Archive for January, 2015


Instagram a Day: Day 6

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A very wet, rainy December day. It is magic what water can do to objects. How it can transform them from something mundane to something much more interesting. Water droplets in particular can make the world look so different, if you look through them. ūüėČ I really love this photo. I think it is one of my best from this project so far.

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The Taking of Deborah Logan

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My husband and I watched this 2014 movie last night as an afterthought. It was something to watch when we otherwise had nothing particular to catch up on. I wasn’t expecting much. Hell at first I wasn’t even sure if I would really watch it. I figured I would half assedley pay attention and then pass out snuggled under my blanket. Contrary to my presumptions I stayed awake and paid attention for the entire 90 minutes.

This is one of those movies following in the footsteps of “The Blair Witch Project”; hand-held cameras¬†from people who are supposedly making a documentary, but we all know it’s just a movie. When I saw this was the¬†basis of the film I rolled my eyes and thought, “Here we go again.” This seems to be the formula for so many horror flicks of late. It starts out kinda cheesy, but it gets better!

The plot begins with a group of 3 college kids making a documentary about Alzheimer’s. They are staying with an elderly woman and her daughter in a big, old house in a tiny town in Virginia, hey that’s where I live! The whole time I was¬†watching this movie I kept thinking I knew the old lady from something, but couldn’t place her. She is the soap-opera actress, Jill Larson, whom spent the majority of her career playing Opal on¬†“All my Children.” This was my Mom’s show¬†when I was a kid. I spent every summer afternoon and sick day at home¬†watching that show after lunch while my Mom folded clothes or something. I had seen her for most of my childhood and I couldn’t remember who the hell she was. I was kinda excited when I saw it was Opal.

Anyhoo, back to the movie, it turns out this lady doesn’t just have Alzheimer’s. The craziness starts pretty early on. I think one of the scariest things about this movie is the fact that it is an old woman who plays the spooky part. There is something really terrifying about seeing what should be a sweet old lady standing with her back to you in a dark room for a couple of minutes and then doing some crazy stuff after all the suspense.

The plot is decent, not really believable and sometimes a tad bit hard to follow, but decent. There is some not so good dialogue and acting. There are way too many scenes where the cast is running around in the dark with flashlights when you know damn well the lights in the house work. The gory bits that make you squirm, the suspenseful spooky scenes with Opal walking around in the dark or being somewhere unexpected and the crazy stuff that happens at the end make this a pretty good horror film. It is the first film written and directed by the new comer, Adam Robitel. I hope we see more form him in the future. I give this one a 3.9 out of 5. It is worth watching if you want a scare or are a fan of horror.

The photo on the left is from Thanksgiving 2011, a previous 365 photo. The photo on the right is from Fall of 2012. As you can see I lost some weight. The 2011 photo was about a year after I had my second child. Weight is always a struggle; however, I now know that being healthy is way more important that being thin. Even on days when I think I am still too over weight, all I need to do is see how far I’ve come. I am about 50 lbs. lighter than my heaviest weight, over 10 years ago. Progress!

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“Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.” ~English Proverb

Instagram a Day: Day 5

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Back in November I went to an Art Ed conference and participated in a Zentangle workshop. I totally fell in love! One of the things we made was a bookmark. This gave me the idea to make them as Christmas gifts for people that I might not otherwise have gifts for. That is just what I did! Using watercolor paper, a hole puncher, yarn and the supplies from the workshop I made a bunch of them. I even talked my husband into making one too! This photo is a little glimpse into the finished products.

Instagram a Day: Day 4

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Taken at the beginning of the holiday bake fest. The first thing I baked for the holidays this season was a loaf of pumpkin bread. Every year my family and I go the pumpkin patch like good consumers. Most years my Mom steams a pumpkin for such baking needs. Sometimes I do the same if I have the time, this year I did not. My Mom kindly shared some of her fresh pumpkin with me. These are the lovely spices atop of the flour and sugar and other things: cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.

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I saw these purple mums at the grocery store back in Fall. They were the last purple pot and they were calling my name. My daughter and I planted them in our garden and shortly after that all the flowers died and fell off. It sat barren and dead looking for a couple of months. One day I noticed a few purple blooms poking out from the bottom. I was amazed that it bloomed again so late. Plants are wonderful!

Instagram a Day: Day 2

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My Grandma was cleaning out her attic and found this microscope that my Dad had as a kid. He was totally shocked to see it again. It is really neat. The microscope itself is in great condition and it is in its original box. I love the 50’s looking boys on the illustration. ūüôā

Here are a couple more photos of the microscope set per request:

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I started a new project? Well of course I did! I love giving myself pointless photography projects that force me to take time out of my day to look at the world around me and say, what the hell is interesting about it anyway? My digital slr is pretty much on its death bed; however, I got an iPhone 6. So what the hell? I’ll use it as my camera for now, until I can save up the moola for a new slr.

Day 1: My husband and I had a day off together with very little money. We went on a cheap date to a local diner and then hit up our county museum. It is free and full of interesting artifacts. Other than the somewhat creepy employee lady with little social skills that stayed with us the entire time, we really enjoyed it and learned a ton. To her credit she was very knowledgeable and we did enjoy talking to her. This photo is from there special “toys of the past” exhibit, especially for Christmas time. Her mother made these amazing doll houses with tons of detail! This is a small portion of one of them. I love it!

Hello WordPress World!

I haven’t posted a damn thing since August and now it’s… what… wait… January? Ok yeah it really is January, phew! Since my last post I have completed my student teaching, graduated from college with a BA in Fine Arts with a side of Cum Laude, applied for my teaching license, applying for jobs and should be substituting as early as next week! As you can see I have been uber busy. I would like to pick this up again as it helps my soul.

I still need to finish blogging about my 365 project; even though that seems like a life time ago. I would love to write more movie reviews. I have had the urge to write some poetry again lately. I suppose we will see where my mind wanders.

In the mean time check out my Instagram for lots of lovely photos from my life and surroundings.

Hope this new year finds you all happy and healthy!