Monthly Archives: November 2008

Vacation is Good

Thanks for Chocolate Pie
11.27.08 – “Thanks for Chocolate Pie” – 154/365

I have more things to be thankful for than I could explain. Here are few (simple and complex):

• My family
• My one and only Casey
• My amazing living situation ( I can’t thank my brother enough)
• Food
• Creativity
• Ambition
• Pride
• Music
• Tivo
• Good naps

I had a really great Thanksgiving and I think everyone else in my family did, too. I’m definitely lookin forward to Christmas and can’t wait to see what the future brings me.

* this is Quinny being ever-so thankful for yummy chocolate pie. Totally a snapshot, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that not every holiday will produce hundreds are artistic photos.

Slippers
11.25.08 – “Slippers” – 152/365

I had all three kids today and I’ve never been busier. I help Quinn slip into these bad boys and she thought it was delightful and confusing all at the same time.

Wade and Daddy
11.26.08 – “Wade and Daddy” – 153/365

Driving nine hours from NJ to OH seemed as though it may last forever, but luckily we’ve got that handy-dandy DVD player for the kids. Ah, technology.

We stopped at Burger King for lunch (fear not, I did not break my Fast Food Fast. We stopped at Subway after just for me.) Here’s The Wader, Matt and the Burger King Crown.

Playtime
11.24.08 – “Playtime” – 151/365

I had the Terrific Two on my own today at the mall! I guess I wanted a challenge and BOY did I get one. All in all, I survived, but barely got Wade to the potty in time (phew). NJ malls need more toilets!!!

This is the Mighty Quinn looking for her next slide in the play area.

Nov 23
11.23.08 – “Untitled” – 150/365

I had family photo shoot session in Pennsylvania (long drive) and had a great time. I was definitely nervous, mainly because I’d never done an outdoor in such freezing weather (Florida girl) and didn’t want to freeze up (no pun intended) with anticipation and take crap photos. The two girls, Emma and Morgan, were too cute and lots of fun. Emma, the oldest, has a striking (nearly eerie) resemblance to Dakota Fanning which made me feel like a celeb photographer (hee hee). I wanted this to be a little more contrasty, but I decided to keep the detail and noise level down instead.

Holla
11.22.08 – “Holla” – 149/365

Casey and I had a long day (to say the least) and decided to chill out by discovering our new surroundings and going to the mall!! This odd relic was found in Fortunoff in the toilet lid department. ::shakes head::

Bored
11.21.08 – “Bored” – 148/365

Clearly not much to say about this photo other than Photobooth is possibly the most fantastic time-waster of all time. I had no creative energy whatsoever, obviously, so this what we get.

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Chuggin’ along….and dreaming of Turkey Day.

I’m hoping to get back on track with my postings, as well as a few other things in my life (namely painting, editing, and bills!). Hopefully, I can keep up and still have a few moments of meditation to myself in the meantime.

Peek-a-boo
11.20.08 – “Peek-a-boo” – 147/365

This is by far Quinn’s favorite game (aside from "I’m gonna getchuuuuu!", where she strangely runs towards me with glee instead of away from me in fear). I’m still dedicated to maxing out the iPhone camera’s capabilities. This is a shot of her peekabooing from inside her little playhouse. Boo!

*Taken with iPhone, edited using CameraBag App.

Lonnnng Day
11.19.08 – “Lonnnnng Day” – 147/365

Wednesdays are always the longest, but today seemed to drag and I was knocked off my bum by 6pm and konked out for an hour or two. Finished the night off with "The Beach" and "My Cousin Vinny". No painting done (yet again and to my total disappointment).

*Taken with iPhone, edited using CameraBag App.

Livin’ the Life

Lots of things going on these days. Still setting up camp in the basement and trying to turn it into a home. Photos of the finished product coming soon (along with photos from the move and the cruise). My goal is to get the place done by Thanksgiving and then it’s work work work and save save save!

What's it to you?
10.18.08 – “What’s it to you?” – 146/365

Quinn is changing more and more everyday. She’s now able to give looks that kill. And yet….she’s still cute as a button.

*Taken with iPhone, edited using CameraBag App.

Prepping for Thanksgiving
11.17.08 – “Prepping for Thanksgiving” – 145/365

Molly is one of two dogs I now live with and have loved since their pup days. She seems to be imitating a turkey in her sleeping position today.
*Taken with iPhone, edited using CameraBag App.

Celebratory Dogs
11.16.08 – “Celebratory Dogs” – 144/365

In celebration of buying our first cans of paint (for the interior of our new place) we dined on Don’s Dogs. He has a lonely little truck outside of Home Depot everyday. Mmmmm….
*Taken with iPhone, edited using CameraBag App.

