Friday, November 30, 2012

Embracing Weirdness

"You should all learn to embrace weirdness. That's the only way I've learned to love all of y'all."

Those are the heartfelt words of my first period teacher. He's my absolute favorite and quite the character.

While I was on a creative high, I started my photo shoot immediately after school, and I took his words to heart. I embraced weirdness. Maybe not in the sense he was referring to, but I went out on a limb. I snapped photos of what I had already dismissed as looking too bizarre. I brought out items from my room and placed them everywhere, clicking the shutter button as I went. Things that I would've considered far-fetched, looked absolutely amazing on camera.

This was my favorite picture from the shoot. The lighting
was just simply perfect.

I even got a visit from my new favorite model.

In the end, I started to run out of sunlight. I would start to think that I was done and as I began to edit pictures I'd have an idea and run back outside to capture more pictures. My mind was running so fast that I couldn't keep up. 

There will definitely be another shoot this weekend.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thursday Photo Shoot

Today I did something that I had always wanted to start doing. I had a photo shoot. I took up photography.

The pictures are a little on the rough side and most of them didn't turn out as I had hoped, but considering the circumstances, I'm calling it a success.

The shoot lasted about fifteen minutes and out of the twenty some pictures, only a handful were truly blog worthy. I'm super excited to take up photography as it's something I've always been really interested in.

At the end of my shoot I had the privilege to get a few quick pictures of my neighbor's cat. She's quite the model if I do say so myself.

After about thirty minutes of editing, I traveled back outside to capture a couple of frames of the sunset. I even discovered that my camera could take panoramic pictures, although you can somewhat tell the three pictures apart if you look closely, but we'll ignore that for now.

Hopefully I'll grow better with practice, but I'm pretty satisfied with the pictures I captured today. I've got high hopes for another shoot tomorrow, so check back soon!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Sunday Reflection

In my opinion, Sundays are for far more than just church. It's for doing things that you are too busy to do during the weekday, like painting your toenails:

Or trying out new outfits:

Or my personal favorite, homework that I left to do till the last day:

In reality, Sundays are meant for cherishing. You know that tomorrow will bring school or work, so you try to grasp onto every ounce of it that you can. You add a couple of extra words into your prayer, you hug a little tighter, your "I love you"s and "see you tomorrow"s seem to mean a little more, linger in the air a little longer.

Sundays are meant to be enjoyed.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Top Five Most Annoying Things People Do While Black Friday Shopping

For the past couple of years, I've endured the Black Friday crowd with my mom and best friend. Over time, I've come up with a list of things that drive me absolutely crazy while shopping, things that you would think were common sense not to do, but people do it anyways.

1. People Who Bring Their ENTIRE Family
Now, I understand maybe an older child, ten at the youngest, but please don't bring all fifteen of your children. It's especially irritating when they not only bring their entire clan, but also their husband, proving that their was somebody to watch the kids while they shopped. Even worse, is when it's three in the morning and their four month old is wailing, the two year old is pitching a tantrum, and the eight and nine year olds are having star wars fights with tubes of wrapping paper. Not only is this a sign of bad parenting, but get yourself together, like seriously.

2. People Who Stop in the Middle of a Store
I don't care if you dropped a hundred dollar bill or found the best deal ever on tooth brushes, don't freakin' stop. Even worse, don't get mad at me when I bump into you because you stopped in the middle of a store to check your cell phone.

3. People Who Apply for Store Credit Cards on Black Friday
This has to be the absolute worst. You would think it would be a given, don't apply for any of the ten billion things you'll be asked to do at a register when there's fifty people behind you, but no, it happens. I got behind a lady at American Eagle who not only applied for a rewards card, but just as she was about to leave said, "So this is my American Eagle credit card?", and the cashier responds with, "No ma'am, but would you like to sign up for one of those as well?", and you can guess what happened next.

4. People Who Bring Strollers
Now, this one kind of goes along with #1, but it's so annoying I figured it needed a number all to itself. I will give parents the benefit of the doubt. For whatever reason, you must bring along your sleeping toddler, and so it does do some justice to keep them from throwing a tantrum from standing too long. But then  there's the parents who drive their strollers like they just drank every single bottle of wine in Aunt Edna's house before they came here. Not only that, but it's even worse when they let their three year old, who's barely tall enough to see over the stroller, drive the stroller. Also, do parents not realize how hard it is to drive a stroller through a small store and then realize that it's going to be extremely crowded since it's kinda like, you know, Black Friday?

5. People Who Act Like Their Child Will Die if They Don't Get One of the $5 Movies from Walmart
I will admit, a fight on Black Friday is like the funniest thing ever, but seriously? You're what, like forty, and you're fighting over a T.V.? Get yourself together.

Only in America do people trample each other for a sale, just a day after they give thanks for what they have.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving Sunset

Welcome to Sunsets and Sundays, my two favorite things. This is a blog compiled of pictures that I've acquired through my phone with snippets of writing and stories squeezed in between. Hope you enjoy.

The first of many.