Monday, February 28, 2011

59/365: Not Happy



I was excited because earlier today I had taken photos of myself, they were all focused really well.  My yellow eyeshadow and yellow bow both showed up really bright.  They were good.  Then I got home and looked at them on the computer and realized in every photo I had red Chester Flamin' Hot Fry crumbs all around my mouth...oops!

I don't like this photo, I look pissed off or something but it's the only one that you can't really see the crumbs, so we're going with this.  Tomorrow's will be better; I'm gonna try again...minus the hot fries.

-laurenmikael

Sunday, February 27, 2011

58/365: I Love Silk



We're having a lazy day here at my household.  All we have done is watch TV.  I didn't even feel like taking a picture today; I just opened my mini fridge and this is what I got.  I love Silk milk I have to have a carton of chocolate Silk in my fridge at all times.

A few days ago I bought original for the first time, because I want to stop drinking regular milk.  Soy is healthier.  Original Silk is good.  I think I actually like it better than cow milk anyway.  I might be crazy, but I think it kind of has a vanilla taste.

-laurenmikael

Saturday, February 26, 2011

57/365: Pigtails






McKynley wanted pigtails today, so she could look like baby Charlie from the Disney Channel show Good Luck Charlie:





Over at Twisted Fate Photography the photo challege this week is park bench or just any random bench so I am entering this photo of the picnic table bench from Brook and Donnie's photoshoot at Maumelle Park:













-laurenmikael

56/365: "In the Mornin' I'm Makin' Waffles!"



We ended up staying with my parents last night, so this morning mom made waffles.  They have recently started using a waffle maker.  I don't think I ever want to eat frozen waffles again, fresh taste so much better.


I entered this shot into Grace's photo challenge, since her theme this week is food.
-laurenmikael

PS: The title of this post comes from the movie Shrek.

Friday, February 25, 2011

55/365: Homemade Strawberry Smoothie




My parents bought a Vitamix machine a few days ago...so when Heather and I visited them today they made us homemade smoothies.  They were so good!


-laurenmikael

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

54/365: Black and White Wednesday- Benihana's

My momma teaching McKynley how to use chopsticks

This afternoon my family and I went to Benihana's (hibachi grill) to celebrate that I turned 21 last Sunday. I still haven't ordered a drink from anywhere yet.  At Benihana's they didn't have their drinks listed on the menu and I didn't feel like going over to the bar or asking the waiter.

Heather was planning on taking me to a bar this weekend, but all our friends are going to be busy and can't go with us. Heather asked Anthony to go with us, but he leaves to go on tour the day before we were planning on going...but his band School Boy Humor is doing a home show on March 13th; so maybe I'll just wait til then to have my first "real" drink.

-laurenmikael

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

53/365: Little Miss McKynley Ann


This is the face she makes when she gets caught eating Nerds after Aunt Lala (me) told her she had already had enough candy for the day



This is her sweet and innocent face




This what Aunt Lala gets when she asks McKynley to make a silly face.

So glad my little doodlebug is home, I miss her so much when she visits her Daddy.


-laurenmikael

Monday, February 21, 2011

52/365: I Like to Photograph Fire


As I said yesterday was my first time to ever photograph fire...I thought I'd give it a try again today.  Partly because I wanted to and partly because it was 10 o'clock at night and I still hadn't taken today's picture; I also was lacking creativity.

 This is a candle holder a family friend gave me when I graduated high school.  It has a glass top that makes it look like a lamp, but it didn't photograph well with the glass lamp shade so I took it off and got this shot.

-laurenmikael

Sunday, February 20, 2011

51/365: Finally 21




Today I turned 21.  I didn't do much to celebrate though, because Heather took McKynley to visit her dad a couple days ago and they won't be home til Tuesday.  Brook is 18 so we couldn't really go out and do anything.  We went to Bravo and they gave me this glass of Gelato.  It was like a sundae; 2 layers of vanilla and a layer of cappuccino flavored gelato with a strawberry on top.  It was really good.

