Tag Archive: life


New Adventures

It has been many moons since I posted anything in my blog. Life has been uber busy. We moved 2 hours away to the foothills of Virginia. I finished my 1st year as an art teacher.

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Above my desk. 

I had my 3rd child, sweet little Scarlett, on April 22.

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My husband and I started a candle company; Dixie Candles: Southern Inspired Scents.

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Which can be purchased in our Etsy Shop or through our website.

You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram!

And finally I started a new Etsy Shop: Piedmont Peddler to sell goodies that filter through my life. Where I have strange things like a Haggadah from 1965 and a rare ink bottle I dug up in our yard.

Looking forward to my new endeavors and starting my 2nd year of teaching!

Long Time No See

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!

Richmond Architecture

I haven’t had time to do any blogging in the past month. I am missing it. I just bought my own laptop, so I might have more time to do such. Sunday nights are probably my only time to really relax and say f-it to all the things I could possibly be doing that I should do. I work my ass off all week and need a little time to unwind. Since I have been back at VCU I have found myself taking tons of photos of the architecture around Richmond. I have always love the buildings there, but this is the 1st time I have gotten to really photograph them. Although I have just been taking photos with my phone, I still love how they turn out. I thought I would take some time, before the last episode of Breaking Bad comes on, to post a blog with some of my favs. Hope you enjoy! Until next time!

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Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

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Cathedral of the Sacred Heat Front

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Cathedral of Sacred Heart Front II

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Cathedral of Sacred Heart Close-up

I love this building! When you walk through Monroe Park into the Fan area, you come out through the trees and this majestic beast of a building greats you. If the morning light is shining just right it is easy to see why people would be so drawn to such a holy place.

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Holy Trinity I

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Holy Trinity II

This church is right next door to Sacred Heart. It’s greatness is over shadowed by what is next door, but it none the less a beautiful building.

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Landmark Theater

This building is right next to Holy Trinity. All three of these buildings on the same street is a bit much, a little overwhelming. This use to be called The Mosque, because of it’s Islamic inspired architecture. It is currently being renovated. I had my senior prom here and I also saw Marilyn Manson perform. It’s even more beautiful inside.

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A residents hall for VCU. A hugely tall building with lovely architecture.

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One of the many amazing building on Franklin Street that were once private homes and are now used by VCU to house different offices. They are all unique and beautiful. It is lovely to be able to walk this street everyday of the week.

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This apparently was a city terminal. It is just on the East side of Shockoe Bottom on your way toward Varina. The James River is just one the other side. It is a strange building as it has a street that runs underneath it. The street being open to the river side and front and back, but the top is the underside of this building. I always found it strange.

I have tons more photos, but I am running out of time. Can’t wait for Breaking Bad! Although I am super sad it’s over. I will post more of these photos another time. Hope everyone is well!

Life can be a Whirlwind

Blogging looks like it will be taking a break for a bit. I just started back at VCU. I’m taking 3 classes, but 2 are 400 level and 1 includes a teaching practicum. I am also preparing for the class I will start teaching in 3 weeks. On top of that my husband is also going to school full time, we have a 2 year old and our 8 year old is starting the 3rd grade next week. This weekend we are going to Indiana to visit family. When it rains it pours and right now I am overloaded with stuff to do. Not that I am complaining, I love having stuff to do, but because of that I may not be blogging as frequently as I was. I am very grateful to all my followers, there are over 100 of you now! Thanks to all who read, like and comment! I will be back when I can! Hope everyone is well!

As a little treat here are some photos from my 1st 2 days back at school. Enjoy!

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 VCU the place for you! 1st day of school, 8/22 and my birthday!

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My drive into the city takes me along the James River and in from the eastside.

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I might be done with my 365 project, but I haven’t stopped taking self-portraits. Me walking by Monroe Park on Campus.

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I really love this photo! It was evening and the sun was shining just right through the window of my old bedroom at my parent’s house. My daughter and I were hanging out. She was playing on the floor and we had the radio on. I decided to take some shots using the lovely light. It took a few trys to get the angle and composition right. It came out better than I anticipated. I love the lighting, composition and reflection. The reflection looks so different from what I myself look like in this photo. It really brings up questions about perception and reality. The fish bowl theory comes to mind. How a fish in a bowl sees the world distorted through his molded glass. Is that how we see the world? Through our distorted eyes, views, beliefs and experiences? Just a little deep philosophical thought for you. Discuss! 🙂

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“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” ~Leo Buscaglia

 

Teaching Job!

I am beyond excited! I went to an interview Wednesday for a teaching position. It is for the Adult Continuing Education program teaching a digital photography class. Between my resume and references it wasn’t even an interview. It was hey, nice to meet you, here is the job! Teaching photography is what I really want to do! I feel so blessed that I have the opportunity to do so. Especially when I am still finishing my Art Ed degree. I feel like I am setting myself up for great things and this is just the beginning. 🙂

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I love this photo! It was one of the first cool days of late summer in Virginia. My daughter and I were sitting on the bench swing at my parent’s house. There is something magical about a cool summer day. It makes you realize Fall is coming soon. The changes of the seasons are always special, no matter what transition it is. Simple shot of our feet and legs, no real editing, with my friend’s Nikon D40. It makes my heart swoon. Special moments are usually the simplest.

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“Children make you want to start life over.” ~Muhammad Ali

Both of these shots were taken in the backyard of the apartment we ended up renting. It was August last year and I snatched up a cheap apartment even though we didn’t end up moving in until November. The backyard’s fence was the wall of the City Point National Cemetery in Hopewell, Virginia. I really love cemeteries and literally having one in the backyard was pretty awesome. The first shot is a straight shot with the graves in the background. The second was edited in Photoshop, obviously. Not really happy with either one of these shots. They are ok, I guess.

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“All say, “How hard it is that we have to die” – a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.” ~Mark Twain

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“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” ~Henry Miller

I have always loved dragonflies. At some point my Mom and I started buying each other things with dragonflies on them. Whenever I see one now it reminds me of her. I know they always will, even when she is no longer in this realm with me and that gives me comfort. These are photographs I have taken over the past years, with the oldest being from 2009, plus some fun quotes. Enjoy!

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Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragonfly. Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky. ~Dante Gabriel Rossett

 

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I pick the prettiest part of the sky and I melt into the wing and then into the air, till I’m just soul on a sunbeam.  ~Richard Bach

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Flying without feathers is not easy; my wings have no feathers.  ~Titus Maccius Plautus

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You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life? ~Rumi

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Those who gave away their wings are sad not to see them fly.  ~Antonio Porchia

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The fairies break their dances
And leave the printed lawn.
~A.E. Housman

Someone Lingers

Someone woke me up this morning

Sleeping deep in a dream of dreams

A light touch of a hand brushed against my hair

I woke with a start realizing my hour away obligation

In my haze of slumber I hear my husband snoring

The cat is not on the bed

I say thank you

Thank you for waking me

And somehow I feel comforted and loved

Through the whole of the day