Wednesday, May 9, 2012

This and That and a Whole Lot of Shakin Goin On

I've been editing photos all day today.

The weekend before this past weekend, I photographed a wedding.

The above photo shows me with two of the guests.

I grew up with the girl in the middle and have known her since I was four years old.

I got this shot by shooting into a glass building to capture our reflection.

Of course, I'm not dressed up because I'm the photographer.

This is Brian, the cousin of the bride and also my oldest and dearest friend's son.

Brian recently was stationed at Nellis Airforce Base.

He will be here for at least four years and that means I'll be able to keep an eye on him.

Wink! Wink!


My oldest and dearest friend, Cari.

This is the dressing room where the bride and her bridesmaids were getting ready.

I gotta say, this room was not a great room for picture taking,

It was much too small and too many people in the way.

But, I snapped away and did what I could.

This is the bride's sister, Melissa and Melissa's daughter who is a flower girl.

I just love this photo.

You can see Melissa's other daughter reflected in the mirror in the background.

I can't show all of the wedding photos because I haven't completed the post processing yet,
and the mother of the bride hasn't seen the photos yet.

I just wanted to post a few photos from that day to prove that I have been busy.


On another note, I have been having a lot of health issues lately.

My Rhuematoid Arthritis has been really bad this year.

It gets so bad sometimes that my husband has to dress me and brush my hair etc.

because the pain is just too much. 

You know it's bad when you can't wipe your own ass.

I know, that was way too much information.

Part of me thinks that it is due to stress, rejection, criticism, etc.

I think this is how I internalize my emotions and it manifests itself into physical pain.

I have also developed really bad anemia within the past year.

This year alone, I've already had two blood transfusions and two iron infusions.

The doctors have a fairly good idea of what's causing it but not 100 % sure yet.

I'm still being tested for all sorts of things.

The good news is that bone marrow as the cause has been ruled out. 

That would have been really bad.

Although the root cause has not been 100 % determined as of yet,
it is being suggested that I get a hysterectomy for several reasons- the number one reason being because of the history of cancer in my family.

It's a lot to take in.

But, if it will make me have energy again then I see no other option.

I'm so tired of being tired and depressed all the time.

I don't want to do anything except sleep and escape my life.


It's not all bad though.  I do have some good days.

This past weekend, my sister came to Vegas with her friend Julie and we had a great time.

We went to the mob museum and that was quite interesting.

I'm on the left, my sister is in the middle and Julie is on the right.

Sunday night my husband and I went with my sister and her friend to see Beatles Love.

It was a fantastic and awesome show and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to feel energized and be entertained.


Cinco De Mayo was pretty low key but we did go out to dinner.

Justin had a beer-rita.  It doesn't sound too good to me but he said it tasted just fine.

I got a frozen concoction that was blue in color and tasted really yummy.

It reminded me of a Blue Hawaiin, only it was frozen and not as sweet.

The four of us at dinner.

Justin, me, my sister, Cheryl and Julie.


Justin and me after the wedding at the Palm's Place Hotel on the balcony of the Penthouse Suite.

I believe we are on the 55th floor.

The reception started here in this room and followed with club hopping inside the Palm's Casino.

I did not go clubbing though.

My mom and me on the balcony.

My stepdad, Joe.

 Justin and I treated my parents to dinner at the steakhouse inside the Palm's Casino.

I'm not complaining, but damn it was expensive.

This handsome young man is Dallas, brother of the bride.

He stayed the night at my house on Sunday night and I drove him to the airport the next day.

He lives in a small town in Tennessee with his father.

This is Michelle, Dallas's mom and mother of the bride.


Here's a stupid little video I made while out driving around with my friend, Deyanira.

I got a new smart phone and I was experimenting with it and so this is my first video ever.

It's really dumb and a little boring but I'll share anyway.

Side Note:  Gayla was not with us on this ride but I would never say anything behind anyone's back that I wouldn't say to them directly.  Gayla is my very good friend and she knows what I think about her driving and I would never ever in a million years say anything if I thought it would hurt her feelings.  The comment I made was just me being silly.


Well, I was going to divulge something else but I guess I'll keep that to myself ahwile longer.

Have a happy day, all.


  1. Sorry about the pain but you seem to be having an inordinate amount of fun anyhow. Good for you. I love the vignette affect on some of the wedding pictures.

  2. Wow! That is a whole lot for me to process. I love the photo with the little girl reflected in the mirror. I had no idea you had rhuematoid arthritis. I have heard that is very, very painful. I am sorry you are having so many health issues. I guess it is part of the privilege of growing older.

  3. Gosh, I'm sorry to hear you have rhuematoid arthritis, JarieLyn. That's a real bummer. It must really impact on your ability to enjoy life. Although you seem to do just that. Your wedding photos are lovely, can't wait to see some more.



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