Saturday, June 27, 2009


Lately I've been feeling like there's not a whole lot to look forward to. In high school I always had camp or trips or competitions to anticipate. Now it's just -- moneymoneyMONEY. Go to college, pay money. Get a degree, make money. And I don't feel like I get the same joy out of making art as I do music. I feel like I'm only making art to make money. Then I think, "Is it just a different good-feeling? Can I not recognize it?" Ballz. 'Tis a constant struggle. All I know is that I loathe money and how it's all anyone talks about anymore.

There's MORE to talk about.

Like what to put on our HP shirts for le movie premiere.
And whose house will hold the HP countdown.
When are we going to the Narnia exhibit?
How will I ever get to Florida --money....

I wish you could barter.

O! Craigslist...

Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday's Movie!

Today I'm working on art projects all day and watching the old Parent Trap. Also on this DVD is the Parent Trap 2, which I didn't even know existed! I am very pleased.

Very pleased.

Other exciting news:
Apparently our AMC theater got an IMAX built into it recently, which none of us knew. When my mom went to go buy Transformer tickets for a Father's Day present -- looky here! We're going to see it on the IMAX. Oh how excited I am! Bumblebee will practically be hugging me!

If only I could watch all my movies on an IMAX screen... :)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Compiling a list of movies/tv series I've watched this summer.

  1. The NeverEnding Story
  2. You Don't Mess with the Zohan
  3. It's a Boy Girl Thing
  4. Outsourced
  5. Star Trek
  6. Star Trek (TV series)
  7. Terminator Salvation
  8. Up!
  9. Swingers
  10. The Baby Sitter's Club
  11. Earth Girls Are Easy
  12. Me Without You
  13. Office Season 1
  14. Office Season 2
  15. Office Season 3
  16. Office Season 4
  17. Pride and Prejudice
  18. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
  19. Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  20. Peter Pan
  21. Pinocchio
  22. How to Draw a Bunny
  23. Heroes Season 3
  24. WALL-E
  25. Free Willy
  26. Mall Cop
  27. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  28. Lars and the Real Girl
  29. Dreamgirls
  30. Yes Man
  31. Drop Dead Gorgeous
  32. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  33. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  34. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  35. The Incredibles
  36. Pixar Short Films: Vol. 1
  37. Seven Pounds
  38. Revolutionary Road
  39. Princess of Thieves
  40. 101 Dalmatians

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wahee wahoo waha ha ha!

I'm feelun pretty good, folks!
Though I haven't found a typical job here at home, I'm still bringing home the bacon. In the past two days I sold two pieces of artwork, totally $205. And with more customers in line! I haven't even hung up my stuff at the Steamin' Bean either. It's kind of ridiculous because this is all high school artwork that I'm basically pulling out of the depths of my garage. I can't tell what I enjoy more -- my work or the money it brings!

Other than that, I've been enjoying some good company. Today I had another old lady/young infant gathering. We crocheted while watching Disney movies, today's film-of-choice being the Incredibles. We also had an indoor picnic (because it was blistering hot out) with some $5 foot-longs -- only we had 6-inch subs.

Then I ran a few errands for le madre and then finished out the rest of Heroes. I'm sad that's over; it really picked up at the end there. Later we had fellowship and then afterward we feasted on some Salty Iguanas. Mm, happiness is tasty.


That croc gets me every time!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Just as Ϟylar has an urge to kill,
I have the urge to fix people.

His biggest obstacle is what good is left in him,
my biggest obstacle is others' unwillingness to be fixed.

1. I have been watching a LOT of Heroes.
2. I think of people often.
And the people I think of most is the people I see hurting, and I always want to fix everyone's problems. I so often ignore mine, but even still I don't care. It seems to me that I care so little about everything except everyone else. I can't tell if that's a stage of immaturity or what. It's wearisome. What's worse is that A) those people don't want to be fixed or B) they don't even realized they have a problem. Uffda.

In other news:
I am making a new website to present my portfolio.
I am making new artwork to present in my portfolio.
I am still looking for a job.
I still haven't heard from Dra.
I have started crafting with Brittney and Jaclyn.
Wednesday afternoon we are having a picnic and crocheting some more by the lake.

A sneak peak of my new website:

Charlotte introduced me to the Ϟ.
Now I want to use it for everything.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


Not a lot has happened, but I probably have lots to say, as usual.

The gang saw Up. I had so much excitement built up that I fear it wasn't as good as I had hoped. It was delightful, no doubt! But I have decided that once you add in people to a Pixar movie, it gets slightly less magical. It was emotionally moving, yes, but I was looking for cuddly monsters, tubular sea turtles, or jewish piggy banks. And the villain was really disappointing. Who could've guessed that the hero in the beginning would become the fear of the movie? Good one. Sigh. I sound like I hated it, but I didn't. It's just not my favorite of all Pixar movies. Afterwards the girls came to my place for some Scattegories and fun.

