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Note to Self

Play When You Can 1 Karissa Cole 2014

Just a bit of friendly advice to my future self.

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My Week in Review

In hindsight I realize that deciding to make a full week’s worth of posts all in one was not my brightest idea ever..It’s not my dumbest idea, but it’d be on that list somewhere.

Alrighty. So, last week marked the first official day of my summer, as far as I’m concerned; Thursday, the 15th, was the last day of work for the spring semester @ school (for me anyway).  I have to say, I am ready to greet the summer (which I do realize doesn’t actually start ’til 6/21) with open arms. Tilting my face back toward the sun, enjoying the warm air, being surrounded by lush trees and greenery is something I have discovered I quite love. Of course, it would be easier for me to enjoy the warmth and the sun if, you know, it actually was warm and sunny. But the gloomy-ish weather isn’t getting me down (much). Besides, it certainly is warm. Topped near 80° today, I think.

Anyway. I had all last week off and I set out to enjoy it. I recently bought a new camera and I’ve been fussing around with it a bit. Eventually I’m sure I’ll cave and actually read the manual. But that day is far off. For now I’m content to just press buttons and see what happens. Which is pretty much what I did all during my week off, as you shall soon see.

Saturday, last weekend, turned into a pretty nice day outside. At first it was dark and overcast in the morning, but by 3:00 it was warm and sunny (yay!). I needed to take a break from the computer junk I was working with, so I went for a walk. Naturally I took my camera:

Saturday walk by Karissa Cole 2014

And, okay, I know this next pic is only a weed, BUT I THOUGHT IT LOOKED COOL:

Wicked weed Karissa Cole photos 2014

I did, though, get the chance to try photographing some legitimate flora. During the week, I was helping my mum do some work in her (rather expansive) garden. I’m really no gardener -I can tell you what color a flower is, but that’s about the extent of my knowledge and capability when it comes to plants- so I was just there to move the gigantic bags of red mulch for her, and sneak a few quick shots of the surrounding-calming- trees and whatnot afterwards.

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I think it was yesterday, the clouds just looked so awesome. I tried taking some photos of the sky, but, what can I say, I’m still so amateur:

Look Up by Karissa Cole 2014

I was looking straight up, so in the photo on the right you can see a bit of telephone wire and pine tree. Ooops.

At one point, when I was at my mum’s garden, she encountered a little frog (which, I quote “scared the bejeebers” out of her). She called me over so I could try taking a few photos. It’s not something I get to see everyday. He (or she, I don’t know how you tell…) was pretty cool! While lying on the ground trying to snap shots, I found myself really wishing I had read that new camera manual…:

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So all these shots were just taken at my folks’ house. I’m still really excited to go on a real trip of my own, to a small state park, where I can enjoy more of this kind of thing. I was at this park once before, when I was sixteen or so. There were so many flowers of all kinds of colors and variety, winding trees like something out of a fairy tale, frogs, hummingbirds, a large lake, trails…I hope it’s all still as great as I remember. I am so looking forward to being somewhere NEW, I can’t even tell  you.

Other exploits of mine last week include shopping, hanging with some friends, and other general un-artsy things that I’d prefer to write about. I did, though, get the opportunity to use my cat as a wonderful test subject for more photography. One warm evening I caught him like this on my bed:

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I tell you, this is one of the most irritating (nonhuman)  creatures that I have ever encountered. Just earlier today while I was working, apparently not paying enough attention to him, he jumped onto the back of my desk chair, and started playing with my hair. And by playing I mean whacking, attacking, and licking. He also, somehow, learned how to use those big mutant paws of his to tap me on the shoulder when he wants attention. He’ll stand on this back paws, reach up, and tap my arm until I pet him. He drives me mad sometimes, BUT HE’S JUST SO CUTE. Seriously, I love this cat. But I digress.

These photos of my baby man (yes, that is what I call my cat) actually printed out pretty nice so they went right in my photo journal. Which brings me to one of the other things I’ve been doing during my week off, besides playing with my camera: SMASHING. I mentioned before that I picked up papercrafting and journaling as a hobby about a year ago. It’s a nice tactile creative outlet. I did up three new pages in my book during last week.

This one is my favorite thus far:

Summer SMASH page

In a sunny mood, I went through all the photos I’ve got just sitting around in my memory box and decided to give this one here a better home. I took this flower shot last year right around now, actually. Thought it was a nice way to help kick off my own personal first week of summer.

