Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010

There are only a few more hours left in the year 2010.  It was a good year for me, I think it might have even been my favorite year so far.  It was filled with tons of happiness and very little sadness.  I hope 2011 is even better.

I can't wait to see what 2011 brings. I wonder what shows I'll go to this year, hopefully a lot of good ones such as:

Ryan Star, Lovers and Liars, Thriving Ivory, SafetySuit and Small Town Sleeper (expecially Small Town Sleeper, I miss them so much. I haven't seen them since 2008.) Oh and School Boy Humor, but that's pretty much a given that I am going to see them since they live about 10 minutes away from me.

Speaking of School Boy, my sister is actually going to their New Years Eve party tonight...lucky her, I'm a little jealous. Oh well I'm sure I'll see them soon. I don't really have plans tonight, just staying home with Brook and her boyfriend since we aren't 21 yet.

Ohhh, that's one of my  favorite things about 2011. I'll finally be 21 in February. Which means no more of those stupid X's. I get to trade in my X's for a wristband.  Last time I went to see Thriving Ivory, they gave me a wristband without even asking my age; but since I am a good girl I didn't take advanage of the wristband's abilty to let me drink



March 7th, 2009 my friend Jenny and I @ Juanita's when we saw Thriving Ivory (oh and those are M's for minor not X's but you get the point. Normally they put X's.)



Wristband from 12-3-10 when I saw Thriving Ivory @ Juanita's
 


As for my photography, I have decided to start a 365 project. Starting tomorrow I will take a picture every day for a year. I have always wanted to do this and I think 2011 will be the perfect year for it. I'll take my camera with me everywhere I go.

My last picture of 2010.



McKynley has a new hairstyle, we have been putting her hair up in a little bun for the past few days...I love it, it's so cute!



I hope all of you have a fantastic and safe New Year's. & that 2011 treats you well!



-laurenmikael

 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Black and White Wednesday: Raspberry Wine

On Christmas Eve my aunt made a drink that was really good.

Ingredients:

Barefoot Moscato wine

Raspberry lemonade...found in the frozen juice section at the grocery store.








As always click to enlarge images.

-laurenmikael

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas 2010

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday. I did. Took a lot of photos.  Here is a slideshow if you would like to see them




I used my new 50mm lens to take all of these. I love this lens, I am so glad I bought it.


-laurenmikael

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Black and White Wednesday Thursday: "Oops!...I Did It Again"

Ugh! I totally forgot yesterday was Wednesday. Oops! With Christmas coming up I've been busy and haven't really had much time to take pictures...so you are gonna get an old one today.


I took this photo of my cousin Brook and her boyfriend Donnie in July when we rode a trolly around Little Rock a few days after I got my camera. Click to enlarge.

As most of you probably know, the title of this post came from "Oops!...I Did It Again" by Britney Spears.




-laurenmikael

Saturday, December 18, 2010

"Do You Dream That The World Will Know Your Name?"

On Friday December 3rd my sister Heather and I went to see Thriving Ivory at Juanita's. Everytime I have been to Juanita's I have never had to wait outside to get in. We are always either there super early or we get there after the show has already started and everyone else has already gone in...that is until this time.  It was freezing and the line to get inside was so long it was awful. 

We finally got in and there was a nice group of girls that let me be beside them.  It was still front row, just on the side of the stage.  There were a ton of people there...more than had ever showed up for Thriving Ivory before I'm pretty sure.  The first opener was Elise Davis from Little Rock. She has a nice voice, but as I've said before, I'm just not a fan of female singers.  She seemed to be a little socially awkward.



I did get to buy the new lens I wanted for my camera before the show, but since we weren't directly in front of the stage there wasn't good lighting most of the time and this lens does best with natural light instead of flash; so that coupled with the fact that I had only had the lens for about an hour and didn't really have the hang of it yet did not make for good pictures.  Except for the drums and guitar in my new blog header.

After Elise was Lovers and Liars like I said in the post you will be directed to if you click their name I am pretty sure I have a new favorite band.  They are really amazing.  I have been listening to them non-stop since the show.  I'm sad that I didn't go meet them after their set.  I hope they come back really soon, I'll definitely be there when they do.








