Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

I hope everyone has a fun Halloween! Be safe out there!

Friday, October 28, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge Days 22-27

Day 21: Faceless Self Portrait
I came home from a long day at work, my first day of a cold and plopped down on my bed. This is a self portrait of how I felt that day. Tramp stamp sighting!!!!

Day 22: Hands
Not my best picture. I was sick and wanted to stay on schedule and take something before the end of the day. Super blurry and just not creative at all.

Day 23: Sunflare

Day 24: Animal

Day 25: Something Pink

Day 26: Close Up

Day 27: From a distance

And can I just brag about how I totally captured Bokeh without trying!

The last few days of this project are coming up! It's been so much fun to explore new photography settings and play with my camera!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I love

I love my husband because he doesn't have to do much to make me smile. He is simply incredible at being who he is and I admire him for that. He is both wildly inappropriate and caring all at once.

I love my parents because they support and love me. They come to my rec league softball games and cheer me on. My mom drove 25 minutes to bring me lunch when I was home sick and my dad always provides good and passionate conversation about politics. I love his passion.

I love my sister. She is amazing. She works hard at EVERYTHING she does. She doesn't have an off button. She is loyal and faithful and trustworthy. She is strong. She has qualities that I would love to have. She is MY sister and I am so lucky for that.

I love my brother in law and nieces. I love my brother in laws passion. I can't wait for basketball season to start so I can watch him coach. My nieces. I don't know where to start with those two. They are stars. When I hug them, I exude a kind of happiness reserved only for them.

I love my husband's family. They are as warm and loving as my own. I may make myself too comfortable at their house. I pull no punches and it seems as though that is welcomed. Seven years of being "in the family" has flown by. They are my family too.

I love my cat. She gets cuter every day. She is our light when life gets dark. I can't stay mad at her. She is happiness in fur.

When life gets you down, think about who you love. It adds up to a lot.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Nighttime complaining

1. My cold has turned into some sort of allergy issue. I have an awful sinus headache, I'm constantly sneezing and my nose won't stop running. Also I sneezed really hard earlier and it scratched the heck out of my throat. Yeah, I don't know how either.

2. When my nose is stuffed up, I sleep with my mouth wide open. This causes my lips to get super chapped. I've been trying to sleep for 30 minutes but my dry ass lips prevented me from falling asleep. I had to go find my

3. Our bedroom window is open to get some cool breeze and the slight breeze is moving the tree branches around making it sound like someone is in our backyard. Wonderful. Window closed.

4. I'm wearing my mouth guard for the first time in a few nights and either it has shrunk or my teeth have shifted because it is super tight and giving me a headache.

5. I am going back to work tomorrow so I couldn't take any NyQuil tonight. It leaves me so groggy and loopy and I can't be like that tomorrow BUT now I can't fall asleep due to all of the above.

Balls. Being sick seriously sucks.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Cough Cough

Day in and day out, I manage to forget how good it feels to be healthy because when that sore throat sets in and you realize that you are getting a cold and can do nothing to stop it, life is not the same.

I might be blog silent for a couple of days as I  try to recover and then dive back into a busy work week. I promise eventually I'll do more than post pictures I take on this blog. 

And if the paragraphs above didn't make any sense, I'm blaming the haze from generic nyquil because the real stuff didn't work.

Friday, October 21, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge: Days 15-21

Day 15: Silhouette

Day 15 Silhouette

Day 16: Long Exposure

Day 16: Long Exposure

Day 17: Technology (AKA How many things that require batteries or a charge to work can we buy)

Day 17 Technology

Day 18: Shoes

Day 18 Your shoes

Day 19: Something orange (taken with my new iphone 4S)

Day 19: something orange

Day 20: Bokeh

Day 20: Bokeh

Day 21: Faceless Self Portrait
I'm stuck. I have no idea what to do for this. My thinking is that I take a picture of something that represents me? If anyone has ideas, I'd be happy to hear them and then steal them. I'll post this picture next week with my Day 22-Day 28 photos.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fitness Related: Try This TONIGHT!

I know YOU can do this at least once. Start slow, build up and eventually, you will be able to do it two or three times in a row. Yes, you will feel the burn. I know I did this morning when I did it. It gets easier. You get stronger and more confident and soon, you are sitting on a wall for a minute without shaky legs.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Leave Your Face ALONE

Did anyone watch SNL this weekend? WHY OH WHY would Anna Ferris destroy her face? Obviously, she had her lips plumped up to an abnormally large level and for some reason, it looks like her cheeks have implants in them. They moved funny whenever she smiled. I couldn't get a good screen cap but her hair and her face just made her look like a muppet or something. She is only going to be 35 years old this year and she is getting stuff done to her face that is completely not necessary.

Why do people do this? Why aren't their family members telling them that they are only going to look deformed? Because homegirl looks deformed. And that hair isn't helping.

Monday, October 17, 2011

A family of two (humans)

Two weekends ago when we went to the pumpkin patch, it was overwhelming to me that I was among tons of children and their parents. My husband and I wandered around, chasing our nieces having a good time but I would be lying if I said I didn't feel some pain in my heart over the fact that we didn't have kids of our own to watch play in the corn bath and help climb to the top of the hay stack.

