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This month has really been something else...
I've had to deal with personal issues that would have remained untouched unless provoked and awaken.
I've felt vulnerable and shaken by circumstances...feelings that have been unfamiliar to me for years.

In the mist of everything, Christ has been my comfort, peace, and refuge. In the mist of confusions, questions, and personal uncertainties, God has dealt with everything and then some. I have a new sense of self and purpose. The future I envisioned was too humble according to what God has ordained for me to do. It's amazing how God does exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ever ask or think of.

This weekend has been crazy as well! My Jeep was stolen from the HCC parking lot on Saturday. The cops found it on Sunday and the igniton is completely torn out! The punks left Newports and gum wrappers on my floor. *grrr* The Jeep is fine but I have to start her with a screwdriver until I can fix her. I'm just happy I have her back though. What's funny is that I was calm through the whole ordeal; especially with my friend Jessica and Paul.

After I cleared things up with the cop, Jessica drove me to AOE to pick up some items Pearl was out of.
I fell in love once my feet touched the parking lot! I LOVE AOE!
I could get lost going down the ailies of art goodies. Granted it's not a big store but it has a personality of it's own.
It was closing time so I wasn't able to waunder but I'm going by tomorrow for more supplies!
If it wasn't so far I'd visit every week! But I'm going to do my best to help support this little family business.

Work is great! I've had to train more people than I'm used to. But I rather it this way than having a bunch of mindless photo students winging it in my lab. Everybody seems really nice and easy to work with. Crosby and I are working up stuff for the Photo Club this semester. She wanted to wait for the "dust to settle" with her work affairs before getting started. We have lots of great things we want to do including a portfolio workshop.

Classes are great too. I need to devote more time to working on my drawing skills outside of class but I think things are going well. Ms. Midulla is such a great teacher. She does do things that could bother me if I paid attention but I'm there for one thing: to grow as a artist and do my best in this subject.

I'm on pins and needles over this Avante Garde opportunity. I should hear from them in two weeks or so. I've never done it before but I sent my family emails as to what I would like for my birthday: gift certificates from B&H, Dick Blick, and Amazon. If I get this gig, I'm going to need all the help I can get. I'm going for 16x20's baby! Also, I received a phone call today that I should get my student show check by the end of the week. It's being negotiated to bypass the crap and cut me a check now for my troubles...we'll see I guess...

There are so many art shows and happenings going on too....more than I've noticed before. I'm really excited about attending them and being inspired. There's one on Hispanic migrants in Florida; a subject I want to document but I'm lacking the ideas on how to pull it off with creative twists.

Ok...I'm beginning to rant.
Or was this post a rant to begin with?

Anyways, my tummy is happy after consuming a heap of Mema's Beef Taco Salad with a touch of tabasco heat. <---- I think this qualifies as a rant...

Blah Blah Blah

I need to mix chems now.

Crap...yet another student that can't process film.

Oh well, such is the life of a lab tech.

Overdue Typings

I've been so busy lately that I've negleted updating my LJ.

School is going well. There's such a difference between taking an art class versus an acedemic course like microbiology. You have to produce what your learning. You have to get it down not on a multiple choice test but everyday because everything builds on itself. Somethings are hard and I may need to dedicate more time than others but practice makes anything perfect. I've been really stressed lately but its beginning to subside. It really started to interfer with my work but I'm getting better. I'm so happy with my current school situation. I'm working towards my passion...

Church is going great as well. We're moving into a bigger building in a community that lacks a church. The facility will allow us to restart many of our community programs we were unable to sustain in our current location. I'm really excited about what God is doing with us!

My friend Marisol and I went to the Tampa Museum of Art this afternoon to submit our work. The Avante Garde committee was hosting an open call for emerging artists with little to no gallery experience for the possibility of hosting their working during the 2005-2007 season. The jury kept eyeing my work with smiles and nods. Everyone was really nice. We should hear back in two to three weeks. I would be in tears if I get called back. What an honor to showcase my work at the museum and so early in my career! I need to start producing more prints though. Maybe some 16x20's if I can afford it...

I'm still itching to do some traveling. I've been meaning to go to Sarasota for months but thanks to gas prices and time that's been put on hold. I want to go to some small towns and villages too. I think Florida has a lot to offer and I want to explore my surroundings.

My birthday is coming up in 14 days too. The big 24. I'm glad that I can look back at my young life and see the accomplishments and learn from the mistakes. There're are still things on my list that I haven't done but I'm on my way. As long as I'm hand in hand with God everything in my life, the things I can imagine and the things that I haven't the capacity to dream up will come to past.

