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We are home safely from Bristol. It was a good weekend with a friend and her family. I am still processing the things I learned at Bristol, since we can't go to any renaissance festival without analyzing it to death. I wish we could have gone the entire weekend - one day in nobles and the other in something less fantastic. The dynamics of our interactions with people, patrons and cast, would have been very different.

On our way home, Pyr received a call from our landlord stating that we are  moving at the end of August because they have someone interested in the apartment. So, we're moving. It's not like we weren't planning on it anyway, but since Pangolin had to move her shop there hasn't been any work on the apartments and now we have to get the one we want into a liveable state, pack, sort, throw away, and move all of our things plus five cats in 6 weeks around work and an Art festival in August where Pyr and Pan are vending. There won't be much time for sewing it seems.

On top of this, I managed to not properly balance my laptop on the couch this morning and it fell, breaking the ac dc power jack so it is currently rattling around in the case. I'm taking it apart tonight to see how bad the break is, but for now I am computer-less at home- which should be ok since I have to pack up our apartment while Pyr and his dad work on the new apartment. It's going to make for a fun rest of the summer.
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An update for those not friended on Facebook, Jeff and I ( and others! like [livejournal.com profile] ezazahaz who may be providing us Ohioians with crash space at her parents, yay!) will be driving up on the 18th of July, visiting Bristol on Sunday the 19th and driving back on Monday.

Let us know if you're going to be there!

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Jeff and I got up about 7:30 and started packing as Friday was a late night. About 9:30, Mom drove up and we packed the car. Said goodbye to the kitties and we're on the road. The drive down was fairly uneventful until we hit the last bit of West Virginia and the rain caught up to us. It pours and is very foggy. Hotel is clean and relatively nice. Quality Inns are great, and cheap. Dinner was at the Carolina Brewery, and out of the three places we had dinner it was the worst, though still pretty tasty. The other places outshone it. It continued to pour.


We woke up at a leisurely 7:30 and puttered around a bit getting our complimentary breakfast. Jeff and I garbed up, I managed to roll my hair up for the first time. It needs some work but I got the gist of it. Mom's camera has pictures. We drove off to North Carolina Renaissance Festival's new Wake Forest location.

The festival was very interesting. The location was new, a fallow golf course that once had the aspirations of being a lovely expensive community. The rain had left the place very muddy, we saw a few of the patrons struggle with cars in mudholes. As we walked in, they had set up merchants inside the poolhouse. I was not thrilled with this, it was dark and too close together. Once outside, there was a bit of surprise with how spread out the fair was and how thin the merchants looked because of the spacing. It was clearly an established faire, the court and wandering performers were all professionals, but clearly the move had lost a large portion of vendors and outside performers. It's a faire in flux, so it was hard to see how things really were.

We left at about 4:30, after a great chat with the SCA, meeting [livejournal.com profile] silverstah  and [livejournal.com profile] baronessadriana . From there, we went back to the hotel to change and then to wander around Chapel Hill and find some food. We found it in Carborro at a diner called Elmo's. The food was excellent while still being very reasonably priced. We shared salmon patties, chicken and dumplings, and roast beef as well as a strawberry shortcake made with lemon poundcake.

And then there was more sleep.


We get up again, this time a bit earlier, so just in case there is traffic on the way to Chapel Hill. There we split up, Mom and Jeff to go scout out the lay of the land and me to my interview.

The building, first off, is huge and was built in two stages. The first were two triangle shaped buildings, then a third built around them in a hemicircle incorporating them. It made it very difficult to navigate. I spent the morning with the grad students, who were verybusy finishing up assignments on top of their work for Pride and Prejudice.  It made it a little hard to ask questions, but they also asked questions which helped. The classes were pretty much 'work on what you can time' with a little bit of meeting up for fittings and assigning the next project. I did get to learn how to drape in knit and pattern out a leotard with sleeves.

Lunch was brought in, and was pretty darn tasty burgers, I had mushrooms and pesto mayo on mine. Then it was time for a tour of the building, where I was thoroughly lost but intrigued by their costume collection. It is something of an entirely different genre than the one at OSU. When they say costume, they mean costume. They may have some vintage things, but they could still be used on stage for a production. At least that is what I was given to understand.

Next up was my portfolio review. It didn't suck completely. I always had something to say, and some of it even made sense or got approving noises and nods from the department.  The head spent a bit of time looking at it up close, so hopefully she felt that it was grad quality.

That was pretty much it for the formal part of the day. I spent a little bit afterward talking to the grad students and [livejournal.com profile] labricoleuse  about living around campus, sewing techniques and general things.  Another thing I noticed was that none of the grad students had outside jobs, they were entirely too busy with school to do so, which would cut out all of my income

I met back up with Mom and Jeff, and we drove around the area some more. The map we had only showed a little bit of Raleigh around the airport so we were terribly confused as to why the state capital had no downtown. It does, just further east and south. We wandered around Durham and Duke, taking in the sights before deciding we were hungry and going in search of Mama Dip's. It was late (about 8:30) , so things were pretty quiet. Mama Dip's managed to get somewhere between Elmo's and Carolina Brewery for rankings. Jeff says differently because he had the best fried chicken livers ever, but I only had one (and he was right, they were fantastic) and the fried chicken was pretty good but the mac&cheese was downright boring compared to the food at Elmo's.

