fav photo + 365 + a few favorites

This post was meant for Friday but when husband
showed up earlier than expected, I convinced him to go
see the new Star Trek with me instead of cutting the grass.
I then left early Saturday morning to head to Cleveland, OH
to visit family - I mean what other reason would I ever want to
go to Cleveland?  What turned into a one night trip, turned into an
extra day of laughing and wine drinking resulting in yesterday
being too tired to do anything but drive the 2 hours home
and read, fall asleep, watch a movie, repeat.
So, today I am playing catch-up:)

Friday's prompt was to share a favorite photo of yourself and why:
I love photos.  But not ones of myself.  Husband is
not a "oh, let me take your photo" kinda guy (he likes to enjoy
the moment. hippy.) and I get really embarrassed asking
husband or anyone "oh hey, can you take a photo of me?"
Therefore, photos of me are hard to find, let alone a photo of myself
that I actually like.  Nearly impossible.  However, when I read today's prompt
this photo popped into my mind immediately.

Why you may as? I mean, my hair is a mess, you can see my crows feet,
and I am dressed like a old lady.  BUT I am smiling the most genuine
looking smile that I have seen in a photo of myself in a really long time.
I had brought my camera into the old 9 to 5 to take photos
of the clients signing with their deaf peer.  It was my turn to show
the clients what I got, so my coworker grabbed my camera,
to show me what it feels like to have a camera in my face,
to take her own photos.  And this is what she got.  This what I'd like to
think I look like when I smile.  Crows feet and all:)

Fridays are also dedicated to sharing my 365 project.
I have obviously taken some more since I had originally planned
to post this but they will just have to wait until Friday. 
May 11, 2013.  Day 142 of 365
"Ambridge Building"
{We headed back to our home town to grab a cider from a beer distributor that was the only place who had it in stock in the area.}

May 12, 2013.  Day 143 of 365


May 13, 2013.  Day 144 of 365
{This photo along with 10am (below) may also look familar.}

May 14, 2013.  Day 145 of 365
{Downloaded the new A Beautiful Mess app the other day.  Had some fun with the doodles.}

May 15, 2013.  Day 146 of 365

May 16, 2013.  Day 147 of 365
{More fun with Toy Story characters, Girlfriend, and the new app}

May 17, 2013.  Day 148 of 365
"Bag Lady"
{Little girlfriend pushes her little grocery cart around the garage.  We call her the bag lady.}


The next prompt I am excited to share is from Sunday: 
Five of your favorite blogs and why you love them. 
I love discovering new blogs and get excited when I
see one of my favorites pop up in my Bloglovin' Feed.  
So without further, adieu, here are my 5 favorites and why
(in no particular order):

Lisa Czarina from Ella Coquine.Com
How can I not be inspired by a girl who decides to pick up her life in NYC to move to Paris, hardly knowing anyone and the language.  She gets her heart broken when she had to break her engagement but instead of running back home she continued  to live in the City of Lights.  Not only has she made a beautiful life (with many hilarious stories) for herself in a foreign country, she has met the love of her life (who she recently married). She is also such an inspiration to any of us ladies out there who wonder if we could ever really pick up and leave everything that is familiar to us for a dream.  Lisa proves it is possible.  

She is one of the most hilarious and honest blogs out there.  She makes being a mother look fun while being real all at the same time.  Not many do.   She has no problem voicing her opinions and standing up for what she believes in.  I can tell, Raven and I would be good friends if we lived in the same town. 

Taylor from The Daily Tay
If you want to literally LOL, hers is the blog to read.  She lives in Chicago and is starting to take her talents on the Improv stage.  Not that I know much comedy, but I do know what makes me laugh and I would definitely make an effort to see her live when I am in Chicago.  She also writes an hilarious Friday post called  The Best Week Ever all about who or what is going on in the news.  If it wasn't for  Taylor, I am not sure I would ever have a clue. 

Mish from Miss Lovin' Life
Another inspiration as well.  Her and her main squeeze quit their jobs to travel the world.  Traveling the world is obviously something I have always wanted to do and her posts are always a great reminder that I can do anything if I just put my mind to it.  They traveled to some of the most amazing places.  Places I have never really thought of seeing.  I started following right when she took off so it was nice to "travel along" with her on her amazing journey during the cold and dreary winter months. 

Cassandra from The Lyric Locket
Cassandra can craft like it's nobody's business.  She is constantly posting and sharing her amazing projects around her home in Maine.  She is also amazing at taking photos.  A girl after my own heart:) 

Phew, I hope that wasn't too overwhelming for you.
Husband and I walked 7.42 miles today so I am now 
heading back outside to take a nap read my book until
husband gets home.  So, until next time...


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  1. That is a great photo of yourself. You can just feel how happy you were in that moment. :)

  2. I loved this post from the beginning when I saw that oh so happy picture of you! You look great and like you said, genuinely happy! Sounds like a great time in Cleveland! I feel like I became a little relaxed reading about your visiting, wine drinking, movie watching, and road tripping time. What was your job then? My mother is a sign language interpreter so my eyes/ears perked up when reading that you were taking photos of peers signing together! And then seeing that you listed me as one of your favorites made my day :)

  3. love that pic of you!!! you RADIATE joy. that is the most beautiful thing ever. for real!

  4. you look beautiful in that picture! and love the "girlfriends" pic - so cute!


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