SO. That’s where I’m at now. I feel a bit lopsided, mainly blogging silly photo posts. I haven’t done much drawing, crocheting, or digital art lately. But I can’t seem to help it. For the most part the weather’s just been too inviting to spend the day inside toiling on the computer or whatever. Hmm. Maybe I should take a sketchbook or some yarn with me next time I go for a walk…

Who knows what this upcoming summer has in store :)

My Today

I have to admit to being extremely groggy today, so blog-writing might not be the best idea. But I figure typing will at least keep me from falling asleep at my computer. It may turn out that I lack enough brain power to type anything that makes even the remotest amount of sense, but I’m really just too tired to care.

So yesterday was my last day of work for the spring semester. It’s really all a bit of a blur now. For a while there it felt like life was just dragging on so slowly, but, now I can’t believe we’re halfway through May. Funny how that works..

It being my last day for the term I wanted to take some photos of the grounds because, for some reason, in the three years I’ve been working at this school, it’s something I’ve never done. There were actually some quite pretty flowers (and even weeds IMO) growing neatly by the pond along the road. I parked my car out of the way and went walking about.

My Today Flowers May 2014 by Karissa Cole all rights reserved

It was really nice to take some pictures off my home lot, even if it was just at work. It made me pretty psyched for real trips I can take this summer. It’s been a long time, it feels, since I’ve gone anywhere just to explore, just to get out of my own lonely simple world.

Since yesterday was my last day of work (at least for a week, until the summer semester starts, but summer work hours are pretty short anyway) I say this means it was also the first day of my summer. A last day, first day. Which made for a pretty nice photo journal page. At least, I thought so.

My Today Photo Journal page May 2014

With any luck, by the end of the summer this notebook will be full of pages and places and words and wanderings. I don’t plan on going anywhere all that special. I just want to leave the confines of home, I want to expand my world to include some of the things outside these four walls I spend so much time behind. I’m not exactly a fearless traveler, so it’s unlikely I’ll be going too far away from the familiar. But I really think there is awesome to be found right down the street. All I have to do is look and I’ll find plenty of great new things I’ve spent years just walking past without giving a second thought.

At least, that’s my hope :)

 

Better Late Than Never

The weather is particularly gorgeous here today; it makes for a pretty perfect day off!

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I never realized how much I love spring before this year. After a terribly long, harsh winter it feels so nice to have blue skies, sunny days, and warm breezes in my life. I love it.

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I’m looking forward to getting out of this city so I can enjoy some unrestricted natural beauty; right off the street where I live there isn’t too much chance for flowers and grass to grow like I’d like. But there’s a state park not too far away that I hope to visit. I haven’t been there in years, but I remember how awesome it is. There are huge gardens full of more flowers than I can count, massive curling trees, hummingbirds, frogs, snakes (relatively safe ones!), climbing vines on old stone buildings, lakes, bridges, trails to follow… I really hope I get the chance to go soon :)

 

Saturday Afternoon

Six years ago I found this scrawny little blue-eyed fuzz bucket on my front steps. Best damn thing I have ever had left on my doorstep, and I am a notorious online shopper, so that’s saying a lot.

Nowadays he’s by no means scrawny, and his big blue eyes have long since turned green, but he is still by far the best random gift I’ve ever gotten.

He’s got these funny little quirks, as all cats probably do, and one of them is sleeping under the blankets on my bed. Lately he’s gotten into the habit of crawling under the covers AFTER I’ve made up the linens. (I come home from work and find this giant lump in the middle of my bed.) In an effort to deter this I lots of times throw a big, black blanket down for him to cuddle under instead. Today, on what turned out to be a gloomy, cold Saturday afternoon, I walked into my bedroom to see my baby-man squished under his blankey:

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He lay on his side, holding his back feet with his giant polydactyl front paws. This guy has the most adorable giant mitten paws I have ever seen. He uses them to open doors or tap me on the shoulder if I’m not paying enough attention to him when he wants. SO CUTE. The lighting was pretty awful, but I tried grabbing a few quick shots before he fully woke up. Once he’s awake he instantly begs for food, or, if it’s later in the day, he does his best to steal my lap for another nap.

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I love this cat.

Long Distance

Somehow, despite all the crazy scheduling of extra hours and rearranging tutor dates that inevitably comes with the end of the semester, I ended up with a free minute or two yesterday afternoon and decided to spend it in Photoshop. It’s always nice to get back to that. This really didn’t turn out like I had planned, but then, when do they ever?

"Long Distance" by Karissa Cole 2014

I think I quite like it.

On a completely unrelated note, last night I dreamed about Fifth and Sam Carter from Stargate SG-1 and am now dying to watch Unnatural Selection and Gemini. Honest, the last thing I thought about before bed was “I should make tea tomorrow” and somehow that turned into a bout of scifi dreaming. Not mad.

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