Sunday, January 31, 2010

Day 31

Day 31, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Went to look at model homes with my sister and soon to be brother in law. I think they might be getting a home. Fingers crossed. We spent about 5 hours looking and that put money down to reserve a new home. A few days ago they were looking at apartments, and now they are more than likely going to buy a house. I am so happy for them! And so glad that I am not buying a house. It so stressful and amazing and mind blowing. We were already calling it their house. So fingers crossed on the VA loan going through.
I can't believe that it is the end of January already! I took a photo a day, which means that I get to buy myself something. Using rewards to keep going means that I actually want to take pictures every day. 

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Day 30

Day 30, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Went to visit my Grandma today in Carlsbad. It was pretty nice and it was definitely one of her better days.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Day 29

Day 29, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Today was my Dad's 62nd birthday. Gesh. I remember when he turned 50 and had to go to the hospital for surgery. I don't think I quite understood at the time what was going on. He had to have his Gallbladder removed. I can't even remember how long he was in the hospital for, I just knew that I missed him. I would kiss my fingers and then push them up against his picture in the hall. I even prayed. (and I'm not all that religious)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Day 28

Day 28, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Today.. was one of those days when you feel as if you've driven everywhere... and yet I still managed to forget to go to the bank. I guess it is a good thing when you don't actually have to worry about depositing a check, right?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Day 27

Day 27, originally uploaded by emberangel.
That would be me. This cat is the reason I get up in the morning... Seriously. She will bite me if I take too long to wake up. I have to admit that she is really sweet. She only likes me and my dad (hmm maybe this is because we are so much alike?) and she will sleep on my legs all night. In the morning, I look down and there she is. Some mornings she will purr and crawl under the covers with me. The she starts licking me. For some reason, her favorite place to lick me, is on my lips. I have to hide them if I don't want to be attacked. After a few minutes (sometimes ten) she will start to bite me lightly. If I don't get up fast enough, she starts to attack me. But what would I do without my cat?

This funny video reminds me of my cat:
Life with a cat - Watch more Videos at Vodpod.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Day 26

Day 26, originally uploaded by emberangel.

"We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”

Had a bit of trouble today... my memory card stopped working! Had to steal the micro SD card from my cell phone and put it in an adapter and then put it in the camera. Its a 16GB card so I am gonna send it in to get repaired. I haven't even had the card for a month yet. Hopefully I won't have to buy a new one.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Day 25

Day 25, originally uploaded by emberangel.

As soon as I got home from work I went to my desk and started doing homework. Four hours later, I am not finished. I'm giving myself about 20 min and then I am heading to bed cos I have to wake up too early to stay up late and finish homework. Why must I always go out on the weekends? It means last minute cramming on Monday nights.

Back to the raft

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Day 24

Day 24, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Went on the spur of the moment Disneyland trip. The first one since I got a pass. I wanted to try one of these, but sadly, I didn't have a penny. Next time, I am gonna make sure I have 7 cents on me so I can look at all of them. The vignetting is natural, from a lens hood that I was using and I thought it went with the theme of the photo.. so I added a tiny bit more. Then I did some cross processing... I have to say, I like the effect more than the original photo.

Day 23

Day 23, originally uploaded by emberangel.
Went to my best friend's boyfriends birthday party. And somehow after only having one drink I ended up plastered. It was a four loco.. and I I know that I can get drunk off of $2.50.. but you know, oh well. The picture below.. that was not my drink. Although a surprisingly good. beer. I didn't know I could enjoy a bud light. (Still... I didn't drink it)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Day 22

Day 22, originally uploaded by emberangel.

How much is that doggie in the window
Seeing my dog looking out the window reminds me of the song "How much is that doggie in the window?" My mom used to sing it all the time when we went to Souplantation for dinner because next door there was a shop with a fake dog in the window.

How much is that doggie in the window?
The one with the waggly tail
How much is that doggie in the window?
I do hope that doggie is for sale

I must take a trip to California
And leave my poor sweetheart alone
If he has a dog, he won't be lonesome
And the doggie will have a good home

How much is that doggie in the window?
The one with the waggly tail
How much is that doggie in the window?
I do hope that doggie is for sale

I read in the papers, there are robbers
With flash lights that shine in the dark
My love needs a doggie to protect him
And scare them away with one bark

I don't want a bunny or a kitty
I don't want a parrot that talks
I don't want a bowl of little fishies
You can't take a goldfish for walks

How much is that doggie in the window?
The one with the waggly tail
How much is that doggie in the window?
I do hope that doggie is for sale


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Day 21

Day 21, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Weather is a great metaphor for life - sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, and there's nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella. ~Pepper Giardino

Still raining. I think it is hailing right now. Tomorrow and Saturday.... more rain. There is one good thing about that--I love the rain.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Day 20

Day 20, originally uploaded by emberangel.

