31st July, 2014

July 30, 2014
Today was a weird day. The transfer of my account on my old Macbook Pro to my new one failed (only when it was 70-80% finished, of course) and at some point my phone refused to turn on. Technology didn’t like me.
I swam laps for 40 minutes in the morning, and my arms are starting to feel a tad more… muscular, I think.
However, once we went out of the house and accomplished some errands (like some more meat in the house, since somebody ate all the ham and didn’t tell anyone so I couldn’t have a bunch of protein after swimming today), including buying a new hard drive that I could use as a backup device, things turned up.
Namely, transferring one computer to another become a whole lot easier. As in, accomplished-in-less-than-5-hours easier. As I was getting that out of the way, Mum and I went over to Starbucks where we idled away about an hour as I sipped on a peach-green-tea-lemonade (why does PGTL not sound good as an acronym???) and finally set pen to paper in my journal for the first time in quite a while. Since I have a roll of film in the Minolta now, I took it with me and snapped a photo of the Starbucks cup with my journal, and another of Mum. Mum wasn’t pleased that I took a photo of her, but just you wait. I bet the photo will turn out beautifully.
I also finally ordered the 85mm lens for my camera. Fingers crossed to it coming soon!

July 30, 2014

Today was a weird day. The transfer of my account on my old Macbook Pro to my new one failed (only when it was 70-80% finished, of course) and at some point my phone refused to turn on. Technology didn’t like me.

I swam laps for 40 minutes in the morning, and my arms are starting to feel a tad more… muscular, I think.

However, once we went out of the house and accomplished some errands (like some more meat in the house, since somebody ate all the ham and didn’t tell anyone so I couldn’t have a bunch of protein after swimming today), including buying a new hard drive that I could use as a backup device, things turned up.

Namely, transferring one computer to another become a whole lot easier. As in, accomplished-in-less-than-5-hours easier. As I was getting that out of the way, Mum and I went over to Starbucks where we idled away about an hour as I sipped on a peach-green-tea-lemonade (why does PGTL not sound good as an acronym???) and finally set pen to paper in my journal for the first time in quite a while. Since I have a roll of film in the Minolta now, I took it with me and snapped a photo of the Starbucks cup with my journal, and another of Mum. Mum wasn’t pleased that I took a photo of her, but just you wait. I bet the photo will turn out beautifully.

I also finally ordered the 85mm lens for my camera. Fingers crossed to it coming soon!

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

31st July, 2014

July 29, 2014
A nice, really relaxed day. I gently pushed myself to run 4 miles today in the morning (and somehow managed to some extent!), and then relaxed with Mum. 
In the afternoon, since it was Papa’s half day, we drove over to another city to go watch a film that wasn’t offered in the local cinemas, and then we ate at a really quaint little café Mum and Papa ate at with their friends on Saturday. I ate far too much (though I think that was because I underestimated the amount of pasta in my entrée), but we ate least had the opportunity to walk around afterwards to help digest our large meals.
Why oh why are portions in the United States so much larger?

July 29, 2014

A nice, really relaxed day. I gently pushed myself to run 4 miles today in the morning (and somehow managed to some extent!), and then relaxed with Mum. 

In the afternoon, since it was Papa’s half day, we drove over to another city to go watch a film that wasn’t offered in the local cinemas, and then we ate at a really quaint little café Mum and Papa ate at with their friends on Saturday. I ate far too much (though I think that was because I underestimated the amount of pasta in my entrée), but we ate least had the opportunity to walk around afterwards to help digest our large meals.

Why oh why are portions in the United States so much larger?

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

31st July, 2014

July 28, 2014
I was lucky to finally finish the film roll yesterday, and so when Mum and I went around town fulfilling a bunch of errands, she and I also took the two underwater film cameras and the roll of film from the Zenit to be developed.
Seeing the photos after they were developed… Well, it was fairly shocking to be looking at photos of a kayaking trip from these last few weeks only to suddenly be transported back in time after seeing photos from a kayaking trip…
From 4th grade.
Yep. Those cameras were first used when I was in 4th grade (by comparison, I’m to be in my second year of college in the coming fall), and we only just finished the rolls to develop them. Neat.
Had pizza in the evening with some friends, though I ate far too much.

July 28, 2014

I was lucky to finally finish the film roll yesterday, and so when Mum and I went around town fulfilling a bunch of errands, she and I also took the two underwater film cameras and the roll of film from the Zenit to be developed.

