Thursday, November 29, 2007

Checking my list!

Boy... are you in for a treat! I've decided that December will be the month I choose for blogging everyday. Can I do it? We'll see... Depends on how much I have to write about! Even if I dont have anything, I'll post a few pictures.

Please enjoy these of Jamie and Zoe :)

She sees playthings...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Some reading to do...

I still haven't finished my book "Special Topics in Calamity Physics" yet. It's definately a smart novel and the author is incredibly well read and researched but for some reason... I've been trudging through slowly. It seems that she's explaining every little bit in great detail and I find myself skimming paragraphs to reach some turning point in the novel. Fantastic charactor descriptions but good lord, must we describe everything??

So in my frustration, I started a new novel; "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith. I'm not sure why but I thought that grandma once told me she liked this book. I could be totally wrong too. It's set in 1912 Brooklyn, New York about a young poor girl and her family. Many readers describe it as a thinly disguised biography of the author.

My next novel will be "The Looking Glass Wars" by Frank Beddor. Typically, this book is kept in Young Adult fiction but a few people at work have picked it up and highly recommend it. It's a interesting twist on the Alice in Wonderland story, complete with it's own picture book done by the author. So far, there are only 2 books written for the series but it's sure to become a hit much like "Twilight" By Stephanie Meyer (another Young Adult novel that I throughly enjoyed).

Happy Wednesday everyone! :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


I would be a horrible person if I didn't at least blog what I am thankful for...

Here it is:

I'm thankful...
for my healthy husband and son, both are handsome and funny :)
Humble moments that keep me grounded
Caffiene to keep me awake and satisify my sweet moments
My camera for recording memories and reminding me that I AM talented
My friends for calling me every once in awhile :P
Surprises, because life shouldn't be dull
All of my limbs... because they're still attached.
Quirky childhood memories
My extended family, always helpful and supportive
My bed, because I have one and for some people, that's hard to come by.

And of course, for the everyday beauty that surrounds me...

Friday, November 16, 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

100 Things I want to do in my lifetime

1. Travel to Europe
2. Go for a hike on Mt. Rainier on actual dirt trails with my family.
3. Buy some quality bookcases and organize all my books.
4. Get a bike and ride it everyday for 2 months.
5. Organize and print my personal photos.
6. Take Pilates or yoga.
7. Teach Jamie to sign the entire alphabet.
8. Donate time to a children's charity
9. Learn to cook a really good steak or chicken
10. Take a road trip to the coast for a week and camp!
11. Blog every day for a month {Dec '07!}
12. Start or join a book club
13. Start and finish an actual story.
14. Abstain from fast food for 3 months.
15. Take better care of my teeth and actually recieve praise from my dentist!
16. Quit my job or go part time
17. Learn to knit hats
18. Learn to sew. I have ideas aplenty and no way to whip 'em up.
19. Buy a big plasma screen TV. :D
20. Second shoot at a wedding with someone I admire
21. Get a manicure and pedicure...oh heck, go to a spa!
22. Get my teeth whitened.
23. Get Jamie to join Boy Scouts or Camp Fire.
24. Have a baby girl.
25. Learn about the stock market and invest $1000
26. Call a friend I haven't talked to in a long time
27. Make a book of my photographs
28. Get a tattoo.
29. Get Jamie into a good school.
30. Build something
31. Grow vegtables and eat them
32. Play a video game from start to finish. (not in one setting @.@)
33. Read a classic novel written before 20th century
34. Buy my dream house.
35. Do something nice for someone anonymously
36. Spend a night at a luxury hotel
37. Take a cruise
38. Resist the urge to go online for a month.
39. Shoot film and process it myself
40. Sell a photo
41. Have my photos displayed in a cafe
42. Start a photography company {Jan 08}
43. Invest in Real Estate (not just my own home)
44. Print & frame personal photos for my house
45. Own an Apple Laptop
46. Invest in lenses
47. Write in a journal at least once a week
48. Learn to drive a stick-shift
49. Take a photography class online or in a classroom
50. Take a nature walk with Jamie and collect pieces along the way
51. Learn to snowboard
52. Make a clock.
53. Donate old clothes & shoes once every 6months
54. Go to a play.
55. Take the family to a circus
56. Reupholster a piece of furniture
57. Buy new furniture for the living room and dining exactly my taste.
58. Plant flowers and get them to actually grow
59. Visit my dad in Arizona
60. Go sledding with the family
61. Go to NY
62. Go to Vegas
63. Shoot pictures for a clothing company
64. Be a mentor for someone
65. Get out of my shell and socialize!
66. Visit every state with my family
67. Make my own jewerly (not your usual stringing beads kind either)
68. Sell something on Etsy or Ebay
69. Learn to really cook well and enjoy doing it.
70. Give tomatoes another chance.
71. Write a piece for a magazine or newspaper
72. Teach a class (kids or adults)
73. Read the books I was supposed to read in school but didn't
74. Work on listening more than I talk and not interrupting
75. Save 10% of what I earn for one year
76. Resist the urge to buy some expensive item of clothing and do something important with the money instead
77. Become business minded and comprehend the lingo.
78. Make daily lists to keep my schedule more organized & productive
79. Quit drinking coffee... for a month
80. Strive to eat something green at least once a day.
81. Get Jamie to eat something green at least once a day (green apples and pears dont count!)
82. Grow my hair long again without dying it.
83. Become more politically aware
84. Go an entire month w/out buying any clothes for myself
85. Get involved in Jamie's school in the future
86. Learn a new word once a week and strive to use it in everyday conversation
87. Learn to finish a project first before beginning another
88. Convert a room into a studio
89. Design a website and go live
90. Capture a photo of a butterfly {May 09}
91. Create Christmas cards {Dec '07}
92. Take photos of my parents {Dec '07)
93. Learn to maintain my car myself.
94. Design my home
95. Make a quilt (not a child sized one since I've done that already)
96. Buy a beautiful painting
97. Finish my doll house
98. Organize my crafts
99. Cook a thanksgiving meal
100. Host a fancy Christmas party

