Sunday, July 5, 2015

Week 27 - Independence Day

Hi guys!  I hope you all had an absolutely fantastic holiday weekend.  I certainly did!  It was very relaxing and then I went to a pretty great Independence Day party at a friend's house with a whole lot of awesome friends in attendance.  We did normal picnic type things, but then busted out the guitar, bongos and cowbell to sing around the fire pit in the evening.  Yep.  Theatre people sure know how to throw a party.

Anyway, let's move on to Week 27 of FMS Photo-a-Day, shall we?  Yes, we shall... because it's my blog and that's kinda what I do.

Okay, now I'm just being silly.  Moving on.

June 29: Animal
This is Oreo (or at least that's what we've named him).  He's a stray that has been showing up at my parents' place since the winter and has kind of become their outdoor cat.  He doesn't really let anyone near him, but he is getting more comfortable around us, which could be a bad thing because he's getting comfortable enough to try to get into places he shouldn't... like the house.

June 30: Design
I bought some watercolor paints awhile ago, and decided that I should start an art journal in order practice painting.  I am starting small in a 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 book, just enough for small paintings/doodles.  This was my first attempt and I actually really like how it turned out.  My second attempt on the back isn't so great, but it'll help me figure out how to fix mistakes.  Oops!

July 1:  In the House
This photo was actually taken a few days after this prompt at the 4th of July party I attended.  The hosts had a piano and we had a good time after dinner singing and playing (or just cracking up at our lack of lyric knowledge).

July 2: Signed. Sealed. Delivered
I made a bit of a frivolous purchase last week and it finally was delivered to my house.  I've been eyeing these leather notebooks for about 6 months, but kept talking myself out of it because it was a waste of money.  I finally decided to treat myself and as an added bonus, got my nickname inscribed on it. :-)  I was worried I wouldn't think it was worth the money, but so far, it definitely is.  I love it!

July 3: Outing
We have had a ton of rain here the last few weeks, and it sounds like more is in store for us next week.  This is what our local boat launch looks like presently... um... that's not normal.

 July 4: Red, White, and Blue
 What can I say, nothing says Independence Day like red, white and blue star cookies.

July 5: Me Today
Today (actually tonight) I did a little painting in my new art journal.  I love these colors!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Week 26

Oh man, I'm a little late in the game here this week, but hey, I actually took a new photo for each prompt this week, so that's progress!  Last week was a pretty good week with a few frustrating moments (like having to bug bomb my house Saturday night because I realized baby spiders had hatched in my house!  ICK!  WORSE THAN WEEVILS WHICH ALSO ATTACKED ME!!)  Sorry.  I had a little moment there.  Bugs are doing everything in their power to make my life miserable recently.  I digress.

Some better things that happened this week were:  
Lunch with my friend and her 2 month old baby (ohmygoshmyheartmelts)
Book club at my friend's amazing house, sitting out on her lovely porch drinking wine and discussing literature - Yes, please!
Seeing my friend's son in a musical (which also included seeing said friend, more theatre friends, and adorable and talented kids)  Winning!
A lovely little girls nights with two of my besties

That was quite a week I had, huh?  I'm tired just looking at all that, but honestly, it was really quite an enjoyable week.  I think this coming week will be just as enjoyable.  I hope, anyway.

Okay, okay, enough chit-chat.  Let's move on to the photos, shall we?

June 22: Money
I have change jar that counts my coins for me as I put them in.  I really need to get better at putting my change in there so I can get it filled up.  I took it to CoinStar the first time and got an Applebee's gift card (no fees attached to getting gift cards, just FYI).

June 23: View
I am doing Shakespeare in the Park again this year... although if it keeps raining like this, it might be more like Shakespeare in the Swamp.  This is one of my favorite evening views.  I just love how the sun highlights the field behind the trees.  If it weren't for bugs, I'd spend a lot more time in nature. :-P

June 24: In the Garden
I don't have a real garden with veggies, but I have a lovely little flower garden at my condo.  Last year, I planted these lovely little flowers.  I just love how big and full they've gotten and the yellow pop against the brick of my house.

June 25: Depth of Field
My coworker bought me these adorable little solar lights for my garden last year for Secretary's Day.  My favorite is this humming bird.

June 26: Gift
This was really a gift for myself... a souvenir from Hawaii, but the book behind it is a "gift" (i.e. loaner) from one of my theatre friends.  I love having friends that love reading and are willing to share the love!

June 27: Mini
I made kind of a big purchase this past week that involves these little mini-notebooks.  I might do a post on it when I actually receive the item.  I'll have to see how much time I have to get it set up.  People who aren't into journaling, planning, or writing might think it was stupid and frivolous... and maybe it is... but I have kind of adopted the attitude of "why not?"  This is the time in my life to invest in things that make me happy, right?  Stay tuned to see what it is.

(comment if you have a guess as to what I purchased)

June 28: Orange
I do like orange, but when I looked around me, I couldn't really find anything orange to photograph... until I sat down to eat a snack!  This "healthier" cheese puffs are in an orange bag.  Rest assured, I know that cheese puffs, even baked and gluten-free ones, are not GOOD for you, but they are gosh-darned tasty and I feel better about eating them than the regular Cheetos brand.