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has
imagined what God has prepared for those who love him."

~ 1 Corinthains 2:9

Art Supplies Advice

I'm taking Drawing One and Design Foundations this Fall. The art store that I shop at is Pearl. With such a selection and so many brand names to choose from I want to go over my list and find out what brands are reliable. I'm not rich (what art student is) but I'm willing to spend a bit more to gain the quality. I've bought a couple things and i'll list the brand to see if it's worth it. Thanks ahead of time for your help!

Soft Drawing Pencils: Staedtler

Charcoal Pencils: Faber-Castell

Drawing Paper: Bienfang

Soft Charcoal Sticks (Compressed and Vine/Willow)

Bristol Board Tablet

Black Drawing Ink

First Day At School

Today was my first day of classes. I'm taking Drawing One with Moyse and Design Foundations with Midulla on Tuesdays and Thursdays back to back in the mornings. I feel honored to have them as my teachers. I've heard nothing but great things about them both.

From the time I got to the parking lot, I had a feeling inside; it's still here as I type. The best way I can describe it is this: it feels like a balloon bursting or a constant rush of water. I'm filled with excitement, anticipation, anxiousness, and all kinds of unlabeled emotions I can't put my finger on. As I washed a pot to cook my Chef Boyardee lunch in, I finally realized...I've felt this before. The first time was one evening when I was falling asleep. It was around my second critique in Photo One. I was praying in bed telling God about the feeling that was inside me; asking Him what was happening and how I could use Art for his Glory.

I can't wait as things begin to roll for me this semester. I used to draw very well as a child but my family never encouraged me in the arts. My grandfather always wanted me to be a secretary! His heart was in the right place though...he just wanted me to be successful in life. I'm also planning on getting a second job. Michael's is hiring and has an open house this Saturday. I would love to work there; surrounded by rows and rows of glitter and velcro LOL!

Weeksy introduced me to his students last night too. A girl that was in my Photo One but dropped out has sign up with him again this semester. We recognized each other but she thought I was retaking Photo as well. Much to her surprise with Chris's introduction: If she tells you to do something, just do it. And if you are having a hard time, do what she says anyway then come talk to me! If only Crosby would introduce me that way! Anyways, I'm praying that this semester (and every semester afterwords) is golden compared to Spring. I've never been a person to quit or complain about my job but Spring was Hell! I can think of a couple times when I wanted to march into Crosby's office and tell her if conditions didn't change I was walking. I guess b/c I do have a degree of autonomy in the lab that made my job more personal, which made it harder to deal with difficult students.

However, God uses all situations to be glorified and to teach us a lesson, so I can't complain too much...

Current Ramblings

I realized I haven't posted in my LJ for quite some time now. Mainly b/c of my Microbio class being so demanding. I've made two A's so far on my tests so I'm really excited about that. The house is a mess though. A "mess" in terms of having clean clothing and dishes piling up without having the time to put them away; along with random spots of disorganization and an overgrown lawn...oh well. I won't be able to get to things until after the summer semester ends anyway. 

Photo classes seem to be filling up nicely with a couple exceptions (come on digital!!!). I think I have the Darkroom Schedule set in stone too. Mon&Tues 4-10pm and Fri&Sat from 9-3pm. I still have to clear some odds and ends with the Boss though. I can't wait for the Fall semester! I'm taking all art classes so my creative juices will be flowing big time. I'm alittle intimidated but that's how I felt with Photo and look where I am now! Oh yeah...we got all our B&H supplies in too. If you remember the Photo Club voted to spend our budget on new supplies. We have a new copy stand, 8 Holgas, 2 Day-Labs, an 11x14 &16x20 easel and some other small odds and ends.

I'm so excited b/c I can attend Academy on Thursdays at church too. I've been so busy lately with church as well but it feels great to be involved again. We had a Lock-In with our youth last Friday and it went great. I made beef empanadas and they were a hit! I have to start studying tomorrow b/c I have to bring the word on Fri. I knew from the beginning what I would preach about so I'm really excited!

I can't believe it's August...Lord, how time flies these days. Not only that but I'll be 24 in September!!!! To be honest, I used to have big issues with my age and always looking back to the past. But one day my pastor gave a preaching that changed all of that, "When we accepted Christ, we were given Salvation, which in turn gives us eternal life in him. Meaning that our eternal life has all ready started! It's not something that's has to be activated when we die. Yes, our flesh will pass away but our soul will live on in Heaven with God". This made me think about the concepts I had when it came to growing older. Considering that God continues to take us from Glory to Glory, to more time passes by the more blessed I am in Him. And besides...how I am I supposed to continue going forward in anything if I keep looking back. Thank you God for setting me free!   

