Friday, February 25, 2011

rain or shine...

so my drafting professor was impressed with how "hard core" (his exact words) i was about attending the class this morning with my very large wooden board (2 ft x 3ft... functioning as a make-shift drafting table on my lounge chair in the back of the room)... even more so that i did it in the pouring rain.  there is one other person trying to stick it out to get added to the class as well but, he's a teenager (i'm not kidding.  i think he is 19), he didn't show up with a big piece of wood (and was shocked that i did) and i really doubt he will have the same staying power i do.  i'm just sayin'....

slightly off topic but worth a mention... recently a gay boy friend (any self respecting straight gal needs at least one!) asked me how i have managed to look so put together during this transitional period.  his words were "i'm sure you've had to cut back and i am amazed that you look just as fabulous as you did when you had a job."  well, i explained to him that i fired my old, more expensive, hairdresser shortly after i lost my job and have directed my newer cheaper hairdresser to cut and color my hair in a way that lasts an extra month or so,  i now paint my own nails (those $10 manicures add up), keep my accessories up to date (i'm telling you, great accessories cost very little to update an outfit and go a long way!), and i am close to perfecting the art of smiling and showing minimal wrinkles (not that i ever tried botox before ;-) but it is definitely not in the "finding myself" budget these days... i've been practicing the "new" smile in my mirror ...).  and the biggest part is i probably don't look nearly as stressed out and unhappy as i did before....

until next week....

p.s. see below image of my large board for drafting class as well as the tube that will house my amazing (i hope!)  drawings!

the almost 40 year old intern

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

a little praise goes a long way!

well, it has been an eventful week at the internship so far.  when i first started this adventure there were 2 cubicles devoted to interns holding a total of 4 computer work stations. now, because THE designer is venturing outside of interiors, half of the intern space has been taken in order to house people working on the new venture as of this week. so, that means, not only are we interns jockeying for the "good" jobs on any given day... we are also jockeying for the intern work stations.... if you remember, there are 4 of us a lot of the time so that means it's a sad game of musical chairs upon arrival since now there are only 2 computers stations in one cubicle for us to share.  and i'm not gonna mention being stuck in the closet as a possibility because i don't want to jinx myself....

i am amazed that i am now in a job fighting for cubicle space when not too long ago i had my own office with a door...and a sofa...  funny how life is...  oh, and one of the folks hired for the new venture is a little snooty and uppity and not afraid to complain that we are speaking too loudly when we are making calls to fabric houses, etc to get info on projects we are working on.  well, really, so far this person complained to me. i know i do tend to speak a little loudly (a result of poor hearing from all those rock concerts in my youth) but i swear this time i was using my quiet voice!

yesterday, after helping my favorite designer with creating presentation boards for a client's vacation home i was rewarded with a "good job" from her. i know i was only copying, photoshopping backgrounds out of images, getting prices, and pinning items to a poster board but that tiny bit of praise still felt pretty good.

oh, and i got a large wooden board that i plan on carrying into drafting class this friday morning. still trying to master writing in this darn architect font and hoping i get it together by friday!

until next time....

Friday, February 18, 2011

to draft or not to draft...

apologies for letting a bit of time lapse between postings.... this week has been a busy busy one!

it began with my first drafting class on monday (yikes!)... well i thought and hoped it would be my first drafting class... i wasn't actually enrolled because it was already full when i tried to sign up at one of the local colleges.  i showed up for class anyway on monday hoping to sweetalk the professor into letting me into the class. sadly 14 other people had planned on doing the same thing! nuts! the joy of the current economy and so many people being out of work is that the local colleges are full of people trying to expand their knowledge and skill set.  the professor decided to hold a lottery for the four empty spots at the next class session on friday (today).  i figured my chances were better than winning the california lottery so why not try for a spot?!?

sadly i showed up today and did not win a spot however i am number 4 on the wait list should someone (well, technically 4 someones) suddenly drop the class... perhaps some sort of plague will hit at least four of the 24 members of the class in the very near future.... the professor was cool about me and a couple of others hanging out on lounge chairs in the back of the room during the 3 hour class and coming to future classes poised to pounce should someone leave.

so, i have already worked out my game plan. i am hitting the art and hardware stores this weekend to see if i can find a board that is at least 24" x 36" to affix my t-square and paper to so that i may actually participate in the drafting that takes place in a drafting class (today it was just practicing penmanship which, by the way,  was not as easy as it seems... architects and designers write in this very precise style because it has been beaten into them in classes like this one... we have a test on it next week).  i don't care if i have to squat on the floor for three hours a day, twice a week, for the next 4 months!  i am really determined to complete this course!  no one ever said i am not persistent. this is what made me great at my last career... perseverance!

you may wonder why i care so much about this class... sadly it is a pre-req for cad which is the computer design program i must learn if i have any hopes of becoming an interior designer. and now that i have finally figured out what i want to be when i grow up i want to get on with it! no more dilly dallying! i need to learn this stuff!

as for interning, i am still kicking ass at the photoshopping and designers in the office are counting on me more. sadly, because of this, i wasn't sent on any fun errands this week. 

