Monthly Archives: May 2012

life

whiskers on kittens

it’s officially summer in Florida. i feel like it’s been raining for daaaaaaaays.

it’s so hard to get out of bed on gloomy days like today, especially when it’s just to go to work.

the delightfully dreary view from my living room this morning.

 

 

I’ll try to make the most of it and not complain too much. Especially since I know that once the rains start, it will basically be 4 more months of this on a daily basis. Now I have to rush to get ready for a day full of this:

I'm not sure where he found it, but my friend and coworker Nick sent me this brilliant gif today. It's a pretty accurate depiction of what our work days are like. hooray.

 

So, on that note, and while I shower and chug my 3rd espresso so far today, I leave you all with something that always makes me feel at least a little better.



I will be singing this all day today. you know, while I throw computers on the ground.

happy tuesday <3

life

yesterday was a disaster, but then it got better.

yesterday we had somewhere important to be. a wedding. a friend and coworkers wedding. I had asked a few months ago if it was ok for us to film her wedding as practice and she kindly said yes.

well. a couple weeks ago I had a strange dream in which it was the day of her wedding and everything kept going wrong. I was there, but i missed filming her getting ready, then I couldn’t find Albi anywhere, then the wedding started and i didn’t my have my camera all of a sudden. it was a nightmare. literally.

so, yesterday was the day, and it started out… strange. it was one of those… one thing after another kind of days. Albi was in bed with a migraine and  we decided he probably should stay home. then the video light I had ordered and should have been delivered by yesterday still hadn’t shown up. I was running behind and frazzled and struggling to get dressed and all my equipment organized. a few hours later than planned, I was finally ready to leave, and Albi was even feeling better and decided to join. I thought things were going to be ok. But then I couldn’t find my keys.

It’s a giant keychain with our house AND car keys. Albi has keys too, of course, but my key chain also has the key to my sister’s house. where i needed to go. to pick up my brother in law’s camera. the other camera we were going to shoot with. and no one was home.

I have no idea where or how the keys disappeared. I’ve retraced my steps about a thousand times and can’t imagine any possible scenario where misplacing my keys would have made any kind of sense.

SO, basically, at this point, I kind of broke down. we even drove to the last few stores I had visited, thinking I had maybe dropped them somewhere. then, while running around trying to find my keys we found out that due to brush fires near disney world, sections of several major highways were closed. highways we would have needed to drive on to get to the location of the wedding, about 50 minutes away.

DONE.

yesterday was a nightmare, but at least my hair did what I wanted it to do for once.

 

I hate giving up, and I am not an overly superstitious person, but obviously the universe was telling me something, and I don’t like to challenge the universe when it seems to really want to prevent me from doing something. many will roll their eyes at this, but I should have been on high alert a few weeks ago when I had that dream. at least once a week I dream about something that manifests itself in my waking life in one random way or another, and I should know by now to pay closer attention to what my subconscious is trying to tell me. At the end of all that, Albi (and the universe) convinced me that it was best to stay home.

ugh. Well. thats over now. I still haven’t found my keys and I feel like a really crappy person for not showing up at that wedding. I don’t even know what to do or how to make it up to them. suggestions?

anyway. as miserable as I felt all afternoon and evening yesterday, a few positives did happen.

I had on a really great outfit and my hair looked cute. i was really heartbroken to have to stay home. also, in the morning I had to run out to a few stores just to find a nice top to wear and some comfy flats, but I ended up finding the most amazing shoes, at Ross of all places.

I don’t always have a lot of luck there, but I struck oil with this find.

I just about died when I saw them. wedges? yes, please. also, LOOK. AT. THOSE. BOWS. they are a pretty lavender color in a leather-ish faux reptilian-esque material. best part? only $20.

i looked them up to see if I could find them in other colors. The brand is Penny Loves Kenny , and though their website doesn’t seem to be live I did find this style, “dwight“, on zappos.com in nude, black, and the most amazing teal:

 

they are $89 online… but… i dunno… I may have to hold a bake sale or something, because these shoes in this color need to be in my life.

Anyway. I wallowed in self pity for a while yesterday, clomping around in my fancy new shoes, all dressed up with nowhere to go. Very late in the evening, around 9, we suddenly realized we hadn’t eaten dinner so, trying to shake me out of my sad mood, Albi dragged me out of the house to go grab some food.

I think we were trying to go to mellow mushroom (there are few funks that a kosmic karma pizza and pint of purple haze won’t get me out of) but as we pulled into the parking lot Albi noticed that The Avengers (aka our new favorite movie) was playing at the aloma cinema grill. IN 15 MINUTES.

we’ve already seen it in imax 3d on opening night, and in a regular theater the weekend after, but we still haven’t gotten our fill. so, sure enough, we ran our asses into the theater, grabbed tickets, found a table, ordered a pitcher of shock top and a heap of deliciously greasy food and enjoyed the most fantastic impromptu dinner date ever. it was great.

 

so. that’s that. I survived another day. let’s see what today has in store for me…

 

fashion my favorite things

scarfs and stuff

warning: this post will be a bit of a plug. for my mom. my mom has recently opened up an etsy shop and she is excited and nervous at the same time because it is all very new for her. hell, it’s new for me too. i’ve been helping her set it up as much as I can, but this is all kind of a big new adventure for each of us.