Not much else to say...I have to take a cold shower now b/c I'm "attempting" an all-nighter...big Micro test tomorrow!

Also, I tried Sonic's Blue Coconut Cream Slush and German Pierogues *tongue sticking out* Yum Yum


A- Age of 1st boyfriend: n/a

B- Band you are listening to right now: Keane

C- Crush: *blush*

D- Dad's name: Chestlee Dilbert

E- Easiest person to talk to: Maria Molina or Lisvette Guzman

F- Favorite ice cream: Cookies and Cream

G- Gummy worms or gummy bears? Bears

H- Hometown: La Ceiba, Honduras

I- Instruments: Violin and Guitar

J- Junior high: Oak Grove and H.O.B in Key West, FL

K- Kids: O

L- Longest car ride ever: Tallahassee

M- Mom's name: Ernestina

N- Nickname: Jule, Jules, J, Julie-san

O- One wish: To complete God's will

P- Phobia(s): carnival clowns and "ugly" insects

Q- Quote: I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength

R- Reason to smile: In everything!

S- Song you sang last: Somewhere Only We Know-Keane

T- Time you woke up today: 6:45am

U- Where are you: Computer Lab @ school

V- Virgin: Yes

W- Worst habit: semi-procrastination, not believing in myself

X- X-rays you've had:teeth and body--when I had malaria

Y- Yoga or Yoda: Yoda

Z- Zodiac sign: Sorry, don't believe in them.


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It's a complicated story but I got locked out of my house by my aunt Friday night. She lives all the way in Hudson so I spent the night at my Pastor's house.

Saturday I went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with friends. Well, not really with friends b/c they went to see Fantastic 4. I loved the movie! It's unlike Gene Wilder's version (it's not supposed to be) but it definately has its merits. Kudos to Tim Burton! Every actor fit their roll perfectly. My friend butterflyeyes77 wanted to hurt Miss V. Salt but the character I couldn't stand was Violet and her mom!

My aunt finally made it over to open the door so after a nice dinner I was able to go home.
There's nothing like your own bed!

Church was great! The message was simple but powerful. But something was very different with me today. I don't know what triggered it but I was able to let myself go in worship. Regardless of my sore thoat (which is healed know by the way) and who was looking at me. I didn't care! I let my hair down and just let myself flow in worship. It was an amazing feeling...

Pardon The Pixels

Layout is under construction....again.

I've tapered with it before but it seems that it's not that flexible.

Oh well, we'll see what I come up with next!

Yummy....ahhh BRAIN FREEZE!


I just got out of my Mircobio class for a break.

We just had our first exam. I got the dates wrong for the test and had an extra day to study.

I know I made an A or a high B. I got the majority (if not all) of the extra credit too (12 points)!

Ehhh I just thought I'd say that.

Bored Bored

A Wonderful End To My Day!

I woke up at noon. Cleaned up the house, studied Microbio, and cooked dinner. The rain and wind was great. I opened the doors and allowed the gulf breeze to sift through and around the house. I heard car doors slam close by...my driveway to be exact. My uncle and aunt came by to see how I was doing. We did a lot of catching up. I wanted to tell my uncle about the student show (he was in Honduras at the time) but I was afraid. The last time we spoke about me and photo he left me hurt. It wasn't an argument but he displayed complete unsupport, saying that it was a waste of my time. But I mustered up the guts to tell him; ready to defend myself if he started up again. They were happy to hear of my accomplishment. The rest of the visit was spent going through my images and hearing the stories behind them. I caught myself in the mist of the moment. I was finally able to share a part of myself with my family. I was too happy to laugh or cry. I let the feelings work inside. It was a really sweet moment. My uncle especially loved the "I am what I am" and "Chinatown, NYC". He loved them so much that he gave me $200 for the two! I know that the standards for 11x14 are b/w $125-175 but it's like the credit card commercial:

"I am what I am"---$150 but sold for $100
"Chinatown, NYC"---$150 but sold for $100
The support and approval of my uncle---Priceless

Earlier, I drove by the house that was in my photo dream. I parked in front and visualized all the things I would do to it. If there were walls separating the kitchen and living room, I would knock them down and open the space up. I would install new windows and a driveway. Grow citus trees in the back so the spring would smell like oranges and lemons. Build an indoor porch with screens and plastic curtains for the rain. Heck if the city gave me clearance, I would knock everything down and a build from the ground up.

You just never know....*wink*

Thank You

Thank you Lord that the hurricane has shifted.

Thank you for sparing Key West and Tampa from the brunt of the storm.

