Thursday, December 31, 2009
The second half of the year flew by, as it always seems to do.
Which for me is sometimes good(for school) but usually leaves me feeling nostalgic & as if i'd missed out on something as the time disappeared before my busy eyes.
For a good 2 minutes, i sat here trying to remember how i celebrated the 4th of July this year, then it came to me- i ate lunch with my boyfriend, & went to work. It was an odd Independence Day celebration, but i was lucky enough to get to wait on my Natalie & her momma, & watch the fireworks boom over the Arkansas River outside the restaurant i work at. I paid a short weekend visit to said best friend just two weeks before her big day. This month, I also became a temporary Georgia peach-visiting my family there for a couple of days & enjoying the much needed time spent with my mom, dad, & sister.
The first day of this month was quite possibly the most beautiful day of the year. I watched my best friend marry her soul mate on a perfect summer day. I was able to spend a week with my wonderful family from new hampshire, spent the night in a treehouse with Nicholas in celebration of our two year anniversary, & began my sophomore year of college.
Fell in love with the darkroom, spent many hours in said darkroom, ate a plethora of cherry tomatoes from the garden & bid farewell to Nicks dreadlocks.
Spent many many more hours in the darkroom, celebrated my 20th birthday by having dinner with my family, witnessing my boyfriends song being played by a bigtime DJ, and had a merry time at my mad-hatter tea party with beautiful people.
Passed my sophomore major advancement interview for admission into the art program(!), had the most amazing nature experience with my love, & celebrated Thanksgiving by having dinner with my family in the warmth of my parent's house.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I am going to go ahead & follow everyones lead & do a "year in review" post with my favorite photos from each month of the year.
It has been a beautiful one.
I shot my first roll of film with the Diana+ camera my love bought me for my birthday the October before & had my first really exciting art classes with inspiring professors & non-stop creativity flowing through my brain.
Celebrated my sisters(pictured above as pseudo-indian) 21st birthday by dressing up as 5th graders with 60 other college-aged students(yes, 90's style-spice girls, overalls, & slap bracelets all the waaay) had a lovely calm valentines day hike through the woods, & visited my best friend & finally met the lovely Jess and her beautiful little family I also started teaching a yoga class at the local public library.
Had an amazing adventure with my love that involved spending the night in a teepee, hiking to the petit jean water fall, & cooking delicious food while drinking blue moon all night. Celebrated my Daddyo's 40th birthday & enjoyed the excitement that accompanies the first signs of spring.
Picked many wild flowers from the yard, started my first organic garden, and spent many many moons dedicating my time & mind to art projects that ended up very well worth it, and had my first university level art show.
Brought home the sweetest little tiny white, blue-eyed, cuddly kitten, named her Lili, & quickly became a cat lady. I watched my garden bloom, enjoyed a couple weeks of no work & no school before starting my waiting job at Bosco's Brew Pub.
Spent nearly the whole month taking a Design I class that was very relaxing & enjoyable-met the sweetest older woman who was taking the class just for fun. Spent several days floating around the pool with Nick & basking in the warmwarmwarm June sun.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Ashley & Todd, two friends of mine from years & years ago, recently became engaged.
A few months ago, they asked me if I would take their engagement photos, & of course, I said yes.
Here I am, a month later, finally putting the last finishing touches on them.
I hope they love them.
Monday, November 23, 2009
I am promising a real update soon!
Lots of lovely things happening.
I get to spend this week with my family, & hug my best friend for the first time in months!
Little time to write.
Tomorrow is my Sophomore Major Advancement Interview for my Art major, determining whether i proceeeed.
I feel optimistic & calm.
Life is trés magnifique!
All of my love, beautiful people of the internet.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
I recently had a conversation with a good friend about best friends as "soul mates," in a sense. Not in a romantic way, but in the way that you know & understand & love each other so much that no matter where you go in life or how many continents or states separate you, you can rest assured that they will never stray form your thoughts, or you from theirs.
I am blessed to be twenty years old & have no doubt in my mind that Natalie, will always be that person for me-
my true kindred spirit
ma meilleur amie.
Natalie & i met through bus rides & bicycles rides down busy roads just for fun & "lead-singers" & dancing out of sunroofs in one of the billion cars she went through in high school.
We worked at waffle house together where we were told to stay on opposite sides of the restaurant by our pill poppin' redneck boss because we talked too much.
Over two years ago, Natalie moved to Columbia, Missouri where she had her heart set on for school. It was really hard for me knowing that my best friend would no longer be a short car drive away. On the way to Missouri to move her into her dorm, we cried a little(well, she cried a lot ; ] ) & reminisced on all the good moments we had had, & all the exciting moments we have to look forward to in our futures. Despite the distance, I have never once in the last two years felt for a moment that our friendship has ever been hindered.
It's never been easy for me to look at every friend i've had as a possible permanent presence in my life-but Natalie has always been different in that way. Though we may not talk everyday and sometimes not every week, each time we do, we simply pick up where we left off. I know now why she was so drawn to there of all places when i see her with her husband, Luke. They embody beauty in every sense of the word, & have never ceased to inspire me in the relationship i have with Nick.
We have indeed seen & experienced a lot together. When i lost my Poppy, Natalie was one of two friends of mine who came to the funeral. I don't think i've ever told her how much that meant to me. When Natalie & Luke got married in August, I stood next to her as her maid of honor. She was the most beautiful bride, & the allure of their wedding is not possible to describe in words.
I sometimes get emotional when i think about us, because i often find it hard to believe such a beautiful friendship can exist. But it does, & i am eternally grateful for it.
I love you, Natalie!