Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Week in Review - Week 20

Hi everyone!  I'm a little behind on my photos this week because I was on vacation in Florida and I'm just now trying to get my head back on straight.  It was only a little 4 day trip, but man, was it much needed.  I'm usually the type of girl that has to have a plan on vacation so that we don't get bored, but for this one, I didn't have a schedule and it was lovely.  I took an extra day off work yesterday to regroup and do some things around the house, so I'm feeling pretty good about life, but I'm also not ready to go back to the grind!

I'll admit, the taking a new photo a day for the specific prompts of the FMS challenge has gone by the wayside a bit, but I'm still making the ones I take fit the prompt, so I'm going to continue on.

May 11 - Upside Down
This photo is from our Mother's Day trip to the zoo this year.  I love flamingos.  I think they might be one of my favorite animals now.

May 12: Eyes
These two cheetahs were lounging in the shade since it was so hot.  This one was watching us with his big eyes.

May 13: Hands

Check out the claws on this Kimodo Dragon.  I wouldn't want to meet him in the wild.

May 14: Heart
This isn't the clearest shot, unfortunately... I was experimenting with my iPhone camera.  This is a charm from my Oragami Owl necklace.

May 15: I Found This

While in Tampa, FL, my friend and I visited a botanical garden.  These little lizards were all over the place, but some of them blended in with the sidewalk.

May 16: Clean

The beach we stayed on was really pristine.  We only saw one dead fish.  Lol!

May 17: Home
This was the view from my friend's home.  She's a lucky, lucky girl.

So that's that.  Stay tuned for more Florida photos in this coming week's post and hopefully I'll get back on my game soon. :-)  Happy Hump Day!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Week in Review - Week 19

 This week was full of fun and sunshine, but as far as the Fat Mum Slim Photo-a-Day Challenge, it was a rough one for me.  The prompts were just tough.  I got'er done, though, so let's see what I got.

May 4 - Today I Saw
Flowers!  Flowers are everywhere now, and I love it.

 May 5 - Red
 More flowers!  My parents took me to Phipps Conservatory for my birthday.  There were many red things to see there.

May 6 - 10 o'clock
 This one was a toughy... I finally decided to take a picture of the ceiling fan going at full speed at 10pm, because it was way too hot for that time of night.

May 7 - Key
 I tried to take a photo of my friend's toddler's play keys, but she wasn't getting the concept so all of them came out blurry, so I snapped a photo of my keys laying on the table of North Country Brewery where we had just finished book club dinner.  Yum!

May 8 - Four Things
Four stones... yawn.

May 9 - Peaceful
Sometimes a monochromatic look can be very peaceful to the eye.  The sent of this flower was very relaxing a lovely, as well.  My friend picked it from a tree outside the theatre where we were seeing a show so that we could all smell it... then gave it to me.  Check out the heart shape!  Awwww!

May 10 - Playground
 I have two photos for this one!  The first is my favorite.  The Polar Bears at the Pittsburgh Zoo were playing in their version of a playground when we went there for Mother's Day.

The second one is the climbing wall in the play area.  I used to love that thing, even though I was never very good at it...

So there ya go.  I'm still  trucking along and I'm happy that even when the prompts are hard for me, I haven't given up.  I'm considering not posting them on the FMS Facebook page anymore, though.  I'm starting to get too bogged down with how many likes I get, and I'd rather just take the photos for the fun of taking the photos, and not worrying about if people like them.  All that should matter is that I like them and that they accurately reflect my life in 2015.  

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Photo-A-Day - Week 18

Happy May, everyone!  I don't really have much to say about this week, except the weather this weekend has been wonderful and spring is finally here to stay... I hope!  This week was surprisingly quiet, but the weekend consisted of a baby shower, jogging, staining my deck, and holding on a precious new baby (and being told by his 3 year old brother that it was time for me to go home now). LOL!  Gotta love the kiddies.

I hope you all have a wonderful upcoming week.  I'm excited for May because it seems like I will be off more than I'm working this month, which makes me more than a bit happy!

Here are my photos from this week's FMS Photo challenge.  Four months down; eight more to go.

April 27: In my Bedroom
This chair is kind of a fake reading nook.  This is a vintage/antique chair from my grandma's house and because I'm a little sentimental, I wanted to keep it.  I pretty much only use it to put on my shoes, but it's actually very comfy.

April 28: Prepare
I eat the same thing every day, so today I decided to switch it up and make myself a bagel... unfortunately, my contents didn't really stay in very well.  It was yummy, though!

April 29: I Walked Here
Now that the weather is so nice, I have been taking lots of walks in my parents' neighborhood.  Love that blue sky!

April 30: Need
I need less stress in my life right now.  There are just a lot of little things that are becoming slightly overwhelming.  My poor little stress lizard gets a lot of squeezes lately.

May 1: Want
More blue skies!  I love this time of year!  Yay May!

