market melodies

June 20, 2012

I've been sharing my Urban Market finds and the local
farmers/vendors who make the whole thing possible
and thought it would be appropriate to share my video too.
I've been spending the last few weeks
 taking a time based media class for the 
first semester of summer session- the last day of class
is Friday and as I've been working on another project
I tried my best to perfect this one so I could share.
The project was to be based on sound and was limited
to document a specific place we chose. 
With permission and support from the 
South Elm Urban Market, I had the perfect place to use!
It took about three Sunday's of footage and
three weeks of clipping, editing and perfecting
this three minute video and I am so proud of it,
considering this is the first time I've ever done
anything with time based media.
I used Final Cut Pro, After Effects and Photoshop.
I would love to hear what you think-
please don't hesitate to critique.

the first half is sound based on the band 
The Grand Ole Uproar's song "Black Coffee"
coupled with video I shot of local farmers and vendors.
the second half of the video where the music tapers off
is based solely on the sounds I heard walking through the market-
you'll hear a lot of talking, wind blowing through tree's
and through local metal cast art and of course laughter.

growing up

June 14, 2012

recognize this picture?
this was the day before Adriana started kindergarten
last August 2011 and boy did it tear my heart apart to see
 her so nervous and well, scared. I knew that it would soon fade
but the thought of her being so sad about not being home all day 
and learning the way she was use to, scared me.
I remember the feeling I had walking out of the room crying,
my mind was in constant chatter and panic repeatedly asking myself
"is she going to be okay?" 
"what if she needs me?" 
"I won't be there to kiss her boo boo if she falls at recess" 
"how am I going to encourage her if she's feeling like she can't do it?"
"will the other kids be nice?" 
"what if she's scared?" 
"does she think I'm abandoning her?" 
seriously, I couldn't get a grip on myself.
but I got through the first day
and realized that she did too 
and not only did she love it but
she didn't need me.
my realization: she's growing up.

I believe she deserves a big post for me to brag 
about how smart she is and how proud I am of her.
kindergarten was an extremely gigantic step for Adriana-
It was a new concept and environment for her as she never
went to any kind of day care or preschool prior
and for her to catch on so quickly really put my worries to rest.
I love the school, I loved her teachers 
and I love the progress Adriana made from beginning to end.

 She soaks up everything and encourages herself to push harder
to achieve the goals she sets for herself, yes you heard me right,
the goals she sets.

moments like
being a part of writing a class book

and earning fancy awards like these

because she spends her spare time doing things
like perfecting her letters and reading. a lot.

I can't believe how much she has grown.
I'm so out of this world proud of her.
She reads constantly and is always writing in her notebooks 
and activity journals. She loves math, science and history so much
that she begged her teachers to let her bring home activity books
to work on and books from the library to learn more!
I have made it a point to purchase more books in those subjects
since she thrives to learn about them.

so here is a series of photos I took of her in the mornings 
when I could remember- some before we left 
and some in the car before getting out

this is Adriana on the first day

 and here she is on the morning of her last day of kindergarten
happy as could be to finally be a first grader.

She's my little book worm, writer and artist
and reminds me every day how much she wants to be a 
veterinarian when she grows up.
I know that will change as the years go on and she gets older
but the one thing that will never change is how much I love her
and how proud I am to watch her blossom and grow.
she believes in herself and knows she can be anything she 
wants to be and so much more-
so watch out first grade, here she comes!

want to read more on this topic?

what's in your lunchbox?

June 12, 2012

so this is the last of Adriana's lunches until August 2012
she will be starting first grade!

 lunch day eighty one 
a cucumber and cream cheese butterfly shaped sandwich
 a whole clementine
sun dried tomato crackers
and chocolate covered sunflower seeds

 lunch day eighty two
 mini whole wheat bagel with cream cheese and strawberries
 lemonade cookies
 white cheddar popcorn
 kiwi and mandarin orange kabobs 
and dried cranberries

lunch day eighty three
lime and cilantro beef on rice with pickled onions
 mango chunks
 rice krispie treat stars 
and annie's gummies

lunch day eight four
roasted sweet potato mash with brown sugar 
 topped with roasted broccoli
 fuji apple slices
 mini crackers and cheese
and a caramel candy 

 lunch day eighty five
creamy cheesy garlic pasta
caramel white fudge popcorn
raw broccoli
 mandarin oranges 
and a heart shaped marshmallow

lunch day eighty six
macaroni salad with tuna
 red grapes
 sweet yellow pepper
 local strawberries 
and a yogurt covered pretzel

lunch day eighty seven
vegetable lentil soup
 raw broccoli
 corn on the cob
whole grain rice krispie chunks 
and a strawberry tower

 lunch day eighty eight
krab roll "flower"
 shelled edamame
 sweet orange pepper rings
 asian pear wedges 
and pickled ginger

lunch day eighty nine
very cheesy spiral mac n cheese
 kiwi halves
 mini apple cinnamon rice cakes
 celery chunks
 and a strawberry real fruit roll up

lunch day ninety
brown rice with broccoli
 mango chunks
 annie's honey graham bunnies
 baby carrots
 and white chocolate chips 

lunch day ninety one
french toast with maple syrup
 blueberry and peach chunk kabobs
 granola chunks with raisins 
and a heart shaped raspberry fruit strip

lunch day ninety two
tuna salad and wheat bread "sushi" roll and cheese star
 white cheddar popcorn
 kiwi slices
apple cinnamon straws 
 and annie's citrus gummies

 lunch day ninety three
spaghetti with (turkey & onion) sauce
annie's bunny pretzels
 mandarin oranges
 dark chocolate & roasted peanut brownie chunks 
and dried cranberries with white chocolate chips

 lunch day ninety four
vegetable stir fry with noodles
 lemonade cookies
 local strawberries 
and annie's citrus gummies

lunch day ninety five
a peanut butter and jelly mini wheat bagel
 kiwi sticks
 white cheddar popcorn
 apple and mandarin orange chunks 
and a milk chocolate and coconut wafer

I had a few questions about there not being a lunch
for every day and I wanted to clarify that.
There were some days I did not pack her lunch because
of class parties, field trips, sick days and some times not having time in the morning.
I hope that answers it for you guys!

stay tuned for what's coming next with our lunches
we're going to be doing a book 
and I can't wait to share it with you all!

urban market finds

June 09, 2012

week two
peaches from Dodge Lodge Farm
sourdough load from Cheesecakes by Alex
jalapeno goat cheese spread from Goat Lady Dairy

week three
rosemary baguette from Cheesecakes by Alex
strawberries from Dodge Lodge Farm
zucchini and squash from Sommerville Cornucopia
squash pickles from Providence Preserves
triple heat goat cheese spread from Goat Lady Dairy