Round Falls

30 Mar

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This weekend I found my way to the Round Falls which are located smack dab in the middle of Baltimore city. I’ve known about this off the beaten path locale for sometime, but yet have never made it out there. The Round Falls is a man-made waterfall located off of the Jones Falls Trail. There is a steep, unkempt set of stairs which may as well be non-existent to get down to the falls. Once you go down the hill you reach a small overlook deck with benches that’s covered in graffiti.

My first impression of the falls? Is that it? I imagined it to be much bigger for some reason from what I’ve seen from photos. Its still worth a visit and I’m glad I finally went to check it out.

I’m doing a shutter speed project for my photography class, so I figured a waterfall would be a good subject to try. Out of all the shots I took, I only got two that were worth a hoot. It was way too sunny for my liking. Too much light reflecting off water.

I need to find something else for my project. People in action is what I really need, but I just feel so awkward and rude for taking photos of strangers. I’d much rather take pictures of inanimate objects, landscapes, or animals.

Week 12 in Photos

27 Mar

78 - Butterfinger Blast

78 – Butterfinger Blast

79 - Shadow Cycle

79 – Shadow Cycle

80 - Kinda Melted Butterfly

80 – Kinda Melted Butterfly

81 - National Puppy Day

81 – National Puppy Day

82 - Wires

82 – Wires

83 - Good Humor

83 – Good Humor

84 - DO NOT DRINK

84 – DO NOT DRINK

Week 11 in Photos

21 Mar

71 - Wax Seals

71 – Wax Seals

72 - His Eyes

72 – His Eyes

73 - Silhouette Project

73 – Silhouette Project

74 - Accidental

74 – Accidental

75 - Goofy Shit in Photography Class

75 – Goofy Shit in Photography Class

76 - March Neatography Box

76 – March Neatography Box

77 - Chips & Salsa for lunch!

77 – Chips & Salsa for Lunch!

Week 10 in Photos

20 Mar

64 - Coronarita

64 – Coronarita

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65 – When Life Hands You Lemons

66 - POV Puppy

66 – POV Puppy

67 - Don't Give Up

67 – Don’t Give Up

68 - Beer & Salad

68 – Beer & Salad

69 - Library Reading

69 – Library Reading

70 - Making Stuff

70 – Making Stuff

30 Facts about Me

8 Mar

This prompt I got from a 30 day writing prompt challenge that I’ve been doing on my Livejournal (Yea, people still use that!) and thought I would share this one in both places.

Day 6: 30 Facts About Yourself

1. Every day is a struggle with anxiety and depression – This has been something I’ve been dealing with for over 12+ years now. I try to not let my mental illness control my life, but it does.

2. I’m a collector. A few of the things I collect: Hello Kitty, Pandas, Writing Utensils, Art & Craft Supplies, Cook Books, Lucky Cats, Owls, Domo-kun, Vinyl Records, Stationery, Journals, Smashed Pennies, Stickers, Shot & Pint Glasses, Snoopy.

3. I was in the Color Guard & Winter Guard when I was in high school. I was a total dweebus, but I loved it.

4. I’ve had some sort of website since late 1999. My first domain name was rainbow-dust.org. I also owned glow-star.net & euphoria.nu once upon a time.

5. I hate the texture of fruit, but love eating it. If its not a strawberry or banana, chances are it gets blended into a smoothie before I consume.

6. I don’t Facebook. Ok, I have an active account, but only to keep in touch with my mom and to keep up with events that I am interested in going to, but that’s it. I would totally delete my account if I didn’t need it to communicate with my mom (Her communication method of choice). I used to spend hours a day scrolling through my feed mainly out of boredom, but I hated pretty much everything I saw. I don’t care about your babies, your vacation, or what you had for lunch. It can also get pretty depressing for me, to be honest.

7. I’ve been playing World of Warcraft since 2006. That’s 9 years! Holy crap. I used to be mega obsessed with it, but now my interest comes and goes and I only play it casually.

8. I am not religious nor have I ever been, but I did used to go to church when I was younger and in middle school, but only for the social aspect.

9. I have over 9000 (Its over 9000!) photos on my Flickr. That’s 10 years worth of photos.

10. Don’t like scary stuff, but I am a lot better about it than I used to be when I was younger. I prefer sunshine & rainbows rather than gore & guts.

11. I am a very vivid dreamer. Sometimes I have trouble telling apart what’s a dream and what is real life. I also experience lucid dreams.

12. 32 out of 50 states have been visited. Favorite states: Montana & Oregon.

13. Previous jobs I have had – Cashier at Wendy’s, Internet Technical Support, Cashier at Target, Call center for Recalled products. Jobs I have attempted to do but failed because of anxiety: Dog washer at Petsmart, NOC center call agent, hair washer at a salon, Call Center for Gift Tree. I suck at life.

14. My bedtime routine is pretty important. I like to get a shower around 9-10pm and then lay in bed watching 1 – 2 hours of shows on the laptop. I usually have a cup of Sleepytime with loose leaf ginger mixed in with possibly a snack.