As excited as I was to see Thriving Ivory again (this was my 3rd time) I honestly didn't want Lovers and Liars' set to be over.




Find more artists like Lovers and Liars at Myspace Music




Find more artists like Lovers and Liars at Myspace Music



Find more artists like Lovers and Liars at Myspace Music



Find more artists like Lovers and Liars at Myspace Music


Thriving Ivory was amazing. (As always!) Loved hearing their newest stuff live.  I took videos...sound quailty is good but part of the time you can't see Clayton because a girl's arm is in the way/I was too excited to pay attention to where I was pointing the camera.

"Angels on the Moon" (title of this post came from this song)





"Long Hallway With A Broken Light"





"Where We Belong"











It was an awesome show, can't wait til they come back again.

-laurenmikael

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Black and White Wednesday Thursday: Perfect Timing

Oops! I'm 15 minutes late, it's no longer Wednesday. I was at a Christmas party and just now got home. One day I am actually going post for Black and White Wednesday on the actual day...you wait and see.

Anyways I have the perfect photo for today. It wasn't taken today, but it fits the situation I am in.


You are probably wondering why this photo is the perfect choice for today; well remember how I told you that I pull my hair out? If not then click that link and go read about it now. 

Last night as I was trying to go to sleep I started pulling my eyebrows. I couldn't stop and now both of them are basically gone, except for a little patch over each eye.  Perfect timing. (Sarcasm) holidays are coming up and I have to be around family and friends who don't know I pull.  I Googled how long it normally takes for them to grow back and read somewhere that it takes 56 days. 

So, I am going to have to wear the hat I am wearing in this photo until they grow back. That way people won't be able to see what I've done. Stupid f***ing Trichotillomania, I hate it! I could just embrace it and go without the hat, but I don't want a repeat of Thanksgiving. I wore the hat to the Christmas party tonight too.  I don't think there is anything else I could do besides wear it.

-laurenmikael

PS: I'll post the new Thriving Ivory recap on Saturday. It's almost done, all I have left to do is put some videos and photos in.

Monday, December 13, 2010

I'm No Good At Keeping Promises

Ok so I know I said I was going to post my recap of the Thriving Ivory show on Friday...but all of you  should know by now I am horrible at keeping promises when it comes to posting on this blog. I'm sorry about that.  I meant to post a sepia photo for Photo Freak's sepia challenge a few days ago but never found the time.  I love sepia photos, but for some reason hardly ever think to take any that way.








I had more photos I wanted to post, but the image uploader seems to only want me to post this one.Yay it works now.  Jeremy from SafetySuit wrote that on my poster...sadly I don't think he thinks I am a great friend anymore. :(

 Every girl on my mom's side of the family makes this face anytime they look in a mirror, I guess we do it in pictures too.  As always click photo to enlarge.

-laurenmikael

PS: I hope to have the Thriving Ivory post up sometime this week.  Don't hold me to that though ;)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Black and White Wednesday Thursday: Lovers and Liars

If you are a frequent visitor of my blog, you probably noticed I did a little re-designing.  I really like it.  I hope you do too. All but one of the photos in the new header are from the Thriving Ivory show last Friday.  Sorry I haven't written my recap for that show yet.  I'll do it before the week is over.  The other photo is from when I saw Ryan Star in October.

 I have decided to start taking part in The Long Road to China's Black and White Wednesday.  I know it is not Wednesday anymore, but if it counts for anything I found out about this project yesterday which was Wednesday...so I am going to go ahead and post one anyway.

When I saw Thriving Ivory on Friday one of the opening acts was a band I had never heard of before; they are called Lovers and Liars.  All I've got to say about them right now is I think I have found another favorite band.  Here is a song of theirs entitled "Nothing Left Here to Burn" I love it!


Find more artists like Lovers and Liars at Myspace Music


T-Pain made a tribute to Lovers and Liars


Find more artists like Lovers and Liars at Myspace Music




Lead singer: Stacy Hogan


-laurenmikael

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Trichotillomania, Turkey Day and Black Friday

I haven't written in a while, sorry.  Let's do a recap of Thanksgiving...this year was the first time I ever cooked anything for Thanksgiving dinner.  I made a Dump Cake; Dump Cake is very simple, basically like a cobbler.  Cherry and apple pie fillings with a butter cake mix poured over the top.

