Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Is it just me...

Just want your opinion on something. I have been participating in a design website called crowdspring, where designers compete to land the winning design for a customer. Recently I entered in one where the buyer wanted a girl at a salon and spa, getting her nails done. There wasn't too much direction or details described, so I came up with this:
The buyer gave me a rating of 4 out of 5. So, I thought that was pretty good! Well, then my only competition in this design race (this girl has posted about 5 or 6 different designs, most of them getting 1s and 2s from the buyer, one with a 4) gets a little jealous and designs this:

Is it just me, or does this look EXTREMELY similar to mine? I mean, the color scheme of pink and blue, the flower accent, the towel (even the shading on the towel) her pose (I mean, look at her hand placement!) the nail polish and files, the bowl with the left foot dipped in, the floating pink gift certificate, the name in pink at the bottom. Everything screams copyright. I sent her a message. We will see. It is funny though, because when submitting your design you have to check a box saying "I created everything in my entry and I didn't copy anyone else's concept." Anyway, compared to her earlier designs, these look nothing like her previous style:

So, you can check out the update HERE. Let me know if I have a fighting chance!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

1 Year Ago... (and 1 day...)

...was the happiest day of my life (until a month later, when we were married...)
Observe and cry:

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Awesome things:

So, we surf around the internet here and there, and sometimes we come across awesome things. These are some of my most favorite awesome things as of late:

1. Random blogs for general interest things. Such as cakewrecks, or failblog.
Cakewrecks, for those who don't know, is a site for professionally made cakes that people ordered that went horribly horribly wrong. Thanks to Cami and Dad for introducing me to this site.
Here is an unfortunate gingerbread man, made from cupcakes covered in frosting...

And of course, sponge bob! A perfect likeness, no? offers tons of pictures and movies of things that people have just completely failed at. Take for example these pictures: is a lovely site of all the mistranslations in the world, mostly geared towards the Asian area. If you want hours of entertainment... this is the place to go.

So there it is for awesome sites. Another thing I like to play around with is podcasts. Usually podcasts have websites along with their itunes access, so that is fun. Recently my favorites are:
-The Stuff You Should Know series. . They do things like things you missed in history class, or things your mom forgot to tell you, or just stuff you should know. They just get to the bottom of myths like why some people never decay after death, or the history of Easter Island, or if gum really sits in your stomach for years, etc. Really fun to listen to if you are bored at work or something.

-Of course the Lost Podcasts are fun and interesting, though most of the people who call in sound like crazies, and are thinking WAY too much into the show (like they think who ever says the last line in each scene 7 times in a row will be the next to die... I honestly don't think the writers think THAT much into it.)

-After I got bored with those podcasts, I switched to old radio thriller and detective broadcasts from the 1940s-70s, and I have struck gold. These are absolutely amazing! It is such a brilliant reflection of the time period, and they are sometimes absolutely hilarious (unitentionally :) ) Anyway, I recommend awesome ones like "You Bet Your Life", and "The Man the Insects Hated." Work just flies right by.

And if you are wanting some viewing entertainment, I recommend: - Basically they have links for a constantly growing collection of every tv show ever. It is constantly being updated and improved, so you are generally guaranteed to find what you are looking for. This site has saved me countless times!

Poptub-Here is my secret. This is how I find all my youtube videos (some of them atleast). The host girl is horribly annoying and immodest all the time, and says really stupid things, but we usually just ignore her completely and watch the videos. Sponsored by Pepsi, they usually dig up the most interesting and rapidly rising videos on youtube. They usually feature about 10-15 per episode. Anyway, if you are going to watch be warned, the host is basically unbearable, but the videos are awesome, and saves you a lot of searching time.

Anyway, there you go! Just thought I would share some of my favorites! Enjoy your internet-ing!

Monday, April 13, 2009

A day in the life

So, just a typical Monday night. I thought I would give you all a glimpse into the lives of Jeffrey and Lili...

8:00- I wake up to my alarm, push snooze.

8:10- I push snooze about 4 more times

8:40- I roll out of bed, wash my face tighten my messy pony tail from my tossing in the night, and brush on a little mascara, put on which ever pants are closest, grab on of Jeff's jackets and head off to work. Jeff is still sleeping.

