April 25, 2008

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

I just got home from seeing "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" - OMG, it was so funny! If you liked "Superbad" then you'll definitely like this one. I drank a (free!) soda, and two bottles of water, and REFUSED to get up from my seat to, um...reverse the process, shall we say? I didn't want to miss a minute of the movie.

Go see it. Go now. Don't drink a lot.

April 22, 2008

Surf City, USA

Sunday was a nice sunny day, so H suggested we take a short cruise up to Huntington Beach, also officially known as the original Surf City, USA.

We had a great time checking out all the cool kites, surfers, live music, and a art/craft fair going on. I wanted to get some more TTV shots for a book I'm creating, so it was a win/win!

April 21, 2008

Birthday's Looking Good For This Year!

One of my flaws is that I am hyper-sensitive on my birthday. Christmas is awesome, anniversaries are great, but there's just something about my birthday that makes me feel super special.

Unfortunately, sometimes the whole world is just not on board for my special day, and I've had some pretty downer birthdays where it just didn't seem like anyone really cared. I know everyone has their own lives to live, but I guess I see my birthday as a window to my world. If no one seems to care, then to me it's like...no one cares.

Yes, I know that's completely over-reactive, and usually I blow off the antics (or non-antics) of the absolutely adored and loved, if not flaky, stars in my universe, but is it in the rulebook that I can't be critical on MY day?

Well, there's really no choice in the matter - but I'm w-o-r-k-i-n-g on it.

BUT, the good news is that after having a really bizarre (and not in a good way) birthday last year (although I have to admit, my H really pulled out all the stops and saved the whole thing for me), this year seems to be looking pretty great!

(What happened last year? Well, one example is I won an art show! Awesome! Got ready to go the awards ceremony, pick up my prize, get some glory, and I'll be damned if some nut job didn't call in a bomb threat. Argh! Not on my day!! Yes. True story. Gallery got shut down, no glory, but I still got my prize. Other negativity abounded, but I'm over it and still love those who wrecked it for me.)

So, needless to say, as Barbi-Gras *wink* approaches, I'm always a little cautiously excited about what the day will bring.

Having said that, I must add that this year is already looking pretty great! (Insert collective sigh of relief here) Barbi-Gras isn't quite here yet, but I've already gotten a few cards, emails, birthday mentions in phone calls, some nice gifts, and I just won an art show. I was taken to an awesome pre-birthday birthday dinner at Morton's, The Steakhouse, got a lovely, and very unusual looking orchid, and H has, once again, outdone himself and made reservations for us at a very cool restaurant on the beach in Malibu.

So, as Barbi-Gras comes and goes for another year, I am feeling happy, validated, quite special, and at peace.



April 19, 2008

"Grandeur" Wins Second Place!

I just got notified a few minutes ago that my picture, "Grandeur," won second place in the Spring Reflections 2008 art competition sponsored by the Saddleback Art League.

Thank you!!

April 10, 2008

New Picture - We Sailed Far, Far Away

"In my dream we sailed far, far away, until all we recognized was the water and our own boat. Where was this place, in all its fantastic mystery?"

"...Far Away" is a mixture of my original photography and fantasy layering in muted tones to give the final image a dreamlike quality.