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Somewhere That's Green! - Jessie T. Wolf
April 7th, 2007
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Somewhere That's Green!
Time for an update!!!

So, I have been living here in BC for a little over a month now, and it is absolutely wonderful! X-D It is SUCH a huge change from living in the city of Toronto, I love it. Big mountains, lots of woods, clean air, friendly people. Last month we were staying in a temporary apartment, because the house wasn’t ready yet. Even for an apartment, the last place was very nice.

The new house that we’re currently renting (the green one, pics posted in an earlier post) is a lot nicer, and it’s located between a little cull-de-sac up at the very top of a hill. The houses in this area are beautiful, and you can tell that a lot of time and love went into their designs. Though as nice as this area is, Tim still can’t wait until we have enough money to buy our own place in the middle of the woods, as he loved the type of isolated life that he once lived, when he was in Alaska. Also, we were here for barely a week, and already Jehovah’s Witnesses were banging on our door (I need to get a new “Beware Of Dog!” sign).

I am really digging the nature out here, even though there has been a bear warning around this area. Tim and I took a walk along a trail a few weeks back, and we saw a coyote up the path ahead of us! It was neat! Though he got a bit startled and ran off into the woods. The next night I could hear a ‘yote howling, and it sounded like it was practically right outside of the apartment!

Squamish is actually a pretty small town – you can drive through it in about ten minutes. There are a few plaza type areas where you can go grocery shopping, and there is a post office, and a few banks, (but no CIBC anywhere nearby, so I am thinking of getting a TD Bank account) like ONE pet store, a Home Depot/Garden Center, a Wal-Mart, and a few other stores – like I said, really small. I had an informal interview at the pet shop in town, but turned the job down after some thought, since Tim will need me to start re-learning Lightwave, so that I can help him with production.

notasiwas_blue, if you still keep up with my LJ, I can give you the info for O’Brien’s Pets if you’d like to apply for the job, if you still want to move here. It’s only part-time for now, but they are looking for someone to hire a bit more full-time in the summer time, and the job starts at $10/hr. The owner of the place also says that there is a big demand for groomers, and apparently there is only one grooming place in Squamish.

So I’ve been having a great time just kicking back, and enjoying the new space. I’m also becoming all domesticated and stuff. ;) I’ve been playing the role of Housewife, cooking and cleaning, and doing busywork.

I find I REALLY enjoy cooking!! Back in Toronto I was lazy as hell, and using the microwave was about as close to cooking as I came. Now, I’ve been having fun looking up recipes, or whipping stuff up from scratch. Some of the best dishes I’ve ever made here, so far, have been things like Sheppard’s Pie, (accidentally made it with creamed corn, but it still turned out okay!) pork chops with baked potatoes and applesauce, beef stew, and green bean casserole with ground beef.

It is so nice to cook, especially when you can share it with someone. Tomorrow we are having scribble_fox and his mate over for fun activities, and both Tim and I will be doing much cooking. Yes. :) I have planned grilled chicken and steamed veggies with Jasmine rice, and Tim is going to make his famous lasagna (vegetarian style). Tonight I am going to cook hamburgers. Nothing fancy, but they’re tasty. :)

We just got in about an hour ago from grocery shopping, and picking up our mail at the post office box. Even on the drive back home I saw things that I normally wouldn’t see in Toronto. We saw a couple riding on horses along the quiet road near our little cul-de-sac, totally English saddle style! It was so weird to see someone, who is not a police officer, riding a horse along the street. We also saw what looked to be a wolf-dog hybrid walking around by itself, which made me kind of angry that it’s owner was nowhere in sight. Beautiful dog, but so dangerous having a dog walking around by itself. Tim was very nice, and warned the people on horseback about it.

I am going to get a Photobucket account, methinks, so that I can post up pics of this place soon. And commissions have once again been put on hold for a little bit, but I hope to have everything done in time for Anthrocon. Just haven’t had a whole lot of time for artwork lately.

Will try to update again soon!

Current Mood: sleepysleepy

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From:jaxxblackfox
Date:April 8th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
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;_______;

I wish I could move there... I miss the small-town life so much. Seeing people on horses happened to me a few times when I was in Salmo. It totally took me aback. lol

I'm glad to hear things are going well for you though. I WANNA SEE PICTURES!
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From:wlfdog
Date:April 9th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
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I just sent your brother some links to jobbage ops here in the Vancouver/Burnaby area. He should seriously look into it!! EA gaming stuff... I know he's not got years of professional experience or anything, but everyone's gotta start somewhere! If he is willing to expand his options, he could learn how to do a lot of really cool stuff, with the skills he already has!

Also, Tim has offered to help train him in Digital Fusion, if he is interested. Could get him a rather high-paying job. Compositors are in HIGH demand, and if he has any Photoshop knowledge (mostly layers stuff, and I'm sure you could help teach him) then learning Digital Fusion would be a breeze. It's not exactly "Gaming" stuff... more like movie and graphics editing... but if he gets "in" somewhere in the industry, that could lead to better things!