The Rally
11.15.08 – “The Rally” – 143/365

Casey and I decided to go into the city for the day and check out a friend play at 55 Bar. As we got off the subway the first thing we hear is chanting. Following the shouts we find a gay rights rally outside of the 55 Bar! Lots of good vibe. (editing inspired by Katie’s photo…) 😉

Uncle Casey's Shoes
11.14.08 – “Uncle Casey’s Shoes” – 142/365

Quinn was playing with Casey’s shoes.
*Taken with iPhone, edited using CameraBag App.

ABBA
11.13.08 – “ABBA” – 141/365

Abba is the name Quinn and Wade gave their pacifers. I got quite used to "binky" somewhere along my young adult path (maybe it was a family thing). She’s presenting me with it and saying "Ankuuuu…". Translation = THANK you….
*Taken with iPhone, edited using CameraBag App.

Teef!
11.12.08 – “Teef!” – 140/365

Wade’s way too full of energy to sit still for a full face photo. =) Pure glee!

Malcom
11.11.08 – “Malcom” – 139/365

Another sleeping dog photo. This is Malcom, the other dog in the mix. He’s part corgi, deer, pig, rabbit, and human.

Bath Night
11.10.08 – “Bath Night” – 138/365

The only bath in the house is located on the floor where Casey and I live. I pop in every now and then to sneek a shot of the soapy little ones. Quinn’s grin says it all.

Wader
11.9.08 – “Wader” – 137/365

Wade is constantly on the move. In this rare shot I caught him pondering on life….with Spiderman.

GREETINGS FROM NEW JERSEY!!

Wow. It’s been a lonnnnnnnng time since I’ve updated, I know. But, as is my promise, I have kept up with this little project. Here’s a whole lotta photos to look at, some great, some not so great, some personal. Half were taken with my iPhone as I was planning on doing a theme for the first week to only take photos with my iPhone. That fell through when I got behind in my updates and I had to leave my iPhone in the states when I went out of the country.

Winter Wear
11.08.08 – “Winter Wear” – 136/365

As we discover new stores in the area we’ve found that we’ve come slightly ill equipped for the winter weather. We really think this is the jacket for Casey. Thoughts? To see me in this jacket click here.

Ikea Fun
11.07.08 – “Ikea Fun” – 135/365

More silly fun in Ikea.

The Best Invention Ever
11.06.08 – “The Best Invention Ever” – 134/365

There is something to be said for the amazing transformation travelling with children has made due to the inclusion of DVD players in most new vehicles. If it was not for this little device my day would be much for hectic and less tolerable. Hooray for Elmo in Grouchland! (This is little Quinn in awe of the little screen of delight.)

Grrrrr!
11.05.08 – “Grrrr!” – 133/365

Wade got some plastic vampire teeth from school and we finally got around to showing him how to use them. This is him and Matt giving me their angry faces.

History is Made
11.04.08 – “History is Made” – 132/365

Not going to go on and on and on about what an amazing election season this has been, but I cannot express how exciting the results were. Regardless of whether you were for or against Obama, it is hard to deny the impact his election will have on the African American community, history, and state of mind. I can’t wait to see what his term brings our country.

Dezi Daycare
11.3.08 – “Dezi Daycare” – 131/365

My first day of nannying went well; a few snags, but that was to be expected. For those of you who don’t know me and talk to me every day my new job is taking care of my wonderful neice and nephew, Quinn and Wade. Quinn is 10 months and Wade is three years old. In this self portrait I’m sitting with him while we read along to an audio tape/book thing of Monsters, Inc….for about the sixth time that day. =)

Rally Up!
11.2.08 – “Rally Up!” – 130/365

I attended my first political rally. This is a shot of my family meeting Jon Corzine, the governor of New Jersey. Nice guy, great speaker, great way to start my life out as a new New Jersian.

Milestone
11.1.08 – “Milestone” – 129/365

After we woke up, ate some breakfast, and filled the tank we headed back out on the open road. Ever since I was a child, tagging along with my parents on endless treks from Jacksonville to Cleveland, South of the Border has become THE way to know how much longer I had to sit in the car. I’ve only been there once, and only to fill up the tank, I bought a turquoise sweater adorned with a teddy bear wearing a sombrero.

Packed to the Gills!
10.31.08 – “Packed to the Gills!” – 128/365

So we finally got the trailer and packed it tight, including the van, and actually managed to keep the bed and three bookcases! We were exhausted after essentially chucking things out of the apartment in order to be out on time to get the deposit back. The journey continues…

Farewell Stanger
10.30.08 – “Farewell Stranger” – 127/365

After a long and rocky relationship Casey and I finally say goodbye to the beloved Mustang. It was a love-hate relationship from the start and it was a bittersweet end to a constant uphill battle with it’s endless problems. But, a car is a car and for some reason they become part of us.

