innocent+twisted Alchemy

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

09.25.12 - Sleeping problems = shopping sprees

Okay, that title is false. Lol! But I didn't know what else to say. 

A week ago (?) Kawaii-Ya [forgot their site, but it's on their fb page] posted on their FB page that if you buy $20 worth of shtuff, you get 3 adorable sheets of Halloween stickers. Omg, have you been to their site? You can spend more than $20! That's what I did! -_-; 
I was having a bad day when I received it, but when I received it, I was super duper happy and excited. Funny how material things make you happy ;) Hehehe. Most of it's going to be used for my i+t store and my planner. All the deco tape is for my store and MOST of the stickers are for my planner. My planner is going to be so damned decorated! You might as well just call it a sticker book LOL

 Speaking of planners. I received my planners (yes two of them) from Yesstyle awhile ago. I purchased two of them. This one and a very plain one. (No adorable pix or anything...just text and ....that's it LOL) I had a hard time deciding which one I'm going to use and I planned on starting in October. I chose the overly cute one. Though, honestly, I think I should've chosen the plain one. It has more writing space.... and since it's the holiday season... I usually end up doing more things... Oh well! It's already too late since I've already started decorating them and adding the monthly tabs (you can kind of see it in the photo above).

I'm going to make my planner sickeningly cute! The one I'm using now is deathly boring. I don't decorate or use colorful pens. Why? It's ugly... But has a lot of room to write in. I can't color coordinate because of the paper. It smudges all gel pens, felt-tip pens, roller ball pens. So I'm just using a boring ballpoint pen. 

Shockingly, I've been using my planner religiously the past month. It helps me keep track of my bills, chores I have to do around the house since the parents aren't home, my store stuff, work stuff, etc. Though honestly, mostly things I have to do around the house. 

 I've been looking for a new wallet. The ones I have are too big or too small. I like the size of the long wallets but the ones I have are too clunky and chunky! 

I went to Nordstrom today and was debating on two wallets. This one [Ted Baker] and a Kate Spade one. Since they were displayed next to each other, I just shut my eyes and grabbed one. 

The Kate Spade one is a zip-around wallet. I don't really like those but it does keep everything secure. Not only was it a long wallet, it was also a little bigger (in height). I have a medium-sized bag and the long wallets already BARELY fit in my bag, so if I got that one... :/ I should just bring my wallet. 

The reason I chose this one is that the leather is soft. The  Kate Spade one was very structured and STIFF. As much as I liked the stiffness... I had a feeling I was going to have a hard time getting things out of my wallet. This wallet looks quite stiff but it's actually very squishy. Lol. It's not made out of cheap leather either, it's really nice. This is my 2nd Ted Baker wallet. The other one I have is clunky -_-;. This one... not so much. ^_^;

There were different designs. There was another one that reminded me of spring that I was deciding on... but I really liked this vintage-feel. I don't know... I just think it's beautiful. :P

Well, that's all for now! I forgot I had to open tomorrow. Somehow, that always happens -_-;

Saturday, September 22, 2012

09.22.12 - Random thoughts because I don't want to sleep ;)

As the title says... I don't want to sleep, so I just go through random web sites. I like trying to find indie comics. I would DIE to go to APE-con which is held in October (next month!) in San Francisco. I wonder if I can get the days off ;P

Anyway, I was looking through my webcomic lists that I haven't read in a LONG time. <--I should say I haven't read ANY webcomics in like years, but I have them bookmarked. It made me want to do webcomics again. I wanted to do a slice of life, almost daily thing like Johnny Wander. Honestly, my favorite webcomics are slice of life. 

Well, I was thinking that if I did this I'd have to commit to it and I'd have to learn to draw faster or do it digitally. The thing is, I'm not a digital artist. I like to do things traditionally. If I did that, I'd like to work on it as much as possible which means I'd want to work on it at work. That's really hard for me to do because I get distracted really easily and if people saw that I was drawing, they would bug me about it. 

Besides, I have my i+t stuff to work on. I, honestly, miss drawing comics. One of these days, I'll have to finish the prologue to [LIFE^2] after all... I only have 2 pages left to do and that's not including the cover. <--that makes me really sad because TWO PAGES! GAHHhhh! Why is it so hard?! ;( Why do I keep putting it off!?

Though, the [LIFE^2] story is harder for me to do because while the prologue is well-thought out; the rest of it is still in the "notes" stages. 

When I do my comics, I want people to be emotionally attached to them. I like heart-warming stories, I like stories that create different emotions in the readers.... *sigh* I really am babbling. I guess I should go to bed now...

Sunday, September 9, 2012

09.09.12 - Updates and junk?

As of last Thursday, I'm the only Linda in our store. It's quite strange...since there's always another Linda. And this Linda is in the same department as me and has been there only a month before me. Well, she's gone now (got fired). 

Now, I won't hear the "Hi LindaS" or the different nicknames we get "Asian Linda" (that's me) or "White Linda" (that's her). etc. And since she does all the hiring... it'll fall back into my hands since I'm the backup person since I was the one who hired for our store before her. 

And I must say... her desk is a MESS! Her NOT organized! I couldn't find ANYTHING! Last week we had one new hire, next week there might be two. Ahh... I don't know. I was looking for all the paperwork and it took me FOREVER to find everything to make new hire packets. *sigh*

Next week (tomorrow), we have a new hire again. But my schedule was changed because of another supervisor who told my manager I wanted to close instead of having a mid-shift. It's true but if he puts me at mid-shift then I'll accept it. 

