Jared Scribbles

An awkward artist recording her progression in life.

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Photos From My Summer Vacation 2012

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Summer went as fast as it came. It was filled with a few terrible things but a lot of great memories. Luckily I was able to go out of town a few times with my family and capture some nice photographs since my goal for this summer was to use my camera more after it had been collecting dust in the closet. I would’ve posted some of these images earlier but I didn’t get around to sending my film to develop just until two weeks ago.

As a fair warning, this post is going to be a bit pic-heavy so don’t forget to click the link below the photo to see the rest of this post!

Gratuitous picture of my demon dog. Don’t let her cuteness fool you. She’s a monster!

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UT Summer Transfer Orientation 2011

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About a week or two ago was the University of Texas (at Austin) summer orientation for transfer students. I received an e-mail that I had to attend since that was when they were going to talk about financial aid and that’s when we were going to register for classes. I had mixed feeling about going, but I was excited.

My mother, my sister, her kids, and I left to Austin on Wednesday (the 22nd of July) to make sure I was at UT on time before orientation started. We got to Austin in the evening and really did not feel like doing anything after going on a four hour drive, so we stayed in the hotel for the rest of the night. My sister, her kids, and I went for a swim in the hotel pool while our mother stayed in the room and watched a live broadcast of the LISD board meeting. After all off us showered and washed off all the chlorine, we wanted something to eat. Luckily there was a Chilli’s right next door, so we ordered our food and walked over to pick it up. Since I had orientation at 9:30 in the morning, I ate, brushed my teeth, and headed off to bed.

The next morning I got up extra early to get dressed and have a good breakfast. Since we also had to beat the traffic, we left about an hour earlier just to make sure I was on time and at the right building. My mother dropped me off in front of a random build and I had to find my way to the right one. I called up my friend Noe to see where he was since he was also transferring to UT. Noe was at the front of the line while I was at the very back. Luckily they were going by letters so it cut the lines way done.

After signing in, getting our packets, and our name tags, we were free until noon to roam the campus and finish up our business with any pending college (for lack of a better term) stuff. I called up Noe again and we headed across the campus to get our UT IDs, which took a process of two hours due to everyone heading the same way. After that, we headed to the opening ceremony then to our respected areas. We went our department meetings and meet with our adviser who gave us a packet that we needed to sign and which included our degree audit. After that we were free until 6 PM for our wing meeting. I decided to leave for lunch so I called my mother to pick me up so I could eat and rest since I had 3 hours to kill. So we picked up McDonald’s and went back to the hotel.

Once back at the wing meeting, they showed us how to register for classes and we were free again until the next presentation. They told us that it was optional so I ended up calling my mother again to pick me up since I was just not up for staying another four hours (until 11 PM). Since my family was at the mall, over 20 minutes away, I sat down on a bench outside and drew on my Moleskine until they called me to see where I was at.

We went back to the hotel and my sister, the kids, and I went back to the pool for an hour or so before they kicked us out of the pool because a pipe burst.

After showering, I was too tired to do anything so my family went out to eat while I watched Scrubs on the telly. Luckily they brought me back food (eggs, hash browns, bacon, and pancakes) before I fell asleep.

I didn’t have to go in so early in the morning since everything was optional before noon, but I had to attend a meeting for my mother’s sake about financial aid. I convinced Noe to go so I wouldn’t have to be alone. After that meeting we turned in our transcripts and then went to the student services office so Noe could ask about a scholarship. After that, we had to find our way through a small map and walk across campus to meet with our advisers. Luckily I am very good with maps so I found the shortest route possible.

After meeting with Ann, my adviser, I headed to the first floor to the computer room to wait two hours to finally register on the computer since registration didn’t open until 1 pm. Throughout that time, those of us who got there early planned our schedules and were able to register for our classes 15 minutes before 1 pm. Since we registered early, we were out before 1 pm. I called my mother and she picked me up. Sadly we had to come back to Laredo early because one of my uncle’s from my dad’s side passed away and the funeral was in the evening. We stopped for a quick bit at Luby’s in San Marcos and hauled us back to Laredo.

Even though I really didn’t have  time to do much in Austin this trip, it was somehow surprisingly fun. I am unbelievably excited to attend UT and get my Bachelor’s of Fine Art. Even though all these thing are happening, I still cannot believe that I leaving my hometown and going to an amazing city.

I am excited beyond belief.

Written by Monklin

July 3, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Uh-oh, I’m in Troube!

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I realized that I haven’t been posting due to extreme laziness and that I haven’t been on the computer for days. So here’s a quick update!

I’m going to be Austin-bound for the next three days! UT transfer orientation is Thursday and Friday and I am so unbelievably excited. I’m finally going to officially register for classes.

