November 30, 2010

AND it begins...

Exactly two weeks til I'm in Bryan, Texas with the cousins! WOOHOOO!!! I can not wait to see Amber and Adolfo. I haven't seen them since August, and it'll be so great to see them. After Tuesday and Wednesday with them, we all hop on a plane heading to California Thursday morning, and there we'll spend Christmas.

News on the homefront, I am looking to transfer, possibly this spring to Azusa Pacific U (APU). My application is hopefully being processed as I type. Hopefully I'll know if I've been accepted or not before I head home for break, because then I will know for sure where I'll be next semester. Please keep me in your thoughts:)

"slow down, calm down, don't worry, don't hurry, trust the process"

November 18, 2010

The Start of My Life as a Library Worker

Well tonight I had my first 3-hr shift working in the library as a full-fledged student worker. After about an hour of training, my first task was to "shelf-read". I took a list printed from the catalog, and went to the designated section. My job was to make sure that the call number and barcode on the list matched the numbers on the actual books. I went through about three hundred books, and read more titles than I knew were possible. BUT... I felt very productive for the first time this semester, and I will be getting paid for it. All in all, a very good evening. And, next week is Thanksgiving, so this semester is looking up.

November 11, 2010

Walk at the Cemetery

The brisk autumn breeze whipping at my face as I ascend the stairs from the Metro sets the mood for my adventure. I wasn't quite sure what drew me towards Arlington National Cemetery, but I was sure that it was no one motivator. Walking through the wrought iron gates, I felt as if a hush fell over the land stretched before me.
As I began my course through the vast grounds, I couldn't help but feel as if I were simply one more passerby. The millions of visitors that have come and gone from the hallowed cemetery are as numerous as the thousands that have come to stay at Arlington. The gravestones seemed to spread out in every direction from wherever I stood. The cold gray stones against the green lawns, protected from the blue skies by trees covered in warm orange, red and yellow fall leaves. Every emotion could be felt at some point throughout the cemetery.
With no real planned exploration, I began to wind my way along the paths past gravestone on which read names of soldiers spanning time, No beginning and no end to the pain of loss. Up a slightly elevated plateau burns the eternal flame. The gravesite of President John F. Kennedy, one of two presidents buried at Arlington.
Surrounding his memorial were signs reading, “Silence and Respect”. A reminder to every visitor of the honor deserved by every fallen soldier who rests here. It was impossible to even think of uttering a word and silence enshrouded the entire cemetery. Even amidst the noise and mayhem of Washington DC, Arlington lay still. Much more than the National Cemetery, but a symbol of pain and struggle.
Slightly more centrally on the grounds rests the homage to the Unknown Soldiers. Perhaps the most revered location within the entire cemetery. Protected by guards every second of every day, in every season and any weather. The guards who dutifully watch the tomb are members of the most elite Honor Guard. A job rewarded to only the most dedicated soldiers.
Even more revere than the duty of each member of the Honor Guard is the Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Each step rehearsed, every breath practiced. The belief held by each that, “Soldiers never die until they are forgotten. Tomb Guards never forget.” Even though the names of every unknown soldier are known only to God, they are held with the utmost dignity by every guard. 

Unknown Soldier

I love playing around with the effects on photoshop, and my arlington pictures.

November 7, 2010

Water Problems

First... the Town of Murfreesboro has a problem with their water, and we are under "Boil Water Advisory". Meaning, we can't drink the water from the tap, and if we have to, then we have to boil the water first.

Then... we find out that the water is polluted with something, so we're not really supposed to use the water at all. An email was sent out to all students that it is encouraged to go home, but campus will remain open for those students who choose to remain on campus. And, class is cancelled on Monday (WOOHOOO!!!!) Well... fifteen minutes later, my friend Haley and I decide that we're gonna go to her house so that we can eat good food since the cafeteria food, which is already not great, will be even worse. YAY!!! home-cooking. Or actually, eating at all the places that are east coast only chains and that I haven't even heard of being from California.

So three hours later, after getting slightly lost on the way to her house, we arrive in Beaufort, NC. Five minutes away from the water front :)

Now, after more emails, no class Tuesday, with updates to follow regarding the rest of the week.


November 4, 2010


I was trying to fulfill my career as a future graphic designer by playing around on photoshop with one of my pictures that I took while at Arlington National Cemetery. I was able to create two different layers, on one, I erased the headstone and kept the background, and posterized it. On the other layer, I erased the background, but kept the headstone normal. Combining the layers, to create the dazzling image before you:

November 1, 2010

Fallen- Arlington Naitonal Cemetery

This past Saturday, I got to take a trip to Washington DC with the Visual Art Department. I rode the metro out to Arlington National Cemetery, and took some pretty cool photos. You can sheck them out by following the link: Arlington