August 19, 2014
Packing, so much packing! I have only a few days left until I leave for college, so though I’ve already packed most of my stuff for my bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen, I still had to pack up all of my clothing.
In the morning, I had a friend come over for coffee (and some cake), since he’s leaving for college tomorrow, and he ended up staying for quite a few hours. I’ll miss the kid, sincerely.
And in the afternoon, while I was dying from packing, I spotted the sunlight playing across our porcelain tea set. This is actually one of the most famous porcelain designs, from the Lomonosov porcelain factory in Russia. It’s beautiful, and I’ll be glad to inherit it one day.
In the evening, I managed to drag Papa out to the cinema. Listen, folks, Guardians of the Galaxy is so much more incredible in 3-D than it is in 2-D!
August 18, 2014
I did nothing today. I wanted to go swimming in the morning, to at least put some movement in my body, but sadly the pool was closed.
Instead I completed the ALC challenge (because knowing my friend, she would make good on her threat to do it for me in DC if I didn’t upload a video), freaked out a bit when Tom Hiddleston did the ALC challenge as well, and then spent the afternoon packing up clothes and whatnot.
Mum wanted me to photograph the orchid lilies that she received for her birthday, and also a vase that someone gave her, so that was in the late evening as the sun was setting. (These aren’t the orchid lilies, quite obviously.) The lighting was beautiful, and I had a burst of creativity for once to take some more unique photos.
All’s well that ends well.
August 17, 2014
So, morning: run 5 miles. Want to go swimming, but instead eat a bunch of Papa’s pancakes.
Afternoon: Begin re-packing and packing up everything for college while worrying about the ALC challenge that my friend nominated me for. I also managed to do a bit of writing in my journal, when I was in the mood. It’s a very on-and-off habit of mine, I suppose.
Evening: Enjoy life after packing quite a few boxes.
August 16, 2014
Day 2 of Mum’s celebrations for her birthday! In the morning, we were supposed to run, but neither she nor I were in much of a mood, especially since I had slept restlessly the night before. However, we still went and swam—I managed to swim laps for about an hour before feeling utterly and absolutely exhausted.
The evening was us merely relaxing. This is the painting I made for Mum’s birthday. I’ve had the idea of how to take a photo of it for about a week (before I even finished
The rest of the morning, we ran some errands before having friends come over and visit us to celebrate Mum’s birthday. I’m supposed to start packing, but all I’ve done is move things from one box into another.
August 15, 2014
Happy birthday Mum! I’m not actually 100% she reads all the blog posts I put up here, but regardless. What a wonderful day it was; I do believe everyone we saw today had fun celebrating her birthday.
The morning started with me and Papa going and playing golf on our own, since Mum didn’t have anything particularly special in mind to do for the entire day, so she let us loose. It actually drizzled while we were playing, but it enhanced the golfing experience.
We still played terribly.
In the afternoon, all three of us went to the nearby city to walk around and enjoy ourselves; we visited the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, and were pleasantly surprised by it. The museum is small and works off donations, but the more permanent collection up on the third floor is very neat. It includes this photograph by Dorothea Lange, and various panoramic shots from the 20s. There were also more human portraits things, which I liked.
In the evening, we all went to a wonderful restaurant with a couple of friends (the exact same one we went to exactly a year ago!), and then ended the evening with drinks out on the sun deck at the Aloft hotel that I photographed the opening of.
August 14, 2014
And… it’s round 3 or 4 or 5 with seeing another friend today. Mum and I ran, then ran some errands in the morning, before my friend actually picked me up to go around downtown. The weather was looking to be dreadful during the later part of the morning, though it thankfully cleared a bit towards when I actually saw my friend.
I finally, finally!, managed to use my 85mm lens closer to its full potential today, and I got some really neat shots around the local train station, of some ducks that were wandering around the lake, and of gardens nearby. I was actually extremely impressed that I could capture water droplets, since before my aperture was too small for me to have a high enough shutter speed.
In the evening, I had to put some of the finishing touches for the present I’ve been making for Mum…
August 13, 2014
I saw another friend today! It’s extremely interesting, how this last week before I leave up to DC, everyone is finally making plans. Or perhaps I’m finally making plans.
It was good to see him too. We had coffee and shopped a bit, and I ran into more people. Otherwise I’ve been trying to redo this blog; I looked into new themes, and into making this a bit more orderly, especially since I found you could change the publishing date…
August 12, 2014
Tuesday!!! I don’t know why I think Tuesdays are exciting, but today was exciting.
