Wednesday, May 25, 2011

off to a great start!

interning this week has been great so far.... lots of fun errands to great shops around town... a new designer started at the office and is quickly becoming one of my favorites by giving me good tasks...  i spent most of tuesday on the hunt for the perfect rug for a client's closet. mind you, this closet is larger than my living room. QUITE a bit larger than my living room... someday.....

a big highlight of my day was that i was wearing a new necklace that i slaved over in my metal-smithing class for the past month and received many compliments on it... my fellow classmates are so amazingly talented and have been turning out creations that i could only dream of making.... i decided to challenge myself this term and really step it up and for once i was finally able to make something that i felt looks as cool in person as it did in my imagination! so, i wore it to work on tuesday and THE designer (who happens to be one of the most fashionable people i have ever met) complimented me on it multiple times during the day and was very impressed when i mentioned that i designed it and made it.  it made the burn mark that is still healing on my thumb that much more worthwhile! yeah, i am still a little accident prone in my creative classes and while making this necklace i unfortunately dropped a scalding hot piece of brass on my thumb rather than into the water to cool off. oops...

drafting class is winding down and i am working on my big project and studying for my final exam. i already enrolled in a CAD (computer aided design) class for the summer and am really looking forward to it! also, i have a couple of friends that have enlisted me to redo their homes! woo hoo! this will be a summer of building my portfolio!
 
so, recently i saw someone i used to date for quite a while that i fondly refer to as "the old man" (mind you, he would be horrified to know this)..  anyhow, i was reminded of the great thing about dating someone almost two decades older than me... not only was he raised in an era of manners and knows how to treat a lady properly... but, i would always be the young hottie in the relationship.... hmmm...

until next time...

the almost 40 year old intern

p.s. below is a photo of the famous necklace i designed and slaved over! it can be worn long or wrapped like in the photo....





Wednesday, May 11, 2011

i'm coming out

the big news so far this week is that i came out to my grandmother on sunday.  no, i'm not gay but i am unemployed and i have failed to mention this fact to her for the last year. you see, my grandmother is awesome and i love her dearly but she is very old school, old world italian and not super understanding of what a modern girl like me is going through with trying to "find" myself.   she worked incredibly hard all her life. for her, it was a job but not a career. it was a means to provide for her family.  nowadays many women (myself included) are looking for something more fulfilling, especially when we're single and without a family, our careers seem to be a bigger focus in our lives... all the more reason to be doing something that makes you happy. so, while i know my grandmother loves me dearly and always wants the best for me, i avoided the topic of my job with her for the past 12 months... i know she's a smart gal and knew something was up as i had jobs that required me to travel often for the last decade and many times a year to the part of the country she lives in and i haven't been to visit her in quite a while... last year i was in such a transition, having no idea what i wanted to do anymore, going through the process of trying to figure it out, and i didn't want her to worry about me or to nag (all coming from a place of love) so i just completely avoided the subject during my weekly phone calls with her. after all, this is the same woman that calls me every year on my birthday (since i turned 22) crying and saying that she just doesn't want me to spend another birthday alone and without a husband. so, that is why i decided not to tell her about my being in career flux... that is, until this past sunday when she asked me point blank how was work and do i still have a job.  well, i told her i lost my job "a little while ago" and that i was changing careers and taking classes in school and working for an interior designer.  she was so relieved to hear i still have a job.  of course i didn't mention that i was working for free as an almost 40 year old intern.  baby steps, you know?

yesterday interning was very cool. the designer that always seems to give me the most challenging jobs that definitely bring me out of my comfort zone had another one for me... he had me make a large model of a piece of furniture. yikes! i spent the entire day crouched on the floor cutting foam core and measuring, taping and gluing it into this model. it was a challenge but i am happy to say i made it through with only on band-aid needed for a slip of the exacto knife to my thumb.  luckily i was prepared for it because any good design intern needs to have band-aids on hand for just this reason! and my hello kitty band-aids are always in my handbag...


until next time.....

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

one hot week!

so, this week it is in the high 80's and 90's in la... it is a vast improvement from the rainy cold weather of a few weeks ago!

i am on fire in drafting class as i learned that i scored an A on my big exam on friday (even with my royal wedding watching exhaustion!)!  woo hoo!

monday night i went with a good friend to see a gal she refers to as "the love doctor" speak. the woman's name is dr. pat allen (you can check her out at http://www.drpatallen.com/) and if you are into self help stuff you may have heard of her. i happen to be one of those people that avoid most self help relationship advice books and lectures at all costs... i decided to join my friend with a "why not" attitude.  i thought at the very least it would be entertaining.

so, i had never heard of this doctor before and was not aware of any of her books & i had no expectations going into this. let me just say, i got my $15 worth in the first 20 minutes. entertaining, it was! i felt like i was in the audience at a taping of the jerry springer show... you see, the doctor invites people on stage with her for a short therapy session in front of the audience.  i don't know what type of person you have to be to want to subject yourself to that but i know i am definitely not that person.

