Everyday Life

Coeur D’ Alene has started its seasonal transition to winter already… Just because we really don’t have a Fall up here. It seems like its either winter or summer…. mostly winter. It is getting colder and a wool blanket is needed at night. Especially in this freezing cold basement. I am really sad to see summer fade away, but at the same time I know this winter won’t be bad. Thats because I will be heading down to St. George in the early weeks of November. I was planing on moving down in September… but then had the opportunity to be involved in High School Musical 2. I just couldn’t pass that up. The show is coming together, slowly. We open in 13 days and we have finally started running through the whole show. I haven’t been in a show during the fall or winter in about two years. So I have been able to avoid the cold and flu bugs that tend to plague casts during this time. That is, until now. I woke yesterday morning with a pounding headache and by afternoon felt fine for rehearsal. Then this morning I woke to horrible flu symptoms. I went into work… and began to get sicker and sicker. I was getting really dizzy every time I would walk or bend down to pick something up. I managed to finish what I was assigned to do, then asked to leave early. Apparently my manager had noticed that I wasn’t feeling well because she said, “I was wondering when you would ask me to go home?” I actually think I may have swine flu. A couple of the people in the cast have had it… and the symptoms that I have match the H1N1 virus; soar throat, aching muscles and joints, headache, and then I sometimes feel like I can’t take very big breaths. SOOOO…. I am praying I am better by my sunday rehearsal. I am just glad I am sick now and not on opening night.

I currently purchased the new Canon Rebel XSI, with help from my parents. Its really hard to save up money when you only make 7.50 an hour on part time work. Driving to spokane every day gives me a weekly gas bill of 60 bucks and my paychecks are only around 150 a week…

It really is an AWESOME camera. I haven’t had much time to mess with it… work and rehearsal. I was planing on going downtown to get some shots today… but the sickness took over. Maybe tomorrow though, if I am better. Well here are some shots I have been able to take: Click and enlarge them to really see the detail and such.

Capture the Light!

I have been experimenting with a slow shutter speed all day… and I have been trying to understand how to capture light a little better. I had a lot of pictures fail completely ( mostly over exposed or blurry photos) but!!! I finally figured it out and am starting to get the hang of it. Pictures Below.

I am currently saving my money up to buy a new camera. I have been using my Dad’s Canon Rebel XT and I decided I wanted one of my own. Only I am going to go for the Canon Rebel XSI… its around the 1,000 dollar range… I should be able to purchase it in about 4-5 weeks. I don’t make much at TJ Maxx ( $7.25 an hour blows… and I have even been there a year.)

Weight-loss Update

So it is already September. That means that 8 Months ago I began my weight loss. It really has been a rewarding experience, and I feel that it is just going to become more rewarding as time goes on.

Lately I haven’t been trying to lose weight… but maintain. That truly is the hard thing… not gaining any back. So far I have had some ups and downs but I have been able to maintain my weight at around 175. My lowest weight being 173.4 a couple months back. I have “tried” -I use that term loosely- to build muscle. I just don’t think I have the right equipment to do it at home… and we no longer have gym memberships- because I rarely went- and I was the only one ever going. I def. have built muscles in my arms and legs. I just can’t seem to get ahold of the ever legendary abs. So I decided to motivate myself once again. I will post some pictures. It has been awhile since I posted any… so why not. Give myself some motivation to get abs. It worked the last time to lose the weight.

So Here in they are: In a timeline.

Christmas 2006


Junior Prom

Spring 2007

Summer 2007- Heaviest Weight of 235+

Senior Ball. Couldn’t pull of the tux look here.

Graduation 2008

January 2009 – Weight 218lbs

April 2009

June 2009

2 Weeks Ago

September 2009- Current Weight 175

Its time to get toned, get some abs, and look good.

Idaho Update

Sorry about the huge gaps in between posts. I have been extremely busy this last month and half. Work has been giving me 30 hours a week… which is a nice change from the usual 12. Then I have rehearsals every day from 6-9 all the way over in spokane. So that really leaves no time to write, unless I happen to be up at two in the morning.

Not a lot really has changed in my life that is worth talking about. Still working at TJ Maxx, and still not enjoying it. It’s not the work… its the customers. The work is fine and I love the moments when I just get to focus on stocking, markdowns, and the occasional building of new shelves and display things. Its when the customers open their big mouths and complain. They always complain about the same things… and usually their complaint is not worth my time. Working in a retail environment has truly given me a look into the depravity of mankind. In other words… people suck. Talking to people sucks. Trying to help people sucks. And pimping credit cards sucks. Still I suck it up and deal. I wouldn’t want to have to trade places with my Dad… I could never do what he does. And I appreciate him immensely for that. My mom also…. How she deals with people all day is beyond me.

High School Musical is starting to pick up and opening night looms close by. This show has and is going to be one of the most challenging for me. The part calls for a tenor… and I am a baritone… so I am really stretching by vocals to the limit… but I am getting there. It really will test me as a performer and hopefully expand my range. I hope as many of you as possible will come to see it. It would be a blast to have anyone up here. So think about it. Then pack your bags. Get a plane ticket. Fly on up. Catch a show. Then go on home!

Farley is doing good. He tends to get ear infections easily. As soon as they get better, they are already getting bad again. I guess its time for a trip to the vet. He does need some booster shots and such.

Here are some pictures for your entertainment!!