Thursday, July 8, 2010

Blogs are for blogging. Am I right?

Wow, what a busy couple of weeks. We just returned from a 4-day trip to North Dakota (I have videos and photos to share later), and I haven't yet had a moment to get caught up... or, you know, breathe. So here's a super quick update, since blogs are for blogging after all.

Random updates and spontaneous thoughts 101:

  • Last week, some friends I've known for years were married in a beautiful and simple backyard (errr- front yard, actually) ceremony. I was honored that they asked me to snap a few photos. I'll post a few when I do get caught up (I promise it will happen).

  • As noted, Rob and I just returned from a 14-hour road trip. We visited family, went to a arts and crafts show, cut down some trees at my grandmother's house, went to my 10-year reunion, and shot off fireworks. Also we drove a lot.

  • This is where I grew up. We didn't have horses or cows or land. We just lived in a normal house that is mostly surrounded by fields. It took me nearly 28 years to finally appreciate the beauty of this scene.

  • When we pulled over so I could take the photo above, another car on the road immediately stopped to see if we needed help. That's North Dakota. Again, it's something I didn't appreciate enough when I lived there.

  • I continue to make progress on my grad school thesis and will be presenting it for approval on August 5. Wow, less than a month away! That means some intense, intense work. I was assigned to work with two writing partners. We read and critique each other's work, then make revisions. I also get critiques from my course instructor and advisor. As you can imagine, a lot of revising has been going down. Besides a 100-page thesis, my final project also includes a website, which I will share with you all soon. In the meantime, you are welcome to join the Facebook group that I created not too long ago with the intention of opening up discussion about my topic. Discussion on generational use of technology

  • I don't really talk about my 9-to-5 job too much on the blog, but I will say that it's insanely busy right now. Insane! Plus we're short-handed because many of my student employees have summer internships. Another one just graduated and found a full time job. I reckon (yes, reckon) I need to hire some more help.

  • A wedding last week and a wedding this week. A round of weddings for everyone!

  • Weddings mean out of town family and friends. Yay! Wedding and family-related activities mean I'm behind on my thesis work. Oops.

  • I picked up a freelance job making a website for a friend. You know, because I have so much spare time right now. You see what I did there? That's sarcasm. Hardy har har.

  • We are picking up our new couch (finally) this Friday. For some reason, the Macy's warehouse is only open 1 or 2 days a week and only for a few hours in the middle of the day. So Rob and I both have to take time off work to go pick it up. Or we could pay the store $100 to deliver it to us. That's not going to happen. Bad form, Macy's!

  • Speaking of Friday, we've been invited to 4 different events so far. A beer tasting, a pre-wedding celebration, a hike and bonfire, and an additional family function. There will be no sitting and/or enjoying of the new couch until Sunday. Hardy har har.

  • I have three official, scheduled photo shoots in July and August. Can you believe that? Two of them are for children, and one is an engaged couple. They are all for the purpose of building my portfolio. Also taking photos is my absolute favorite thing to do.

  • Rob and I participated in my home town's attempt to break the world record for largest chicken dance. Yes, you read that correctly. People lined up on Main St. to dance the chicken dance while the Guinness Book of World Records sent a representative to observe. I don't know if we beat the record as it hasn't yet been confirmed.

  • I took this photo of Rob on the 4th of July.

  • Rob took these photos of me before I photographed my friend's wedding. I did some color editing, as you can see.

  • Normally I wear dresses to weddings, but you'll notice I have pants on in the pics above. That's because I always end up laying on the ground when I take photos. It's all about the angles and lighting, I guess.

  • And that's my final bit of wisdom for the world -- If you are planning on taking photos, always wear pants.
Lots of photos (and a few video clips) coming soon! Be sure to check out Photo Friday tomorrow. It's an editing tutorial that I wrote last week (so you know it's better than this post). Snap! Does anyone say "snap" anymore? I better go ask my students. Bye for now.


Kelly@TearingUpHouses July 8, 2010 at 9:29 AM  

1. I can't wait to see the wedding fo-toes.

2. That picture of Rob CRACKS. ME. UP.

3. I like the title of this post.

4. That picture of Rob CRACKS. ME. UP.

5. What a pretty place to grow up!


hiphousegirl July 8, 2010 at 10:34 AM  

Wow- you guys are busy! Sounds like you're going to have a lot of good photos to share. Also, I grew up in Oklahoma, and each time I tried to walk that half mile home from school, I would get offered an average of 3 rides. The pulling off the road incident really hits home. :-)

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog July 8, 2010 at 4:41 PM  

Wow, talk about a packed schedule!!

Cindy @The Flipping Couple July 12, 2010 at 1:28 PM  

Ho-lee Cow. Girl, I'm tired just reading your list. Hope you find the time to work on your thesis, even with all the awesome-chaos going on. And I'm just like you - no matter how busy I am I just can' Sigh.

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