January 28th, 2003

Marie Masquerade

Elfwood

Wow - I finally updated my gallery at Elfwood (after only, well about a YEAR). dI'll try to be more current this year, I promise! Since their submission requirements aren't as picky as with my gallery at Epilogue, I have some pieces in Elfwood that can't be seen in my Epilogue.

http://elfwood.lysator.liu.se/loth/j/a/jasminetoad/jasminetoad.html

http://www.elfwood.com <---- check them out! They have a lot of amateur art as well as professional fantasy and scifi work. They even have a literary section where you can read or post stories, poems etc.
Marie Masquerade

I found it!

Yay! I've been watching eBay for a matching pillowsham for our new "Bengal Road" bedding set (which remains unopened in plastic covers in our closet until we move).

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=20458&item=2303420867&rd=1

I'm happy I found it on eBay! I was seriously considering purchasing it at "Linens & Things" but it was like $70 (a bit too much for a pillowcase, no matter the quality). Technically this one is a factory second, but ever single other piece I have in the set is as well and all of the flaws are undetecable to the human eye. Croscill bedding standards are pick - a single discoloured thread in a 300 threadcount sheet (300 threads per inch) is enough to consider it unfit for retail.

We're still on the waiting list for the Celebration Apartments in Florida. Since they will give us at least a 2 month notice I guess this makes a March move-in date unlikely. I guess we're looking at April as the earliest now. I'm glad that we decided to wait for the larger floorplan though! I desparately need the room. Matt and I were looking at the even floorplans the other day and were thinking that after we move if we feel like getting more room we might upgrade after 6mos or a year or so to perhaps one of the two-story townhomes. They are about $1100-$1200/month, but they are freakin' huge! I was amazed - the townhouses there are cheaper than the ones here at my complex in Kansas City. Wow! There'd be room for a separate studio for me (maybe even I could set up a frame shop area for Matt to frame and mat my prints and paintings). I don't know what we would do with 3 bathrooms though - there is no possible time that we would need them all at once. Of course it would be nice for guests! It's a lot of money to pay for still renting though. If I'm paying well over a thousand dollars a month I'd prefer it go to paying off a mortgage. But, I'm not sure how soon I want to buy a house (a lot of responsibility), so a townhouse might be a good transition for us between an apartment and a real house. But of course, we're talking at least a couple years from now so I've got plenty of time to think about it! We'll have to see how financially stable we are, how well my art stuff is going, etc. If I start doing better with my career Matt can maybe switch to selling real-estate without having to rely on a second job for income. It would be great to have him around so much more! I'm also guessing that there's more of a future in real estate for him than in waiting tables at Downtown Disney (though from what we've heard the servers there do rather well, lol.)

I'm going to fix a snack and then I'll probably be painting for the rest of the day! I'll have the webcam up showing me painting for the duration!
Marie Masquerade

YAY!

Wow - my psychic vibes must have wafted down to Florida! Minutes after my long-winded post about waiting for my apartment, Linda from the Celebration Apartments called!

She let me know that a woman just contacted her letting her know that she is getting married and will be moving out soon. It's not 100% certain (she'll know the exact date in a couple of days) but our move-in date would be about the 2nd week of April. It's the largest (and most expensive) unit with a one bedroom floorplan. It has a lot of premiums, so the rent will be $895. We were trying to keep it under $900, so we just barely squeezed it, lol. It doesn't have a balcony, but that's ok.

Now - about the apartment! It is on top of the Celebration Town Tavern (which is a cutesy Disney-esque establishment - and YES, they serve veggie burgers!). It has a LAKE VIEW and is right on Celebration Lake! It's a second story apartment and we only have ONE NEIGHBOR. It's a CORNER apartment and has lots of WINDOWS (as opposed to the ONE window we have in our current apartment). It is TWICE the size of our current apartment. I can walk to the Post Office! I can walk to the Bank! I can walk to the little grocery store. I can walk to the adorable "Celebration 2" movie theatre. I'm so excited =)

I also talked to Linda about possibly upgrading to a 2 bedroom after we are there awhile. She said that we could do that at any time, and it's only a $200 fee to do it mid-lease. But for now, I'm happy with our new place!
Marie Masquerade

A Night Off

Matt & I had a lovely evening! We went to the Cheesecake Factory and to Barnes & Noble.

I have a small rant about bookstores and how they categorize books. A couple of rants.

Rant The First:
The things that many bookstores (not necessarily B&N) lump together as "New Age". It irks me to see a copy of the Bhagavad Gita and the Tao Te Ching next to Alien Abductions and Crop Circles. As if they aren't just a slightly different calibre. Why aren't they in the "Religion" section? Why would a 6 thousand year old religion be in "New Age"? What Western bias.

Rant The Second:
OK bookstores, you need to decide where your Fantasy/SciFi art goes. EXAMPLE: In the same store, I want to see what Brian Froud books are available. Art section? SciFi/Fantasy section? Both are right! Usually they put a couple of them in each. His "Faeries" book was in the "Art" section, and his other books were in the "Fantasy/SciFi" section. Boris Vallejo's books were in the fantasy section. HR Giger's Retrospective was in the Fantasy/SciFi section but his Necronomicons were in the Art section. This sort of thing happen in EVERY bookstore. They sprinkle the books throughout the store in no particular order. I wonder where my book's gonna be. Since Brian Froud's getting top-billing they'll probably stick a few copies in each section. Hopefully it will be in the "Best Sellers" section at the front of the store =)