Author - Leetah Begallie

Baby on the Way!

After 2.5 years of trying, my husband and I finally have a baby on the way!

I will be 18 weeks tomorrow and realized that I haven’t written a blog post about this yet, so here it is! We’ve announced on social media already, so you may already have known before this post.

This was our social media announcement:

Baby on the way

My pup is so cute and going to make a wonderful big sister!

The pregnancy is going well thus far. Aside from feeling like crap during the first trimester. And now that the sluggishness of the first trimester has passed, I am back to writing! I actually started posting Tree of Eternity on Wattpad, so make sure to check it out 🙂

We will find out the gender in about a week and a half, so stay tuned on my various social media accounts for that update. I am so so so excited!

Yay, baby! <3

RIP Chester Bennington – You Will Always Be Missed

Linkin Park has been my favourite band since I was 13 years old (I’m now 30). Since the moment I saw the music video for One Step Closer and saw Chester Bennington’s flame tattoos going up his forearms and Mike Shinoda’s bright-red, spiked hair, I have loved them.

My “Most-Likely-To” in my high school yearbook was to “strap herself to the Linkin Park tour bus.” For my honeymoon, my husband and I did basically that, following Linkin Park around in our car, eventually running out of money and having to sleep in the car and eat hot dogs cooked on a camp stove in Walmart parking lots.

Every new album, Linkin Park reinvents themselves with a new sub-genre or new genre entirely. And every new album, I am blown away by how amazingly talented and true to themselves the band is, both individually and together. I love each and every one of their songs, each for different reasons. From b-sides like My December to the ever-popular In The End. From before they were even called Linkin Park and went by Hybrid Theory to their newest and most different album One More Light.

This morning I got a notification on my phone. Someone had tagged me in the comments of a TMZ post. I read the headline in a daze. I read the first few sentences. My husband walked into the room to me throwing my phone across the room saying “no, no, no. It can’t be true.” I burst into tears.

In a daze, I went downstairs into the kitchen to make myself some lunch. And as my water boiled for my soup, I went on Twitter to see that Mike Shinoda had confirmed the news. I went numb.

I haven’t brought myself to listen to any of their music yet. I don’t think I can handle hearing Chester’s voice quite yet. But I needed to do something, so I turned to my form of therapy; writing.

RIP Chester Bennington

Rest in peace Chester Bennington. You are amazing. You are loved.

My condolences to those who knew him personally. To his band mates and friends. To his wife. And most especially to his children.

 

Love and sadness,

One of your many Street Soldiers.

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Z is for Zoom Function

It really doesn’t matter what software you are using, the zoom function is amazingly helpful.

Sometimes working at 100% isn’t always the best. Yes, it can give you the best idea of how a finished design will look, but it makes it hard to get in there and design the heck out of it.

Small details can make all the difference in a design, but they can be hard to work with when they look so tiny. Using the zoom function gives you the ability to make every small detail look how you want it too!

200%, 300%, 1000%… Zoom in as much as you need to make the best design you can!

 

A short post for the last day. (Z was hard to come up with a topic for!)

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