so, the first couple on stage consists of a man that in my opinion could easily pass for a serial killer (creepy looking, greasy hair, moustache, shifty eyes) and his girlfriend who had to be at least 20 years younger than him and way too cute for him.  well, it seems that she decided to move out of their home 2 days earlier because he wouldn't commit to something long term. and she also informed him on that day that she was no longer sleeping with him until he decides to commit. well, he informed the doctor (and the audience) that there was no way he was going to not have sex while they work things out. the doctor asked him if he had someone lined up in the 2 days since this happened. well, wouldn't you know it, he did.  apparently he is a poet (as he informs us, a successful one) with a lot of fans and already had one lined up for the next evening.  the audience was made up of men and women and at that point most of us were siding with the girl and thinking good riddance to the guy UNTIL we learn this... so, she has a 3 year old kid. and he says he doesn't want to sleep with the kid. apparently this woman likes the "family bed" way of doing things and she wants her kid in bed with them at all times. ALL times. and he doesn't like it... needless to say, they both seem a little kooky but who am i to judge... their problems don't seem solvable in the 15 minute on stage session... we learned that they are repeat visitors to dr. pat's stage.

i will say that this doctor did have some interesting things to say during her lecture that do make you think about your role in relationships. plus she was sassy, irreverent, funny and outrageous. she has to be around the age of my grandmother and i can't image the things that she says coming out of my grandmother's mouth! a funny, insightful & entertaining evening. will i become a regular attendee? probably not. but it was fun while it lasted... oh, and i heard that oprah's people were at last week's seminar taping a segment for an upcoming show so if you don't live in la you may be able to catch her on your tv...

interning on tuesday was good, although the a.c. in the office was not working properly so it was almost as warm inside as it was outside...  i'm off to work on a big drafting project that is due friday...

until next time.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

a royal ending to the week

so the last week was a little nuts.. i felt like i hardly had any time to breathe until now, sunday evening... i had a big drafting project due friday morning and a big exam in class as well so any spare moments were spent working on those... i missed out on interning on thursday due to dealing with an unexpected flat tire that threw a major wrench in my day.. all of the tire places in town were crazy busy due to the many many pothole filled roads that the city of la seems to be taking their sweet time repairing... so, instead of soaking up knowledge from THE designer, i was at a very glamorous tire shop in hollywood waiting for them to fix my car. a great friend took me to lunch and saved me from hours of reading car & drive magazine back issues in the super fabulous firestone waiting room...

my alarm was set for 3 am friday morning to watch the royal wedding with my gbf (gay best friend - we both dream of the day we'll each meet our prince and planned on watching and dishing on the fashion together!)... i can't believe i actually thought i would wake up but i had hoped to given my fond memories of watching diana get married live as a 9 year old little girl... i slept past that alarm only to be awakened by a frantic phone call from my gbf at 5:00 am freaking out that he too had over slept and missed the ceremony but stating that "they are going to kiss in 10 minutes so you have to get up and watch with me!" so, for the next three hours (until i left for drafting class) we watched and dished on what we thought, flipping between e!, cnn, today show and good morning america to see who had the best coverage... we agreed on the following...  kate - timeless & fabulous, elton john looked like a weeble wobble, fergie's daughters were tragic, david beckham - unbelievably hot as always, and we were LOVING the hats! they were amazing and we had an entire 30 minute conversation about what kind of hat we would have worn if invited. i was exhausted from my lack of sleep but got through my day and ended it with seeing prince in concert (had to keep with the royal theme of the day!!) which was fantastic!

this weekend has been spent working on my various odd jobs... in addition to organizing for a friend during the week and consulting for the jewelry store i am now somehow venturing into wedding planning and personal shopping/ fashion consultant!  saturday i met with a gal (who i only just met on easter) who is desperate for help with planning her wedding.  anyone who knows me knows i love to throw a good party, so... why not a wedding? challenging because she has no idea what she wants to do but i think will be a fun project nonetheless!  and it kind of keeps within the creative design world i am venturing into...

today i was acting as personal shopper for another girlfriend. she is super successful in her career but somehow does not seem to have the shopping gene that i was born with. the thought of what clothing to pick and how to put it together with other items and accessories completely overwhelms her so she hired me to do it for her.  i feel like i should have paid her for the experience, i had such a great time! i have been on shopping hiatus for most of the last year so doing it with someone else's money was awesome!  the bonus was that she has a tiny perfect figure so dressing her is as easy as a mannequin with no "problem areas" to work around!

now i am chilling on my sofa watching the royal wedding coverage on my dvr since i, unlike my gbf, was unable to take friday off as a holiday (i kid you not, he did just that and watched every bit of coverage there was! and yes, i wish i could have too. )...

looking forward to a good week....