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Project 31

Beer Sampler

23 : 31

I’m happy to report that Project 31 is finally complete! I wish it only took me 31 days to complete but it took me about 50 days. This is the first photo project I’ve completed so it’s better late than never. I’ve tried Project 365 in 2008 and 2009 and failed miserably. I think the furthest I got my first year was in the early 100s. In 2009, I attempted Project 50 but I only got through 25 days. Can you tell I have commitment issues when it comes to “artistic” projects? I would like to try Project 365 again but only when I’m done with school and living on my own.

04 : 31

I could have completed this project in 31 days but I didn’t like forcing it. Some days my life isn’t glamorous; I know it’s hard to believe! There were some days I didn’t leave the house and I didn’t want to put up a crappy picture just to have one to put up. I did that a couple days early on and decided I’d rather take my time…even if it takes two months!

22 : 31

There were days when it felt like pulling teeth getting my camera out to take a picture. The picture of my niece and the beer sampler shot were one of those days. I’m so glad I did “tough” it out because they’re both my favorite photos from the project.

31 : 31

My friend Kathy has been trying to talk me into doing a Project 52. Part of me thinks, it’s only a photo a week for a year but part of me doesn’t want to do it. It all stems back to the commitment issues I mentioned above. For now I’m going to enjoy this accomplishment of finally completing a photo project. …and hey! I have a new picture of myself out of this project!

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Click the slideshow below to view more photos from Project 31! I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them — at least most of them!

P.S. The site had a makeover! Let me know what you think!

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The Food Tour

food porn

I’m back from my trip visiting Andy in Jersey. I should add the word unfortunately to the previous sentence. I always have a blast when I visit him so it’s always difficult leaving. I still wish I would have forced him into my car when I left Tuesday morning. ;-P

lychee saketini : revisited
Andy’s Lychee Saketini from Teak

From the photos I took while visiting (insert shock and awe!) it appears that all we did was eat. That wouldn’t be a stretch to say as we both love good food… But we did walk around quite a bit so we’ll pretend that evens things out.

rest stop view
Pretty view from a rest stop in MD or PA

Wednesday night when I arrived we had a (delicious) turkish meal from a little place near his apartment that we’ve been to a few times and called it an early night.

my foursquare addict
Andy (probably) checking in to foursquare

Thursday we had lunch at Teak on the Hudson where we had sushi and headed to Queens. The trip to Queens was short-lived because I didn’t realize I was still tired from the drive there and not getting very much sleep the day of my drive. I would like to go back though…

wet bikes @ rutgers
Wet bikes @ Rutgers

Friday we met up with my flickr friends Kasia and Elizabeth at Rutgers University. It started out being a rainy day, fortunately the rain stopped as we were walking around campus. We ended up stopping for ice cream at Thomas Sweet and later had dinner at Old Man Rafferty’s. Oh, and we took pictures at the statue on campus that supposedly whistles at virgins…?!

met life building flatiron building
Buildings in Manhattan

Saturday we had lunch at Nanoosh (a hummus bar) in Manhattan, walked around most of the day, and had dinner at Rosa Mexicano. There we had two pomegranate margaritas (each lol), guacamole, and our entree. Hey, we did a lot of walking!. My sister asked me what my favorite meal was, it was Rosa Mexicano hands down, it’s always Rosa Mexicano unless we go to Cafe Matisse! I’d probably make a special trip back to NY just to go to either places. Then again it wouldn’t take much of an excuse to make me want to go back.

Andy Burt Reynold's style
Andy Burt Reynold’s style on the couch. LOL!

Sunday we went to his friend Susan’s wedding. It was a jewish wedding, I have never been to one, so that was interesting in itself. Looking back, the wedding wasn’t too different from other weddings I’ve been to aside from a few traditions here and there. The reception was a lot of fun considering I didn’t really know anyone except a few of his friends that I had met last year at his birthday party. All of which are always so nice and welcoming!

pulled pork sandwich

Monday we planned to have an uneventful day, and it turned out to be a good idea, but it went by too quickly! I think we left his apartment only to grab something for lunch and dinner. Lunch was at a Ruthie’s; a bbq and pizza joint. We both had bbq but I’d love to go back and try the pizza. Dinner was pizza but from a different place. Heh-heh.

Andy and I
Andy and I at the wedding. Thanks to Barbara for taking it!

Even though we spent 5 full days together it seems like it went by too fast. Fortunately, I am going back for my birthday in ten short weeks so it’s not so bad. I can’t wait!

As a result of this trip I hit 250,000 miles as I was coming home and I realized I like taking pictures of food! That’s good right?

