My Observations

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Monday, July 27, 2009

So since my last post, life has been filled with non-stop adventures! Gotta love that right? But that means LOTS of pictures (as usual)! So I guess the first announcement might as well be the biggestÖ

Weight Loss Ė So Iíve lost a total of 27 pounds as of today! Better yet, Iím able to fit into jeans I havenít been able to wear for over two years! I love it! Oh and I have lost a total of 27 inches all over! Yup, I feel great! Iím so close to my first goal! Iím proud of myself. And I have no desire to falter or cheat. Ok so there are those days but they havenít happened in a while. I want to lose the weight at a healthy rate. And, I havenít been working out as consistently as I would like to but Iím still very happy with my success!

In my last post I had to run off and didnít finish explaining the wedding and the busiest day of the month last month.

6.19.09 Terrance & Hollyís Wedding - I canít share the pictures of the wedding because I havenít given them to the bride and groom yet. Iím waiting on them for something so I donít like sharing until they have access to them first. So it should be sometime next week.

6.20.09 Toni Michels Funeral Ė Well there is nothing good about funerals. I will say it felt like a reunion of the old Aspen Street Crew, though I wish it was under different circumstances. Toni had a big impact on my youth. Itís hard to imagine I wonít see her, on this earth at least. Steve had written his thoughts out because he knew he wouldnít be able to make it through talking about it. His brother read it for him. The one statement that stood out to me is that every time he goes to bed and wakes up he will feel the sorrow of her loss the mostÖ Wow! How true and real is that? I went to school with Shawn and I got teary a lot during his talk, but it wasnít until his oldest daughter got up to speak that the tears flowed. She talked about how her Nana always said she loved her more then the universe and broke down in the middle and Shawn had to finish for her. It was so tender... She ended it saying "Nana, I love you more then the universe". Yeah, not a dry eye in the place.

She passed away from Breast Cancer so the entire family wore pink of some sort which I thought was fitting. The women wore brown dresses with pink ribbons in the pattern. The guys wore black shirts with pink pin stripes and pink ties with a breast cancer sweat band on their forearm. All the grandkids wore pink of some sort as well.

After the service I got a chance to talk to the family and it was an emotional morning. Toni will be missed.

6.20.09 Sasha's Going Away Party - I left there and had to rush to get lunch and head down to Sashaís going away party in Yucaipa. Here are a couple of my favorite shots. It was a nice time. I didnít get to hang out with Sasha that much but itís always so relaxing at the Clementsís home.

6.20.09 and Poet Sky @ Old Towne Pub Pasadena Ė I made my way out to Pasadena to make sure I would get there in time. The drive was relaxing. I was looking forward to the show and the venue has so much character I was looking forward to taking more pictures there again. I had a great time that night! Poet Sky was on fire! Their last show at this venue was a bit of a disappointment for them but this one I think more then made up for it. And it was a late night!

6.29.09 Laguna Ė My sister and I had an appointment in Irvine again. And since we were both going down together for once, we decided to spend the afternoon at our favorite beach afterwards. I love Laguna! I found it difficult to just sit and relax. I wanted to be exploring, taking pictures or walking around. Heidi on the other hand enjoyed reading and lying on the beach.

I posted a status update on Facebook and a friend called me and had a recommendation for where we should eat for lunch, Sun Dried Tomato. I was laughing but he took care of everything! Made the reservation and even suggested what we were to eat and where to sit while we were there. And we got there and decided against outdoor seating only because it had gotten chilly and we also decided against his food recommendations because of the dayís specials. It was yummy! All-in-all a great day!

7.1.09 Monthly Worship Concert Ė My church, The Place, is putting on monthly concerts the first Wednesday of every month. This was our very first one and I am thrilled to say it was a success! We even had a hotdog cookout because it was so close to the 4th of July. We had a great time! Iím looking forward to the next one!

7.4.09 4th of July Ė I normally donít get out to the fireworks but was happy to be able to this year. We met up with some family friends and I was impressed with the show.

7.10-12.09 Santa Cruz Ė My sister was hired to do makeup for a wedding up in Santa Cruz. They paid for the cost of her travel, her hotel room as well as paid for her time. Since I donít have a lot going on, she asked if I wanted to join her. Of course I said yes! How cool is it to experience a trip up the coast at no cost to me other then food!? So, we decided to take the scenic route which was the 101 to the 1 since we were leaving Friday and had the time. It was such a great time with Heidi and I, we had so much fun being silly and listening to great music.

