Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Good Timing

Last week we drove by Promont House and noticed the sign that said Art Affaire today! Then I remembered that Ellen Ruth had been invited to display her purses there. So we stopped by to have a look. I have to admit her booth was by far the most professional looking one. Very inviting and comfy.

Ok. I should probably start working on my homework. I couldn't help being distracted for a little bit with these images. I am so happy we got to see her booth. And I am very happy I got to snap a couple pictures.

More Martha

Fall always makes me want a warm cup of soup. I have been searching for soup recipes lately and found some pretty good ones. I love everything about cooking soup. The chopping and seasoning. I especially love how it makes the house smell as it simmers on the stove top. I can't help but think my soup would taste so much more yummy in this Martha blue cast iron pot.

And of course if I had that I would need a matching mixer to go with it.

Monday, September 29, 2008

A story about good people.

The Cab Ride I will Never Forget By Ken Nerburn

"For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl. Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing."

Friday, September 26, 2008

Are you ready for this?

My photo class meets once a week from 2-7:45....yeah, in Liberty. A little town that should be about 15 minutes from the University, but a road closure makes it more like 25ish... or at least it feels that way. I am doing two projects for this class, one I am teamed up with a student from the local high school and we need to make a narrative together. She wanted to do something surreal and dark and creepy, I said we could do that. The only big obstacle was figuring out where to take the pictures. If the environment isn't perfect it would ruin everything. She fixed that problem.

This is the old opera house. An old man has owned it for several years and has done nothing with it. He usually refuses to let anyone inside, he is allowing us to use it because it is for an art project. We can go in whenever we want, all we have to do is let him know. We have the use of the buildings on the corner all the way to three doors down.


They are better then the normal ones.

We had our first Reese's pumpkin today. It is officially fall.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Spending the rest of my life in college

We have been messing around with my argoflex and d80, I am not sure I have the right lens to get these to look right. Although, there is something I like about these fuzzy bright scenes.

This is my bag filled with portfolios that need to be graded.

Today concluded my first five week beginning photo class that I have been teaching this semester. I was asked if I would like to teach it right before the school year started I said yes and didn't have much time to let it sink in.

The teacher roll is not my most comfortable one. I am just settling in to being an art student, the fact that I now know enough that Miami University would trust me to teach their students is ... I don't know. Part of me feels like I am tricking them, they think I am qualified and I am playing along.

Before my students left today I asked them to write down somethings they liked about the course and somethings that they thought I could improve on. I don't know what I was expecting to get back. The consensus seemed to be that I had explained everything clearly and they really liked the one on one instruction I gave if they didn't understand something right away. Which immediately made me feel better. My biggest fear the whole time was that they had been politely nodding while I was showing them how do develop and print, but when I turned my back they were looking at each other mouthing "WTF"?!

Before the class started I had never thought about teaching photography, when I was asked to teach I thought maybe this was the beginning of a new career path. During these past five weeks I had so many doubts about my ability to explain things clearly and lead the class in a organized and fluid direction I decided I was never going to teach again after this semester. Now that I have a stack of papers telling me otherwise who knows?

I Spy

Can you spot the little guy who got himself trapped in my car today?

Monday, September 22, 2008

Sunday, September 21, 2008


While Donna and Jim were over for the weekend we stopped in an Amish Furniture Store just to have a look and ended up finding one of the best antique shops I have ever been in. In the store we found a Argoflex camera. Surprisingly I had enough will power to put it back in the case and let the women lock it up, even though I was thinking of all of the amazing TvF photos I could take.

Apparently while I was off looking at old post cards sneaky Donna bought it for me. When we walked about of the store she asked if I wanted to see her purchases and unwrapped it from a handful of paper towels. My first ever TLR. Now not only can I shoot medium format film, but I can also take real TvF photos instead of faking them.

The only thing I wasnt looking forward to was building the contraption that connects my digital camera to the Argoflex. However, tonight while I was still working on my outline for African Art History Mark sat down in the middle of the living room and started building one for me.

I love him.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

This is a first

Thanks to huricane Ike most of Ohio has been with out power since Sunday and they are saying that some could have to wait until the weened for the power to come back. I really hope that this is the closest we ever come to being in a huricane.

It's weird but I never wondered what it looked like behind those millions of meat packages in the grocery store but when I noticed all of the meat was gone today I was incredibly interested. I don't even want to think about all of the food that has to be thrown out because of all this.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Oxford, Oxford, Oxford

At the end of the third week of class I came home and passed out for five hours last night. While this has to my best semester yet, it is full of classes that are a lot of work. Much more conceptual than classes in the past, so when Friday gets here my brain is done. To give it a break I decided we need to watch a movie. We watched The Darjeeling Limited for the first time. Not my favorite Wes Anderson movie, but very Wes Anderson.

We watched a extra about the making of the movie, and when they were walking through the real train they bought to make the movie in I realized I like his movies so much because of the sets he creates. They are like another character, a very surreal, very beautiful character.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Not really. We ran out of transparencies to print out our designs on and can't make anything new until we get some of those. Sooooo, I don't know when that will be.

We went home today to pick up my car. Dad apparently worked on it a bunch because it is driving way better than it has in a couple of years. We also had a lovely meal with Donna and Jim at PENN STATION.

Oh. Also. When Mark and I went to Kroger yesterday to pick up some apples and caramel a bat was flying around in the store. I noticed it when it almost ran in to my head. We watched it fly up and down the frozen isles and then around in the pharmacy section. When it flew past the registers employees noticed and sent a guy with a plastic bag and a broom after it. That is the last we saw of it.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Monday, September 8, 2008


I needed chatter teeth for a project I am doing. I went to the Dollar General, Meijer, and WalMart in search for some. I would have gone to a party store but there aren't any around here for enough miles that I didnt want to drive there.

So last night I settled for using an image off the internet, and of course it didnt look at all how I wanted it to. But I still had a week to work on it so I knew I would figure something out.

Today when I walked in to class my professor told me that people in his other drawing class had bought chattering teeth over at Shriver. I would have never, ever thought to look at the place that I am around all day, everyday of the week.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Getting home conversation

"Yay! The harder part of me week is over!"

"It's Thursday"

"I know."

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Where its Greener

We visited GreenField Village while we were in Michigan. Apperntly Henry Ford decided that he wanted all the buildings of his childhood in one place, and then kept on with it and bought other things like Thomas Edison's Menlo Park. This Mark demonstrating what he would have been like as a teacher in the 1700s. This is me standing in front of Robert Frost's house.

Monday, September 1, 2008

A night in Defiance

I watched this storm come in in forever the night we visited Grandma's for a little bit.