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09 November 2011 @ 07:30 pm
One year of bass playing  
I found another female pumpkin flower this morning and polinated it. This is so exciting. So far there are four pumpkins growing that have taken. I've been watering them more and I added fertilizer a few days ago.

I made very good progress on my drawing today. I got the background drawn. It was funny because I remembered that there's a great brush that I've only ever seen in photoshop 5. I dug through all the back up CD's looking for it. I hate doing that because it's always in the last place you look and I had to take everything out of the closet. But I couldn't put it on my computer because it's so old Windows 7 couldn't install it. So I installed it on Chris's computer. I hooked up my tablet to his but since there were no drivers there was no pressure sensitivity. Not that it would have any in Photoshop 5 anyway. That things is from 1998 and ancient. But that's what I started on and it was nice to see that familiar program again. I'd forgotten some of the stuff on it. Well I got the background drawn and it was pretty nice. It's so funny that this new awesome drawing I'm working on with CS4 that I'm going back to old programs like 7 and 5 to create certain effects. So I emailed the pic to myself and set it in as a layer. It looks good. I may mess with changing the hues on it or make it all one color. Don't know yet. One thing I found while work on this is that I need to have my room dark. This is a dark drawing and being in a bright room makes it very difficult to see.

Well I got more details done on Sorath. He's almost done. I've started to add the white highlights to Thagirion that makes him look like oil. Now he's starting to look frightning. I love it. But I had to get away after a few hours and was done with it. I think another day or two and I should be done with this. I can't wait.

So to break the monoteny I got on Initiation Station. I created Cope this time using the Spanish guy. I wasn't sure what to think at first but now I like him and think he's better than the black guy. This might be the Cope I use in the game. I'm still going to try and make him out of the Asian guy just in case. Then perhaps I'll do a comparison of all four for you guys to see. I also made Destina again using the Spanish girl. A HUGE improvement. In fact I love her. I'm not going to bother with the others. I think this is her look if I were to use her in this game. But I'm just glad I'll be able to play as Cope finally.

Since Friday is a holiday Chris gets paid tomorrow. This is great. We're looking forward to the midnight relase of Skyrim tomorrow. You can get your tickets to be called as early as 8pm so we'll do that too. Then Friday we have the day off because we're going to Alex's wedding. I can give him his gift and his late birthday gift too. I'm so bad.

I was going throug the archives because I knew I'd gotten my bass in November and wanted to know when he'd be a year old. Turns out it's today. Nov 9th. I couldn't believe it. I've been playing bass for a year now. Not every day and I took a few months off so I'm not as good as I could be, but then again I'm also made remarkable progress considering I've never played before and I'm self taught. But here's the amazing thing. We got a new guitar today and it didn't cost us a thing.

What happend was Chris's boss bought a storage cell. They have those places you can rent to store your stuff if you're moving or you don't have room. Well someone didn't pay their rent and lost all their stuff. Chris boss bought this one and got everything that was in it. One of the things in it was a guitar in a case. So he gave it to Chris. That's so cool. It's a black acoustic steel string. On the phone I told him that could be mine since he has two acoustics already. But when he took it out and showed it to me I'm not so sure. It's so fat it's too big for me I think. I've played his classical and like that better and it's not so huge as this thing is. Here's a pic.

I just can't believe we got another guitar on Bad Boy's birthday. So they sorta both have the same birthday. That's really cool and like it was meant to be. Don't now if we'll keep it or not. It's in decent shape. Needs new strings and to be cleaned. It does have damage. The top part is all scratched up and the back sort of is too. I'm thinking of replacing the tunning pegs with nicer ones. I already found some on Ebay that could work. Too bad it's too big for me. But that's ok. One day I'd like my own classical but it's not a priority. But we're running out of room. Too many guitar cases in the game room. ARG! And I still need to get a case for Event Horizon. Anyway more pics behind the cut.

Here's the case it came in. Uuuu-gly. Those stickers have to go. That's going to be hard to peel those off and get the glue off.

I had the budgies out today. Peep and Protist are molting and look terrible. I wanted to get a pic of Peep because his feathers look like Bart Simpson hair. Here he is on the play gym. You can see Protist still in the cage. She rarely comes out because she's old.

I like how he finally peeked to look.

Here he is with Seep Seep the Gouldian Finch. You can really see Peep's Bart "hair". That has to hurt.

Protist isn't much better. She's been ornery to everyone.

Isn't this a cute tiny Christmas tree? I bought it for our trip. Since we'll be in the Bahamas for Christmas I don't want to miss the special day. I want our own tree in our room even if it's a tiny 9 inch one. And we can open tiny presents too that will easily fit in our bags. It will be fun and different.

