School

School is hard.

I’m not some teen-aged miscreant saying this. I’m a mature and responsible adult!

Okay, that’s not true. I can barely take care of myself. In fact, some days, I’m not even sure I *am* taking care of myself. (I’m not taking care of myself.) I am an adult, though.

This is all besides the point. School is hard. It’s so very hard. It takes up so much of my time. I’m always worried about it. I’m always thinking about when to fit in the work. It’s an always-encircling specter floating just out of view while still making enough noise to let you know it’s still around.

I’ve been taking classes since 2007. That’s approximately 7 years going by most counts. That’s also a long time to get a degree but, when I started, I wasn’t worried about a degree. I didn’t start taking classes because of some hole in my being that could only be filled by earning a degree a decade in the making. I mean, I certainly started because of a hole in my being but I wasn’t looking for a degree. I was only looking to be better.

The summer of 2004 was not a good summer. It was a very bad summer. I was fired from a job I didn’t like which is, in the grand scheme, a good thing. In the small scheme, though. it wrecked me. I fell apart. Even worse, I had no money. It was hard times. I was never in danger of being homeless. I never went hungry. I had help. Still, things were bad.

In September of 2004, I got a job that I absolutely hated. Not only did I hate it, I was terrified by it. It was for a fraction of the money I previously made and it was doing something, customer service, that I despised. I did it, of course. I was desperate.

I think it was that same desperation which pushed me to start taking college courses a little over two years later. I needed to improve myself. I needed to challenge myself. It didn’t hurt that my job could pay for some of it, and it outright helped I had developed interests I wanted to pursue. Somewhere along the way, I lied to my job and told them I knew how to use Photoshop (I didn’t). Using every online tutorial I could find so I could put together some truly crappy holiday card designs sparked an interest in graphic design. I figured I might as well learn how to do it right, you know?

At first, I only took one or two classes a semester. In 2009, I didn’t even take a single one. See, I was being very casual about it. I wasn’t committing. If you don’t commit, you don’t have to worry about seeing anything through. It’s easy. It’s disposable. It’s all in fun!

One day, I decided to get serious about it. You get to a point where it makes more sense to keep going than it does to back out. In the last year-and-a-half, I’ve taken 16 classes, getting 13 A’s and one B (with two classes still ongoing). That’s not bad.

Earlier today, I found out I got one of those A’s in a class I had no business getting an A in. I pulled it out somehow. Well, I know how. I spent too many nights staying up way too late.

Now, I didn’t write all this up to pat myself on the back. I wrote it all up because… school is hard. It is not easy. It takes up so much of my time. I miss not worrying about it. I wish I could quit. I wish I could stop.

But I can’t. And I won’t. I’m about a year from being finished and I’m certainly not turning back now.

Finding out I got that A earlier today made my day. It made me feel like a champion. Like I actually accomplished something. Like I actually overcame something. We should all have moments like that.

Like I said, school is hard and, some days, I need it to be.

stand-up-comic-gifs:

Kumail Nanjiani

I love Kumail Nanjiani.

milkbarista:

PLAYOFFS

I’m so pumped aahhh!!! my heart’s in Chicago, but I’m rooting for the Thunder.

which team do you want to win? who are your favorite players?

I have projects I need to work on but I just wanna draw everything basketball. 

I am all about the Wizards! I hope they soundly defeat your Chicago Bulls.

First playoffs in years. I just hope they get out of the first round!

bigplanetcomics:

The super nice, super talented, super dapper Chris Visions is signing at Big Planet Vienna right now.  He’ll be here until 2, at which point he’ll be moving on to Big Planet Comics in College Park from 4 - 6 pm!

He brought some really awesome stuff with him, y’all, don’t miss it!

I had a great time meeting Chris at the College Park store! His prints were ridiculously nice!

twentypercentcooler:

This is the most important video on YouTube.

Steve Austin’s live commercial reads on his podcast are at least as interesting as the rest of his show. They are amazing.

That’s o-n-n-i-t dot com slash Steve.

heinekenrana:

wrestlepassion:

The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels II
"Running Up That Hill"

If there’s one thing that I can definitively say the second HBK/Taker match did, it was produce a superior video package for the match.

Dare I say it, I feel this is the best video package WWE has ever produced. I’d put it against My Way any day.

This is one of my very favorite promo packages.

One of the very best promo videos they’ve ever done.

I’m so excited for Wrestlemania!

louisroskosch:

ere’s something i did recently for a project called the war to settle the score. about wrestlers. although i would of rather drawn iron shiek, haku was still a cool second choice. he has a reputation behind the scenes as being one of the most legit tough guys in the business. even when he was 14 he was known as the toughest guy on the island where he is from. there are a lot of storys of him getting into bar fights and just laying waste to everyone, ripping off noses, ears, eyes, ripping jaws out with his bare hands. ect.this guy was not to be messed with..

This is so cool!

louisroskosch:

ere’s something i did recently for a project called the war to settle the score. about wrestlers. although i would of rather drawn iron shiek, haku was still a cool second choice. he has a reputation behind the scenes as being one of the most legit tough guys in the business. even when he was 14 he was known as the toughest guy on the island where he is from. there are a lot of storys of him getting into bar fights and just laying waste to everyone, ripping off noses, ears, eyes, ripping jaws out with his bare hands. ect.
this guy was not to be messed with..

This is so cool!

comicsgirl:

mdt:

That day your boss shows up with several pounds of freshly linked sausage in a brown paper bag with your name on it. I’m comfortable calling it a promotion.

I think that’s a sign it’s nearly time for Meatfest/Housewarming Party/etc. celebration.

Meat, Damn Time for

comicsgirl:

mdt:

That day your boss shows up with several pounds of freshly linked sausage in a brown paper bag with your name on it. I’m comfortable calling it a promotion.

I think that’s a sign it’s nearly time for Meatfest/Housewarming Party/etc. celebration.

Meat, Damn Time for

opticallyaroused:

A Quartet of Critically Endangered Egyptian Tortoises

They’re going way too realistic with the Ninja Turtles movie.

(Source: zooborns.com)

shitloadsofwrestling:

JBL’s assessment of Mike Adamle couldn’t possibly be more spot on.

This episode of Countdown is one of my favorite things on the WWE Network so far. It was hilarious!

(Source: theauthoritymadeyou)

heyraehey:

Well this was probably the best because everyone kept it real on a whole new level. Except for Teddy. Which is I think where we’ll begin.

Teddy grounding Maddie from Rayna and Deacon’s show?
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Yo. Back up. And pipe the fuck down. No one even likes you.

Luke’s son!
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I can only hope that…

I don’t even watch Nashville and I love these recaps.

There was an attempt on his life, but can we get one right in his smug little face?”

attempted murder < face punch

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