Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Well it was more of exhibit building today. Removing stuff, washing walls, painting, installing trim, and installing one hanging case. We have a long way to go. But right now I'm going to bed.

Monday, July 17, 2006

One Step Closer

Well we got the old exhibit totally un-installed today. We are slowly working on the new exhibit. We are putting down flooring in part of the exhibit and its taking some time to fit the plaxi-glass temporary walls between the permanent walls and then fitting the flooring down and figuring out where they need to be cut.

I also got closer to finishing the "drama" soundtrack that will be an on-demand effect in the exhibit. I got all the voices spliced together over the weekend so I'm splicing in the sound effects. I think I got all the effects in except for the footsteps and scraping chairs. After I get that, all I'll have to do is go back and start paying attention to overall sound quality. Which is the hardest part of audio editing.

Sigh, I'm really tired.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Been Busy

It's been a busy day I got my own podcast produced and published and I'm in the middle of editing stuff for the exhibit soundtrack and writing the show notes for my podcast.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Lots Looming

Well the weekend is half over and I haven't done a third of the work that I need to do and next week is going to be hard at work. I've just been so tired from the past few weeks at work that all I really want to do this weekend is sleep.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Bad News

So I found out today that my accupunturist is MOVING!! Sigh. It was not good news. Luckily, her partner in the clinic here has agreed to take her patients and I have met him a couple of times, and maybe things will work out with him, but I really liked Dr. Parks.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Crunch Time

Well, we are getting near crunch time for the exhibit. Today was a lot more cleaning and choosing artifacts as well as recording some stuff for exhibit atmosphere. I'll be spending most of the weekend doing audio editing.

Also me and some of my belly dance friends got together tonight to practice and brush up on some things. It was so good to get back to that and see these ladies after so long. It's really shown me that I need to take the time to get together more often with these ladies even when we take the summer off. I've missed their companionship and getting to hang out and talk to them about stuff. The night with them really helped me rejuvenate from all the work stress going on.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Long Day

Well, I'm nearly done with the mannequins and tomorrow we go to the Odd Fellows building to get more of the large artifacts/furniture for the exhibit.

On the podcast front I finished one of the three podcasts I'm working on for the museum and I've gotten 3 new listeners to sign up on the frapper map for my podcast and to post comments on the message board so that's been real fun for me.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Exhibit Stuff

Well I'm nearly done with all the mannequins and I'm pretty tired from work today.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Long Day

Well mostly I did a lot of house work today. I nearly got caught up on laundry and the dishes. Then I got a new episode of my podcast recorded, edited, and published. I'm also almost done with a podcast for the museum as well. I'm hoping I can finish it tonight, but I'm not holding my breath about it.

The next few weeks at work are going to be pretty stressful since we are hitting crunch time for the exhibit. And things probably won't calm down until mid to late August. Sigh, maybe I'll be able to take some vacation in September.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Lazy Day

Well, not much happened today. We went and saw A Prairie Home Companion. It was ok, but not as good as the actually radio show. Other than that we've been catching up on tv shows that we've been getting into late. Mostly Gilmore Girls and Battlestar Galactica. I know the two probably can't be further from each other. But that's how our tastes run.

Saturday, July 08, 2006


I had to work today, so it feels like I didn't get much Saturday. Ryan came up to the museum and helped me check the audio setup to record something this week. The quality with the mixer is sooo much better, but it really shows up how bad some of our mics are.

After I got home, we did a little yardwork, which was kind of fun, but now my back is spasming and I'm flat on my back with a heating pad.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Work count

2 out of 7 mannequins are finished
0 out of 7 hat forms are finished
0 out of 3 podcasts are finished

Most of the artifacts that needed to be clean for the exhibit are finished. Now the repair round can start. We've been pretty busy sketching out the look of the exhibit and making elimination decisions on artifacts that we have more than one of (which is pretty much everything).