Anyway, he changed my schedule (what he thought he was going to do) because he wanted me to do all the new hire training but because of that supervisor... he had to change it. Because of that, my manager asked J to see if she could do the training. She's the only other person that has experience in training new hires. But she only did it for 6 months (I did it for 2 years). She doesn't like it and she doesn't remember how to do it. -_-;

So the problem was...calling the new hires to see what time they were supposed to come in. I didn't know when to schedule them. :/ But after contemplating for awhile... I just stuck to what we did last week, even if I couldn't be there.

That's all the work stuff (so far). 

The parents have been away for 3 weeks now. (They're coming back to get things) My brother said that they might come back (fully) in October. I guess they're not done fixing that house they're working on. 

Anyway, ... the first day that they were fully gone... I went to take some photos with my camera at the nearby park :P As I was doing that... My aunt, who was out on a walk, saw me and joined me. We chatted and stuff... Anyway... here we go! The photos!

That week, our front yard was blooming with roses! We don't have bushes (yet) just a few sprouts here and there.

I was testing out the macro... so far I think it's pretty amazing :)

Some more little flowers in our front yard...

Here's a rose that's dying

I just watered these...

Here's the nearby park. I like how the grass looks (am I weird? Lol)

That's why I took a closeup of the grass ^_^;

Still at the park...

More grass

I was listening to my iPod as I was taking photos and going on my walk.... Lol, you can see my reflection ;D

At the man-made lake. This is where my aunt found me.

Anyways! More things I found on my camera.
Amanda of Less than 3 Lacquer had a major sale on her nail polishes! So, I bought them O_o; I love them! ^_^;

Last week, when I was washing my car, I spotted this spider (people say it's a Black Widow) spinning it's prey into a web. Used my Panasonic camera again. I'm really getting a LOT of use out of this camera. There's only ONE photo I need to test out before I can decide on selling my SLR. But so good.

These two amazingly beautiful sky photos were taken a few days ago when the weather was getting bipolar.  -__-; The day after this photo was taken, we had a thunder/lightning storm.

I'm kind of sad that that 3 weeks that they've been away I hadn't really gone anywhere. The only place I went to was San Francisco (read previous post). But... I wasn't in the mood. Or I was always thinking "oh, on my day off I'll go _____". But I end up not...

Last week, I had 3 days off. One was a paid day off. I was wondering what I should do. I was thinking of going to the mall just to walk around... but I ended up ONLY getting my hair chopped off and that's it -_-; The other days, I did regular chores and errands. But that Wednesday was supposed to be my day. I wanted to watch a movie but there was nothing out I wanted to see... and etc. I guess that's why I just decided to stay home.

I decided to go to the local Farmer's Market today, so I had to wake up super early (for me it's early :P). Usually, my aunt would want to go because her family doesn't take her places :/ So she'd be up for it. At around 830 AM, I called her to see if she wanted to go. She said "No" because she was on her way to San Francisco with my uncle. -_-;

Bah! Lol! I stayed home a little longer, then at 1030 am, I headed out....To make a long story short: I got lost 3 times and by the time I got was closed. I wanted to go because we were out of vegetables :( So, I went to the nearby Asian Market and got some veggies. Sad, cuz it was more expensive...

I dunno. I went home and stuck them in the fridge... but I wanted to go buy something for some reason. So, I went to ULTA and ended up getting a Stila eyeshadow palette. I didn't know they were having their 21 (?) days of summer sale. So if you buy a certain amount from a certain brand, you get some sort of gift with purchase. Apparently, I was supposed to get a Stila freebie, but they ran out and they gave me a UDPP instead. I think I have like 10 of these (exaggeration, of course). I don't even need to buy any more UDPP! :P

Well... I guess that's it. I should try and blog more but... I dunno... Sometimes I feel in the mood to do it and other times I'm like "What!? I have a blog!?!?"

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

09.04.12 - Last minute trip to SF

I was completely FREE on Sunday. I didn't want to stay home or anything... so a few days before Sunday, I texted my friends to see if they wanted to go to San Francisco to hang out.

Since it was a last minute thing, one of them had other plans... but I got to hang out with Betsy :)

She was supposed to pick me up at 8am. I had a closing shift the night before and couldn't sleep very well [somehow that always happens! :P]. Woke up at 6 am and I was like "what!? It's not like I'm going to work! I can wake up at 7am!". But, once I wake up, I can't go back to sleep. So I just got up and took a shower.

When I was done with my shower, I got a text from Betsy saying she overslept (:P) so she'd probably get here at 9am. 

I decided to take that time doing some QUICK errands. Quick errands = going to the bank and taking some cash out [so I don't spend that much money RAWR] and buying some snacks/food for our trip to and from. 

Went home and waited... I didn't have to wait long. She arrived 15 minutes later. Lol.

I hadn't seen Betsy in like a year(?). So we were catching up in the car, which is kind of funny because we hadn't decided on where we were going yet ;D So, we were just driving and talking and when we got to the Bay Bridge was when we realized we didn't have a destination yet! Lol

 The weather report had said it was going to be 75 degrees. Which is quite shocking since it's almost always 60 degrees. Once we got to the Bay Bridge, there was a ton of thick fog. No surprise there ;P