assignment and was sooo thankful that it was 7:45pm.
The assignment was to go to a coffee shop and eaves drop on someones conversation. Yeah. Not only did you have to listen to their conversation but you had to write it all down. I immediately packed up my stuff and booked it to the coffee shop. They close at 9 or 10pm on week nights here. It was surprisingly busy and loud but I sad down next to two groups of people. I started out trying to hear two guys conversation but they were mumbling and left soon after. You could say I had better luck with the next conversation I listened to but my hand about fell off from trying to write fast enough. If you compared how fast they were talking with a land animal it would have been a cheetah. Not only were they talking incredibly fast but since it was so loud in there I could barely hear them. I couldn't exactly pull my chair closer and ask them to speak louder. My assignments were due at 11pm tonight. I left the coffee shop at 9pm and rushed back home. I literally was out of breath and feeling sick by the time I finished this assignment. I had not a clue what I had written and I did a quick spell check and that was it before turning it in 6 minutes before 11pm. Yes. I am dumb. The part of the assignment that I have not yet told you about was that I had to take their very garbled and choppy conversation and fill in the blanks with my imagination. I was dealing with serious conversations about God, relationships and pot roast here!! All still very garbled! Just like me with my friends they jumped topics constantly with no visible connection! Least to say this is not my greatest piece of work and I am thoroughly ashamed of the result of my stupidity.

Learn from my mistake interwebz

-Melina Rose

You know those days...

.......when you look outside and it is gorgeously sunny and you think Oh! what a great day! After that you go outside and freeze immediately in the crystal clear, ice air. I was driving along and there are waist-high snow banks along the side of the road. I thought, I wonder why someone would be snow-blowing the ditch. Why can't I see them? It was the wind. Yeah, the wind was blowing so hard that I thought it was a snow-blower blowing snow out of the side of the road.
In other news I finished my flash project for next week. I now have to tackle the paper that is due tonight before 11 and the quiz that is due tomorrow. I procrastinate strangely. I know.
I think I shall be heading home soon. My stomach is soon to be making loud growling noises that would disturb the class that I am currently sitting in. It isn't my class I'm just getting stuff done while sitting in here. 

Off I go interwebz!

-Melina Rose

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Creating a Character2

Creating a character

Creating a character
Creating a character by MeWhoElse featuring vintage dresses
I am using Polyvore to visualize a characters outfits. Love it :)

Preparing for Portfolio/This morning

The first words out of my mouth this morning were "Oh Crap!" I was in the process of flinging my still half asleep body out of bed after seeing that my class started in 10 minutes. As I threw on the first clothes I could find and then covering them with a giant, warm sweatshirt I mentally calculated where my keys, wallet, and pencils were. I ran downstairs and grabbed my scarf and keys and threw on my coat after pulling on my boots. I pulled my folder and notebook out of my backpack and grabbed my purse that already had my planner, wallet, phone, and a composition book that I carry with me everywhere. (It has one of my stories in it and some bits and pieces.) I quickly walked through the freezing morning air to where my truck was covered with what seemed to be frost. Thankfully as i got inside and turned on the windshield wipers it was proved to be a layer of fluffy, light snow. I drove to school as fast as the speed limit would permit me and stepped into class. My normal spot was already taken so I sat next to a girl who I had had a few classes with but hadn't talked to very much. My name was called a few seconds later and I plugged in my two jump drives. We were told to organize all our work so far so as to better work on it. We have a lot of paperwork to do and it is rather boring and tedious. I had a lot of fun talking with the girl while we worked.
I am now sitting in the next class still working on it while talking to people on the computer and writing this. I will need to go home soon though because I did not eat anything before leaving and I am very hungry. I also want a nap but I will probably end up working on my story while eating instead of quickly eating and taking a nap. This is the last week to finish my Advanced Typography homework and it all requires something not on the computer now. Urgh. After i do what I can for organizing my raster work I am going home. Foooooood. :P

Do you ever not have enough time to eat interwebz?

-Melina Rose

Just delivering a cake

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

It has been to long.... *shame*

So this is my quiet time this morning. I have been dumb and not doing it for a while so here it is.
P.S. I was told to read this thinking of myself as Jerusalem/Zion. Read this as if God was speaking directly to you, because really, it is a book of love letters for us from Him.

