Friday, September 30, 2011

Closer to Love

She got the call today

One out of the gray
And when the smoke cleared
It took her breath away

She said she didn't believe
It could happen to me
I guess we're all one phone call from our knees

We're gonna get there soon

If every building falls
And all the stars fade
We'll still be singing this song
The one they can't take away

I'm gonna get there soon
She's gonna be there too
Cryin' in her room
Prayin' oh, Lord come through

We're gonna get there soon

Oh, it's your light
Oh, it's your way
Pull me out of the dark
Just to shoulder the weight
Cryin' out now
From so far away
You pull me closer to love
Closer to love

Meet me once again
Down off Lake Michigan
Where we could feel the storm blowin'
Down with the wind

And don't apologize
For all the tears you've cried
You've been way too strong now for all your life

I'm gonna get there soon
You're gonna be there too
Cryin' in your room
Prayin' Lord come through

We're gonna get there soon

Oh, it's your light
Oh, it's your way
Pull me out of the dark
Just to shoulder the weight
Cryin' out now
From so far away
You pull me closer to love
Closer to love

Cause you are all that I've waited for all of my life
(We're gonna get there)
You are all that I've waited all of my life

You pull me closer to love
Closer to love
Pull me closer to love (You are all that I've waited for)
You pull me closer to love
Closer to love
Closer to love (Cause you are all that I've waited for)
Closer to love

Pull me closer to love

By Matt Kearney

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Part 3

He sat in the study.  He was so frustrated that she had gotten so close.  He had spent years listening to the stories and tracking down the house.  And it had almost taken him that long to earn their trust as well.  Turns out, it was more than easy enough to solicit a job opportunity from the couple living there.  All he had to do was some light housework, cooking, and general "help" around the house, and he had access.  And a key. 

What he didn't expect was the daughter,  and her curiosity.  Pretending like he spoke very little English had allowed him to disappear into the background, while being relatively privy to their conversations.  And for the most part, he had done so.  He knew that she was getting curious, but quite frankly, how could she not be?  She was here when the chest was moved in.  He knew that she was aware of the stories.  And he knew that she had found the key - it was missing from the spot in the third drawer of the armoire.  So he knew that it wouldn't take her long to venture upstairs.

And she did.
And he was there that night, waiting.
And as soon as the door was opened, that was his time to act.  He swept up behind her, knocked her out, stole the key, and locked the door back.  He pocketed the key, carried her down to her room, laid her in her bed, shut the door, and went back out into the great room.  And with that, he ran back upstairs, opened the door, stepped inside, and turned on the light.

He had work to do, and not a lot of time to do it.


Glue Dot Skin
Happy Wednesday!
Today flew by... we had a sit-and-do project this morning that took a few hours that felt like a few minutes.  Twas nice!  And then it was harmless banter and conversation  to speed the rest of the day along.  All-in-all, it was good day!  I watched Gnomeo and Juliet, and found it very cute!  And quirky, random, funny.  This might have to be one for the library.  We had spaghetti, garlic bread, and salad for dinner.  And then we watched ABC. 
The Middle
Modern Family
Happy Endings
Good shows this evening!  Lots of chuckles!
And now it's bedtime!  Whew!  :)
Tomorrow is my Friday.
Hope yall all have a great one!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

Winkin', Blinkin', and Nod

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
by Eugene Field

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe,--
Sailed on a river of crystal light
Into a sea of dew.
"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
The old moon asked the three.
"We have come to fish for the herring-fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we,"
Said Wynken,
And Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe;
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew;
The little stars were the herring-fish
That lived in the beautiful sea.
"Now cast your nets wherever you wish,--
Never afraid are we!"
So cried the stars to the fishermen three,
And Nod.

All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam,--
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home:
'Twas all so pretty a sail, it seemed
As if it could not be;
And some folk thought 'twas a dream they'd dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea;
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
And Nod.