Lord, be with those that have and will be affected this season.

I pray that those that have lost their lives were able to make things right with you.

They lost their lives but found eternity with you.


Marisol's Survey

Name:Julie Melinda Dilbert
Birthday:Sept. 24, 1981
Birthplace:La Ceiba, Honduras
Current Location:Tampa, FL
Eye Color:Brown
Hair Color:Very Dark Brown
Right Handed or Left Handed:Righto
Your Heritage:British, Irish, Portuguese, Honduran, Nicaraguan
The Shoes You Wore Today:Gray, White, and Blue Tennis
Your Weakness:To be honest, I don't know what to write.
Your Fears:"For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of peace, of love, and of a sound mind."~2 Tim. 1:7
Your Perfect Pizza:Thin Crust anything! ....maybe mushrooms
Goal You Would Like To Achieve This Year:To have my first exhibition
Your Most Overused Phrase On an instant messenger:LOL!
Thoughts First Waking Up:I try to remember to thank God for giving me another day....while I hit the snooze button!
Your Best Physical Feature:Smile and Eyes
Your Bedtime:10PM-1AM
Your Most Missed Memory:Playing make-believe as a child
Pepsi or Coke:Ehh...Water but Cherry Coke I guess
MacDonalds or Burger King:Ehh...how about sushi!
Single or Group Dates:N/A due to no experience
Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea:Ehh...Chai Tea please
Chocolate or Vanilla:Vanilla
Cappuccino or Coffee:Cappuccino
Do you Smoke:Nope
Do you Swear:Nope
Do you Sing:Yes
Do you Shower Daily:Yes
Have you Been in Love:Yes and currently in love.
Do you want to go to College:Currently @ HCC but I want to go to Art School
Do you want to get Married:I can honestly say now that I could get married but it's not a priority or need in my life.
Do you belive in yourself:I'm still working on it but Yes
Do you get Motion Sickness:No
Do you think you are Attractive:Yes *blush and smile*
Are you a Health Freak:I try my best to think before I eat.
Do you get along with your Parents:Yes and I love them very much.
Do you like Thunderstorms:Yes as long as I'm not driving
Do you play an Instrument:Used to: guitar and violin.
In the past month have you Drank Alcohol:Heck No
In the past month have you Smoked:Heck No
In the past month have you been on Drugs:Heck No
In the past month have you gone on a Date:Does a date with God count...and with my photo buddies!
In the past month have you gone to a Mall:Nope
In the past month have you eaten a box of Oreos:hmmm that sounds good about now....
In the past month have you eaten Sushi:No but I'm dying too!!!
In the past month have you been on Stage:Does the pulpit count?
In the past month have you been Dumped:Nope...God's in it for the long haul!
In the past month have you gone Skinny Dipping:Nope
In the past month have you Stolen Anything:Nope
Ever been Drunk:Nope
Ever been called a Tease:*blush* Me???
Ever been Beaten up:I jack every punk that comes my way.....No
Ever Shoplifted:Yes as a kid
How do you want to Die:With a smlie....
What do you want to be when you Grow Up:Evangleist, Nurse, Photographer,......................
What country would you most like to Visit:Japan and Mexico
In a Boy/Girl..
Favourite Eye Color:Don't Care
Favourite Hair Color:Don't Care
Short or Long Hair:Don't care as long as it's tidy
Height:taller than me
Weight:Don't Care
Best Clothing Style:As long as he's well kept....I don't care
Number of Drugs I have taken:0
Number of CDs I own:I don't know...not many.
Number of Piercings:4 (two in each ear)
Number of Tattoos:None
Number of things in my Past I Regret:"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."~ 2 Cor. 5:17



I almost forgot!!....Happy Anniversary!!!!

June 26th is my one year anniversary working for HCC!

The job, the students, the opportunities this job has given me are such a blessing.

I'm so proud of the work I do. Yes, I've had my rough moments but what job doesn't come with a little hardship. It's so rewarding to think back at all the students I've assisted how I was able to help them grow in their craft. It's been an honor to work beside Mrs. Crosby and I appreciate all the support she's given me and the department. 

I would like to also give a shout out to some of my photo niggas:

To ambr0sia, I'll never forget the first time I met you. I heard so much about you that I was intimidated! Thanks for rearing me in the ways of a Photo Wh***! I hope I can fill your shoes one day LOL! I deeply appreciate everything you've done for me and everyone else in the department...from the advice to the free film.

To paulmallett, I don't know how I would've survived Photo 2 without you. You're the ultimate gentleman and I'm so happy that Weeks brought you over from across the bay to join us. Thanks for all the times you made me laugh, smile, and helped clean at the end of the day. I hope that our friendship can continue to grow.