Isaiah 40

Comfort for God’s People
 1 Comfort, comfort my people,
   says your God.
2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
   and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
   that her sin has been paid for,
that she has received from the LORD’s hand
   double for all her sins.  3 A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
   the way for the LORD[a];
make straight in the desert
   a highway for our God.[b]
4 Every valley shall be raised up,
   every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
   the rugged places a plain.
5 And the glory of the LORD will be revealed,
   and all people will see it together.
            For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
 6 A voice says, “Cry out.”
   And I said, “What shall I cry?”
   “All people are like grass,
   and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.
7 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
   because the breath of the LORD blows on them.
   Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers and the flowers fall,
   but the word of our God endures forever.”
 9 You who bring good news to Zion,
   go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem,[c]
   lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
   say to the towns of Judah,
   “Here is your God!”
10 See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power,
   and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
   and his recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
   He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
   he gently leads those that have young.
 12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
   or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
   or weighed the mountains on the scales
   and the hills in a balance?
13 Who can fathom the Spirit[d] of the LORD,
   or instruct the LORD as his counselor?
14 Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him,
   and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge,
   or showed him the path of understanding?
 15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
   they are regarded as dust on the scales;
   he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
16 Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires,
   nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.
17 Before him all the nations are as nothing;
   they are regarded by him as worthless
   and less than nothing.
 18 With whom, then, will you compare God?
   To what image will you liken him?
19 As for an idol, a metalworker casts it,
   and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
   and fashions silver chains for it.
20 A person too poor to present such an offering
   selects wood that will not rot;
they look for a skilled worker
   to set up an idol that will not topple.
 21 Do you not know?
   Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
   Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
   and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
   and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
23 He brings princes to naught
   and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
24 No sooner are they planted,
   no sooner are they sown,
   no sooner do they take root in the ground,
than he blows on them and they wither,
   and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.
 25 “To whom will you compare me?
   Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
   Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
   and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
   not one of them is missing.
 27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
   Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the LORD;
   my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know?
   Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
   the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
   and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
   and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
   and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
   will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
   they will run and not grow weary,

Friday, January 14, 2011

Ew.... Typography

Ok so I am back at school. It isn't that I hate typography in itself. It is just, I have no interest in comparing several different versions of a font and writing a 500 word paper on the foundries and differences in stroke and serif. Possible differences in the X height and stuff like that. Rather boring.
I had Portfolio class this morning and it is sounding like it is going to go well. We organized our work into three categories which are Raster, Vector and Layout. Otherwise known as Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign at our school.
I went home and made lunch for myself :) I made instant Chicken Ramen, Tomagoyaki and Tomago Tomadachi. mmmmm yum! I had green tea mochi for dessert! I am a little ashamed to admit it but there were six or seven left in the box and I ate them all. :/ 
I have been watching You're Beautiful again! I watched an episode while I ate :)
As I said before though, I'm back at school to work on my typography homework form last semester so I should get that done.

Fighting interwebz!

-Melina Rose

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Big Fluffy Flakes

Today I woke up and looked outside. It was snowing heavily. Great, now it would take more time to  get ready. I threw on my warmest clothes and, after putting a cup of soup in the microwave, I ran outside to brush off my truck. I kept it running so that it wouldn't act up in the cold. I parked it in the driveway and ran inside. Grabbing a scarf and my soup, I situated myself back inside the truck and plugged in my ipod. The sounds of Lachata filled the cab as I drove to school. The entry road to school was a little backed up but I found a good parking spot after squeezing past the large snow-plow. I realized that my mood had already improved as I walked through the large blowing flakes wrapped in my coat and scarf, sipping my hot chicken and stars soup. All was good in the world.

What makes you happy interwebz?

-Melina Rose

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Exactly a week

So it has been exactly a week since I last posted! How time flies!  I had a good break filled with trying to catch up with my Advanced Typography class, hanging out with friends that were home from college and just kind of lazing around. My parents 25th anniversary was yesterday so they got back on Monday from a week and a half trip. I had the whole house to myself.  It was nice. It was empty. It was quiet. I was glad when they came home though.
I am here at school again. I managed to go to my class that starts in two months.... lol. I have decided that after I graduate this spring I want to go back to college and get a bachelors degree.  My major would be English.  I really hope this works out and I am super excited to try living away from home and being completely responsible for myself. I figured, hey, I'm almost 20. I should know these things.
I still am having trouble getting to sleep at a decent hour so the past few nights activities include cleaning my entire room and then going to bed at 2, doing a load of laundry and a load of dishes and going to bed at 1:30.  Yes I have a messed up sleep schedule.
In other news I am taking Personal Finance this semester and I want it to leave.  I am pretty sure that this class is not meant for my age group. In the welcome audio clip online she started off with: 
"Whether you are saving for your first house, or saving for your kids education, or retirement......." 
I was like....uh.... I'm 19. I don't have kids. I'm not saving for a house and I am no where close to retiring. 