Seeing the photos after they were developed… Well, it was fairly shocking to be looking at photos of a kayaking trip from these last few weeks only to suddenly be transported back in time after seeing photos from a kayaking trip…

From 4th grade.

Yep. Those cameras were first used when I was in 4th grade (by comparison, I’m to be in my second year of college in the coming fall), and we only just finished the rolls to develop them. Neat.

Had pizza in the evening with some friends, though I ate far too much.

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

31st July, 2014

July 27, 2014
So, as you remember, the fact that my computer refused to upload photos onto Dropbox so that I can send them to the photographers put quite a burden on me, and we took the day to go to a nearby town to drop off my physical SD card so they could quickly upload it. Of course, we did other things besides simply visiting our friends, and stopped by in the early afternoon at the mall there to do a bit of shopping. 
I finally replaced my old laptop. (It’s not really old… Is 4 years considered old already? I thought I could push it till maybe 2016. Oh well.) I got a wonderful lovely new 13-inch Macbook Pro, since I figured I didn’t really need as big of a screen as before. The new laptops are so light! Surprisingly light.
(I also got new pants, shorts, aaaaaand I think that’s it. Yeah. That’s more than enough, though.)
After dropping off the photos, we went to a bookstore where I bought a new book, and we saw a scene out of Inception when a train went hurtling down a street in the midst of the city.

July 27, 2014

So, as you remember, the fact that my computer refused to upload photos onto Dropbox so that I can send them to the photographers put quite a burden on me, and we took the day to go to a nearby town to drop off my physical SD card so they could quickly upload it. Of course, we did other things besides simply visiting our friends, and stopped by in the early afternoon at the mall there to do a bit of shopping. 

finally replaced my old laptop. (It’s not really old… Is 4 years considered old already? I thought I could push it till maybe 2016. Oh well.) I got a wonderful lovely new 13-inch Macbook Pro, since I figured I didn’t really need as big of a screen as before. The new laptops are so light! Surprisingly light.

(I also got new pants, shorts, aaaaaand I think that’s it. Yeah. That’s more than enough, though.)

After dropping off the photos, we went to a bookstore where I bought a new book, and we saw a scene out of Inception when a train went hurtling down a street in the midst of the city.

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

31st July, 2014

July 26, 2014
Today, Mum and I ran our second 5k this summer. Second official one, that is. I suppose there’s a difference between a 5k and simply running 3.1+ miles, namely that I’m running amongst a massive throng of people, numbering somewhere in the thousands. There’s also numbers, chips, the atmosphere, the idea of a start and finish line…
Anyhow, today was easier to run the 5 kilometres. I say easier, because I’ve run this distance before, though in reality it was even harder than usual since I pushed my body harder than I’ve ever pushed it before. At the end of the race, I felt that I wanted to throw up (as is the case with overexertion), but my efforts did lead to me running the whole distance about 2 minutes faster than my previous 5k.
In the afternoon, I decided to lie down and fall asleep a tad, before the parents left to have dinner with some friends. I couldn’t go with them, so I decided that rather than spending the evening by myself, I would go to the cinema and watch the new film Lucy.
My low expectations were pleasantly surprised. I was so intellectually moved by the film that I didn’t have the time or energy to even write down my thoughts; instead I did my first video recording in over 6 months. 

July 26, 2014

Today, Mum and I ran our second 5k this summer. Second official one, that is. I suppose there’s a difference between a 5k and simply running 3.1+ miles, namely that I’m running amongst a massive throng of people, numbering somewhere in the thousands. There’s also numbers, chips, the atmosphere, the idea of a start and finish line…

Anyhow, today was easier to run the 5 kilometres. I say easier, because I’ve run this distance before, though in reality it was even harder than usual since I pushed my body harder than I’ve ever pushed it before. At the end of the race, I felt that I wanted to throw up (as is the case with overexertion), but my efforts did lead to me running the whole distance about 2 minutes faster than my previous 5k.

In the afternoon, I decided to lie down and fall asleep a tad, before the parents left to have dinner with some friends. I couldn’t go with them, so I decided that rather than spending the evening by myself, I would go to the cinema and watch the new film Lucy.

My low expectations were pleasantly surprised. I was so intellectually moved by the film that I didn’t have the time or energy to even write down my thoughts; instead I did my first video recording in over 6 months. 

