Archive for March, 2008

California Love

March 31, 2008

Hard to believe that I’m in California now. I’m trying to adjust to the time change, not so much physically, but mentally. I have to keep in mind that Matt is 3 hours behind. I woke up fairly early this morning because Matt sent me a text message and I wanted to get up and maybe do some more sightseeing. I wanted to post up some photos from last night.

My flight out of Houston was delayed because of some showers they had earlier in the day, so I arrived in Orange County later than expected. After I got my car, I looked outside and knew that I needed to hurry if I wanted to catch a west coast sunset. I decided the place to see it would be the Santa Monica pier. Well, though traffic was moving pretty well, I still didn’t make it. The sun did look perfect about 30 minutes before I got there, though I had to view it through my windshield. Oh well. I still got to snap a few pics of the pier at night…

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After dinner (shrimp and lobster bisque with fish tacos) I made the trip to my hotel, which was about an hour away. Let me tell you, after being up so long I slept like a baby! I’m not sure if it was because I was really tired, but I swear this is the most comfortable bed in the world!

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The only thing is… I walked in the bathroom and was scratching my head. What exactly is going on here???? I don’t know about you, but I don’t plan on being in the bathroom long enough to carry on a phone conversation!

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I just had an awesome weekend with Steph in the New Orleans area. It was freaking CRAAAAAAAAAAAZY! You would not believe how much we packed into that trip. It was insane, exhausting, and a lot of fun! We made the 8 hour road trip for a wedding that Steph was shooting for an old friend of hers. Seems like a long drive, but we chatted the whole time and it flew by extremely fast. I could say that about the whole weekend. We got to our hotel late (between 3 and 4am). The hotel was nice and comfy, but we didn’t spend much time in it, of course. On Friday we went around town a little to scope out potential areas to photograph and then we had to go to the wedding rehearsal and dinner. Between the rehearsal and the dinner we managed to stop at the Abita Brew Pub for a beer. At 8pm we decided to head to the French Quarter since I had never been there. Poor Steph. She probably thinks I am such a nutty tourist! Hmmm… I am, and unapologetically so! I love seeing new places, and even though I hate drunken frat boy types and Bourbon Street is crawling with them, I have to say it’s still a really neat area to visit. It’s both and charmingly historic and hedonistic at the same time. I think that is what makes the area so alluring. It has all the quaint timeless charm of other southern jems like Savannah and Charleston but it’s also completely wild and uninhibited. We weren’t wild and uninhibited, but I can see how that place could be trouble! We walked around and got some crawfish and beers at Acme and I was content.

And that was all in less than 24 hours!

On Saturday, we got up and began shooting at 7:30am. We went to the bride’s room for some getting ready shots. She was calm as can be and so sweet. It was cute to watch her giggle as she commented on how pretty she was! The wedding was at 1pm and we managed to get in some coffee and other goodies from Starbucks on our way to the Abita Springs Quail Farm for the ceremony. We spent a couple hours taking various photos before the ceremony began and the day flew by. Ceremony, reception, group shots, etc. And we were done around 5:30pm. Stupid me, I wore heels and my poor feet were begging for a break. We were so determined to hit the quiet, indoor hot tub at the hotel, but when we returned it was full of kids!!!! So we chose the next best thing… we showered up and hit the town. This time we opted for Madisonville for some more crawfish and beer. I don’t know how I ever lived without it!!!!!!

So I am exhausted now. We had to get up fairly early again so that I could get to Gulfport for a noon flight. I made it, but weather in Houston caused some delays. It was just such a busy and fun weekend. I wish I had the card reader for my small camera because we took some fun pictures on Bourbon Street. I’ll post them later. For now, here are a couple of pics of the wedding and from Madisonville. I resized them, plus Slide.com really dimishes the resolution on these anyway, but I just wanted to put up some thumbnails. I’ll try to post up some California pics soon!

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Random Nothingness

March 26, 2008

Berry lemonade is possibly the MOST DELICIOUS beverage in the world! Just thought I would share!

Mango soda is up there, too! : p

More Wedding Pics

March 20, 2008

Here are a few pics taken by our wedding coordinator’s photographer:

29th Birthday Party

March 4, 2008

For my 29th birthday, I was surprised with a birthday celebration at the Melting Pot. I was convinced that it would just be me, Matt, Steph, and Geoff, but when we arrived we were brought into this neat private room (surrounded by wine bottles) and everyone shouted “Surprise!!” And surprised I was! I was even looking at the wine bottles in the glass wall and didn’t see anyone inside. Duh! I was in la la land not expecting anything except to see Steph and her hubby. It was way cool! Carl was supposed to come up the next day, but he somehow managed to get up to Jax in time for the dinner. Beth, who I had just seen at work a few hours before, was there… and gave me no indication that she was going to see me later that night! And Vic and Candi were there also. Candi’s birthday was just a couple days later, so it was a double birthday celebration!

Fortunately, Beth brought her camera and she and Steph captured a few images from the night. Note to self: keep the little camera in the purse at all times. Steph decorated and made a kick ass jazzy looking cake and even brought an easel for everyone to paint on. The food was excellent, but the company was even better! As amazing as the Melting Pot is, I don’t know if I can ever go there again and have a better night than we had that night.

Here are a few pics from our night. It was definitely the most fun I have ever had on my birthday!!

Love Your Mother (Earth)

March 3, 2008

How eco-savvy are you? Take a couple minutes to complete this questionnaire (just 10 questions) and find out how much you really know about the environment. I got 6 out of 10 correct. It gives an explanation for each answer, so even if you are just good at guessing you can learn a lot by taking this quiz!

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Mother Earth Quiz