On the way home from work, it started to snow and despite the dark weather, the fact that I couldn't use the flash, I couldn't change the settings, and couldn't stop and leave the car... I ended up with this... which I actually love.
We were stopped at a stop light when I took this and to me it has this sort of old school charm. It almost looks like a photo from when my parents were my age. I like the color too.. it just looks cold. I thought about sharpening the photo so that you could see that there was actually some snow falling, but I didn't like it as much. I added some vignetting to the photo because it seemed fitting.
But snow sucks when you have to go home in it... I am just glad I wasn't driving. It took us double the time to get home because we were going about 20 miles on the freeway. Then we got down the hill and it started to rain, so we went a whole 40 miles an hour.
But it was cool.. gave me about an hour to watch the snow and attempt to take pictures.

On an unrelated side note... today my dad was watching me take pictures and he said "I can tell you are a good photographer by the way you take pictures." hehe. my daddy thinks I'm good. Then again he often tells me I'm a good singer. I'm decent at that but a long way from good.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Day 19

Day 19, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Catch Phrase of the Week: "Winter Storm Watch"
Sometime between 12 and 1:30 it started pouring in San Bernardino. By the time I got out of class, some of the streets were flooded and at a few points I felt as if I had lost control of the car (thankfully only for a second). I got on the freeway and thought that I was relatively safe. I passed under an overpass and I started to notice that the slow lane (which of course I was in) was flooded. There was so much water from the on ramp up ahead that it went over the curb that was separating the freeway and the on ramp and flooded the entire slow lane. Needless to say, I got over. I spent the rest of the drive home in the middle or fast lanes because I was terrified of hydroplaning if I went into the slow lane. I am definitely glad I car pool to work because I have to work in Hesperia tomorrow and the weather is undoubtedly worse up there. If I had to drive alone, I wouldn't go to work tomorrow.
I know it sounds like some kid terrified of the rain. But I love the rain... its just that I can't see in it. I have to wear glasses for distance and I need a new prescription! I've driven home from school in worse weather.. but I wanted to cry that night. It was about 7pm--a few hours after the sun went down. It was pouring down buckets of rain and I was driving behind a truck for half the way with the spouts of water hitting my windshield faster than the windshield whippers could work. The road was covered in fog and the wind kept pushing me out of my lane so my fingers were gripping the wheel so tight, it felt like they might fall off. And despite the fact that it was cold and dreary outside I was sweating. Lightening lit up the sky at regular intervals and the thunder shook me to my bones. All I needed was a mini tornado (which they are possible today near the coast) and I would have thrown my little pink beanie down, pulled over to the side of the road and say Lord take me now.
I guess I am just lucky it doesn't snow here. I would find something else to be scared of. Wind, ice and rain... the trifecta.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Day 18

day 18.4, originally uploaded by emberangel.
Bad weather... for the next 7 days--guess that means I should buy myself a pair of cute rain boots. Today I was supposed to go to work. A few minutes after I left, I got a call saying that the power was out and not to come to work. So I went back home and took a few pictures of the rain. Afterward I went out to breakfast with my family.
This shot is one of my favorites, if you want to see a few of the other shots from today, check out my photo stream on flickr

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Day 17

Day 17, originally uploaded by emberangel.
Today was the first day of the rain. There are supposed to be 5 storms in as many days. Should make to be an interesting week.
Today was definitely interesting. The septic tank overflowed (even though it was pumped 4 months ago). Which meant.. I didn't get to take a shower today. Someone is coming to fix it tomorrow... which means I will have the most amazing shower come morning.Still raining right now and it will for the next few days. Might even snow at work. Which just sound cold to me!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Day 16

Day 16, originally uploaded by emberangel.
I spent most of the day doing laundry and cleaning. I left the laundry basket full of clean clothes on my bed and my cat decided she wanted to sleep on top of the warm clothes. Can't say I blame her though. I love sleeping on sheet fresh from the dryer. Very cozy and warm.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Day 15

Day 15, originally uploaded by emberangel.
Day 15. Friday. Spent all day at work and then went out with friends. I had about two minutes after work to come up with this. I like the lighting.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Day 14

Day 14, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Little lady outside of our house near the pond. I love how pretty she is. And It kinda shows how I felt today. I am not sure if this is one of those pictures that you can look back and say, hey thats what I did today.. but if I took a picture of that it would be of one building on campus.. which is not all that interesting. Or it could be the stack of papers I had to look through for homework. Three pictures in a row of school work... not that interesting. True to life, yes, but not terribly interesting

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Day 13

Day 13, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Today my day of Work and Homework. And that is it.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Day 12

Day 12 , originally uploaded by emberangel.