BUT one of the best things about this week had little to do with classes or my internship... i had a super fabulous valentines day evening with a new guy! the funny thing is that i met him years and years and years ago when he was an intern and i was an exec and we just recently reconnected...now he's the career success and i'm the intern... when he contacted me, i didn't realize he was asking me on a date and it still hadn't occurred to me until a few hours into our evening out when it finally dawned on me (i guess i was taking the term "no expectations" to a whole new level)... interesting how life works. who knows what the future holds but i had a great date and am really glad to see that for now all signs point to getting my life on track. 

until next time!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

a g'day!

today was a really good day... the only interns working were me and my bff intern so there was plenty of stuff to do between the two of us...  i was sent on errands to some of the fab antique stores in town and also did a bit of photoshopping, which i have to say i am now a total whiz at! AND the famous pop star was back in the office for a bit and looked as amazing as always (who doesn't appreciate some good star sightings at work now and then!?!).

every day i am feeling more confident that this is what i want to pursue (yay!) and i am literally dreaming up design ideas every night.. now i just need to get my skills in order and register for some technical design classes so i can make this a reality!

my bff at the office is australian and invited me to visit australia later this year (i can envision a future blog posting now... "interns take a trip!").  the great thing about spending the years and years i did traveling for business is that i still have lots of miles tucked away and plenty to get me to oz and back! just got off the phone with the airline to book my trip! woo hoo!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

heavy metal tuesday

this past weekend i was at a super bowl party held by one of my former bosses. it was the first time during my fun-employment where i have been around a large number of my former colleagues in one setting. of course, a lot of people are asking "so, what are you up to these days?" since i haven't seen them in a couple of years. i felt a little awkward since when they knew me in my past life i was this smart, strong, driven executive (as i like to remember myself, anyway) and now i'm just an intern. it was a little strange but i got over it.

so, on most days there are an average of 3-5 of us interns working in the office. a funny thing that happens on days when there are more than 2 of us working is that there is a bit of jockeying for the "good" assignments as opposed to the "bad" ones (you know what i'm talking about.... that darn closet! none of us wants to spend a large amount of time in it!)... who knew that i would ever have considered running errands for someone else a "good" job to be assigned...

today was one of those days where there were 5 of us in the office. it began with helping to organize the workspaces and design table displays because my favorite home design magazine happens to be writing an article about THE designer and coming in tomorrow to photograph the fabulous offices.

after that i was sent on an errand to a metal shop to pick up scrap metal for a project. the place that i went to was in an industrial part of town and the old guys working there (german, i think) were total characters cracking jokes and bantering back and forth anytime i asked a question. they had created some of the coolest creations in their workshop from a massive copper screen to be affixed to the outside of a building to a huge bronze chandelier.... really neat stuff!  i was getting winding twisting (dangerous when handled incorrectly) scraps of aluminum and bronze to affix to a piece of wall art for one of the designers. the guys at the shop stressed that anyone who works with it should wear thick gloves and be careful because it could easily cut you... nice.... wonder why they sent the intern on this errand? when i returned to the office with the metal and relayed the instructions to "be careful"  the reply i received was "great, thanks so much, so can you please get started on this project..." i perkily replied "sure, do you have those industrial strength gloves i just mentioned?" nope, they didn't have the gloves and much as i want to prove myself i am not interested in shredding my skin in the process. i already learned from pottery class a few months back i am a delicate flower.... tomorrow's interns get to tackle that project!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

no parking baby

well, this week has started off better than last... sort of. i spent yesterday creating a lot of client presentation sheets using my newly acquired photoshop skills (all the while dreaming of how amazing it would be to have an extra bedroom, let alone a "salon" or "music room!"). a vast improvement to being in the closet! and i was quite proud of myself for "practicing" so much before class last night! i am actually learning new skills and no matter how old or young you are that is always a cool thing!

the only bummer about yesterday was that i got my first intern job related parking ticket. you see, the designer i am working for does not provide parking spaces for the interns (and some of the employees) so my day is spent either running to feed the parking meter every 2 hours or moving my car every 2 hours within the neighborhood adjacent to the office. i guess i was so absorbed in my photoshopping that i forgot to move my car and sadly the los angeles parking enforcement folks left a gift on my dash. by the way, there are signs all over the intern computer work stations reminding people to move their cars or feed the meters and stating  fyi they don't reimburse for parking or parking tickets. i guess i need to remind myself to look at those darn signs!

photoshop class last night was entirely focused on retouching photographs. AMAZING! i'm not kidding about getting started on those match.com photos.....