November 29, 2007

I was planning on a "Please send love and healing energy to my Uncle Cameron as he undergoes surgery today" post, but I forgot to do it this morning.
The surgery is now over and it appears that all that love and healing energy did its job.
Clayton has the good news update, so pop on over there for more details.

November 23, 2007

looking within

This is a submission for a self portrait contest. Not half bad I think...

I don't typically do my self portraits outdoors, but I was going for a "something-greater-than-myself" feel that I don't think I could've gotten in my living room.
I rather like the result. I might have to venture outdoors more often.
Before I go, I must give credit where credit is due. Thank you to my baby brother Taylor for helping me out with this photo and not making fun of me as I was dancing and twirling in front of him.

November 21, 2007

As you know, I don't cook. Or if you don't know, you do now.
Personally, I think it's a waste of time.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm all about good food. I just prefer to pay someone to cook it for me.
With that being said, I was in a mood today. A cooking mood. Weird, I know.
So, I suggest that you savor this moment, because these are likely the only recipes I will ever be sharing.
They are two of my most holiday favorites, btw.

Frozen Fruit Salad

~1 bag mini marshmallows
~2 cans crushed pineapple
~5 bananas
~2 bags frozen strawberries
~1 pint whipping cream

Combine marshmallows and pineapple in bowl. Let sit overnight.
Mix in remaining ingredients.
Spoon into paper-lined muffin tins.
(Makes approx. 4 dozen)

Pumpkin Roll

~2/3 cup pumpkin
~1 cup sugar
~3/4 cup flour
~3 eggs
~1 tsp lemon juice
~2 tsp cinnamon
~1/2 tsp nutmeg
~1 tsp baking powder
~dash of salt

~1 cup powdered sugar
~8 oz cream cheese
~1/4 cup butter
~1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all cake ingredients together.
Grease and flour cookie sheet. (Well)
Pour mixture into pan and spread with spatula.
Bake for 12-15 min.
Remove from oven and immediately overturn onto dishtowel sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Roll up cake with towel and freeze approx 30 min.
Mix icing ingredients.
Unroll cake and frost with icing.
Re-roll without towel.
Freeze 1-2 hours.

November 17, 2007

Can you believe it?!?! Neither can I.
I have a decent photo of my brother!

{brothers & sisters}

Wow. He's not sticking out his tongue, or wrinkling his forehead, or rolling his eyes...
I don't know what to think. I'm stunned.

{brothers & sisters}

It's hard to believe that he's leaving in 17 days. Don't tell him this, but I think I might miss him.
A little.

November 15, 2007

My webcounter hit 3,000 this week.
Technically I have more hits than that. I didn't start webcountering for about six months.
But still, it feels like a milestone.

November 11, 2007

Here is my effort in the fight for world peace.
I've donated 860 grains of rice so far.
I love making a difference.

I took a leap today. I big, splurging leap.
It was worth every single penny.
Isn't it beautifully sexy?

I am so completely broke, but SO productive. It's 6:00 am and I have been busy all night long. I've gotten so many photos done tonight, it should be illegal. Graveyards will be so much more bearable now.
I've been quite frustrated lately, having so much work to do. No computer or internet at my apartment, combined with no Photoshop at work means I spend a great deal of free time using up my dad's internet. I never have time to do my laundry, grocery shopping, or dishes. I never even see my roommates.
Oh, you better believe all that's about to change.

November 06, 2007


Does anyone else find Dave Navarro a strange spokesperson for Vaseline??
I don't get it.
I was doing some reflecting today.
I'm back on graveyards again, so I have a lot of free time. I went back and looked at all the photos on my Flickr stream.
I cannot BELIEVE how much I've learned this year. I was looking at my earlier photos and just cringing at some of them. The awful white balance, the over-photoshopped skin, the boring black and whites...
There is so much I would change now.
I remember being so proud of my mad skillz. I obviously didn't know how little I knew. (Does that make sense?)
I often find myself thinking, "I'm not really that great. I want to be amazing, but I'm just average."
But to go back and look at everything I've created this year, it helps reminds me. There are some images that I am really proud of.
I hope I'm never fully satisfied. I want to always do better. I hope to be constantly learning, constantly improving. There is so much knowledge out there. I've only scraped the surface.

November 05, 2007

Today was new camera day!!

And new lens day!!

I expect great things out of this pair. I don't think I'll be disappointed.

Cross two off my wish list.