Such a good uncle

As we sat in the parking lot waiting for my sister and her family to arrive, I watched moms and dads push strollers and hold tiny little hands towards the orange see of pumpkins. I said to my husband that had our first IUI been a success back in January, we would have been among the parents at the patch. Heck, maybe our child would have been too small and we might have just stayed home with him/her. Instead, we sat together, just our family of two. When we got home that morning, I went upstairs to rest and I cried. I cried over what I don't have even though I have pledged many times to spend my time appreciating what I do have. 

This past weekend, we made the trip to Apple Hill. In all my time living in Northern California, I had never visited Apple Hill and was really looking forward to it. We had such a good time driving on the narrow two lane roads from orchard to orchard, eating treats and people watching. It was a beautiful day.

High Hill Ranch Placerville, CA

El Dorado Orchards Camino, CA

Kids, Inc Camino, CA

Pumpkins at Abel's Apple Acres Placerville, CA


Our friends Mayra and Sean met us at High Hill Ranch where we ate lunch, I drank a caramel apple milkshake and we just enjoyed the scenery before heading off to visit a few more orchards. The crowds grew as the day went on and I said it would be nice if they had an adults only day! I think some of that stemmed from the fact that again, we were some of the only people not to have kids. In some circumstances, I didn't mind. Hearing kids scream and beg their parents for this or that made me happy for a second that we could enjoy a day trip without worrying about packing 10 pounds of gear and we were in and out of the car pretty quickly at each stop.

I thought about it on the long drive home and decided once again that I have to chose my attitude. A nice day with my husband and our friends is what life is about right now. Am I sad that I didn't have a baby to plop on a pumpkin for an adorable photo opp? Yes, a little. But I'm pretty content with our family of two (humans) and one kitty....

From a High Angle: Day 5

Friday, October 14, 2011

30 Day Photography Challenge: Days 7-14

Day 7: Fruit

Day 8: A bad habit- Candy!

Day 9: Someone you love- My family

Day 10: Childhood Memory- traveling around the USA.

Day 11: Something blue- vases in our guest bedroom.

Day 12: Sunset

Day 13: Yourself with 13 things- photo albums

Day 14: Eyes- kitty, of course!

I'm excited about the series of photos over the next week!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Me, a tripod and my camera

This 30 Day Photo Challenge has me really inspired to use my camera more. 

A post sunset picture

Taken with my tripod at about 8:00. I love how green the grass is and how blue the sky is, with hints of white clouds.

I need to keep my eye out for a really starry night. I live in a secluded place so we don't have many city lights which makes star gazing spectacular. 

I hope everyone is having a good week. I'll try to post something other than random pictures soon! 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Gas, Adele, Pumpkin Patch and Second Place

*My work event Friday night got cut short due to a gas leak down the street that became a gas cloud hovering over our site. It was gross. We sent our students home and got outta there. I think I was mildly effected on the drive home. It took me a long while to realize that I had turned off my car stereo. I had no idea when, why or where I turned it off. I just sat in silence while driving without realizing it.

*My husband had some people over Saturday night to watch the UFC fight. None of these people were females so I stayed in the loft, worked on my 2011 yearbook and listened to Adele through headphones. I think I listened to too much Adele because later in the evening, I just felt like crying. Damn you, Adele and your weepy love songs.

*We went to the Pumpkin Patch with the family on Sunday morning. It was a really nice day but it got a bit too warm and I became overheated. It didn't help that I took a "bike" ride with my mom and niece around the haystack. I was sweating. Gross.

Oh that Uncle Chris. 

Contemplating the existence of  the pumpkin. And wishing someone would have told me that my necklace was totally hooked around my boob. THANKS A LOT MOM AND SISTER AND HUSBAND.

Flying leap into the corn bath!

Amy had it easy. The look on my face is horrible.

*After an afternoon nap, we went off to our softball playoff game. We won our first game which earned us a spot in the championship game for the second season in a row. It was a rematch and sadly, we did not walk away with first place t-shirts this time. The second place t-shirt I got will be used as a rag. JK. Not really.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Back to 2008

Looking back on my blog, I realized that I never blogged my honeymoon photos. For shame. I'm looking through them right now, trying to find some pics to order to add to our travel photo wall and I'm seriously missing Maui, missing our honeymoon, missing my long hair.


The view from our room. The hotel was sold out but we got hooked up with this room. We could have been overlooking the parking lot.

My life would suck without him

That's my husband. That sums it up. And yes, I had a cold sore on my honeymoon. NICE.

I chopped my hair about 24 hours after getting to Maui.

I want to go to there. Again.

Sunset cruise where my husband spent half the time sitting alone, barfing off the side of the boat. So romantic! This is after he recovered.


This could have been such a cute picture. But I expect nothing less from him. Or my cold sore.

The Wailea side of Maui. Gorgeous.

And the real fun begins...our sad face, goodbye photos...





This is my favorite.


Maui is seriously amazing. I'm getting a little emotional looking at these pictures. It brings back such fond memories. I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane!