Saturday, August 30, 2008

care packages

it's been a long time since i've posted anything creative on here - probably because i haven't any time to pretend martha.

this week, i was fortunate to see my friend, stacy - with no 'e', on her way to her new residence in the sunshine state from the garden state. and while our visit was limited to just one hour, i was able to send her on her way with a care package for the long drive ahead. in it were her favorites: reese's pieces, sour patch kids, some organic snacks aptly named 'pirates booty' and of course, her favorite pita chips aptly spelled with no 'e'. all of it was packed in a beach bucket for her to use upon going to the beach of course -- which by the way is ten minutes from her new house.

as i was saving this photo away into my goodies file, i remembered that i never posted these pictures of other care packages that i've left for visitors to casa leah.

while i was away in africa, m&g stayed at my condo for a weekend to celebrate the cherry blossoms.

a weekend package consisting of all kinds of salty and sweets... along with my keys.

towels and l'occitane bath stuffs set on the bed for the visitors.

by the way, i found a friend of a friend who is a photographer who will teach me how to use my new camera. oh, and apparently, according to her, i received a GREAT camera. better pictures to come for sure!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

sunday funday

A few weeks ago, when I was arranging the photographs for my little nook at my parents house (trying to mooch of their color printer), my aunt happened to be within earshot of my lament that the photos I took would have come out much better with an SLR instead of my point and shoot. She mentioned had one laying around and that I could have it if I wanted. While I did get a little excited, I didn't think much of it. Until today.

Tita B totally pulled through and gave me her NikonD40 to try out and see if it's to my liking. So even on this humid day, after the baptism chaos with the family and being tired after a druken stupor that a good friend induced after my sad state yesterday, I promptly headed to Meridian Hill Park to test out my new toy.

Not bad considering I haven't figured out all the buttons. Once I can figure out the settings, I think I'll love it even more and maybe get some better shots. I can't wait to find a photography class!

Monday, August 11, 2008

I'm a little obsessed...

... with the olympics.

I've always been (like looking up official rules, checking medal standings during the day, reading athlete profiles) but this time around, I wish I was in Beijing.

There's always Vancouver - yay for curling!

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Sunday, August 03, 2008

my little corner of paradise

For those of you that have graced my abode, you've noticed (and probably bugged me about) the hot pink notes taped to the unfilled frames over my couch.

Yes, I moved in here over a year ago. Yes, I just fixed the frames yesterday. Yes, they are a little crooked. Most of the frames are made for table tops and I have yet to pull off the leg in the back. Hey, something is better than nothing! I'll fix the crookedness when I can move the couch out of the way without risk of hurting myself.

The frames took me a year to fill only because I wasn't sure what types of photos (or artwork) that I would put in them. Finally, I decided to fill them with images that I've taken on my travels. I had a set plan with a plethora of images around the nation and Europe. Then I booked a trip to Ireland and decided to wait. I was ready to print and finish this, and then Africa happened. Before my surgery, I finally ordered some prints and hung them up after the hailstorm from yesterday woke me up from my percocet induced nap.

I plan on going to South America next spring so these photos will most likely change (or not) but these are my favorites (most have been featured on this site already).

clockwise from the top:

  • hornbill in the early morning | livingstone, zambia - april 2008
  • st. basil's cathedral | moscow, russia - may 2006
  • poet on arbat street | moscow, russia - may 2006
  • liwa & her baby ele | livingstone, zambia - april 2008
  • the zambezi river at sunset | livingstone, zambia - april 2008
  • belle triste - jewel on barbed wire | louisville, kentucky - june 2008
  • wheels in bunratty village | county clare, ireland - september 2007
  • the rynek - iron mask | krakow, poland - may 2006
  • victoria falls | livingstone, zambia - april 2008
  • carrick-a-rede bridge | north antrim, ireland - september 2007
  • girl with her mother | kigali, rwanda - march 2008
  • pots in a corner | louisville, kentucky - may 2006
  • blarney castle | blarney, ireland - september 2007

Friday, August 01, 2008

take out your sunday shoes!

found on the printer: a printout of a unknown coworker's playlist (no, it is not mine)

  • puttin' on the ritz - taco
  • shake for the sheik - escape club
  • jump - van halen
  • i wanna rock - twisted sister
  • touch me - samantha fox
  • eye of the tiger - survivor
  • you give love a bad name - bon jovi
  • what i like about you - the romantics
  • nikita - elton john

now playing? footloose

AWESOME. only because there is only a handful of people of my floor and the majority of them are hardcore retired military guys.