Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Blog? What Blog?

Yes, I am alive and yep, quite busy. I've been working at the portrait studio in the evenings and at schools during the days for the last week and a half. Over the weekend, I went to DC for a massive flickr meet up. It was quite fun and there was lots of laughing and inappropriate pictures, and of course, great people.

Here is the peanut butter pie I had in honor of Pi Day, at Old Ebbitt Grill. Oh. My. God. Quite possibly the best pie I've ever had. Next time you're in DC, go try some for yourself. (The regular food is supposed to be pretty great too; after my salad and fries this was essentially my entree :D).

I flopped right down on the ground to get this shot. Apparently people were pointing and staring, but eh, who cares. :)
The weather turned icky later in the afternoon, but it was perfect for this shot, a partner to that other rainy day tree photo.

Apparently a few cherry blossoms were around but I missed them. These were the only flowery bits I caught.

Cliche selected color shot at the Vietnam Memorial.

Today I had a full day off, and lo, it was glorious! I slept for twelve hours, got my eyebrows done (finally!!), walked in the beautiful warm sunshine to the bank and library, and then did laundry. Last night I did my taxes too, which is excellent timing for my languishing bank account.
Going to a new school to sub tomorrow, wish me luck! Hope to have some time soon to visit everyone's blogs. Have a good weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

A New Month, A New Dawn

Last week was intense and busy and fun and ill and it kicked my ass only a little.

morning: job fair queue
afternoon/early evening: drive around for election photo assignment
late evening: election victory party assignment

morning/early afternoon: train assignment (very cool!)
afternoon: drive to an interview
evening: stay home

morning: field trip (to the Met Egyptian exhibit again) with former colleagues
late afternoon: Adorama to rent lenses (supposed to only be one, but I got greedy and tried out two--the 17-55mm f/2.8 and the 24-70mm f/2.8--both professional-grade and thus very heavy)
evening: Meet second shooter at wedding venue
later evening: rush home by train and drive as fast as possible to Fancy Schmancy Event assignment, featuring governor as keynote speaker

morning: head into the city for kids/art assignment
after assignment: drown in Larry Schiller's 1960s photographs
afternoon: drive to a school for feature pool assignment
evening: decide to stay home to eat and rest up
wee sma's: read entire book (a grown up one, even!)

morning: slept away
afternoon: frantically cram wedding photography (which I've been reading/researching for the past month)
late afternoon: arrive at the wedding venue an extra hour early to scope out settings and shot locations
evening: shoot wedding. all plans, panic and preparation completely for naught, as bride and family take everything over, try to tell me what to do, and give me no time, and the place is freaking dark anyway and even my pro lenses are slow at auto-focusing in the low light.

morning: slept away
afternoon. eat. rest.
late afternoon: return lenses to Adorama.
evening: eat. rest.

PHEW, right?

Today is the new dawn mentioned above. I started a job today. It's practically minimum wage, but it's photography related and hey, it's a job. Not sure how it's going to go, but it's something to start.
(Still thinking about subbing though, I think, just for versatility.)

Also, that metrocard thing that I lost in December suddenly turned up on the floor of my car this morning. Sweet!

Speaking of sweet, there are some roundtrip flights to Europe (looking at Brussels and Frankfurt currently) for FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS total! Unemployment schmunemployment--ignorning that kind of deal is just stupid! Don't be surprised if I buy a ticket that I can't yet afford. And hey, if you are employed for now--GO BUY ONE!