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I will try to update my blog as often as I can. Fair warning, I love to write, but I'm a horrible typer and my grammar skills are even worst (worse). So my apologies way in advance, Sorry! Which is actually a very common trait in most graphic designers and artists.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

About Helena: Current Events in My Life

Okay, so I’ve haven’t been updating you all on my ongoings like I should, mainly because, I’ve been too busy, to remember (for which, I’m very sorry). I have tons of news, some of which affects the ongoings of Buddy-Girl Greetings as well, which totally means, I can’t share with you all at this time. But, that still leaves tons of other stuff, I can tell you about.

First of, I’m still single, I’ve been going out and meeting guys and it’s been fun and not so fun. So far very few have seen the wonderfulness that is me and wanted to stick around. Which is cool by me, cause as we all know the best things come to those who wait. And, my waiting process has been so much fun, that I really don’t mine waiting. I have so many stories and adventures to share, that I’m thinking of starting a new blog and doing the “Sex in the City” thing and blogging about it all, this BGG Helena Blog is so PG and the other blog would be, so “PG-13 and R”, I could really get dirty with it. But, for now I barely have time to update this one, so, if I do decide to start a new one, it would have to be when I have more time.

Second off, I’m officially out of my Winter-Spring funk, so expect lots of exciting and new creative stuff coming your way. I have a lot of business to work to do and get caught up on, but I will still make time to do some new stuff for BGG summer collection. I have finish one new art print, it’s called “Port Orchard” and is done in the style of the “Places in Washington Series” I know I still have to do a Silverdale and a Bainbridge Island print.

Third, I’ve been taking lots of pictures for the calendar and so, I get better at shooting people (for my future comic book), I’ve been doing in house photo shoots for people. I have even started a nice little side business, hooking people up over the internet. $60 will get you a photo shoot, email and account setup, your first ad, and tips on how to organize, how to reply, how to talk, and how to be safe when meeting people over the internet. So, if you live in the Kitsap area and are looking for something fun, random, or long-term and could use some help, let me know, email me and we can set something up. I am more than happy to help and I get to practice my photo skills at the same time. My success rate is off the chain and my customers have all been very happy with their results.

Lastly, I’ve been making new friends left and right and I just to give a shot out to all my new friends, since moving to the Silverdale area and being dumped, I’ve been a lot more out going and willing to do things I usually would say no to. And, I’m so glad I’ve been so much more open, I’m learning new things and about people. So, I totally recommend that if you are a person that only have a few friends, to open yourself up to getting to know at least one new person, it just good and fun and I promise you that you will learn something new.

Well, that’s it for me, look for upcoming posting on “Summer Movies 2009”, “TV Show Dollhouse, Rocks”, “BGG Update”, “Dyslexia”, “Computer Shortcuts 101” and I’ve decided to do some GIVEAWAYS, so look for that, too, until next time, laters…Helena

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Twilight Movie: My Thoughts on it and New Moon…

Okay, I was supposed to post this way back in November, right after I’d saw the movie. But, alas, I didn’t, so I’m finally doing it, now. But, as I mention it before in past postings, that, from the trailer, I didn’t think it was going to be all that grand of movie. But, I was going see it anyways, because I want the second movie to happen, to see my Jacob Black get his due on the big screen.

So, what did I think of the movie. First off they stayed pretty true to the book, they speed it up a bit, by cutting out a lot of stuff, but it keep the core of the book there, the chemistry between the leads were there, but they could of gave them more time to be all giggly eyes with each other. And, I would’ve loved more time to get to know the other characters. Still, I didn’t hate the movie, I just didn’t love it either and that mostly had to do with the special effects they were ubber cheesy and obvious. To anyone that thinks that Catherine Hardwicke did a great job, you have gots to be out of your freakin’ mind. She did a okay job and the best job that I think she could of done, but when it come to special effects she just don’t the skill level to do what was required for the movie. The over all look was good, the dark, gloominess of the film was right on, but that doesn’t make-up for the lack of skills when it comes to moving fast, climbing tree tops, or looking like shiny marble, that needed to look way more realistic.