My grandmother, better known as “lela”, and mom have been knitting like crazy for the last few months and have been selling their cute wares locally among friends and acquaintances, but now mom is trying to branch out.

Lela has been knitting, since, well, forever. she has always made the most adorable baby booties, sweaters and other accessories and my mom has now joined forces with her. one of their more popular creations is these neat scarfs that are made on a circular loom. they are tube shaped and knit with a loose springy stitch which makes them incredibly versatile. they are, basically, the transformers of scarfs.

i love them because you can stretch them lengthwise, and they look like an average scarf. if you stick your arms through one, like a sleeve, and spread it apart, it turns into an amazing, comfy cowl. in between those two styles are endless other possibilities: head wraps, arm muffs, tube dress. well, maybe not a tube dress. then again, i’ve never tried.

for a visual guide, see the images that follow, where I awkwardly attempt to model.

anyway! my mom and lela make these scarfs (and other neat knitted accessories) all by hand and have them up for sale at their etsy shop, spinning spiders. check them out and show them some <3. tell them i sent you ;)

film photography

animals!

it’s after midnight but i’m still wide awake because I slept all afternoon because I was up until 5am last night having fun at my best friend’s going away party *sad face*.

today i spent the later part my evening folding laundry, reorganizing our office-ish room and cleaning up my hard drive. Guys, i have TONS of pictures and videos from the last few months (years actually, but i don’t want to think about it) that I have yet to even look at, edit, upload, or do anything with.

well. my office has just recently started to become a much more pleasant room to spend lots of time in, so hopefully that means i will be more prone to sitting at the desk and getting stuff like this sorted and uploaded. in the meantime, here are some animals from our last visit to miami, around mid-april/a month ago. as usual, i lugged my camera around with me everywhere and ended up with only maybe a handful of decent pictures. on easter sunday we visited the zoo (one of my favorite places in the world when i was growing up) and it was pretty much exactly as i remembered it: not the best zoo in the world, but definitely better than most. really the only thing wrong with it is how outdated some areas are. however, in the last few years they added a new amazon themed section and it is wonderful. Seriously. This is coming from someone who visits disney’s animal kingdom at least once a month, but I was seriously was blown away by this entire exhibit. Albi too, and he is critical of most things.

anyway. i quickly threw together a short video with the few clips I shot of my favorite animals at this zoo, the asian small-clawed otters. they are the cutest, especially at meal time. (is it just me or is this video slightly reminiscent of something you might see on an old-school episode of sesame street? woah. that would be an awesome job: filming those bits for sesame street. i’m going to go work on that plan and you can watch this and look at my pictures.)

my favorite things

it’s friday and i’ve got a case of the warm-and-fuzzies

Soooo, I was about to go do something productive… then youtube happened. I found a video that pretty much made my day- no, weekend- NO- life. It made my life complete:

a german shepherd snuggling with kittens.

SHUT.

THE.

FRONT DOOR.

i’ve actually witnessed german shepherd/kitty snuggling before, in real life, on Albi’s mom’s farm.

still, interspecies cuddling is not the kind of thing you can see just once and say “okay, that’s cool, but i think i’ve had enough of that for the rest of my life.” and if it is, you should check your pulse.  you are probably dead inside.

film music

“cause i’ve never been a follower”

happy thursday, friends.

Yesterday Mates of States premiered the new video to the song “Unless I’m Led” off their 2011 album Mouintaintops. This makes my heart happy for 2 reasons:

1) I have loved mates of state for a very long time and I love this album, start to finish.

2) this video is one (very quirky) continuous shot. i love it.

i’m getting ready to film a few weddings for some friends in the next couple weeks. big girl stuff. my first time really shooting weddings with the intention of shooting weddings. I’m nervous, but I’ve been amassing a large pool of inspirational material for the last few months in preparation for this. I’ve watched a lot of wedding videos, a lot of very good ones, but I can tell you right now: that last thing I want to make is a traditional wedding video. all of my inspiration for my next two projects is coming from clever music videos like this one:

i know what you’re probably thinking:
“pffffftttttttttt.”

i agree. then again, i’ll never know unless i try. we’ll see how it goes.

fashion my favorite things

just in time for spring to almost be over…

so, I started noticing a common theme among many of my pinterest boards lately: floral prints for days. my god, I love floral prints, and I think I always have, but i never realized the power of that love until now. maybe the patterns remind me of my crushed-velvety 90′s childhood, or maybe I lived a past life in victorian times. maybe it’s just my inner old lady.

either way, the recent surge in classic looking florals splattered all over clothes, shoes and even home decor makes my heart happy and I absolutely can not get enough. so, for lack of anything more interesting to blog about, here are a few of my personal favorite floral internet finds:

1) Romantic Getaway Duffel Bag by Anna Griffin (Shop Ruche)

2) Scent a Signal Wedge (Mod Cloth)

3) Annie Hall Skirt (Spotted Moth)

4) Insight New Romantics Jeans (PacSun)

5) Fresh Cut Blouse (Nasty Gal)