Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Week in the Life: I Really am Trying.....


I don't know what it is about this week, the murkey weather?  The man being out of town?  Marli feeling especially pouty?  I don't even know.  But getting up hasn't been the easiest of things.  Let's walk through Tuesday before it's a year from now and I'm finally catching up on Project Life and have forgotten everything about the few photos I took....

Basically I love to sleep on the couch.  One day I'll invest in a new bed but right now, this couch is the most comfortable sleeping place in the house AND both the kids get to snuggle with me on it.  Marli has a very strict no bed rule but since she's got three beds and a couch to chose from, I'd like to think she's not too deprived....

We took full advantage of laying around for a while and getting in many sweet snuggles and huggles.

Music is one of the most important, most influential things in my life.  It effects my mood and puts a pretty big dent in my wallet.  Listening to twenty one pilots on the way to work on this gloomy, gross day.
I ran some errands while walking with my camera today.  This lady took fucking forever and there was just something comical (to me) about the way she was standing.  What you can't see here is the 10+ people in line next door at Popeye's Chicken.  #oakland
I was walking around in a shirt that says "super loved" with a recycled guitar strap repurposed to camera strap and though, fuck yea, I'm a hipster.
I opted for Burrito Express today- Taco Salad.  On my desk a picture of two of my favorite people, my favorite Kate Spade tumbler, Dre Beats earbuds and my computer - also some flowers that I was giving for Admin Appreciation Day.  I pretty much love my executive team.
After work I headed to Walnut Creek to meet up with my group.  Another great night of healing.  Love those ladies.
I was pretty much starving when I got home and knew I had turkey meat waiting to be cooked so Turkey Bacon and Cheese sandwich ended up in my belly.....
Finally ending my night with some Project Life-ing.  The week I met the man. Always some crazy shenanigans when I go out with this woman.....

This week was pretty uneventful and boring, but I will plow through and blog the rest, just so I know I did it.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Week in the Life: Oh Hello


Alrighty, here I go again attempting to do yet another week in the life.  So Starting May 9th, I did a lame job in capturing my day, which ended up being quite out of the routine.

I woke up late for work.  I just didn't even want to function as a human today.  I am tired.  It's overcast.  I am not sure in which direction I want to take my life next.

So I laid on the couch.  With the dog.  With the cat.  They didn't want me to adult today.

I felt like I did a pretty decent job with my make-up this morning.  You know, just one of those days where everything went on the way it should and despite my concert tee (Rob Thomas, I love you boo) and jeans attire, it's nice to know that at least my make-up was working with me today.

I managed to make my way into work, regardless of the inner struggle I had to do so.  I have to say, this is the first time in life that I've ever owned a brand new car (yep, it had 3 miles on it) and I'm pretty damn happy with it.  It's just such a smooth drive and everything in it is mine, to be treated like I want it to be treated.  Unlike my last car.  We won't go into it.

The day itself was pretty uneventful.  We have two major events happening in the next two months at work that I'm coordinating and on top of that I'm collecting feedback from the photographers of Through the Lens to see how it's doing and how I can make the next show better and more successful.  Sometimes it's hard for this thin skinned girl to take criticism but I know that it's all to help me grow both in the performance of the show but as a business owner and an individual.  I was happy when I received a text from my brother saying he was in town.  I hardly ever get one on one time with him and to spend a few hours over burgers & beers just chatting about anything and nothing is really cherished time for me.

I tried a new cider called Marionberry....not even sure what that is, but it was tasty and I had two!  Terrible, I know.  But it was great to share one of my favorite things to do (Scolaris and Lucky 13) with Daniel.  For me, sharing the things you love with the people you love is like my favorite.  ha.
I can never resist the ariel shot of these scene.....  I also fed my need for something sweet.  Addicted to these things thanks to my bestie Marie....
By the end of the night I didn't get anything else accomplished.  Was happy I had some time between work and Daniel's drop in to get a few chores done like dishes and litter duty but the day was done and I was ready to call it.

