Archive for the ‘everything else’ Category

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177-182 /366, happy fourth of July!

July 5, 2012
these are in kind of a random order- but enjoy!

peach cobbler !

read the water mellon story here

and then I brought my brother, Matthew to see and play with some of the dogs I’m watching! (Joey & Sunshine pictures)

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174-175 /366, pancakes

June 28, 2012
I wasn’t kidding.

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169-173/366 the good people

June 25, 2012
It’s been a Jack Johnson kind of weekend. Well, this whole past week really. Super smooth, easy going… more family than anything kind of week. To say depressed wouldn’t work because this whole past week (or past few weeks) has been an emotional roller coaster.

I didn’t use my camera at all these past few days (poor camera) and neither of these photos aren’t even taken by me. So thanks to everyone who contributed to this segment of the 365 project. It’s just recording life accurately – I guess. 

First off, George spent the entire day yesterday with Jeni, Kai, Hanna, Tarra,  Megan and Bailey… they went to the lake, for walks and other adventures (without me!! so lucky..) 

photo by Megan Miller, thank you again

and Megan, I probably won’t stop saying thank you for the next few weeks. It’ll probably get annoying, you can tell me to stop… but I probably won’t….
anyhow, while George was having a blast (this, I’m sure of- when we got home he went right to sleep, he was totally relaxed)… I was in Oakland, with family.  One could say, times were tough… but I think there were some mixed feelings. For sure, it was rough without David. I miss him more than I could ever say. His energy and presence is irreplaceable and I only wish my own spirit to ever be nearly as kind and loving and well… full of integrity as his was and is, in each person he touched.

Leaving those thoughts in the open air seems strange. He doesn’t seem ‘gone’ at all… more so, he’s still clearly present, influencing us to be better people. So for that I owe him.

But then there were the sweet parts, reminding me what an amazing family I have, and what amazing friends my family has. The amount of support we’ve all had has been incredible.  Thank all of you very much.

exibit b: support.
well, actually, it’s just Me and Ava… and Sean creeping in the corner, she’s the best… but shh don’t tell Hanna 😉

photo by Nancy Detmers

I’m enjoying having facetime on my computer. Hanna tongue!
we look a little bit deranged, but that’s okay, we were laughing so it was worth it. Completely.


and Jake… the only photo I took – with my cell phone.
and now for some videos…

and for those of you who didn’t get to see it, here is the David slideshow video [link].
and when it’s finished loading, more Jack Johnson to some older agility clips [link].

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156-168/366, light will come again

June 21, 2012
from “with my head in the sand” [credit]

Really, I have. I’ve also been wanting to clear my head, and writing, well… that’s just what I needed. I wanted answers, I wanted reason, I wanted drive. I wanted some kind of motivation that I knew I wasn’t going to get.  Being in the city clouds my head, mind you… I enjoy the diversity, the architecture and the million “awesome photo” opportunities. 

This week’s been tough, there’s been a lot of looking back, and trying to move forward. but as everyone is trying to do everything for everyone else, emotions are high, most logic is gone… and I’ve gone into a kind of panicked state. George is picking up on it I’m sure… and right now, it feels like the world around me (well, mostly my family) is shaking. Like everything is unstable and turned up, so here I am, using my computer as a base. I think this could potentially grow into a bad habit, but it works for this project.

Every time I look at a rear view mirror, I read the bottom, objects in mirror are closer than they appear… which takes me back to this picture, I’d seen where someone had written “change” in the mirror. Change is closer than it appears.  Pretty creative, but my rear view mirror mostly reflects how dirty my Dad’s car is. I should probably wash it for him. Maybe.

These next couple of photos are my favorite from this week, the rest are kind of… well, eh.
This first one, for the symbolism. “the light will come again” … it’s some lyric from some song I don’t actually know. It’s probably a lyric in a lot of songs, so I won’t try to go find out which one I’d heard it from… but I caught it, as a reminder to myself… things always get better. Maybe not in the same way, or as they were before… but they get better. 

 and below, this is my way-over-saturated San Francisco. This is as close as I’ve gotten to “street photography” (which someday I’d like to try… someday). I just liked the colors, it was *big surprise* normally foggy this week, so my photos all had that foggy haze to them, so many of them are over saturated, a little.

this architecture, below… this is my favorite part of San Francisco. Where else do they make contemporary, victorian style architecture look modern? No where that I’ve ever been. I could never live in the city (I’m saying this now, but watch it happen)… but I love to take pictures of it.

and last but not least, there is no where else will you find this much wifi on a bridge. I opened the wifi pannel and BAM, the list continues forever… this was nearing the Toll area by the bay bridge (leaving the city)… I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw it. Crazy, right?

I also have some awesome webcam pictures of myself and Ava… but I won’t upload them 😉 So I’ll just tease you… but hey, here’s some foggy pictures that I thought were okay (out of the 512 that I took…) I just didn’t like the grey froggy-ness of it all. But that’s San Francisco for you 😉

I miss David…. I wish I could talk about him without getting choked up.

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147-155 /366, when you lose someone, you can’t replace

June 17, 2012

I don’t want to re-write it. read it here.
there are so many reasons, I’d rather not have published anything this weekend.
but it helps, reading it afterwords. Taking pictures helps. I guess.
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139-146 /366, summer joy

June 8, 2012
George is quite devious..
and lazy

and I have become a little obsessed with how water looks in photographs..

so much texture and color… mmmmm!

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124-130 /366, lakelakelake

May 27, 2012
as the wind blew and clouds began to cover the sky, Megan, Bailey, Kai, Jeni, George and I decided to head for rougher waters, finding them by the shores of the lake. 
Jeni was the brave one, braving the cold waves for the tennis ball… Kai was being adorable and would occasionally go for it, while George remained content to stay by the side, only occasionally getting in the water to have waves sneak up and splash him. 
And upon a wave getting to him, he’d sprint out of the water as fast as he could, shaking off and wishing he hadn’t gotten into the water in the first place. oops.
Kai looked completely at home with the water, (despite Jeni being the main-ball-getter). She also managed to get the most stoic of photographs, the scenic background only making her *if possible* prettier.
 
and then, there is Jeni, ball getter extraordinare. She was intent on playing fetch the entire time and braved the cool waters and waves valiantly. 
 she also fell victim to some of Kai’s shaking action 😉
as she usually brought the ball back and ended up for fitting it to one of the other dogs.
oh how badly I wanted the photo below to be in focus, George was actually being social the whole time with other dogs, he made real friends!!
 
but of course, the real purpose of their friendship was mainly for the ball…
 Kai and Jeni would go for the ball, George only pretended.

and then came group photo time! Jeni and Kai were being adorably brave and well behaved… 
and then we have George, who seemed to be convinced that if he sat on that rock that a wave would come and get him. Or something like that.

 he was in ball mode, so that also probably attained to his discomfort. *we’re not playing fetch and she has a ball in her hand, clearly there must be something wrong here*
 good thing he’s super cute.
 …… and then, we left, right before the rain came. 
yesterday was an unbelievably fun adventure. I do certainly love the lake.
ah yes, and after we parted ways I went home and made pizza (yes Bailey, if you’re reading this you totally made me crave pizza hahahah) and I went to go see the film, The Dictator with some of my friends… after watching some previews, I was hoping I’d find it funny, only to be very disappointed. I don’t recommend seeing it, they tried too hard to make it funny and completely failed… so just watch the previews, they’re funny!