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HAPPY SEPTEMBER!

Catching up on my blogging has become a big goal of mine, but organizing my finances, cross country move, and multiple jobs somehow manages to weigh heavy on the priority scale. I will get better someday I promise.

Desperation

9.5.08 – 72/365 – “Desparation”

Since I’m in the midst of a huge cross country move (FL to NYC) I’m doing some major purging to reduce the amount of junk we haul up there. Most of it goes to Goodwill or trash, but some is sellable so I’m on a mission to make some cash off it. You can see my desparation, here, selling poly-fil. Sigh.

Back to School!

9.4.08 – 71/365 – “Back to School!”

So it’s fall again and you know what that means. Underclass photos! My days generally start at 5am and end at 5-6pm. It’s definitely tiring and I’m excited to only be working in the studio this weekend.

Trashy

9.3.08 – 70/365 – “Trashy”

Life is hectic as usual and as this coffee table displays, lots of stuff gets neglected including cleaning up around the apartment. I’m hoping to alleviate this whole situation by the end of the week.

Word Machine

9.2.08 – 69/365 – “Word Machine”

I love my computer so much I take photos of it. Sad.

Living Room Unplugged

9.1.08 – 68/365 – “Living Room Unplugged”

Many nights Casey will pick up one of our guitars and start picking away, eventually leading to a late night acoustic jam. Lots of fun for us, probably not so much fun for our neighbors.

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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.

Holay, Molay…

Wow. So it’s been roughly forever since a post from me, yet feast your eyes upon my unyielding display of fortitude, for I have not faltered in my 365 quest. I have a photo for each day of my absence, however lame they may be.

Fun With Photobooth
8.18.08 – 54/365 – “Fun With Photobooth”

On my flight back to Jacksonville and I, of course, left my camera in the overhead storage and, not wanting to disturb my sleepy blanket-covered seat buddy, I decided to have a little fun with Photobooth. It’s clouds. And a wing. Not too complex.

Cleveland Symphony
8.17.08 – 53/365 – “Cleveland Symphony”

*disclaimer: taken with cell phone camera due to my naive nature in thinking I wouldn’t be allowed to bring my real camera. Lame.

During my mini-vacay to my Dad’s in Cleveland we decided it would be fun to go see the symphony at their summer home at the Blossom Music Center. It’s an outside venue/amphitheater with seats under the main shell of the building and then a huge lawn where families can set up camp with blankets, chairs, and food. The program was great, the weather was sublime, and the quality of music was incredible. A traditional Pops concert, it started with the Star Spangled Banner, included some Sousa marches, a surprise performance of "Sleigh Ride", and closed with my favorite of all John Williams scores "E.T.". I was blubberly like a baby, of course, but didn’t care really. I was sitting there listening to the music realizing I was sitting on a beautiful evening, listening to make favorite music (performed live!), without a care in the world. It was such a strange thing to realize when I looked back a few years before at points in my life when a simple, happy life seemed such a distant flicker in the future and tending to look at life with a sort of grouchy, indifference because of the cards I seemed to be getting dealt. It may sound corny but that night I was proud to be a musician, an American, and exactly who and how I am.

Jimmy Magoo
8.16.08 – 52/365 – “Jimmy Magoo”

This is my cousin’s son James (otherwise known as Jimmy Magoo) playing with a racquet at my niece’s 1st birthday party. Quite the little man.

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8.15.08 – 51/365 – “Untitled”

This is the bedroom in my grandmother’s house where I slept growing up. Unlike my family in Florida, my Ohio family has the luxury of being able to live with the windows open. This affords a really mesmerizing dance from the curtains that hang over every window in my grandmother’s house.

Declining-Economy Packing
8.14.08 – 50/365

Thanks to the rise in gas and everything else in America, airlines are forced to add prices to "luxuries", such as a CHECKED BAG or a PILLOW. This leaves me no choice but to travel only with carry-ons. This is a huge undertaking, mainly because I dressed based on mood and tend to pack entirely too much for the trip at hand. Even with this handy, carry-on duffel I managed to squeeze in 20 outfits for a three day weekend. Feel free to congratulate me in person.

Mystery No More
8.13.08 – 49/365 – “Mystery No More”

Clue: big huge, overly popularized television show centered on singing/screaming airing on Fox to the delight of pre-teens across the country. Read on for more tantalizing clues.

