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Busy weekend.....refrigerators....rambling....drawings....Dexter.... [Oct. 19th, 2008|08:18 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Boringly busy though, not really fun busy =P

Still catching up on stuff that piled up while we were in Philly! Getting caught up though now, thank goodness. I want to paint! Got some drawing done at least. Also some stuff for various upcoming projects.

I've been looking through my Japan photos - I'll try to post some here soon! That was such a fun trip, I got a lot of great photos too - many paintings inspired by Japan are forthcoming!

This weekend has revolved a lot around household appliances =P

First off - our fridge here at home - at some point on Friday it stopped working. Long enough for ice to melt, but stuff was still pretty cold. We freaked out for a while (I had a ton of frozen stuff like from Whole Foods, www.vegieworld.com , etc. - and that really adds up!). But then we moved the fridge around a bit, Matt punched the side of it a few times, and then it started up again. Everything was back to normal for a day or so, but then it started warming up again today.

So Matt went back & under it to give it a good cleaning. Holy cow - it was STUFFED underneath with kittycat fur! I blame Mama Wolf:



She is a Maine Coon and is made up of 90% fur. There was enough fur down there to make a whole other Mama Wolf out of it, ewwww.

Now it's all clean, and it seems to be working normally! Cross your fingers for me! All without a loss of food too, thank goodness.

Then more on the appliances front - our new "vacation" (kinda) house we just built up in Kansas City - we ordered all the appliances for that. It's kinda fun to start from scratch like that, they'll all be new and they'll all match. We got them all black, too, I like black appliances. Ouch though - all that stuff adds up too =P The new house passed inspection too - YAY! They got the sewer stuff all built and everything too, thank goodness. (For those of you not in the loop, we built a little house up in Kansas so that when we are up visiting family we can have a duplicate art studio & printshop and place to live, thus not interrupting my art business/eBay/website sales in any way. We're not moving, hehe, we still are living in Florida - this is just a second home/art studio I can use when I'm up north, both my family & Matt's all live up in the midwest).

So I'm crossing my fingers that this refrigerator here at home doesn't conk out on us, because I refuse to buy two refrigerators in one week =P

Oh yes, two drawings (had to do SOME art this weekend, it can't all be orders & emails after all!):



A Beautiful Rat OSWOA™ Original Drawing

and



Golden Butterflies OSWOA™ Original Drawing

I'm excited that the new Dexter is on tonight! Yay! So far I'm loving season three. I like the direction it's going in. It's weird - I've read all of the Dexter books, so I have two completely distinct Dexter storylines in my head, as they have completely diverged (book vs. show). I like them both, but to be honest I actually like the TV show Dexter better than the Dexter books. Is that wrong? Lol - I usually am the type of person who prefers books to movies, but in this case the TV show is so great, I actually like it better than the books (even though I enjoy them a lot too). Anybody else with me?

Speaking of which, I'd better finish this stuff and go watch Dexter shortly, and then (gah) back to work!
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[User Picture]From: rendergirl
2008-10-20 12:59 am (UTC)
I LOVE Dexter! And I'm a new convert. I only just watched seasons 1 and 2 about 3 weeks ago and I ordered Showtime just so I could see season 3. I've never read the books, though. Are they worth reading?? I just LOVE the characters in the show, especially Dexter and Deb, they are so real to me.
Hey I can't wait to hear more details on the Disney thing!!
(And I'm so glad you turned your comments back on!)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-10-20 01:11 am (UTC)
Hehe, did you know that Dexter & Deb (the actors I mean - Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter) are dating in real life? That always makes me giggle, since they're brother & sister in the show.

I like the books - they're good Dexter "fixes" in between seasons, hehe. They're worth reading, but the characters don't seem as real to me as the TV ones. After the first book two, things are SO different it's almost like a completely different thing altogether.

More Disney stuff (and some other Big News unrelated too!) should be divulged soon, hehe.

Ah yes, now that I'm pretty much "caught up" with a lot of emails & other online stuff, with the stress of convention/show season over, I can finally get my internet socializing back in order, hehe. I've been so neglectful!
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[User Picture]From: rendergirl
2008-10-20 04:14 am (UTC)
Ha, I was right about Dex and Deb dating! I told my sis and she was like "No way!", she thought I misheard it somewhere, but I knew it!! That's so funny, and weird at the same time...lol.
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[User Picture]From: sandra666219
2008-10-20 01:08 am (UTC)
The same thing happened to me with the fridge. Mine was from Sears so I called Sears to come fix it. It was a dead mouse that got caught in the fan, I was charged 50.00 too.

I hope the cleaning helped. We were told to clean it atleast once a month.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-10-20 01:12 am (UTC)
Ewwww! Lol, I'm betting it's definitely the cat fur then, there literally was almost a grocery bag full. I don't know how one cat makes so much fur! (of course, I think some of it was Azrael fur and Jasmine Hair too....).
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[User Picture]From: sandra666219
2008-10-20 02:34 am (UTC)
I know it would be awful to lose so much food.

This was tip I was told, I forgot to tell you. When you touch the side of the fridge does it feel hot. If so the fans not turning. Ours was really hot to the touch before the mouse was found.

I don't know if your fridge collects water on the bottom. We were told to drain it cause animals are drawn to it.

Good thing we have another fridge, a smaller one, but atleast having back up is a good thing.

I really hope your fridege doesn't break, cause I think it's cheaper to buy a new one then get fixed sometimes. If it's under warranty then don't worry about it.