Boring shit, no doubt.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Week in the Life: Hiccup Saturday

Now that I'm working again, weekends have more value.  And being a week before the show, I wanted just a little time to enjoy waking up without an alarm clock.  The mornings are when I get some quality time with my fuzzy kid.  Today I enjoyed some lazy time in bed snuggling with my Kodi Bears.
But eventually I got up and cooked breakfast.  Cooking when you're single isn't as fun but sometimes I like to treat myself.  And, now that I'm not cooking for my ex the only feedback I get is my own.  And I think I'm pretty damn good at whipping up a meal.
There are a few ladies that I've met this year that totally and completely understand me.  I was having a hard time digesting some negative energy from earlier this week and received this message.  And even though the things that I do are motivated by the things that I want to accomplish for me, I take some satisfaction in knowing that all those terrible, negative people in my past are being proven wrong.  The reality of it is that they didn't keep me down and tell me I was bad because they thought I was, it's because they needed to feel better about themselves.  If we could all just learn to pick each other up instead of tearing each other down we would have such a cohesive society.  But in the mean time I've learned to surround people with the same beliefs as me.
So after all that morning goodness I headed to SF to meet with the Flickr Howdy Stranger photowalk group.  That was a mouthful.  One of my favorite views is when you emerge from the Treasure Island tunnel and see the Bay Bridge in front of you.
And then you know you need the camera-from-where-I-stand photo.  Anyway I can't resist taking pictures of my Nikon Df.
And any time I'm shooting with Brian, I end up in a bar with a drink.
And then in a restaurant with another drink and maybe some food.  Brian had set up his camera in the restaurant and later was confronted by the manager who thought it was a video camera.  Brian was asked to take the camera down as the restaurant said they didn't allow photos in the restaurant.  We were curious if he was going to collect everyone's phone so they could stop taking pictures of their food.  Of course he didn't.  But ya know....
I feel bad when I'm working full time as Marli has to spend the day home alone.  Luckily my commute is way short and her time alone is minimal.  However when I go out on the weekends I also feel like a neglectful mom so I've decided we are going to start taking neighborhood walks on a regular basis.  It's been a good way to meet neighbors and to get some low key exercise.  I really love where I live and I want to be more engrained in it.  Plus Marli loves walkies.
However once we got home I was like "oh good, we walked, she'll be good".  But no.  I got the "I want something but can't talk to tell you what it is" glare from the back door.  It makes me so frustrated because she's being SO clear that she wants something, but I know she's got everything so I have no idea what that something is.  My spoiled Moos.  Anyway, this is a typical view at any point of time in the house.  Scrap stuff in the living room. Rawhides and bones.  New Ali Edwards kit on the couch and Marli wanting me to come play with her at the back door.
So later that evening I had stuff I had to do.  Collect my art from the Pancakes & Booze show.  But before that I started hearing pops and bangs so naturally I stepped outside.  And saw this....never a dull moment in East Oakland.
So then I prepped my stuff and Marli to go get my art from the show and as soon as I closed the door I knew I had done it....locked the keys in the house.  And of course, I don't have a spare hidden because, I live in East Oakland, lol.  I ended up having to take Uber to Walnut Creek where my spare key was and Uber back to open my door.  All with enough time then to get in my car with Moos and head to Pancakes and Booze at 111 Minna.
But we made it.  And while I tried to get a selfie with Marli on our way, as soon as I pulled out the camera phone she ducked behind the drivers seat.  This right here is a real smile, me laughing at her being so uncooperative.  LOL.
So there were a few hiccups in the day but all in all it was a great day full of friends, photo geeks like me, art, drives, fireworks, awkward confrontations, supportive words, down time...oh wait, like life happened.  

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Week in the Life: TGI Friday!

Holy Smokes, it's offing Friday.  As the show gets closer it gets hard to concentrate on anything besides it.  But being in my second week at the job and needing to be a responsible adult, I need to focus.  Not an easy thing for me and not with the distraction I got this morning (which I'll try to be very factual about).  So here goes...