This was my first time photographing a lit candle; I think it turned out pretty well for a first try.

Brook and I decided to order a chocolate molten cake, which was also really good:




Then we went to the carwash:





When Heather and McKynley come home the whole family is taking me to a Japanese Hibachi grill.

In sad news: Swiper died tonight.  R.I.P it was nice having you for 5 days, you will be missed.





-laurenmikael

PS: The doctors didn't think I would live for even one day...I've made it 21 years; I win! That's a story for another time.  It's a good one.  I'll tell you about it soon.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

50/365: "It's All About the Exposure, the Lens I Told Her"



I always keep my tickets when I go a show or to the movies.  However most of the time when I go to a show I order tickets online, that way my tickets will be will-call; so I only get an actual ticket when the event is held at an arena.  This is my ticket from when I saw Paramore in 2008.

I was inspired by this photo by Marissa Jill.

I didn't edit this picture it is SOOC. (straight out of camera) I hardly ever edit my photos. I think I've only done it twice. The only thing I do is put my watermark.

Reasons why I don't edit:

  • I don't know how to use editing software, it is all way too confusing
  • I kinda feel like it is cheating (but then again it is the photographer using their creativity...)
  • I don't have any good editing software
I want to start taking brighter photographs, so for the past few days I have been playing around with the saturation, contrast and color tone settings on my camera.  I don't have everything completely down yet, but I'm learning.

The title of this post comes from "Brick By Boring Brick" by Paramore





-laurenmikael

Friday, February 18, 2011

49/365: "...Because I've Got My Candy"



I was flipping through one of my notebooks today and found this picture that Heather had drawn when it snowed.


I edited the color on yesterday's photo, it looks much better now:



Another picture I took yesterday that was almost day 48:




Some pictures that were in the running for becoming today's picture:




I liked this one, but a strand of hair fell in the middle of my face.  I kinda like how my face is out of focus, but I think it needs to be at least a little bit more in focus.




Wonka candy: Nerds, Gobstoppers and Runts. When I started this post this was the picture of the day. I had it watermarked and everything, but changed my mind at the last minute. (Hence why this post is titled "...Because I've Got My Candy")

Those are lyrics from the song "Candy" by Small Town Sleeper




-laurenmikael

Thursday, February 17, 2011

48/365: Fresh Market


My family and I have decided to create better eating habits for ourselves, less meat...more fruits and vegetables.  Organic stuff.  My parents have been going to these classes at Whole Foods that teach you how to eat healthy without feeling like you have to sit around and eat broccolli and carrots and miss out on the things you love to eat.

I went with them to this class tonight. It was actually very interesting.  I kinda want to go to the next one with them.  After we went to the class we headed over to The Fresh Market, which is pretty much just another version of Whole Foods to do some grocery shopping.

-laurenmikael

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Day 45/365: Screw Chuck E. Cheese

For Valentine's Day we decided to take McKynley to Chuck E. Cheese.  Some of you may already know this, but like I said in my 51 Random Facts About Me  post I am afraid of people in costumes.  I always thought they only used the Chuck E. Cheese costume when they filmed commercials, so I told Heather I would go with them...I was wrong.  That terrifyng rat comes out every hour to play with the little kids. 

In my 20 (almost 21) years of life I have realized that people in costumes are drawn to babies and people in wheelchairs. So that doubles the chances that they are going to come up to me. Sure enough as soon as Chuck E. came out of his dressing room he headed for McKynley and I. 

McKynley was excited and I turned my head away from him, started to hyperventilate and cry (don't judge me.)  Heather told him to go away and he just stood there, confused and waving.  Finally he went to another room and for the rest of the meal I ate in fear that some rat in a purple  t-shirt was going to sneak up behind me.  McKynley kept screaming "Chuck E. Cheeses come back, I not scared!"