I never even ate any of the Dump Cake or much of anything else, because I started crying right in the middle of the meal. My 10 year old cousin tried to pluck her own eyebrows for the first time a few days earlier, which resulted in a small patch of her eyebrows missing.  Her mother noticed as we were eating, she got upset and she along with the rest of the family made jokes about it, saying it looked stupid and made her not look as pretty and other stuff like that.

I started crying when I heard this since I pull my hair out. Most of my family doesn't know about my hair pulling except for two of my cousins, my sister and my parents.  So pretty much everyone else at the table was staring at me as if I were crazy and kept asking me what was wrong.  I didn't tell them.  I figured if they were going to make fun of my cousin like that for having just a few of her eyebrows missing, I didn't even want to know what they would say about me if they knew over half of my eyelashes and eyebrows are gone. 

Which means that none of my family reads my blog, because if they did they would know, they always tell me how great of a writer I am...but how would they know if they don't even read what I write.  So anyways to sum it up...I had a pretty crappy Thanksgiving.

Moving on to Black Friday.  This year was also my first year to attend in Black Friday. I have always seen movies and TV shows about how crazy of a day it is; people running into stores as soon as the doors open, trampling over people; sometimes even killing them.  My Black Friday was nothing like that.  Just a bunch of crazy people willing to stand outside a store for hours in the cold so they can catch the good deals.   A lot of people brought their own tents to camp out at the doors.


We (my mom, aunt, cousin, sister and I) started shopping around midnight.  We wanted to eat at IHOP, but when we got there found a note on the door saying they were closed for Thanksgiving.  We then decided to go to Waffle House, I had never been to Waffle House so I was excited.  The place was packed and the service was terrible.  We waited inside by the door for at least 10 or 15 minutes before we found a vacant table.  The table we found had not been cleared off yet from it's last guest, but we figured if we sat there anyway a worker would clear it for us...we were wrong.  They all knew we were sitting there but walked right past us anyway.  We sat there with a dirty table for another 10 or 15 minute before leaving.  No one took our order or bothered to clear the table for us the entire time. 

From there we went to JC Penney and shopped for a while.  After that we decided to go to Cracker Barrel.  They were open and they didn't ignore us.  I got a plate of cherry pancakes, they were really good.

Finally we headed home. We got home around 10 am and I went to sleep and slept for practically the whole day.

-laurenmikael

P.S. I talked my sister into taking me to see Thiriving Ivory  on Friday and I am pretty sure I will be able to get that new lens I was telling you about before then. Yay! I'm excited! :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

ABC: "You're just a little bit camera shy, but you're still a star"

Sorry it has taken so long to write this post; I haven't really been in the writing mood lately.  I've been lazy and didn't even put my pictures from the show up on Facebook until yesterday.  Normally I don't go to sleep after the show until I have edited and put the pictures on Facebook.

Anyway, the show did end up happening.  Phil said since Little Rock is his hometown and he loves playing here he was going to suck it up and do the show, even though he wasn't feeling well. 

As Heather and I made our way into The Rev Room we saw what we thought was a statue of a man sitting on a bench. Turns out it was a real man and he scared the hell out of both of us when we finally saw him move, right as we were going passed him.  Once we got inside we found our usual spot and waited for Boxwine to start. Boxwine is a guy named Brian that I went to school with.  He was really good. I had been wanting to go to one of his shows for a couple years now and never got the chance so I'm glad I finally did.

Matt (School Boy's merch guy and whatnot) sat and talked with us while Boxwine was on, he told us that fans were there that had came from Kansas and that some fans even came all the way from Iowa.  I thought that was pretty awesome.

After Boxwine was a local band called The Supporting Cast.  To be honest I couldn't stand them.  That might be a little harsh, but they were screaming practically through their entire set and you couldn't understand a word of any of it.

Next was a band from Long Island, New York called Score 24. They opened up with "Beautiful Soul" by Jesse McCartney.  I was happy because I have always been and always will be a huge Jesse fan.  They did really well with it.  I didn't really pay attention to the rest of their set though, because Heather and I were talking to Anthony the whole time. .