May 2: Faceless Self-Portrait
I wanted to be super artsy with this prompt, but nothing I took turned out... so here is a photo of what I did today... stained my deck with my fancy blue manicure.  :-)

May 3: Cup of...
... tea in one of the teacups my grandma left me.  I do not use this fancy china enough... possibly because I hate hand washing dishes. :-P

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Photo-A-Day Week 17

Hi all!  It's been another crazy week.  I started up the Couch to 5K program at the beginning of the week, but only got a couple of days into it before I got a pinched nerve (or something) in my neck, then got a wicked cold, and am just yesterday starting to feel better.  I don't think that the neck thing is from the jogging, as you do more walking than jogging in the first couple of weeks, but I don't want to hurt myself, so I am giving myself a good spell to recover from that and then I'll continue on (or restart, by then).

I am really pleased with my photos this week.  They won't win any photography awards, I'm sure, but I just really enjoy how this year of Fat Mum Slim's photo-a-day is able to capture my day to day life and the things and people in it.  I think it'll be interesting to look back on someday.

April 20 - This Happened
After having a few days of absolutely gorgeous spring weather, spring decided to throw us a curve ball and dump a bunch of rain on us at the beginning of the week... then it got cold... I think we're slowly coming back from the cold now, though.  Thank goodness!  I think Heaven is a eternal 70 degrees and sunny.

April 21 - Season
...or season(ing).  As I mentioned, it was a rather blah start to the week, so I decided to try a different kind of photo for this prompt.  I kinda like it.

April 22 - Mess
Even with only me to take care of, there seems to always be a mound of dirty dishes and laundry to do.  I'm not really sure how that happens, but I feel like my house is always a mess.

April 23 - Snack
Chocolate cake sounds like the perfect snack to me!

April 24 - Fill the Frame
Lovely yellow blooms... in my house because I had to bring them inside since the weather was to get down to freezing overnight. 

April 25 - I Sat Here
This is my favorite photo of the week.  It's a cell phone photo, but my parents' little cat has taken a liking to the fake tree in their sun room.  That does not even seem comfortable, but she seems content.

April 26 - 4 o'clock
I got sick towards the end of the week, and ended up taking a couple of sick days.  Whenever I have a cold, my mom makes me chicken noodle soup.  Nothing cures a cold like a mama's homemade soup.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Week in Review - Week 16 - The Last Hurrah

I finally had a week where I had nothing scheduled except housework... and then I ended up shopping for patio furniture 2 or 3 nights after work, so I didn't get anywhere on said housework until this weekend.  Oh well.  Life happens.  It was a glorious weekend, to be sure.

The main event was Saturday evening.  I went to Grove City College and was part of the English/Theatre department there.  One of my favorite professors and directors is retiring after almost 40 years at the college and Saturday night was his retirement party and final performance as Prospero in "The Tempest".  While my friend Mike and I opted for our own dinner at a Mexican restaurant in town instead of the actual retirement dinner, we attended the play and post-show reception.

The play was phenomenal!  I might be bias, but I believe our school puts on professional level theatrical performances and this one was no different.  Every actor was spot-on, and of course, our professor as Prospero was superb.  I wouldn't be surprised if every alumnus there teared up at the end when Prospero sets Ariel free and then has his last monologue.
But release me from my bands
With the help of your good hands.
Gentle breath of yours my sails
Must fill, or else my project fails,
Which was to please. Now I want
Spirits to enforce, art to enchant;
And my ending is despair
Unless I be relieved by prayer,
Which pierces so, that it assaults
Mercy itself, and frees all faults.
As you from crimes would pardoned be,
Let your indulgence set me free 
It was a bittersweet moment.  It's sad to see him go, but for all of us who have had the privilege of studying under him, we will always hold on to our fond memories.  I'm sure he'll turn up at Homecomings in the future, so it is not goodbye for good.

It was also wonderful to see so many of my old theatre buddies.  Even though time has separated us and given us all very different lives 10 years later, it's great to come together for such a celebratory event and catch up.  It didn't last long enough and I didn't get to talk to the amount of people that I would have liked, but it will definitely be a memorable evening for me.  I love my school.

Well, let's move on to the photos of the week from the FMS Photo-a-Day Challenge, shall we?  I'm working on a non-photo related post here that will be up in the near future, I hope, but for now, let's stick with what we know.

April 13: Paper

I actually haven't gotten to scrapbook much this week, but I did get this page mostly done.  I am loving the pink that comes with the Steel Magnolia pages. :-)

April 14: Up
I looked up and saw the buds are starting to come out on the trees.  

April 15: Dinner
One of my favorite meals is spaghetti and meatballs.  If I didn't have willpower, I might eat it once or twice a week.

April 16: Where I work
I can't take photos of my real work place, but this is where I work on my crafty projects... my basement.  I'd like to make a craft room upstairs, but when you live in a 2 bedroom townhouse, it's just not practical.

April 17: An Ordinary Moment
Thankfully, this is an ordinary scene in my day to day life.  I live near a lot of farms and rural settings, so lovely landscapes like this are not uncommon.

April 18: Fluffy
Um... cottonballs?  Fluffiest thing in my house right now. :-P

April 19: Together
These two flowers showed up "together" in my garden this spring.  I don't remember planting them, but they're gorgeous, so I don't mind at all.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Week in Review - Week 15

Hello there!  It's been another crazy week around here.  I'm really enjoying my time off from performing, but I'm also starting to get the itch to be onstage again.  I'm anticipating another audition in the next month or so, so with any luck my itch will be scratched in the next little bit (weird imagery...sorry), but I have definitely not been bored since my show closed, so hopefully regardless of the outcome of the audition, I will be able to keep myself busy and social.

