Thursday, May 31, 2012

An Hour In The Life of Me

Last night I downloaded a new photo app for my phone.
It's called FX Camera.

So today while I was getting another iron infusion I decided to try it out.

I waited until everyone finished their chemo treatments.
Then I snapped this shot of the empty recliners using the fish eye effect.

This is my hook-up.

In addition to iron, I also had to be hydrated.

I didn't even realize that I was dehydrated until the nurse told me I was.

My blood pressure when I first arrived was 97 over 46.

I've never had low blood pressure before.

After my iron infusion, it had gone up a bit,
 96 over 68.

Then the nurse checked it again after she gave me some hydration fluids and that brought it back up to 116 over 68.

I don't usually post about my health, but I was having fun today.

When I got home, I decided to take a few self portraits.

I'm kind of a ham like that.

This is just with my phone camera, no special effects or antything.

Now I'm using the FX Camera app, polaroid filter.

Here I am in the fish bowl.

The Andy Warhol effect.  I love my pose and the angle in this one.

If you look closely at my eyes, you can tell I'm tired.
They are red, and they burn.
I can actually feel the bags hanging.

I will be posting the FMTSO sometime tomorrow.
But it will probably be late.
I need to go and photograph something or dig in my archives.
I'd rather go exploring for new pics so If I"m late posting, you know why.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

FMTSO: Handmade in my town

Thank God it's Friday. It's been a hectic week and it's going to be a busy weekend as well.
This week's theme for the Friday My Town Shoot Out is to showcase something handmade in my town.  I wanted to go to Ethel M. Chocolate factory and get pictures of candy being made, but I didn't have time. I wracked my brain on where I could go. Once I decided, I drove myself down to Fremont Street where we have all the kiosks and street artists, etc. We have these artists who can write your name on a grain of rice.  I wasn't sure if they were still on Fremont street, but that was my main focus.  Unfortunately, they were no longer there.  So, the following pictures will show you what is handmade in my town.

This is an artist who creates wonderful paintings from spray paint.  He starts with a blank piece of photo paper and then chooses a paint color and sprays away.  He is moving extrememly fast.

A second colore is chosen and sprayed. It doesn't look like it's going to be beautiful at this point.

The Paint colors to choose from.

So far, the artist has only sprayed two colors; Blue and Red.  Now he uses cardboard as a tool to make lines in the area that has been sprayed so far.

The Artist in deep concentration.

People gather to watch this artist at work.

Adding more paint after creating his lines and few other details.
Again, he moves extremely fast.  It was really hard getting good clear photos.

Everything in the top half of the picture has been all freehand creation.
Now, the artist uses a stencil on the bottom half and sprays paint into this cylander to stay in the lines of the stencil.

Adding the finishing touches, a coat of gloss.

Ta Da!  The finished product. The three silhouettes and the flag in the bottom of the picture was created using the stencil.  All the rest was using just spray paint and cardboard as a tool.  This picture took approximately five to ten minutes to complete.  You can buy one of these paintings on the spot for $40.00.  I saw a lot of finished products being sold.  Each piece is completely different.

To see handmade items in other towns and countries check out the Town Shoot Out Page here.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.  I've got camera club tonight and I've got a job to do at a Belly Dance event going on at Lake Las Vegas.  I'm already running late, so I will check in on everybody later tonight or sometime this weekend. 

  1. XOXO   JarieLyn

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A nice little surprise

Tonight when I was catching up on reading the blogs I follow, I got a nice little surprise.

I was over at The Smitten Image reading her latest post about her dog Benny, whom I love to hear stories about.  Benny is a cute little terrier who is smart as a whip and loves to explore as much as his owner Hilary does.  Benny reminds me of Eddie, the dog that belonged to Martin on the TV show Frasier.  So entertaining.

Anyway, Hilary has a wonderful photo blog and it's always refreshing when she takes her readers on a walk about. I just enjoy her blog very much.

Hilary also reads a lot of blogs and every week, she considers several blogs as posts of the week.

She reads A LOT of blogs so she's got her work cut out for her.

I was looking at the posts of the week on her blog and there I was.

I made it to her list.

Being one of the posts of the week is quite an honor because there are so many blogs that are much more literate than mine and the writing is superb.

I am honored and delighted to have been one of the chosen.

I got post of the week by writing this post:  Happy Other's Day.