In my personal life I've been researching article topics for my podcast and writing reviews. I guess I'm busy all around.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Slow Day

It's been a slow day. At work it was just more getting ready for the exhibit. There are times when my job is not all that enjoyable, like when I had to clean the fifty year old crud off the waffle. But then there are other times that my job is really cool. Currently the big projects for me are building seven mannequins, and then recording and editing sound effects such as music and atmospheric dialogue. All of these things are for a new exhibit that we are going to be opening very soon and I have been named co-curator for.

It's a really be responsibility for me and I've been really lucky and enjoying it.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Going to the Movies

Well recently we have gone to the movies a few times. Once to see the Da Vinci Code and once to see X-men. We haven't seen a lot of movies in the theater lately because frankly we haven't thought there were any being released that were worthy enough of our time and money. And that saddens me.

I'm kind of known as the "movie queen" to many of my friends and family. I LOVE movies. I love going to the theater and sitting there waiting for the lights to dim down with my big bowl of popcorn and having that feeling of anticipation at what new world I will soon be introduced to. I firmly believe that movies are magic.

I agree with the movie industry that there is just something really special about seeing a movie in a theater. However, it has to be worth your time and money. Unfortunately, I think the industry is going down hill. The scripts seem to be half-baked and just re-works of previous hits. Look at recent and upcoming movies. There's a ton of sequels (X-men, MI3, Pirates) and a ton of remakes (King Kong, Poseidon Adventure) and a ton of "re-imaging" (Batman, Superman, The Love Bug). Even the new stuff is based on books that have known popularity in the culture (Da Vinci, Chronicles of Narnia, LOTR). Where has the creativity gone?

Lately the movie industry has been attempting to convince people that they really need to come back to theaters in order to see movies the way they were meant to be seen. They are doing this as a way to try to get customer dollars back from rentals, video/dvd sales, pay-per-view, and to fight the growing idea of simulation releases. So they talk about the experience of going to a theater rather than watching stuff on the TV at awards shows and they get entertainment reporters to write columns about it. Fair enough. I go to movies as an escape from my life for a little while. So I understand their point of view even though I don't completely agree with it.

So I went to the theater recently to escape my life for a couple of hours. I wanted to escape the pressures of work, all the chores around the house, and all the freaking commercials on TV. I had my big bowl of popcorn and I was sitting there waiting with anticipation at what new world I will soon be introduced to, waiting for the magic to begin. The lights dimmed and the epitome of irony was revealed to me when instead of previews to up-coming movies there were previews for new shows coming to television. THAT'S RIGHT. I went to the movies and saw freaking TV commercials!

Now, why is it again that people think its ok to watch movies at home on the TV and not in theaters?


So I got a surprise today when a friend that I've known since kindergarten but haven't seen in like over 6 years came into work today. He's in the area for the next 6 weeks because of his job. He came over to the house tonight and we tried to cookout but we got rained out instead.

It was a late night of catching up on all the news about people we went to school with as well as keeping the dog calm from the fireworks. But now its time for bed.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Poor Magaidh

So Magaidh is having a hard time because of the fireworks. I've been trying to get my podcast recorded all day and having technical problems. Right now I'm in the thick of editing so this is a short post.

Sunday, July 02, 2006


Well, its the first day of the blog-a-thon and I'm to freaking tired to write a long post. This weekend has been interesting as we haven't done much but try to figure out some ways to get better audio quality for my podcast. Sadly, I feel we haven't made much progress. Although we can now record more than one person at a time.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Another Blog-a-thon

So Ryan and I have been very lax in our blogging since we ended the first blog-a-thon we were having. So we have decided to start another one. Right now we are planning on writing everyday again. I must confess I'm worried about being able to keep up with that pace, because I'm doing a lot of research and writing for my podcast and I'm doing a lot of audio editing for both my podcast and the museum's podcasts. But I will do my best.

I'm wondering if I should invite my sister to join the blog-a-thon.

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