If people were meant to pop out of bed, we'd all sleep in toasters. ~Author unknown, attributed to Jim Davis

I don't know about you, but I am definitely not a morning person. When I was in High School and the first year of college, I would wake up at 5:30 to take my dad to the van pool so he could go to work and I could use the car all day. After I got home I went straight back to bed, even if I had to wake up in 30 minutes. To me, those 30 extra minutes were worth it. My sister's fiance wakes up for work at 2:30am! Sometimes I am just getting home when his alarm clock goes off. Me, I hate alarms (and waking up at normal times like 6:00 or 6:30-- I hate waking up at expected times) so I got myself an alarm that plays CDs so that I can wake up to my favorite song. Only problem... I only ever listen to the first 30 seconds of the song before I get out of bed.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Day 11

Day 11, originally uploaded by emberangel.
Tomorrow I officially start the new quarter after about a month. Did I mention that I have an 8 AM class and I live about 30 minutes from campus.Guess I better set my alarm clock before I forget. At least it will be a busy week.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Day 8, 9 and 10

Day 8, originally uploaded by emberangel.
This weekend I went to visit one of my best friends in San Diego. I got there a little before 5, and by the time I got all my stuff inside her apartment, the sun had already set. So we went and took pictures of the freeway, although they aren't my favorite freeway shots. I do love the "castle in the background" (actually a Mormon church). I got a few cool shots of the church, but this one is a better deception of my day. I spent about 2 hours driving to San Diego and got completely frustrated with the traffic at one point. I really don't understand how people can live in cities with so much traffic!

Day 9 was a trip to the beach. I told my friend that I wanted to take pictures of the beach and we spent the entire day exploring the coves in La Jolla and a few other beaches. My favorite shot was one her with the beach in the background. I think it is better for a project like this because I spent the day with her. I love how the background almost looks fake.

Day 10 was a long day. I spent half of it at a bridal expo helping my sister figure out stuff for her wedding. This is what she wants. Three bridesmaids. One wearing pink, one orange, and one yellow. She wants gerbera daisies and maybe some oranges in the water.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Day Seven

Day Seven, originally uploaded by emberangel.
I went to the mall with my mom today. It was my last free day before I start school. Pretty soon my life will be consumed with classes, work, homework, and more homework (only this time from work). I love how bored the guy sitting at the little booth is. The malls seem so empty after the holiday rush.
This next photo I really liked too, so I thought I would put it on my blog. I like the first one better, but there is something about this photo that I like. Perhaps it is because it is a picture of my mother..

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Day Six

Day Six, originally uploaded by emberangel.

Today.. I took a picture of my new camera and the lenses that I just got yesterday. The Nikon D3000 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens. I actually like it. It doesn't have live view when you are taking the photo, but that just drains the battery anyway. Many people see that as a downside, but I don't really need live view.. you can see the picture after you take it. I also got Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras and the Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens with Built In Motor for Nikon Digital SLR. And a few other gadgets. An extra battery, 16 GB memory card, lens hoods, filters, shutter release button, lens cleaner kit, and a few miscellaneous things I can't think of right now.

The picture doesn't seem all that exciting, but the point of this project is to document life and that right there is something important that happened in my life. Hope everyone who is currently doing a 365 project is still going strong. : )

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Day Five

Day Five, originally uploaded by emberangel.
I got my new camera today. I've been waiting for this day for... about 9 days now. I ordered it online and didn't choose expedited shipping because it didn't seem worth the extra money. In retrospect, I don't think I would have minded an extra $20 to $40.
Since my camera came today I went with one of my best friends down to the park and took pictures of her blowing bubbles. We are both still children at heart. A lot of the pictures that I took came out pretty good too. I might put them up on flickr.

“A smile starts on the lips, A grin spreads to the eyes, A chuckle comes from the belly; But a good laugh bursts forth from the soul, Overflows, and bubbles all around”

Monday, January 4, 2010

Day Four

Day 4
Originally uploaded by emberangel

I was on my way to work today and the clouds just looked amazing. I love how the power were in the frame of the window. It looked...powerful. There were others with a better sky, but none that really drew your eyes across the picture. There is no real resting point for your eyes

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Day Three

Today is day three of my photo a day project, and it is the official end to my winter break. I have to go back to work tomorrow morning. Tomorrow is a fresh start and I am going to be working on a new project at work for the next seven months! I was still sick today, so I took a picture of my favorite part of any day: Bailey. He is my parents dog and I love him to death. Seeing him always puts a smile on my face.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Day two

Today is day two of my photo a day project and I am sick with a cold. I don't think that I have ever blown my nose so many times today as I have in my entire life. So I spent the day watching movies all day.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Photo a Day; Day one

Today is January 1st, the official start to my photo a day project (which some people call project 365). Since it is the first day, I took a lot of pictures. But I think that the one picture that is the most fitting for the first day is a picture of a fortune.

It shows the optimism that everyone seems to have at the beginning of a new year. At least, that is what I was going for.