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Fostering Friends

3rd July 2013

I’m part of a pet rescue group that is dedicated to poodle adoption. Being part of the NorCal Poodle Rescue is something in my life that makes me really happy. I get to go up to the hills and play with them, feed them, and then know that they get placed with local people who are able to take care of them and rehabilitate them of whatever little quirks make them a little less perfect.
 A couple of months ago, a shy little black poodle mix was surrendered by someone who couldn’t take the fact that he barks at other dogs and men. His name is Charlie and he was so cute that he got swooped up almost immediately! But soon, the next woman had the same complaints about his barking and apparent boy hate, and brought him back.

I got to spend some time with him at a recent adoption event, and kind of fell in love. I took him on a couple of mini walks that day, and after some time and discipline and treats, he was able to bark less at dogs that came by. His adoption webpage says that he would do best with an older person, so that he doesn’t have to leave the house and be around those elements that scare him. But he’s only 18 months old and I feel like he just needs to be introduced to these things he barks at. So I  asked if he could stay with Alex and I, and partake in our life until someone adopts him.

 Now we’re foster friends of this adorable little pup! Having Charlie around has been great. We wake up at the crack of dawn and go for 3 mile walks around the lake full of other dogs that he barks at a little less each time. 

 It took Charlie less than 5 minutes to realize how rad Alex is, and now loves hanging out with him. He’s kind of a sissy looking pup, so Alex has been working extra hard to keep his tough guy edge, lately.

He’s picking up on tricks really fast, he walks really well on a leash, has never shown any sign that he wants to attack anything, keeps our house clean, and sleeps really well in his crate. His only problem seems to be that he’s just too damn cute for his own good, so everyone wants to come up and pet him, and he gets scared and barks.  I’ve been watching lots of Dog Whisper episodes, and applying my new dog behavior knowledge onto Charlie so that he can find a good home in the near future. In the mean time, we’re happy that the weather is nice enough to permit all of use to go out and eat together and take long refreshing walks.

*All images in this post were taken my new Samsung NX300 camera. Samsung asked me to participate in their Imagelogger project. So if you’d like to see more photos that I’ve been taking with my new camera, just follow the hashtag: #Imagelogger on my Instagram

Photo Hunt Results

9th April 2013

In preparation for my trip down from San Francisco to Los Angeles, for Wondercon, I asked my friends on Facebook to challenge me! I asked them to post a random word or term and have me try to interpret though a photo during my trip. Those who stumped me, I would send a post card to!

The entire trip was SO fun! I got to go to Medieval Times for my first time, we stopped all along interstate 101, I got to see otters in the wild, and Wondercon was full of amazing costumes! Although I have a pretty hefty amount of postcards to send out, heres a couple of photos I succeeded to get…as far as the stretch may be.

“crazy eyes”





I didn’t know what “OTP” meant, but I’m assuming it totally meant “one ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘ picture”


“egotistical dolphin”


“man boobs” “MEGA Man boobs!”


“trash can mermaid”; “Sealab 2021″

“creepy harbinger”/ “bildungsroman”…maybe

“wrong era”/ “skateboard”

“scary bunny”

“happily homeless”/ “bum a smoke”

“light painting”

“room service gone wrong” Our hotel room had a nicely finished hole in the wall for no reason. Its the closest to room service that we got, and I would say our room itself was pretty wrong.
“balloons”; “purple”“white pony”“magical (team) unicorn”

“hitch hike people”

On The Road by Jack “Kerouac”

“sea shells”


“dream team” Hill and Liam

“sweet and sour”; “wacky facial hair”

“sunny weather”

“cat vomit”


Thank you to everyone who participated in my silly little activity! It was a really fun way to push myself. Now I’ve got a weeks worth of postcards to send off.

oh Joy! from a happy hermit

10th January 2013

I’ve been a bit of a homebody in 2013, thus far. The little infestation of carpenter ants and I have really enjoyed our time working by the heaters and watching episodes of I Love Lucy on Hulu. Heres some other things that have been making me happy, lately:

color coordination

the color combination of mustard yellow and brown

crunchy vegetables sprinkled with kosher salt

The ascetic combination of dots and lines

Reading or watching New York based things when I feel a bit homesick; Making party hats

Inspiring stacks of paper. (new notebooks with silly Squeezeable stickers, new Selby book, and Jim Hensons journal)

Keeping warm by it means holding hands or holding hot tea; Spinning and climbing around new places

Making an ass for of myselfRe-discovering my old favorite cereals. (and all things Tuxedo Sam!)

Painting in the warm house and ice skating in the cold rink

The hum of a sewing machine right before the needle hits the bobbin

Honorable mentions:

  • this Tweenchronic music video
  • vanilla tea
  • The new Jerry Seinfeld web series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
  • Alex’s 2012 recap
  • tubes of watercolor
  • christmas lights (I just can’t bring myself to taking them down)
  • hearing a song I love, in a movie
  • the flicker of a candle in an otherwise stagnant room
  • the smell of Davines Love shampoos
  • fresh daisies in a makeshift vase
  • finding old hard suitcases at thrift stores
  • building my first bike
  • repotting plants a.k.a. playing in dirt
  • Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained
  • getting excited about Scumdance & Sundance soon!

Happy Old Year

29th December 2012

I’ve had such an amazing year!  The only thing that was kind of crappy about it was when Alex Pardee and I, wrote our initials next to each others, literally combining our initials into C.R.+A.P.

see what I mean?!

