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Work, Work, Work

Relieving the Boredom
9.16.08 – “Relieving the Boredom” – 83/365

I’ve had two splendid days of work in a row. This is highly unusual and a much needed change (and is generally determined by the people I work with from one day to the next). Today I had a pleasant location change at 5am and went to a private Catholic school about an hour away from the studio.

For those of you who don’t talk to me on a daily basis and hear my horror/work stories, I work for a company that takes yearbook photos. Although I am a photographer, they are up to their eyeballs in them and put me on as cashier during the weekdays. This means I hand thousands of willful teeanagers an index card with an ID barcode and write them a receipt if their parents happen to care enough to buy the pictures.

While the photographers set up I’m usually used as a "model" for testing lighting. This usually results in one of three photos:
1. Big Cheesy Smile
2. Impersonation of Apathetic Teeny-Bopper
3. Obnoxious Facial Expression (which usually mirrors my disdain for how I spend my work days)

Today, however, was fun. Note: that IS a Starburst candy in my mouth, which means we had lovely nuns giving us candy and brownies to sweeten the deal.

Favorite Quotes of the day include:
“Northeast: Cah, cah…” – Christa
“I don’t really know what your meal thing is, but, uh you can just grab another box and fill it with sides.” – Me

Other interesting artifacts seen along the way can be found below:
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Eager Beaver
9.15.08 – “Eager Beaver” – 82/365

Casey finally got his new drums in and is beyond excited. Aside from some sketchy snare drum issues (shell not exactly lining up with expensivo heads purchased specifically FOR the drum) the quality is outstanding. I’ll update with specifics on the set later. I also made a cheesy slideshow for your viewing pleasuring of his child-like enthusiasm upon opening the packages.

Belated Birthdayness
9.14.08 – “Belated Birthdayness” – 81/365

Some family were out of town on my birthday so we decided to wait until this weekend to celebrate at my mom’s house. Casey and I drove down and enjoyed home cooked food for once in a long while (chicken cordon bleu and broccoli salad). This pie was made instead of the traditional birthday cake as I am not a big fan of cake to begin with. The candles, so proudly placed by Casey, soon began to melt inside the cherry gooeyness and all that was left after a few minutes (and before the birthday song) were sad, dangly wick stumps. It was delicious, nevertheless, and we took half home to enjoy as a midnight snack. I had a great time and am sad/excited that it was my final Florida birthday. Next stop New Jersey!

More pie goodness can be had below:
Candles on the Pie?Delicious

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The Birthday Post

So, I originally put out this post without including 73/365 from yesterday. I totally thought I posted it and was completely on my game. I’m still not convinced. Either way, here’s the edit, including the photo from Saturday.

Spontaneity
9.7.08 – “Spontaneity” – 74/365
Today was my birthday and I was sitting at home on the computer when I got this incredible itch to do some stop animation. I’ve never done this before and was really excited. So I knew I needed a story and an inanimate object. I happened to have a major hankerin’ for a pickle and thought "well, a pickle is about as lifeless as it gets", so I set up the ole tripod and went at it. This is one of the many stills from that project which you can view here.

Hey, I've Got My New Shoes On
9.6.08 – “Hey, I’ve Got My New Shoes On” – 73/365

Last night a huge group of my friends and I went bowling in celebration of my birthday, which isn’t really until tomorrow (the 7th), and had a swinging good time. Afterwards we ate incredibly too much at Denny’s and made the terrible mistake of heading back to campus where we used to entire Fine Arts Building as our personal playing field for serious games of Manhunt and Capture Flag (multiple levels, multiple staircases, elevators). Needless to say after three hours and by 2am we were all ready to puke, but pretty much decided we needed to turn our antics into a weekly league and meet every weekend. It’s going to be great and I hope it actually happens a few times before I move!

I created some animated gifs of the “better” bowling techniques I noticed at the alley and put them in this set for my friends and fellow Flickrites to enjoy.

Much Labor on Labor Day

Lots of stuff going on in my life at this point and YET I somehow manage to squeeze these photos in. I don’t have one for today yet, that’s a work in a progress, but here are my picks for the last week or so.

I-95, I Despise

8.31.08 – 67/365 – “I-95, I Despise”

So one party and roughly 23 loads of laundry later, Casey and I made our way back up to Jacksonville. This was my view the WHOLE way.

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8.30.08 – 66/365 – “Untitled”

Casey’s dad bought a jammin’ new camera and I immediately launched into finding it’s nitty-gritty details and specs. Delicious.

Twigs and Berries

8.29.08 – 65/365 – “Twigs and Berries”

During our second day on holiday we were given the opportunity of babysitting Casey’s niece, Kendall. She’s about 15 months and greeted us at the door in the most adorable striped, two-piece dress. The explanation for this came from Casey’s sister, Shayne, who declared that she wanted her to wear something she thought we’d put on our own kid so we could pretend she was ours for the day and get a gist for THAT whole situation.

We took her to the local mall, browsed a book store, and a puppy store before settling down at Smoothie King to get Kendall her favorite: Twigs and Berries!

Oh, Mulder...

8.28.08 – 64/365 – “Oh, Mulder…”

Casey and I left for a mini-vacay to his mother’s before our big move and stopped off at his favorite burger joint, Doubles. Lo and behold, they had an X-Files pinball machine!! I was overcome with joy and immediately started snapping pictures.

I’ve recently become obsessed with show, thanks to Casey. I’d never seen the show but was interested in seeing the movie. He said I had to at least watch the show first, TIVOed it for me, and the rest is history.

Badoom, Ching!