I also, have to say that I think Robert Pattinson is a cutie (but so not worth the hype, I actually feel sorry for him, he looks like he is pain half the time you see him in photos and interviews), but he was never what I thought Edward should look like (close but I never felt it 100%) and the fact that he didn’t beef up for the part was a little disappointing for me. If you are going to play a part, I think it’s an actors duty to do his best to look the part, I get that time wasn’t on his side, but he could have done better. And with that said, he did a better job than I though he would and I can’t see anyone else being Edward now. He still need to bulk up for the second one though.

And, of course, I loved my Jacob, Taylor was just prefect, just as I though young Jacob should be and loved that little stare down he gave Edward at the end, I was like, “that’s my dogg, right there!”

The ending was well done and I love how Alice was seen in the background jumping on, James, that was cool.

So, yeah, I didn’t love it, but it did its job, it has paved the way for the “New Moon” and the rest of the books to be made into films. And, I couldn’t be more excited about “New Moon”, first of all they know what they are doing now and have a better idea of what they should keep in and out. Second, they got a director that actually have experience in special effects with Chris Weitz, Third, Taylor Lautner is on broad and as the dedicated actor he is, put on 30 pounds of muscle to insure he could play my Jacob, you have to admire that kid, he’s only 17 and he is freakin’ hot (I hope he beefed up his acting skills too, but still I think he will be fine). Plus, they got the likes of Dakota F (that’s Dakota Fanning for you guys not in the know) she only chooses to be part of good things, just look at her track record that girl can pick a movie not always Oscars winners but always descent movies. Lastly, they go a bigger budget; you can do so much more with a bigger budget. I’m so looking forward to New Moon, my personal favorite in the series, my Jacob is going to rock, with his “Sure, Sure”

By, the way, Kristen Stewart was fine, she looked the part of Bella, her voice is a little to boyish, not that is a bad thing, just, I never get that out of my head when I’m watching her. But, I liked her and she is good in most movies she does.

My Old Obsession, Back Again: Breaking Dawn Review

Okay, now is time for my Breaking Dawn weigh in, for those of you who don’t know; Breaking Dawn is the 4th book in Stephine Meyer’s Twilight Series of which I’m a big fan. I have already blogged about the first 3 books and on my love of Jacob Black, now it finally time for me to voice my opinion on Breaking Dawn.

First of all it took me only 3 days to read the over 700 page book (not really all that impressive, it big text), and I have admit I was a little disappointed, with the book as a whole, I get the ending and I love how she ties up the big plots points of the series. But, if it wasn’t for the fact that I was so invested into all the characters and really wanted to know how it ended for them, I probably wouldn’t have read the book so fast or even finished it.

Lets start with the good parts of the book first, because there were many… (if you haven’t ready the books and hate spoilers, than you should probably stop reading this post, now).

First, I love the fact she splits the book up into 3 mini books (I don’t get it at first but, now I think it was smart of her). Second, I love that she brought my Jacob back (I knew she would, but still, it was a definite high for me). Third, I loved the fact that book 2 was from my Jacob’s perspective, I think it help a lot of those Jacob haters understand him and why he did what he did. Fourth, I love that she didn’t let Jake imprint on just anyone. Fifth, I love that Charlie isn’t so much in the dark anymore. Sixth, I loved the banding together of all the Vampires at the end (I’m a sucker for people coming together to fight the big evil). Lastly, I like that she left the ending open enough for future books.