To butterflyeyes77, where do I begin? I'm so grateful for our friendship! Thanks for being an earpiece and keeping me sane during the rough points working in the lab. You've become more than a lab partner to me. Not only in sharing supplies and advice but you looked after the lab as if it were your responsibility. I officially dub thee Mrs. Wolf (Pulp Fiction reference) of the photo lab!

To sugarymeow, because of your ambition for Photography, you've kept me on my toes knowing that if I want to make it I have to live, breathe, and eat the stuff. I wish you the best in all your endeavors.


And last but not least....I gotta thank the Man...Mr. Chris Weeks ( I know he can't read this but I have to give credit where credit is due).

If it wasn't for his discipline, his patience, and his constant push for perfection in his students, I wouldn't have come this far. I appreciate everything he's given me and continues to do. I'm so proud to have him as my teacher and to work beside him and the Boss. I hope that one day I can take what he has deposited in me and make him proud. He has pushed me to the limit and over. There were times when it hurt but I can honestly look back and say that I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

No matter what happens, I hope that our friendships can continue to mature!

Love Ya All & God Bless!

Home Alone

My grandfather left this morning for Roatan on a supply ship that travels between America and Honduras regularly. Before, I was so anxious for him to leave. Not b/c of problems but to have the house to myself. His trip was delayed for three weeks for boat repairs. After I dropped him off I started to tear up. I realized how blessed I am with the family I have and that I was going to miss him very much. I know that God will look after him and my family so a peace took over after the tears. God is wonderful.


I'm official!!!

Thanks to my friend butterflyeyes77, I have a paid account as an uber-belated Christmas present.

I have now been stamp in the pixels of time.

As of Today, my LJ is under construction baby!

Thanks Again Hun!!!!!!!

Florida Sidetrip & Stuff

I'm going on a retreat this weekend with the women in my church.

I won a Polaroid Land Camera Model 330 on LJ for free! The girl is moving and has chosen to take her Holga instead. She just won it on Ebay and it's in perfect condition. It comes with the flash and booklet.

Starting on Monday, I'm going to hit the pavement for a another part-time job.

Not that I really questioned my future working for HCC, but Crosby is excited that I can keep the job through nursing school! I'm so greatful for the blessing and opportunity to have this job!

It's no lie that I would love to get out of Florida! But until then, instead of living in agony over my present situation, I'm going to start exploring the beauty Florida DOES have to offer. I plan on going to Sarasota July 3rd. I'm going to take my camera too. I'm still on my formalism kick! I'm looking to purchase a macro lens for my Canon too.

I had to opportunity to see my photo homies Melisa and Paul this pass week.

My little sister Jessica is turning 15 this Sunday!

I finally finished my artist statement for the documentary I'm starting in July.

Currently researching copyright laws for my work.

ummm. I don't think I have much else to say. Just a personal documentation of my life as of 1:01PM on June 23,2005.



I sat in on Week's Photo One crit today. I came b/c I like to listen to Weeks critique. Yes, that sounds crazy but it helps me to sharpen my skills in visually and verbally deciphering an image. I want to be as good as him....until I find the next best person to challenge me. No disrespect to Crosby but I've never had her for a teacher so I don't know how she works in that area. I'm sure she's great to watch in crit action too. Before they started I told Weeks with a smile that I was going to keep my mouth shut. I just wanted to listen to everyone interact with their art and the audience. However...that didn't work. Not b/c I couldn't hold my tongue but Weeks opened the floor to me. After the first victim laid his neck on the chopping block, Chris looks at me and says with a sinister smile (you all know that smile too!!) "Julie, do you want to say anything...You look like your biting your tongue." The floodgates were loosened. There was one student however I was very impressed with. Her images were borderline but she definitely had a mouth for critiquing. She reminded me of myself in those golden years in Photo One...sniffle sniffle tear tear. Anyways.

After that, I was invited to display my work for an interview crit. There are two full-time art positions open and 11 people are going for it. One of the requirements is to conduct a crit of various works in front of Crosby, 6 committee members and the Dean. They had work representing all the depts. There were four students there including myself. Before we started, a committee member told me how her students went to NYC and recognized the location as the one that was in my "I am what I am" photo. It was quite a laugh and an honor to hear that. I had to talk about why I took the images, give a little background on Bresson and how my work related to his. It was neat to hear another perspective on my work. The lady applicant was very nice and did a pretty good job overall. I get to do another one with Ms. Midulla next Monday. I hear she's pretty hardcore so I can't wait!