I put tons of miles full of adventure on a car, exhausted the shutter of my camera, and created tiny holes in my teeth with all of the tasty treats I probably shouldn’t have eaten. I’ve made personal goals for the year, and even though I didn’t happen to reach all of them, I’ve done so much more than I could have even imagined, at this time last year. And who knows, maybe 2013 is finally the year I get to to a cartwheel in a foreign country.

Heres a little recap of some of my favorite memories of 2012:

I got to take a a road trip out of Nevada, and not too far outside of Las Vegas, stopped over at an abandon water park and made a friend! (link)

Its true. Once I discovered the joy in being able to give inanimate objects a personality with nothing but 2 eyes that actually look nothing like real eyes, there was no turning back. I googled ever thing and even made a tutorial on how to google your headphones! (link)

During the winter, when it was too cold to venture out for brunch, I had some friends come over and join me for a brunch that consisted of cereal and cartoons! (link)

In the fall, I was invited to shoot New York Fashion Week on behalf of the website Tumblr. I had lots of sleepless fun getting access to all of the places within the tents that I hadn’t been able to shoot, in previous fashion weeks. (link)

On a drive down to LA, Alex and I drove a long way off of I-5 and ended up at the only/ raddest establishment in all of the town of Panoche (link)

It wasn’t easy to get a hold of a label maker, but once I did, I began carrying it around in my purse waiting to find the perfect opportunity to make every day life a little sillier.

One day, Alex and I went grocery shopping with the intention of finding the messiest foods to throw at a painting he did and would soon after frame, for a Weird Al art show! (link)

Speaking of playing with food, I came as near to starting a band that I ever would with the help of a Sharpie, an Apple fritter, and a creative helper. (link)

Speaking of doughnuts, I will probably never forget the food coma I fell into after Alex and I secretly drove from San Francisco to Portland, one night, in order to get our favorite VooDoo Doughnuts. (link)

I spent every opportunity I could, to stack up all of the rented pillows, and jump from one full sized bed to the other, during all of my overnight trips through the year.

To avoid getting stuck in the rain, in Central Park, Radeo and I combined our survivor skills and created a tent that no one could compete with. (link)

I was in New York, during Hurricane Sandy. The only casualty of the weather, was a pair of my favorite shoes. (link)

I turned 27 this year, and I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday week of festivities. Alex flew into New York at midnight, on my birthday, with a birthday briefcase. Which is a briefcase full of banners, party favors, sweet treats and just about anything else a girl could ask for to help make an impromptu birthday party all along New York City! (link 1) (link 2)

I got to partake in some premium people watching at this years San Diego Comic Con. It was also a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, see bands on a boat, and eat one of the most perfect meals of my life! (link)

One of my only road trips out of New York, was for an adventure to Delaware for a job shooting a 3 day music festival, for Milk Made. I hadn’t expected to be so blown away by The Flaming Lips, but I was. It was most likely one of the best shows I’ve ever seen in my life. (link)

I went to the Redwoods for the first time, found the park with the biggest trees of all, and even met a bear for the first time! (link)

I was lucky enough to not only have a spread of my photography in Juxtapoz magazine, but I also got to shoot some incredible artists for the magazine, as well. (link)

This year I became my boyfriends girlfriend, and we started our team adventures in what can only be referred to as “our own private I don’t know”!

Other memorable moments of 2012:

  • went on some of the grey-test dates of my life
  • had a hand drawn map guide me through the New York Public Library
  • saw the Refused play twice in a week

  • Got a visit from James, and got to take him to Disney Land for the first time
  • met Katie Sokoler and got embarrassingly nervous, like in the way I may have it I were 10 again and she were Devon Sawa.
  • got this cute photo of Charlie and I taken by Katie Sokoler
  • brought the photobombing stingray to NY Comic Con
  • got my first root canal
  • got food poisoning for the first time in my adult life

  • tried seared mackerel sashimi
  • tried real wasabi
  • drank all of the chocolate cocoanut water
  • loved Indie Game: The Movie
  • loved The Imposter
  • loved Django Unchained
  • loved Wreck It Ralph
  • made Alex watch a bunch of old musicals for his first time
  • went ice skating with Alex for his first time
  • saw Sabrina in the theater
  • saw Texas Chainsaw in the theater
  • saw Jaws in the theater

  • got to take photos for Disneys tumblr page Through The Looking Glass.
  • went to SLC for Sundance and Dave & Alex’s show
  • got to see AND shoot my favorite band, Squeeze!
  • moved across the entire country
  • went in my first hot air balloon
  • watched every episode of Breaking Bad in less than a week
  • had an Advulture Time art show with Alex
  • got my super fun La Sardina camera
  • heard David Sadaris sing like Billie Holiday
  • was featured in Cut Out and Keep
  • was featured on Milk Made (with a guest appearance by Charlie the pup!)
  • walked around Seattle in the cold rain
  • learned how to use water color
  • played so many games of cards with my grandma
  • saw how jelly beans were made

  • got to ride around the WB lots, in Burbank, where I did not meet Ellen
  • had the all time best burger ever
  • found an airplane in a forest
  • had my first Christmas stocking
  • and christmas tree (so what if I made it out of Xbox cases)
  • redesigned my website/ portfolio
  • voted
  • after years of living out of a suitcase, I finally have a place for myself and all of my things. I feel at home, for a change and I’m excited to see what this change of pace leads me in 2013.
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