Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pure Drivel

You may have seen Heather's blog post last week about her books lists or this post she did of an excerpt. She's been reading Steve Martin books lately and sharing some funny things with me. I'm so very excited because my family got tickets to see Steve Martin perform in July!


Here's an excerpt from his book Pure Drivel that Heather shared with me. He's so funny!


Schrödinger’s Cat
A cat is placed in a box, together with a radioactive atom. If the atom decays, a hammer kills the cat; if the atom doesn't decay, the cat lives. As the atom is considered to be in either state before the observer opens the both, the cat must thus be considered to be simultaneously dead and alive. - Erwin Schrödinger's Cat Paradox, 1935

Wittgenstein's Banana
A banana is flying first class from New York to L.A. Two scientists, one in each city, are talking on the phone about the banana. Because it is moving in relationship to its noun, the referent of the word banana never occupies one space, and anything that does not occupy one space does not exist. Therefore, a banana will arrive at JFK with no limousine into the city, even though the reservation was confirmed in L.A.

Monday, March 28, 2011

plans

You may have seen my tweets from the other day. Sometime in the near future Heather and I will be flying out to Georgia to help Jenny move back to Washington. We don't know yet if it will be in June (praying!) or September, but in the last week we've talked a little bit more about our plans for the roadtrip back. I got really excited and did some searching on Google Maps.


That route isn't set in stone, well the last half isn't. We're trying to decide if we should go through Kansas and Colorado or Nebraska and Wyoming. Any thoughts on which would be better? I've done the whole NE and WY thing a couple times already. We definitely want to stop in Nashville, TN (PINKBERRY!) and Springfield, MO (Red Velvet!). There's also an In-N-Out near Salt Lake City, UT that we (I) would like to stop at if we have the chance. Are you getting an idea of how we're planning this? Definitely not looking for the fastest route, haha! We'd probably make Boise (home) our last stop before heading up to the Seattle area. It's been so fun to at least talk about these plans with the girls, even if they aren't set in stone yet. Things have been difficult for me lately and I've needed something fun like this to look forward to.

I don't think we want this to take forever, but let me know if there's some cool places you think we should stop enroute to Washington. Or if you live in one of the stops and want to let three girls crash for the night. ;)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fashion Friday: Amanda in Wonderland


Amanda Seyfried appears alongside farm animals for the April cover shoot from Elle US.

On her outspoken personality: “I talk like I know what I’m saying, but I don’t.”

On being honest with herself: “I like the freedom of being exactly who I am. And that’s gotten me into trouble.”

On her best on-screen kisses: “I can’t lie. It didn’t suck making out with Channing [Tatum] and Justin [Timberlake].“

On her love of the romantic comedies: “I don’t think I’m being very ‘artistic’ when I do them, but I’m not doing it for that reason. Romantic comedies make me happy. I watch Love Actually every Christmas.”








Elle US: April 2011
Photographer: Alexei Hay
Stylist: Joe Zee

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Elle: Amanda in Wonderland

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wardrobe Wednesday: Bon Jour Spring

It's officially Spring! I just wish the weather would get the memo. I can't wait for shorts and sandals! I'm on Spring Break and it just feels wrong to still be wearing sweaters and boots. I know I said last week I'd hopefully have an outfit picture for my Wardrobe Wednesday today, but life just seems so busy even with my Spring Break this week. I hope you enjoy this fun Spring outfit I created on Polyvore! The t-shirt reminds me of one time when Heather, Jenny and I were at Disneyland and the girls got mustaches painted on their faces. It was hilarious!

River Island printed tee
20 GBP - riverisland.com

Abercrombie Fitch short
$50 - abercrombie.com

TopShop ankle strap sandal
$85 - topshop.com

TopShop metal bracelet
$30 - topshop.com

ASOS square earring
$14 - asos.com

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

seattle dreams


I don't know what's gotten into me, but in the last week I've started to dream (literally and figuratively) about moving back to Seattle. I've peeked at apartments on Craigslist and thought of where I'd like to live in Seattle if/when I move back. Ideally, I'd transfer with Bella Baby to their hospitals up there so I'd like to be close to work and/or public transportation, and of course, close to friends. I know I still have a long way to go, especially financially, before I can move, but it's still fun to dream and look ahead to the future.