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

30th July, 2014

July 24, 2014
And… Day number 2! In the morning was more running with Mum, before meeting up with a good friend in the early afternoon who’d be leaving for Tallahassee shortly. It’s already less than a month till we all go back to college. I’m not sure I’m ready yet. It was good seeing him though; I’ve been unfortunately rather asocial this entire summer.
In the evening though… Ah! Shooting a party is vastly different from shooting the grand opening of an event, because it consists of a number of different elements, one of which is people getting steadily drunker as the sun gets closer to laying its weary head beneath the horizon.
I tried my best to follow the photographer’s motto of, “be seen, don’t really be heard, and actually try not to be seen either.” Unfortunately, being one of the youngest photographers there—and smartly dressed too! Black Lacoste button-down, black J. Crew trousers, black socks, black Dolce & Gabbana Oxfords—led a few people approaching me to constantly ask me for their photos.
I’ve found that my most creative outlet came with photographing the DJ there; she was (un)surprisingly down-to-earth and soft spoken, and her relationship to the environment was pretty neat, especially given the variance in dress between her and the guests there.
That being said, I’m about 70% sure that some of the younger members from the architecture firm who worked to designing the hotel were checking me out.
Not that I blame them.
I was really smartly dressed.

July 24, 2014

And… Day number 2! In the morning was more running with Mum, before meeting up with a good friend in the early afternoon who’d be leaving for Tallahassee shortly. It’s already less than a month till we all go back to college. I’m not sure I’m ready yet. It was good seeing him though; I’ve been unfortunately rather asocial this entire summer.

In the evening though… Ah! Shooting a party is vastly different from shooting the grand opening of an event, because it consists of a number of different elements, one of which is people getting steadily drunker as the sun gets closer to laying its weary head beneath the horizon.

I tried my best to follow the photographer’s motto of, “be seen, don’t really be heard, and actually try not to be seen either.” Unfortunately, being one of the youngest photographers there—and smartly dressed too! Black Lacoste button-down, black J. Crew trousers, black socks, black Dolce & Gabbana Oxfords—led a few people approaching me to constantly ask me for their photos.

I’ve found that my most creative outlet came with photographing the DJ there; she was (un)surprisingly down-to-earth and soft spoken, and her relationship to the environment was pretty neat, especially given the variance in dress between her and the guests there.

That being said, I’m about 70% sure that some of the younger members from the architecture firm who worked to designing the hotel were checking me out.

Not that I blame them.

I was really smartly dressed.

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

30th July, 2014

July 23, 2014
Day 1 of my photography excursion! It was originally supposed to be today and today only for the grand opening of a new Aloft Hotel in downtown Tampa, but the photographers with whom I worked managed to get permission later in the day for me to come back tomorrow as their third photographer at the VIP party.
Photographing a ribbon cutting event, or a grand opening of anything, is a tad stressful. Because you sort of need to cover everything: the environment, the ambiance, the people there (especially the important ones, e.g. the mayor of Tampa and the owner of the hotel), the speeches, the actual ribbon cutting that happens… And it’s been so long since I’ve done anything like this (the graduation ceremonies were the last thing that I’d really worried about regarding events, and once you find a spot, you don’t need to worry about anything else) that I was worried that maybe I wouldn’t make such decent shots.
The photographers disagreed. They seemed to like a few of my photos, so that’s reassuring.

July 23, 2014

Day 1 of my photography excursion! It was originally supposed to be today and today only for the grand opening of a new Aloft Hotel in downtown Tampa, but the photographers with whom I worked managed to get permission later in the day for me to come back tomorrow as their third photographer at the VIP party.

Photographing a ribbon cutting event, or a grand opening of anything, is a tad stressful. Because you sort of need to cover everything: the environment, the ambiance, the people there (especially the important ones, e.g. the mayor of Tampa and the owner of the hotel), the speeches, the actual ribbon cutting that happens… And it’s been so long since I’ve done anything like this (the graduation ceremonies were the last thing that I’d really worried about regarding events, and once you find a spot, you don’t need to worry about anything else) that I was worried that maybe I wouldn’t make such decent shots.

The photographers disagreed. They seemed to like a few of my photos, so that’s reassuring.

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

30th July, 2014

July 22, 2014
Running’s been getting a bit tougher recently; I don’t know if the humidity has somehow dramatically increased in the last few days (though given the fact that the lake had fog over it in the morning must surely show that there’s a considerable dampness to the air that hadn’t been there before), but it’s harder to run. Cue sad face.
Mum and I also ran a few errands throughout the day, after trying to run in the morning, though I think both she and I are a tad restless. I’m excited to see my photographer friends tomorrow again—it’s good practise for the jobs I do up in DC.