8.27.08 – 63/365 – “Badoom, Ching!”

My boyfriend, Casey, has been deep in research for nearly a year now planning a big purchase of a new drumset. He’s had his current one almost ten years and has DEFINITELY out grown it.

Finally, the day came when it ARRIVED! I was greeted after a brief knock at the door by a mountain of UPS boxes blocking my exit (definitely a fire hazard). Casey was bursting at the seams to say the least.

*note: This delivery only included his cymbals, cymbal stands, and drum cases. The actual set is yet to come!

For more delivery fun check out other photos from the fun-filled unpacking!
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Dinosaur Under the Couch

8.26.08 – 62/365 – “Dinosaur Under the Couch”

I’m in the pre-stages of moving essentially from coast to coast (Florida to NY), so it’s CONSOLIDATION TIME! I’m packing clothes we won’t need for a while, Christmas supplies, and craft stuff (::sniff, sniff…I know:::) to store at my parent’s while we move the important stuff first.

The other huge task at hand is emptying all important info and photos from obsolete computers that are just taking up space at this point. I plan on selling these antiques as soon as I’m done (probably for parts). When I pulled this laptop from under the couch I could barely lift it up it was SOOOO heavy. I was amazed at the difference between it and the one I have now. Amazing.

Dogs are A'Barkin'

8.25.08 – 61/365 – “Dogs are A’Barkin'”

Not much to say here. I was pooped at the end of the day and just managed to snap this shot of Casey’s tootsies.

Fay Lingers

8.24.08 – 60/365 – “Fay Lingers”

Fay had been washed away for the most part, however her flooding lingered for a while especially in the streets, between medians and such. This is a view from my drivers seat at a busy intersection.

Stud

8.23.08 – 59/365 – “Stud”

I performed what may be my last classically oriented concert ever on August 23. My professor, Char, puts on a recital near the end of every summer and has done so for 25 years. This year was the 25th and final one as she has decided to retire the concert series. With 1,400 in the audience and news personnel around every corner, I was asked to be a featured performer and do a piece called “Stubernic” with Char and fellow UNF grad (and boyfriend), Casey. The whole concert was emotional to say the least, but ended with a crowd favorite, Rockin’ Ricky Rocket (Char sits and pretends to be playing a drumset while we all do the sounds of each instrument with our voices). As tradition continues, we all dress up in fanciful costumes and colorful getups. Mike here went with my suggestion to wear the lime green bandana around his neck, muffler style, instead of as a do-rag. I think it looks fabulous. You can see other amazing wardrobe choices here.

Coming to the End of a LONG week

The week isn’t over yet, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve been incredibly busy the last few weeks (at my day job and my freelance). I’ve got a week off next week for many reasons (to be revealed in due time) and cannot WAIT for the relaxation factor to kick in.

Jammin'
8.8.08 – 44/365 – “Jammin'”

As is the usual post work excursion, my boyfriend and I went walking around one of the various malls in town. We never really buy anything, but it’s fun to pick stuff out for eachother and laugh and people taking it all too seriously. I’ve had my eye on these glasses for a while now and thought I snap a quick self portrait in one of my favie stores (Urban Outfitters). That’s my beau in the background.

The Amazing Alex
8.7.08 – 43/365 – “The Amazing Alex”

During my long days at work where I take roughly 1500-2000 photos a day I sometimes manage to snap a few fun shots to keep the day moving along. Here’s Alex posing as a super hero in a fan used for the "wind blown" look. More fun pictures of Alex can be found here.

The Crumb
8.6.08 – 42/365 – “The Crumb”

I’ve come to realize that I’m one of few people that do "streaks" in their life for fun. I like to test my limits and see how far and I go with one stupid, unnecessary action (or non-action) just to see what happens. Aside from my burger and fast food streaks (I haven’t had a burger in about 4 years and no fast food since January of this year) this little guy has stood the test of time. This crumb is originally from a Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit that was in a to-go box from an anniversary dinner over two years ago. It sits on the dash board of my boyfriend’s Mustang and is a constant reminder of our weird love of streaks.

Long Week…not even over…

Here are my “365” photos for the last 4 days….It’s been busy to say the least. A million video projects coming in for my freelance, along with two more weddings, and three more headshot sessions to schedule. Hopefully they all pan out, I actually SAVE the money, and everything goes according to plan for November.

Sarah
“Sarah” – 7.31.08 – 36/365

A close friend of mine had a baby three months ago. I hadn’t seen her since the birth, but finally got to today. We went out for icecream, caught up, and laughed about old times. Her little one, Sarah, is too cute for words. Can’t wait to finish their maternity album this week!

Stress
“Stress” – 7.30.08 – 35/365

All the photographers, session designers, presenters, and makeup artists (at my job) were gathered together for a photo shoot (not sure exactly what will end up being used for). While waiting around for my individual portrait I started snapping away. I believe the new system has been wearing on all of us, as can be seen with Alex and Sam.

Blue Cups
“Blue Cups” – 7.29.08 – 34/365

Not much inspiration today. As a follow up to yesterdays post, we also have reverted to the crummy blue cups that have been sitting in a cupboard for months. At least their getting used.

10,000 Spoons
“10,000 Spoons” – 7.28.08 – 34/365

As usual my boyfriend and I have procrastinated in regards to the kitchen (specifally the notion of ACTUALLY doing the dishes), so we are stuck without silverware and resort to plasticware. Of course forks are the first to go and then knives (we’re not really soup people), so we’re left with all these spoons. Their too weak for icecream, so maybe I’ll end up making some spoon structure that ends up in a Ripley’s museum.