I had a killer weekend. There wasn't anything THAT huge, but it was fun, productive, and consistent through the four days...
Thursday was really cool. My buddies' band EVEN THE ODD headlined at the Emerald Theatre. They advertised me as a special guest, so I brought some art to display to promote FV3. (See MattBusch.com for more on that.) My family and friends came out- it was a good time. Anyway, EVEN THE ODD had me come on stage to play a song of theirs with them on guitar. It was soooo much fun. I hadn't realized how much I miss performing music until I did it again. I went nuts! All those years of pent-up rocking let out at once! Too funny...
However, even better being on stage, jumping around like an idiot while people cheer, was the way she kissed me when I got off stage. She was so supportive and loved every minute of it. She is what really made me feel like a rock star. It boggles my mind how much she can make me feel like a king.
Friday was cool. We went to the Cider Mill and scarfed down some donuts, cider, and Chocolate Peanut Butter FUDGE. Then we went shopping at Oakland Mall, went tanning, got some kick ass Little Sleazers pizza and Cheesy Garlic Bread sticks. We were supposed to watch that Rob Zombie flick in my home theatre, but never got around to it...
Saturday. Wow. I was so nervous. I met her Mom for the first time. We met up at Mongolian BarBQ and had a fab time. My only regret was that it was a frickin' zoo there, and I should have picked a place a little more laid back. I really wanted to 'talk' to her Mom. I felt that weeks ago we got off on the wrong foot, and she was really led to believe the wrong idea about me. She is still a little reserved, but the fact that she is keeping an open mind and somewhat giving me a chance means a lot to me.
Her MOM is so cute! What an incredible woman. I can only hope to hang out more. I felt shy, and was nervous about accidentally saying the wrong things, but I expect I'll loosen up quite a bit more the next time we hang out. Hopefully I can be as close to her mom as Sarah is with my family...
Anyway, after that Sarah and I went to go check out my buddie's band MR. BUBBLES, she won a Winnie the Pooh basketball in a bowling Alley, and then we got kicked out in the middle of our 2nd pool game! So we went home and rented DOWN WITH LOVE. Cute flick.
Sunday. The day of rest. Sarah came furniture shopping with me and my folks. We went to a zillion places and never found what I want, but it was nice and lazy just kickin' around on comfy sofas. We all went to IHOP and had the crappiest service and food I remember in a long time. My Belgian Waffle was okay, but everyone else had less than stellar food with less than stellar timing and service. My milkshake was nothing more than foamy milk. Gross. I won't be eating at IHOP again any time soon.
My sister Jess met up with us and we visited the hospital where my Grandma is staying. It's not too serious but she is in a lot of pain. Sarah was then a peach enough to come with me to Shawn's, where I had to put final approvals on the designs for the FV3 posters, post cards, and DVD packaging... It took 4 frickin' hours, but Sarah was a peach the whole time.
Turned in relatively early Sunday Night, so I was feelin' good Monday morning back at the daily grind. Jeez- Weekends should always be like that!
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Weight has been lifted in a number of ways in the last couple days, and I'm feeling really good about it.
For one, I was kinda (and still kinda) fasting, so I've dropped a few pounds. That always feels good.
But moreso- Sarah's mom finally knows about us- and finally knows the TRUTH. Since I'm 10 years older than Sarah, she was hesitant to tell her Mom about me. Her mom had issues with her last boyfriend, Sal, who was 17 years older than her. What made things worse is that Sarah didn't start talking about me until mentioning what a good teacher I am. So when her mom started to catch on, all she knew was that I was her teacher! She was under the impression that I was just a creepy teacher that hit on Sarah or something.
I never realized how much weight had to be lifted from my chest until it happened! I know Sarah has got to feel good about this, too. Had Sarah been honest with everyone, including Sal, from the beginning, this could have been drama-free. I guess hindsight is always 20/20.
Anyway, now things are they way they should be.
I've been so busy, but my mission soon is to update the look of my ugly LJ...
Then I need to find me some LJ friends!
I feel like I should make a toast or something... I was wondering how long it would take her to find this! Haha!
So what's going on? I only have one LJ friend right now, so I doubt anyone is reading this anyway.
There's so much to tell... So much to talk about... So much going on in my life...
But all I can think about is her.
The situation is complicated, but above all, I love her more than I can possibly begin to write. She makes me want to be a better person. She makes me feel like I am king.
And I know I make her feel that way... But at times she's not happy. Like I said, it's complicated. I can't begin to write it down for it to make sense.
The bottom line is that I love her and she makes me feel complete. She makes me laugh, she makes me dream, she makes me creative, she makes me smile. I know I would be happy spoiling her ass for the rest of my life.
Wow. Where to begin. So much has happened since the last post. It's been the greatest Summer of my life. But of course, it comes at a price. And that price is an occasional glass of DRAMA.
Hopefully it's behind us.
Sarah's ex boyfriend has been creeping up into our business and spreading lies about me. I have to admit, though, if I were in his shoes, what wouldn't I do to get her back? She is one amazing girl. Oh well, the truth always prevails, and Sarah knows where I stand with her.
Summer is almost over. A new semester is upon us. And we'll be going to the Sand Dunes soon! I can't wait to get Sarah on one of the Yamahas! She needs a get-away from all she's been through.
Last week I threw a party and FINALLY got to meet Sarah's friends! They were really relieved to meet me. Sarah didn't tell them about me at first since she was living with Sal, and so they only knew that I was her teacher... Rightly so- they had reservations. It's nice to be able to meet people and have them judge you for you, rather than what they assume.
Anyway, if I could just meet Sarah's Mom, then there would be no more hiding!
And Sarah, if you're reading this... I LOVE YOU! :)
Wow. I have to admit, the blackout scared the hell out of me. They're saying it wasn't terrorism, but how do we know for sure. While I'm not intentionally prepared for something like this, I did have plenty of bottled water and food that could have kept me going for a while.
One thing I didn't have was candles! And get this- Sarah's Mother sent her over with some candles for me! How sweet is that? Jesus, I can't wait to meet this lady.
Anyway, Sarah and I had a blast doing late night pool hopping through the neighborhood.
And sheesh- it makes you relealize how dependent we are on electricity and technology. I'm not looking ofrward to that happening again any time soon.
Summer is about half way over! It's moving waaaay too fast!
School is going well. The freelance stuff keeps pouring in. And Sarah is wonderful.
Most of my time has been spent editing the Step By Step featurette with Sarah for the DVD. It is the funniest thing I've ever seen! But it should also be pretty infomative on my painting process. At the very least, it'll be entertaining. And the coolest artist DVD ever! Does any other artist even have a DVD collection? If they do, it's certainly nothing like this.
Things are great on the Sarah front. I fall more in love with her each day. The good news is that she is finally settled in with her Mom. The bad news is that she finally gave her car back to Sal, so she's without wheels. But she doesn't live far, so I don't mind picking her up when she can't use her Mom's car.
We're planning a bunch of trips, too. The Sand Dunes with my family next month... And somewhere tropical this Christmas when it's cold here... And at some point Sarah has to see L.A... She'll love it!
So my brother has been showing me how to use iDVD on the Mac. I have years' worth of video footage, animations, digital slideshows, and even radio interviews. I'm pleased to announce (even though I'm assuming no one is even reading this.... YET!) the release of my new DVD.
It will be called FANTASTIC VISIONS, named after the book, and my goal is to release is at FV3 this November. I can't wait.
The only thing left that the DVD needs is a Step By Step feature, which is what I'm working on now. It's a painting of Sarah, done in time-lapse footage, but also I'll be filming a live segment with Sarah to accompany it- hopefully next week! So that will be cool...
I'm continually blown away with how cool technology is getting.
Jeez... I was really planning on writing in this thing more often than I am. I just keep getting caught up in the daily stuff between work, school, and Sarah.
Sarah has been just awesome. We've done so much together. We've gone camping and even chaparoned a field trip to Cedar Point with my boy Scott and Jeanette. It's also really interesting to see how motivated Sarah is in class. I don't like hiding our relationship, but I guess our personal life is best kept personal.
Sarah and I are also contemplating having her just move here. But unlike Sal, I really want to get on her Mom's good side. And she lives so close. Sarah and I have already talked about Marriage, but we both have all the time in the world. I really want to do this right and not have Sarah 'living in sin' like she was with Sal.
I'll tell you what Sarah does need, though... A cell phone, honey!!!!
I have begun on my first STAR WARS: EPISODE III project. While I'm not at liberty to discuss details, I can tell you one thing.
DARTH Friggin' VADER.
That is all for now. :)
...How much I love you.
Seriously, Sarah. Since the first day I met you. I know you were really excited about modeling, and I was, too. But I knew. I knew there was something different about you.
It cracks me up when you say that you were making all the moves, because I think we both really just fell in head first. I've never met anyone so wonderful on th einside and out. I've never had so much in common with anyone in my entire life. Music, movies, art... The whole bit.
I have all these crazy ideas of things I want to do, places I want to go, books I want to write, movies I want to make... And I want to do them all with YOU. In the past, I always saw my love life as a separate side of my life, away from anything career-wise. But you are so creative, wonderful, and brimming with ideas of your own that I can't wait to show the world what we can do.
And I'm eager to see all of your ideas. I want to work together to make both of our dreams come true. I'm just so glad that I've found you. I'm a little bummed that it took me this long, but I have a long life ahead of me and I want to share mine with yours.
I know my parents were a little concerned at first about the age difference, but clearly they think you're amazing now that they know you. And you know Jess loves the hell out of you!
The reality is not only are you mature for your age, but I spent my entire 20's working my butt off and never taking time to smell the roses. So in a lot of ways I feel like I'm 10 years younger. Somehow that makes us meet in the middle somewhere, I'm sure.
I just really feel different about us. This is different than anything else I've experienced. You make me feel like being the best I can be. I feel like a million bucks!
I used to think that I had been in love several times before, but it was never this amazing... So maybe I wasn't... ? Who knows, and who cares. All I know is you and how I want to be happy with you forever.
I know that we've talked about marriage, and you seem pretty eager, too, but I think that we have all the time in the world. I don't have doubts, but I really want to do it right rather than elope. I want to also be on your Mom's good side and not make the same mistakes as Sal.
I love you soooo much!
Thanks for being you, baby.
Before I get into things too much, in case any is actually reading this, you should know about my email Newsletter. I send one of these out every month and it lets you know about all the cool stuff I have going on. If you send an email to email@example.com with "subscribe" in the subject header, you'll get these monthly newsletters. In addition to the latest gossip, you'll also be able to enter contests to win cool prizes and original artwork... So what are you waiting for? Join!
Next week is the big Motor City Comic Convention at the Novi Expo Center. Hopefully Sarah can go and we can begin the promotional train for Tomb Raider!
Speaking of which, the final draft of the story has been approved, and I can officially say the title here for the first time: "Lara Croft- TOMB RAIDER: The Legend of the Ruby Rhino." The folks at Dynamic Forces loved the pictures of Sarah, too, so hopefully I'll be greenlighted to do the art soon!
One of the biggest projects I'm working on right now is for THE HULK movie! It comes out June 20th and is directed by one of my favorite directors, Ang Lee, who has done great stuff like Crouching Tiger / Hidden Dragon, The Ice Storm, and even Sense and Sensibility. Seeing his take on the HULK should be really interesting. Well, I've just finished illustrating the posters for both the U.K. and German markets!
I'll also be going to Philidephia next week to sign a ton of HULK posters and even film a spot for QVC... Should be cool.
And- The Episode II stuff has died down, but I've heard that new stuff for EPISODE III could be just around the corner! I'm so excited for it. STAR WARS has had such an impact on my life and career. This is going to be the last STAR WARS movie made. Ever. So to be a part of it is just a dream come true.
And speaking of dreams coming true, things are still amazing with Sarah. She's starting to move her things back home, and hopefully she'll be completely out of Sal's life soon. I'd actually like to meet the guy, but Sarah says no way. He's at least been cool enough to let her borrow one of his cars.
I gotta say, I'm diggin this LiveJournal thing. I haven't told her about my membership yet. I want it to be a surprise... We'll see how long it takes her to find it. :)
Well, here I go. My very first Live Journal post ever. Thanks to my lovely Sarah for introducing me to the crazieness. And, seeing as how I've now met the girl of my dreams, now would be a great time to start capturing my life in the form of an online diary.
So, it all begins with her. I met Sarah a month ago, but we click so well that it seems like we've been together for years. At first, I was just tickled that she was going to be my model for Tomb Raider, but we hit it off so well and have so much in common. Something about her is different from the rest.
She even goes to MCC, although I don't know that that's a good thing. I had somehow never crossed paths with her before, but she may even take one of my classes. She's so determined at being an illustrator that I don't expect their will be any weirdness.
That's not to say that there isn't 'other' weirdness. It boils down to one thing: Sarah STILL lives with her ex-boyfriend, Sal. While Sarah should be free to do what she wants, I get the impression that she doesn't want to rub it in his face how close we are.
Oh well- the good news is that Sarah is moving back home with her mom, and even better news is that her mom doesn't live far from here. So that will be nice, and hopefully I can meet her mom soon. My parents love Sarah!
Okay, I promise that the next entry will talk about more stuff than just Sarah, but to tell the truth, she is all that I can think about right now!