Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Time, must you pass so quickly?

Where do I begin? Let's go with Christmas. It was a marathon 34-hour celebration (we calculated it) in Visalia, Fresno, Clovis and Fresno again across three bloodlines and five houses. Wait - six! After I finally got home from my Dad's house Christmas night, it was time for Jared and me to open our presents for each other.

Jared and Andrew

Jared and Julian

Julian, beating the 1st Annual Christmas Pinata

Girls dressed for winter - Stephanie, Lucia, me


Memory game I made for Emily's son Silas

Little Leaf Tea with mama

It was freezing that day! The tea was delicious and it warmed us up.

My favorite corner of the apartment

I'm waiting for my books for the upcoming semester to come in the mail, and we've already put away our Christmas decorations. I'm really looking forward to 2010, though. I've seen very few movies, so I've made a list of just over 100 movies that I've compiled from "Best Movies of All Time"-esque internet lists, and by recommendations from friends. It is one of my New Year's Resolutions, which I already kicked off this week with The Sound of Music and Ferris Bueller's Day Off - I know, most people can't believe the movies I haven't seen.

In just over a week Jared and I will be spending the day taking photos of our friends Danica and Chase, then we have plans to take my parents to a hockey game, his mother out for dinner, and my dad and step-mom to a movie. Ahh! Oh - the year's also going to be dedicated to spending more time outdoors with Stephanie, Jared, and my parents with my new hiking shoes. 2010, I'm ready for you! For now, it's off to the thrift stores downtown to find an pretty frame for my new baby blue "Keep Calm Carry On" print - I think I'll need to see that daily this year.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Time has been going by so quickly lately! The semester is over (thank you!) and I've finally had some free time! That's left me with a few very important things to do: make Christmas gifts, bake up a storm, and spend plenty of time with friends and family.

Since the last day of finals, I've spent my last four days spending time with my best friends and my boyfriend. We got to dress up for his work Christmas party, and go out with our friends!

Today, I spent the morning relaxing because I actually had a weekend off. So, I got a little start on the rest of the list - with two projects (that will be gifts, so I can't go into detail) and chocolate chip cookies!

I'll have to get to the rest of the gifts tomorrow, after I make a trip to the craft store for some materials. I love making these presents! They're made with so much love, one-of-a-kind, and so personal. Really, I've gotten a little envious - I guess I'll have plenty of things to make for myself after the holidays are over!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Who doesn't need study breaks?

We all know how easy it is to get lost browsing Etsy shops. Well, this time around I came across Mojo Spa Style. Apparently they're based out of Chicago, and this branch is an extension of Mojo Spa beauty products. What caught my eye, though, were these accessories.

Images via Mojo Style Spa's Etsy shop.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

An Unnecessary Lesson

On the same block as my apartment is a church. This church has a building with classrooms facing the street, and a nice blue exterior. Well, I turned down the street and noticed how bright the leaves on the trees were - yellow! orange! rust! So pretty, with the baby blue exterior peeking through. Oh - and did I mention the deep blue sky? Well, I immediately realized that the lighting offered by the setting sun would dissipate, and I'd have to wait until the next day to bring out my 35mm.
The next day, so excited about how pretty the leaves will be, I make my left turn and see - NOTHING! The trees were IN THE PROCESS of being chopped up! Just like Steve Buscemi's body toward the end of Fargo! Well, just to rub it in my face, the universe decided to let me know that, like my blush, the trees were concealing what really was horribly bland scene.

All in all, I GET IT! Seize the day! Carpe diem! Blah-bidy blah blah....

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hello, world of bloggers!

I've gone ahead and decided to finally make this blog! I made a few steps toward my own blog in June of 2008 (I'm a pro @ procrastinating!) and I guess I'm ready to get this going. I'd keep a journal, but that's never worked out. So, for now...