Yeesh. I’ve been so busy I forgot to blog yesterday and almost forgot to blog today. Sorry about that.
March and April are crazy application deadline months. Every scholarship under the sun has their applications due in the next couple weeks, and I apparently feel obligated to apply for every single one of them. Maybe I’ve gotten on such a winning streak that the success is getting to my head, because I’ve never applied to this many before. There are at least two or three a week due. My poor film teacher. I should have warned her that writing a gazillion rec letters came with my friendship.
On other notes, my dear friend Shiloh Hubbard (married a super swell guy a year or so ago, who then carted her off to Maryland – less than swell) just welcomed her first child to the world. Lydia was born today, and judging from the tiny picture text I got, she’s a precious little tyke. I hope I get to meet her soon!
Elections for UOSA (Student Body) President and Vice-President are today and tomorrow. I have been wearing my Ally & Zac periwinkle blue shirt every day for the last four days, in an attempt to be a walking advertisement for their campaign. Every time someone’s eyes wander toward my shirt, I suppress my instinct to slouch back (hey, I’m a girl) and instead puff out my chest and invite them to admire the beautiful pink script that promotes my favorite candidates. And though the shirt may smell a bit from such frequent wear, it sure does do wonders for my eye color.
Also, the video “Moving Dead Week Forward” now has close to 370 views! I’ve never had so many people see my work before. Granted, I acknowledge that most aren’t watching for my work (except you, my readers) but instead want to find out about the campaign. But that’s no matter. Combining all five videos together, over 700 people have seen my videos in the last week. Score!
My trip to Las Angeles is not this weekend but next. I’ll have to remember to recharge my camera battery so I can take stellar pictures of my adventure to share. I love the people I am going with, so that whole element of the trip is going to be a blast. But the part I am looking forward to the most is just seeing the town and getting a good feel for it. I will have the opportunity to meet a number of Film and Video Studies alum who work in Hollywood now, and I hope I’ll have the chance to pick their brains for information and advice. Another note to self: Bring copies of my resume and DVDs of “OU, I Love You” to L.A. as well… just in case.
(“This is not a moon.”)
I am finally finished with all my campaign films!
“Moving Dead Week Forward” is personally my favorite of the ones that I made. The camera work, color, and sound are the best quality. And the filming style mimics The Office, which was fun to do (and fun to have people notice).
“Moving Student Organizations Forward” is the other film that I did that took a bit of time. It was really fun to make, because it was a great crew. But the video itself didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped, and it was more difficult to edit. But it’s not too bad, I guess.
(Side note: The blog cuts of part of the right screen, so if you’d like to see the entire picture, just double click on the video and it’ll bring you to its YouTube page.)
When the exercise conversation would come up with friends, I used to put in my two cents by saying that I just don’t know how people find time to work out in college. I don’t have the time to get on a treadmill (and all the before and after stuff– like showering again– that comes with it), and all cardio has taken a back seat to school and work and extracurriculars. I’m just too busy to work out.
But I have revised that statement this week. I am so busy that I actually am working out. Every day.
Have you ever tried to speed walk? It’s an art. You have to lower your center of gravity in order to significantly widen your stride. But you can’t sink too low or you have to bounce up and down to move. And bouncing reduces your efficiency in energy expenditure. Bouncing is also a pain (literally) when you are carting around heavy books and a laptop in your backpack.
I have recently become an expert at speed walking. I am trying to fit so much into such short amounts of time that I inevitably am almost late for everything. But running is hard to do with a heavy backpack (and its unsightly). So I’ve become a speed-walker. And let me tell you, I think I could give those little old ladies at the mall (the ones who walk with their arms in perfect unison with their stride) a run for their money.
For example, today I traversed from the southern to northern end of campus in six minutes. Thats traditionally a ten minute walk at standard pace. In fact, I believe I can safely say, without exaggeration, that I have sped-walked at an uncomfortably fast pace to eight of my ten classes this week.
The advantage of this new (or perfected) skill is that I can now leave my house at least three minutes later and still get to class on time. Three more minutes of emails and homework = valuable time.
The other advantage, which I hadn’t forseen, is that I have officially squeezed in eight workouts this week. Because anyone who tries to argue that speed-walking isn’t cardio is foolish. Cardiovascular exercise is defined as anything that raises your heart rate and keeps it elevated for a period of time. If I arrive at my seat with heavy breathing, burning lungs, a throbbing pulse, and a heart that feels like it’s about to explode (not to mention a little perspiration), I would count that as cardiovascular exercise. I have gone from too busy to exercise to being so busy that I am exercising. I consider that a win.
I was walking up the South Oval today after class, lugging my backpack and the large camera I’ve been using for all my film projects of late. I was headed toward the Film and Video Studies film library, where I had yet another morning of logging footage and exporting files ahead of me.
Normally as I walk around campus with camera equipment on tow, no one pays any attention. If they even notice, they aren’t very curious. But today I was walking along with my large camera, in a nondescript dark blue bag with orange piping, when I noticed this kid staring me down as I walked by. Or staring the camera bag down, rather.
Considering that my roommate once asked me why I was carrying around a large cooler, I was surprised when the kid passed and I heard him gush to his friend, “She’s got a Panasonic HDV Cam! Nice!”
“I pity the French Cinema because it has no money. I pity the American Cinema because it has no ideas.”
Over the break, one of the things I really wanted to do was paint a painting. Ever since my girlfriends and I signed the lease for a house next year, I’ve been hankering to paint something to go over the fireplace in our living room.
I decided that Spring Break was the perfect time to do it. And when I ran the idea of painting by John, he was totally game.
So here is the painting before…
… and after!
Apparently, painting sunflowers (in bright primary colors) was a rather girly thing for a guy like John to be painting. In my defense, however, he didn’t mention anything about that until we were already almost done with our painting. If I’d known, I might have considered switching subjects.