After we ate McKynley played games:



























Here are some Valentine's Day related pictures:





Heather and McKynley gave me a bag full of candy this morning










 The picture above was going to be the picture of the day just because it was somewhat Valentine's-y, but then I decided to go with the frog arcade game at Chuck E. Cheese cause I liked how it turned out. 

However I still wanted to share this love/lovers and liars picture with you because my day was made when they put my pictures from Saturday's show on their official Facebook page today (well technically yesterday but you know what I mean.)

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

-laurenmikael

Monday, February 14, 2011

"...Because My Heart is in Ohio"

I had wanted to see Hawthorne Heights for at least six years but never got the chance to see them when they were in town; they pretty much come to Little Rock at least once a year. When I found out they were coming a few weeks ago I debated even bothering to try to convince someone to take me since I had failed at that so many times in the past.

  Heather never wanted to take me because she hates screamo, I would tell her they didn't scream that much, but she still refused.  Once I did convince her to take me...but since I'm brilliant I forgot to buy the tickets.

I'm always kinda nervous to ask/convince someone to take me to a show, because I know they don't really want to and half the time they don't even know who the artist is.  I was finally ready to ask Heather to take me to see Hawthorne Heights when I got on Facebook and saw a link had been shared on my wall saying that Lovers and Liars was also going to be taking part in the show.  Heather liked them when we saw them do a show with Thriving Ivory in December; so I finally had a way to get her to take me.

This time I remembered to buy the tickets.  It was honestly the best show I have ever seen, yes I know I say that about pretty much every show I go to, but I really mean it this time. 

Will Loomis opened the show; I had never heard of him before.  He was really awesome though.  I love his voice.  His songs are funny,  the crowd was laughing throughout his entire set.  He played a kazoo.  First time I ever went to a show where someone played a kazoo.  I hope I get the chance to see him again. 

Will Loomis: "My Big Woman"



He also sings about a tiny woman



Unfortunately I don't really have any pictures of Will; they all turned out crappy.  However I did manage to get this picture of his guitar:



Lovers and Liars was next.  They were amazing.  I tried to get video of "Nothing Left Here To Burn" but because I was so close to the stage the sound quality on the video turned out awful.  So you can just listen to it here instead:


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 Jason:

I tried this shot again last night, I think I like this one better than the one from last time that is in the blog header






Stacy:











Adam:



















Stephen:












After Lovers and Liars was an awful screamo band from Arkansas. I could not stand them.  I don't even know what their name is; something about faith and possibly the number 5.  I'm not sure.  Nor do I care. Sorry, that's rude. I know, but I can't stand hardcore screamo, had no idea what the hell they were saying the whole time.  I was literally praying that their set would come to an end.

Hawthorne Heights sounds so good live; I think they are one of the best live bands I have ever heard; which is funny cause after the show at the merch table JT said his voice was "shitty" for this show.  Well if that is how amazing his voice sounds when it is shitty, then I can't wait to hear it on a good day.

. They did an acoustic set.  I took video of most of the songs but like I said earlier, I was too close for the videos to be any good. I normally use my iPhone to take video but it was dead so I had to use my Canon. I wish I could have used my phone though, cause it takes really good video.

Heather said she liked them and that they were really good. Which is good for me...because that means next time she'll want to go hopefully just as much as I do. 

JT:

















Micah:




























The title of this post comes from "Ohio Is For Lovers" by Hawthorne Heights


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Find more artists like Hawthorne Heights at Myspace Music

Find more artists like Hawthorne Heights at Myspace Music

Find more artists like Hawthorne Heights at Myspace Music



"If It's Over" by Lovers and Liars

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  Heather and I with JT Woodruff of Hawthorne Heights






with Stephen, Stacy and Jason of Lovers and Liars (Adam was outside at the time the pictures were being taken)


I don't know why I didn't ask to get a picture with Will Loomis, I talked to him for a second at the merch table. Oh well, I'm sure he'll be back one day...

Can't wait til all of these guys come back again!


-laurenmikael