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December 15th, 2013

01:25 pm: semi annual update. Life is getting better
3 days into my new meds. It's not bad. I'm not going to lie, I haven't had a better self image of myself ever. Side effects are minor but present. I have some dizziness, a much smaller appetite, and my heart feels like it is having a work out. My resting heart rate isn't any faster, I just seem to be more aware of it. Weird.

Reasons for change. I have been on Lamictal and Mirtazipine for a long time. And over the last year and a half or so I have been more and more depressed and more often. I'm bipolar so mood swings aren't unusual, but it has been abnormal to be down this much and as low. The only art I have made has been commissioned work. I haven't made any new paintings for me in years. I would come home from parties and just want to cry, for no reason other than my emotions were rioting to tears.

I haven't been happy with my psychiatrist, he had been consistently late, and since my insurance changed he has been completely unaffordable. And his sliding scale wasn't cutting it anymore. So I switched.

The plan. Get off mirtazipine and on pristiq. It is different. Exciting, motivating, and so far worth the very minor annoyance of the side effects. My hope is that they will pass or I will get used to it. Now to eat smaller meals and more often

November 25th, 2012

02:03 pm: Deals and a FREE PENDANT available at my etsy store
For those not following me at my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/herpaintology

Come to my etsy shop for your holiday shopping. I am having a HUGE blowout to clear out old stock so I can create new designs and stay cutting edge as other competitors enter the market. So enter this coupon at check out HOLIDAY2012

You will save 15% off your order!!! Special bonus to the first 3 shoppers will have their shipping costs refunded for free shipping too!! Come in early to get the best deals and the best choices: http://www.etsy.com/shop/herpaintology

Coupon is only good for the first 20 shoppers and then this post will be deleted.

Let's sweeten the deal. First person to purchase from my shop gets a free carpet python pendant.

I will not be touring ANYWHERE till Anthrocon in July. All my pendants and earrings available after MFF was over is on my etsy now!

May 29th, 2012

09:38 pm: Yippy Ki YEAH I'm engaged!!
Ok, a lot of you follow my fiance Drone_Dragon and have found out through him.

So, he proposed in the most gorgeous way possible on a beach in Chicago, after a horse and carriage ride.

So here is where we are in planning, yep the Sssage is such a planner... just not the best at execution of the plan. But we have located 6 possible locations to hold the reception, now we have to call and schedule a tour and get some information.

So updates to follow when we know the where, followed by the when. AHHHHHHHHhh I'm getting married this is so surreal to the extent that I don't know how I'm going to fit everything in over the next year. YIKES!

Wish us luck, this will be the most expensive and difficult to plan party ever. Anyone know a wedding planner in the Chicagoland area?

Current Mood: chipperchipper

January 30th, 2012

10:54 pm: Today is my Birthday!
And also my Dad's and for the first time and only time likely, he is exactly twice as old as I am. 2012 is the end of the world as we know it, too many nifty math things happening today.

Anywho. I am closer to 30 than I am 20 now. I've been told this can be a tough birthday for that reason. But well I don't know, it doesn't feel too different from last year. I still live with my folks, but I do have a better job... well actually last year I lost my job right before my birthday... Anywho I am 26 years old. Happy Hatching Day to me. It was neat one of my reptile (not dragon) friends wished me a happy hatching day. Doesn't know anything about the dragon part of my life, but it was fun to see that post on my facebook :)

So yes, my goal for my new year:
*Settle past business and call back someone that hurt me and has contacted me to well I don't know what else but to salvage that wedding fiasco from 4 years ago.
*Work out more regularly and try to keep off the 10lbs that keep creeping back on me
*Get a newer smart phone than my IPhone 3G
*Actually update my portfolio with at least 1 new painting
*Find a better way to store and organize things in my room

I think that's a big enough list for now. Catch you all later ^=^

November 17th, 2011

My name is SSSAGE!!! I like drawing things! Especially lizards and those lizard-things that look like ropes! I'm green and I have tentacles that are ALL crooked and stuff. And oh my GAWD did you see the SIZE of that ropething it was all crawling around but it doesn't have legs and it was all colorful and stuff....