Two weeks ago I went apartment hunting with my best friend, her mom, and my mom so we found an apartment. All we need to do is send my friend’s mom’s last two check stubs and the apartment is officially ours. Move in date is set for August 1st. It’s sucks that it’s 20ish minutes from UT, but luckily Mopac passes through our area and it can be easily taken to get to UT.

I am so excited that I feel like sparkles are going to shoot out of my body!

Creative Summer 2011 is still going on, but I think I’m not going to be posting about it everyday, but I will keep my timeline up to prove that I am doing something.

Well, that’s all for this quick update.

I’ll be back this weekend to write about the orientation.

Good night, everyone.

🙂

Written by Monklin

June 22, 2011 at 2:10 am

Sketchbook Project 2011 Trip

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Today I realized that I haven’t really written much about my trip to Austin or how the Sketchbook Project exhibition went on any of my blogs or social networking sites.. so I guess here’s my chance!

First of all, I seriously wished all my family (who live with me) and my close friends could’ve gone to go see it, but I do thank them for the support they’ve given me. At least my mother was able to go with me and we had a good time and a good bonding experience. Plus, this was also my first time in Austin, so everything as truly new and exciting.

Oh, and to those of you who do not know what I’m talking about, then I suggest you use this [link] to learn more about this project. And while you’re at it, I suggest you sign up for the Sketchbook Project 2012 [here]. Now on to our story!

Austin is a 4 hour drive from my hometown, so my mother and I got up real early on the day of the event, packed our bags, gassed up, and we were on our way. Since it was my first time going to Austin, I was awake throughout the whole ride over and I was bouncing all over the place. I kept checking Art House Co-op’s twitter feed the whole way over to Austin to see if they had already gotten there and set up. After refreshing several times, they updated their status and said that they were having a delay and it would take about one or two more hours to get set up and open. Since we got to Austin earlier than we thought, my mother and I decided to hit up the capitol and see the teacher’s rally since the exhibit was going to be at the Austin Museum of Art downtown. I’m not exactly sure how many people there were there, but I do know that they came from all over Texas. Students, teachers, and even parents. It was actually a spectacular event to see. (Here’s more information on the teachers rally: [link].)

After exploring the capitol for one to two hours, we finally decided to look for the venue for the exhibit and check if their were anymore updates from Art House. My memory is a little fuzzy right now but it was some time around 2 pm when they were finally up and running. My mother and I parked about three blocks away so I basically made her run all the way. When we got to the venue the line was actually turning the block and I was a bit surprised to see so many people coming to the exhibit. I want to say we were in line for 15 to 30 minutes, but I did not care one bit once we were inside. I’m going to be honest, the room we were in was a little too small and it was a it disorganized, but I could understand since this was their first time touring.

There were basically three lines: one for creating library cards, one for artist sign-in & “mini gift shop”, and one for checking out sketchbooks. I signed in while my mother created her library card and they gave me a sticker that said participating artist. Finally when my mom got her library card, we went to the check-out line and both asked for random sketchbooks. Sadly we could only check out two at a time, but we took a long time to look through each ‘book.

In total we checked out 4 ‘books each, so we both looked at a total of 8. By the time we went through all of them, it was already 5:30 pm and they were going to close at 6 pm. Plus, we also had not eaten all day. We ended up leaving Austin and we stopped in San Marcos to eat at a Texas Roadhouse and went to shop at the outlets.

I can honestly say I had a good time. Everybody was really into the exhibit and I’m glad that there were a lot of people that turned up. Someone named “Christopher B.” even checked out my ‘book while I was there. We talked with a few people and even overheard a few stories by people around us about their sketchbooks. It was great. I know I didn’t write about my sketchbook for this exhibit, but I shall write that for my next blog.

Here are the themes and names of the sketchbooks that my mother and I viewed:

  • (your name here) by: Stephanie Fan
  • (your name here) by: Jean Bookman
  • (your name here) by: Alexandra Ethell
  • (your name here) by: Judy Gilmer
  • A day in the life by: Bagi Suriyakumaran
  • A day in the life by: Lisa Hsia (view full ‘book here)
  • Revenge, by: Matthew Leahy
  • Revenge, by: Melissa Minkowski (view full ‘book here)

While I’m at it, here’s another reminder to sign-up for next years Sketchbook Project [here]. I’m excited to see what the next exhibit holds for us.

Here’s some little extras: two photos provided by Linda of Curious Notions who unknowingly caught two candid pictures of me and my mother. Thank you again for sending me the high-res photos Linda. 🙂

And I also found a TINY slice of me behind the guy with the long hair and green jacket. (Credit to Art House Co-op.)

[Next blog posts.. my sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project 2011 and the Kappa Pi art trip.]