Sunday, September 6, 2015

Week 36 - Back on Track

Well hello there!  Long time, no see.  I have gotten myself woefully behind on my Photo-a-day challenge from Fat Mum Slim, but I'm determined to keep going.  Obviously, I won't be able to say that I've actually taken a photo a day for each prompt (but that went away earlier in the year, honestly).  At this point, as long as I can get back on track in the same season of the year, I'll be good.

All these photos were actually taken this week!  Woot!  We'll see how it goes from here, because I still have to backtrack a few weeks, but that's okay.  

So Happy Labor Day weekend to everyone and I'll see you more regularly from now on... hopefully.

8.31.15 - Warm
I know it's the middle of summer and it's HOT outside, but inside my office, I am always freezing... so I have already turned on my space heater!

9.1.15 - In My Wardrobe

9.2.15 - Happiness Is...
Books!  I'm not currently reading anything from my Shakespeare or Austen anthologies, but I love reading and especially enjoy the classics.

9.3.15 - Bedtime
My parents' old kitty pretty much sleeps all the time.  She is now loving that she has some big quilts to curl up on at night.

9.4.15 - My Passion
Theatre.  I'm currently rehearsing for what will most likely be my final show of 2015.  I wasn't even going to audition, honestly, but I'm glad I did because I get to hang out with some good friends at rehearsal!  When you have a passion, it's hard to give it up for too long.

 9.5.15 - Sparkle
I suppose this isn't technically sparkle, but when the foam splashes up around the boat, it makes the water look like it's sparkling.

9.6.15 - In the Air
Me!  Well, okay I was just at the top of a hill, but I might as well have been in the air during my hike today.  It was hot, but this overlook we found was a nice break.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Week 31

Ugh, I'm so behind!!  I knew this day would come, but I am determined to keep it going so that I have a whole year's worth of photos to document my year (even if some of the photos are a little pathetic).

I'm actually only a week behind, so I'm going to try to do double duty next week.  I've come up with a new system to document my prompts so that I can just cross them off as I take them, so hopefully that'll help me get back up to speed.

So I won't bore you with anymore of my ramblings.  Here are the photos I took for Week 31 during Week 32... because I'm awesome like that.

July 27: Clouds
There's nothing I like more than a blue sky with poofy white clouds.  Thankfully, we are finally seeing that now around here, after so many weeks of gray skies and rain.  I probably should not have picked this moment to take a photo of the sky, but um... I didn't wreck, so it's a win!

July 28: Looking In
This is one of the stray kitties that hangs around my parents' place.  We are pretty sure she was born under their porch, and she is just the most adorable little thing.  We call her Munchkin, because when she was a kitten she looked like she was one of that particular breed (with the stubby little legs and long body).  She's kind of grown out of looking exactly like a Munchkin cat, but she's still pretty tiny, so we call her that still.

July 29: Looking Out
Nothing real exciting here, but I do like how my parent's actual cat blends in with the floors.  It's amazing she doesn't get stepped on more often... oh wait, maybe that's because she's NEVER QUIET SO WE ALWAYS KNOW SHE'S THERE.

July 30: Trash
Hm... do I dare use my "Looking In" photo also for this prompt.  It does contain a trash can.

July 31: I Bought It
A distillery recently opened up in our town and is owned by some friends of a friend, so when they recently started making rum, we took a trip to taste test (trust me, we didn't get drunk.  It was literally just a test).  I was thinking that I had no rum at home, so I thought I'd buy some... then when I got home, I noticed that rather large bottle of Calico Jack Coconut Rum... I guess I need to buy some coke and start making some drinks. :-P

August 1: Fiction
I have been on a reading frenzy this year.  Right now, I'm reading "Orphan Train".  It's great so far.

August 2: A Little Moment
Coffee in my favorite mug/bowl.  It's the little things in life.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Week 30

There was a little scramble to get these photos in this week.  Opening weekend of our annual Shakespeare in the Park performance of "As You Like It" was this weekend, so that means that tech week was all of last week, but it got done and the show was great (despite the rain today.  Our audience members were troopers, though, and our cast did their best to work with the rain).  

