Sunday, July 25, 2010

Vacation and Shiver/Linger

So, vacation got in the way and I did not update my picture posts. Boo! I have some saved on my phone that I took so I'll update those later. But while I was on vacation I read two books!

Shiver is about Sam, a werewolf that only shift when the weather is cold and then shift back during the warmer months, and Grace, a girl who has watched the wolves and loves one yellow eyed wolf in particular. I've seen Shiver at the bookstore but have passed it up every time for different reasons. All the girls on my online book club were so excited about Linger and it made me curious so I downloaded the audiobook for Shiver from the library. I think I would've enjoyed Shiver more if I would've read it instead of listening. When I picked the book up and read from were the audio left off I liked it a lot more. I really like Sam and Grace was a different female character than what I've seen in other YA books I've read. After I finished Shiver I went out and got Linger and must say I LOVED this story. I read it in a day whereas Shiver took me 3 days. I loved Cole's character and even liked that she added Isabel's voice to it. I would definitely recommend these books. The writer is a artist/musician and the way she writes is just beautiful.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


This makes me so sad. I miss cuddling w/my hubby at night. Praying for day shift soon!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


My baby niece. I love spending time w/my family and this is the sweetest baby. <3

Monday, July 12, 2010


My baby, Jackson. When S and I got married he was on night shift and I was home all the time by myself so I talked my landlord into letting me getting a dog. We drove 4+ hrs one way to get him, through bad storms, and trying not to get lost.

Now, with S going back to nightshift at a new job, I'm so thankful I have him. He's my little cuddle buddy, always knows when somethings wrong and tries to comfort me. Wouldn't give anything for this little guy.

Trying something different..

I haven't blogged in forever, almost a year, but I really want to start up again. This time though I think I'm going to take a different approach. I might include some personal stuff but for the most part I'm going to do some book reviews, maybe a little IF rants, and, mostly, Project 365. Take a picture every day of something, anything, write a story about it, a sentence, or nothing.

Another blogger I read does this and I think it is a great idea. I found some more info here but here is the jist of it.

Why do it?

Taking a photo a day is a big undertaking with big payoffs. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider doing it:

  • Imagine being able to look back at any day of your year and recall what you did, who you met, what you learned… (Often we find it hard to remember what we did just yesterday or even last night, let alone a whole year ago!)
  • Your year-long photo album will be an amazing way to document your travels and accomplishments, your haircuts and relationships. Time moves surprisingly fast.
  • Taking a photo a day will make you a better photographer. Using your camera every day will help you learn its limits. You will get better at composing your shots, you’ll start to care about lighting, and you’ll become more creative with your photography when you’re forced to come up with something new every single day.

Tips on How to Do It

Here are six tips on how to create your own Project 365:

  1. Bring Your Camera Everywhere
    Yes, everywhere. Get in the habit. Grocery stores, restaurants, parties, work, and school. Going to a movie theatre? Snap a pic of the flick with your phone–there are photo-ops everywhere. If you have one of those tiny tiny cameras, you have no excuse not to have it in your pocket all the time. And if you don’t? Camera phones are a great substitute.
  2. Make Posting Easy
    You can install blog software like Movable Type or WordPress on your own site and create an entry for each photo, but for true ease of use, try a photo sharing site. Flickr will let you post a week’s worth of photos in 2 minutes flat, and fotolog and are geared toward a photo-a-day workflow. Making it fast and easy means you’re much more likely to do it.
  3. Vary Your Themes
    Try to capture the day’s events in a single photo. Perform photographic experiments. Take a photo of someone new you meet, something you ate for the first time, or something you just learned how to do. Take a photo of something that made you smile. And don’t forget to take a photo of yourself at least once a month so you can remember how you’ve changed, too.
  4. Tell a Story
    Use your blog entry, or your photo description, to explain what’s going on in each day’s photograph. How good did that dinner taste? What made you want to take a photo of that stranger? It’ll help you remember down the road, and it gives friends following along a better appreciation of why you took the photo you did. You don’t need to write a lot, just enough to add some color.
  5. Don’t Stop, No Matter What
    This is perhaps the most important tip of all. You will get tired of taking a photo every single day. Some days, you will consider giving up. Don’t. The end result is worth the effort. Remind yourself why you wanted to do it in first place.

    There will be times you’ll think there’s nothing interesting left to take a photo of, and times you’ll think you didn’t do anything exciting enough to take a photo of. There’s always a great photo to be made.

    Get out of the house and take a walk. Or stay inside and look around. Take a photo of something important to you. Take a photo of the inside of your house so you can see how your taste has changed over the years. Take a photo of anything, just don’t stop.

    N.b. It helps if you’ve told your friends about the project and asked them to follow along. Their encouragement will keep you going!

  6. Post early, post often
    Plan on going through and posting your photos at least once a week so you don’t get backlogged and feel overwhelmed. Ideally, post every day or two. Again, spend the time up front to make sure it’s quick and easy to post. It’ll make all the difference.

So, here we go!