I'll try to keep updating as I check things off :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Holidays are here...

Which also means less blogging and taking pictures =/ I've been trying to work extra hours at work and when I come home I get too exhusted to do much on the computer. Not to mention, there's less light out for me to take pictures in. However, I do have a scheduled session on friday with a couple of girls from work to do some fun fashion-type photography :) I'll let you know how that goes.

I do have a surprise in store for our family and friends! I've got some cute ideas for Christmas cards this year so keep your eyes on your mailboxes (in mid-December most likely).

I'll post when I can! Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, November 10, 2007


I thought that Mike's family that live far away would enjoy a current snapshot I took this morning. :)

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He's out camping with his dad and brother tonight...doing who knows what. lol I'm sure he'll have fun :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Sittin' at the library

A girl at work wanted me to take some portraits of her today but she ended up needed me to wait an extra hour. Since I'm already out and about I thought I'd head to the library and log-in :)
Unfortunately, no way to upload pictures but I can do that when I get home. I liked Jean's comment on my previous blog... everyone should take a look.

I don't think there are 'bad' paths but some that are not-so-good for you at that time. Maybe another time, another place, that might be the right course of action. But I admit, I suffer from feeling disapointed when things don't go the way I expect them to (who doesn't?). I just get so tired of feeling let down in my own mind. No one in particular... I mean, I hate that I do certain things and I wish I could be better. I'm sure anyone could relate :)

oh, the time... I gotta go! catchya later

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Grey's Anatomy

"We all think we're going to be great and we feel a little bit robbed when our expectation aren't met, but sometimes our expectations sell us short. Sometimes the expected simply pales in comparison to the unexpected. You've got to wonder why we cling to our expectations because the expected is just what keeps us steady, standing still, the expected's just the beginning. The unexpected is what changes our lives."

Sometimes even TV presents thought provoking opportunities. This quote is one of my favorites from Grey's Anatomy.

And I wanted to apologize about moderating comments... I just got a random comment earlier from someone I don't know trying to recruit me to do online surveys. -.- ugh.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Just for fun!

I took Jamie to get his much needed haircut at a cute barber in downtown Enumclaw. Enjoy the pictures :) More Halloween pics to follow!

Barber Shop

Barber Shop

Barber Shop