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one's trundle-bed;
So shut your eyes while Mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:--
And Nod.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Lightning Flashes

The night was so dark.  She couldn't remember a time when she ever felt like this... it was almost like floating.  There were no senses, no emotions, and her sense of reality was distorted by the fact that she couldn't figure out where she was, or who she was for that matter.  The little she remembered was coming back slowly.  She saw herself walking up the stairs and felt the cool doorknob against her hand... and then she remembered dropping the flashlight, and hearing the creak in the floor behind her.  But she couldn't imagine who had been there behind her.  And it seemed that she wouldn't get the chance to find out anytime soon. 
Everything around her was so silent...  The only thing she noticed were these flashes of light, and she could feel a low rumble.  "It must be storming" she thought to herself. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011


She crept to the foot of the stairs.  As much as she tried to deny it, the door at the top was calling her and she found it near impossible to stay away.  She had to see what was up there.  Why was there such a connection?  Were the rumors true?  Did she really believe the stories?

She looked away for a moment.  The room downstairs was quiet- everyone was sleeping.  But still, she felt like someone was watching... gosh, she hated that feeling.  It was just like that moment when all-of-the-sudden, she got a chill, and was freezing.  "It's just in your mind", she told herself.  "You are bigger than your imagination, or these stories even... it's just stairs leading to a door, which is holding old things.  There is nothing to be afraid of."  And yet, even after she reassured herself, she couldn't shake it.  But she had to.  She had to try and find it.

She started walking up the stairs.  The railings on both sides did little to steady her, but she grasped them anyways.  She reached the landing at the top and stopped.  From this point,  she looked to her right (through the small hole in the wall) and saw the great room below.  It was so still.  The middle of the night.  So still, and quiet.  Why did she have to do this now??  But she knew that she couldn't explain this to anyone else, and she needed her aloneness to protect her - just in case.  She had seen the chest once before, when she was much younger, being moved in to the attic after her grandparents moved.  And the whispered conversation a few days later between them and her parents had done little to relieve the suspect about the contents.  Why were they trying to hide the blanket, and that book??  And what of the bullets that were said to never be revealed to anyone?

She snapped back to reality. It had been years, but the door had been locked and never talked about.  But now that she had the key, and the little bit of courage that she could muster, the time was now.  She took a deep breath, let it out slowly, and put the key to the lock.  With a clank louder than she had expected, the handle creaked in the silence of the room, and the door gave slowly.  Must greeted her as she cracked the door open.  She switched on the flashlight and gave the light a slow sweep over the room.  That was probably the scariest part... you never know what you'll find in the center of the flashlight beam.  Especially when you gazing into a dark, long-forgotten attic.

And then there it was.  Over in the corner, hidden haphazardly behind some old pictures, she saw it!
But the creak on the step behind her caused her to lose her focus.  She turned around, gasped, dropped the flashlight, and everything went dark.  The dark figure covered her, and he could be seen smiling slightly.  But then he quivered... she had gotten too close for comfort.  And she had to be stopped.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A to Z

Disclaimer:  I used to do these all. the. time. on myspace.  They are harmless and fun, and when I saw it on a blog I follow, I couldn't resist.  Enjoy the abbreviated "A to Z" version of random facts about Nancy...  :)

A. Age: 26

B. Bed size: Queen.

C. Chore that you hate: Laundry.  Well, the putting-it-away part anyways.

D. Dogs: ...are cute.

E. Essential start to your day: Breakfast!  And during the work week, the Q100 morning show.

F. Favorite color: It's been yellow for a long time now.

G. Gold or Silver: White gold.

H. Height: 5'5"

I. Instruments you play: I've dabbled in piano and guitar when I was younger, but can appreciate a good musician.  I play my ipod.  :)

J. Job title: Gift maker, promo/design assistant, blogger, photographer.

K. Kids: Two cats. Pickles and Cornbread.

L. Live: in Georgia.

M. Mother’s name: Melanie.

N. Nicknames: Fancy, Fancy Pants, Cherry.

O. Overnight hospital stays: Negatory.

P. Pet peeves: Arrogance.

Q. Quote from a movie: "We're not in Kansas anymore..."  (Wizard of Oz)

R. Right or left handed: Right handed.

S. Siblings: One younger sister.

U. Underwear: Yes...!

V. Vegetable you hate: Lima Beans...  But hate is too strong of a word.

W. What makes you run late: Snoozing too many times.  Packing a lunch.  Having to stop for gas.

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Dental, wrist, knee.