Thank you Hilary, I really appreciate this honor.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Last Night's Eclipse

Last night, my husband Justin, myself and my friend Deyanira drove out to Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge to meet up with more people from the Nevada Camera Club to socialize and take photos of the elipse.  We brought our dog, Sasha with us because she can't be left alone for too long due to health problems caused by her age.  As soon as we arrived and unloaded the truck, including my dog, she was walking down the path like a spring chicken. As slow as she is when  walking, and as little balance as she has left, she spotted the water from above, jumped down the hill, got stuck in the brush for a moment and literally practically ran into the water.  She kept going farther and farther out, and I finally had to go in and retrieve her. She and I both were a muddy mess when we came out but it was worth it to make her happy once again. Poor thing gets depressed staying home all the time.

This is my camera all set up and ready to click into action when the eclipse arrives.  Attached is the homemade, awesome filter that Ed Stiglitz and Linda Heckendorf made for everyone who came out to photograph the eclipse.  They also supplied solar eclipse glasses for everyone so they could view the eclipse and they supplied food as well. Ed made the most awesome and tasty chicken salad. He had all kinds of stuff in it and it really was good. Ed is probably one of the most generous people I know.  He is always doing things for people in the club and sharing his equipment, etc.  He's one of the truly good ones. He organized this entire even and I must say, that he did a fabulous job. And he is also a lot of fun to be around.

This is Ed.

This is Linda Heckendorf and Jerome Hamilton.
Linda is Ed's partner and she is a real sweetie and Jerome is a cutie.

Somebody's cameras set up by the water, but I don't know who picked this spot.
All I know is that it wasn't me.  They had prime location though, don't you think?

Here's Gayla.  We're gonna have to get her back into the Friday Town Shoot Outs.

This is Gayla's husband Shawn.  He's not into the whole photography thing but he came to support his wife's hobby.  He also came prepared and tuned everyone out by reading his book.
We are all glad he came because it's very rare for him to come to camera club events.

This is Jerome's son, Josh.  He told me to stop taking pictures of him.
I was having fun teasing him and I think he was enjoying it too.
The woman in the background is Laurie.

This is my husband, Justin looking through the viewfinder of his camera.
I didn't even realize that he was sticking his tongue out.
But I should have known.  That's his personality. 
He likes to have fun and be goofy.

My friend, Deyanira.  She and I hang out a lot.

Anne Carter in the red shirt and I don't know the names of the other two guys,
but the one guy with the telescope is the son of another camera club member.
He was generously offering us to look into his viewfinder and see the sunspots, etc. through his telescope which looks quite different than we see it.

There were lots of people who came out.
Of course, if you don't know who this is, then you don't know me.
Haha. Not the greatest pic but it is what it is.

People and empty chairs everywhere.

A dorky pic

This picture doesn't showcase how muddy she actually was.
She had mud on her belly and everywhere.
My sweet dog!

I know you all are anxious to see my eclipse.
I promise I really did get a photo of it.

Were any of you able to see the eclipse last night?
How far did you have to drive?
Did you take pictures?
Gather with friends?
Or was it no big deal?

Well, quite honestly I didn't even know about it until the night before.
That's how out of the loop I am.
I just got lucky enough to get an invite.
So I jumped on the opportunity.
I got out of the house, mingled, and had a blast.

Total Eclipse. Just how I took it in the camera, except for the text I added.
I was worried that it was going to come out really blurry, etc. but I am happy with my photo.

The eclipse is almost over in this photo.
 It was quite a sight to see, especially through the glasses.

We gathered and socialized for a bit afterward and then I snapped a couple more photos.

The sun going down.

I like how it has the red sunflares, which I couldn't see with the naked eye.

A little different view.

The long line of traffic on I-15 going home.
Luckily we by-passed all the traffic by driving down the frontage road.

It was a great night.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

FMTSO: Fences and Gates

I'm participating in the Friday My Town Shoot Out and today's theme is fences and gates.

As some of you know, I live in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Most of the houses here don't have any individual character and most of the fences here are block walls.

No need to worry though, because I love to go explore.

I don't have to go too far from home and yet it is a world of difference in the landscape.

All of the following pictures were taken today specifically for this theme.

An old fence

The gate to the fence above

Same fence, different perspective

Part of the same fence, just a little further down the road.

A gate and fence a little way down the road going opposite direction as photo right above.

An iron gate, my favorite find of the day.