In the morning, I ran a few miles, though I went more slowly than I usually go since it was humid, and I haven’t run since Saturday. I also nearly passed out on Sunday, so I figured I don’t need to push myself to my limits. Then after running, I painted for a little while, and then I met my friend for lunch at a wonderful local café (he had never been before, and later told me that it was one of the best sandwiches he had ever eaten), and we walked around downtown. My friend actually dared me to take a photo of one of the restaurant workers as he was leaving; I’m not sure he realised I’d take up the dare.
In the late afternoon and evening, we went over to Tampa for some shopping, and I bought a pretty dust cover for my laptop, and some new foundation since I had gotten tanner over this summer.
August 11, 2014
In reality, I still haven’t really been able to do much with the new 85mm lens that I have. Last night, I took photos of the super moon, but I was using my 55-250mm since the 250mm was the closest I could get. And with a tripod, the photos turned out pretty neat.
Today was Monday though, and I worked on the painting for a few hours in the morning before seeing an old friend from high school in the afternoon. It was good to see her; especially when she’s so positive. In the evening, my neighbours/close friends came over to see as they had been gone for the entire summer, and I tried to mess around with the 85mm. I was just a bit close to them…
August 10, 2014
Papa and I woke up early to go play golf for the first time in a long, long while. Well, not really all that long of a time for him, but it had been probably almost a month (if not actually a month) since the last time I played. Papa had been harping on this one golf course that he played with a friend a long time ago, and I had finally made a reservation to go play this morning.
What an incredible golf course! Course, it’s not Pebble Beach or anything really of that calibre, but it’s still a phenomenal experience. Tee times before 8 in the morning can be only booked by people who walk the full 18 holes. And it’s a very intense walk—this photograph is from the first tee, and it’s situated on the top of a hill that overlooks pretty much every part of the golf course, the pro shop, etc. And we had to walk all the way to the top…
August 9, 2014
Mum and I had completely forgotten there was supposed to be a 5k around the lake when we went to run in the morning. In fact, a very themed 5k, as you can see, with the topic being “Superheroes.”
So during our morning run, we saw a plethora of Batmen, Supermen, Spidermen, Wonder Women, firefighters, people in camo, perhaps a few Thors, TMNTs, and others.
Afterwards, it was a quiet day, and in the evening we had dinner with a few friends and went to their house afterwards for coffee.
August 8, 2014
I spent the morning painting. Normally, I’ve only taken up about an hour to an hour and a half painting per day, since I do get a bit restless from sitting a lot, but today I made myself sit down to finish an entire part of the painting. I have only a week left now to finish the whole painting, but after the amount that I painted today, it’s considerably less left to finish the painting off. No longer any big, important chunks needed to be painted, really.
After that… I didn’t do anything. By that point, it was sort of mid-afternoon, and I had plans to meet friends for dinner and go see Guardians of the Galaxy, so I left a tad earlier and bought myself coffee at Starbucks. I don’t know why, I just felt like having coffee. GotG was a pretty good film; I enjoyed watching it with friends.
August 7, 2014
There is nothing more satisfying than a new pair of Oxford shoes. (I’ve just been researching Brogues and Oxfords and Oxonians and Derbys, and I’m not sure I can really differentiate between Oxfords and Brogues, since it seems that you can have a shoe which is a wingtip, or full brogue, with Oxford stitching, or you can have a pair of Oxfords which are semi-brogue because of perforations on the toe cap but nowhere else. It’s all a bit confusing.)
I went and ran with Mum in the morning, and afterwards we escaped to another city to do some shopping. The damage hadn’t been too bad for what I might usually do, until Mum spotted these on sale in Cole Haan.
Who could resist?
August 6, 2014
It’s so quiet in the suburbs in the summertime.
So I ran and swam and did the usual exercising shindig, before spending the rest of the day painting, reading, and even cooking a bit.
I’m still trying to learn to cook! Mum and I made tzatziki a couple of days ago, and we bought pita yesterday to have with it. The tzatziki is halfway gone by today. I also discovered the mysterious glory which is cashew butter.
August 5, 2014
MY LENS CAME IN TODAY!!!!!!
I ordered an 85mm a week or so ago, and it came a day earlier than I was told it would come. It was rather exciting to play with the lens a bit; I took a few photos of Mum, and then messed around later in the day as the sun was lower in the sky.
I didn’t run today (though I should have), but I did instead swim laps for a good 40-45 minutes. In the evening we visited friends, who made a dinner to celebrate her mother’s birthday. We ended the evening by playing 5 rounds of Russian lotto, and the ultimate winner was the friends’ granddaughter. Lots of laughter, lots of food and drink (for the adults), and lots of Black Keys for me as I drove them home.