christmastime in new mexico! mainly, SNOW!

a day in the life, photos, stories, thoughts, words

my family and i are now in new mexico for christmas! we drove in yesterday, the 22nd, and tonight we will hang out with auntie steph, and tomorrow is christmas eve and the day after tomorrow is…. CHRISTMAS!  and, also, it’s snowing!  or was.  lovely large flakes (unromantic word… how about fluffs?) falling from the sky.  this  clara and i woke up to uncle david making coffee, and then clara sits up and is like “look out the window! it’s snowing!” so i do, and of course, it is.  and it’s beautiful! after waking up more, we bundled up and went outside.  we made snow angels, and snow flowers, and a snow man.  and then auntie steph drove up in her new car, which we didn’t recognize, honked at us, and we ate breakfast with her and stuff.  she brought reindeer antlers, and chocolate.   and then mom and dad and amy and melissa came out, and we had a lovely giant snowball fight.  we all threw snowballs at  dad, because he was the worst, or best, at hitting us.  getting hit on the behind with a rock hard snowball hurts.  but, i got him back.   and when i had my little digital camera and film slr, i was immune from getting hit by snowballs.  it was great.

^ this is chad, the snowman.

^ mom giving chad bunny ears

^dad threw a shovelful of snow on her.

after you have waded through that slog of words, here are some pictures for you!

^when auntie steph came, she brought reindeer antlers!

^melissa and i

^mom and dad

^amy and i

^ catching snowflakes!


best bookstore in the world

photos, stories, thoughts, words


^ books


^ more books



^ melissa.  i’m realizing how amazing this picture would be if i cropped out the ceiling.  i’m gonna have to do that.


^ melissa’s favorite little room


^ amy’s chair.  yes, she is home! if only for the weekend.  she brought many fun/crazy/awesome  friends.



^ my Diana F+ lomography book


^ melissa’s dress is so perfect for taking pictures of.  she is too.  and, of course, there’s the guy with the cool beard.


the bookstore, called Recycled i think, is on north locust street in denton.  it’s in an old opera house.  it’s really mazy, like the antique store in downtown carrollton.  but more so.

so this week my aim is to take photos on a roll of film… with only  my fisheye lens on.  yeah.

road map.

la de da

photos, words

here are some faves.

me and my bag and coat and shoes.  yes, coat in arizona.  it was cool and windy.


this photo represents our food parties.  #1  m&m’s and water.  #2  ramen and bread and water.  #3 jello and ramen and water.


we picked grapefruit and tangelos from our grandparents’ trees.

i love this photo because:

the focus is on the orange one.

the orange one pops.

the orange one, i guess i shall say the tangelo, is in a visual sweet spot.


this one is rather cool.


bit of enlightenment:

putting a jug full of water outside will detract dogs.  like un attract them.  bother them so they don’t come to the front of your house.  supposedly.  it works, i think.  i didn’t witness it work, but i heard first hand accounts from reliable witnesses.


family photo!


not packing my bike

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…it wouldn’t fit.  my suitcase is full already.  and ha!  i’m not even done packing.

this is my suitcase.  notice the hawaiian flowery print.  i added that.  for real.  i sewed a pocket into the suitcase we’re BORROWING.  haha.  i was halfway done and mom was like “did you ask them?”  so i called auntie di.  and she said it was fine.  haha. again.  and i love how i have magazines in my suitcase like it’s contraband.


so, i rode my bike to my friend’s house to get my hair cut.  her mom is a hairstlyist.  i didn’t bring my camera.  i didn’t bring anything.  just a helmet.  don’t like those.  but it was fun to ride my bike by myself.  without a cell phone.  or anything.  it made me feel independent.

here are some recent things i’ve made.

i love how our grass is green outside.

so i made 2 potholders out of some old jeans that had holes in the knees.  melissa gave me the idea for a fat man with a moustache.  i guess he’s a cook.  i made lots of cards, and a notebook for myself.  haha yeah i’m selfish.  for MYSELF! :D