Good luck with that. Let us pray to fridge gods that it keeps working.
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[User Picture]From: sapphirerage
2008-10-20 01:14 am (UTC)
Wow, good luck with the fridge!! If it messes up again and you do have to get a new one, you might try Sears 'scratch & dent' section - a lot have dings on a side or something where you won't even notice it. :-)

Love the rat drawing!! :-) I also like ferrets ;-P *hint to do more...* ;-)

Thanks for sharing with us!
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-10-20 01:18 am (UTC)
Definitely - I wouldn't ever care about the sides of the fridge, it goes back in a little cabinet cubby-hole anyways. This was actually the first time I ever saw the side/back of my fridge!

Oh definitely, more ferrets to come. I'm planning on one that features a bunch of different kinds of ferrets (sables, albino, chocolate, cinnamon, etc.) all together in one painting! Kind of like how I did with cats in my It's All About the Cats painting, but with ferrets.
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[User Picture]From: sapphirerage
2008-10-20 01:32 am (UTC)
Oohhh, that would be awesome!! I've got all of your ferret prints except the one that I believe is titled 'Winged Ferret' - the Fairy with the big champagne guy. And I won them in raffles! But if you did something with ferrets like that cat one, I think I'd just have to outright buy it - no taking chances with a raffle!! :-O

If you ever need reference pics, feel free to check out my albums: kesrael.shutterfly.com and Photobucket. I've got an assortment of ferrets/colors! :-D
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2008-10-22 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm going to check it out now!
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[User Picture]From: sunkachina
2008-10-20 01:52 am (UTC)
ewww, I wonder if my fridge is full of beau jo hair... he sheds twice as much as he should.
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[User Picture]From: boogarshadow
2008-10-20 09:22 pm (UTC)
You could always make yarn :D

it would make a rather itchy blanket though..heheh
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[User Picture]From: darklingwoods
2008-10-20 01:56 am (UTC)
gah! Looks accusingly at my Pomeranian

I love that you will have a studio at both homes, perfect!
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[User Picture]From: slytherin13
2008-10-20 03:06 am (UTC)
AW!! MAMA WOLF!!! Hee hee!! Trouble maker!
I haven't watched Dexter yet---I definitely want to rent it to watch!
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[User Picture]From: princess_lilam
2008-10-20 10:49 am (UTC)
Thank goodness the food didn't spoil, that would have been a real shame. I hope that it works better now that its better ventilated at the bottom, hahaha naughty kitty cat!!

HAve fun with the new house, and yes do post pics of that too when you can.

I am so happy because yesterday I bought one of your little fairy statue's at a fair here in Holland. It's the pirate fairy with the jolly roger shirt. They are adorable.
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[User Picture]From: crepes_of_wrath
2008-10-20 04:33 pm (UTC)
Awww! Mama Wolf is so sweet! We had a Maine Coon when I was growing up and he was the plumpest, softest, and most affectionate kitty ever. *^___^*
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[User Picture]From: kimbearlys
2008-10-20 07:28 pm (UTC)

Know what you mean!

Our Sub Zero went out. Bought a new one. This time with the warranty. Our last one was only little more than 2 years old.
Are you ever going to get your web cam working again. It was the best!!!
Just curious! But lots of others are too!
Hugs,
Kimbearly
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[User Picture]From: boogarshadow
2008-10-20 09:21 pm (UTC)
They recommend you vacuum it out every month (like anyone does that) heheheh

I have to clean my OWN hair out from underneath it as I dont have any fur babies and I apparently shed like a cat!

One time I found a dehydrated gecko under there!!! I guess he got in the house and hid because it was warm there..he was in perfect condition..it was bizarre (and a little sad :()
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[User Picture]From: pixiewildflower
2008-10-21 01:34 am (UTC)
Lovely drawings dear! Have fun watching Dexter!
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[User Picture]From: ouronlyhunter
2008-10-24 09:15 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I'd say better on Dexter. Yes, they do completely diverge, and wah, I miss Rudy. (omg, though, I'm such a Rudy/Dexter shipper -_-)

It's not wrong, although I don't think you were asking that in all seriousness; you may simply appreciate certain aspects of the show that are less pronounced in the movie. Personally, I think there's a much more macabre sense of humor in the books. (Hee - I'll give you the finger? Will never, ever be the same to me.) I like that kind of morbid humor. Not to say the show doesn't have it; I think they tone it down. Not so much the gore or anything, and they certainly do get morbid - but not in quite the same way. The books have always seemed to just have an edge the series doesn't quite get at. (However, Julie Benz is totally eye candy. Yay for Julie! One of the things I like about the show that the books don't have.)

Not to mention, I *love* the books, but the third one went in a direction that I just don't know about. I'm giving him the fourth to woo me back, but it seems less realistic in some ways - more mystical - and I think as far as the Dexter novels go, the sharp realism of it (it IS set in modern day, no magic, or anything; just an incredibly realistic setting) was such a huge draw for me. I do enjoy the fact that the series hasn't gone in that direction yet.

Anyway, I think with the divergence of mediums, some people are going to like the novels better, some the series. I like to think I like them equally, while appreciating their differences and the fact that people will have their own preferences. If we all liked the same thing, what a boring world this would be. I say enjoy what you enjoy, and honestly, who cares if anyone else cares that you like the show or novels better? (Then again, from reading your journal, I get the feeling you probably would laugh it off even if someone did wag their finger at you. It's a pretty ridiculous thing to get uppity about, heh.)

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