I went to the Steamin' Bean (a local coffee shop) to inquire, once again, about hanging my art up. The owner was very pleased at my interest and said it should be ready in a week or two. He said lots of people have asked to put things up, but when he asked to see their work, they would never get back to him. Thus, he was extremely pleased at my immediacy with giving him the URL to my rather aged website portfolio. After discussing a few techinicalities, I departed the Bean and headed to the Endayas for a celebration of a most beloved friend, Taylor.

We've been looking for a restaurant to "call our own", so we thought we'd try this place on 40 highway, Mavi's. It was a little Italian shindig that Pongs and I previously adored. The 6 of us girls carpooled over there, but when we pulled up, the windows were plastered with posters; they were closed indefinitely. We kind of laughed with irony. It just seemed bound to happen.

Shouts from under the opened black umbrella in my back seat headed us towards Red Robin, across the street. Sandy Safari was following me, so when I drove up to the intersection, the yellow turn signal forced my breaks instead of the usual acceleration. To my dismay, I heard a sudden crash just outside my window. The red SUV ahead of us had been partially t-boned by a smaller red car coming through the intersection. Blue antifreeze gushed out of the hood of the car and my friends and I stared in startlement. After a minute or two, the car backed up and pulled over to the side of the road. The SUV, however, stayed put, and I wondered whether or not I should check to see if anyone was injured. Soon enough, the SUV pulled away with a large piece of the red car jutting out of the back passenger tire. Needless to say, we took a roundabout way towards Red Robin.

We're always giggly together. It's just how we are. We have so many inside jokes that everything can become funny in a split second. For example, when our waiter came to the table he said, "Hello, my name is Kevin and I'll be your waiter tonight." And we just BUST out laughing. After seeing his look of confusion and partial embarrassment, we proceeded to explain the similarity of his name to the bird Kevin from Up. He then said, "Oh, did he blow?" We were VERY confused til he added, "Did he suck or something?" (Good save, Kev.) We said no, but everytime he came around we would CAW and whatnot. He was a silly server. With ears like a hawk, too! We said something and from the other side of the restaurant he laughs and gave a witty reply. Ooooh Kevin.... Another fun part of the night: We "seased" each other, which consisted of knighting the person to your left with the seasoning bottle. So funny.

Afterwards we played more Scattegories at le Endaya's house and then some Wii Bowling and Tennis. We made Jesus and Lord Voldie and they battled one another. Then we made some neighborhood shenanigans, jumping out of trees and flashing car lights. 'Twas delightful. We chatted until about 5 in the morning, then the rising sun forced Pongs and I to leave. We crashed at my house, happy as ever.

Pongs and I woke up around noon and watched Pride and Prejudice. Then we took our showers and headed to Hobby Blobby to get some markers. I found a wonderful pack of Faber Castel colored pens/markers for $7.49, regularly $19.95. What a steal! Then I took Erin home and met up with my parents at Dos Amigos for dinner. Their queso is different, but still pleasing. Afterwards I came home to host Friends-themed Game Night. It was a small group, but ever-so-pleasing. We played a swift game of Friends Scene-It and followed it up by watching a few Episodes of the Office. Jayme and Taylor left, and Jaclyn, Brittney and I got the idea for a craft night. They wanted to learn how to crochet and embroider, thus came Friday.

Around 2 in the morning I emailed my band director and inquired about working for the GR marching band this summer. The old low brass teacher, Mr. Kuhlman, was offered the head band director job at Lee's Summit North High School, so supposedly they were going to be a bit stretched this summer. I'm hoping it'll be an opportunity for me to step back in and help the family I so terribly missed this year. Other alumni have been helping, and I couldn't work last summer because students have to wait a year out of high school before they can help. I hope to god I get this. It would be a blast, and I'd get paid to do something I love!

I sat around pretty much all day, painting and watching movies. Then I got a call for craft night to be immediate, so I rushed a shower and welcomed le pallies over. We went back to Hobbly Blobble for supplies and then came back to my place to watch Pinnochio, 101 Dalmatians and become old ladies! They caught on rather quickly, and now I am in the midst of crocheting a purple, white, and cyan scarf. I suppose it's never too early to prepare for Minnesota winter, eh?

I haven't done anything today.
I reorganized my computer files, deleting a bunch and moving a ton to my external harddrive. Now I'm downloading audio books like the Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter. I can't believe I hadn't done it earlier, honestly. It's gorgeous out today, though, so battledore might be in tonight's plans. We'll see.

Sarah Julson

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

4.5 Day Review

Nathan and I went to Laura's place to hang out with some people. We smoked hookah and whatnot. I didn't really know anyone except Laura, but it was rather refreshing hanging out with new people. Without school it seems harder and harder to meet new people, which I apparently never thought about before. Thus I have been putting myself out on a limb for new experiences and new friends. Feels pretty good!

The day is lost in my memory, but later in the evening Pongolicious (Erin) and I went back over to Laura's for some more partying. 'Twas and interesting midsummer's night, to say the least...