I went to see one of the teens I know from community theatre perform as the Baker in his high school's production of "Into the Woods."  I absolutely love this musical and I was blown away by this school's performance!  I was so proud of my friend as he stood on the stage all by himself singing one of his solos.  It was a dream role for him and he rocked it!  I had a little proud mama moment, even though I am obviously not his mama.  After the show, we were standing around talking to him, when all of a sudden I saw one of my favorite college professors from across the room!  I totally freaked out and "fan-girled" him, as my friend called it.  It's true.  I apologized to my friend later for giving him the shaft while I ran up to my old prof, but I'm happy to report that he remembered me and we had a very nice conversation!

There was so much fun happening this week.  I actually think I have a free week this coming week, until next weekend when I am having a mini-reunion at my college to celebrate the retirement of another of my favorite professors!  Eek!!  My heart is aflutter with anticipation!  AH!

All right, all right.  Enough talk about college and theatre.  Without further ado, here are my photos from this week.

April 6: A Shape
On Easter Sunday, my mom found something that I thought I had lost. I bought this Origami Owl necklace maybe a year ago and this past November, completely lost it. I remembered putting it in a bag or purse, but I checked every bag I own, and it was nowhere to be found. On Easter, my mom found it in one of HER rarely used handbags. Yay!

April 7: Beauty

I couldn't think of what to photograph for this day, but when I sat down to write in my journal, I realized how beautiful I thought this book was.  I love the color, and as much as I didn't like Paris when I was there, I did LOVE the Eiffel Tower and thought it was very beautiful.

April 8: Breakfast
I wanted to go to Panera Bread this morning, but I ended up not feeling the greatest and just ate a muffin at home. Here are the spoils.

April 9: Inspired
My mini-daffodils are blooming!  This has inspired me to get outside and start photographing nature again!

April 10: Dark
I almost forgot to take a photo today, so as I was getting ready for bed, I turned off the lights and took this photo of my bedtime setup. :-P

April 11: This Smells so Good
It's no secret that I love my coffee.  I used to love the smell but hate the taste, but obviously, my taste buds finally caught up to my sniffer.

April 12: Something Green
I love the first flowers of spring.  These little flowers were mere green shoots a week ago.  Now they are blooming in all their sunshiny glory.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Week in Review - Week 14

Happy Easter, everyone!  He is Risen, indeed!

I have to admit, today was a loooong day and it's only 8:45 as I type this and I'm seriously considering going to bed after I press "Publish".  I woke up at 5:30 this morning to get ready to be at church by 6:30.  Actually, I set my alarm for 5:00, and then fell back asleep.  Ugh!  I never do that... Anyway, it wasn't really a big deal and I got to church on time and even though we were all extremely tired, we had a great time singing at all three services.  We have really been singing some very powerful songs in choir lately.  Every time we came off the platform from singing the song "Forever", my friend and I had chills.  Love that song!

After church, my parents and I headed out to enjoy our day.  It's only the three of us these days, so we went to a restaurant and then bowling at a semi-local casino.  I got a big mug of coffee at the restaurant and still took a nap on the way to bowling and on our way home.  I'm getting too old for this!

Anyway, onto week 14 of the FMS Photo Challenge.  It was another good week, I think.

March 30: On My Table
This one is kind of boring, but I love the pop of red in the peppers.  Obviously, this is just my run-of-the-mill breakfast on my table.

March 31: Two Tone

This day was not a particularly colorful one, but as I got into my car at the end of the day, it suddenly occurred to me that the multitude of clouds in the sky were two-toned.  Perfect!

April 1: Lunch
Woops!  I ate my lunch before I remembered about taking a photo, so these were the two items I had left.  Doesn't that Halo look like a brain?  EW!

April 2: Building

It just continues to rain this week, so I took a photo from inside a building, specifically the Arts Center where I am working the box office for a play this weekend.  It has a "lovely" view of the Post Office building, too.  

April 3: This is Good
I might still be having a bit of "Steel Magnolias" withdrawal.  I started working on my scrapbook pages for the show this week and I really love this title card I made!  It's a famous line that really sums up how I feel about life.

April 4: I Stood Here

You got a little glimpse of it in my "Building" photo, but this brightly painted platform is part of an art installation at the Arts Center.  It's been interesting to hear people's reactions to it.  I kind of dig it, especially in this photo.

April 5: Egg
Of course, today is Easter Sunday!  Our choir director "hid" eggs around the choir room for us.  It was really cute and we laughed when we realized they were for us and not the kids.  Candy for the adults!  YAY!

So that's been my week in photos.  I really feel like this particular set has really captured my life this week, rather than just looking for something pretty to fit the prompts.  I realize that's going to happen when the prompt is just something wacky that wouldn't fit in my daily routine, but I do want to make this a year in photos that really captures my year.  

Have a great week, everyone!  See you in a few!