Hashtag Lawyered

Remember that smart and witty young lady I wrote about a week or so ago? Well here’s her face! Today was actually her first day back to law school so this photo is what I have to remember her by until I see her again at Christmas. (Just kidding – we live pretty close now! But also kidding again because she’s a busy gal during the academic year.)

Alyssa let me practice my photography skills on her smile and liked the end product enough to let me show her portrait to the internet. This brainy lady needed photos for her upcoming internship application and I jumped all over the opportunity to hang out with her and take some pictures. We didn’t really have a location in mind for her portraits and pretty much wandered around the neighborhood area until we found this nice stone wall.

Fun (and frightening) fact: When we were super young, Alyssa and I were playing outside while our parents were working in the yard. Lyssa was on a kiddo sized train and I was pushing her around (literally – not much different from the usual day to day). Well at one point, my 5-ish year old self thought it would be great fun to push her down the hill of the driveway (not thinking one iota of the potential for a tragic accident because as I said: 5-ish year old self). Fortunately, Dad spoiled all the fun and stopped Alyssa on the choo-choo before she made it to the street. It’s a miracle any of us survive to adulthood for sure – especially with people like me loose on the world!

Anyways, it’s kinda cool to think about the mini versions of ourselves playing over 20 years ago. The biggest challenge in our world was figuring out who had to be the ugly Ken doll when we played Barbie (there were tears over this – mostly Alyssa’s because I was a really mean big sister). I think now I wouldn’t last a minute in a debate with her over who got stuck with Ken. Sometimes I let myself daydream that our childhood and pre-adolescent, adolescent, and even some post-adolescent bickering helped lead her to this professional debating career she seems to be pretty good at.DSCN3154-2

Alyssa Yellow

There’s a new color saved in my Photoshop panel called, “Alyssa Yellow”. The namesake returned to OKC yesterday for the upcoming academic year and we got to catch up and hang out for a little bit before my early bed time arrived. She complimented my iPhone background and asked me to make one for her as well – so I did! Her request was a yellow background with an inspiring quote.

There were two steps to designing her request:

Step 1: Find the perfect yellow. This was pretty easy – I used the color picker in photoshop to select the best yellow that matched Alyssa’s sunny and sharp personality, then I adjusted the vibrance to get the color a little softer for the eyes on the phone screen.(staring at the bright yellow sun is bad for your eyes, staring at a bright yellow screen sounds painful, and staring at bright Alyssa might be dangerous – plus that’s creepy so just don’t)

Step 2: Find an inspiring quote. This took a little more time (but not much!) and a little bit of thesaurus work with Google. Alyssa is entering her 2nd year of law school and just finished an internship with the Army JAG people – basically, she’s sharp, witty, smart, and determined. And what does a sharp, witty, smart, and determined young lady do? She slays. That’s what she do.

Rise and Slay

 

Peace Like a River

Have you read the book, ‘Peace Like a River’ by Leif Enger? This photo reminds me of that book. It was loaned to me by a friend who brought me tons of books to keep my mind busy while I was on bed rest after a surgery. The cover made the book seem a little spooky but I don’t recall it actually being scary – it was different than my usual reads but it was one of my favorite books from my reading list last year. Babbling

Location: Lubbock, TX
Camera: Nikon Coolpix
Editing: Lightroom

Circles

Look at all of the circles! The circular spout encircles circular rings that encircle circular water holes. Ever say the word, “circle” so much it looses it’s meaning?DSCN1474 copy

CIRCLES
Location: A front porch in Lubbock, TX
Camera: Nikon Coolpix
Editing: Lightroom

Rustic

RusticRUSTIC
Location: Lubbock, TX
Camera: Nikon Coolpix
Editing: Lightroom

Symmetry

Symmetry

SYMMETRY
Location: Martin Park Nature Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Camera: Nikon Coolpix
Editing: Adobe Lightroom

Dedicated to kind parking kiosk man

I’m sitting in a super comfy chair with a happy tummy thanks to a turkey sammich with a generous heaping of avocado. The last few days have been a smidge turbulent. I’ve lost my normal routine of awake by 6:00, lunch at 1:00, dinner and sleep before 10:00. Without the routine I have gradually become waaaaaaaay distracted from keeping up with my daily and multi-daily medications that help relieve the razor edge of anxiety and numbing pressure of depression. Amazing how the routine that I felt was once becoming boring is now a comfort I’m hoping to regain. And then, surprise! I started a new job! Since moving to Oklahoma I’ve given more dedicated attention to my job search and on a whim I applied to a temp position that sounded fun managing data for a research project. I was right, it’s going to be fun – there’s just a bunch to learn super quick so I can jump in running. As I left the office on my first day a new face asked if I was having fun yet and I was able to honestly give her a, ‘actually I am!’. Then I went home and crashed on the couch after figuring out the parking ticket I earned myself the first day on the job (thank you kind kind parking kiosk man for working with my horrible sense of direction and inability to read signs under pressure).

All of the new can be so overwhelming and confusing and tiring(see above venting) but it can also be exciting and wonderful and beautiful (see below field of flowers and grass).

Flower filed

Location: Norman, OK
Camera: Nikon Coolpix
Editing: Adobe Lightroom