We went back and crashed for the last night.

We woke up and packed, checked out, had breakfast at the Waffle House where the waitress seemed very concerned that we didn't want any meat (ie bacon or sausage) but had two eggs each which for me is plenty of protein in the morning plus hashbrowns and a waffle.

Jeff wanted to stop and meet the manager of the Tandy in Raleigh so we went down there and cursing the google map finally found our way there. The guy was nice and seemed very interested about having someone else in the shop but judging from the size of the store there is no way he can afford a full time employee. Though it would be the easiest way to have an income immediately after moving, even if it's just a couple of days a week, Jeff could be job searching the rest of the time.

After leaving there, at about 11, we began the long trip home. It was fairly uneventfull but for the conversation, a brief stop at Tamarack WVa and Mom getting a speeding ticket just north of Circleville randomly , e cop had been following for three miles and said she was going 70 in a 55. And wow, does 23 feel slow at 50. We made it home at 9, the cats were very happy to see us. I have mail from Savannah to sort through, but that is going to be a separate post.
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I got accepted into Savannah College of Art and Design's Master of Fine Art in Fashion Design.

Whoa. Paperwork to follow.

I'm not saying yes or no until after this weekend at UNC, especially if I won't have a good idea if UNC will accept me.
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Car needs before trip
 Oil Change                          $40
 Front brakes (we think)     $65
 Steering issue fixed/ buy more fluid

UNC Trip - Mar 28- 31

Hotel( Quality Inn) - 3 nights    $160
Gas ( 950 miles round)              $ 80
Faire     $24  tickets $30             $ 55
Dinner ( 3 nights* 25)                 $ 75
Snack food ( 20*2)                      $ 40
Petty Cash (lunches Monday)   $ 40
Total                                             $450
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- statement of purpose
- 2 recommendation letters
- GRE scores
- Transcript - ordered

- Portfolio- 7 slides down!
- financial aid forms

-statement of Purpose
- 3 recommendation letters- 1 down!
- GRE Scores
- transcripts - ordered

- portfolio
- interview - Late March? $200-400 round trip
- Financial Aid forms
- resume

Holy crap I am actually getting closer to being finished with this process.  Savannah is pretty much done but for the Resume and Portfolio. I have to tweak my Statement for UNC,  work on my portfolio (which requires more work than SCAD as I want to rework a bunch of costume illustrations I did for Theatre 656), bug recommenders about deadlines, and find a way to fund this trip down to Chapel Hill.

Looking quicky at gas prices, mileage and hotel rates, it's going to cost about 200- 400 dollars to go depending on several variables. It only takes eight hours to get there, so about $100 for gas if the prices go up, about $70 if they don't and that's round trip. Anywhere from $60 to $160 a night for a hotel, depending on location and quality and I don't tend to spend more than 100 for a hotel. We could spend day driving, sleep, visit campus, and drive back so 1 night at a hotel; or we could drive,sleep, visit, sleep, and drive back. I'm inclined to do the second because neither Pyr or I like driving very late at night, and we would both be exhausted from the visit but it is more expensive. Plus food, is another 100, if we eat cheap on the way there and back, with a nice dinner.

120 (two nights at cheapest hotel)

200(two night more expensive)

Unfortunately, this is money we don't have. I'm going to talk to my mom, maybe dad and see if they can help any, after all this is about 6 weeks down the line at most. If I get the new job and start back at David's  at the end of February, I might have the money but a lot of it will be going towards normal bills during those weeks.

Anybody want commissions made?
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So Savannah was beautiful, making it hard to come back to Columbus and deal with the cold and grey ickiness. Although today was sunny, it doesn't make up for the chilly and depression.

But let's go back to Savannah for a minute.
On Saturday... )

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Bright and early this morning at 4:00, Pyr and I  set off for Savannah to check out Savannah College of Art and Design for grad school. We said goodbye to the kitties and drove off into the dark early morning

I drove the first half, which went by fairly quickly. The sun came up as we were heading into Virginia, illuminating a scene that we had been anticipating for the last few weeks. The hills and mountains were blooming into brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows. Yes, Ohio has already been through this, but we don't have the span of depth and height of color that comes in the higher elevations of the Appalachians. These colors, of course, are Pyr's favorites so watching his reactions was fantastic. We may have to take time to stop and enjoy the colors on the way home if we can.

Just south of the N. Carolina border, we switched places, and of course it started to rain. We knew this was going to happen and was impressed how the drivers just plowed through, sometimes even picking up the pace to get out of the wet that much faster. We stopped for food in South Carolina at a Waffle House, which was tasty and very needed since we really hadn't eaten much since Thursday night.

After several hours in a grey haze brought about by the misty rain, we reached Savannah at about 3:00 having made pretty good time in spite of the rain. A beautiful bridge opened into the city and the rain lifted slightly but did not stop.
Our hotel is cheap, clean, and in the historic district - making it very central to anything we would want to get to. It continued to rain while we recovered a bit before we decided to brave the rain and find food.  I  would wax exponentially about the food, but Pyr did a much better job. If you ever get the chance to visit Savannah, stop and eat/drink at the Moon River Brewing Company.

Tomorrow, we're going to explore a bit before meeting up with the other potential grad students for the information meeting and then most likely more exploring. It continues to be a great adventure.


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