Friday, November 30, 2007

WALK IN'S NOT WELCOME


I didn't get my tattoo today like I had hoped. I should have known better than to attempt a walk-in. Although they accept them, things get pretty crazy and so many people want elaborate work that they were booked. The good news is that one of the artists (Chris) was able to fit me in at the very end of the day on Sunday. So at 6pm I have a real live appointment.

He seemed really stoked to do the design, and I always liked FATE because I get such good vibes in there, have gotten work there before, and they are really respectful. I also like that they are totally disposable, meaning everything they use is disposable and thus uber-sanitary.

They are a little more pricey than what I thought they would be ($120 for a relatively small tat). However, when I look at the quality of work and the peace of mind of safety it is totally worth it. Plus Chris is a really cool guy who did one of my other tat's way back in the day, so that makes me even more excited than before.

It has been quite a few years since I have gotten a new tattoo so the high price could also reflect that. I wish I had an idea of when it was that I got my last one ... I was still in college, and friends with Lael, so we are looking at a good ... I don't know 6 or 7 years? Then I think they work I did was only $150 or so. Of course, what I got was not custom (it was a flash design) and long ago.

I think I will go back to get my rose tattoo in February. Originally I thought about going to a different shop to get it done by a woman artist, just to support females in the industry. However, I think Fate is going to be my permanent shop. Once I get the rose, the fat fairy will be next (maybe Chris can help design it), and then fixing my butterfly.

Damn it! I wish I was made of money so that I could get more work!!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Thank you Miguel!












I have this digital camera. I never used it because it isn't very good and I lost the USB cables to hook it up. I recently decided to try and make it work since I can't afford anything too fancy. If you remember, a while ago I took pictures with it when I went to Lake Erie and the Christmas Story house. Well, I have tried all over the place to find the right cords. I even went to Cord Camera to get help and the rude guy working there conned me into buying a memory card for $20 bucks that doesn't even seem to work with my camera.
Finally I came across a website called DC Cables. I e-mailed the site and the next day a very nice man named Miguel found the right cables I needed for my camera. I ordered the cables and they arrived today. I plugged everything in and about 5 minutes later I had my pictures transferred to my PC. They are awesome!! I am so happy. Here are a few of the better pictures from the list. The rest of the photos can be found right HERE.

Black Friday (THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING) at Wal-Mart

To all my retail worker brethren out there. Bless your hearts to have to deal with such shit. I know this is an old clip, but I don't think things have ever gotten any better. This is the first year in a good 10 years I haven't had to work Black Friday at a shitty retail job.

I couldn't be more thankful.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007

Just a little light headed.


I went to the doctor today for my 6 month blood work check (Thyroid issues, nothing serious). For some reason, they always want to weigh my fat ass. Well, turns out I lost 11 pounds since last time! I believe it too since I can see some difference in my clothes. Of course, I am not doing anything special. I have just been so stressed out lately with the new job that I haven't been eating well/much. Plus, working the night shift, I pretty much only eat one meal a day. Since I haven't had much money or time to go to the grocery store, that means I usually eat some easy mac and crackers. Stress -- sometimes it does a body good.

By the way, anybody free on Thursday? I am ready for one of my tattoos and would love some moral support.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Fall is here and I am ready to fall out!

I am warning you right now that this post will probably make about as much sense as a kid with ADD all jacked up on pixie sticks.

Mmm...pixie sticks....

Anyway, I just wanted to update everyone on what has been going on with me lately as I haven't been posting in awhile and haven't been online for awhile.

As you all know, I have been training for a new job at Medco. Now that training is over, I had to leave my cushy Monday through Friday 8:30-5pm shift and go to a lousy Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 3:30pm to Midnight shift. Ugh!!

I have to admit that I love the traffic, but with the season change, I never seem to see the sun. Overall, I really like the job and it is getting easier and easier everyday. I really don't miss working at the bookstore. However, I miss my friends! I mean, I have people who I can eat lunch with and talk to at Medco, and everyone is really nice. However, at the bookstore I forged life long friendships for those 7 years. I miss seeing those people everyday or so. I know I will stay friends with many of them, but I guess I am just a little depressed and am finding it hard to adjust to making new friends and not seeing my old friends as frequently as I am used to.

The fact that this night shift is killing me is kind of amusing. I used to be able to stay up until 4 or 5 in the morning and sleep until 2 in the afternoon, no problem. I used to be able to function on 5 hours of sleep. Yeah, I am officially old now. Those days are long gone! Going to bed at 2am is just not as fun as it used to be.

Of course, all employees had to request a shift bid just recently. Basically what happened is we were all giving a rank number based on tenure. Mine was 506. Then, we had to look at all of the available shifts and rank them 1-506. Yes. I had to look over 506 different schedule combinations and rank my preference. 506 of them. Did I mention there were over 506 combinations? Once we ranked everything, we submitted our bid and waited. It was like Medco Roulette. I could have gone from 3:30-midnight to something much better ... or worse. Believe me, there was worse (split shifts, graveyard, etc).

Alas, once my body gets used to this 3:30-midnight, I will begin my new schedule. Officially November 26th. I really can't complain too much since it could have been much worse. I will be working M T W 8:30-7pm, Sat 3:30pm-2am. Working 4 ten-hour days is kind of nice, but that overnight Saturday shift is going to be awful. At least we are really slow those hours!