While I still feel the crushing weight of the many responsibilities floating over my head, today has been one of those days where I am able to come up for a breath of fresh air and feel okay about where I am. Even though I'm still struggling to get out of these rough waters, I'm very much alive and am making my way toward solid ground as quickly as possible!
I'm back in Dallas for a couple of weeks, hanging out at home until my youngest brother, Derek, heads off to his first year of college. Mel is heading down this weekend and I know Derek will appreciate having everyone here together, just like the good 'ol times! I'm very excited for him and proud of the path he has chosen. That being said, he's not gone yet, so for now it's just like the good 'ol times, one more time!
The Summer of Weddings has come to a bittersweet close. Tony & Sarah's wedding marked the end of this season and what a way to wrap things up! Although neither Mel nor myself caught any bouquets or garters the wedding will definitely be a memorable one for all of the fun, dancing, food and friends! Congratulations to the new bride and groom!
I don't usually do a strip on Saturdays (And by "usually" I am referring to the periodic norm established in the last 3 weeks or so that I have been posting my comics) but Mel is updating her own blog at the moment and I really didn't have anything else going on so...here's a Saturday freebie!
A farewell tribute to the wacktastic adventures of Mr. & Bud! (Although, I'm sure that they will be making many more guest appearances in the future!)
I'm trying to figure out whether I've been to more friends' weddings or screenings of the new Harry Potter movie, this summer. Both figures are so high up there that I'm having some trouble doing the math in my head...
My interview yesterday went very well. The entire process lasted FOUR hours long from beginning to end! The job is not a perfect match given my skill set but I pitched my story to the best of my ability so I can't feel bad even if I don't get hired.
Our friend Rachel leaves for Lubbock tomorrow so we are spending this evening hanging out with her. While she will be missed I have a sneaking suspicion that Mel and I may start making trips to the panhandle now that we have a reason to visit!
Is it pure coincidence that in the same week which I feature Mr. & Bud in my comic that both of them will actually be in Austin this coming weekend? Granted, Buddy lives in Austin but still...Mr. is driving in from Dallas so the Wacktastic duo will be back together at last! Could it be that everything I draw becomes reality?
Since I've been doing this strip for so long now (nearly 2 weeks!) I decided that it was about time to introduce some new blood to the comic lineup in order to keep things fresh. For the next few days, the comic duo of Mr. & Bud will be visiting the regular cast in what is sure to be a week filled with lots of zany misadventures and tons of laughs! Stay tuned!
I'm still a bit tired from the midnight screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows last night but it was well worth it! It's been a lot of fun to attend HP book/movie premieres with all the Potter-heads over the past few years and it's definitely something I'm going to miss but after having seen the movie last night I can at least feel very satisfied about how well it all ended.
Hard to believe that in 24 hours I will be sitting in my seat to watch the final installment of the Harry Potter saga! Notice how I properly used the word "saga", there? Take note, Summit Studios. The "Twilight" movies are not a "saga"; they are boring films with painfully bad acting and Cedric Diggory. I found this quote and really like it:
"Harry Potter is all about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend."
Pretty spot on!
But enough Twilight bashing, let's get back to Harry. Nearly every review I've read says the movie is phenomenal but also warns viewers to be sure to bring plenty of tissues. I'm probs going to cry, or worse, ugly cry, as Johnny and Mel say.
Speaking of Johnny, this guy has VERY high expectations for the movie; demands really. He seems to want a lot of the characters to die, if I understand him right, thinking that this would be more true to life and less like a feel good fairy tale or something. Having never read the books, he is definitely in for lots of surprises and I'm 99% certain he's going to be more than satisfied with JK's finale.
Harry Potter. The boy who lived. (Cue Hedwig's Theme)
While I'm still technically unemployed, I have some work to do this week which doesn't involve submitting my resume and filling out the same stupid application questions!!! That being said, I really need to buckle down and get to it so that's all for today!
I had a better time this past weekend than I thought I was going to, given Mel's absence. Johnny and I did a number of things, including finally seeing a performance of Son De Rey! We also floated the river with our still relatively new friends, Trevin and Abby, which was fun and relaxing (minus the nasty feet...). I saw both of my brothers DT on Saturday night. I hadn't gotten a chance to hang out with them in a setting like that since Cabo a few years back so it was especially enjoyable. Yesterday, I decided to take it easy, as I was worn out from the previous days' activities, and then finally, late in the evening/morning, Mel arrived back home!
Mel catches a plane for Vegas this afternoon for a weekend of fun in Sin City with some of her girlfriends. While she has admitted that they will probably not gamble much, if at all, we have both fantasized about how awesome it would be if she were to actually win a big cash prize. Like, even a measly $100K. I'm not greedy...
HUZZAH!!! I have drawn this comic for 1 week now! No plans to slow down; it's fun and takes less than 20 minutes for each one. Also, inspiration comes easy when you live with the 2 people I do! Mel inspired todays comic...enjoy!
This past weekend, we were over at Mike Nesbitt's house and Starship Troopers was on TV. Mel's cousin Jon, Johnny, and myself were raving about how it is one of the greatest movies EVER! Seriously, this movie inspired my brothers and I to play "plastic green army men vs. Duplo bugs" for weeks! I mean, the movie has guys going off to war IN SPACE, crazy alien monsters, coed shower scenes and (dramatic action sequences aside) even has plenty of laughs to boot!
Anyway, Mel didn't seem to share our opinion. I don't think she's ever sat down and watched the movie from beginning to end, though. We'll have to have a movie night soon...
I'm back in Austin after a very fun weekend in Houston spent chilling at Lake Conroe (my hat is off to Buddy's dad, the Arch Duke of Lake Conroe, Esq.), celebrating graduations and birthdays, and of course watching fireworks! There was a fireworks ban across Texas this year so unfortunately we weren't able to purchase any Black Mambas but luckily Chi Thu got us onto the roof of her office's parking garage and we were able to enjoy several, professional firework displays in Houston and the surrounding areas from there.
Two friends of Mel and mine (Diana and Steven) are getting hitched today. I say friends...I've only really hung out with the couple 2 or 3 times but they're the type of people that are so easy going that you naturally just "click" as friends.
This wedding will mark the end of a 3-weekends-straight wedding marathon for Mel and I. We still have 1 more wedding coming up this summer, which I am now officially calling the Summer of Weddings (AKA, the Summer of Pham). Mel and I are definitely "wedding people" now; we've got it down! Mel especially, being 3 for 5 on bouquet tosses while I'm a measly 0 for 5 on the garter toss. Although, I have a good feeling about tonight...
Anyway, this one goes out to Diana and Steven! Happy wedding y'all!