12 days later, the recovery process

So it has been exactly 12 days post op. and I’m starting to feel human again. Just as you should feel after surgery, I went through a totally helpless phase, leading into a sort of pathetic looking phase, to the emotional one, then to the ‘getting back on my feet’ stage, following with the (kinda) self dependent phase, to now.

Today mark the day of almost normalcy stage, the kinda part is relating to the fact that I still really kinda can’t do my laundry still. I can’t really shuffle through everything and separate my colors and whites. It’s realistically to hard to do all that with my arms and carry the wight of a full laundry basket. Besides that I got in my car went to the Paper Store to pick up a cute little wintery gift for my nurse that took care of me and dropped it off at the hospital. I made an omelet when I got back and cleaned up a little bit around the house. But let me back up a little bit…… Continue reading

The grass is always greener…

Let’s not pretend that you all haven’t noticed… because a majority of you have and most of you out of that group have even pointed it: I have really big boobs. Yes not what you were thinking. Aside from seeing as a professional photographer for a second, see me as a regular person; a friend of yours. I have finally made a choice to change that card that I have been dealt after a lot of deliberation. I have decided to change my fate labled as a woman with large breasts. There really is so much more to me than that and I am ready to exhibit that to people. I am also more than ready to receive to relief in my back for all of the weight that it has held up for many years now. Thank you, Back, for doing your part. It’s now your turn for a well deserved break.

To catch you up to speed on my reality, as a aged teen i had decided around 18 or 19 that having larger breasts and walking around for the rest of my life that this was something that wasn’t for me. As the saying goes you always want what you can’t have. When you have perfect curls you want pin straight hair. Its just how life goes…. the grass is always greener.

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Oh, the places you will go!

“Oh, the places you will go!” my journal entry from my first trip to Disney World (pics to come later) 

Its the most magical place on earth. Its the only place you can go and just forget who you are. You revert back to being a kid. You cry at the gates of the magical kingdom. Everything you could ever possibly dream of is there. Its magnifigant. These are all things that I have heard, but “What?! you’ve never been there?!” Yes, I Know I can’t believe that I have never not been there either, but when it came down to decided wheiter me and my brother wanted to go to Dominican Republic or Disney when I was 15, I wanted to see the world… Disney would always be there. So years went by, non-believers still questioned me, and I continued to see the world not Disney. Continue reading

Any one for a Sloppy-Jo?

So I have decided to feature a different creative person once a month. Someone who I admire, look up to, or just appreciate their work. As the first month I decided to talk a little bit about my dear old friend, past pen pal, Joanna.

check out her sweet Etsy shop, where she collects old and vintage items and article of clothing. In her own words “I’m a lover of all things vintage and retro inspired. I collect old zines, women’s clothing/accessories, kitchenware, art, and records to name a few. In addition to my love of vintage finds, I am an artist specializing in mixed media with a heavy influence from photosilkscreen. Find these items and more in Sloppy Jo’s Sloppy Second’s store!”


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#SwiftlyPainted Selfie challenge: November, I guess I’ll sleep when I’m dead….

November: Shout out happy birthday to Annmarie! Writing prompt: Describe a person place or thing that you depend on emotionally. Create an image of you with a mask / disguise.Screen shot 2013-11-02 at 1.07.22 PM

Soo Soooo sorry that I never got a chance to blog yesterday, on the first ! How irresponsible of me ?! I just wanted to apologize to all my blog followers for leaving you in the dark, but  I’m here now and I’m not going anywhere. A lot has been going on in my life and that brings me to my next point.

Right around this time of year, the leaves are falling, the air gets cooler, the days feel shorter and the nights seem neverending. I have been expeirencing insomnia for quite some time now. I work overnight everother weekend as my part-time job, however on my days off I still am up most all hours of the night. I usually force my self to sleep around 430- 5 am and with that I end up sleeping throughout the morning and into most of the early afternoon. It really feels like such a waste of the day. I hate it.

With the long hours of the daylight in the summer it doesn’t seem so bad; however, in late fall,  and winter, the days are cut shorter and shorter- depriving the life of the nocturnal of the sunshine and vitimin D that your body needs.

People don’t always understand how important it is, and how you take things like this for granted, I know I did before I started working 3rd shift 2 or 3 years ago. Let me tell you something though, just as the saying goes…. you never miss something until its gone.

I relay on one thing to help me get through the winter, people think I’m nuts, many think I need to settle down and grow up, some get jealous, others think I’m putting things off, and the biggest accusation is that I am running away from my problems. Here’s the thing, in a way I am running away… I am running away from those feelings and emotions that I experience throughout the winter. Season depression, can be hard and some learn how to cope with medication, others live under a rock for the few months of the year….. I myself, I get outside, I say active, I ski.

Skiing is the one thing that I love equally to photography. When I am prompted to “describe your self in 5 words:” I always answer with: Photographer(artist), skier, vegetarian, creative, weird. Its simple. So although some people get jealous and think that I am being irresponsible and childish, I’m living my life- I’m doing what I need to do to maintain my happy life. I ski for me and I do it because I love it. At the end of the day what’s life worth living if you can’t enjoy it…. Sleep when your dead 😉

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Last month it was pretty cool to see and follow a dozen people and read about their current lives as a blogger. It was really fun to catch a glimpse of these fellow bloggers and their personalities ! Keep up the good work ladies (and future possible gents) We love you all.

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