Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Future

Hey all.  I've been absent on this little blog for awhile, it seems... to be honest, I'm not sure if that will change.  I'm just not feeling blogging right now.  I find it more of a chore when I think about what I want to post, which link-ups I should participate in, and making sure there is a picture with each post.

I also have had some things on my mind lately that cannot go on the blog.

Also, on a more fun note, I've been really busy with theatre, my newfound love for scrapbooking, and just socializing and being thankful for my friendships.

This is all to say I have a question.  Do you faithful bloggers backup your blogs?  I tried, but it saves it in a file format that doesn't actually open in any other programs... so what's the point of backing it up?  Is there another way?  Is there something I need to do to ensure that I actually get my blog posts backed up and not just a bunch of javascript with my blog words mixed in?

Any help would be necessary.  I'm really thinking of deleting my blog, but I don't want it to be gone for good... just maybe off the interwebs.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Long Weekend Fun

Hi all!  Well, July is shaping up to be pretty awesome.  I had an extra long weekend due to my friend coming to visit, as well as the 4th.  I could get used to this whole not working thing, aside from that needing to eat and have a place to live thing.  Details, details.

I'm linking up with Tamar today.



The Good:

My friend Erin came to visit.  She used to live in our town, but moved farther south for work and warmer winter weather.  It's always fun when she comes to visit.  She's spunky, free-spirited, and artsy, but yet we also have pretty deep conversations.  It's a great mix and I enjoy that we can spend hours just talking.  I don't necessarily have to come up with entertainment options, because we can just hang out.

The Random:

Rain was threatening to ruin our Thursday zoo plans, but luckily, it turned out to be a nice weekend.  I took some random flower photos, because that's what I do.


The Fun:

I love going to the zoo and have way more zoo pictures than is healthy.  It's just fun to play around with my camera, and what better place to do that than the zoo.  I will spare you the millions I have and stick to just two.  You're welcome.

 

It was such a fun, yet somehow relaxing weekend.  I'm excited that July has a lot more fun weekends planned.  Surprisingly, not taking a vacation this summer hasn't made much of a difference on my fun factor, and for that, I am very thankful.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Link-up Fun

In an attempt to get back into the blogging game, I'm linking up with Tamar's awesome link-up, The Good. The Random. The Fun.  Even though I woke up today with a splitting headache and I'm assuming an allergy-induced-stuffy nose, this weekend was both productive and fun, thus perfect for this linkup!


The Good:

I recently bought all the fixin's to start a Project Life scrapbook and while I haven't actually started putting it together, I've made good progress on picking out the photos I want to use and coming up with mock layouts from a template on the Becky Higgins site.  So far, I like this form of scrapbooking.  It's forcing me to print out pictures I normally wouldn't and think about a bit of journeling to put with it.  I like it!


The Random:

I spent all day Saturday making breakfast casseroles for my church choir breakfast the next day.  I made 3 because I was told there would be 30 people there.  It took me pretty much all day, because I didn't start out thinking I'd make that many and had to go back to the store for more ingredients.  I was tired and cranky by the end of the night and decided to go to bed at 9:00.  Well, just as I was about to get into bed, my friend Matt texted, "Starbucks?"  I texted back "Yes. Give me 15 mins".   It might have been a terrible decision for my sleep-deprived brain, but it was a great decision for my emotional state because I got to spend time with one of my besties and I got a free decaf caramel macchiato courtesy of said bestie.  I don't regret my poor decision. :-P

The Fun:

Sunday was church (where only one full casserole went.  Left overs for me and the church staff, I suppose).  After church, I talked with some friends, relaxed for a bit, and then met a fellow cast-member of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the park where we'll be performing to practice our lines.  Since I do not have a lot of lines in this play, I am happy to lend a hand to those who have more and need a sounding board for practicing their lines out-loud.  I know I find it much easier to memorize my lines if I get to practice them with someone else.

That's my weekend in a nutshell.  I'm taking a sick day today because of said migraine and allergies, so perhaps the lack of sleep got to me a little more than I realized at the time.  Soooo... it's off to take another early morning nap and possibly some laundry.  Gotta get better before next weekend's holiday festivities!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Time Gets Away from Us

Whoa!  It seems like I've been gone from the blog-o-sphere for quite some time.  I guess blogging just isn't on my radar these days, and I'm not sure if that'll change anytime soon.  I have a ton of things I want to do this summer and some things had to stop because there just wasn't enough time in the day... I guess blogging was one of those throw-away things.

What's been going on here?  Well, for starters, I got in a play!  Yeah, I know that's not really big news as I've been in many plays over the past 2 years, but this one is different for me.  Maybe I've already told you about all this, maybe not.  I auditioned and got a small part in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with a newer theatre company in our area that specializes in classical plays, not the typically popular musical theatre format.  I love both formats, but I have to say that plays are definitely more in my wheelhouse than musicals. This particular one is one of my favorite Shakespearean rom/coms and I'm ecstatic to be playing one of the "comic relief" characters.  The other exciting thing is that this play will be done as a Shakespeare in the Park, where scenes will be acted in different areas throughout a local park and the audience will get to explore and be entertained at the same time.  I am thrilled to be a part of this, as you can tell.  Even if you think you don't like Shakespeare, I bet you will be pleasantly surprised at how much you understand and enjoy it if you come...so come!

Photo: Sometimes after a long day,  and when you're feeling nostalgic about the past, you just need to reward yourself.  Enter Project Life scrapbooking.  Here we go!

Also, I started working on a Project Life scrapbook.  If you don't know what that is, it is basically a scrapbook for dummies.  It's a kit that comes with different journeling and title cards and clear plastic pocket pages like a traditional photo album.  It's just a supposedly easier way to feel like your scrapbooking, yet not having to worry so much about page layouts and how much is too much or too little, etc.  I worked on one layout yesterday and I already think I'm going to like this style.  I'll try to post pictures of my pages as I go and you can give me your feedback on what you like or what I should change.

Other than that, my life has been out socializing, reading, rehearsals, organizing and purging my life of the crud I've accumulated over the years... things like that.  Oh, and I had a photoshoot with a friend the other week for some updated headshots of myself and she gave me a sneak peek and I love them!  I have a lot of very talented photographer friends, so when I was thinking about headshots, I was torn with whom I should ask to take them... what sold me on Beth was that she is fundraising for a missions trip to India.  I generally feel a little vain just asking for pictures of myself for seemingly no reason (it's not like I'm a paid actress who NEEDS headshots), but when I saw that my money would be going towards a good cause, I felt better about the situation.  Anyway, I will also post some of those when I get the full disk (if I'm allowed.  I'll have to ask).

Anyway, that's my life in a nutshell right now and hopefully explains why I've been absent from blogging recently.  I'm still keeping up on reading all of your blogs though!  

Monday, June 9, 2014

Run (Walk) or Dye

If you've been my friend or have been reading my little blog for any length of time, you know I've been trying my hardest to learn how to run.  I got to the point where I could jog 3 miles on a treadmill, but then once I'd get outside, I was lucky to get to a mile, as long as the conditions are perfect and there weren't too many hills... etc, etc.

It's been a long, tiring process and I have to say that I wish I was farther along.  I blame most of it on my small windpipe, which makes me get out of breath faster than most people, I'd imagine... but I'm sure there's more to it than that.  However, because I always try to see the silver lining in every cloud, I have to say this:

I am farther along today than I was just a mere 6 months ago.  At the age of 31, I can honestly say that I am in the best shape of my life and feel fantastic.  Yes, I have a few more aches and pains because of the amount of exercise I try to do, but overall, I feel great.  I still don't like getting my picture taken, but there are a lot more instances where I say, "hey, that photo doesn't look half bad" than there used to be.

In order to give myself motivation to start running again, I signed up with a group of friends for the "Run or Dye" race, which happened this Saturday.  Overall, it was a really fun experience.



