88 is pretty great!

Well it’s Berlin again. Yes I’m always in Berlin. It’s become so much easier since moving to Glasgow that I’ve made good use of it. This time it was a special occasion. It was time to celebrate my amazing grandmother’s 88th birthday. She’s been a rock for me and my mom for our entire lives and I was excited to get to celebrate someone so important to me. The weekend was complete with a family celebration that of course included cake. Plus everyone raving about how awesome my grandma’s new fully white hair looked. (She used to dye it really dark until recently and it looks amazing in it’s gorgeous and fully white form). My mom and I also made it to a Christmas market which of course included Glühwein, Currywurst and Kaiserschmarrn. It was a great long weekend along with the perfect amount of family time. But I was ready to get home to Glasgow.

Motion Graphics inspiration

For some reason I have decided that I should create a new motion graphics piece. My motion graphics course was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but hey why not do one more for fun…?! What is wrong with me. Anyway before I do so I thought I would get some inspiration and with the amazing Helen Sell I found this: http://www.fromupnorth.com/best-motion-graphics-of-2014/. 25 of the Best Motion Graphics of 2014 was exactly what I needed. I picked out two of my favorites:

The illusion of life

The Things I Love

Goodbye 2013…

Amy is my inspiration for this because she did it first: Amy’s Blog. A ton happened to me this year and I thought it would be good to sum it all up.

I had three jobs at once. I had my internship at the Regional Arts Commission, where I got yelled at while bar tending at a gallery opening. I got to work with some of the best people I have ever met at Crushed Red and I even became a manager. During that I had my job at the German School Association. Which went into the summer, because we had a one week immersion camp. I was in charge of camp and it was exhausting.

I helped my best friend plan a 20s speak easy themed murder mystery party. I swear the two of us should plan parties in real life.

I went on a super fun float trip. I love Missouri sometimes.

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I had a high tea for my birthday with two of the best girls I know.

I attempted to try as many new restaurants in St. Louis as possible and I think I did the best I could.

I went to so many Kid Scientist shows that I lost track of how many I actually went to. Plus I got to spend time with the best people ever at the shows.

I saw the Book of Mormon at the Fox, my mom hated it. Sorry mom!!!

I went to Germany three times to visit my relatives.

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I cuddled with my dog a lot!!!

I moved to Scotland. I had to leave my mom, my dog and my best friends behind. I even had to sell my car. I hated all of the goodbyes, but I thought that this was an opportunity that I could not pass up. Luckily I had a friend from home visit me in Scotland to make the transition easier.

I got here started my Masters Program and met a wonderful group of people that I now can’t imagine my life without them.

Unfair

So I haven’t written anything in a while. Mostly because I’m ridiculously busy. I’m in the middle of my masters course and I’m currently on “winter break.” But being that my course is mean I’m not really getting a break. We had three different classes in this semester and they all decided to have major projects due January 9, 10 and 13, we’ll now the 15 but two days isn’t a ton of help. I decided to figure out how many days I had to do each project knowing that some would take longer. I started with my essay which was 3,500 words. I gave myself a week to do that one. Unfortunately that week fell right over Christmas. I went to Germany to spend time with family and spend most of my time staring at a iPad mini cranking out a paper. I obviously put it down to spend time with family, but I spent a few hours every day doing homework. It would’ve been way more enjoyable had I not had a paper to write. Then I got back to Edinburgh and I had my paper done, but it was time to do my claymation for motion graphics. I had less than two weeks to wrap that up. I had my figures and props built it was just about making the animation. If you want to know more go to: kathrinnowotny.wordpress.com it’s the blog I’m keeping for the progress of that project. I took New Years Eve off to run errands and go shopping and celebrate of course. Then if had to take New Years Day off because I celebrated a little too hard. Now it’s back to work on my claymation. On the 9th I will start my final project, which I only gave myself 6 days for… It’s a brief for a campaign about a charity of our choice, we have to do tv, print, poster and I would assume extending the campaign to various media. I would normally never give myself so little time to do all of these projects, but I thought that throwing myself into one thing at a time would help. I also thought that if I completed one thing it would bring with it motivation to complete the others. So far I think this is working to my advantage because I am at no point spreading myself too thin. I think it is completely unfair that we have so much work over break. We complained to our professors and one said he was doing us a favour by moving the deadline forward and letting us turn it in electronically. I just think that in a creative course especially we need to take a break because it helps us stay fresh. But no holiday for us… Back to work.