weekend o' stellar.

7.26.2011

now you are all in big BIG trouble. for i have purchased myself a nice little point-and-shoot camera that is not big and bulky and annoying to carry around for taking photos of general hijinks and things that for the past several years have remained burned into my human-brain-memory only because of not wanting to carry around my back-breaking DSLR.  enter the panasonic lumix gf1 - a curious little camera i learned of recently that has a cult-esque following and was somewhat difficult to procure. but now it is mine with it's nice little 20mm f1.7 pancake lens. and so it is written.

i brought it along with me last weekend to gainesville + st. augustine where lots of things happened.  which i will show you. now.




mykel scooped me up from the airport and we had lunch at his magical workplace, Satchel's Pizza


that night, HOT GRAVES played a show at 1982.


the awesome band SHROUD EATER stayed with us and we went out for a fro-yo date on saturday.

jean + janette + colby's = friends for life.

WHO LOVES FRO-YO? WE DO!

here i have to say i am a jerk, because janette took the 3 photos that are pretty and clear, 
then the one i take of HER is not in focus. i fail at my own new camera :( and jean is technically drinking an iced coffee beverage here, but i assure you, she loved the 'yo.

later on we headed to st. augustine for the next show. here are some artsy around-town photos i couldn't resist showing you because DAMN this little camera is special.

ok, one of those is from gville. bragging rights to whoever guesses correctly.

we got back to gainesville around 3 in the am and somehow rallied and busted into the bag of goodies janette bestowed upon us and hilarity ensued.


HOLY CRAP. we totally supersized the awesome in last weekend.

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shenanigans.

7.21.2011


that first photo is highly cinematic, no? and somewhat haunting. hope i haven't scared you.

oh right, WHY? last weekend my friend angel celebrated her birthday with a classic-story themed murder mystery party. i rarely pass up an excuse to dress up and when i saw the character choices, i knew exactly what i had to do. the lovely ginnine let me borrow the cape she made with her own two hands for her red riding hood halloween costume back in 2007. she does beautiful work. jesse was the other hood, robin hood, that is. and he crafted his own bow and arrow from some downed branches and twine (and an arrowhead out of cardboard and duct tape). before dinner, we got in some target practice.


and the table was set. fabulous dinner made by angel's sister, charity, and brother-in-law, tyler. Charity's storybook cake was amazing.


general merriment ensued. there were all sorts of characters . . angel was snow white, there was sherlock holmes, rapunzel, count dracula, john silver, the mad hatter, the wicked witch, (and more!) and even a little one-year-lold scheherazade! angel's dog even joined in on the role-playing as one of the seven dwarves - sleepy, of course.


i love it when everybody is a good sport and dresses up. well done, everyone. well done.

now gearing up for this weekend. heading to gainesville for the HOT GRAVES 7" release show. and brother + nephew time. verymuchlookingforwardtoit.

xo,
raena riding hood

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the future.

7.13.2011

the future is veiled.

well, you know, OBVIOUSLY.  but i barely even think about "the future".  yes, i consider consequences of actions and am thoughtful of interactions and relationships.  but thinking into the future holds no value.

my most feared job interview question has always been, "where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?" because i just DO NOT see myself anywhere in 5 or 10 years. in the past, i've given canned answers, but i'm a terrible bullshitter and, i'm sure, entirely transparent. luckily i don't have those kinds of interview questions or concerns in my current line of work.  

i don't know if it's that i don't care or if i have just accepted the futility of musing about something i have absolutely zero control over. this line of thinking leads me to excessive eye-rolling at people who DO have some overarching 25-year plan because come on, dude. who do you think you are talking in absolutes like that? maybe this is sad and means i have no vision or ambition, but that doesn't seem to resonate either. i'm definitely a planner for the more immediate goals (3-6 months tops), but ask me where i think my career is going, if i'm going to make babies one day, or where i want to "settle down" and i stammer slack-jawed, stare at the floor, and shift from foot to foot.

people expect you to have a master plan and long-term goals. i think it's because it makes everyone feel more comfortable, as if they have some semblance of control.

big changes are coming and i'm trying to let that wash over me.  because i don't know what the outcome will be. for now i will just let it all happen and try to pay some attention to the things that matter.





mon sky light.

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