In all seriousness, this day was very emotional for us both. We will miss our family more than they know.

Strange Procedure
10.29.08 – “Strange Procedure” – 126/365

There is an odd procedure that comes at the end of the cruise adventure. You are supposed to put your suitcases outside your stateroom door the last night of the cruise, all by their lonesome. I trust people, but it still feels very strange.

Delightful Procedure
10.28.08 – “Delightful Procedure” – 125/365

Every night, on a cruise, when you come back to your room, there’s a fun little surprise awaiting: a delightful animal made from towels! This one is a bunny, I believe, wearing Kirk’s sunglasses.

Denial?
10.27.08 – “Denial?” – 124/365

We docked in Jamaica on our third day. We decided to go on a jeep safari tour and then climb a huge waterfall. A few times the jeep safari/roller coaster would stop and let us take pictures of houses and the surroundings.

At this one house there was a dog laying outside. Everyone kept saying how cute she was and petting her as though they couldn’t see what was completely obvious. This dog was malnourished, pregnant, neglected, and miserable. I snapped a few photos, to my own dismay, and walked away unable to watch the charade.

OMM NOM NOM NOM
10.26.08 – “OMM NOM NOM NOM” – 123/365

At the fancy dinner Janet demonstrates how everyone ate on the cruise.

Wish I Was Kid Again
10.25.08 – “Wish I Was A Kid Again” – 122/365

Awaiting the boarding process for the cruise the kids (Elizabeth, Victoria, Erin, and Sammi) huddle up for a group shot.


10.24.08 – “Untitled” – 121/365

Driving down to Satellite Beach to hang with Casey’s parents before the cruise, I actually got to fill up the tank! COMPLETELY!

Seeing my fuel gauge read "F" was strange and exciting all at once.


10.23.08 – “Untitled” – 120/365

The anxiety and to-do lists of the move weighed so heavy on our minds we frequently began to nod off at odd hours. Here’s Casey napping.

Couchless
10.22.08 – “Couchless” – 119/365

We finally got said goodbye to our couch! Jen is modeling it’s comfiness in the back of Ralston’s truck.

I Voted
10.21.08 – “I Voted” – 118/365

I VOTED TODAY!!! Who did I vote for?? Nunyabeez.

Blossom
10.20.08 – “Blossom” – 117/365

Before we left we did a big dinner with my parents. My pup Blossom will be missed terribly!!

The Final Service
10.19.08 – “The Final Service” – 116/365

We had our final day at Palms Presbyterian Church where we have performed every Sunday for the last four years. It was a VERY emotional day. We signed the CDs made of the recording that we finally finished. It was a good day.

Dori Face
10.18.08 – “Dori Face” – 115/365

Silliness with the iPhone. I look strangely like Dori in the photo (from Finding Nemo).

The Final Hang
10.17.08 – “The Final Hang” – 114/365

My friends and I did a final hang out via a couple games at the local bowling alley. Much fun was had by all and I will definitely miss them incredibly. Can’t wait to visit sometime in the far future….

The Final Work Day
10.16.08 – “The Final Work Day” – 113/365

Thank the Lord. My final day of work. It couldn’t have come sooner, but I will miss the friends I made there soooo much!! (Michael fell asleep in the car on the way back…)

Classic
10.15.08 – “Classic” – 112/365

One my final days at work I spotted this FANTASTIC "read" poster in the hallway. Made me remember my childhood growing up in libraries across the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area.

Snapshot Magoo
10.14.08 – “Snapshot Magoo” – 111 /365

Nothing profound here. Just Casey and I being silly as usual.

Big Pimpin'
10.13.08 – “Big Pimpin'” – 110/365

Testing out my iPhone’s camera, I snapped a photo of quite the bachelor at the local ATM. He’s quite the dapper dresser.

Serious Face
10.12.08 – “Serious Face” – 109/365

I had a portrait session with Keturah, a friend of mine. I still haven’t finished editing them, due to moving across country, but this is my favie so far. She couldn’t do a serious face when we started, but after a little while she was pro! (Keturah, please don’t swipe this pic from here. The rest are coming soon, I promise!!!).

Fun with Animation
10.11.08 – “Fun With Animation” – 108/365

I gathered my friends together one night to do a massive animation project (only massive in that it’s often difficult to coordinate and keep the attention of eight twenty something drummers). This is probably my favorite photo out of all the portrait section ones. It makes me laugh EVERY time I see it. You can see the final results below: