Tuesday, January 14, 2014

It's been a while

It's been a while since my last post. Let's see...in that time I have:

Started a new job
Moved to a new city
Bought a new car
Been to Mexico
Been to Tahoe
Met new friends
Started a new class
Learned a lot

It's been a busy 6 months, but I am happy and health and doing well. At the end of July I moved from Chico, my home for the past 10 years, to Antioch, for new job. I started that job right away and it has been a whirlwind ever since. I am learning a lot in this new job. For example, in my last counseling position I was responsible for lot of behavior counseling, individual and group academic counseling, but in this job I am responsible for a lot of scheduling and college preparedness. It is great, but a big learning curve. I seem to be doing well though and I really like the face paced atmosphere. I also have an amazing team of women I get to work with everyday and an awesome administrative team to support me as well.

Over the winter break my immediate family went to Mexico for 6 days. I was pretty hesitant about the trip as I am very fond of our "traditional" Christmas, but I have to say, 6 days with nothing but the pool and the beach as amazing! All we did all day was bask in the sun, eat, read and repeat. I needed the rest and relaxation and it has allowed me to come back rejuvinated for this semester. I also spent 3 days in Tahoe with my best friends and got to meet the newest addition to our friend group, baby Hayden...it was awesome to say the least.

Tonight I started taking a class at the local community college. I wasn't sure about it going in, but it ended up being a great start and I think I am going to be challenged which is always good. It is a gospel choir, which I thought I was done with...but it keeps pulling me back in. The director is amazing and really knows his stuff, so I think it will be an great experience.

And, that's the gist of my last 6 months. Lots of work, making friends at work, taking time off, and starting new. Excited to see what the next 6 months brings, but I won't be taking as much time off from the blogosphere this time!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

New photos from years past

Catching up with some editing this weekend and found some old photos that I haven't posted here before.

I think this might be one of my favorites...
Pat Hull @ 1078

Surrogate @ Cafe Coda

Ellen Knight @ Cafe Coda

Kyle Williams CD Release

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Beauty in the insanity

I spent the last two weeks (the first two weeks of my summer vacation) in Washington cleaning, organizing and packing up my grandparents home in order to help my sister and cousins sell it this summer.

It was insane.

First, my grandparents lived on a remote island in the San Juan's of Puget Sound, Washington.

Second, did I mention this is a remote island?

That being said, it is a beautiful place. Quiet and lush. Only 4 square miles, you can walk to the beach, or to the point to view the ocean and other islands, in an afternoon.

In between the times of insanity - truck axels breaking, running out of gas, finding multiple dead animals (birds and rats -yuck!) - I was able to appreciate the beauty and document it with these photos.

I also brought home all of my grandfather's slides and negatives and will be scanning them throughout the summer. So look for some reproductions of his work on the blog later this summer along with more from this trip!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

"My future depends on this learning" or "yes, it's eighth grade, but it still matters"

My future depends on this learning

When I wake each morning, wipe the sleep from the corners of my eyes, I am not sure quite how to greet the day.

The first thing I think, is how much I want to return my head to my perfectly molded pillow and sink back into a simple, dreamless sleep

but then,
I think about my dreams
what do I want to accomplish in my seemingly thus far, unaccomplished life?

It's eighth grade
but maybe today my future depends on this learning
Maybe today my life will begin
Maybe today my otherwise uneventful life will become
forever eventful

Today I may discover my calling, or perhaps I will discover that girls don't really like it when I say mean things about them.
Today I may find out that I really understand math, and that when I look my teachers in the eye, they appreciate it.
Or perhaps, I may find that I the pants I wore to school have a huge hole in an unsightly place.

But either way, maybe today

Maybe today my future depends on this learning
my future
on this

This learning may be grammar and syntax, or how to wink without closing both eyes

But either way, maybe today

My future depends
on this learning