We slept in real late and eventually departed each other's company around 3. After a quick cleanse in le shower and a revitalization of my iPod, I headed to the park with le parents and the fellowship for some music and feasting. Ditching the scene, Pongs and I headed to Frances' grad party. 'Twas a fair time, especially when my loves, the Endayas, got there. (I love it when they travel in sisterhood packs.)
After being oh so elusive, the Endayas finally made some plans with us fans. Finally, we will be seeing Up! And after they return from their Floridian adventures, we shall be exploring the Chronicles of Narnia exhibit at Union Station. Though not as good as Harry Potter, the distance is more appealing. Furthermore, the littlest Endaya, Jilly, and I shall overtake the whole that is Toys'R'Us to start our Yo-Yo gang. That's right. Just you wait kids.
We left Fran's for a nerdier excursion. Yes, we came to my place and watched all the Band Memories DVDs. And don't you make fun of me. If there was an MCAD Memories DVD, we'd probably watch it every once in a while too!

Pongs slept over again, so of course we slept in late after a late night of giggling, drunken uke playing, and weird Photobooth photos. Around 3 my mom got home, so we had the car for the taking. After getting all spick and span, I took Pongs to her next destination and I headed out for some job hunt-age. I went to the mall and applied at pretty much every store except the jewelers and clothing stores like A&F and Hollister.
Janessa (Endaya) works at Build-A-Bear, so I went to visit her/apply. I filled out the application and gave it to the manager. She looked it over and asked me a few questions like, "How would you describe yourself in one word?" (My answer was "Enthusiastic", thanks to Marissa and Flower!) Then she asks, "How would you feel if I asked you to go into the middle of the mall and shake a bell and yell that you were applying to work here?" And I say, "Oh in a heartbeat!" So of course she has a giant bell that she hands me and she's like, "Go ahead!" And so I walk out into the mall and ring the bell vivaciously above my head and scream, "I'M APPLYING TO WORK AT BUILD-A-BEAAAR!" At that point I had a flashback of Cold Stone auditions where it was like "Who can make the biggest fool of themselves and be okay with it?" I win.
So hopefully they call me back for one of those group interviews. Otherwise Zumiez is hiring, which, I believe, will be the first Zumiez in Missouri once it opens. I would totally use that store discount! Old Navy is also hiring. Mleh....I hear horror stories.

These photos were found as background images on the Zumiez site.

Two blisters later, I came home for dinner and artworking. I finally started those paintings similar to my blog header. It's a really exciting and satisfying process. Whilst painting I watched Tristan and Isolde, which was totally thrilling, and the Chronicles of Narnia. I know it's summer time when I begin watching all the movies I own over and over and over. I'm okay with it!

I woke up at noon thinking it was night time. It's unnaturally dark today due to the mega storm we're amidst. Our back yard appears to be flooding and I'm just praying we don't get another waterfall in the bathroom.... Otherwise, tonight is the night for Yo-Yo extravangazas and seeing Up. Excitement!

Friday, June 05, 2009

Game Night #2 + Peter & The Wolf

Tonight's theme was Disney! We had Disney cookies, Disney cakes, Disney shirts, Disney songs, and Disney games! Disney's Trivial Pursuit was the game of choice, and boy did it have some poorly written questions! My favorite was,

"Where does Pooh get stuck after he escapes Rabbit's hole?"

We decided next week's theme would be Friends (the tv series),
so now I'm looking forward to brushing up on my Friends trivia.

Afterwards, I plopped down to watch a movie or two, and I came across this outstanding version of Peter and the Wolf. It's a gorgeous claymation made in 2006, written and directed by Suzie Templeton. Also, it's set to the original 1936 score by Sergei Prokofiev with no dialogue. The film won the 2008 Oscar for Best Animated Short. Check it out! (I found it on Netflix Instants.)

Here's a short trailer.

I also found this video amongst my searches. It's just kind of cool. :)

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Summer Skin, Fresh Locks

New hair cut and color! I am now a 40s Ariel.
Lovin' it.


My sister sent me this photo. It's so flippin cool.

Also, I adore this song/band -- Slow Club.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Continuing my love...

Best Friends Forever

I know we'll be
together forever
For us
"Til Death do us part" doesn't matter!

You know, Best Friends Forever has some good lyrics...
After you get past the whole making-out-with-a-ghost thing.
And they are REALLY great to drive to --
something I was unable to discover at MCAD.

I also love their complete disregard of time and larger audiences.
Their songs are about living in the North, specifically Minneapolis, mentioning the Walker and Nicollet, and they speak of getting married in 2008, which is obviously a while ago, but for some reason it doesn't matter. If Beyonce were to try the same thing, it would get outdated SO fast. (And I love Beyonce!)

Now, I may be biased, and I may just be in a really optimistic mood, but seriously. I love this band. They are so much FUN -- a necessity when being in a band. You can even hear them smiling at parts. And yeah, so what if I'm from Minneapolis and I like hearing someone sing about the very places I used to go every day. I think anyone can love this. And even though it's really raw, I can somehow tolerate it more so than Tilly and the Wall (I could never figure that out). Sigh. There's a good rant. I want more BFF!

Also -- they have awesome bass lines ALWAYS.