**Thanks to Andy for letting me steal his photos from the wedding (without permission of course!)**


Goodbye, Holga!


water tower fire hydrant big sky

I’ve been saying a lot of goodbyes lately it seems, and as you’ve seen from my previous post I’m getting rid of my Holga camera. I sent off my last three rolls of film to Dwayne’s Photo in Kansas because their prices were pretty unbeatable. For three rolls (and shipping) it was right at $25 and I had my film back within 7-10 days. Prices in Seattle were pretty expensive and getting to the semi-local shop (an hour away) before they closed was always a hassle. You might give Dwayne’s a try if there’s not a local business nearby that develops 120 film.

The one thing I don’t like about the Holga is the photos are always hit or miss. Out of 36 photos I’ve found four that actually stood out. I guess the same can be said about digital, but with digital you see the results right away and you know whether or not you should keep shooting. One roll of film that I used at the Seattle gay pride parade was ruined because one of the buttons was switched to bulb mode. It was something I should have paid attention to but didn’t.

Hot Mess Hot mess Hot Mess

These are a few examples of what happens when the holga is left in bulb mode when it isn’t needed. Nice, huh? :-O All in all, it’s been fun having a Holga and it’s a good conversation starter but definitely not reliable.

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For Sale: Holga CMY Camera

Holga CMY CFN Camera

I’m currently selling my Holga CMY (Multicolor) CFN camera on eBay, if you’re interested follow this link for the auction. It’s served me well but I don’t use it enough to justify keeping it. I think I’ve only used about 5 or 6 rolls of film during its time with me. Hopefully it will go to a nice home; maybe even yours! :-)

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San Francisco

If you can’t view this slideshow click here for photos.

This past weekend my brother Roy and I flew to San Francisco. This is my first time visiting San Francisco or California for that matter. I would have liked to visit “the mothership” in Cupertino but it was going to be about 2.5 hours by bus and we really didn’t have the time.

We scoured what seemed like most of San Francisco on our first day. My god is San Francisco hilly! I was warned about this before the trip but I didn’t realize how out of shape I am – well OK I know I’m out of shape but it was a big reminder! We went through Chinatown then North Beach for a boat ride around the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. At times the boat ride seemed more like a roller coaster because the waves were pretty big at one point causing the boat to bounce up and down. As a result, the last 15 minutes of the ride I was feeling pretty nauseous. I don’t see how people do cruises for several days, maybe with a larger boat you don’t feel a lot of the bumps. Later in the day we went to the Castro and I saw where Harvey Milk’s camera shop used to be and my brother pointed out several areas where memorable moments happened. I’m not too familiar with Harvey Milk outside of what I’ve seen in the film “Milk” but he seemed to have made an impact on Roy.

While we were in San Francisco we also went to the California Academy of Sciences with one of Roy’s friends and his wife. They had a rain forest exhibit going on that was pretty cool or shall I say humid! ;-) It didn’t seem like we were there very long before they made the announcement they were closing. We didn’t really plan that one out too well. That evening we went to an italian restaurant called Steps of Rome. Earlier in the week I got my hair cut and my stylist recommended going there and getting tiramisu for dessert. He was practically salivating when he was talking about the restaurant so I thought it would be a good idea. The pasta dish I had was just OK but he was right about the tiramisu; it was heavenly.

The trip seemed to go by really quick but then again most weekends do go by pretty fast. And as always I wish that I would’ve taken more pictures. I’m glad I had the experience of going to California, but I don’t think it’d be my first choice for vacation. A lot of people – which I’m surprised that’s even a factor given that I really like NYC. Then again it is NYC.

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051 : 365 I marked on the calendar at work my last day – Friday, May 8th. I haven’t officially decided what day I’m leaving for the trek to Seattle but I imagine it will be the following week. I wanted to have some time to pack and spend time with friends before heading out. I’m still feeling a little nervous about the drive, and honestly I’d still prefer to fly out there but my brother thinks having a car out here would be helpful.

This week is definitely calm compared to last week. Last week was filled with a lot of stress because I had 3 tests, one of which I wasn’t really prepared for. Plus, I’ve taken on a web design job for my brother’s friend. It’s not a big job but it’s hard to balance putting in time for it with work and school. I have a hard time enough trying to get myself to study let alone do anything else. I’ve been trying to get better by getting rid of sites I waste time on, but I’ve only got rid of BrightKite and Livejournal. I briefly thought about doing away with my Twitter account, too, but I just can’t make myself do that. Heh-heh.

This weekend was my friend Diane’s birthday and we celebrated at her and the hubby’s house with lots of wine – which helped calm down my stress levels. I’m not normally a huge fan of wine but we were told to bring a bottle. I decided to bring a bottle of wine called “The Little Penguin” which won for most unique label. As far as taste it was just okay, but like I said I’m not a huge fan of wine. I’m waiting for embarrassing videos and photos to start showing up on Facebook but none as of yet. Heh.

Speaking of Diane, a while back she asked me for copies of these photos (1, 2, 3) and I was surprised to see them hanging on their wall. If I wasn’t “out of it” at the time I would have taken photos. It’s nice to see my art on someone else’s wall.

I hope you are having a good week! :)