So that's about it. It's been a good day.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
rhodielady_47 on November 10th, 2011 07:39 am (UTC)
I never thought of it before but you're right. Molting has to be a very uncomfortable process. I imagine it must itch like the devil. Poor Protist looks absolutely miserable in the picture.
How long does the molting process usually take to run its course?
Desthagirion on November 10th, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
A lot of my birds are molting. My chickens too. Poor Henrietta looks horrible. It takes a few weeks for the feathers to grow in.
rhodielady_47 on November 10th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
Makes me glad humans shed skin cells and hair continually rather than molt once a year.
I can well imagine how badly I'd hate having to do it once a year!
Des: Cope Umm No!thagirion on November 11th, 2011 12:31 am (UTC)
I wouldn't. Always hairs and dust everywhere. Get it over with in one pop. Birds are way more advanced than mammals in so many ways.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Budgiesilvolf on November 10th, 2011 09:51 am (UTC)
Glad the art is going well! I love when pictures come together as you're colouring them!
That's a nice guitar too. You're right about the stickers though, blegh. I love shiny stickers but I don't have any band stickers or anything on things. And my guitar cases have none on them.
The new feathers coming through look uncomfortable. I bet they're prickly!
Will it be sunny in the Bahamas for Christmas? I've always wanted to visit Australia in the festive season and see what it's like to spend the day on the beach.
Des: Tropical Christmasthagirion on November 10th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah when I started it didn't look so good. I'm glad it's finally looking like something.
Yeah it's not so bad. I like that it's black. It needs a little love to fix it up. Yeah I need to clean the case too.

Yeah, they're also blood feathers so it takes a lot of energy for them to make new feathers. I spray them with warm water to help break up the sheaths. They are prickly like straws.

Yes, the Bahamas are south east of Florida. They are tropical year round. I spent Christmas in El Salvador a few times and love tropical Christmases.
kabuldurkabuldur on November 10th, 2011 10:54 am (UTC)
That's a nice guitar but yeah, it would be too big for me, too. I think it would look better with new tuning pegs. Wow, a year on bass already. You have progressed so much!

That Gouldian Finch is really pretty. Your poor budgies, moulting.

It's a pity they don't keep all the features of old programs and just add to that. *Sigh* But you are a smart human, and found ways around it.
Des: Bass Schecterthagirion on November 10th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
I can reach the notes well but the body is too fat and I have a hard time reaching the strings with the right hand. Yeah, I might get some black or silver ones. Not sure yet. I can't believe it's been a year. It doesn't seem like it.

Yeah Seep Seep is so pretty. Everyone's molting right now.

I know. They really shouldn't change stuff that works. Thanks. I always try to find ways around stuff and usually do.
actipton80actipton80 on November 10th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
Poor little molting birdies. Protist looks awful. She's all scruffy which is how Rudy looks all the time. I just want to grab her and scratch all the itchy sheaths off of her head. I did that to Nigel this past summer when his just wouldn't flake off after the feathers were done growing.

Seep Seep is so cute. I like the little Christmas tree too. If I get a chance to get to Hobby Lobby, I may get some turquoise tinsel to send you for your white tree, that is if you put it up. They also had dark pink tinsel too. And purple.
Des: Christmas Palm Treethagirion on November 11th, 2011 12:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm going to grab them even though they'll scream and bite me for it and undo the sheaths. It will help some. At least I can preen Randy without a fuss. He's molting too. There are feathers everywhere. Yeah sometimes the sheaths won't come off for some reason.

Seep Seep is adorable. He's not as friendly as when he was a baby but still great for a finch. Thanks, I like this little tree a lot. I'd like that. I'm still going to put up the big tree here and leave it up through new year's.
actipton80actipton80 on November 11th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
Nigel didn't bite, but by his screaming you would have thought I was trying to kill him.

I don't know if or when I can get to Hobby Lobby, but I've never seen turquoise or pink tinsel anywhere else. I think either one of those colors would match the ornaments you got for your tree last year. I may dig up the pictures of it to look at them.
Des: Christmas Tree Bluethagirion on November 11th, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
It's ok. No rush and no obligation. Yeah I think it would match what we have. I think my tree pictures are under the general catogory of "Christmas".
Cheezey: Cookiecheezey on November 10th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
Aw, those bird pictures are so cute! Seep Seep is beautiful. I love the coloring on those birds.

Molting looks so bad on the poor birds, though. Cookie is finally growing in a new tail. He loses his tail feathers in the fall and looks so ridiculous for a couple of months. I love my roosters' plumage so I hate to see them lose it, even temporarily.

Congrats on the guitar. I didn't know that about the storage places, that you lose your stuff if you don't pay. Guess that guy learned his lesson the hard way, but at least you guys made out well for it!

Des: Henriettathagirion on November 11th, 2011 12:37 am (UTC)
Thanks. Yeah he has very nice colors. Gouldians are like little rainbows.

Yeah if they get a heavy molt they look terrible. Henritta's tail is starting to come in. Her neck looked gross all bald and then all full of pin and blood feathers. You can see the difference in her old and new feathers. Her new ones are dark red and the old ones are faded. Yeah it's too bad they have to mold and feathers don't last forever.

That was so lucky. Yeah sucks for the original owner but his loss (who ever he was) is our gain.