The Rev Room is kind of seperated into two parts by a few stairsteps: the higher level (it's not really that much higher than the other part, I just don't really know what to call it) is where the bar and tables are so you can sit and watch the show if you want; the lower level is where you would go if you want to be right by the stage. I had never been on the lower level until I saw School Boy Humor that night.  Normally the people that work there won't allow me to be down there.  I guess because most of the time it is really crowded and there are a lot of drunk people down there mosh pitting or whatever and they don't want me to get hurt or something.

We explained to them that I am always used to being down front at all the other venues I go to and that we want to be down there because we are friends with School Boy, they agreed to let me go to the lower level this this time.  I hope in the future they continue to let me go down there whenever I want.

I didn't bring my dSLR with me because the lens I have now doesn't offer much zoom. I went back to using my Fujifilm S1000fd for the night.  I wish I would have known they were going to let me be by the stage so I could have brought my good camera.  I could have gotten much better pictures.  I am not used to using point and shoot cameras anymore and I have only had my dSLR for 5 months, I have completely forgotten how to work my Fujifilm and I was getting very frustrated with it because I am used to setting every detail such as the ISO and apature exactly the way I want it.  With the Fujifilm I don't really have much control over all those type of things.

I was really excited because this show was supposed to be full band (the only other time I had seen SBH it was acoustic.) but their drummer was also sick so Phil and Anthony decided to do it acoustic.  I am determined to see them perform as a full band one day.  I am kind of glad I didn't bring my dSLR to the show, since I got frustrated with the other camera I didn't take many pictures and was able to just enjoy the show.  I did take videos with my iPhone though.

 Some of the videos may be sideways, I don't know why...I wasn't holding my phone sideways. You'll probably have to turn the volume up on your computer. All the videos I have taken with this phone never seem to record very loud.  They are actually really good videos, they aren't all shakey like the other ones I have posted, yay me!

"Camera Shy" (I used lyrics from this song as the title for this post...I bet you could'a figured that out by yourself though; they start singing at the 40 second mark.)





"Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes" This one came out sideways, I don't know why...sorry.  I wasn't holding the phone sideways.






"Don't Look Back" (This song is on the radio "because we're the shit" -Phil)



My Twitvid account wasn't letting videos work once they were embedded on my blog, so I had to open up a YouTube account. I am still working on moving all my videos over to my new account.

"Just Want More" (They wrote this song with Mitchel Musso)

coming soon---

"The World Revolves Around You" (They start singing at the 3 minute mark)

coming soon---

"Show Me" (I actually recorded the whole song this time instead of just 50 seconds! Oh and the screaming girl in the background when they first start the song is Heather)

coming soon---

The show was awesome, it was good to see them again...can't wait for the next one.





Phil. My favorite picture I got that night.



 


Anthony




  


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Phil and I (we had to turn the flash off because I kept blinking)





Heather and Phil
 

Anthony and I
 

Anthony and Heather



School Boy Humor's album is available on iTunes now, and they will be releasing a new EP soon


-laurenmikael

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

ABC: School Boys, Bananas and Lenses

I feel like I haven't blogged in a really long time, but it has actually only been a week since my last post. Just wanted to say hi...so hi. Hope you are doing well. Speaking of doing well I am supposed to be seeing School Boy Humor tomorrow night at The Rev Room, but Phil the lead singer is sick he barely has a voice right now. I hope he gets better before the show or it will mostly likely be cancelled. 

On to happier news I found out about an hour ago that Thriving Ivory will be coming back to Juanita's on December 3rd.  I am really excited. I love them! I don't have all the details on how exactly I am going to get there worked out yet, but I will find a way. I refuse to miss this. I have never missed them when they were in town before and I don't plan on starting now.

Something I thought about today: The only shows I have been to this year were all either Ryan Star, School Boy Humor, or Thriving Ivory (who I saw with Ryan Star.) I thought that was kinda cool. 

Also I hope to be getting a new lens for my camera (Canon Rebel T1i dSLR) in early December. I want to get the 50mm F/1.4 USM lens, because it is a fast lens that does really well in low-light conditions...so in other words it is perfect for show photography; it is exactly what I need and since I refuse to ever be anything less than front row, it is just the right focal length.  I really want to get it before I (hopefully) see Thriving Ivory on the 3rd.