15. Favorite colors: Aqua, Mint Green, Yellow, Grey, Black. But really though, rainbows.

16. I’ve had my dog Oscar for five years. He is pretty much the reason I get up most days.

17. I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.

18. I’ve studied French & Spanish languages for a few years each, but now I am currently learning Japanese.

19. Favorite Band of all time: Modest Mouse.

20. I am heavily tattooed & have stretched ears.

21. I’m left-handed, but only when it comes to eating and writing. Everything else I pretty much do right-handed.

23. I despise most internet lingo. I especially hate that word for self portrait. I refuse to even type it, much less say it.

24. If I could go anywhere in the world it would probably be New Zealand.

25. Don’t ever want children. Can’t stand them. Not for me. NOPE. NEVER.

26. I am pretty confident in my body, but if I were to change anything I would definitely get a boob job (to make them smaller & perkier).

27. My dream car is a Mini Cooper. I currently drive a 2003 VW Beetle that’s pretty beat up.

28. I have driven cross-country by myself twice.

29. I have been in some sort of relationship since I was 14 years old with very little break, if any, between them. I dream of the day for when I can be alone.

30. A few years ago I did something to my foot and ever since it pretty much hurts if I don’t wear shoes of some sort. So, I wear a pair of pink crocs around the house. I am pretty embarrassed to admit this, but they really do help the pain in my foot.

Week 9 in Photos

7 Mar

57 - Scavenger Hunt

57 – Scavenger Hunt

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58 – Sneaky Photo

59 - Moar Snow

59 – Moar Snow

60 - Me & My Little Oscar

60 – Me & My Little Oscar

61 - Pink Panda from Pen Pal

61 – Pink Panda from Pen Pal

62 - Foggy Snow

62 – Foggy Snow

63 - Snow Tracks

63 – Snow Tracks

Week 8 in Photos

3 Mar

50 - You Are Beautiful

50 – You Are Beautiful

51 - Midnight Snow Stroll

51 – Midnight Snow Stroll

52 - Pen Case

52 – Pen Case

53 - Harry Potter as a Cutting Board

53 – Harry Potter as a Cutting Board

54 - Feeeeed Me

54 – Feeeeed Me

55 - Silent Library

55 – Silent Library

56 - Beef Stew

56 – Beef Stew

Beef Stew!

2 Mar

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I grew up eating beef stew & rice a lot. So this is pretty much comfort in a bowl. Its a lot different than what I grew up eating, but I like it a lot better (My mom is not the greatest cook). I love putting stuff in the crockpot and just letting it simmer all day. The house always smells so delicious on those days. Nothing better than coming home to a warm meal on a cold day, in my opinion.

2 pounds stew beef – rinsed
4 carrots – peeled, cleaned, & sliced into discs. (I cheat and use baby carrots)
3 celery stalks – cleaned and sliced.
1 medium onion (yellow, red, white, doesn’t matter) – diced
4 small – medium yukon gold/butter potatoes – cleaned and cut into quarters. (You can use a couple of Russet potatoes, cleaned and peeled, I just like the yellow ones so I don’t have to peel them.)
1 can of beer (cheap, pilsner will do)
2 cups veggie stock (you can use beef stock/broth)
1 – 2 cups water (just enough to cover your stuff — you can also use more stock instead of water)
2 tsp salt (or to taste)
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp thyme (I like ground better than the dried leaves)
3 – 6 cloves garlic OR 1 1/2 tsp of garlic powder. (1/4 tsp of garlic powder = 1 clove.)
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 tbs tomato paste

Serve over white rice.

Throw everything into a large crockpot and let it simmer on low for 8 – 10 hours or on high/med high for 4 – 6 hours. Its best to put it on high for an hour and let it come to a simmer before lowering the temperature down to low, but that’s just me and what I like to do.

This recipe yields quite a bit for two people, we usually have leftovers for a few days.

This recipe can easily be made into a vegan recipe with the Gardein frozen beef tips. I’ve used those a lot in this recipe and they work just fine. :)

Enjoy!

February Recap

1 Mar

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– Started Spring Semester

– Went to the opening of “What’s Your View” at the top of the World Trade Center.

– Got into a minor car accident on the way to said mail art gallery opening.

– Rode on a real train for the very first time.

– Went to the Mail Social in DC – We made handmade embroidered Valentine Cards.

– Got an edible arrangement for Valentine’s Day.

– Ate a lot of Tacos & Chinese Food.

– Went to Mary’s Pub Crawl/Scavenger Hunt thing even though I knew it was going to cause many anxieties (it did, but I survived).

– Did some urban exploration.

– Created: Art & Photography projects

– Got the snow storm I had been waiting for all winter and then went for a midnight stroll in it.

 

Books I read: My Cousin Rachel

Movies & Shows watched: Burn Notice, John Wick , Ouran Host Club

Music: Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear, Sleater Kinney – No Cities to Love

 

 

Week 7 in Photos

26 Feb

43 - A Day Early

43 – A Day Early

44 - Cold Adventures

44 – Cold Adventures

45 - Pizza Joint

45 – Pizza Joint

46 - Frozen Pipes

46 – Frozen Pipes

47 - Study Tiem!

47 – Study Tiem!

48 - Laundry Helper

48 – Laundry Helper

49 - May as well live here

49 – May as Well Live Here