I think it'd be amazing to find a place big enough for at least three (Heather, Jenny and myself), plus the cats, and potentially have a little den for a little work studio area for all of us. I'm obviously still in the dream-stage. Here are a couple pictures I found as apartment inspiration. Right now I have absolutely NO furniture. I think it's going to be lots of fun to furnish a place with the girls.






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Do you have any moving suggestions? Last time Heather and I used ABF U-Pack and got a pod. It was nice to not have to worry about dealing with a big moving truck.

Any suggestions on apartment hunting? I'm pretty sure each time I've moved I've used Craigslist for searching. What do you think are the best places to live in Seattle? Queen Anne? Downtown? Capital Hill? West Seattle? Ballard? Apartment? House?

Best places for furniture: couches, dining sets, bedroom sets, etc.?

Moving is a big decision and I'd love to hear your feedback and suggestions.

Monday, March 21, 2011

anniversary

My parents celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary on Saturday. I found this picture from their wedding on my mom's computer. It's one of my favorites. Congrats mom and dad on the past 28 years and here's to another 28!


I actually found a bunch of other old pictures that I emailed myself. They might be popping up on the blog in the next couple weeks. It's funny to look at mine and Heather's baby pictures after being a newborn photographer for a while now. I can't wait to share!

I hope everyone is having a happy Monday!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wardrobe Wednesday

Another week with not enough time. I have midterms this week and a semi-huge project that's due on Sunday. I can't wait until Spring Break next week. I definitely need some time to get my head on straight. Here's a great outfit inspiration board I made on Polyvore. The dresses and the shoes are each under $100! Gotta love affordable styles!

Dress
80 AUD - westfield.com.au

Mustard dress
35 GBP - arkclothing.com

TopShop sleeveless dress
$95 - topshop.com

Dorothy Perkins striped dress
36 GBP - dorothyperkins.com

Heel wedge
$35 - amazon.com

Shoes
$50 - bakersshoes.com

Gabriella Rocha platform shoes
$75 - zappos.com

Steve madden shoes
$100 - stevemadden.com

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Seen It, Heard It, Read It

Seen It

The Social Network


Heather and I saw this in theaters, but recently watched it on dvd with our parents. I absolutely love this movie and can't wait to get the soundtrack! It was so well done and the story is from my generation. I find it amazing.

Veronica Mars Series


I have NO idea why I didn't watch this when it was on tv. I must have been too busy with The O.C. or something. Anyway, I love this series! I wish it was on longer than just three seasons because I was bummed with the way they ended it.

Letters to Juliet


I watched this during my weekend away to Camp Perkins. It was the perfect chick flick. I had seen it once before, but I was busy doing other things. This time I was able to catch stuff I didn't the first time around.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Seasons 1-3


I was sad when I finished Veronica Mars and jumped head first into this show. Both were recommended by my friends Megan and Janelle. I don't even want to know the exact day Heather and I started watching this, because it would be sickening to know how fast we've watched the first three seasons, haha. We just started season four on Thursday or Friday.

Heard It

Landon Pigg: The Boy Who Never


Landon kept me company on the drive up to Camp Perkins. I haven't listened to him in a while. This cd reminds me of when I moved home from California. Heather, Jenny and I got to meet him when he played at House of Blues in Anaheim two days before we moved. See my blog post HERE. It was the most perfect evening! He is the sweetest guy!

Adele: 21


I'm a BIG fan of this album. I must admit I haven't listened to her other one that much. Chasing Pavements will forever remind me of Heather and Jenny and our time in So-Cal. So many good memories.

The Decemberists: The King is Dead


Heather has been playing this a lot lately. Last week we were both working in the office and I had this on. It's another great album to add to your playlist.