Oh yeah...Weeks is one of the applicants for the job too. I'll keep you posted as to who got in.

I finally reached home when I got a call from Marisol and Mr. Marisol (hehehe) with an extra ticket to see Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The movie was great and held its own from beginning to end. There were a couple loose ends but it was a good movie. Ms. Jolie was very beautiful and they both had great chemistry.

Now I'm home and tired and thirsty all of a sudden...


Update: I'm In!!!

Vroom Vroom

I got my car!

My aunt delievered it to me last night.

My grandfather is going to take it in to the shop for a checkup to make sure everything is in order. He's also going to help me with insurance since the rates are too high for me b/c of the accident.

The seats aren't worn like I thought they were. I do need to buy a special oil to preserve the leather and a cover for the steering wheel though. I need one of those rubber grippy ones; the soft cuddly kind would just irritate me. 

I'm sooo happy!

Also, Happy Birthday Morrissey!

Night y'all 


Car Update

After some second opinions, research, and thinking I'm not going to get the Mirage. The dealership i'm getting it from is risky and I can't afford to be duped into buying a lemon. However, another car is within my reach. My uncle and his family are moving to Roatan soon. My grandfather had the idea of asking him if he would sell me one of his cars. That car is a Dark Green Jeep Cherokee. It's in good condition and recently came from the shop for an update. It's a big, strong car and travels well. The only thing I know that's wrong is the driver's seat needs to be reupholstered. It's leather so I know it will be a pretty penny but I think I can do it. Does anyone know of any businesses that do that? I like this idea better and it's cheaper. That way, when I start working full-time I can save more money to get my own place. That won't be for a while though. My grandfather is leaving for Roatan soon so there's no point since the house will be mine for a year or so. Giving me a bigger pot o' money to work with. Anyway, I need to get back to revising my resume.

Night y'all


By next Wednesday, I'll have my own car!

A 1998 White Mitsubishi Mirage!
It has 4 doors, very roomy, great AC, CD player, etc.

I'm so excited! My friend's fiance is going to take a look at it for a second opinion but I think I got a great deal.

The next thing I have to do is find a new/second job. The payments and the interest are low but I lose about half my hours b/c of the summer session. I have a few jobs opportunities lined up though. I hope I can land one soon. I want to find one I can keep during nursing school.

Anyways...I just wanted to share my good news. Hope all is well with everyone and I'll see some of you tomorrow.

Night y'all

Spring End and Summer Beginnings

Ponies and Satin Neon Light

Considering that I use LJ as a semi-personal journal, I write stuff that people may not really care to read. So thanks to my LJ sensai, i'm going to start using LJ cuts.

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Another LJ Tweaking

The other wallpaper was too big so you couldn't see the image in its full glory so i choose another one. I'm tired of sitting in this chair so i'm not going to work on it anymore tonight.

LJ Sensai...what do you suggest to make it worthy...or some crap like that...

Ice Cream Social?

Since we went out to dinner with Chris all ready, what do you guys think about going to the Marble Slab for IC on Thurs. It's just so expensive to eat out around here. If people still want to go out for dinner I guess we'll work something out. Maybe we can go to the movies or trash Melisa's house or something. I'd just like to hang out after the lab. I just love you guys so much....*slight regurgitation*....

What do ya think?

LJ Update

I changed the wallpaper on my LJ. It needs some work but I'm going to take a nap now instead. What???You heard right sensai!!! If you have any suggestions on how I can make it better let me know.


31st Annual HCC Juried Student Show

In the middle of the critique, my class went to the show for the awards ceremony. The works that were up were great. I was so happy to see all the photos that were selected. Congrats to my Photo Chicks that got in! What topped the evening off was winning the Photo Club Award for $250! I didn't see that one coming at all. It felt good that someone else I don't even know thought my work was worthy. It was a real encouragement. That made to trip to NYC worth it even more. Paul gave me the idea of setting up an exhibition during the summer for us. I need to talk to Crosby about it. It would be a great way for us to get noticed. I will get the word out once the details come in. Again Congrats to all of us, regardless of this show, that have placed their blood, sweat, and tears in their work.


After the crit, we went to the Tampa Bay Brew Pub for dinner. It was great for all of us to go out and enjoy eachother's company. They only served pizza and calzones but that was ok. I had the wild mushroom but next time i'll get it without the feta...

Anyways, I have my nursing meeting at 7:30AM and my first day off from the lab for a while. I'm so going to sleep in when I get home.

Night ya'all

Pizza Night

Heads Up My Photo Peeps!!