-laurenmikael

PS:  Blog posts seem empty to me if there are no pictures...so here is a random picture I took the other day:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

ABC: Halloween With The Dark Horse

Ok so technically it was the night before Halloween, but close enough. The first time I wrote about Ryan Star I failed to mention the fact that he was on the CBS reality show Rock Star: Supernova...in 2006; during which he received the nickname Dark Horse, hence the title of this post. 

On October 14th I woke up to find a tweet from a friend telling me that Ryan was coming back to Arkansas AGAIN (he had just been here on August 12th and September 9th.) I immediately text my sister and demand that we go to Juanita's on the 30th to see Ryan; she then says that since Halloween is on Sunday trick or treating is on Saturday and she has to take McKynley trick or treating.

I then start freaking out because I refuse to miss a Ryan show.  I have done that once...it was horrible, he was playing at hotel 5 hours away.  I suggested we roadtrip.  My family said no because they had already made plans that they couldn't get out of, plus they seem to hate roadtrips, everytime I ask to go to a show that isn't in Little Rock, they freak out and give me a big hell no; like I am asking them to take me to China or something. It was awful knowing that my friends from other states could go to the show...but I who lived in the same state where the show was being held couldn't even go.

Anyways back to October 14th. I asked numerous people if they would go with me but kept getting excuses.  I still didn't give up.  I prayed that I would find someone to go with me and a few days later my cousin Brook tells me that she doesn't have anything to do that night.

October 30th finally arrives and Brook, her boyfriend and I go to the show.  It was my first time to see Ryan headlining and it was amazing; my favorite show I have ever been to of his... I could honestly go see him every night and never get sick of it.

The first opener was a girl named Hope I think she sounds even better live than she does recorded...click her name and you will be taken to her Myspace to listen for yourself. She has a very smooth/mellow sound and has a song featuring Jason Mraz called "Love Love Love."



Hope



Hope's drummer
 After Hope was a band called Days Difference, who have a popular song called "Speakers"






Days Difference


Then it was time for Ryan. Since this was Ryan's first show in Little Rock as a headliner the crowd wasn't as large as I think it should have been, then again I like small shows, makes them more intimate.  Myself along with a few other die-hard R. Star fans were right up infront of the stage, where as the other people chose to stay sitting at their tables or to stand against the walls. Whenever I see Ryan I refuse to be anything less than front row...that's where all the fun stuff happens. 

The way I see it is: what's the point of going to the show if you're not going to be in the front row.  If you are not in the front row, you probably won't get very good pictures, and you also won't really get to interact with the artist.as much.

It seems like every time I see Ryan his performance gets better and better. During "Start A Fire" he held the microphone out to me, cause he knows I always sing along, good thing  the other people around me were singing too so you couldn't hear me, because I am a horrible singer. 

After the show I went over to talk to Ryan like always.  He asked me my most dreaded question that everyone I ever talk to asks me "Are you going to college?" Ever since I graduated high school in 2008. "Are you going ro college?" comes up in every conversation I have no matter who the coversation is with.  I told him eventually, maybe even next semester.  He then asked what I would be going for and I said Journalism and Photography. 

He then told me about how he used to be a photographer and used a dark room, but decided to do music instead.  I am very glad he chose music. 

 After that he told me to be sure to tell everyone I know about him so his fan base would grow...I said I didn't want to because the more people that knew about him the more crowded his shows would become, which would give me less of a chance to be in front row.

He said he would make sure I was always in the front row no matter what...and I quote: "I'll even put you on the fuckin' stage with me if I have to."

  Before we left he took the pick he used that night out of his pocket, signed it and gave it to me.  This was literally the best show I have ever been to.  I can't wait til he comes again.  What are the chances he would come for the forth month in a row? He's got me spoiled now...he can't just stop at three.



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Ryan






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Love this one too


"Speakers" by Days Difference


"Love Love Love" by Hope Featuring Jason Mraz



"Start A Fire" by Ryan Star


-laurenmikael

PS: I finally got to have a tweet up or whatever you call it and officially met Hiedi, Mandy and Sydney! :)