Y. Yummy food that you make: Pistachio Pudding Cake!

Z. Zoo animal: Elephants!  They're awesome!


We watched movies today.
You know, go to the kiosk, choose 3, go home and watch them.
Today's menu: 
- The Hereafter
- Take Me Home Tonight
- Thor

(Wow... apparently we were on a "T" theme...)
All were good!  The first was very serious, the second was funny and romantic, and the third was action.
A nice well-balanced movie meal, as it were.

Hope you had a nice day!

Friday, September 23, 2011

North Georgia State Fair

The State fair has arrived, and so have the good times!  Thrilling rides, good fair food, and great people watching!  We enjoyed walking around and seeing the sites.  We tried a fried brownie and had some fresh-squeezed lemonade.  We sorely missed the ferris wheel though - it seems strange to go to a fair and not see the ferris wheel.  But we'll keep our eyes peeled in the future.  There is just something so innately exciting about going to a local fair.  You can feel the energy and excitement just walking around - especially on the kids faces.  It's adorable!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend and will have a great weekend!
Adieu!  :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Sheer curtains illuminated by lamplight, on a background of dusk sky.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


"I like to think the moon is there even if I am not looking at it." - Albert Einstein

The sky was beautiful tonight!  There was a lovely purple tint, with shades of pinks and greys throughout.  It made me run outside for a moment to try and catch it.  What was neat though was watching it through the stained-glass window.  With the lights off, and at a far enough distance, it looks like the moon.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


I believe our flowers days are over for the season.  It's time to 'let it all go' and bring on the earthy hues that can only be described as fall.  I know I'm a few days early, but then again, so is the season, it seems.  It makes me wonder if we are going to have one of those "Indian Summers"... where the heat comes back for a few days and everything gets confused, and sniffly.  But for now, everything seems to be gray.  A few days of clouds are an almost welcome change, especially if they bring some rain, colder weather, and the need for socks.  And socks, I do believe, are here to stay.


I have a lot of energy tonight because some of my favorite shows are returning for the season... namely "Glee" and 'Raising Hope".  I'm excited, overwhelmingly so.  And I want nothing more than to stretch out on the sofa with a blanket and just watch...
I hope you have a great night tonight and are able to get some sleep!  I know a lot of people had a rough day today, but being a Tuesday, it happens every now and then.  So enjoy the clouds, the chill, and the chance to rest. 

TV Schedule for the week:
Monday: (maybe Dancing with the Stars), (possibly Castle)
Tuesday: Glee, (probably New Girl), Raising Hope
Wednesday:  Modern Family
Sunday: Amazing Race

That's all for now.  I'm looking into "Pan Am" and "Once Upon A Time", but for now, my week is looking fairly busy as is.

Adieu and bisous!  :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Cat bath...

... brought to you by the humans.

Cornbread pre-bath trying to "help" Pickles.

They were less than pleased, but were fairly calm considering.
Then they proceeded to lick themselves dry for the next hour or so, and are both now konked-out and sleeping soundly.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Now that's a mustache!

Today we drove home.  It's good to be home!  There's nothing better than walking inside your door, being greeted by your cats, putting everything away, and going to sleep in your bed.  I have a feeling I will sleep well tonight!  It was a great weekend!

And when you're on the road for hours at a time, little nuances can make everything fun again!
Seeing a mustache on a car...
Finding the sun (after it had been hiding all weekend) as soon as we got back into GA.
Listening to Relient K.
Critiquing crazy driving skills.
Noticing all the different state license plates.
Dancing in the car.