July 22, 2014

Running’s been getting a bit tougher recently; I don’t know if the humidity has somehow dramatically increased in the last few days (though given the fact that the lake had fog over it in the morning must surely show that there’s a considerable dampness to the air that hadn’t been there before), but it’s harder to run. Cue sad face.

Mum and I also ran a few errands throughout the day, after trying to run in the morning, though I think both she and I are a tad restless. I’m excited to see my photographer friends tomorrow again—it’s good practise for the jobs I do up in DC.

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

21st July, 2014

July 20, 2014
Day 2 of a very fantastic weekend. I had to get up early in the morning to jog 6 miles since the weekend is when the longer runs happen (though next weekend will be another 5k!), and thankfully my knees didn’t hurt quite so badly today as they did last weekend. I don’t know if it’s because I ran 1 less mile than I did, or if my body is simply getting used to it, but I’m pleased with the progress.
In the afternoon, we drove over to the nearby town, where we first had a ‘lunch break’ at a wonderful place called Oxford Exchange (though I can very honestly say that I still don’t know what the purpose of the place is; it includes a tea bar, a coffee bar, a café, a bookshop, a store, and a commerce/trading room…). I tried out a tea called ‘limoncello tea,’ and it was rather sumptuous. 
After lunch, I spent the entire afternoon with photographers for their photoshoot. It was extremely exciting, since I could play with a few different prime lenses that I’d been eyeing to buy for a few weeks now. I also messed around a bit with the film camera, and caught the adoration of one of the photographers (who’s actually posing in the image above).

July 20, 2014

Day 2 of a very fantastic weekend. I had to get up early in the morning to jog 6 miles since the weekend is when the longer runs happen (though next weekend will be another 5k!), and thankfully my knees didn’t hurt quite so badly today as they did last weekend. I don’t know if it’s because I ran 1 less mile than I did, or if my body is simply getting used to it, but I’m pleased with the progress.

In the afternoon, we drove over to the nearby town, where we first had a ‘lunch break’ at a wonderful place called Oxford Exchange (though I can very honestly say that I still don’t know what the purpose of the place is; it includes a tea bar, a coffee bar, a café, a bookshop, a store, and a commerce/trading room…). I tried out a tea called ‘limoncello tea,’ and it was rather sumptuous. 

After lunch, I spent the entire afternoon with photographers for their photoshoot. It was extremely exciting, since I could play with a few different prime lenses that I’d been eyeing to buy for a few weeks now. I also messed around a bit with the film camera, and caught the adoration of one of the photographers (who’s actually posing in the image above).

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

21st July, 2014

July 19, 2014
What a wonderful start to this weekend! We all went up to Crystal River (for me and Papa, it would be our second time), though we went there at an earlier time and for a slightly shorter amount of time. I think Mum liked it, especially the beautiful spring that we swam in there. (Those are my adorable dorks of parents up there. I love them.)
Last time, Papa and I spotted a dolphin, and while we didn’t see one this time, I did spot a mother manatee and her calf! Manatees typically don’t swim in the bay and spring area during the summertime (winter has them coming in hordes, apparently though), but on the rare occasion, they can be spotted!
In the afternoon, we did a bit of grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s, and then invited a family friend over in the evening for dinner, since he’ll be leaving to Europe shortly to see his family.

July 19, 2014

What a wonderful start to this weekend! We all went up to Crystal River (for me and Papa, it would be our second time), though we went there at an earlier time and for a slightly shorter amount of time. I think Mum liked it, especially the beautiful spring that we swam in there. (Those are my adorable dorks of parents up there. I love them.)

Last time, Papa and I spotted a dolphin, and while we didn’t see one this time, I did spot a mother manatee and her calf! Manatees typically don’t swim in the bay and spring area during the summertime (winter has them coming in hordes, apparently though), but on the rare occasion, they can be spotted!

In the afternoon, we did a bit of grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s, and then invited a family friend over in the evening for dinner, since he’ll be leaving to Europe shortly to see his family.

