July 30, 2008


Apollo had a playdate with a friend of mine's dog tonight, also a golden. I didn't think to ask for permission (gah!) to post pictures of her dog. So, for now...


Turning an Oops into Art

A good friend of mine is getting married soon and is having several events this summer leading up to the grand affair. I'm taking advantage of the opportunity to dabble in wedding photography to see if A. I'd be any good at it and B. I like it.

The jury is still out.

In meantime, here's a shot of one of the bouquets dressing up the tables at KR's bridal shower. I screwed up the white balance setting because the mix of florescent and natural light. All the pictures were very yellow - oops. This picture is my first try at fixing/improving on the the picture using photoshop.

*Note: it's low-quality, so large version will be very grainy.


July 29, 2008

Avoiding Disasters

It's a common nightmare that two girls will show up to a dance wearing the same dress. I never ran into that problem; however, I nearly did today. This morning, I briefly considered wearing a particular skirt that I love but decided to not to because I didn't have time to shave my legs.

Fast forward to about when my train pulled into my station. As I got up from my seat to get off, I realized a girl standing nearby was wearing the exact same skirt I considered wearing today! Disaster averted!

Someone up there is really watching out for me. Grandma, I'm sure...she always did have a good sense of style.


July 21, 2008

It's Monday and I'm at Work. Bleah...

I had a pretty good weekend. I headed back up to PA for a good friend's, who I've known since I was four, bridal shower. Apollo was, of course, thrilled because he got to see my parents, who he adores (especially my mom). What's not to love? Bigger house, bigger, nicer yard and oodles of treats and love.

Picture is Apollo and me. I had no idea I make that face when I squint.

My dad, awhile ago, bought a case of Yeunglinger lagers. What he didn't know at the time is that they are GINORMOUS BOTTLES. 22 fl oz - almost twice the size of regular bottles. So I had to endure comments like, "You're not going driving after you finish that bottle, are you?" from my mom.
I took oodles of pictures of my girlfriends at the shower, but I won't be posting their pictures. However, I want to say...They are a bunch of HAWT babes. They put me to shame. And they're so much fun to hang out with. My "replacement" (I know, she's not really, but that's what I'm calling her) is awesome. I spent some time chatting with her and I approve. I love her already just based on our 20 minute chat and can see us being friends easily. Good addition to the group.

One of the...let's call it "perks" with quote marks for sarcasm...of being a longtime friend of the bride is I got a few classic comments and questions from her family like this conversation I had with KR's mom, "So you're the last one to get married?"


"Do you have a boyfriend?"

"Nah, I haven't been hooked yet."

"You...do want to get married?" Poignant pause and all.

I laughed and told her I'd like to but if I didn't, it wouldn't bother me that much.

KR's mom gave me a wierd little look after that. I'm not sure if maybe she didn't understand me (accent and all, you know), or maybe she wasn't too sure she liked what I said. Who knows?

I thought about the afternoon while driving home last night in between "white-knuckle driving weather", and I realized I did mean what I said. I don't mind being the last single one, I don't mind not being married, I'm not in a hurry to do so. What I do mind is that everyone seems to be...adult-like. They give me the impression that they know what they want out of life, while I don't. Maybe they're just better at putting on a front.

I can't wait for next weekend. Bachelorette party hoo-ah!


July 10, 2008

Question of week

Every so often, I'm struck by a question or idea and I obsess over it for awhile. The latest one: When will I feel like an adult?

I'm 20-something, have been out in the working world, on my own, for almost six years, and I still don't feel like I'm a grownup yet. What gives?

Not that I'm in any hurry - I'm a kid at heart. But when I look around me, it seems like everyone else has It. The career, the family, the goals. They know everything that they, as kids, wanted answers to. And when I compare my life to that...it feels like I haven't gotten much accomplished. I moved out of home. I got a job. Big deal.

I know, I shouldn't discount what I've done so far. But I have goals, and it feels like I'm nowhere closer to attaining them than I was 6 years ago. I've no one to blame but myself, though.



As some of you may have noticed, my posting frequency dropped recently. I've been a bit busier than usual.

I am officially out of my old apartment. I finally got everything cleared out, "cleaned" the apartment and turned in my keys. It's amazing how much crap I've accrued. Most of which are now sitting in my house's living room. My FemRoomie must be so thrilled. I do plan to put most of it in the basement though, and will work on either selling it off or throwing some of it out. Well, that's the theoretical plan. We'll see if I follow through.

Also, my weekends have been pretty chock-full of activities. I'm trying to get out more and to meet more people. I'm contemplating starting a separate blog tracking dating activity...the reactions guys have to a deaf woman hitting on them. A semi-scientific experiment. I don't know. I haven't quite thought it through. I'm not sure I really want to do that either.

I also devoted some time to fixing up my resume and cover letter, and have been sporadically applying to jobs out West. It's much more time-consuming than one would expect. Searching for jobs, researching the company, customizing the coverletter and resume for that one company. Rinse and repeat.

On a similar note, I actually found a photojournalism job at a smallish newspaper and the description also asks for someone with copyediting and writing experience. I highly doubt I'd get this job, I have absolutely no working experience as a photographer, but I do meet the other requirements...So. I'm going to do my best to impress them. The deadline to apply is for the 14th, I think...Need to doublecheck. Anyway, the next few days I'll be juggling the planned activities for this weekend and working on the application.

Apollo is doing fabulous. He had a bout of upset tummy earlier in the week, and it was pretty vile for about 24 hours, but he is on the mend now. And now Sampson is showing signs of the same upset tummy. FemRoomie and I have no idea what caused it, but I suspect it was a nylabone. FemRoomie gave a couple to Sampson, and Apollo may have gotten a bite or two. He (Apollo) has really bad reactions to those even though he loves them. It's the only thing I can think of, anyhow.

We love the backyard, we love the grill that a previous roommate left. But we do not love the mosquitoes - they are BAD in the backyard. I wish there was a human version of the Interceptor. A dab of the liquid stuff, and we're immune-ish to bugs for a month. Sweet. I picked up a bottle of stuff to spray in the yard, it's supposed to help for a few weeks. We will see if it works.

That's about it.


July 7, 2008

Apollo Redux


July 4, 2008


Click on the picture to fully appreciate it.


Photoshop fun

I downloaded a free 30-day trial of Photoshop CS3. I've been having too much fun with it.



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