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)

18th July, 2014

July 15, 2014
It rained in the afternoon, as it is won’t to do these last few days. Almost by clockwork, the rain will start by noon or 13.00, and then the rest of the day is cloudy and overcast, appearing as if the sun had already set early in the afternoon.
In the afternoon, we had friends invite us over to visit their granddaughter who flew in from Germany, then we met up with them again for an early Italian dinner and coffee at their house afterwards. Life is swell, I think.

July 15, 2014

It rained in the afternoon, as it is won’t to do these last few days. Almost by clockwork, the rain will start by noon or 13.00, and then the rest of the day is cloudy and overcast, appearing as if the sun had already set early in the afternoon.

In the afternoon, we had friends invite us over to visit their granddaughter who flew in from Germany, then we met up with them again for an early Italian dinner and coffee at their house afterwards. Life is swell, I think.

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

18th July, 2014

July 13, 2014
Since kayaking didn’t really go well (or at least, trying to make a reservation for the three of us to go kayaking), we all three went today to a nearby river in a county over to go canoeing instead. Honestly, I have to admit that I much prefer kayaking to canoeing, since the boat is considerably lighter, and a double-sided paddle is easier to use and to navigate with than a one-sided paddle used in canoeing.
That being said, the area in which we canoed was absolutely beautiful, and we spotted quite a number of alligators in the 4 miles that we canoed down the river.
The morning was spent working down the river, and the afternoon was consumed by watching the final match between Germany and Argentina (congratulations to Germany!) and wondering what on earth I’m to do now that football will be over.

July 13, 2014

Since kayaking didn’t really go well (or at least, trying to make a reservation for the three of us to go kayaking), we all three went today to a nearby river in a county over to go canoeing instead. Honestly, I have to admit that I much prefer kayaking to canoeing, since the boat is considerably lighter, and a double-sided paddle is easier to use and to navigate with than a one-sided paddle used in canoeing.

That being said, the area in which we canoed was absolutely beautiful, and we spotted quite a number of alligators in the 4 miles that we canoed down the river.

The morning was spent working down the river, and the afternoon was consumed by watching the final match between Germany and Argentina (congratulations to Germany!) and wondering what on earth I’m to do now that football will be over.

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

18th July, 2014

July 12, 2014
In the summer, I think that without a job, the week sort of slowly compresses into a single day, which could either a week day or the weekend.
In my case, today was the weekend, though truly I only knew as a result of the playoffs for third happening today between the Netherlands and Brazil. I must say, Brazil…
What happened? 

July 12, 2014

In the summer, I think that without a job, the week sort of slowly compresses into a single day, which could either a week day or the weekend.

In my case, today was the weekend, though truly I only knew as a result of the playoffs for third happening today between the Netherlands and Brazil. I must say, Brazil…

What happened? 

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

11th July, 2014

July 11, 2014
What an absolutely wonderful day. Truly.
In the morning, I had another visit to my hairdresser, and I had her trim my hair even shorter (and it was already fairly short), so by now, it’s completely a pixie cut, especially in the front. Wonderful.
I read Jane Eyre for a total of around 5 or so hours throughout the day. Wonderful.
Mum and I went shopping, and I bought a wonderful new pair of low black wedges, a bunch of socks (I love socks), and we got 6 new boxes of tea (picture above) and 3 jars of honey. The tea and honey are absolutely swell. Wonderful.
I drove for the first time by myself today. Wonderful.

July 11, 2014

What an absolutely wonderful day. Truly.

In the morning, I had another visit to my hairdresser, and I had her trim my hair even shorter (and it was already fairly short), so by now, it’s completely a pixie cut, especially in the front. Wonderful.

I read Jane Eyre for a total of around 5 or so hours throughout the day. Wonderful.

Mum and I went shopping, and I bought a wonderful new pair of low black wedges, a bunch of socks (I love socks), and we got 6 new boxes of tea (picture above) and 3 jars of honey. The tea and honey are absolutely swellWonderful.

I drove for the first time by myself today. Wonderful.

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

11th July, 2014

July 10, 2014
That, my dear friends, is the first DSLR camera with which I shot. Of course, that makes the total number of DSLR cameras only 2. And this camera was originally Papa’s, before I stole it away to DC for photojournalistic purposes, but both he and I have now moved on to new cameras. I upgrade from the Rebel XSi to the 70D, and he to the Rebel T3i.
In the morning, I completed a run of 4 miles around the same lake I photographed yesterday, and the rest of the evening, I spent indoors, doing really nothing besides photographing things I intend to sell (including the XSi! If any of you are interested, check back on this blog in a few days, I’ll probably put a link up to where I’ll be selling this and a few articles of clothing). 
(It’ll probably be going for around $100-120, I haven’t decided yet.)
(It’s a really decent camera. It still works wonderfully.)
(Someone should buy it.)
(Please.)
(I want a lens that’s a few hundred short of two thousand.)
In the evening, we had dinner out with a few friends. I realised it was the first time in a long time that I’d had vanilla ice cream, because it tasted positively unusual. Not bad. Just like… when you have dairy milk for the first time after several months of drinking almond milk. You’d forgotten the taste by then.