Well, that was nice.  I'm really excited for the 4th of July long weekend and hope that it is nice.  It's been raining like we live in Seattle recently.  I don't really mind it until it messes up my plans (like outdoor rehearsals and parties), so yeah, it can get sunny any day now.

Have a great week!  See you next Sunday (or Monday).

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Week 25 - Father's Day

I'm feeling a little bit better about this photo a day thing this week.  We'll see if it keeps up.  There's a couple archives at the beginning, but the rests are shots from this week!  Yay!  Back on track, maybe?

June 15. Sun
There hasn't been much sun around these parts this week, at all, so once again I pulled from my archives.

June 16. Anything
I love this photo and have just been waiting for the right time to use it.  I took this from window of the penthouse on our Florida.  Pretty cool shot, if I do say so myself.

June 17. Lunchtime
 I've been digging some grilled cheese and tomato soup lately for lunches.  This is probably my third serving of the last two weeks. :-)

June 18. Local

Can't get much more local than the local courthouse clock tower, can you?

June 19. 9 o'clock

Nothing could be done about this shot.  9 o'clock AM or PM usually finds me still in bed.  This was a gray, gray morning.

June 20. What I'm doing now

This is a bit of a cheat, but lets face it, I'm cheating all over the place now.  This is actually from Father's Day (today).  My family went mini-golfing and we ALL got hole-in-ones!  Go us!  My dad even got the 18th hole one, giving him a free game (which we played again right after).

June 21. Wet
It didn't stay nice for very long today.  By the time we got home from an early Father's Day dinner, the heavens had opened and it was pouring down.  Rain, rain, go away!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Week 24

I'm getting a little better at taking photos again, but this week's prompts were TOUGH.  I ended up going into my recent archives for a few of these, which I have obviously decided to be okay with as long as they were taken this year and just never used for one of the prompts.

So, while some of these photos are taken with a cell phone (so a little grainy), I actually like most of the shots I chose.  Enjoy!

June 8 - Sadness
Sadness is packing my lunch for work on Monday... ugh.  Why can't I be independently wealthy!!?

June 9 - Disgust
I'm sorry, but this picture cracks me up, although I'm sure I should feel disgusted by this monkey's rather forward display.  He's very confident, that's for sure.

June 10 - Anger
These guys are just playing, but man does that guy look angry.

June 11 - Fear
This is obviously a grainy cellphone picture, but it's honestly the best photo of jellyfish I've ever gotten, even with my semi-big-girl camera.  And yeah, this goes with "Fear" because I would not want to meet these things in the water.  SCARY!

June 12 - Joy
 Joy is spending time with friends and experiencing new things.  My friend Kim and I went to a new local distillery in our area that is owned by a friend of hers.  It was really fun, although drinking straight, unflavored whiskey is definitely not my deal.  I had to do a mixed drink after about two sips of the straight stuff.

June 13 - On my Mind

It's that time of year, again!  Shakespeare in the Park is upon me and learning lines is on my mind.  I don't have a ton, but Shakespeare is a whole different ball game from normal line learning.  I think I'm doing pretty well, but I had a dream about totally blanking on them onstage (typical dream for an actor, I think) so it's definitely on my mind.

June 14 - Makes me Feel Good

Okay, this one is a little different and it was definitely really awkward to shoot, but I kind of like how it turned out.  Morning showers always make me feel good to start the day.

So, there ya have it!  I had pretty relaxing week this week, which probably accounts for the lack of new photos... I just didn't do much for most of the week and didn't feel inspired.  Those weeks are needed sometimes, though, especially for a busy bee like me.  I'm not really ready for another week, but at least I have some fun things planned.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Week in Review - Week 23

Well, hello again!  I hate to say it, but I'm slacking a little on this "take a photo every day thing."  Luckily, I have a plethora of photos from recent archives to fill in the gaps, but still...

Anyway, let's get to the photos, shall we?

June 1 - Many
 I held a Lemongrass Spa Party for my friend who recently became a consultant.  The products came in today, and once they were bagged, there was a whole lotta green bags on my table.

June 2 - Looking Up
This is a photo from Memorial Day.  We were watching the parade and heard a helicopter overheard, so I looked up and there it was.  More recently, on D-Day (June 6) I heard a similar noise while standing in the parking lot of my townhouse talking to my neighbor.  After a minute or so of looking around, we saw 6 military helicopters flying in the distance (we assume going to a ceremony).  Those suckers sounded really close!

June 3 - Silly
Here's another perspective of that silly heron we saw on the beach in Tampa a few weeks ago.  It's not the best photo ever, but my goodness!  Look how big it is!

June 4 - Starts with B
Beautiful day on the back deck with a book.  Does life get better?

June 5 - Looking Down
My parents' little kitty is getting underfoot.  You need to look down to make sure you're not going to step on her.

June 6 - Who I Am
Yep.  This is me.  Some adjectives used to describe me have been: sweet, energetic, fighter, determined, opinionated, hard, cheerful, cute, bubbly, smart, particular, funny, kind.  There have been some not so nice words used as well, but I choose to remember the good things, and thankfully, they have been more plentiful.

