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Last year my fiance and I broke up. My best friend, who was alive by a miracle, got married and then passed away unexpectedly a few months later. My aunt became ill and passed away only a few weeks after that. My cousin got in a giant mess of legal trouble. My best friend had her baby 2 months prematurely and was living at the NICU. Things just fell apart at the seams and keeping up with the site was not in the cards.
Luckily the dust has settled and it hasn’t all been negative. I shed 40 lbs and plan to keep going (I always thought the “exercise relieves stress” thing was a joke but working out really saved my sanity on many occasions). I’ve met amazing new people and reconnected with old friends. I’ve been able to take trips this summer which hadn’t been possible previously. My favorite band reunited for a week of shows and I was able to shoot them. I saved more kitties. There’s been plenty of fabulous shoots. And I’m sure there’s plenty more to come.
Yup, there’s been huge ups and downs and lots of loss, but somehow I’ve survived and I’m back and ready to rock this place once again. There are lots of sessions to be shared so stay tuned!]]>
I’ve only owned one car. I’ve probably driven less than 10 in the 11 years since I started driving (NY doesn’t let you get a license until 17). It was used as a company car where my father worked and when its time with the company was over, my parents purchased it as a surprise for me. For some reason I loved that car and they got a good deal so that 1996 bad boy was all mine.
Wondering about that color? Factory, baby! It was a very limited color (probably a mistake!) called “Dusty Rose.” The title to it actually says red. Red! I’ve seen VERY few, maybe around 25 of them, since I’ve had it, and I’ve seen them mostly when I’m out of state on some random trip. I liked that it was unique. Though I did always have a fear that someone who was mad at me would see it parked somewhere and mess with it. Luckily that never happened!
I took a trip home to NY in it, and it got me safely there and back. The next day, I had to work in Baltimore and it got me there and back as well. That day, our apartment complex was having trees trimmed so the guys asked if I could park somewhere else and I got back in her and tried to start her up. That’s when she took her last breath, and the ignition popped out. So sad! The tree guys didn’t believe me so they each took a turn trying to turn the key and saying “The ignition really did pop out!” The electricity managed to come on but we couldn’t turn it back off, so then I tried to pop the hood to disconnect the battery and the release didn’t work. I had to get a hammer and pry the hood up and then the tree guys disconnected the battery for me. I was laughing like a maniac because for some reason, each thing got funnier than the last. I guess when it rains it pours!
The picture is from when a guy from Junkmycar.com came to get it. I’ll admit, a few tears were shed. It was like losing a family member! The creeper maintenance guy sat eerily close to the car as the guy was hooking it up to get towed. He sits in the parking lot like that all the time…but that’s probably a post all of its own.
I had been looking at new cars because I had a feeling that was going to happen soon. She had stalled on me a time or 2 in the parking lot at home and I was starting not to trust that I was always going to get home safe. So that same day I ended up going out and getting a car that I was looking at, a blue Dodge Avenger.
Not the fanciest car out there, but I drove the least fancy car possible for 11 years so anything is an improvement! It’s roomy, has a lot of trunk space, and is fun to drive. The “serious” car reviews didn’t rate it very highly, but it was highly rated by all the people who actually owned one. After test driving it a few times, I decided to go with the owners’ opinions. And hey, at $4 a gallon for gas the 4 cylinder engine and 32 miles per gallon is pretty sweet.]]>
Our first foster kitty came and went really fast. Bryan fell in love instantly because he was a big cuddle bug. Bryan desperately wants a lap cat which ours are not. Well, not for him. House will lay on me. Especially in the middle of the night when I don’t even know it! Ha. Domino’s quarantine room was Bryan’s video game room so they got to spend a lot of quality time together. Domino was adopted within a week so he only got to hang out for a few days but he enjoyed watching birds with our cats and running up and down the hallway with House. I think House liked having a running partner. Jack is very moody about her exercising!
Anyway, now Domino is in his forever home with a woman who loves him which makes me happy. Bryan prefers not to talk about it.
Anyway! What struck me most was all the pictures that were being posted of people’s kids with their pits. The love that you can feel between the child and dog is unreal, just in these simple camera phone snapshots! Which sparked my idea for a “Bullies and Babies” shoot! I love the idea of doing some sessions with young children and their bully breed best buddies.
Session info: A mini-session can be done at your home, in a park, etc. Anywhere your dog and child will feel comfortable. They usually lasts between 20-30 mins and yields between 10 and 15 images. You’ll receive a complimentary print and some web-sized images to tag the heck out of on Facebook to show your Bully pride! Other images will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to help Baltimore rescues spay and neuter their pits!
If you have a child under 5 and a bully breed, please email me to discuss a complimentary mini-session (in or around Baltimore/Harford County please)!!! If you don’t have a child, borrowing one is fine too! =) Let’s get some Pit-positive imagery out into the world!]]>
I’ve never been one to make a big to-do over my birthday. After all, today’s just a Tuesday. I have to work like every other day. Life goes on for everyone else. In fact, I don’t usually mention that it’s my birthday at all. But for some reason, today was different. I enjoyed telling customers and having them wish me a happy birthday. My sister-in-law, mother-in-law, and nephews brought me cake and balloons at work, which was completely out of their way. It made me smile all afternoon and I proudly shared the cake with coworkers. 29. It feels like this year should be the start of something special. 29! Not yet 30! I still have 1 year before…..before what? Life is over? That doesn’t seem right. 1 more year to make my 20s feel like they counted for something more than bad decisions, failed diets, and credit card debt? Yup, that feels right.
29 is the year to make a difference. I know this. It’s an awkward number, but one with so much potential!
I better have some of that cake before midnight! That’s when cake turns back into asparagus, you know.]]>
Congrats Patrick! May you live out the rest of your days on a nice king sized bed!!!]]>
But as mom says, “she can do anything…as long as she’s not a cheerleader.” =)
How sweet is this chandelier?! Mom is crafty!
And here are older siblings- attention hound Donut
And handsome, sophisticated Nibbler
I hope the next session can yield more shots of the nursery since there was a delay with the furniture. I know it’s going to be adorable!]]>