Yup - that is an orange mustache on the front of that there Honda.
Made me do a double take, and then I chuckled.  :)
Like I said, great trip!  Charleston was fun to explore!
Back to the daily grind tomorrow...  :)
Adieu and bisous!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Charleston Area Top 5

1. Saturday morning farmer's market.
We just happened to stumble upon this one as we were walking downtown.  Very similar to the Marietta Market but better, in my opinion!  Lots of local vendors selling anything from fruits and veggies to dog leashes, wood tables, handmade bags, and food.  More like a mixture of the farmers market and your favorite fall festival... especially in weather like this.  There was even a "King of Pops" vendor selling weird-flavored popsicles.  We'd seen them in Atlanta but had yet to try them, and today just seemed like the right  day to do so.  Gary got the chocolate and sea salt, and I got the sweet corn.  Both were very good and very different!  It was ::interesting:: eating a popsicle with bits of corn throughout - I'd recommend it!

 2. Historic Downtown Exploring and Shopping
I figured there'd be shopping, but I didn't know exactly what kind.  Most "historic cities" that I have visited are littered with souvenir shops and touristy-traps.  Here, there were actual "stores"... It was nice - similar to NYC but with a French feel (for some reason) and a historic flair.  You could tell you weren't in a big city, but if you wanted to spend money like you were, you were more than welcome!  We found some great places to shop, but these were some of our favorite, especially the Robot Candy Company!  It was so much fun to walk around and see everything from the old architecture, to the modern shopping, to the street vendors, to the carriage tours.  Very bustling, energetic, and yet chill.  Another great thing are the fountains.  I like seeing fountains in a city - they bring a sense of whimsy and youthfulness that makes just about everyone smile and gravitate towards it. 

3. The bridge between Charleston and Mt.Pleasant
Bridges are awesome, and I have always  loved them!  This one is super cool.  It's cables are a white color that tend to blend in with the sky (as shown in the picture below).  The only time we really caught them on camera was when we went over the bridge itself.  Gary got this great shot!  And since the area is made up of peninsulas and islands, you are pretty much guaranteed to cross one at some point - especially if you want to go find the ocean, which we did.

4. Sullivan's Island and Fort Moultrie
We wanted to see some history without paying a whole lot of money to take a ferry to Ft. Sumter, so we drove (over the cool bridge) to Sullivan's Island to see Ft. Moultrie.  We got there right when it closed so we only got to see the outskirts of the fort but it was still neat!  There were cannons and markers to read, and the actual fort and battery and we had a nice time taking the history in!  And then we took a stroll along the beach.  Sullivan's Island is very pretty with lots of rocks/ boulders to walk on and land to look towards.  I love seeing water... it's so good for the soul!

5. Folly Beach on James Island
We came here because we were determined to find a place eat on the water.  We landed on Folly Beach, and have since decided that this is deifnitely a place that could use another visit.  This is very much a beach town, on a smaller scale.  There appears to be just a few hotels to choose from - more  rental houses - and a really nice beach to enjoy.  We dined at Locklear's, which is right on the pier.  It was good!  And by the time we got to walk the pier, it was pitch black.  It's interesting walking to the end of a pier at night and then peering out into the ocean, not being able to see anything.  It was nice to be able to turn around and see lights.  :)

That's how we spent our day.  It was great!  It never rained, was almost chilly at some points, and was filled with laughter, smiles, and memories made.  All we can ask for, quite honestly!
Love to all!

Friday, September 16, 2011

High Cotton

I imagine the discussion that led to the naming of this restaurant was a good one.  I imagine that they were all sitting around a table trying to figure out a way to convey southern and fancy in a way that would fit right in with the already distinct Charleston foodie scene.  I imagine that they thought of cotton as a somewhat apparent Southern icon, so that stuck.  And I imagine that when they thought of fancy, an image of High Tea appeared, and they liked it, but they took out the "tea" part and added Cotton to the end of it, and so the name High Cotton was born.  I like it quite frankly.  ;)

We were recommended to this swanky place from a woman across the street in a neat store.  She said that the food was great, reservations were hard to come by on a same-day basis, but that the lounge was just a good and relished in the ability to serve the full menu.  She was right!  The food was amazing, the reservations were all taken, and our quaint little table in the corner of the lounge was just perfect for our needs!  We ate great food, got to dine and listen to some live music, and had a great evening and first impression of the Charleston food scene!

