Thursday, August 30, 2012

Baking up a storm

The other weekend, I decided to bust out the Kitchen Aid Mixer my family bought me for my birthday this past May. I'd been going on and on about how much I wanted a Kitchen Aid Mixer for several years, saying if I ever got engaged that it would be the only thing I'd ever register for. Whelp, I finally used it and I love it! It's magical!

I baked up some gluten free brownies and oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies (which I've made before and posted on here). I was curious how the brownies would turn out and I was surprised, they came out pretty good. A bit on the chocolaty side for my taste, but my coworkers gobbled them up.

So if you're in search of some eye candy for your day ...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"What are you listening to?" Photo Project

What are you listening to? I figure that's a better title for my photo project.

On my way home last week, I decided to approach a guy who was seriously grooving to something on his headphones while on an express bus. I was pretty scared to ask only because it was a full bus and the last thing I wanted was everyone hearing what I was saying and taking pics. I was thinking "oh my goodness everyone's gonna STARE AT ME!" Well the bus ride was almost done and I was running out of time to get my next possible person for this project. I mustered up the courage yet again and asked "Can I ask what you're listening to?" He got a little worried and asked if he was singing too loud. Yes, he was THAT into his music but I'm down with that. If anything, it made my commute and others ride home a bit more entertaining after a long day.

Name: Adam
Listening to: "Revolution Rock" by The Clash

Adam was rocking out to The Clash because anything that makes the commute home go faster is great. He said that the song made him feel empowered like he's gotta get out of the house and do something. It gave him this antsy, rambunctious feeling. Plus it made the traffic home a bit more bearable.

We chatted a bit about music and I thought it was interesting that he said normally people listen to certain songs on an album, but he listens to an album all the way through. That's rare nowadays, or at least I rarely hear of anyone listening to albums all the way through. He keeps it old school which is cool in my book because we people have the shortest attention spans nowadays. I know I do, I'm the station hopper in the car.

I ran into him again today on the way home so we chatted it up again, talking about photography and the local bakery which apparently has really great pastries. According to him, well the coffee needs a bit of a makeover, but the pastries and sandwiches are worth the trip. Making mental note!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

New photo project

One of the projects I've always wanted to do was to photograph folks who are listening to music, or plugged into some type of audio while out and about. Since the ipod came out, I don't think I've ever seen more people walking around with earphones on. It's crazy! I dare you to count the next time you're out, especially if you ride public transportation.

To do this project, this requires me to talk to strangers. HUH? I have to talk to people? People I don't know? Yes, it requires me to invite myself into their world in hopes they won't bop me on the head or go ballistic on me if I ask to stop to ask them some questions about what they're listening to and to take their photograph. I'm usually OK talking to someone I don't know if I'm asking for directions, but this is different. In my quest to get over my fear and actually do this project that's been shelved for oh, maybe 5 years or so, I decided to bite the gun and give it a go this weekend.

After my first "I can't, I'm in a rush to get to xyz" and not letting the rejection totally kill my goal, I was able to grab a woman named Sara's attention. Yay!

Name: Sara

Listening to: Esther Hicks, a San Francisco seminar

When I stopped her to ask what she was listening to (I thought music), she said she was listening to an audio (speaking) track. I thought "What? Ooooh, audio. Huh. I didn't think about audio." She said she was listening to inspirational speaker Esther Hicks. She had attended the seminar in person and was listening to the seminar again while she was out. She said that she found herself listening to more audio/speaking tracks instead of music. The speaking tracks help her keep her focused and positive. Awesome!

She had a great personality and was easy to talk to. We chatted about self-improvement stuff and things we've dealt with and the power of letting things go. I told her how funny it was that the first person that stops to talk to me is tuning into self-improvement, self-growth work which is what I've been doing the last several months and she said that we attract what we are.

I asked her what the Esther Hicks track made her think about, what mood did it put her in. She said, "I was listening to it because I wanted to manage my anxiety and to get in a place where I could find better feeling thoughts. Life is supposed to be a mantra." I love it.

First person down, many more to go! I can just imagine the folks I'll meet along the way by doing this project. See, you find out a lot about a person by what they're listening to.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

In search of peace

Taken last week at the Land of Medicine Buddha in Santa Cruz County.

Monday, August 13, 2012

It's been too long, I know


My goodness, I'm getting back in touch with the internet world. I was off Twitter and Facebook for just over a month. It was time to detox. I was going no dairy and no sugar and boy it was hard, but I survived!! I have to say it was nice to disconnect from the "busy-ness" that the internet is. I was in awe what a time waster it can be.

My diet's been going well! I feel so much healthier and have gone down 12 lbs since I've been seeing my dietitian. So nice! I'm sorta falling off the wagon, so I need to get back on and focused.

I've been working on my photography for the last several weeks. Instead of doing photography every couple ... err months that the only way it can get better is to do photography every single day. Even when I really don't want to. When I stopped putting up a fight and complaining about it, my photos got better and I'm in awe at the fact that my "photo" eye is coming back. Yay! It's definitely helping me come up with possible new cards and prints to set up in the shop.

I'm also in the process of doing an action plan for my shop. Boy so much to hash out! I'm excited though because the possibilities are endless.

So things are going well! I'm happy with how things are coming along right now in my life. Yay!

I promise I'll post at least once a week. I'm going to write it down! I'm learning to make commitments and stick to them, just like my healthy eating, daily photography, meditation, etc. Need to start somewhere and stick to it. Plus I miss my blog world!!

What have I missed since I've been away? Has a bunch of amazing stuff going on in cyber space??