Back Up Your Computers, People.

Sorry for the absence. My computer died Wednesday (we’re assuming it’s a hard drive problem) and I’ve been making up for the loss of all of my files amongst photoshoots, work and other such busy-ness.

Not having my own computer has been an interesting experience. I don’t think I’ve been in a situation where I had to rely on community computers since I was in elementary or middle school. My family always had a home computer around, so even when I didn’t have a laptop I had a computer where I could safely store my files.

Luckily, my school is pretty good about having computers available for students to use, and they have most of the programs that I need in order to get things done. It’s just weird having to store anything I do on an external storage, as well as having to start over on everything every time I go to do work. No leaving any half-finished edited pictures up overnight for me.

I should hear back about what is actually wrong with my computer today hopefully, but until I hear otherwise, I have to assume that I have lost all of my pictures not backed up (which thankfully was not as much as I originally thought) all of my documents, and all of my music. I think the worst of all of that actually is the music, since I have original files of a lot of my pictures, and documents can be recreated when needed… but my thousands of songs organized, with artworks, from years of downloading… that one hurts.

I’ll be spending a few weekends fixing all of this once I have a working computer again.

Saturday, which should have been the day I posted, I was in Phoenix again for a cosplay photoshoot. I had a lot of fun, met some great people, but I’m still hoping that this weekend was the last of those types of trips for a while. I’d love to go back and spend more time with some of the people I have done shoots with, maybe do some individual shoots where it’s not so stressful to get everyone done, but for now, I need to concentrate on surviving the rest of the semester.

After three weekends of being away from the apartment, I definitely feel like staying in for a bit and sleeping in my own bed, just being in one place for a while… but with spring break coming up at the end of this week, that’s not going to happen. My sister and I are headed to Disneyland, and will be driving from California to Tucson for a few days after we are done with the fun.

It’s supposed to rain while we’re at Disneyland, that will be a first for us. We spent a good part of this morning reading up on what the parks are like when it rains. I’m actually excited, as long as it doesn’t rain too heavy, it will end up in our favor, hopefully it won’t be as busy as it usually is. Also the last time we went we accidentally ended up going on the ¬†opening date of Disneyland on its 60th anniversary, so really it can only get better from there as far as crowds are concerned.

For now, I’m just concentrating on getting through this week, not ending up in a puddle due to a huge stress-enduced meltdown before Thursday afternoon.

 

Out of curiosity, do any of you have suggestions for laptops that would be great for photo editing and potentially gaming?

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Why Is Liz So Stressed Out?

Entering in to my last semester of college, I thought everything would be business as usual, nothing too crazy, that I would just get through my classes for the last time and graduate.

I was wrong. Very wrong.

This semester I decided on four classes: three photo classes and an online business class that would last for the first half of the semester. Sounds pretty simple, but it’s proven to be the ingredients to the busiest, most time consuming group of classes I think I’ve ever taken in all of my college years. Three photo classes is just not as easy and carefree as it sounds, really.

To be fair, it’s not only my classes that are taking up my time, work and social life events are also a factor. This year has been the busiest socially for me, which I’m really alright with, and with my new position at work, I have more hours there and less time at work that I get to work on other things since I don’t just sit at a desk the whole time anymore.

It would probably help my case if I took better care of myself. Somehow I have been sick for most of the semester, and it seems like I haven’t been 100% healthy at any given time. My eating habits aren’t the best (though I am working on that) and I definitely don’t drink enough water to keep my body happy (also working on that.) I don’t get enough sleep, but that isn’t all my fault. Noisy room mates who don’t sleep and have no regard to others who may want to be sleeping tend to keep you awake it would seem.

This weekend coming up will be the third weekend in a row that I’m traveling, and the second one of the three wheee I’ll be doing a big shoot. After the last weekend I did traveling and with big important shoots, I have to admit I wonder if I can handle it again so soon. It may require very high amounts of caffeine, some crying, and a very decent playlist to get me through.

I plan on actively trying to fix some of my issues, working to keep myself organized and healthy. It just feels as if I’m adding more to my plate by trying to fix those issues while trying to keep up with the rest of life.

I shouldn’t complain too much, this is probably pretty close to what life after college will be like, crazy and full of stress, but I can only wish that things are especially crazy right now and I won’t actually have to go through lack of sleep and being overwhelmed so often in life when I’m done with school.

Classic Anne Move…Overspending

I knew that I was spending a lot but I wasn’t really sure how and thus, couldn’t really figure out how to cut back.

While laying in bed doing nothing, I found an app called Mint and after categorizing each transaction from my one credit card… I now know.

Ignorance is bliss because oh my goodness.

As you can see… I’m in the hole. In my defense, I did go on a big vacation in December but it seems I still haven’t pulled out of it. In the pie graph is also seems I really enjoy shopping.

The good news is things like shopping and eating are easy to identify what I need to do to stop these spending habits. For shopping, I just shouldn’t be buying frivolous stuff. I think I’m still going to keep doing Stitch Fix. My last fix was in January but I have one coming to me in March.

I don’t need to keep buying things like Kate Spade purses or cardigans though. Fact of the matter is I only get to dress up on vacation and the weekends so I need to start buying stuff in that manner. Even makeup is pointless.

I already know my fast food habits are disgusting but it’s even worse to know that the cost of it is adding up. I can definitely make groceries last two weeks with 100 dollars and with fast food twice a day, I blow through 100 in one week.

Traveling is also something I adore but I know I splurge on hotels and dining. Also, I really under utilize things like groupon and coupons. In my mind, I know what I want to do and I just buy that option instead of shopping around or investigating cheaper vacations.