July 10, 2014

That, my dear friends, is the first DSLR camera with which I shot. Of course, that makes the total number of DSLR cameras only 2. And this camera was originally Papa’s, before I stole it away to DC for photojournalistic purposes, but both he and I have now moved on to new cameras. I upgrade from the Rebel XSi to the 70D, and he to the Rebel T3i.

In the morning, I completed a run of 4 miles around the same lake I photographed yesterday, and the rest of the evening, I spent indoors, doing really nothing besides photographing things I intend to sell (including the XSi! If any of you are interested, check back on this blog in a few days, I’ll probably put a link up to where I’ll be selling this and a few articles of clothing). 

(It’ll probably be going for around $100-120, I haven’t decided yet.)

(It’s a really decent camera. It still works wonderfully.)

(Someone should buy it.)

(Please.)

(I want a lens that’s a few hundred short of two thousand.)

In the evening, we had dinner out with a few friends. I realised it was the first time in a long time that I’d had vanilla ice cream, because it tasted positively unusual. Not bad. Just like… when you have dairy milk for the first time after several months of drinking almond milk. You’d forgotten the taste by then.

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

11th July, 2014

July 9, 2014
Today was a nice day, I think. Mum had to run today, so she decided to run around the lake that we did our 5k race a few weeks back. It’s actually a splendid idea; I should take advantage of the lake for the longer distances. I’ll just need to keep running in circles! While she ran, I photographed the sunset and the waterfowl near the lake. It was initially boring, but when I headed a different direction around the lake, I stumbled upon an entire colony of common and purple gallinules that immediately made up for it. There were quite a few female and baby gallinules there as well.
I’m rather pleased with the result.
After the run, we went swimming, and I swam laps for 40-45 minutes, and the rest of the day… well, we did nothing.

July 9, 2014

Today was a nice day, I think. Mum had to run today, so she decided to run around the lake that we did our 5k race a few weeks back. It’s actually a splendid idea; I should take advantage of the lake for the longer distances. I’ll just need to keep running in circles! While she ran, I photographed the sunset and the waterfowl near the lake. It was initially boring, but when I headed a different direction around the lake, I stumbled upon an entire colony of common and purple gallinules that immediately made up for it. There were quite a few female and baby gallinules there as well.

I’m rather pleased with the result.

After the run, we went swimming, and I swam laps for 40-45 minutes, and the rest of the day… well, we did nothing.

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

11th July, 2014

July 8, 2014
A rather mild day, really. I went and tried to run 4 miles in the morning, then had to go and workout. A man in the gym pestered me enough that I left after 45 minutes, rather than staying the hour I wished.
I’m slowly starting to make my way through Jane Eyre. I’ve had this book nigh on 10 years; it’s about time I read it.
The Brazil versus Germany game though! What … !
Amazing.

July 8, 2014

A rather mild day, really. I went and tried to run 4 miles in the morning, then had to go and workout. A man in the gym pestered me enough that I left after 45 minutes, rather than staying the hour I wished.

I’m slowly starting to make my way through Jane Eyre. I’ve had this book nigh on 10 years; it’s about time I read it.

The Brazil versus Germany game though! What … !

Amazing.

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

7th July, 2014

July 7, 2014
I’m starting to really loathe rest days. I don’t want to run, but I would at least go and work out in the gym; except the club is always closed on Mondays here, so I can’t really practise golf, go to the gym, or go swimming. So my only option is running, but I don’t respond well to running more than one day in a row (it’s taken me all the way up till last week to realise that my training schedule never has me run two days in a row).
Nevertheless, today wasn’t a great day either. I read another 100 pages of Jane Eyre, managed to fall asleep and take a two hour nap, then wake back up and feel awful the rest of the day. I’m growing restless. I need to run and work out tomorrow.

July 7, 2014

I’m starting to really loathe rest days. I don’t want to run, but I would at least go and work out in the gym; except the club is always closed on Mondays here, so I can’t really practise golf, go to the gym, or go swimming. So my only option is running, but I don’t respond well to running more than one day in a row (it’s taken me all the way up till last week to realise that my training schedule never has me run two days in a row).

Nevertheless, today wasn’t a great day either. I read another 100 pages of Jane Eyre, managed to fall asleep and take a two hour nap, then wake back up and feel awful the rest of the day. I’m growing restless. I need to run and work out tomorrow.

(Source: recordsofadreamer)

7th July, 2014

July 6, 2014
Another fun day; I tried to run 5 miles in the morning (I can’t say I did as well as I would have liked), and then in the afternoon, Mum and I went to a yoga and Pilates mix class in our town. It was a bit different from our experience in the Dalí Museum, but I still very much enjoyed it, and felt considerably better after the class. 
In the evening, Papa and I sat down and watched quite a few episodes of House of Cards on Netflix. Even though I’ve already watched it, it’s interesting to pick up a few extra pieces I’d never noticed my previous time watching.

July 6, 2014

Another fun day; I tried to run 5 miles in the morning (I can’t say I did as well as I would have liked), and then in the afternoon, Mum and I went to a yoga and Pilates mix class in our town. It was a bit different from our experience in the Dalí Museum, but I still very much enjoyed it, and felt considerably better after the class. 

In the evening, Papa and I sat down and watched quite a few episodes of House of Cards on Netflix. Even though I’ve already watched it, it’s interesting to pick up a few extra pieces I’d never noticed my previous time watching.

(Source: recordsofadreamer)