Seriously, you BOTH have a lot of talent. If you want to learn this stuff, let me know. It's gotta be genuine though. If I can help you two get better, higher paying jobs, (plus get you out here where it is Teh Awesomeness!) I will do my best!

Also, if you're not 100% sure what it is you want to do in life, I highly recommend getting this book:

http://www.amazon.ca/Artists-Way-Spiritual-Higher-Creativity/dp/0874776945

You and Cent can both go through the chapters together. It will help you both a lot! I can't buy it for you though... not allowed to be a gift. You have to buy it for yourself. It's the rules. ;) GET IT!!! I command thee!!! You'll be glad you did. *hugs*
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From:chibiabos
Date:April 8th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)
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So glad you two are happy and well. :)

I hope you are able to get caught up on commishes. Like I think I mentioned before, maybe you should consider raising your rates if you ever manage to get caught up with your backlog ... I know, it can be ickily and seem un-fur-iendly, but there's only one of you (unless you find some sekrit kloning lab ... :P) and so much demand in the fandom for your artisanry. :) You might be able to do it in lieu of a job. A local artist friend of mine, Rob Carlos, makes a living just doing his art from a combination of commissions, giving art lessons and selling prints in his shop ... he doesn't have another paying job. Its just a thought, its up to you.

As always, pleasant journeys to you and Tim! :)
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From:wlfdog
Date:April 9th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for the well-wishes! As for commissions... honestly, the plan is to eventually widdle them all down, so that I don't have to do them anymore. O__o I am so sick of commissions. I just want to concentrate on re-learning Lightwave animation, and modeling, and doing my OWN artwork again. I dun wanna work for other people anymore! *cries!*
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From:chibiabos
Date:April 11th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
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Ah. Aside from Tim you mean, I hope! teehee.

Unfortunately munny makes the world go 'round and thus I be mowin' lawns. (through a professional company)

I would love to see your own dreams brought to digital life through Lightwave following Tim's lead. I certainly have dreams wanting out, but its a relentless struggle for me just to get the few thousand dollars' worth of hardware and software.
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From:centrifuge_xeno
Date:April 8th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
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I miss you D :
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From:wlfdog
Date:April 9th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
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I miss you too!! *hugs*

Dammit, we need to get you and Tina out here! Seriously! I know that you are wary of leaving Toronto, but dude, you have SO much potential in you, and could easily find a better "gaming" and media job that is not Blockbuster. In checking out EA's website, I've seen over 50 different job positions posted in Vancouver and Burnaby alone! Go look here, and click in the lower left-hand corner, which says Burnaby, BC and Vancouver, BC:

http://jobs.ea.com/pljb/ElectronicArts/Canada/applicant/index.jsp

I'm sure that you could do a few of those positions at least! You may not have years of experience, but everyone's gotta start somewhere, right? ;) Check it out, really. You'll never know if you can expand unless you try.

Also, my Tim was telling me that there is a huge demand for Compositors and people who know Digital Fusion:

http://www.kurvstudios.com/digital_fusion/

Tim's done work with Kurv Studios, and he’s willing to help you out, in training for Digital Fusion, if you have any interest in getting a high paying job. But it would have to be a serious decision, and you'd have to follow through (Tim's willing to try and help you guys out, but after his experience with Rap, he's got to know if you seriously want the help or not).

Let me know if you are interested - send me an e-mail: Wlfdog @ hotmail.com

Both you and Tina have so much potential; it would be my pleasure to help the BOTH of you out. You guys could be making a lot of money, with the awesome skillz that you have. If I can help you both find better jobs, and get out of your barely living from bill to bill situation, I will do whatever I can, but only if you want something better, and are willing to work to get there. Don’t just settle for what you already have - you can do much greater things! :)
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From:gizmo_nine
Date:April 8th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
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I think a photobucket account and pictures would be a great idea.
the best part of photobucket is... its free. and in the time it took you to think about getting an account... you could have already made one.

do eet!.. the lesser known cat-god of chaos and cuteness demands it!
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From:wlfdog
Date:April 9th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
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I will, I will! It's better than using all of Tim's webspace anyway. :-P
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From:iguanaartgirl
Date:April 9th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
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My boyfriend once made the mistake of answerng the door for Jahova's Witnesses. But being the quick witted fellow he is, he simply responds "Oh no thank you, I have found Jesus in my life and I am very happy and fulfilled... but my neighbors upstairs I'm SURE would love some literature!" He even rang the doorbell for them before retreating back to our appartment.
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From:wlfdog
Date:April 9th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
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*LOL* That is the best. ;) When I was living back at home with my mom, usually the sound of all of the dogs barking was enough to keep eveyone away from our door. :-P

In all honesty, I dig Jesus. He is totally groovy. But I hate it when nutballs are so persistant in bugging people at their own homes, to "spread His love" because goodness knows that we are too stupid to go and find Jesus in our life WITHOUT their help. O__o
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