You've seen all the crazy changes. Now there is a big one coming. Your profile will look dramatically different soon enough.

THE TIMELINE. check it out.

Pinterest meets MySpace meets Facebook. Interesting.

Another song, mostly for me to have a quick reference without having to look something up.
Lisa Hannigan, I Don't Know

and another.

Eisley, Trolleywood.


Lil' Fishes

Remember that line on "He's Just Not That Into You" when Drew Barymore says that now days we don't get haircuts when we want a change, we just switch our profile picture... etc.

I think about that line all the time.

Especially tonight after I added my little fishies to the side of my blog. I got way too much satisfaction from embedding a gadget onto a web log. But... aren't they cute?!

They are from this site.

In other news, I am in Tejas... which is espanol for Texas. I thought it would be super hot, turns out it is just rainy- which is great news for the fires and the drought.

I am living with my sister's little family and hopefully I will find a rockin' job... and a cowboy.

Once I get settled in a place to live I am going to buy some fish. When I was in high school, two dear friends (thank you Emily Stevens and Becca Paul) gave me a betta fish in high school. It was the best! I named her Coral and she lived for years. Multiple years. On her final days, she was slowing down. My mom put a little sprite in her bowl and she perked right up... and then she died.

But Coral the Second will be in my life soon enough. Until then, please help me enjoy the new lil' fishes on my sidebar.



I posted this couple months ago, but then I felt bad about what I said about facebook, so I took it off. But then I remembered oh yeah this is my blog/my personal soapbox. So here it is.

Not that anyone cares, but I have a few thoughts about Pinterest.

My sister Emily loves loves this site and raves about it to everyone she knows, but she may disagree with some of my next statements. My apologies in advance.

AGAINST pinterest:
-you can only be "inspired" for so long, I would rather be making the things than just looking at them
-it is image overload, blogs give you the images and some words to think about
-most things seem to be "repinned" meaning one image goes through a bunch of people but it isn't very fresh content because it is just going through the rounds for everyone to see it
-people don't come up with their own unique and custom captions for the images

FOR pinterest:
-love being able to save an image without have it bog down my hard-drive. 
-love the validation I get when someone else likes my pin, especially if I found it and didn't just repin something
-like being able to find people with similar styles to me 
-love being able to categorize fun things I see with immediate links

Not that it has anything to do with this, but while I am thinking about my opinions of social media...
Why do people who are in relationships feel like they need to express their affection to the significant other via facebook? Maybe it is just because August is a popular month to get married, but I have seen so so many status updates of girls wishing their husbands happy anniversary and how much they love each other.
Love is great, I fully support love. But I always think, hm if you really love this person a lot, you most likely know where they live, you possibly have their phone number, and you might even see them today or tomorrow. Maybe those options might be better for your personal expression of love rather than on a public website... just a suggestion. 
Am I alone in this opinion? 


Seeing the Everyday

Well I finished my internship a bit ago, but I wanted to post about it. 

delicious farewell lunch

let's get a closer view: spaghetti squash with Jarick's homemade tomato sauce and freshly shaved parmesan

I learned a lot about the bus, but much much more about how wonderful this magazine truly is.
One thing we accomplished in the short 4 week time period was a new website!

The old site was beautiful, but not quite as user-friendly as it could be. So we did a re-haul, came up with additional content and then designed and built something entirely new.

Let's talk about the new look:

We used photos for the background of every page on the site. This welcome page has a shot of the spreads from the last issue in the studio. We used transparencies behind the text so you can still "see" the images.

(top) We added more options for and details about submissions. (below) My new favorite page has a list of nice things that bloggers and writers have said about the magazine.

I also love the history page. Because this magazine is so unique, it is nice to understand the background and how many people have contributed to make Seeing the Everyday what it is now.

We really wanted to incorporate images of the actual magazine into the design. If you have ever read Seeing the Everyday you know how beautiful the colors, design, photography, and even paper quality combine to make your experience meaningful. We wanted to capture some of that feeling you have while reading the magazine.

I got to be in Cambridge in the final days before the summer issue was sent to press. It was so fun to print out all the spreads, analyze the cover colors and get to fine-tune the small details as it was sent to print. It was fun to be part of the production process, and then see the result in my own home. 

sprinkler spread in the summer 2011 issue

Fast forward a month later when I am at home back in Alpine. I went and got the mail while my mom and I were eating lunch. I saw the magazine in the mailbox.
I came in and said, "Mom! Special delivery for you!"
She ran, literally ran to the front door while yelling, "Is it my Seeing magazine?!"

We sat on the couch as she looked slowly at each page. She started to cry just looking at the spreads. She hadn't even read the stories yet! But she knew they would be good.

When we got to the final page and we saw my name as part of the team and I was pretty satisfied that I get to be part of something so neat. A project like this that can bring so many positive emotions must be a good thing!

My internship was a fabulous experience for me. I had friends all over the country doing internships this summer. I would hear about some of their projects that they got to take part of or the errands they ran for the people doing the bigger projects. I am so so grateful that the good people at Seeing the Everyday gave me full reign to offer suggestions and then even build my suggestions! They were so nice to give me this great experience.

You can see the site here at seeingtheveryday.com. If you see something that is not working or a broken link, etc. please let me know!


Who else is loving the new google accounts interface?!
I certainly am.

Along with this song:


Pillow Mints

All humans should love after dinner mints.




I am the queen of "no flash." I really hate it. I don't have a basic point and shoot, so anytime I am taking photos, it seems to be serious business. And I hate, hate bright glare and photos where you can totally tell the flash had fun.  

Usually, I just take a lot of pictures and end up having to delete half of them. But there is now another option. Jessica Hische has done it again. She customized a tumblr site that is all about collecting blurry pictures you took of your friends. These top two, I did try to make blurry. But they are the exception, not the rule. (He's Just Not That Into You)

Adorable baby Matilda.