Now, for the bad, over all this wasn’t Meyer’s best writing, it really felt like she was trying to cram way too much stuff into this last book and half the time I had no clue where she was going and the other time it was too obsessive where she was going. Some parts went too fast and other parts were too slow. And what the hell, was all that talk about her being influence by 3 books for this one, I saw no trace of a Mid Summers Night Dream (I’m a big Shakespeare, in this book other than the magical topical island. I hated, how she had Jacob come into the wedding only to have act like an ass, what was the point of that. And, although I think it was good that Bella got pregnant, I don’t see the point in why Meyer’s made such a big deal to Bella, that everyone would think she was only, getting married because she was pregnant, in previous books; if Meyer was heading, that way in first place, why shine such a bad light on it in the other books. I also, didn’t like how whinny Edward was getting about hurting Bella, I get that he was sad about the baby killing her part, but it was annoying how he reacted to just bruising her. Also, I think it was kind of corny that Bella was like the perfect vampire. I like the fact that she had such control over her bloodlust, and that her power had a name and she was really good a using it. But, she was too good and it went too, well, I would like to see Bella struggle with some part of being a vampire and not being human any more.

Lastly, I hated that she dragged the ending out so freaking long, only to NOT have a finally battle. I went to her book signing (I’m now, I’m the proud owner of an autograph copy of “New Moon”) and she explained why, saying it was because she felt that if there was a battle then she would have had to kill off people she didn’t want to and she knew she wouldn’t be good at describing a really good battle scene with all the fighting. I get that, but really the stand off at the end lasted like 3 1/2 chapters only to end with the badies running away, at least one of the badies could have died or gotten hurt.

So, in the end it’s a really mixed review for me, I think if you have already read all the other books than, this is a must ready, but don’t expect it to be as compelling as the other books. Breaking Dawn, only serves as way for Meyer to make Bella and everyone one else lives perfect. Not that there is anything wrong with a prefect happy ending, it was just a little too prefect. (Oh and by the way, Shephine Meyer’s seems like a really nice person, it was really cool to see so many fans of all ages and to hear her speak about writing the series.)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Totally Random: A New Movie Trailer

Okay, so last week, I was checking out the yahoo, like I do and I came across a new movie trailer. As you might know, I’m a big fan of movie trailers, I watch everyone I come across. And when I first discovered Apple.Quicktime many years ago, I watch every last one of them, it took me about 2 and a half hours. Anyways, there is a new trailer out and I swore to you all, I totally cried watching it. I don’t cry too much at movies unless they are really sad or really cute. I’ve teared up at every Rugrats movie, the 1st when they thought that Spike the dog had died and Angelica was like “you dumb dog”, the 2nd one when everyone was dancing with their mom, all but Chuckie, cause his mom was dead. And, at the 3rd one with the Wild Thornbirds, when everyone was all mad at Tommy’s dad and he was like sad for his dad. Hell, I tearing up just thinking about it (I know, I’m so corny and sappy).

So, what new trailer has gotten me all teary eyed and why, well it’s the new “Where the Wild Things Are” trailer, it’s got to be one the best movie trailer in a very long time, it’s just an awesome trailer. And the quality of the film looks off the chain. I swear watching it I had this overwhelming feeling of my childhood flashing before my very eyes. All of sudden, I was transported back to grade school and I was sitting Indian style on a big round carpet and my teacher was reading it out loud to me all over again. It’s was that powerful, no lie. It’s so amazingly awesome that, I’m not the only one saying so, check out this posting.

So, if you want to take a trip back to the days of naptime, you so have to watch this trailer. And, let me know what you think of it too, I would love to have comments to post, about this one on the blog, just so the work know, I’m not being overly silly about this one. Enjoy and laters. Trailer Link click here

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

It's My Birthday!!! Yaay, Me!

So, today is my 29th Birthday, I’m excite, I’m not freaking out because, I’m almost, 30 either. So, it’s all good. I had a big Birthday Bash on Sunday; I got to cook for all my family and friends. I made Japanese food or I should say, Japanese inspired food, it was fun, my first party in my new place (you’ve, got to love that!). 

As, I have mention it before, I love Birthdays and getting older, I don’t feel old (I now have 2 gray hairs), but I did have my first pause moment when someone said, “this is your last year in your twenties” I don’t know, I’ve never paused before, but when she said, that I was like, whoa, that’s so true, wow! So, that’s not really a freak-out, of more of a revelation. I look young for my age, so I’m not really worried about getting older, plus, I love cake, and Birthdays and Cake just go together, so I kinda have to love Birthdays.

Well, that’s all I have for today, I’ve been really busy with moving, taxes and everything, so I’m haven’t had time to post much, but I have like three postings on my desktop just waiting to be spell checked and edited. So, I should have something soon. Until then, laters…

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Greeting Card Giving: A Helpful Tip…

So, the other day I just did a boat load of Thank You cards (something all business owners should) and I wanted to share with you a simple little trick I started doing a few years go.

I don’t know about you, but I try to keep every card I get, I have them all in a little suitcase (not in any particular order or anything like that, I’m far too lazy for that).

Anyways, because they aren’t in any particular order it really hard to tell what year I go some of my cards, some, I can breakdown (guess-a-mate) what year I got them, based on what kind and style of a card it is and whether or not I remember where I lived when I got the card; for example I got a cat valentine’s card for my mom, the kind you would give a little-big kid, I remember that she sent it to me when I was living with my grandparents, so right there I know I got the card in February (it being a Valentine’s and all), it was giving to be when I lived with grandparents and it’s for a little-big kid so it had to be around the time when I was 11 or 12 so that mean that I either got the card in  1991 or 92.

Now, that’s a lot stuff to think about, it would be a whole lot easier to figure out what year I got the card, if she had simply flipped the card over to the back and wrote the year in one of the corners, that way 20 years from now, I will know that I got that card in 1991.

So, that’s it, every time I send or give a card to someone, I always write the year on the back of the card. Quick, easy, and helpful (that’s me!)

Totally Random: Off the Wall Thoughts

I’ve been in a hat mood, lately, I just bought 3 new hats and I fished all of  my old ones from the bottom of my closet.  I’ve always loved hats and I look good in hats too. I think more people should wear hats; hats like glasses add character to ones appearance.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I'm Teaching Again!

OC Continuing Education Classes

Continuing Education Non-Credit Classes - Kitsap: 360.475.7786 -

CNSMB 010 NEW! Basic Advertisement Design Techniques

Need an eye-catching advertisement or flyer for your business or special event? Learn to create them on your own by using simple tricks of the trade to create an advertisement that should produce results.

Prerequisite: Requires knowledge and experience using MS Publisher and/or Adobe products.

9:00a-11:00a Sa 1/24 Brem-ST 123 $25 Baggs K 9998

CNCMP 059 Retouch Your Digital Photos!

Not happy with a digital photo? Take this hands-on course to learn basic tips and techniques on how to “clean-up”, enhance, and make-over photos using common software! Course is designed for beginners.

Prerequisite: Basic computer skills and knowledge. Do not bring personal photos. Instructor will provide samples.

9:00a-11:00a Sa 2/7 Brem-ENG 114 $29 TBA 9949

CECY 050 NEW! Intro/Animation and Comic Hero Design

Give your original character or comic hero an edge by using basic skills to bring your characters to life. Take your drawings beyond the paper to the computer by the end of class using story boarding and basic computer software.

Prerequisite: Minimum age is 12. Course will not teach how to draw.

E-mail: for details.

9:00a-12:00p Sa 2/21 Brem-HUM 120 $45 Baggs K 9914


How to Register for Continuing Education Classes
Complete the Continuing Education Registration form on page 67 of the OC View. Send it to Olympic College or register by phone or in person.

Continuing Education - Kitsap County

OC Bremerton - 1600 Chester Ave, Bremerton -or- OC Poulsbo - 1000 Olympic College Place NW, Poulsbo

Info: 360.475.7786


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