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

21st July, 2014

July 18, 2014
Fridays usually are also a type of rest day, except today I couldn’t rest, since I skipped Wednesday for soreness and the podiatrist. Mum went and ran in the morning, though I stayed indoors. However, when she came back, we decided to go biking for a good two hours, though with stops.
We actually biked to a store first and bought something Mum needed first, before biking back and stopping at Starbucks on the way back. The cashier today made quite a few mistakes (since Mum paid first with her Starbucks card and then cash), resulting in Mum buying a grande peach green tea lemonade for $0.87, and I paid for a tall passion tea lemonade, and received a grande instead.
We’re not complaining.
In the evening, I had to drop my bike off at the shop because I finally needed to get her tuned up, particularly after a very disconcerting noise and give from the gears while biking earlier in the day.

July 18, 2014

Fridays usually are also a type of rest day, except today I couldn’t rest, since I skipped Wednesday for soreness and the podiatrist. Mum went and ran in the morning, though I stayed indoors. However, when she came back, we decided to go biking for a good two hours, though with stops.

We actually biked to a store first and bought something Mum needed first, before biking back and stopping at Starbucks on the way back. The cashier today made quite a few mistakes (since Mum paid first with her Starbucks card and then cash), resulting in Mum buying a grande peach green tea lemonade for $0.87, and I paid for a tall passion tea lemonade, and received a grande instead.

We’re not complaining.

In the evening, I had to drop my bike off at the shop because I finally needed to get her tuned up, particularly after a very disconcerting noise and give from the gears while biking earlier in the day.

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

18th July, 2014

July 17, 2014
A pretty nice day; I went and ran three miles in the morning, though I can’t say I was particularly happy. I should’ve run four miles today, but recently I’ve decided that the plan, which has me able to finish a half-marathon by the end of August, is not terribly important to follow word for word if the half-marathon I’m planning to run isn’t until April. Instead, I’ll work on stamina and whatnot.
Strangely enough, shortly after we finished our early morning run (and it was truly early; we finished before 7.30) it started raining. In Florida, the rain typically doesn’t come till the afternoon, but today was a completely opposite day to the usual. The rain started and finished early, so that by 10.00, there was no more rain for the rest of the day and it was no longer overcast. Seeing the sunset was extremely unusual, and much later in the day I was under the impression that it was still late afternoon when Mum actually informed me it was already 20.00. 
In the morning, Mum and I went out into downtown to take some photographs, and we stopped by in the local gardens where I photographed wonderfully blooming flowers and koi fish.
The rest of the day was editing those RAW photos and reading a bit…

July 17, 2014

A pretty nice day; I went and ran three miles in the morning, though I can’t say I was particularly happy. I should’ve run four miles today, but recently I’ve decided that the plan, which has me able to finish a half-marathon by the end of August, is not terribly important to follow word for word if the half-marathon I’m planning to run isn’t until April. Instead, I’ll work on stamina and whatnot.

Strangely enough, shortly after we finished our early morning run (and it was truly early; we finished before 7.30) it started raining. In Florida, the rain typically doesn’t come till the afternoon, but today was a completely opposite day to the usual. The rain started and finished early, so that by 10.00, there was no more rain for the rest of the day and it was no longer overcast. Seeing the sunset was extremely unusual, and much later in the day I was under the impression that it was still late afternoon when Mum actually informed me it was already 20.00. 

In the morning, Mum and I went out into downtown to take some photographs, and we stopped by in the local gardens where I photographed wonderfully blooming flowers and koi fish.

The rest of the day was editing those RAW photos and reading a bit…

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

18th July, 2014

July 16, 2014
I’m guessing that I didn’t mention that I ran 7 miles on Saturday, did I? I hadn’t run anything close to this distance before (maybe tried to push 5 or 6 miles, but on Saturday I slowly jogged a direct 7 miles; I stopped only once to retie my shoe) and my foot very distinctly told me so with the appearance of a blood blister.
Thus in the afternoon, I visited a podiatrist to make sure that I don’t have anything particularly serious. Thankfully, it was alright. 
In the evening, I had to make myself dinner, out of pasta, scallops, mushrooms and peas, while the parents went and had dinner with a few friends they visited before.

July 16, 2014

I’m guessing that I didn’t mention that I ran 7 miles on Saturday, did I? I hadn’t run anything close to this distance before (maybe tried to push 5 or 6 miles, but on Saturday I slowly jogged a direct 7 miles; I stopped only once to retie my shoe) and my foot very distinctly told me so with the appearance of a blood blister.

Thus in the afternoon, I visited a podiatrist to make sure that I don’t have anything particularly serious. Thankfully, it was alright. 

In the evening, I had to make myself dinner, out of pasta, scallops, mushrooms and peas, while the parents went and had dinner with a few friends they visited before.

(Source: recordsofadreamer)