So, I figured I should get this in before April.
So, I figured I should get this in before April.
A few months ago (when I was still healthy and went to the gym regularly) I was reading O Magazine and came across a little blurb about a book called Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough by Lori Gottlieb. Admittedly, the title was a little off-putting, but the description sounded interesting. Last week, the night before I headed to Phoenix, I decided to buy it on my Kindle so I’d have something to read on the plane.
Love music .. and used to be a concert fanatic. not so much anymore … but going to see Bon Jovi Monday night 🙂 Half way there, baby!
Send me your address at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll send your cd.
ETA – This contest will end at 11:59 pm Thursday, March 11.
I can’t believe I had a month of love and did post about three of my very most favorite things. I will go into detail about these in subsequent posts, but I just wanted to get them down for now.
I know I mentioned musicals, but I love music. Now, I don’t love every type of music, but I can definitely appreciate the majority of genres. My go to favorites are independent artists (and I kind of feel betrayed when they end up on the radio). I love sharing my new music finds (which are often Sarah or Kelly or Candice’s new music finds) with the rest of the world. Music has played a huge role in my life. I spent a good portion of my time singing in both high school and college (little known Chloe facts) and still love singing harmonies at church on Sundays. Neil Diamond was my childhood soundtrack. My first cassette was Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual which I listened to on my pink, on speakered boom-box that I carried like a purse as I rode around the neighborhood on my bike. I think I was seven.
When I was around 11, I got a “sound system” for my birthday. One of those combo dual cassette deck, turn-table, multi cd player things. By older brother bought me my first CD; Billy Idol’s Vital Idol–the re-issue that had eight songs instead of the original seven. To this day, White Wedding is still one of my favorite songs, in part because it’s a great song, and in part because every time I hear it I am reminded of how excited I was that my brother was sharing his music with me. I spent many years of my life hearing, through a closed door, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Van Halen, Black Sabbath, and Pink Floyd blasting in my brother’s room.
Oh how I love music! Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Poison, The Cure, Shawn Colvin, Dave Matthews, Tracy Chapman, Alanis Morrisette, Sheryl Crow. These are the artists that got me through, what I like to refer to as, “the s@#$ years.” You know, the second half of high school and the beginning of college.
Now, as I said, my go-tos are the independent artists, but I get in my moods. Like, when I want to listen to country (yes, country) I do and I love it. But music is always there. Always a part of my life. I love hearing it live. I love covers of songs that I know and love. I love how it can change my mood instantly.
Random facts that illustrate my obsession and how influential music has been in my life:
Representing Feb. 26 – I love music! Seriously. And in fact, I’m going to copy my lovely friends and do a March Mix CD giveaway. Just leave a comment and I’ll draw a winner. (The odds are in your favor because my readership is way down, so I’m guessing you might have a 50% of winning…maybe if there aren’t too many of you, I’ll make one for everyone who comments.)
The month of love is over, however, I still have more love to share. I’ve done some of it retroactively, but since I just did this tonight (finally), I didn’t want to lie on my blog.
A few weeks ago, I saw a this great picture on Nicole Hill’s blog that had been edited using something called tilt-shift. Not being super into photoshop, I’d never heard of this (come to find out it is all the rage). Anyway, I really wanted to try this out, but I needed to be able to take some pictures from the right angles. So, while in New York, I took the opportunity to take some pictures for the sole purpose of being able to practice editing them.
I kind of forgot about them once I downloaded the pictures, and then tonight on my reader I saw this post on a friend’s family blog and it reminded me that I wanted to do try it out. Kelly had told me that I could find a tilt-shift action, so I did and downloaded it. (If you want to know how to do it without an action, there’s a great tutorial–and example–here.)
Here are my first attempts at using it:
Now that I have used the action, I have realized that this is not as easy as I had hoped–is anything?–but it is fun to play with photoshop. I tried to use a few different techniques and I can definitely tell the difference. Lots to learn, but very fun!
March 1 (in place of Feb. 25) – I love learning new skills…even if it isn’t as easy as it looks.