We had:
Curry Carrot Bisque with lump crab and cilantro
Crispy Pork Belly with poached green egg, bib lettuce, tomato puree, and brioche
Scallops and Clams with fingerling potatoes, arugula, and a lemon saffron sauce
Bone-in Pork Chop with cornmeal fried okra, greens, and a ham hock jus

All of the food was amazing... a nice twist on traditional Southern!  The Pork Belly was by far our favorite!!  We decided we either need to learn to make it, or find someone in Atlanta who does because gosh, it's amazing! 

I hope you had a great Friday!
Love to all!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Tonight we are seeing Wicked!  I am so excited - I've been waiting to see this show for years!  One of my good friends from college gave me the book and soundtrack for Christmas one year and the rest is history...  :)  The book was good, but the soundtrack is great, and I think that the show is going to be amazing!  I've been singing little snippetts from songs all week, and even have Gary humming along.  :)  He's looking forward to it too - but I think one of his reasons is to see how it compares to what Glee did with some of the songs.  lol.  He says that he hopes the show is better - he has this dislike for Glee that I can't understand but will sit there and watch it with me because I love it so!  I think we are both going to love it!

Many thanks to Madre for the tickets!  :)
I hope that everyone has a great night!  Love!


So the show was amazing!  Seriously one of the best things I have ever seen!  The set was great, the costumes were absolutely fabulous, and the cast were better than expected!  I was glad I was familiar with the music - it made the show all that much more enjoyable.  And although this was rather concise compared to the book, I think it actually did a great job of making connections and explaining exactly what was going on in the Land of Oz!  I highly recommend it... you will love it!!  ;)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Three years ago today, I got married to my wonderful husband Gary.  It has been such an amazing experience and I am so thankful to be his wife!  He is so much so my rock, my best friend, and the person that I want to see every day for the rest of my life.  And although our marriage is young, it is strong, and I have faith in it!

I have the pleasure of working with a lot of women who come from long-term relationships.  They have been married for years, and are still happy.  They have plenty of advice, warnings, and well-wishes, and at the end of the day, they go home to their husbands and are happy.  I am glad that I have had the opportunity to begin my marriage surrounded by these wonderful people!  They are examples are real life that have become a necessary part of my experiences, and I think we all delight in each others "stories" on a daily basis.

Today is 3 years, with a whole lifetime to come!

And so it called for a photoshoot.  :)  Luckily for me, Gary is willing to appease my wants and will stand in front of a camera, hold a frame, take commands, and smile... all for me!  He has been an amazing support in my little creative endeavors!  He is confident enough to offer criticisms, suggestions, and encouragement when I'm feeling lazy, confused, or down.  He lifts my spirits, holds me close, and enjoys thinking about the future just as much as I do.

I don't think I can say enough, or truly convey what he means to me, but I am so lucky to have him in my life!
I love him so much!


And now we have a new tradition of documenting our number of years with a picture taken on our anniversary with a framed "number" in the picture,..  :)  Joyous! 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Silver Lining

I was going to try to take a picture of a vent today.  I thought it would be a fun play on [pictures]... but leaned instead towards this picture of the gorgeous clouds in a blue sky - the silver lining!  Oh, it was amazing!  A full moon followed by a blue sky filled with silvery-lined clouds...?  Perfect!

And such a blessing!

