I got back earlier today from dog-walking, so I'm going to do a proper update!
-- I don't know if I had mentioned it yet on this blog, but, just recently I had had a freelance job (the place in Bethesda that I originally applied to for a posted "assistant" position). It just recently came to a close as well. The freelance work they needed done was mostly a catalogue for their clients they deal with, and were working towards a pretty tight deadline. They told me that the clients, in the end, needed the catalogue delivered to them sooner - so they told me, "we can't afford to do designing anymore, and just need to put the info on the pages, and print it out a.s.a.p.". So my services were not needed after that. They say they may contact me in the future to perhaps revisit the design work for them, but there's no guarantee.
-- My parents are coming to the States again to visit, and this time it's in July, not December! I'm really looking forward to them visiting, and wish they could just move back to the U.S. altogether. They'll be staying for about 2 weeks. I hope that the 4 of us (this is including my younger brother) can get get together again for lunch, but knowing Mike, I'm hoping that my parents will be able to at least locate him and make contact. T__T; It seems that a lot of my family members (relatives mostly) have the "I don't care about keeping in touch with you" gene. Mike seems to have contracted it.
-- I'm deciding to grow my hair out. How long? Until it bugs me, or until it becomes really unmanageable. As far as I know, I've never had my hair longer than about shoulder length. My hair is about that long right now. Why am I doing it? For a change I suppose. I want to see what I'd look like. And also, getting your hair cut costs money. We're cheap these days when it comes to certain things that I wish we could buy. New clothes, better bed sheets, etc....Anyway, my hair isn't the greatest in my opinion because it's thick, frizzy, and wavy. Because of my "fluffy" hair, my MIL started calling me "プードル" (poodle). Takeshi's hair is growing longer too, so much that he can wear a small ponytail too! I know that so far, he's only ever wanted to get his hair cut at that Japanese salon in NYC. But I don't know if we're going to be able to take that trip again any time soon, because of time and money.
-- In my spare time I've been trying to develop/nurture/search for my own style of illustration, since I love doing it besides being a graphic designer. The point at which I first found this style of mine (and liked what I had come up with), was when we were living in Japan. And ever since then, I've wanted that illustrative style to come from my memories of living there. I'm working on a digital piece right now - every picture I illustrate uses one of the thousands of photos I took of Japan, as it's background. I'll upload a screenshot of it here in the near future. :)
-- This Saturday, I'm going to visit a friend I met at college, at her house in Culpeper. I'm going to visit not only her, but her brand new baby son! Wow, how things change. The last I saw her at graduation - and now she's a mum. So that'll be fun to experience a baby! Maybe holding him and such. Just being close to a baby of a person whom I know, is new.
I leave with an old photo of me and tousan! :) TK, him, and I went on a day's trip to Nagoya, I believe...