Balloons Remind Me of Pooh Bear. I love Pooh Bear.

I texted Carissa this morning once I discovered I didn’t have to go to my internship today:
“So..Brilliant idea: popsicles and cloud-watching in the park. Its gorgeous out!”
Somewhere along the way we got balloons for Zoey.

On days especially like this one, I agree with Louis….what a wonderful world.


Happy Birthday, Carissa!

How lucky am I to have a sister and a best friend all in one? It was our first celebration of her birthday away from home, so I made a special effort to make it memorable.

I wanted to take some cool pictures of her blowing her candles. It was 6:30 in the afternoon too much light was pouring into the living room and kitchen. I did my classic opener: “So I know this may sound crazy, but I think….” . She just laughed at me and agreed. We sat in her dark, tiny closet stuffed full of clothes and shoes and lit her candles. I then proceeded to sing happy birthday in a million different impersonations, foreign accents, and psychotic laughter all while taking pictures of it all. I don’t think anyone will ever know how fun birthday celebrations can be in small stuffy closets until they experience it firsthand.
Oh. And between the just us two, we ate the entire cake within a day. We are cake monsters.

My very talented grandma helped me make a memory board as her present. She gave me little sewing lessons here and there. It turned out beautifully and I couldn’t have done it without her help. Just a little tribute to our sisterhood. (Click for a better look).


My test results for my coding certification came back with a big giant F this morning. I’m disappointed. This test was going to speedily launch me into my new career – emphasis on the speedily. But I am allowed a retake in July, so there is much hope. Its not the end of the world. “You’re smart, you can do this…”
Sue Bender, an amazing and insightful author (whom I like to quote a lot) said something that has
been lingering in my mind all this morning:

“My disappointments I remember clearly. They are etched into my body and psyche. My victories are sometimes harder to recall. My intention is to give as much attention to my successes as I do my disappointments.”

Venturing Out

Some pictures I took of Carissa last year. I have yet to see a more feminine display of graffiti (very tall 8 year old girls?) But once I saw it on the back wall of the local Soldotna Key Bank….I couldn’t resist. Its also helpful to have a very photogenic and patient sister as a guinea pig.
It’s been a while since I’ve taken portraits. I’ve gotten far too comfortable with inanimate objects like architecture, flowers, ect. and its something I need to get familiar with again. My current mantra I’ve found myself repeating to myself over and over again: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained” It’s so true. Or my recent favorite I saw on Jamba Juice’s wall: “Go out on a limb – thats where the fruit is.”

“Some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity…” – Gilda Radner