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One of My Favorite People

One of My Favorite People

When I saw that there was a 3-star assignment in which I could highlight one of my favorite people in my life, I knew I wanted to do this assignment. It took me about 2.5 seconds to decide that I would make a video about my mom.

So… who doesn’t love their mom? I for one, do!

Unfortunately, in June of 2009, I lost my mom after her two-month battle with cancer. I could write a book on how much I hate cancer. However, for the first twelve amazing, fun, hilarious, and adventurous years of my life, I had my amazing, fun, hilarious, and adventurous mom to walk along beside me. She was my everything. She taught me everything I know, seriously. One morning, I woke up and I wanted scrambled eggs for breakfast. She told me that it was time for me to learn how to cook them (even though, guys, my mom made the best scrambled eggs). I got a piece of paper out and wrote down the “recipe” so that I could make my own eggs. I don’t have this anymore but it was something like “1. Crack eggs in bowl 2. Whisk eggs 3. Pour milk in the eggs   4. Put butter in a pan and turn on medium heat 5. Pour eggs into pan 6. Stir the eggs around the pan until cooked.” As an only child, my mom babied me, and I loved it! She loved to pick out my outfits for the day until I was in second or third grade. She was always at every school play, festival, etc. Not only was she a fun person, she was protective, spiritual, and brave. She could do everything and anything she put her mind to. For one thing, she had me completely naturally. No epidural, no nothing. One thing that she always tried to get me to do was sports. I hate sports. She was the most athletic woman I knew. She signed me up for tennis, basketball, soccer, dance, gymnastics, field hockey, volleyball, golf, and horseback riding. As she may have expected (I don’t know, though), none of them stuck. I don’t even like going to the gym to run on an elliptical all that much to be honest. However, she always did things with my best interest in mind. She took care of everyone else first, before taking care of herself. She had to deal with me as a little girl who was a picky eater, stubborn, and the list goes on, she had to deal with our dog, Molly, who liked to eat everything in her path, and more! My dad was there to help too, however, my mom was who I spent most of my time with due to my dad’s work schedule!

Her contagious laugh and the love that she gave to everyone and everything, including her garden,  are just two of the hundreds of traits that she had. Nothing can ever come close to the bond I had and continue to have with mom, even though she isn’t physically here with me. I do now have a stepmother, whom I love very, very much. I feel as though my mom pulled some strings up in heaven to send her to my dad and me. She shares many similarities with my mom.

Lastly, anytime you hear the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” my mom is the first person I think about. I can tell you more about that later! 😉

It’s A DesignBlitz!

It’s A DesignBlitz!

One of my assignments for this week to create a DesignBlitz! Very similar to my PhotoBlitz from a few weeks ago, this week I was to take pictures of five different objects that illustrated five different design aspects! Check out my results below:

The first picture (the top left) is of my bookcase in my dorm room. In my opinion, this image depicts the aspect of hierarchy because the books are in order of tallest to shortest, and on the far left of the shelf is my journal which holds many secrets and emotions! The second picture (the top middle) is a picture of another shelf on my bookcase that holds a handful of picture frames of my family. They are all displayed tightly because there is not much room for them to be separated. In this case, the picture depicts the aspect of proximity. The third photo (the top right) is a picture taken this past summer when my family and I went to the Chihuly Museum in Seattle, Washington. This was one of the glass pieces that was displayed in the ceiling as you walked through one of the hallways. This image definitely depicts the design aspect of color! The fourth image (the bottom left) is a picture of the window in my closet. It is very symmetrical, therefore depicting the design aspect of alignment. The last picture (the bottom right) is a picture of the wall next to my desk in my dorm. I have my little UMW flag and a painted “E” that my sister gave me for Christmas. This picture depicts the design aspect of space!

This was a lot of fun! At first, I was very nervous about completing this assignment. I wasn’t sure if I would understand how to do it, and I was afraid of being able to find examples of the elements. However, then I realized that literally so many examples of these elements are around me all the time, I just had to look at them!

Before and After the Apocalypse

Before and After the Apocalypse

So… I made it!

I’m so glad to be alive. I can’t unsee the things I’ve seen. I’ll never forget the people I’ve met. It’s not over yet, though!

I haven’t run out of supplies yet, so here’s hoping I make it all the way through. Wherever and whenever the end really is!


