Category Archives: Adventure

Camera Testing

Been exploring more photography and trying not to forget what I’ve learned so far. Easter Sunday, with it’s beautiful weather and a few hours to kill after church, was a great day to play around at a cute little park in Frisco.

Frisco Park 1

Frisco Park 4

Frisco Park 3

Frisco Park 2


I also took some photos of a cute project I did to decorate for Easter. The eggs were super easy and quick to make.

Easter Egg Yarn Decor 1 Easter Egg Yarn Decor 2


While waiting for the food I cooked to finish, I went in the backyard and took a few more photos of our pets.

Blue Russain Kitty Backyard Hens


Tagged , , , , , , ,

Smash Book Complete!

I’ve never been good at scrap booking. I rush through it, excited to finish the project. Then, I’m upset that I didn’t spend more time to make the project more personal and detailed. Not this time. I did my own DIY version of a Smash Book (a type of non-scrapbook).

before the madness

before the madness

I’ve kept mementos from our trips over the last year and finally got to put them all together with pictures I took during the trips. This Smash Book covers our Ohio, New Jersey, and Chicago trips. I’m super excited about how it turned out.

Chicago BeanDon't BlinkDinosaur

As I worked on this book over the past weeks, it became an opportunity to not become a photo album of memories, but also a journal of the trip, a place for all the keepsakes I kept, and an opportunity to play with hand drawn type.

Willis TowerNew York


Excited for the next trip and more memory book opportunities.

All done!

All done!

smash book

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I’m an Adult pt. 2

Almost six months ago I wrote a post about my monster wisdom tooth and how I was going to put on my big girl panties and get it taken care of. I had been putting it off because I hate surgeries, pain, and needles. In the last month, it had gotten worse. I was constantly biting my cheek, altering how I ate things, and in pain every day. The tooth had come in sideways and the pain was getting increasingly worse. I then remembered I had made a promise to myself and the dentist that I would get it taken care of within six months. I just barely made that promise by being a huge procrastinator.

I went in last week for a consultation to an oral surgeon close to the house. He explained how there is no room on the left side of my mouth for the wisdom tooth, or any other tooth, and that is why I was biting my cheek. The tooth had to come out. There was no other option. Finally, someone who knew what he was talking about.

Last Friday I went in for surgery. The tooth is now in a little plastic baggy they gave me. I apparently asked if I could keep it, which is awesome cause I’ve been dealing with that tooth almost seven years, so I want something to show for it.

Good News:

– I don’t need to get an implant to take place of the missing tooth. There isn’t any room!

– The tooth apparently hadn’t attached itself to my¬† jaw bone. So they just pulled it right out. No stitches needed.

– This doctor knew what he was doing, how to do things right, and the right meds to give a terrified person who gets nauseous on pain medication.

What gets me is how on earth could my previous surgeon or orthodontist not have noticed the lack of space for this tooth to come in. I suffered years with a chain attached to the tooth, which was seriously painful, then the tooth erupting sideways, also super painful.

Nick took care of me all weekend. He has been telling me stories of how hilarious I was upon waking up from the surgery. I kept telling the doctor and nurses how great of a job they did and thanking them. I also managed to spill ice cream all over myself. I slept most of the weekend and am still recovering, but it’s going way better than I expected. I hate being inactive, so resting over the weekend frustrated me, even though I needed it. I’m doing everything I can to prevent infection or a dry socket (this tooth is where I had a dry socket in high school, and I do not want to repeat that event).

I would post pictures of the massive tooth and disgusting bruise I had from the iv, but they gross me out enough as it is. So you will have to enjoy these photos instead. I decided to practice my un-scrapbooking skills while recovering.

Typography Scrapbook

Working on a scrapbook

JD not letting me work

JD not letting me work

Now I just can’t wait until I’m all healed so I can chew without the pain of that ridiculous tooth. This will be the first time in almost 7 years that I will be able to chew on the left side of my mouth without a chain or an ornery tooth, seeking revenge or something.

Sounds too good to be true!

Tagged , , , , ,

Nerds of DFW Unite

I consider myself a nerd. This means I get super excited about things I like and can geek out about them. So, as a right of passage into Nerdom, Nick and I took the plunge into the world of the Sci Fi Expo. I had been to a small Sci Fi Expo in Plano as a kid. There were mostly Star Wars and Star Trek fans. It’s amazing to see how all encompassing, accepting, and awesome the Nerdom has become. Any fandom was accepted, loved on, and exclaimed about.

Dalek Costume Sci Fi

Dalek Costume Sci Fi

One of my favorite parts of the day were the costumes. There was a good number, and they were very well done. Just to list a few: Nazgul, Arwen, a Hobbit, Harley Quinn, Darth Vader, Storm Troopers, an Imperial Guard, Adventure Time characters, Jay and Silent Bob, tons of Doctor Who, a handful of steampunk, the Monks from the Holy Grail movie, Rogue, Gambit, and tons of others that I sadly did not recognize.

Nazgul Cosplay

Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn


At first, I felt very out of my comfort zone. I’m not sure why. Maybe I felt that I wasn’t nerdy enough for such awesomeness. It might have been taking my picture with the most realistic storm trooper outfit I have ever seen. It was a bit intimidating. There were comments when Nick got his picture with the guy. Mostly about how tall Nick is. I tend to forget what a tall guy he is. I just think I’m shorter than average sometimes.

Storm Trooper Cosplay Storm Trooper

The booths were very interesting and we walked through them twice. There were old school comic books, vintage action figures, amazing figurines, costumes, old school video games, patches, and amazing current illustrators. We even saw a life size Dalek that moved around.

Doctor Who Cosplay

Nick was trying to help me get into the groove, but the moment that busted me out of my slump was when I decided to take a picture with the Jay and Silent Bob cosplayers. They were in perfect character and costume. I decided to throw aside the random shyness that had come over my and told them to pose with me, each giving me a kiss on the cheek. It was hilarious. The rest of the day was a blur of people watching, sitting in on the beginning of a very strange Q & A, seeing Lea Thompson from “Back to the Future” and finally, the highlight of the day, meeting Billy Boyd. He was kind, very kind. I don’t remember a whole lot of the moment, except that I was star struck. He is a hobbit and I was meeting him.

The first dive into true Nerdom culture was a success. I’m super excited for the next step, because I do believe that involves Nick and I wearing costumes to a Convention. We didn’t this time, but I think I will be ready for the next one.


Tagged , , , , , ,