Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sundance

It's been just a few weeks since I did the Sundance.

Boy was it exhausting. While doing it, it didn't feel terrible. I slept fine. I was ready to go always, but the cold...the cold really gets ya. Yes, I live in Utah. And yes it does get cold here, but this winter has been insane with temperatures. Not even we were prepared for it here. I wore three pairs of pants, five shirts and two jackets. That barely kept me warm enough.

Naturally, I got sick. My body tried so hard to keep itself warm, but it took a lot of effort and as a result, I got sick. I missed a day, went home early a few days, and threw up a couple of days. It sucked so much. I wanted so badly to stay up there the entire time. Part of me feels like I failed. =/ Part of me realizes that being not sick is better than being miserable.

Aside from being sick, I had an amazing time. I met a lot of really cool people and I enjoyed being in the festival crowds.

One of the people I met was Willita. She was the person over our crowd liaison group. Not a clue what her official title was. ATM...MAT...TMA...TAM...something like that. She was great though. This is going to come off incredibly cheesy, but I learned a lot from the few days I got to work with her. She had a hands off approach to supervising us, and I think it worked out really well. She trusted us all to do what we needed and was aware of everything going on. She was at the scene of a problem before the problem even really became a problem. She listened, and helped out. She was polite to boot but not cheesy. I don't know...the way she handled things was really awesome, something I hadn't seen in a supervisor before. It was neat.

Team A was the cool team. That's the team I started on. Everyone was super chill and super friendly, but not forced friendly. Not like Team B.

I think this next thing is going to be really cheesy, but just bear with me. (Is that the right bear? Is is bare? someone help me out here.)

At work right now, there is a lot of drama. A LOT. It's getting sorted out. It's a painful sorting though. No one is really at fault. We're females, we have control issues, its hard to do our jobs when everyone is scattered and all over the place.

As I'm dealing with all this, I think about this time up at Sundance when something sort of similar came up. Liz (one of the other people on Team A) and I were working at the Entourage entrance. We had to just check tickets for the "magic" silver sticker and then alert the people on stops that we had people for them to take upstairs. Someone on stops decided she wanted to do that. It didn't work out. This lady was a little...um... not nice. She was not nice. Her and Liz didn't really get along. Liz stepped out to avoid a problem. Willita and Jared talked to the other lady, and things eventually worked themselves out quietly. Later in the week I saw Liz and the lady talking and being friendly with each other. That sort of blew my mind.

I don't know if things worked out 100% between that lady and Liz. I don't know what was said, or done, or what the real issue was. I just saw a problem come up between two people and get resolved.

(Ready for more cheese?)

I'm incredibly stubborn, but with all this stuff at work, I'm trying to take what I learned there and apply it. I'm trying really hard to let it all go and calm the eff down. It's really hard. I don't want to be around some people at work, but I'm slowly learning to breathe a bit and move on. Thanks Liz for that.

Lets talk about something less serious...like how I met Josh Radnor. That made my life amazing. =) He's a sweet guy. Very normal and down to earth and wears the ugly christmas sweaters like a boss.

I really enjoyed the entire experience. I truly did. I love working like that and being up and around. I love helping people. I love answering questions (lame, I know), and I love the team work that goes into all that. I definitely want to do it again next year, and the year after, and the year after. I'm going to make sure I'm 100% warm and fit so I don't get sick.

Sundance 2013 was great. =) That's all I can say. Again and again and again. It was great. Felt great. Looked great. Sounded great. Loved every bit of it!

Monday, February 4, 2013

My Weekend

Remember how I mentioned the project I was going to post about? Well, here it is!

I made a steampunk dreamcatcher. It was harder than I imagined, but it turned out pretty decent. Sorry the photo is dark, I didn't think to take it on a lighter surface. =/

I'm really proud of it. =) I'll let you know if I make more.

Also, over the weekend, I discovered the antique section of KSL. So naturally, I got some antique furniture! It needs a bit of restoring, and some polish, but here is the chair that drew me in:

Isn't she great?! She has some pet hair on her, and a hole in the bottom, but nothing terribly wrong. I love her. I will keep her forever. =)



This is the lamp. She's a floor lamp, and is fashioned like a gas lamp! The power knob is actually a key. Isn't it the most incredible lamp ever?! 
 This is my other chair. She needs a lot more repairs, but I really like her. She's got a hole in the seat and has some dirt spots. But I'll take care of her. =)

These are from the seventies ish. They swivel. I'm going to cover them with zebra striped fabric and paint the bases hot pink for Mak's new cubby hole under her loft bed. Think she'll like them? If not, I'll keep them!

I also got a mirror (which looks just like a mirror...for now) and dishes. I'll post dishes later! =) I'm so excited!!

When I clean everything up, I'll post more pictures!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Three Months Left

That's right. Only three months until the end of the semester. It seems like nothing. Unless I say, we're only one month in...then it seems like forever to the end. Half full, half empty, right?

I haven't written in quite a while. Why? Because I'm not entirely sure how to say everything I want to say. I'm not sure what I want to publicly share, either.

There has been a lot going on. Mostly in my head. How many of you really want to hear what goes on in my head? I mean really. No one cares. Adventures are fun, but winter kills adventure time... Especially this winter. It's been too cold to even think about outside. As far as I'm concerned, the world is actually just a bunch of buildings with an abyss in between. There can't possibly be anything else. It's too dang cold.

Sundance was amazing. And I do plan on writing something about that. It doesn't belong in a catch up post. It was far too awesome for that. I met a lot of really cool people and I had a blast. I may have even learned something. ;)

Right now, I'm at work, taking a short break from reconciling box office sales. It's not hard, it's just really tedious at times. I don't hate it, though, so that's good. =) It's fun to have something new to do.

Recently, a certain someone has been driving me nuts. I can't tell you their name, because of mutual friends who may read this. Let's just call this person...Dan. Dan has been driving me up a wall. He is frustrating and childish. I just go about my business, doing my own thing, and he has to undermine me or get in my way. Derek gets in my way at home, but this person is worse. Usually I can tell Derek to give me a second. He understands what it means to work as a team. This person does not. No, Dan does not. Dan believes the world should revolve around Dan. Dan doesn't see why it's a problem to ignore me when we're working for the same goal. Nor does Dan understand...well there's a lot that Dan doesn't get it seems. It's really frustrating. Dan is a full grown adult and needs to start acting like one. The way Dan does things, you would think he was a toddler...Derek does things more efficiently. I'm just irritated. I'm trying so hard to be grown up about it all and just do what I need to, but I'm really close to locking Dan in the bathroom or something. I can't wait for April, that's for sure.

I wish I could be more specific about Dan. Right now, I realize it sounds like I'm just whining and being a baby. With examples, I could very well make you see why I'm so incredibly irritated. Maybe someday I will.

Anyway, I'm going to go look for supplies for a really neat project I'm about to do. ;) I'll post pictures when I'm done.