I woke up like this.  I hate seeing people all done did with those stupid teeshirts on.  So when I woke up and saw my hair like this I knew it would be the quote in my WITL album, lol.  And of course, but first, let me take a selfie.
So I got ready for work.  Normal routine.  Then I get a text.  Hey Kristi, isn't Tricia your friend?  And I knew.  Oh gawd, what now.  And then this.....
 There are so many things to be said about this picture.  This photo was taken in 2013 and was an extremely hard day for me for many reasons.  It was close to the end of my relationship with Jennifer, Kari and Lora and also almost at the end of my relationship with Jarid.  A year later my relationship with Julia would also come to a close leading to separation with Tricia as well.  It is clear that everyone in this photo has an issue with me so why would you want to post it on your page?  What could your intent possibly be.  That question was answered by the comment left on the photo.  I'm not a perfect person.  I can shit talk just like the next person.  But never is my intent to ever make anyone feel bad about who they are.  You make choices, you deal with the consequences.  The difference is that I take responsibility for the things I say and do and I do not expect other people to take the blame for them.  However that is what has happened with many people in this photo.  But a year later I don't care.  I hope they are all just uninvolved in my life.  But when this comes to my attention I see ill will, hard feelings and bad intentions.  It set me back for a minute.  I decided to take it in.  Get in touch with myself and my feelings about it.  I had already decided to let all of this go and move on and after a bruised ego and hurt feelings, some talking it out with non-mutual friends, I let it go.  I remembered that I have moved in life.  I'm focused on my goals and accomplishments.  I'm almost 40 and this type of behavior just isn't worth it.  And then I received this meme from a friend:
And I laughed.  And remembered that it's important not to focus on the bad, but the good.  The people that help me be a better me.  People that love me unconditionally.  People that will make me laugh when I feel like shit.  People that make me feel safe.  That make me cry because they make me happy.  That will try to make me smile by cracking jokes when they know I'm stuck in sadness.  So I moved forward and got my materials ready for the Pancakes & Booze show.  These were the pieces I put on display.
And on my lunch I headed to San Francisco to turn them in.  Here again, my fascination with escalators.
I got stuck in BART.  I didn't have enough on my ticket to get out so of course, with limited time, I had to take a minute and add fundage....
Just out side the BART exit was this little flower stand.  They all looked especially pretty against the concrete and grime of the subway station.  I took a moment....
I grabbed some Mediterranean food and headed back to work.  I finished up my day then hopped back on BART meeting a friend for a drink and dinner and to get more flyers for Through the Lens.  I had to take a few pictures on the way.

 We met up at Thirsty Bear for drinks and some food.  Drinks were ok.
The chef, however, must have forgotten to put flavor, in anything, tonight.  The food was mediocre at best.  But as we ate we had a couple of people meet up with us and good times were to be had.  We all shared drinks and food, jokes, stories and laughter.  Then, decided to try a new bar.
We headed to a place called Novela.  The concept was cool as the bar had a "study" or library feel to it.  Sad to say, the bar was filled with douchebags.  However we did try a couple new drinks and got a random to take our photo.
After this I was headed to Pancakes & Booze but we weren't feeling it.  A couple of us parted ways.  I decided to go to P&B just to see what the scene was like and check on my pieces.  A couple of us chilled for a little bit, having our free pancakes then headed home.  All in all it was a pretty good night.  A lot of mending and healthy healing this week and a reminder to feel grateful for all the good things I have accomplished and the people in life that make me a better person.  Also a great reminder of why I have created boundaries and continue to try to lead a healthy life.

Week in the Life: Thursday

Talk about good intentions.  A for effort.  I tried.....I planned ahead by blogging my Week in the Life through Wednesday then fail.  So now I go back and try to remember the details.....So here goes.....

I had to go in early to work today since there would be contractors on site painting an office so at 6:29AM I snapped this photo.  I don't know why but I have a fascination with escalators.  The shiny metal.  The clean lines of the escalator highlighted with yellow so people can see one step from the next.  The germ infested handrail.  Ever think about how gross people are and how all that gross is embedded on that rail.  Yuck.

 There's a great view of the Oakland Arena from the BART station.  I love the grime of the Colliseum and all the concrete.  I hate palm trees.  I hope that when they tear down the Coliseum and upgrade the surrounding areas they get rid of those things and plant some more natural to the area trees.....
And of course I had to take the cliche chucks on an escalator shot.

 This photo I almost didn't take but I just couldn't resist the vanishing point and brick.  There's no moment to document other than it being a daily view and always something that captures my eye.
 After work Marli and I took a walk around the neighborhood.  I had every intention of taking pictures since I've decided I want to get more acquainted with Oakland.  I have so many pictures of San Francisco but I want to help myself understand the city I call home.  And I want to help to show others the beauty and character this city has to offer.  However once I started walking I ended up on the phone discussing details about Through the Lens.  Some catching up with my dad and then logistics.  When is he coming, when we have to be where and how the walls are all going to work.  I'm very grateful to have my dad back in my life.  He's been a positive influence in my life and been such a help with the show.
 After our walk Marli chilled on the couch.  As you can see, she really hates it.
While I had a single girl with no kids dinner.  It's rough, I know...Pear, Salami and Gouda.  I mean, I bet you'd hate this life....
 Post "dinner" lounging shenanigans with my mood.  And selfies.  For the sake of selfies.
 More of that lounging.  I need to get that stupid It's Tops photo off my wall. After the way they treated me I don't even want that garbage in my house.  In time.
And I couldn't take so many pictures of Marli without taking pics of my old man.  I was on the couch bored and my scarf happened to be there so uh, why not.  Kodi lets me do whatever as long as I'm paying attention to him so what's a little scarf action when it's a million degrees inside the house?  I love this old man.