Calvilvlle Bay at Lake Mead. 
A fence travels along the dock heading towards the marina.
 It just woudln't be a complete drive without seeing some kind of water.
I only wish I would have brought my lounge chair, then I could have really enjoyed it.

As always, this Friday shoot out is in participation with the rest of the gang over at this blog,
Friday My Town Shoot Out. 
Check it out, browse the photos that are linked up, add your own.
The more the merrier.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

OMG! You will not believe what happened to me today. I'm such a freak.

I'm listening to some music on the radio today while I'm driving to my Doctor's appointment.

I'm in a great mood, it's beautiful outside, it's a happy place in my head.

Usually, I listen to the alternative rock station, 80's music, or country station.

Every once in awhile I'll listen to top 40 or 70's music.

Rarely do I listen to local radio stations because I have Sirius Xm.

But lately, I've been bored with everything so I tuned in to the local pop station.

98.5 The Kluc

So, I'm driving along bobbing my head to the beat of the music, tapping my fingers against the steering wheel and I'm swaying back and forth really getting into the groove.


 Justin Bieber comes on.

He's singing his song, Boyfriend.

Of course, I know who the kid is, but I've never really heard his music.

Nor did I give one iota about hearing it.

I'm listening, still getting in the groove, and I'm thinking, this kid isn't bad.

The song is a little cheesy, but I'm going with the flow.

I'm finding the rythm.

This kid is definitely underated.

I'm listening to the lyrics bounce off my speakers and drift through my head.

and this is what I heard less than halfway into the song.

Tell me what you like yeah tell me what you don’t
I could be your Buzz Lightyear, fly across the globe
I don’t never wanna fight yeah, you already know
Imma make you shine bright like you’re laying in the snow

Girlfriend, girlfriend, you could be my girlfriend
You could be my girlfriend until the world ends
Make you dance do a spin and a twirl and
Voice goin' crazy on this hook like a whirlwind

I’d like to be everything you want
Hey girl, let me talk to you

If I was your boyfriend, never let you go
Keep you on my arm girl you’d never be alone
I can be a gentleman, anything you want
If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you go, I’d never let you go

So from literally out of nowhere, I start crying.

I mean I am bawling.

The tears are flowing and running down my face and even though I am alone, I am so embarrassed.

What the hell?

Okay, so maybe it brought an old issue to the forefront but to just start crying?

And from Justin Bieber?

Someone once told me that if I was his girlfriend, he would worship the ground I walk on.

I was in love with this guy, but we never became girlfriend and boyfriend.

Anyway, I wiped my tears, got myself under control and was happy again by the time I arrived at my Doctor's office.

So, I'm finished with my appointment, I'm driving home,  the whole Justin Bieber thing forgotten.


That damn song comes on again.

I had no intention of crying.

I was just enjoying the song.

And then, Holy Moly

The tears started flowing.


What the hell is wrong with me?

I'm a grown woman for pete's sake.

So can you believe an 18 yr old kid made me cry twice today.

I can't.

But it happened.

I only hope it doesn't have the same effect the next time I hear that song.

Fingers Crossed.



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Something Suddenly Came Up

I'm forcing myself to write something everyday.

Even when I have nothing to say.

I had originally planned on writing about relationships.

I had a theme and everything.

And I had some good stuff to admit about myself personally.

But you know how it is when you have an actual plan.

Something suddenly comes up.

Then your focus changes, etc., etc.

So, I went through my archives, found this photo from my vacation last year and pasted it onto my blog.

It doesn't have any meaning really, except to remind me that I can travel down any road I want.

And have a good time doing it.

Oops!  I'm drifting away from my main point.

I was at the Doctor this afternoon.

A fellow blogger popped into my head while I was in the waiting room.

Her name is Sandy and you can visit her over here.

She wrote a post about carrying around a baggage of fears and that really inspired me today.

I took out my samsung galaxy note phone and started writing.

My main theme was baggage.

The words kept flowing out of me like a white light beckoning me get closer so that I could see.

The more I kept writing, the closer I got to clarity.

The clarity of my own truth.

I thought my finished writing was brilliant and to think it started out as a memo to someone else.

I will work on it some more, perfect it and give it to the intended recipient.

I only wish I could share it with all of you, but it's much too personal and private for that.

But I was so in the flow and all I kept thinking was thank you Sandy.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

If I hadn't read your post I never would have been free to write what I needed to write.

Maybe I'll post about relationships tomorrow.

After all, that is what I intended for today.

But then again, something may suddenly come up.



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