Category: family

10 years

10 years ago, I was a freshman in college. Bright eyes, ready to change the world. Today, I sit at my desk in an office, and can only reflect on the changes in 10 years.
In 10 years:
*My parents moved from Detroit to North Carolina
*Dad went from being an engineer for Ford to being a retail manager at a clothing store.
*Mom went from being a housewife to being a retail manager for a kite store.
*I opened a new kite shop for a huge company.
*I left said kite company and went to work for a wholesale kite company.
*Dad quit his retail job, mom quit her retail job, they decided to open a kite shop.
*I quit my job and moved back to the beach to help them open their kite shop.
*I worked for a bank
*I worked for a coffee shop
*I worked for a disc golf company
*I interned at a fair trade coffee company
*I learned how to sew, knit, crochet… and more
*I had dreadlocks, twice
*I lived in Mexico
*I lived in Detroit
*I lived in Boston
*I lived in Indiana
*I moved to the Beach (twice)
*I moved to Austin (twice)
*I went to school to be a music teacher
*I changed my major when I figured out I wanted to take History classes
*I learned Spanish
*I forgot Spanish
*I relearned Spanish
*I fell in love
*I got my heart broken
*I fell in love again.
*I learned that “they” were right, time heals wounds.
*My brother joined the Army
*He was deployed in Baghdad for almost 18 months
*He came home with “issues”.
*He’s still working through them.
*He met a wonderful woman and married her.
*I managed to get the best sister-in-law in the universe.
*I wrote a 75 page thesis on Chile
*I brought fair trade coffee to my university campus
*I traveled from Indiana to DC countless times in college to participate in marches
*I adopted 2 cats
*I moved them cross country, twice
*They hated it
*They love me
*My hair has been: black, blond, red and brown
*I got tattooed
*And again
*And a third time
*I had up to 15 piercings in my body, most in my ears
*Wait, no. Make that 16.
*I learned how to wear heels, skirts and makeup
*I took a photography class
*And another. Which hooked me on photography for life.
*I photographed bands
*I photographed people
*I photographed events
*I learned that not everything needs to be taken seriously
*I learned that some things can ONLY be taken seriously
*I fell in love again
*I moved in with him
*Life is good

There’s so much more, but I thought that this was a good starting point.
Much love,


Wedding weekend

Ok, it’s been crazy lately. I’ll admit it. I’ve been completely out of touch with people as I’ve been doing everything I can just to stay on top of my jobs and life in general.

So… my brother got married this past weekend. Along with the wedding, a couple of things happened.

  • I decided to move in with my parents in a few weeks to save money and pay off debt. I’ve been thinking about it for a few months, but the fact is that I’ve been struggling with money for years, and my parents are willing to help. I need to learn how to accept help when it’s offered.
  • My dad and I were un-invited from my cousins wedding next month, thanks to my grandfather. We don’t think my cousin knows, and I kindof hope she finds out. She’d be SO pissed.
  • We went to the wedding on Saturday, and when the families were being walked out of the church at the end, I was totally escorted by 2 men in their dress greens. Hott.
  • We went out on a boat on a lake in the mountains on Sunday, before driving home. It was awesome.
  • I was asked when I was expecting my baby from a clerk at Subway. I almost punched him in the face as a result.
  • My grandmother died on Sunday, around 8pm.

Oh, wait… whats that? My grandma died? One of these days I need to dedicate a post to her because despite some of her “mean old lady” years, she was a cool lady with a LOT of spunk. We all knew it was a matter of time before she passed, and I’m just thankful that it happened after the wedding rather than before or during.

I wanted to share this picture, taken on Saturday, of my mom and her remaining siblings. It’s the first time the 3 of them were together in probably 10 or 15 years when it didn’t involve a funeral.


Getting ready…

So, tomorrow is the big day. I start my new job at the bank at 8:30am. I work there til 5ish, then go to my other job from 5:30 – 9:30. Then I get up in the morning and go back to the bank. Fortunately, I don’t work the other job til Saturday, but that DOES mean that I’m getting ready for a 6 day work week. Fun?

The good news is that I’m working! The bad news is that I’ll probably have to start drinking coffee again. LOL.

