The Very Brink of Insanity

Graduate school. What a hilarious idea. How about I push myself to the very brink of insanity for five straight years, graduate, and then, instead of reclaiming my social life, enjoying my paycheck and pursuing other hobbies that have been on the back burner for years, I just jump right back in and tackle even harder material!?

Why?? Why would anyone do that!?

I hate posting something with no pictures, so I thought you might enjoy a forlorn kitten...

I hate posting something with no pictures, so I thought you might enjoy a forlorn kitten…

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Down the Rabbit Hole of “What If”

I mentioned in this post that I don’t regret earning my art degree. And I don’t. But as a soon-to-be 32-year-old halfway through an almost six-year-long part-time engineering program, it’s fair to say that I sometimes wonder what my life would have been like if I’d just done this the first time around, when I was 20, with all my we’re-in-this-together 20-year-old classmates.* Would I be an engineer right now? Would I like it? Would I be cooking in my dream kitchen? Would I be living somewhere more exciting? Would I be happier?

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What We Should Be Doing

So I watched a talk by Aaron Draplin today at work. It was part of the 2012 Brand New Conference, which is held in New York City once a year and is hosted by Armin Vit and Bryony Gomez-Palacio, the fine folks who run Brand New, a logo and branding blog known throughout the design community for it’s insightful critique of new logos and the resulting…let’s call it “lively”…comments section. While my colleagues and I are not able to travel to NYC to attend the day-long conference, videos of each speaker are made available and we usually purchase the video package and watch a video here and there throughout the year.

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