It should be interesting.

I should be getting back to homework interwebz

-Melina Rose

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I am slowly becoming more this...excitement I am starting to feel?

This is my youth pastors reply to the note I previously posted that I sent to him.

Nice quote, awesome lady. First of all, in my experience, that reaction is usually the best sign of someone who is ready for leadership. That may seem confusing but it's true. In the Kingdom of God we don't look for leaders who are anxious but rather those who are commitment have a heart for that ministry and understand the responsibilities they would undertake. So... your response actually confirms my pick. That being said, I don't plan on throwing you under the bus. I will train you and teach you so that by the time you lead solo the only question you'll have is, "How is the Spirit moving this week?" I love your honesty and if you remain terrified after we train than we won't go any farther, but trust in your Pastor and let's find out shall we?
I shall continue to pray about this but I am feeling encouraged even though I am still very ..... nervous? I can't seem to find the right word. Hmm. Anyway, I am interested to see what God is going to do with this.

Current Facebook status:
You have listened to fears, Child,” said Aslan. “Come, let me breathe on you. Forget them. Are you brave again?

Current email status:
Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny. -The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

I love the Chronicles of Narnia interwebz. Do you?

-Melina Rose

I miss my childhood...

The Old Winnie the Pooh Song

“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. I'll always be with you.”

“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.”

“"I wonder what Piglet is doing," thought Pooh.
"I wish I were there to be doing it, too."
- Winnie the Pooh”

note: all content was found on the Internet. credit goes to respective owners.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Piano is Guitar now say wa?

Dear awesome youth pastor,
I'm sorry for my reaction tonight. When you told me you are going to start easing me into being a worship leader it absolutely terrified me. I know it is a huge responsibility. You have to be a good role model because people are going to be watching you and counting on you. I can see all my faults and I don't feel like I am ready for that kind of responsibility. I don't know if God wants to challenge me in this area and push me in this direction but my initial reaction was pure stress and terror. I don't know anything about putting together sets, or what keys fit people or any of that technical stuff. I am terrified of being a leader in almost any setting but I do try sometimes.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I really have to pray about it and are you sure that I would even be able to do it?

"Caspian: But I'm not ready!
Aslan: And that's exactly how i know you are."
— Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
(it makes me think)

-Melina Rose

Winter "Break"

So I know I haven't posted in a few days but really not to much has been happening. I have been attempting to get myself to do my homework, hanging out with friends that are back in town, lazing around the computer and random other stuff.
I just got back a grade on an assignment I turned in and I got an A on my symphony poster! Yay!
I turned in my Editorial design as well and should get a good grade on it as well. That checks off two out of my list of eight. Now, I know that sounds steep but only two out of those remaining six are large projects. I hope to finish quite a few today. It really stinks having to think about school while you are break as well. Extended classes are no fun.
I have found that the older you get the less your "breaks" are actually breaks. If I didn't have my extended class I would be working. Yes, you still get to have fun but it seems like you can't truly relax. I start school again the eleventh and honestly, I'm kind of terrified. If everything goes according to plan I'm graduating next semester. Now most people who hear this say "Aren't you excited? Have you applied for any jobs yet? What are you going to do?" This takes me back to graduating high school and the never ending questions of so what are you doing after high school? What college are you going to? What are you majoring in? *sigh*
Anyway, I'm not truly excited to graduate because with graduation comes pressure and responsibility. Pressure to immediately find a "real" job and responsibility to fulfill peoples expectations. What if I don't want to find a job in graphic design? If I had enough money I would want to go back to school for English! But there is that endless circle. You  need money to go to school, so you can get a job, to get money. Kind of stinks.
Well, I better get back to school.

What endless circles do you have interwebz?

-Melina Rose

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2011 Firsts

First people I saw:
Bob and DLBPF

First thing I ate:
Turkey Nut (supposedly there is such a thing)

First thing I drank:
Monster energy drink (the green one)

First music video I watched:
I Still-Backstreet Boys

First website I got on:

First bout of laughing until you cry and hyperventilate:
with Bob telling me to go to bed. :D

First person I told Happy New Years:
My parents

First person I told to go to bed:

First text : From Christal-HAPPY NEW YEAR!

So Happy New Year!
What was the first thing you did in 2011 interwebz?

-Melina Rose