A Few Months on Film

Here are some of my favorites from my second and third rolls of film. You can see the first roll here! I am having a good time playing with my dad’s old SLR but wish I had more things to photograph. My third roll took six months from the first shot to the last, which is pretty awful. I’m hoping to shoot much more this year! Though I will definitely need to find somewhere to develop–spending $15/roll at Walgreens is just not going to cut it. Please send me any recommendations you have!

Photos featuring myself, Joseph, a few family members (niece, sister, & my sister-in-law and her boyfriend), and my lovely friend Asma.

Christmas 2011

This was our second Christmas in Texas but the first time we put up the Christmas tree. I was afraid the little five-footer would look silly in our (typically Texan) oversized living room, but I really liked it! And it was so, so easy to put up that I’m going to be sticking with this little tree in the future.

I decorated in the same way I did last year but added the tree and a couple other little decorations I picked up along the way. I also knit Christmas stockings for Joseph and myself, but you’ll have to wait until next year to see them!

Joseph is such a good gift-giver, especially when it comes to jewelry! He gave me this double-stranded pearl bracelet for Christmas

He also gave me this amazing owl bookend! I’ve been owl-obsessed for a few years now, and this is the first time Joseph has given me anything having to do with owls. Normally he just scoffs at what I pick out, so I was shocked. And this bookend is SO cute and also so funny to me.

A couple days after Christmas we drove to Joseph’s grandparents house to meet that side of his family. Serious Scrabble-ing ensued.

We wanted to keep the Creepy Couple Picture tradition going, but we didn’t quite top last year’s. And no, Lerin is not pregnant–that was a balloon hidden under her apron.

Though Lerin’s edit was pretty great.

Joseph’s dad and step-mom gave me this beautiful jewelry tree! I have always wanted one, and this brushed nickel is perfect!

And Joseph’s mom & co. gave us a set of personalized embossers! I’ve always wanted some of these too!

Prompted 365: Days 223-238

I have really let this project slide, both here at Wobby and on Flickr. I took a hiatus (or two) because my schedule became really demanding both mentally and physically. This 365 is so much more difficult than I ever imagined. I’ve come out with some photos that I really like, but interpreting prompts, finding time (and light) to take a photo, working towards a good photo, and editing takes a lot out of me. I am exhausted.

But December 31 marks the end! Overall I’m grateful I did this project, but I am more than ready for it to be over. I’d rather transfer that energy to projects I can stay excited about; forcing myself to take a photo every day made me kind of resent picking up my camera at all. That definitely wasn’t what I was looking for when beginning this, but I’ll be proud of myself when it’s over and excited to expand my photography in another way.

I am trying to go out on a positive note so need to share my photos with you again. I will be jumping around and showing you only my favorites rather than every image, so I should be able to catch up pretty quickly.

11 August: Stretch

15 August: Beautiful
Working in my favorite shopping center is not good for my wallet. I had an early lunch and wasn’t hungry so headed to Banana Republic to check out their new Mad Men line. I fell in love and returned to my shift with beautiful white lace and an empty stomach.

16 August: Stripes

17 August: Open
Joseph refuses to open these! He interrupted me in the shower so that I could open this while he hid in another room.

18 August: Waiting
I waited and searched and waited for months until finding the perfect chair for my office.

20 August: Tea

21 August: Foreign
My Italian kitty! He even has a little passport.

23 August: Cozy
Leonardo loves the new chair as well.

24 August: Nest

26 August: Layers

Thanksgiving Photoshoot

I hope all my fellow americans had a great Thanksgiving! My parents visited again this year, and I think we are all still feeling lethargic from so much turkey and dressing.

They brought my nine year-old niece Avery who I have really missed up here. She told her mom she wanted to see our house and “get to see Alyssa, Joseph, their cat that pees in the toilet, and their crazy dog.” Our toilet-using cat and crazy dog are pretty much what we’re known for, but she did forget about Lazar Wolf!

We had so much fun with her. We talked about crushes (she did a fairly disturbing unintentional Sex & the City impression when she hopelessly sat back in a chair and complained, “I’m always single!”), tortured kitty Leonardo, took funny Photo Booth pictures, and she introduced me to iCarly. Much of her time was spent playing with Joseph (or watching him play Skyrim)–he told me she at one point said, “Uncles are fun! Aunts can be kind of annoying…”

The day after Thanksgiving I drug her to clearing behind a nearby neighborhood to play Hannah Montana. A few pre-teen boys showed up after a while, and Avery ran straight to the car in embarrassment. But I think we got a few good shots while it lasted!

It’s hard not to laugh when Avery is around. In the left photo she was doing a bizarre robotic dance, and in the right she was pretending to be a cranky old lady.

Her Aunt Tori joined in on the fun!

Then I handed the camera off to Avery, who easily bossed her aunts around.

I will leave you with this photo of Tori and me looking incredibly beautiful.

Beautiful Things in Las Vegas

Say what you will about Vegas, but the city does not take the easy way out when it comes to design. It’s like Walt Disney World: absolutely contrived and profit-driven but incredibly detailed. That’s something that I couldn’t help but fall in love with. I love the details. I love that these hotels will display huge fountains and mounds of flowers just because they can. Who in the world decides, “Why don’t we cover our ceiling with 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers? Let’s not make anything easy.”

Sure, their motivations aren’t for aesthetics alone. But I am a frequent complainer (much to the annoyance of my husband) about sky-scrapers. I hate imposing glass walls with nothing to them. I only want the precision of details no one else cares about. This absence was actually a huge adjustment for me when moving back to the US last summer after four years in Italy.

But the level of design in Vegas helped me like the city more than I would have otherwise. Without so many beautiful and intricately-designed things to look at, I think the consumerism would have killed my spirit.

First, Dale Chihuly’s Fiori di Como in the Bellagio lobby. I love this. The glass flowers burst from the ceiling like some kind of beautiful disease (is that too gruesome?).

Just past the lobby is Bellagio’s botanical garden and conservatory, dressed up for fall.

A beautiful glass leave hanging from the conservatory roof. I didn’t even take photos of the beautiful flower displays set up throughout the hotel and behind the check-in desks in the lobby.

My other favorite hotel was Wynn Las Vegas. This hotel is gorgeous and, of course, expensive. I’d recommend anyone on the strip walk around, even if it’s further down the road than the others and is lacking in loud tourist attractions. The light is took dark (in every hotel/casino) to do the photos justice. The Wynn has the most beautiful and unique design–a mix of contemporary cute and classic sophistication. I was dying over the carpet and wallpaper, both of which I neglected to photograph but very badly want for my home office.

This is the Wynn Buffet, where Joseph and I had dinner with my friend Sarah. The meal was delicious, and do I even need to mention this room? It’s straight out of Alice in Wonderland.

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