Read It

Once again, I haven't been reading much besides school. I started a book at the crafting retreat, but haven't got around to finishing it. I have a huge list of books (in my head and on my nook) that I feel like I'll never get around to reading. One day I'll learn how to better manage my time and fit reading into it. Anyway, here's the what I've gotten around to reading lately.

School Modules



I'm taking Portraiture and Location Lighting this semester. I don't have books for either of these classes, just the weekly modules. This week is the start of mid-term week. I can't wait for Spring Break next week!

Twitter favs

Like last time, besides school I've just mainly been reading my tweets. These are some of my favorites from the last couple weeks.



Monday, March 14, 2011

self portrait

This week's assignment for my Portraiture class was to create a self-portrait. This was challenging and intimidating. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, involving my old Polaroid camera, however, the film was bad and it didn't work out. I've since looked into getting some new film here. I wish it wasn't so expensive. I digress. When the first idea didn't work out, I didn't actually come up with a second idea. I just took my camera, turned it around and started shooting. I also had a little help from Heather. I'm happy with what came out of it.

In addition to the self-portrait assignment I needed to submit a self-portrait by someone else. The first thing I thought of was Sarah Rhoads. A couple years ago Sarah Rhoads posted a self-portrait on her blog. See original post HERE. It was great to go back and look at that post now after reading the module. She said the following in her post:

“Whether it is for an exploration of self, a projection of self, a means of therapy or just as a means to remember what they looked like and how they felt during a particular season.”

“This internal self-exploration is powerful and seems to be a therapeutic and beneficial practice for every creative.”

After her original post she asked other people to submit their self-portraits, which she then compiled. See the blogs posts here: ONE, TWO, THREE. I found it very inspiring to look through these as I was in the process of making my own.

I guess it's because I'm naturally self-conscious, but it's so intimidating to post this, not only for my assignment, but also on my blog. Anyway, here's my self-portrait.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

update

Hey friends. Thanks to those of you who prayed for me through my presentation today yesterday. I just thought I'd give an update about how it went. The presentation itself went fine. It was nice because while I was talking I didn't have to see everyone else on the webcam because the layout of the screen changed during that part. It helped me to block out my nervousness a little better. The questions were challenging, but I didn't really expect any less. Through that I noticed that my concept wasn't as strong as it could be and I didn't have solid reasons behind all of my ideas.

After the questioning I was blocked out of the conference while they discussed and then was let back in after the panel had made their decision. The verdict was that they didn't want to pass me right now. They liked my concept, but think that the concept and my images need some work. I definitely understand where they were coming from. They made some suggestions which I think will be very helpful. I will either re-present in summer or fall.

I'm discouraged because it feels the time, money and effort that's gone into this project so far doesn't seem worth it when I'm just going to have to do it all over again. I'm not really sure where to go from here. I know I need to take it one step at a time and keep moving forward. I know my project will be better because of their decision, but at the same time I think I need a little time to wallow before I can move forward. So I'm off to wallow a little more...or just go to bed.

Goodnight.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

the big day


I can't believe that in exactly 24 hours I will be done with my Midpoint Review of my thesis project. I've been trying not to think too hard about it because I know if I do then I might seriously go crazy. I'm really happy with my presentation and feel very confident about it. I originally thought it was going to have to be 20 minutes long, but luckily it's only 15 minutes. Good thing too, because it had been running between 12-14 and I was afraid it'd be way too short.

I'll probably be spending most of today on my computer, practicing and working on my homework for the week. Unfortunately midterms are next week and I have 6 images I have to create for my Portraiture class. I'm thinking my images will either coincide with my thesis project or I might do something completely different for fun. I can't wait until Spring Break! I always forget I have one! I think it's because I've been out of college for almost 4 years (!!!) and I'm not use to it anymore. It'll be a nice time to re-group for the rest of the semester. Well, I better get to work. Happy Thursday!

By the way, I'd really appreciate your prayers tomorrow during my presentation. It's at 11:00 am (MST). Thanks in advance!

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