Pros:
-The weather was fantastic.  Not too hot (at least at the start), sunny and just perfect for a morning outside
-I got to hang out with my cousin Livi, who I don't get to see nearly enough.
-I got to hang out with my good friend Lindsay, who I don't get to see nearly enough.
-The Dye Festival at the end of the race was insane and so fun!  When everyone threw their "paint" packets in the air, you couldn't see anything but a cloud of pink dust and the people closest to you.  
-My aunt offered to drop us off at the campground, which meant we didn't have to pay the $10 parking fee!  

Cons:
- It was soooo crowded!  I'm not great with crowds to begin with, and this venue was not really conducive to such a large group of people.
-Also because of the poor venue choice, the pathways were very narrow, thus making it incredibly difficult to get around people who were just out for a leisurely stroll... therefore, we did not run nearly as much as intended.
-The race route was much more of a "trail run" and I didn't anticipate it being so different from just running on gravel or pavement.  There were parts that were pure mud, which meant walking, even though at that point we probably could have gotten around people.

I really enjoy doing these 5k's, even if I can't run the whole way.  I think I might sign up for another in August.  I need something to work towards.  I think I might do a less messy one this time around, though.

Oh, and lest you think I'm crazy for wearing my hair down to run, my intention was to try to get as much color in my hair as possible.  Obviously, it worked, but I think I'll still wear my hair up next time.

(linking with Tamar)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Photo a Day in June - Week 1

Hi there!  June is here and therefore, summer is here!  I always wonder why we all get so excited about the "official" start of summer.  I mean, for those of us who don't work in education or aren't students (or don't have kids), what has really changed?  Either way, it's June and it's warm and there's cause for happiness throughout the land!

I'm still participating in Fat Mum Slim's Photo a Day Challenge, so I thought I'd show you my submissions for the week.

June 1 - Joy
 Theatre brings me great joy.  I have TONS of programs from shows I've been in and shows I've seen, so I limited this photo to programs from shows I've seen in Pittsburgh.

June 2 - Doing
I don't do as much of this as I'd like, but cooking from scratch is something I like to do on occasion.

 June 3 - Family

 I submitted to photos of my cute little cousin, Livi.  I say "little" because she's a teenager, but she's taller than me (which is true for 90% of the world, I think).  We have so much in common and she's such a good kid.  I love her.

June 4 - Ordinary
 I posted this photo a few days ago.  I loved that I found this quote to put with this picture.  I also love that I was able to get a blurry background straight out of the camera... something I'm not able to do very often with my point and shoot.

June 5 - 11 O'clock
We had a water main break at work today, so I got to leave early... and clean my house.

June 6 - Adventure
 This is from my trip overseas again.  My story was that going overseas was the biggest adventure in my life.  I felt a little like this boat being tossed out in the great unknown, but I had lots of hands guiding me through, making it as smooth as possible (well, most of the time).

June 7 - Pattern

 Again, I submitted two photos for this prompt.  Nothing has more pattern than a Native American's costume, and the second photo was just one that I really liked.

I'm enjoying myself with this photo challenge, even though I was kind of bummed initially in June that I wasn't getting more likes.  I've gotten over it though, and am just enjoying getting to take new photos and looking back at archives photos and memories.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ordinary?

I'm participating in Fat Mum Slim's Photo a Day Challenge again, but it hasn't been as exciting for me this time around.  I haven't gotten as many "likes" on my photos as last month.  I know that shouldn't be the goal, but it does make it a little less interesting when no one is acknowledging my work that I think is pretty nice.

One of my favorite photos from this week was this one.  I got a new camera, which is basically the same as my old camera, but I still wanted to practice.  Since my camera is not super fancy, it has a hard time getting the fuzzy background on its own.  I usually have to use Photoshop.  This day, however, I was able to do it straight out of the camera!  I was so excited.  It probably won't work for anything but flowers, but hey, it's a start.  I also love this quote from John Ruskin.  The prompt was "ordinary".  Very appropriate.

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