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Feb. 3rd, 2009

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Started a New Journal

http://ghaknar.blogspot.com

Probably won't be updating my LJ anymore, but will definitely keep up with all my friends' posts.
Hopefully you'll read me too :)

Apr. 9th, 2008

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Photo 9: Caesar

Caesar

This is Caesar, my big old fat cat. He's not really fat, it's just compared to Argos, my other cat, he looks huge. He's only 14 pounds, but next to Argos, he looks like a whale.

I love Caesar. He's so cuddly, he always purrs, and he's talkative. The talkative part I could jettison a lot of the time, but usually it's cute because he's clearly frustrated and wants to vocalize it to us, but we don't understand him. Such is the life of a cat, I guess.

He's was laying on the floor in our hallway, acting all cute, rolling around and such. So I had to snap a pic. I'll try to get one of Argos too, before the month is out.

Apr. 8th, 2008

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Photo 8: New Print

art

I received this print from my brother a few weeks ago, and today on my day off I finally got around to getting it matted and framed. I really like it, it fits the browns, greens and whites we have in our bathroom, and the pattern is really cool.

I think it's a linoleum print (basically scored out of a piece of linoleum, rolled with ink, and then printed on brown paper) and I think he said his inspiration for it was water. So that fits for bathroom art, plus it'll be nice to have it up on the wall when we have him, our family and his friends over for his graduation party in May.

I also bought another print of some leaves and had that framed and put that up in our bathroom as well. The room actually feels complete now, which is a good feeling.

Apr. 7th, 2008

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Photo 7: First Bud

first bud

In the past week we noticed that we had some plant growth in the timber-lined planters that flank our stairs outside. We both asked each other what they were, and neither of us knew, except that the leaves were cool because they were lined with red.

Imagine my delight when I came home from work today and noticed the first bud of what appear to be lilies. I'm not sure what they are, but we're in for a lot of 'em, if the growth in the planters is any indication.

Now we just need to rip out the horrendous bushes and weed the front of the house, put in some pretty greenery, and I'll be happy with our curb appeal. But that's still a ways off, so I'll just enjoy this little guy for the time being.

Apr. 6th, 2008

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Photo 6: Ben's Car

BF car

This is Ben's relatively new car. It's a 2007 Jeep Liberty and he loves it. My parents don't, because it's not a Toyota, but I like it too. I've only driven it once.

As you can also see in this pic, we still have our Christmas lights up. We're those people.

Apr. 5th, 2008

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Photo 5: Olive Art

olive art

These are a duo of paintings I painted when I lived at the 1702. I needed some art for my bedroom, and rather than purchase something, I decided to create something. Dick Blick was having a sale, so I purchased some canvases and paint and went at it. I kind of knew what I wanted, and Ben created the design using MSPaint (of all things). I transferred it to the canvases and painted it using the colors that were in my old bedroom.

I like these canvases because they're versatile. I could hang them separate, or arrange them so they have that retro, olive pattern. I really like them. Currently, they're hanging on the wall at the base of our stairs, so they're the first thing a person sees upon entering our basement.

Apr. 4th, 2008

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Photo 4: Zelda Box

zelda box

This is a ceramic Zelda box. My brother has become really artistic in his high school years, and lately has been focusing on ceramics and pottery. (He even took home a potter's wheel over Christmas break and was really excited about it) He gave this to me two Christmases ago, and I really like it. It's one of the first big pieces he'd ever done, and he was pretty proud when he gave it to me. It's a little crooked, and the top fits on a very specific way, but regardless of it's "flaws" I still really like it, if only because it's from my bro and he made it especially for me.

It's currently on a side table in our living room.

What's even cooler is that inside the box is a set of sorta Zelda-inspired coasters. I've been meaning to get some felt circles to put on the underside of each one so we can actually use them to protect our coffee table from cold drinks.

Apr. 3rd, 2008

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Photo 3: Work Space

Work Space

This is my computer and work space in our shared office. The desk I got from my mom when we moved in. It's a blonde secretary's desk, and it's the perfect size for my computer. The shelving unit above the desk has various nicknacks, including my Universal Monsters candle set, my skull lamp and my cat figurine collection. The KitKat clock I received from my friend Ben for Christmas and the Lost in Translation poster was a gift from an ex-girlfriend. The monitor is pretty awesome, it was a gift from the bf for our anniversary/my birthday. And the mousepad has a level design of one of my favorite games ever, Ms. Pacman.

It's a nice little space, it's good for getting work done. It could definitely use some decluttering though. Ben and I discussed having what he calls "a filing party" to get all our paperwork in order, but we'll see if that happens in the near future. Until then it's just clean, let the clutter build up, clean and start the process all over again.

Apr. 2nd, 2008

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Photo 2: Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule

I went to Brother's bar tonight and had one of these awesome little drinks. It's called a Moscow Mule. It's ginger beer, tonic water, vodka and lime, served up in a copper mug.

Best damn drink!

I was there celebrating my friend Sarah's birthday. Brother's makes the best Moscow Mule in town, so everytime I visit, I have to have one. It's a new ritual.

I think the best part is the copper mug. It keeps the drink icy cold. They're never as good served at home. I keep thinking I need to get to the Goodwill or a thrift store and pick up some of those old metal tumblers every grandma had in her cabinet when we were kids. They'd probably achieve the same effect.

Apr. 1st, 2008

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Photo 1: The Mask

Mask 4/1

This mask is hanging in our kitchen. When Ben's grandmother Lois died, he, his mom and his aunt ransacked her storage unit and the kleptos procured many cool items. At first we didn't know where to hang him, I mean the guy is kind of creepy, but he came to rest on a thumbtack beside one of our kitchen cabinets, right next to the sliding door out to our deck.
When our friends were over to dinner, Cort remarked to his wife El that if we were willing to hang that monstrosity in our house, maybe we'd like the shrunken head he'd gotten on his travels overseas? El said she could imagine it hanging by it's hair on the other side of the sliding door, a "wall of the macabre" if you will.
We did not take them up on their offer. Yet still he hangs, guarding our kitchen from God knows what, and he's probably pissed off because, as you've probably noticed, I haven't dusted him in a while.

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