So, be happy yall!  You could be staring at a vent right now...
But luckily, there is always a silver lining.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

One Headlight

'One Headlight" by the Wallflowers

So long ago, I don't remember when

That's when they say I lost my only friend
Well they said she died easy of a broken heart disease
As I listened through the cemetery trees

I seen the sun comin' up at the funeral at dawn
The long broken arm of human law
Now it always seemed such a waste
She always had a pretty face
So I wondered how she hung around this place

Hey, come on try a little
Nothing is forever
There's got to be something better than
In the middle
But me & Cinderella
We put it all together
We can drive it home
With one headlight

She said it's cold
It feels like Independence Day
And I can't break away from this parade
But there's got to be an opening
Somewhere here in front of me
Through this maze of ugliness and greed
And I seen the sun up ahead
At the county line bridge
Sayin' all there's good and nothingness is dead
We'll run until she's out of breath
She ran until there's nothin' left
She hit the end-it's just her window ledge


Well this place is old
It feels just like a beat up truck
I turn the engine, but the engine doesn't turn
Well it smells of cheap wine & cigarettes
This place is always such a mess
Sometimes I think I'd like to watch it burn
I'm so alone, and I feel just like somebody else
Man, I ain't changed, but I know I ain't the same
But somewhere here in between the city walls of dyin' dreams
I think her death it must be killin' me



I started off the day singing Spice Girls, then transitioned to the above song, and ended with "Alive" by Skillet.  It's been a good day - a busy day, and a long day - but a good day!  Got to see some new good things, dine with some great people, and plan a vacation.  And now as the day is winding down, and I'm looking towards my Sunday, I realize that I am so glad I got to see the moon tonight - it's gorgeous.  :)

Friday, September 9, 2011


It's been one of those days where I've had one song stuck in my head all day... and that song just happens to be the Target commercial where the music teacher sings that amazingly catchy song about denim.  So I'm sitting there and humming along and begin to think that "hey, I have denim - I'm even wearing denim - what a coincidence".  ;)  And so, today's picture is a picture of (what else?) denim!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ink Idea

I have an idea for a second tattoo.
It's taken awhile for me to get to this space, but I really like.

It uses the Shakespeare quote:
"to unpathed waters, undreamed shores"
and I would want it along the side of my foot, at the base.

Sort of like this:

I like the 'henry morgan hand' font... it gives it a old-timey-ness that I love!

This is the original inspiration, and the quote has been sitting on a post-it note behind my desk for a long time now.  :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hasselback Potato

I stumbled across a picture of a weird-cut potato recently.  It looked crispy, and golden, and yummy altogether, so I dug around some more and figured it out.  It's called the Hasselback Potato and it's cut almost all the way through, laced with garlic, drizzled with butter and evoo, and then dashed with salt and pepper, and baked.  The end result is a fun looking, crispy, and tender side dish that I was "wowed" by. 

Well I had some colorful fingerling potatoes and i decided to try this little trick out on them, modified of course.  :)  I sliced up each one as directed, put them in a dish and coated them with olive oil, and then used most of a packet of lipton soup mix to add some flavor.  I stirred them all up using my hands, put them in the dish, and then stuck them in the oven for about 45 minutes until they were done.  They turned out great, and are super fun and easy! 

Cut thin.

A bushel of em.

Coat with evoo and onion soup mix - or follow other recipe.

Bake and enjoy!

I will definitely be trying this out on baking potatoes soon, but really enjoyed the little fingerlings!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


When I first entered the world of social networking and online dating, it was very important to me that I had a good profile picture.  A self-portrait.  An image of myself that I liked and thought accurately portrayed myself.  I would spend hours alone, trying to create the perfect image.  I would put myself in front of a 35mm (real film... gasp) and utilizing the self-timer, would push the button, run to the other side of the room, and pose.  I spent a small fortune of film, and a quick minute figuring it all out and perfecting the shot.  I would take cues from professional photographers that I saw on episodes of America's Next Top Model, and try to emulate their shooting technique - all the whole trying to be like a model.  I would think about angles, lighting, how my lips looked, my eyes, to smile or no, the background, clothing, etc. etc...
It was almost a hobby.
And before my digital day, I would do all of these shots within the confines of how many different poses and looks I could get onto a single roll of film.  There was one time where I even spent a good amount of time drawing on my face with eyeliner - drawing - tattoo like designs.  But then I didn't like it, so I washed it all off, and just did my makeup a little heavier than usual.  Then I slicked my hair back, used a skirt as a tube top, stood at an angle to the camera, parted my lips, and snapped.  To this day, I am proud of this picture.  It basically represents me at the very beginning of my digital age... to which I owe a bit of credit.