It was such a beautiful drive! I had a hard time not stopping every few minutes to take pictures!

Saturday was the day of the wedding and while Heidi started work on the bridesmaids I had made arrangements to meet up with my friend James. James and I have been friends for years (10+ easy)! He usually has to come down to Southern California for us to hang out so this time I was actually able to meet him up in his territory! Weíd always ended up at Santa Monica Pier when heíd come down and heíd always say it was nothing like Santa Cruz Boardwalk. And sure enough he was right! I loved it there! We had a great time walking around, talking and catching up and of course me taking lots of pictures!

I got back in just enough time to get ready for the wedding that evening. James stuck around so that after the ceremony we went back to the boardwalk and then went to Downtown Santa Cruz and walked around. It was a great day.

Sunday we took the boring route back down the 5 Fwy because we were on a time crunch. My brotherís band, Poet Sky, was playing and we had decided to be the hard core fans and drive 5+ hours to go see their show in Pomona that night.

7.12.09 Poet Sky & AMP in Pomona Ė Before the show I wasnít sure I had the energy to make it through but as usual once I start snapping pictures I was energized! The show was originally supposed to be in a bar but there was some confusion and luckily they were able to play out in a courtyard which I thought worked out better!

It was a long crazy weekend but nothing compared to what was coming the following weekend!

7.17.09 Camp Schultz Practice Ė Andy had asked me if I had time to go take pics of his band while they practiced for their show the next day. It was a short practice and early enough that I was able to stop by for about an hour and take some shots. I was pretty happy with how they turned out.

7.17.09 Club E (a Gothic Event) Ė My good friends Joe and Erica had put on a big Gothic party for Ericaís birthday. They wanted me to take pictures for it and were generous enough to pay me for my time. I had a great time shooting pictures and enjoying the nostalgia of my old wannabe Goth days just out of high school. It was a bit of a reunion as a lot of the people there were friends from that time.

7.18.09 Pasadena Photo Walk Ė The only bummer about my late night out was that I had already agreed to be in Pasadena the next morning at 7:30! Yeah I got like 2 hours of sleep, but I donít often get out there and take artistic shots of random places. But that was the point of the event and I took advantage. Sadly we were all supposed to meet up after a couple of hours but the location they set wasnít opened for another hour so everyone just kind of went their separate ways. I was looking forward to checking out what other people shot.

Anyways, we got done and with the lack of sleep and being out in the hot sun, I was definitely losing it. I needed sleep bad! I got home and took a nap for a few hours and had to get ready for my final shoot of the weekend.

My friend James had been the one to invite me to the event and we stayed close while taking our pictures through Old Town Pasadena. We plan on going back out on our own August 15th and weíre going to invite anyone who wants to go to join us. If youíre interested let me know.

7.18.09 Camp Schultz and others with CJ Ramone Ė So Andy and Chris were pretty excited about their show with CJ Ramone who was going to be playing all the old Ramones songs. My other friends, Voting with Bullets, were there as well so I knew a lot of people at the show.

At some point in the evening I lost all gumption. I believe it was the lack of sleep catching up with me because I got unreasonably moody. I struggled to even want to be there. I felt like I knew everyone but that there was no one there that I could hang out with. Everyone I knew was in the bands playing so they were too busy. By the time CJ Ramone came on I just wanted to leave. Mike from Camp Schultz convinced me to stay because when was I going to get a chance like this again? I was glad I did stay but I didnít close out the event, I stayed for about half the set.

Job Hunt Ė So I had a pretty big let down this week. I interviewed for an Admin II position for the Pharmacy at Kaiser in Victorville on Monday. I felt good about the interview and sent out my thank you letter as soon as I got home. I found out Friday that they went with someone with Pharmacy experience, which makes sense but I was pretty down. She told me I did great in the interview and thought the thank you letter was definitely a nice touch (thanks Russ!).

I have another job Iím still waiting to hear back from but itís been dragged out because of some issues beyond their control, so Iím not sure when that one will be confirmed one way or another.

So itís taken me over a week to complete this post! Hopefully it wonít be this long before I can post again. I really need to start writing less or posting more often. Not sure.

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