One more weekend of shows coming up!  Hopefully the weather will be good and the crowds will be responsive.  Until then, we get a week break to recoup and get caught up on our lives before getting back to it.  Even though I'm not generally thought of as the "outdoorsy" type, I really enjoy participating in this type of show.  The style is so different and the weather and crowds keep you on your toes.  It's definitely a unique theatrical experience (that should not be missed, by the way.  Hint, hint.)

Enough of the shameless plugging.  Onto the week in photos.

July 20: Car
It's a little hard to see, but I decided to just sit in my car on my lunch break this day when a freak thunderstorm popped up.  It was a little scary for a couple of minutes with the wind, but it didn't stick around.

July 21: Real
This little bunny likes to pop out from under a bush and watch the final scene of our show.

July 22: Fake
This flower is shaped so perfectly, it almost looks fake.

July 23: Toy
One of my castmates gave everyone little notes with a sheep "toy" attached (because she is a shepherdess in the show).

July 24: Bloom
These pretty pink flowers are getting ready to bloom.

July 25: Two of Us
I've had these two stuffed animals on my bed since college.  They like to be together. :-P

July 26: Negative Space
My yellow lamp gives me a great subject for "artsy" photos.

Well, alrighty then!  I hope you enjoyed my photos and now I am off to have some wine, a snack, and head to bed early.  Have a fantastic week, everyone!

Prompts from Fat Mum Slim Photo-a-Day

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Week 29

It's the week of the show, guys!  It's rained a lot this summer, ruining a lot of our chances to have outdoor practices, but today was HOT and HUMID, but didn't actually rain.  I've also been feeling really cruddy the last week and a half, but today was the first day that I felt normal again.  All this to say that it was an overall good, productive day.

As you might imagine, I've been spending a great deal of time in the park/woods in the past week (when it's not storming, of course), so my photos this week will be very nature related.  Nothing wrong with that, right?

Let's get on with it, shall we?

July 13 - Calm
This photo could go two ways.  This could either look like a very calm woodland scene, or if you're like me, you'd be trying to stay calm as you cross that tiny little bridge.

July 14 - Chaos
Ugh... look at all these dishes waiting to go in the dishwasher.  Looks like chaos to me.
(disclaimer: it only looked like this for a bit.  I don't leave tons of junk in my sink normally)

July 15 - On My Mind
This wasn't taken on this actual day, but today (Sunday) I've been thinking that every rehearsal should include a theatre puppy.  SO CUTE!

July 16 - Starts with "T"
Tree, of course.  I've been surrounded by them of late.

July 17 - Special
I got my first pair of fun wellies this past week.  I sure have needed them during my time with Shakespeare in the Park this year.  Rain, rain, go away.

July 18 - Book
I have been on a reading kick this year, but with the show coming up, I've had to take those chances when I can.  Here I'm waiting for my scene to commence by stealing a few moments to catch up on a book club read.

July 19 - Sign
There are tons of actual signs in the park where we are rehearsing, but these random zodiac signs on a couple of concrete blocks have always interested me.  Perhaps because one of them is a Taurus (my sign).

Well, I'm absolutely exhausted, so I'm going to post this and get to bed.  Have a great week and I'll see you next Sunday!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Week 28

July 6 - My Name
These are my two names.  Throughout my younger life through college, most everyone called me Rainey.  After college, though, I started out filling out applications and audition sheets with my formal name, Lorraine.  Now, it would be safe to say that I hear the name Lorraine way more.  I like both, though, so it's okay.
July 7 - Minimalistic

I don't know.  For some reason, this prompt was a struggle this day.

July 8 - In My Fridge

My fridge is pretty empty right now, actually.  Since I'm only one person, I don't like to keep a ton of food in the house, but I do keep beverages!

July 9 - My Story

I recently started working on my second novel.  I self-published a Young Adult novel a few years ago, but have taken a huge break after starting the idea for the sequel.  I'm now trying to get back in the game and re-reading the previous pages, editing, and coming up with ideas for the rest.  It's definitely fun!

July 10 - Street

On the street where you live.  After so much rain this past month, it is wonderful to finally see blue skies sun in the neighborhood.

July 11 - Late

This is a photo from last weekend at a 4th of July party I attended at a friend's house.  Late in the evening, the guitars, bongos and cowbell came out (along with cell phones for lyrics) and we had a good old-fashioned sing-along.  I love my friends.  (blurred faces for a bit of privacy)

July 12 - Early

A little Bible time early in the morning, even before getting out of bed.

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).