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"And finally, above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that’s why I made works of art…" – Felix Gonzalez-Torres

A long Time Ago (in reverse) May 18, 2011

Filed under: Personal,Random Thoughts — Lulu @ 1:07 am

Saw this on SJ’s blog and thought it was cute. Basically, a time line in reverse.


One hour ago… I was at the post office mailing out a rebate form for the boy.

Two hours ago… I was at the boy’s house watching “Little Fockers.”

Four hours ago… The boy and I were eating pizza and watching “Limitless.”

Eight hours ago… I was at Target getting multi-purpose solution for my contact lenses.

Twelve hours ago… I was sitting at my desk, working.

Twenty four hours ago… I was sitting in bed, watching “Chelsea Lately.”

Three days ago… I was in bed, with a really bad cold, watching truly awful horror movies on the Chiller channel.

One week ago… Was a typical boring day at home. Same shit, different day.

One month ago… I was super excited to get my first-ever order of Japanese washi tape in the mail. Love it!

Six months ago… The boy and I had just returned from Family Christmas in Washington, which included family, friends, donuts and snow!

One year ago… I was hanging out at Happy Hour with my BFF – who was visiting from California – and some friends from our old job, then I left to meet up with the boy and his friends at Brickell Irish Pub for a friend’s birthday dinner/party.

Five years ago… I was living with my ex-fiancé, thinking about plans for our wedding. Unbeknownst to me, he was planning our break-up. (Asshole.)

Ten years ago… I had moved into the internet marketing department at my former company, where I was learning all about internet copywriting, search engine dynamics, and how to deal with moody web designers.

Twenty years ago… I had just started working at the Reservations Call Center at my former company a couple months earlier and I was still learning the ropes.

Thirty years ago… I was finishing up 6th grade and getting ready to go into junior high. Worst time of my life ever.


4 Things May 15, 2011

Filed under: Personal,Random Thoughts — Lulu @ 2:57 pm

Stole this from Paige Evans’ blog, because I’m sick and super-lazy today.


4 current shows I watch:
1. Criminal Minds
2. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
3. Castle
4. The Good Wife
(I watch a LOT of other shows, but these are my top 4.)


4 things I’m passionate about:
1. My boyfriend. =)  I just love him!
2. Photography. My camera is with me at all times. You just never know when a photo-worthy moment will occur.
3. Scrapbbooking. I am so happy I found this hobby and the people I’ve met because of it.
4. I can’t think of a 4th thing. Is that bad?


4 phrases I use a lot:
1. "I’m just sayin’"
2. "Seriously??"
3. "You’re being a poopoohead" (to the BF)
4. "I love you" (ditto)


4 things I love to eat:
1. Pad Thai
2. croquetas
3. pizza
4. veggies (I hate fruit, but looove veggies)


4 movies I could watch over and over and over:
1. 10 Things I Hate About You
2. Mean Girls
3. The Boondock Saints
4. Gossip


4 book I love:
1. Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner
2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
3. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
4. But Enough About Me: A Jersey Girl’s Unlikely Adventures Among the Absurdly Famous by Jancee Dunn


4 bands I never get sick of:
1. The Cure
2. The Violent Femmes
3. New Found Glory
4. Angels & Airwaves


4 places I’d love to visit:
1. Ireland
2. Canada
3. Australia
4. England


4 things I’m looking forward to:
1. Getting over this effing cold!
2. Going to see "Bridesmaids" some time in the next couple of weeks (I hear it’s hilarious)
3. Scrappy day with the girls (always fun!)
4. Actually finishing this month’s book club selection (Baudolino by Umberto Eco)


That’s it. Peace out, yo!


Shimelle’s Challenge #5 May 14, 2011

Filed under: Photography,Scrapbooking — Lulu @ 4:53 pm

Try a new photo edit.


I chose this photo of the BF and I at Ft Myers Beach, FL:



I used Photoscape to convert it to a vintage-y B&W, and added one of the vignetting actions to create a soft frame around the edges. Then I used Photoshop to adjust the curves a bit and do some fine touchups. This is the end result:



Shimelle’s Challenge #4

Filed under: Scrapbooking — Lulu @ 4:02 pm

Create a page with the story behind the photo.


The story: My BF and I attended the first-ever Supercross race in Jacksonville, FL. in 2009. Our seats were in the lower section closest to the track and the camera crew kept panning the people in the stands during the race. When my BF was watching the broadcast of the race on TV later that week, he spotted us in the audience. This is the screenshot he captured of us on TV. Our big debut!


All products are Echo Park “Sweet Summertime”.


Shimelle’s Challenge #3

Filed under: Scrapbooking — Lulu @ 3:54 pm

Add a border between two photos.


All products from Studio Calico “Documentary”. Border punch from Martha Stewart.


Shinelle’s Challenge #2

Filed under: Scrapbooking — Lulu @ 3:51 pm

Creating a visual triangle with embellishments.


All products from Noel Mignon’s “Mary Ellen” kit.


Shimelle’s Challenge #1

Filed under: Scrapbooking — Lulu @ 3:48 pm

Using patterned paper as a background.



All products from Pink Paislee/House of Three “Soiree”.