Happy Mothers Day to all of the fabulous mothers (and soon to be!) in my life!! I’ll admit it though, you MIGHT be jealous of my mom, because we went shopping at my store today and I helped her get some CUTE stuff. Seriously, my mom is adorable (she’s petite like me, but weighs what I wished I weigh, so she’s like a smaller version of me…), and I love helping her update her wardrobe. I try not to treat her like my barbie doll, but sometimes it’s hard not to. She’s just so damned cute. Anyways, I help show her how to hide the stuff she hates and emphasize her assets, and she always walks away beaming with confidence. (And, yes, I’m talking about my 50 year old mother here, proof that you’re only as young as you feel!!) I picked up a couple of items that I wanted to fill in holes with (I’m getting close to feeling like I have options in my closet for work), but we mostly spent money on her. 🙂 Then my dad made us dinner and we finished it off with angel food cake, fresh strawberries, (light) vanilla ice cream, and (light) whipped cream. Mmmmmmm. SO GOOD. It was a good day, and I think my mom really had a blast.

So, yeah. Happy Mothers Day, and hopefully I’ll make it through my first week of work ok. 🙂

Bah da bum

So, over the past week or so, the roomie has been working on building a covered deck over the pre-existing back porch. Eventually, it’ll get screened in, which will be SO AWESOME. We were talking tonight about putting a ceiling fan in there, and he’s already talking about opening a different opening out there from the house and putting in a tiki-bar of sorts. Basically, awesomeness is happening behind the house.

Anyways, it rained a lot over the weekend, so work got delayed for a couple of days, and there’s still a lot to get done. His dad came into town for the initial construction, but after a week in town and 3 days waiting out the rain, he ( ::ahemFINALLY:: ) left. The man is nice and all, but me being unemployed and him being… boring… it was rough there for a little bit. Fortunately I was contemplating doing something slightly crazy, so I spent a lot of time on the phone, hiding in my closet, talking to my friends and parents about the pros and cons. (BTW – no, my life is not changing. There was a possibility of doing a friend an insanely huge favor that would change my life, but in the end, we decided not to do it.)

Right… I got WAY off topic. This afternoon, I helped the roomie tar and put shingles on the roof of the newly built porch roof. We only got 1/2 way done, but we’ve gotten the method down, so the second 1/2 should only take a couple more hours. Yay! I rock! Also, we’re totally installing skylights up there (ROCK!!!), so it was kindof fun helping him work out the math to cut the shingles down. And, by shingles, I mean NOT shingles, but that’s the closest descriptor we can thing of. It’s like a roll of shingles, only 3′ wide and no ACTUAL shingle separation. But, you overlap it when you lay it, so its kindof like shingles.

Whatever. I totally digress from the reason why I opened up this blog post in the first place.

You NEED to go over and check out this website. I just stumbled upon it, and have played with it for like 10 minutes. Basically, you zoom into parts of photographs, where they have used other photographs to create the color palette. You zoom in more, and into other photographs. I love the way they’ve created detail and texture using colors from other photographs.

And, yes, it’s totally appropriate that at 1am I’m effing around on the internet instead of sleeping. Shhhh. I was productive today! (Preita, I finished the bag this afternoon, and while I see things I’d do differently next time, I think it’s pretty much awesome. I need to photograph and then mail it. Should I make more drawstring bags before I send the package?)


It’s been rainy and glum for a couple of days now, and I wish it would cut it out. My roomie’s dad is in town to help him build a covered porch, but of course the rain makes that difficult. I really like the man, but he’s a tad boring when he doesn’t have something to do. He talking about reformatting his hard drive for 45 minutes one night. Oh, and he keeps eating those Ritz chips and commenting on finding them for $2 a bag. Sir, I’m glad you found them for $2 a bag, and I know you bought a bunch of them. Now, stop telling me about it. The story takes 10 minutes, and you’ve told it to me 4 times now! I really don’t want to be rude, but the man just isn’t very interesting. He tells long stories about nothing. ::sigh::

On another note, I went to the library today and finally got a membership. Yay! I got another Michener book, and while I’m only 20 pages in, I can tell I’m gonna like it a lot.

Oh lord, I need to get out of the house.

Oh yeah, I start at a clothing store in the outlet center on Friday. Whee! It’s only part time, but I really like their clothes and they give GREAT employee discounts. Plus, I’ve worked with 2 or 3 of their employees in the past at another job, and I really like these ladies. I think it’ll be fun. And, a great place to upgrade my wardrobe. 🙂