In my opinion, this is such a classic 23 year old thing to do. I’m just so blinded by getting a real paycheck for the first time in my life I really just acted like a kid in a candy shop.

Also, I’m lazy.

 

 

This is a Short Post

I missed my post on Monday, and this one is really late, sorry, but I have good reason for such bad posting habits this week.

This past weekend, I was overloaded. I mean, seriously, too much on my plate, I didn’t sleep, I definitely had Starbucks coffee for about 6 of my meals. I had to get through three photoshoots, write a 7 page research paper, do a bunch of work for an online class, the list goes on and on. Long story short, I spent this weekend getting no sleep and working myself to death.

So Monday I was still recovering and forgot to try to post, and the busy lifestyle just keeps going. Weekends don’t really exist and there’s never nothing to do. Having a life and getting work done simultaneously is an olympic sport and I’m training for gold.

On the bright side, I managed to get some really great photos, got a good amount done otherwise and didn’t actually die from lack of sleep and real food. Hopefully I can recover soon and start at least attempting to function like a real human being again. Also I will try to share some of my images as soon as I work on them a bit. Because seriously, it was a productive weekend in the world of photography.

Until then, this is a short post and I will try to queue some more so you all won’t have to miss me too bad…

Apartment Brain

IMG_2667Last night I found myself sober at a casino and ended up driving a few new friends home and ending up in my own bed at 5:15AM.

Surprisingly, I didn’t sleep in as late as you might’ve expected which I suspect is going to bite me in the butt later. Despite all that nonsense, I am starting to get a little bit of a rhythm here down in Louisiana. I have my day to day schedule but now I’m getting to know people and learning how to complete things without having to pester too many people.

I have noticed though that the more stressed out I am throughout the day, the more my car and house reflects that.

For example, on a week that was particularly bad I needed to drive one of my soldiers to the motorpool (the place where all our military vehicles are secured) and I had to essentially lift the car mat completely out of the passenger seat and just throw it in my truck.

My soldier then informed me about Scentsy car fresheners.

So, it definitely could’ve been worse but it made me take a good look around myself. I don’t have my shit together in the ways that I can control it.

Sometimes, there are situations and events where there is truly nothing you can do to prevent the destruction from happening. But, in the meantime, you might as well control what you can.

For me that means busting my butt to get my apartment and car not disgusting.

I think a good rule of thumb is if your boss had to visit your house for an emergency would you you be embarrassed or would you let him use your bathroom and look in your laundry room?

Right now I wouldn’t.

Today I have made some steps by systematically going through each room and cleaning up. I also got a new queen bed to replace my twin so my workout this weekend was getting the twin bed to the guest bedroom then lugging up the queen to the top of my stairs then getting it in the corner of my current room.

It caused me to break a sweat but also feel productive.

Bucket List

My sister and I were recently talking about traveling after graduation. We each have some money we had originally saved up for a summer trip that never worked out. As we talked about all the places we wanted to go, the list kept growing longer and longer, and we never really decided on a place to go.

It made me think though, I really need a new bucket list. Not just an updated one, but really a new one with new ideas as the person I am now. Especially now that I’m graduating and I’m going to be in the real world, I don’t want my life to become mundane and boring all the time. I want to be able to look forward to things and keep some excitement in my life, even if it’s only once in a while that I get to do it.

So here’s a short list of the types of things that would probably make it to my official bucket list, if I ever get around to actually making an official bucket list.

  • Run a Disneyland Half Marathon
  • Read 1,000 books
  • Go to Comic Con in cosplay
  • Learn to make really good coffee
  • Adopt a Corgi
  • Learn another language and speak it fluently
  • Get engaged at Disneyland (the engaging is optional, the Disneyland part is not)
  • Visit Hobbiton
  • Get a book published
  • Go to a Stanley Cup playoff game
  • Travel through Europe
  • Have my photography published
  • Meet a penguin

What’s on your bucket list?

A Day in the Life of Anne

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Source: Mindy and Anne Collaboration Project, probably.

If Mindy Kaling can write her day, can’t I?

4:55AM My stress alarm goes off. I don’t actually really have to be up yet but this makes sure I won’t miss the one that matters.

5:00AM If I’m feeling peppy, this is the one I should get up to.

5:10AM Actually get up to this alarm.

5:15AM Turn off 10 other alarms set.

5:30 something AM Leave house… I like beating my soldiers to work and also getting to work to check my email in peace.

6:30AM Stand in formation and salute the flag with my platoon.

6:35AM Stretch.

6:50AM Running, if I had to bet on it.

7:15AM Check watch and wonder why 8AM is so far away.

8:00AM Go home to shower.

8:50AM Drink coffee.

9:00AM Leave for work.

Morning at work: There is probably a slideshow I have due by lunch so I should probably do that.

Afternoon at work: Everything hits the fan so probably try to get a vehicle to fun location I need to Google Map and then stop my driver from going under things that will break off the antennas. Also, making sure we have all our equipment. That was to be done monthly and usually takes half the month to do.

7:00PM Go home and debate furiously with myself about whether I should get Taco Bell or not.

7:10PM Sit in the Taco Bell drive thru.

7:30PM Watch New Girl or Bob’s Burgers while texting jokes to people at work.

8:10PM Procrastinate laying out clothes for next day.

9:00PM Sleep aka play on FB in bed.

I’m like the same person as Mindy Kaling’s character Mindy from The Mindy Project except less fun dates to gossip about on weeknights.