I don't write on LJ anymore because I'm a dork.
My life's goal is to be an eternal servant to my boyfriend, Shadowlight. Who is awesome in every way and is cooler than the fonzie. I'm totally going to propose to him this December in front of my WHOOOOOLE FAMILY! It's going to be bonkers! (Precisely sixteen unexpecting onlookers.)

Oh and Leia is like totallllllly fab! She can color and shit. It's cool.

I'm going to MFF to sell my paper things. YAY! I HAVE TO MANY SSSS'S IN MY NAME!

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Current Mood: highHigh!
Current Music: Raining Blood by SLAYER!
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May 3rd, 2011

05:15 pm: Facing some real decisions
So yeah, it's been too long since I made a normal post, and well this is a bit more private than FA because I really want to get this off my chest.

Right now I am unemployed. I got screwed over at my last job and now I don't have a reference. This has made job hunting difficult but not impossible. Right now I'm playing phone tag with 3 recruiters and I am hoping something comes out of them this time. I've grown used to getting a call about a position, having a chat with the recruiter, then never hearing back about a decision. But this is the first time I've had 3 people from different companies and one of them out of state trying to talk to me.

The first I finally did get in touch with. It's a position that is just a short drive away, but it is for SIGNIFICANTLY less than what I really ought to make. The flip side is that it is a temp job for 2 months, at least it is something right? And related to science? and not retail??

The other two I haven't heard back from yet, but I expect to in the morning. One is for a group of hospitals in Wisconsin, it would be a med tech job, the very thing I went to school for. I hope to at least get an interview, but I'm concerned about the timing... a whole lot of what ifs are in my head that I am dismissing somewhat too easily, but I really think they deserve to be acknowledged in some form.

What if I accept the cheaper position, but then get offered another that is for more pay, but requires me to move out of state? Does it mean I sacrifice the reliability that I have built my resume from? Does it mean to uproot for the higher wage but in the end it pays about the same as the cheaper one due to renting?

None of this means anything until I am asked "when can you start?" I hate not working, it's awful and not fulfilling. I have time to work on art, but I don't have the funds to get the beads to finish a piece for anthrocon and to make my loan payment. This is frustrating as hell. I'm $16,000 away from starting my life. I'm in the best position any graduate can be in yet I can't seem to pull my life together well enough to get rid of the remainder of my loan. I just want to be an independent adult, I don't hate my parents and they aren't forcing me out at all, but my god do I have the urge to get the hell out of here so I can do things as I want when I want and how I want.

Urggg I'm a few inches away from throwing a tantrum about wanting to be an adult, what the heck is up with that?

April 22nd, 2011

02:32 pm: Promoting my Etsy Account, please visit


Finally I got my act together and with relaunching my professional site and giving it a face lift, I trashed my old store and opted for an etsy account! Take a look around, there is a lot of new work in there I haven't posted before.

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

April 4th, 2011

03:04 pm: Super secret examples needed, feeling lucky just $10
MFF is miles away, but I need some practice for a new project. If you would like to be an example, take a risk and post a reference and send $10 to jjtschampa@gmail.com

I am only taking 11 slots. If these are well received, $10 will be a BARGAIN for you guys. This has been cross posted to my FA: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/sssage/ but I will update slots at both postings

*It's 3D
*It's colorful
*It's adorable

1. Arrankhar
2. Basilisk2150 (reserved till tomorrow)
3. Ryusho (reserved till tomorrow)

Pass this around, I need to make my dealer's den payment @.@

Current Mood: chipperchipper

January 14th, 2011

I got a new tablet and have no idea what to draw on it. I'm taking sketching requests free to my friends. If you are a super cool friend forward this on to other folks that I have $2 sketches.

It's completely digital with turn around by sunday :)

They will look like this: http://www.furaffinity.net/view/5007064/ and be around 4x6 in size

But I'll be using monochrome shading to see how I like the corel painter that came with this tablet

You can see the rest of my work here: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/sssage/

paypal to jjtschampa@gmail.com

please help :(

Current Mood: boredbored

January 10th, 2011

05:24 pm: Playing monster hunter tri ONLINE!!! plz help
I'm powering through level 2 quests, could use some help.

I'm on skype at eiudragon so message me or comment or whatever so we can hunt together

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