9:05- Arrive at work, and graphic design while discussing the latest TV show or current event with Chalene, Betty, Eliza, Victor or Rick. Jeff usually will be getting up and prioritizing his morning chores. I usually text him to do something like pay a bill or wash a dish, to which he never complains about.

10-12- I am still graphically designing. Jeff is doing homework, or studying up on his photoshop skills. We usually text all morning to pass the time. I will get super frustrated because a customer made some RIDICULOUS change to an ad that I worked so hard on, complaining about the certain placement of a word, or color which doesn't even make a difference. I will complain to a captive audience about how people should just trust the professionals who are getting paid to design their ad, and if they think they can do any better, they should just design it themselves. Everyone calms me down, and we have a good laugh, and I feel better about my life choice to be a graphic designer.

12:15- I head home to eat some left overs or something, and take a break out from the glamorous life of a phone book artist. We usually discuss the goings on at work, like the most recent drug bust that took place in the apartment above the office, or the 7 girls who came in embarrassingly giving us T.M.I and asking if we were planned parenthood. I usually stay barely longer than my allotted time, but I try to make it back in time usually. We check the mail and find another bill for about $5,000, and set it in our mountain of medical bills.

1-5- I am working again, surfing the internet for the most interesting photoshop tutorials and tips to make my ads super fantastic. Sometimes we will be surprised with lunch from Steak Out or Pizza Factory. Yum! Jeff will finish up his homework and head up to campus, texting and calling me all along the way.

5- We finally get home. Well, Jeff usually gets home at around 5:30ish on some days, or 7:00 on Wednesdays, or earlier on other days. But in any case, we are happy to be back togetha. We then make some delicious food (such as P-Roni with a side salad and avacado, or cook up some of the pork products generously given to us by the management at Legacy Directories aka Jerry raised pigs and then took them to the butcher leaving them with more meat than they knew what to do with).

6-8 We will basically sit around on our computers, playing with photoshop, discovering new, wonderful internet games, educating ourselves on current events, doing homework, sorting through our to-dos, paying more bills, etc. After a while we get bored of that, so we will clean the place up, or something. Sometimes I will curl my hair or put on some make up to show that I still do care about the way I look, and to prove to Jeff that he didn't just marry a ratty haired-plain faced girl. He of course will deny my claims, and say I look just fine. Which is why he is the best. But even still, I like to cutesy up every now and then. We try to get to the gym as often as possible. Usually Thursdays are our set days that we never miss, because of the Office and Survivor!

9-11 We get ready for bed (I like to shower at the night times because my hair is too long to blow dry these days, and it takes MUCH to long. I mean, it is down to my behindus!) and we climb in bed and pop in a DVD of one of our favorite TV shows: Simpsons, Futurama, Lost, Flight of the Conchords, MXC, The Office, etc. Usually Jeff falls asleep long before I do, and wakes up just to say funny things in his sleep, which makes it all worth it to stay up so long.

And so, there you have it. In case you were wondering what it was like to be a newly wed, there it is. Just as glam-o as you all were thinking. Though, this is a very routine day. Sometimes we like to mix it up with a night at the dollar theater, a red box movie, a dining run, movies or games with the family, both Ribeiras and Grahams, have web camming times with family out of town, making cookies, game/dinner nights with the Cranes, Woodburys, Stadlemans, Wheelers, or any other awesome people, Lost nights with Lacie, Leeland, Britney, Drew, and Julie (in spirit), temple nights, or fun shopping trips. There is always lots to do, and we have thus far enjoyed our marriage license. We are coming up on our one year, and look forward to, well, the rest of the years to come. Hooray for love.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Yeah, yeah.... yeah.

It is simply a fact, us Grahams just have cute kids. It is inevitable. And how fortunate that we find mates matching just as equally in cuteness. Today, though, as adorable as all my nieces and nephews are and could go on and on about each of them, the spotlight falls on baby Ju ju. Observe:

Also note, that at the tender age of 18 months, she can sing nearly on key. Definitely Graham genes there. :)

Julia also looks good in tomato form, in case you didn't know.