Idol Breakfast
8.12.08 – 48/365 – “Idol Breakfast”

As lame as it sounds I made a point of going out to a pre-Idol audition-pancake-breakfast with my boyfriend. With thoughts of transformational fame in mind, I wanted to make sure I could have one public, fun, PRIVATE outing with my boyfriend before any sort of outlandish publicity ensued. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think I’m amazing or worthy of such heightened attention, but neither did William Hung when he went and now he’ll never have his old life back (that I think he minds, but still). I just didn’t want to set out for the audition and come back unable to be at peace with my life if, by some miracle, I happened to fit into that niche-cookie-cutter-category they were looking for this season.

Power of the Band
8.11.08 – 47/365 – “Power of the Band”

Yes. Yours truly is auditioning for American Idol. And I purposely left the image from the actual audition without a major description to keep you in complete suspense of my results (I’m sure you were on the edge of your seat). So here it is: it was a big, fat, insincere NO THANK YOU. All in all in was a fun experience (although exhausting, very enlightening, less entertaining than educational, and very very long). Bonus points for photos of Ryan Seacrest. You can read a full review of my experience here. (link will be added tomorrow…8.19.08 )

Ta-Da!
8.10.08 – 46/365 – “Ta Da!”

So I FINALLY did it. I’ve been telling myself to get around to it and I eventually got down to it. My first tshirt design for Threadless. Unfortunately, three days later I got a "Submission Declined" email and was promptly told to add some revisions to the design (which I totally understand, since I was really doing the design purely to have the experience of formatting it to the template). But now I know. Onward tshirt, ho!

My Savior
8.9.08 – 45/365 – “My Savior”

Nothing too amazing here. Frankly, I ran out of ideas and was so pooped at the end of the day I was lying on my living room floor looking up at my fancy 13 foot ceiling/skylights and thinking "I’m so glad I have high ceilings, otherwise I’d feel even more claustrophobic than I already do." Then I realized "hey" I should probably take a picture of that.

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 Time No Post

Hey Everbody,
Sorry about the lag in posting. Total lame-o, I know. I’ve been sooo super busy at work and with my freelance stuff that I’ve barely managed to get a picture a day (aside from the 1,000 I take at work). So here’s the long post with my last six days worth of images. Peace!

Accomplishment
7.25.08 – 30/365 – “Accomplishment”

My 30th day of posting! A wonderful surprise awaited me today at work. I work at a portrait studio and have been busting my butt trying to learn as much as I can. Our walls are COVERED in huge, elaborate framed photos of the best work we’ve put out; stuff that really embodies our style and spirit. Today THREE triptych style frames of my very first client were placed around the studio! I’m feel really proud of myself and seeing them really gave me a big boost of self confidence. Definitely the perfect post for my 30th 365 photo!

Regret
7.24.08 – 29/365 – “Regret”

Lately my diet consisted of PB&Js, dill pickles, and 100 calorie packs. The last week however it’s been nothing short of awe inspiring. Pizza, nachos, salads, THE WORKS. Unfortunately it’s GOTTA stop because my waistline will increase, my wallet will decrease, and my tastebuds will eventually get used to good food and then it won’t be so special.

Torture
7.23.08 – 28/365 – “Torture”

For the last few years I’ve developed a very unhealthy habit of visiting my local mall’s puppy store on a weekly basis. My boyfriend and I will peruse the pups and occasionally hold one in the play area, dream big, and then get swift kick in the ass by reality. This little guy really broke our hearts and unfortunately we had to break his and put him back. I want a dog sooooo bad!! My dream pup is definitely one of these.

Neglect
7.22.08 – 27/365 – “Neglect”

So my boyfriend and I bought this grill Memorial Day weekend 2006. That was the first and last day it was ever used. It has since become a lovely piece of modern, rusted art on our tiny little porch. This is a still life of the vent on the top of the lid.

Shirts
7.21.08 – 26/365 – “Shirts”

After my job’s recall on the work wardrobe my closet has been overrun with crazy patterns and fabrics. It hits my a blinding light in the morning when I walk into my closet to pick something out.

Snooze Button Magoo
7.20.08 – 25/365 – “Snooze Button Magoo”

I wake up to this most mornings since I tend to start work earlier than my boyfriend. No joke, it’s this position every morning. Note the zoo of tiny stuffed animals on the window sill. These are all our "pets" which were won from crane machine games. We’d love to get a dog someday, but for now these will do (plus they are so affordable!). =)