Chris isn't going to be here on the 5th, so we decided to go out to dinner tomorrow. I think we're going to New World for pizza...

On A Roll Baby!

Things are going great in the lab! I have three prints to do over. Two are heavy handed and one has spots. My lab partner is going strong as well. Regardless of the adversities, the class is doing their best to put their projects together. My feet are killing me though! I'm going to take a nice hot shower and slip into bed. I gotta be up early tomorrow to clean up the loose ends....

Catching Up

Last Saturday:

It was a last minute decision but I was able to get the security guards to let us stay in the darkroom afterhours. Melisa was the first from class to arrive that morning. Her prints were coming out very nicely. Panaramic prints are so interesting; it seems to bend and have an interesting perspective in the middle of the image. She brought some wookie cookies that she baked recently to share. I'm not a choco person but the cookies were great. She combined the flavors so well that even as I bit into a chuck a choco it didn't bother me. Her cookies were great! Paul showed up next. He had so many rolls to develop; around 6-8 I think. I wasn't able to print anything at the time so I helped him out. I've never met anyone that made me laugh so much. He's such a cool friend. Around 4:30 our tummies were rummbling so we decided the quickest thing was pizza. Domino's was super busy and I was on hold for the longest time. Paul suggested New World, a nearby bar known for their great pizza. It's actually located next to Ybor Square. I've passed that location many times but never noticed it. It's small and quaint but very relaxing and cool. A great place to take pictures; esp at night. He chose the Star Gazer: Bananna Peppers, Mushrooms, Spinich, Cheese, and Tomato Sauce. I chose the Galactica: Feta, Tomatoes, Spinich, Cheese, White Sauce. It took awhile for them to get the pizzas to us but they make them fresh from the beginning. He decided to pay the bill which was very nice of him to do. The pizzas were great! Awesome flavor and fresh ingredents! Marisol was the last to show up for the night. We all printed and goofed around before we had to leave at 9:35pm. The security guards were so great and patient with us. I'm going to try and buy some cupcakes for them. I honestly wasn't feeling too good that day. I was feeling a little down. But all I need was laughter, good conversation, and pizza.

Sunday: Marisol picked me up after church to help her with her project. I wasn't feeling good thanks to crampy Aunt Flow. It was a constant pain that lasted through out the day. I took Tylenol and that helped. We went to an abondon graveyard (our guess) and to a couple spots near the river. I'm not much for taking portraits but I had alot of fun assisting Marisol with hers. I guess it's not too bad/boring as I thought...

Monday: I needed to take two more rolls of film for my project. Thanks to Marisol she let me borrow her car as she stayed in the lab to print. I was able to finish one roll until she called to tell me one of her rolls came out blank! We have no earthly idea as to how that happened. I raced back to the lab and we were off with her fiance to reshoot the pictures. After that session we separated to continue our shooting. As a last minute inspiration I figured Davis Island was a great place for her to shoot. I suggested Franklin St. but the only thing going for it is the theatre. I'm glad she was happy with the location. We were both able to shoot for our projects together, saving us time. I dropped her off at school again and continued to my quest. I had to stop by the church to drop off some money for a retreat in June. I decided to stay awhile a chat with my pastor. It's been awhile since we were able to talk except for in board meetings. As I was leaving Paul called and was driving to NTP for some supplies. I had to head over there for a small chem run so we meet up before they closed. We barely made it in time. I can't believe that NTP is out of Glossy Fiber Paper. They don't seem to know the concept of supply and demand. We left and I continued my shooting. I finally had my two rolls. I didn't think I was going to make it. I was running around all day and didn't bother to eat lunch. I was so hungry. I went to La Terrisita for Marisol and I. I stopped by Nature's Harvest to pick up a hot meal from the deli for Paul. They were just about to close when I got there. After a day of running around I headed back to the lab to eat, talk and work with my friends.

HCC Art Show

I submitted three 11x14 prints into the student show. Two are from NYC and one taken in a Tampa laundry mat. It would be neat to get accepted or to sell a print. It was crazy in the lab today! I was trying to help so many students get their submissions ready before the 4PM deadline. In the end, we had 197 total submissions. I think Davlena said that their were 50+ photos entered.

I wish everyone the best!

My grandmother is leaving for Roatan on Sunday. Papa is going to follow next month; then i'll have the house to myself!! Woo Hoo!! I'm not going to lie though. I love my grandparents and I do miss them when their gone but they're happier out there anyways.