And what's even more is that now I am familiar with the digital stuff, I can alter things.  I can mess with lighting, shadows, highlights.  I can see a picture instantly.  And if I don't like it, I can take 7 more until I get to the one that is right.  And then, I can go back and reflect on the others, and delete the ones that I don't need anymore.  It's an amazing phenomenon really.

And getting back to the point of today's lesson, is the ability to take self-portrait.  
Some days it is hard to stare into a camera...  it almost hearkens to the belief that when a camera takes a picture, it takes some of your soul.  And that may be fairly accurate.  Photographs are images that are frozen in time - good or bad.  All of your particles, and any surrounding you, are captured and put into one frame as a snapshot of that very moment.  A self-portrait is meant to document that moment of your self.  And if you keep a log of those images, you can see a progression of yourself (of your soul) through time. 

Just to share a few...
Still looking for that first one.

I hope you had a good Tuesday, and that the rest of your week goes well!  :)

Monday, September 5, 2011


We spent the majority of the day inside.  Aside from running a few errands, we had a meal and watched some movies.  It was raining, it was dark, and it was quiet.  It was lovely!  And by the time I got my camera out, the weather had started playing tricks.  It was really light outside but there were sirens going off, and warnings abounding.  We were pretty much oblivious.  It wasn't a bad thing. 

I like the difference in feeling between the two pictures above.  Outside, the light was so stark apparently compared to the darkness inside.  And if you shake the camera when it's taking a "night exposure" picture, it looks haunted.

That is all.  :)
I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

24-hr Synopsis


Southern Fried Sideshow
Absolutely fantastic!  At The Five Spot in Little Five Points.  Great show!  Saw amazing things.  Dined at Front Page News before hand and loved it!  It's like NoLa in ATL.  :)  Had a drink.  Saw sword-swallowing, glass walking, and weight-supported-by-nose-swinging.  Perfect venue for it too! 

Outside of Venue
Sideways picture of wall mural...

Dreamt about trying to get a tattoo.  Gary got mad at me because I didn't tell him I was going.  Kept getting tied up with other things, and had trouble getting upstairs to the parlor.  First tried climbing up this small tube tunnel.  Didn't work.  Second had to try to climb these silver rods - I apparently thought this would be easier than taking the stairs?.  Once I did finally get up, they were getting ready to close, and the guy didn't have time to fit me in.  (Details are fuzzy, but that's the gist.)

La Madeleine
Brunch with Madre.  Good to sit and chat!  Nice atmosphere, loved the food.  Makes me want to go back to France really bad. 

Continuing our "France Day" by shopping!  We both found some great things!  Checked out the Borders at the Avenue.  Sad too see it's closing, but reaping the rewards of the liquidation.  Got some good books!  Continued to the mall, and then to Publix.

Crepe Revolution
Madre, Gary, and I.  Again, good food and keeping with the France theme.  Waiter was nice and chatted for a bit about Labor Day plans.  Smoked Salmon and Dill crepe was amazing!  Decided we will come back one day and look at these condos.  They are amazing!  It was be great to live in a place like this - will consider this for the future.  :)

It came back today!  Nice and overcast all day long, with a steady rain finally hitting before dusk.  Love it!

Source Code and Cupcakes
Really good movie - better than I expected!  I'd highly recommend it!  Desserted on cupcakes that I picked up from North Point (Yummy! Piece of Flour).  Very cute and "yummy"!

Computer Time
Time to catch up on facebook and pinterest.  Twas good to see some pictures from yesterday's event!

Wonder what tonight's dreams will hold - they've been nice and vivid for the last few days... just need to get them written down so I can remember them.

I've had a great 24 hours!
(And we looked cute to boot!)