Sunday, August 17, 2014

Our Engagement Party


The party went exceedingly well. The food was done on time, my design elements really popped, and there was just enough food to feed everyone and send everyone home with a few leftovers. For a casual at home party, it felt like a serious life event.

I managed to take a very small quantity of photos (I had my hands quite full), and this post is supplemented with some my mom took on her Nikon coolpix as well. 

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Engagement Photo Portrait Session


People that aren't into photography take photos at very discrete times in their lives. They take them specifically, when they want to remember something.  That makes sense. I am probably into photography because I want to remember everything about my life Having a photograph helps me not only remember, but it helps me remember things more fondly. Now I am a special situation. I am in the situation where the photo I am taking (as a subject) serves as not just a photograph, but as a landmark. I am getting married, and the photos I take during this era will forever be my "wedding photos"

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Rockwork Orange (5.10a Crack, Mount Woodsen)

Me Toproping on Rockwork Orange.

I was exhausted hiking up to Mount Woodsen this morning. After taking two days to work on my gym leading skills and two days at Santee Boulders working with a borrowed crash pad, this was my fifth day climbing this week. I've been hitting it really hard. My interest in climbing is just going through the roof. Its partly because I feel like my climbing community is becoming more solid and more significant in my life, and partly because I am starting to develop more climbing related goals. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Projecting at Santee Boulders


Alex on Knobs (V0+)

This excursion felt different than normal. We were a breakout group who were forced to climb in Santee Boulders because all we had were shoes and a pad. We also had a few new people who wanted to try Climbing Outdoors for the first time. I also did the same routes for the second time in 2 weeks which made me realize that my habits were not that of a project climber. This may be why I am not improving the way I like. I  never hit the same route twice because my don't usually climb things unless I can onsight them. I think climbing with this breakout group will be a good change for me.

We had a lot of fun, but the day ended extremely early when we got rained out.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

10 Things Lately...August

Self Portrait
Here are 10 things to Catch you up on Maria's Day to Day.

1)   I worked on 2 paintings last month: the self portrait (before I injured my face) and a space YoYo painting. I think the self portrait is mostly done, but I am going to touch up the YoYo painting a bit more before I call it good to go. I have a feeling that I will linger on it quite a bit because I have not yet mocked up my next project.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Dog Beach


We originally went to Ocean Beach to pick up my surfboard from the shop and to test out the repair on dog beach. I am still recovering from a scraped off face so I was going to sit on Dog Beach and play with Buffy while Alex worked on finally standing up. I've been wanting to cocreate an adventure ever since I saw Petco's Summer Play List campaign for having more fun with your best friend. I'm a little late with week 4: go to the beach, but Buffy had a great time

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014