For this assignment, I had to create a side-by-side comparison of a person, place, or thing before and after the apocalypse. I chose to use two pictures of me. I used a picture of me from a few weeks ago when my best friend did my make-up, and I felt beautiful! The picture on the right is me today. I am running on a lack of sleep, so that is one reason I look the way I do. I also wanted to make a facial expression that made me look tired, exhausted, and lost. I feel as though if the apocalypse were to come, this is what I would look like, at least after a couple of days. Whenever I look like this (no make-up, barely awake, etc.), I’ll call it my “apocalypse” look! Haha! However, my room is not green-ish colored, so I decided to add a filter to the picture to make it look like I’m in a dreary, dark world.

Living Life Through A Lens

Living Life Through A Lens

Pictures. We take them almost everyday.

This week I was tasked on completing and reading some research and information related to photography, and how to get that “picture” perfect photo. I personally have the shakiest hands ever, and when I try to take a picture I have to use both hands because if I don’t, I get a picture that is unbelievably blurry and out of focus.

While reading through the “Tips” page on my class’s website, I learned quite a lot. One thing I learned was how to create depth, and how to do that trick where you can make something small look big and make something big look small. Have you ever seen that video or GIF of that Range Rover in grass, and it looks like a regular car, and then a person grabs it with their hand to reveal it’s just a toy?

I’ve always wanted to figure out how to do this. I have not quite succeeded, but am going to keep trying!

I also learned to wait for the perfect moment to take the photo. Sometimes I am so excited to see something or someone that I whip my camera out right away and take a picture or video, and miss what happened all together because I was too focused on pulling my phone out to take a picture. I want to be able to know how to anticipate when something is going to happen so I can be ready, but also so I can enjoy it in the moment. If I’m at a concert, I might have my phone out and ready to record a video, but I miss actually seeing them, without the camera, come out on stage because I’m looking through the screen of my phone. I’d also love to be able to capture photos as they happen! Such as the example on the “Tips” page that explains being able to take a picture of a baby when they spill the glass of milk! That would be both so fun and funny!


Also this week, I got to take a look at an online photo gallery of images of abandoned places in America. I was able to find it on a website called Abandoned America. I chose to specifically look at the gallery of images of abandoned buildings such as hospitals, institutions, schools, and prisons. I have always been intrigued by videos and pictures of abandoned places such as prisons, hospitals, homes, and office buildings. There is something so interesting about them! Sometimes, it looks as though the people just got up and left over night and left everything behind. These cases always give me an uneasy feeling. There were numerous photos of abandoned prisons and hospitals. The windows were broken. The paint or wallpaper was falling and cracking off of the walls. The floors were covered in trash, dust, and dirt. In the prisons, almost all of the prison cell doors were covered in rust. However, there were some pictures of schools and other buildings that still were in good condition! In one school, Good Samaritan Catholic School, the desks and chairs were all organized in the classroom. The blackboard looked like it had recently been erased. Everything was still in its place. However, the word that stuck out most in my mind as I saw each photo of all of the buildings was “ghost-town.”

Here are some of the photos from Abandoned America, itself.

Source: Abandoned America
Source: Abandoned America










* I don’t own either of these photos. All rights to the owner.

All of these pictures make me want to know exactly what happened that led to each of these places. Were they condemned? Were they bankrupt? Were they evicted? What happened? They definitely give me an post-apocalyptic feeling.


The third photography-related assignment I completed this week was Photoblitz. To give you an idea of what this is, you go to a site and it gives you seven prompts of pictures you need to take or try to take in a time limit of twenty minutes. Each list is different. Here is what mine looked like!

I was able to complete all seven in the twenty-minute time limit! I had quite a lot of fun with it. I don’t know if mine are the most artsy examples, but I still had fun! I’d love to do another one of these in the future!

I began this twenty-minute challenge at 1:15 and finished it at 1:35. The first image is a smiley face made out of food. To be totally honest, I did not have a whole bunch of food at my disposal, so I used two clementines, a cracker, and some Cheez-Its! Very simple! But still a face! The second picture was a picture I took of my shadow on the grass. The third photo is of my feet in my slippers today due to the dreary, rainy weather we had here today. The fourth photo is of the fire alarm in my building to represent something loud. There is nothing louder than a fire alarm, especially at 1:00 AM. The fifth photo is of two things that don’t go together; oil and water. The sixth photo is of the mirror on the back of my door. It feels like it creates an inception! The seventh photo is a picture dominated by my favorite color, pink. My pink computer case, pens and highlighters, hair brush, lotion, and deodorant.

After completing this assignment, I kind of felt like this was a fun party game! I can see doing this at a party where your friends have to draw an assignment out of a hat, and then take a picture representing the prompt! This may seem like a lame party game to some, but to me it sounds awesome! I definitely plan to do this assignment again for fun in the future! I’ll make sure to share it here with you all, too!