June 7 - Forgotten
Almost every year, I forget to watch the Tony Awards.  I don't know how I forget, as it's the only awards show that I feel is worth watching.  Maybe it just doesn't get the pre-show publicity that the other shows do.  Anyway, my mother called me to remind me it was on tonight, so luckily I was able to see some of it.  I especially enjoyed watching Josh Groban sing "You'll Never Walk Alone" for the In Memory portion.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Summer Days, Silence, and Singleness

I took the day off of work today because I woke up feeling a little cruddy.  I didn't have the flu or anything, but I just felt a bit off.  I ended up spending almost the whole day outside on my newly refurbished deck, and it was glorious.

As someone who really thrives on being around people and having lots of activities, I am amazed how good I can feel after a full day alone.  I did what I wanted to do.  I did a little housework that I had to do.  I cooked, which I don't do often enough.  I made 3 scrapbook layouts!  I sat out on the aforementioned deck and memorized (or roughly memorized) my lines for the current play that should begin rehearsals next week.  I read a book for one of the two book clubs I'm in.

It was a very full day, but yet, it was refreshing.

I wish I could have more days like this.  While I love to travel on my vacations, I'm starting to enjoy the simple act of staying home and doing almost nothing.  I love being creative again, with scrapbooking and writing.  I've slacked off a little on the photography, but am still catching up at the end of every week.  I feel good about where I am right now.

A friend and I have been commiserating on how we have been feeling rather left behind in the world. Most of our friends have gone off and gotten themselves married, and we are still single (yet not close enough geographically that we can hang out together), so that means that our lives have changed just like our married friends lives have changed.  Gone are the days when our friends can come over at the drop of a hat.  No longer can I plan spontaneous vacations with a friend that can last a week or even two.  I've had to adjust my view of what my life should look like right now.

It hasn't been easy to get to the place of acceptance and especially contentment.  People often tell me that the life of a single girl must be great!  I have no one to answer to, only one person to look after... and they're right, but it's not always as great as it looks from the other side.  A lot of the changes in my life have come on very suddenly over the past year, and I cannot say I've liked it that much... but I'm here and I have to continue  living the best life I can and attempt not to be bitter or depressed about being "left behind."

On days like today, I think I've made it there.  I have my own pursuits and hobbies.  Obviously, I still have friends and a social life.  It's just not as free and easy as it once was.  I'm okay with this.  I even welcome it.  I like having my own life.

Is this to say that I don't want what I still don't have?  Heck no!  I still want it!  Trust me.  I'm just saying on days like today, when I get to sit out on my deck, drinking a glass of wine, reading Shakespeare and writing blog posts that are surprisingly not photo based for once, I'm content.

Today, anyway.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Week in Review - Week 22 - Slumps

Happy Sunday!  I'm still incorporating some Florida photos into my daily photos for the FMS challenge, but I'm okay with it.  I'm still trying to get out of a photo-taking slump, There's been a lot going on of late, and I just haven't felt compelled.

 I've also taken a little break from posting statuses on Facebook lately, although I'm posting the link to this blog there.  A lot of people whine about those who post a lot, which I think is funny because why is anyone on Facebook if they don't want to read status updates?  However, I felt like I'd become someone who posts too much, so I'm giving it a rest for a bit.  I just need to step back and focus on other things.

Anyway, let's get to the photos from the past week (and Florida a couple weeks ago).

25 - Lucky
Today was Memorial Day, so I felt like the perfect photo for this prompt was a photo from the parade in our little town.  I'm not a big parade person, but I always get a little choked up when everyone applauds the veterans walking in the parade.  We're so lucky to have such brave men and women fighting for our freedom everyday.  We should always be grateful for it.

26 - Daily Ritual

I wish this was my daily ritual.  In Florida, it was... daily walks along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico.  Gorgeous.

27 - Borrowed
These are all books that I've "borrowed" from my grandpa that I have yet to read... I may never get to them, so I might as well say I took them as mine.

28 - Pink

I don't know what kind of flower this is, but I loved the colors when I ended it.

29 - Starts with "S"
I honestly used an old-fashioned dictionary this day, and not even just to open it to the "S's" for this prompt.  My coworker and I were having a debate over how to spell a word, so instead of Googling it, I pulled out the 1970's dictionary at the office.  You know when someone has spelled a word one way for so long that the right way to spell it starts to look wrong, and the wrong way starts to look right?  Well, that's what was happening.  We got it straightened out, though, and I feel much better about life as I know it.

30 - Over There

I had no clue what I was going to take a photo of this day, when all of a sudden, as I was saying goodbye to a friend in the parking lot of a restaurant, this big "gaggle" of geese walked across the lot!  Score!  LOOK AT THE BABIES!!  ADORABLE!

31 - Ha Ha Ha

These herons were as tall as me.  They would stand right beside the people fishing in the Gulf and wait for them to catch a fish so they could steal them.  They just looked so funny standing there patiently waiting.

All right, all!  Here you go.  I'm hoping to go back to the all new photos next week.  We'll see how well I do!