I was thinking of having a party in the summer. It will be my first time hosting one! I'll have roast chicken or BBQ and make cheese lasagna for the vegetarians or something like that. I know I want to do most of the cooking and show off my skills. Everyone else can bring the drinks (sorry no alcohol) and the side dishes. Maybe I can hire a certain "someone" to do the baking. *clears throat* Or maybe i'll get off my lazy bootay and do it myself. It's been about 2 yrs. since I baked something from scratch.

I'll keep everyone posted as to when.


Thanks to Food Network, I remember a place I've always wanted to visit. I have a thing for wanting to visit old cities and towns. I love places with history, charm, and mystery. One of those places is Savanna, Georgia. They were doing a special on the city on TV. All of a sudden, this flood of memories came over me of how I used to plan on going there. Maybe that's something I can plan on doing before I head to nursing school. Erwin's holiday schedule is different and shorter I think; so taking a trip before I start would be a smart thing to do. I don't think I want to go by myself though. I must admit that I got lonely towards the end of my NYC trip. Maybe I can rent a car and go with both of my sisters, group with some friends or something. A road trip across Fl and GA would be cool...

Lay out

I changed the layout to my LJ. I'm going to tinker with the text color later. But I kinda think it looks good the way it is. Any suggestions?

My project is progressing well. I can start complaining about time and start stressing over things (which I have all ready); but that's just a waste of time. The best thing for me to do is keep working and moving forward. Stressing seems to stunt things esp. since it doesn't help anything. I'm going to push and do the best I can.

We can do it guys!

I'm just glad I found something I can continue to build on for the rest of the summer until I get to nursing school. I'm really looking forward to my LPN meeting on the 29th. I'm ready to get this under my belt.


My project is going all right. I talked to people for an hour and have 5 models. I think that's pretty good for that amount of time. I'm taking pictures tomorrow and doing more advertising. Everyone has been welcoming even the people who refused. I think i'll continue this thru out the summer...

Brown Sugar and Bud Lee

I went to the Bud Lee & Fotographia Exhibition at the Tampa Museum tonight. Paul, Weeks, Mr. & Mrs. Galani met me there too. It was amazing. The prints were so big and beautiful. In the Foto section, a woman made prints on Gold Leaf and Red Paper. It was stunning. Paul and I were talking of researching how it's done. I couldn't even begin to think how. The details were so intricate and shiny, it's hard to describe how beautiful it was. The next thing in Photo I want to explore is alternative processing. I bumped into Crosby too and she introduced me to a couple people. I even bumped into my sister's Pre-K teacher. We were sitting at the same table and I couldn't help but feel I knew her from somewhere. Talk about a small world! I got into a film vs. digital conversation with some women too. It was great to enlighten them on the issues. The finger food was great! My favorites were the chicken avocado wraps and the raspberry squares. I think that was the main reason for Weeks showing up; the food. With all the people dressed up in suits and ties, Paul and Weeks showed up in jeans. Paul wore this gray hat with a red feather; it was awesome! Chris wore a nice gray shirt with the signature sleeve rollups and boots. The man's impossible. He did where his college ring. That was him "dressing up", Galgani laughed. After things died down, we sat together and talked for while. Mr. Galgani is really nice, they make a cute couple. Paul gave me a ride home so I didn't have to call anyone. Which was cool b/c I got there right when my grandparents walked in the door. I'm watching Brown Sugar on VH1. I like Hip Hop but not the crap that's played on 93.3 or 98.7. The like the stuff with soul, real rhythms, and deep words. I wish I can find a station that plays that kind of music. My feet are killing me b/c I don't wear heels often enough.

Goodnight LJ.


I was feeling fine before I went to the SGA meeting. I have to go as Photo Pres. They are so immature and unprofessional. If I wasn't going into nursing school, I'd probably join to help set things straight. It was so irratating to sit there. I only stayed an hour so it wasn't too bad. I think I'm hungry for sushi or chinese tonight but i don't know how i'll get it. Hopefully my grandparents will stay the night in Hudson so I can have to house to myself. I have a coupon to rent a movie too but I don't know what to rent. My final has changed but not too much. I'm going to shoot one of my subjects later today.

**Photo Dance--Shakin' the bootay**

I got all A's for my artist emulations project!
I thought I'd get A- considering how hard my teacher grades but he proved me wrong!

I'd like to first thank God whom I couldn't do anything without.

I'd like to thank Maegan Hayward, her boyfriend Doug, and NYC for their hospitality and great food.

I'd also like to give a shout out to Marisol Rodriguez for living in the advanced room with me and providing our weekly dose of Kimchi Ramen.

For Melisa who provided the mounting boards...Luv Ya!

And for anyone else who played apart in helping me put this body of work together!!!

**Shake Shake Shake the Bootay**