Thursday, December 30, 2010

"Parting Gift"

Tom Lehrer once sang,
"It doesn't matter how sincere it
Is, nor how heartfelt the spirit,
Sentiment will not endear it,
What's important is the price."

and while it seems to be the case these days, it oughtn't be. I am happy to receive nothing for Christmas. I think you begin to realize what is important when tragedy strikes. and when tragedy strikes twice, I think you really start to get the idea. Money isn't anything. it's good while you're here, I suppose. but if I never had it again, I think I would still be okay. So, if you're ever thinking of getting me a gift. Think twice. But Christmas did come this year, and friends and loved ones were generous. These are the material things that I got. and while I stick with what I say, I do appreciate the gifts (and am secretly very happy to have got them). If I left a picture of the gift you gave me out, it's because you didn't spend enough money on it. (just a joke, lighten up!)

Jeff's grandparents and parents got me two apple gift cards, because they know I'm saving up for a new lap top.
Holly, my eldest sister, gave me these beautiful earrings. She also gave me a bathing suit, but I didn't want to put a skimpy picture of me up on here. So, alas you'll have to imagine it yourself. but don't be too imaginative!
My grandparent's cooked my family dinner, and my grandma made these snickerdoodles. I can still taste them. mmmmm. they were so delightful.
Lauren, my middle sister, bought me this and the next two items. lotion (up above)
body spray.
and my favorite perfume.
My parent's got me these dangly earrings. I love them!
The rest is from Jeff. and if you have not seen any of the movies below, you ought to, because they are all amazing in their own ways.
The Moon, on cd and dvd. but no vhs. because I don't have that. and not blue ray, because I don't have that. and I dont want it. so dont get any ideas! This stars one actor through the entire thing. It really is incredible when an actor is as talented as Sam Rockwell.

A Single Man, also on cd and dvd. This was my favorite movie of this year, or was it last year? I get time all mixed up. It is such a great movie, and the soundtrack is really something also!

The new Metropolis edition. with new footage that was found. I have an inkling that they have all the footage, they're just going to release an extra 20 minutes every decade to keep the money rolling in. But I'm very excited to see the new 20 minutes!
In Bruges. I recently saw this, and couldn't believe what a great movie this was. I hadn't even heard of it, so I was happily surprised when I watched it and it turned out to be incredible.
and last, and least* , The brothers Bloom. This movie has a bunch of great actors, and it's quirky and fun, it's like a child's movie for adults. I loved it.

Well, a happy holiday to all you multi-religious people. I hope you were as lucky as I was, getting to spend so much time with all the people you love. It sounds corny. Well, it is corny. i love corn. i put it in everything. that's not a lie.

*that part is a lie, though.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"Fox in the Snow"

This is my aunt Candace. She is one of the prettiest ladies in the world, isn't she? This was at thanksgiving. She is so optimistic and positive, it really is inspiring. I am lucky to have her in my life.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Cypress College Ceramics

This is Pietro, you may have seen him before if you frequent this blog. and if he doesn't look familiar to you, then you're probably not here enough. do 5 hail mary's and your sin will be forgiven. he's not in the ceramics program, but we love him anyway. Pietro is a really talented photographer.
This is Amy Duran. She is part of the Ceramics program at Cypress College. Her fine detailing in her work is really something incredible. She is so skilled technically but she also is conceptually bound as well. her work really blows me away.
this is (starting form the left) Amy Duran, Luis Munoz-Najar, and Amy Wise. This is on our way to the Statuary Place.
we had to crawl through the fences to get there.

This is Amy Wise. she is also one of the best ceramic students in our program. Her work is heartfelt and very well handcrafted. She is good at just about everything! (i don't know how to stop this from being underlined.)this is Luis, he is new to the ceramics program. He is also in the photography department as well, like Pietro and I. He has only taken a couple semesters, but he shows great promise. His work is about animals and the oil spill. it's really deep, and I think he's really on to something.

sexy creeper. (above)

When I used to play soccer, I could always tell how good the coach was not only by the players ability but also by how close the team players were. this is Molly Schulps, she is our Ceramics instructor. She is one of the best teachers I have ever had. Our Ceramics program, while it lacks lots of money (hint hint- donations?), it gains in student ability and that's all because of Molly. She is very interested in what are interests are and she goes out of her way to help us to achieve the goals we set for ourselves. Molly is really involved in each of us. She's built a program, that strives on all of us giving input and helping each other out. Any school would be lucky to have her, but I'm glad that she's exactly where she is! She takes a block of clay and makes something out of it, metaphorically and literally.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"So Long Mom, I'm off to drop the bomb."

My Mother.
You'd think her name was Theresa if you'd met her. Only it isn't, it's Cathy. Catherine Olivia Hollinger Cram. My Mother is an example for beings everywhere. She is kind, loving and true. If more people took after her, things in life might be different. I love this woman. You would to.

Monday, December 13, 2010

"Swallowed in the Sea"

The first Thanksgiving since our family was swallowed in the sea. The waves are calming but the high tide isn't so.