How We Met… 2010


     I met Eston at Groat’s Bar in my home town. My cousin Tawnya had brought me out for drinks. I had just moved back into my dad’s home after my first year of college, it was Summer Break.

     Tawnya was friends with all of Eston’s friends that were at the bar and so we all drank together. By the end of the night, they had all left but we were still chatting away. As the bar had then closed up, I drove Eston home. The very next day I went back to his house to visit some more. After that, I never really left.

November 21st

     Eston and I had been hanging out for a couple of months by now. I remember I was watching a movie with his little kids Riley and Basil that I then heard a familiar ping on my phone. He texted me “Will you be my girlfriend?”

     I had to pin him down to get him to really say it out loud but I said “Yes” to his question with enthusiasm anyways.  

November 24th

     This was Eston’s 26th Birthday! It was also our first date as a couple, I drove him to Marshall, MN and we enjoyed food, shopping and then ice cream from the local Cold Stone Creamery! The ice cream ended up all over the side of my car at 60MPH as we were traveling home later. We also slid into the median of a divided highway by Granite Falls, MN as a cop tried to get me to slow down by swerving in front of us. In his defense, I was speeding a little bit but that is no excuse to attempt a maneuver like that on icy roads.

     Eston made fun of me for quite some time for that and still loves retelling the story to people who will listen.


     I finally moved into Eston’s house! Our first home together.

A Picture is not the whole Story, but a really good excerpt.

I took a little bit longer on this unit for Digital Storytelling than I have the others. I want to say it was that I was not entirely wanting to do all the extra assignments but in reality, I was neglecting my knitting projects and I had too much fun making an Illusion Deadpool Scarf to work on a blog post. Check it out here!

So I started this unit, back in the day, with a really engaging Photoblitz! Since it is too cold outside here in Minne”snow”ta I did this assignment inside my home. Its a glimpse of the whole story because it doesn’t portray all the pieces of our lives. That is probably the most interesting part of a photo, it is the perfect little side story of someone’s life. A moment in time depicting that little scene that can mean something to everyone or a whole world of memories to an individual.

Taking these photos, like I said earlier, was really engaging and a lot of fun, not just because I also included my baby boy. But I also learned new techniques to take a better photo. The depth of view and perception, background and foreground focus and lighting are the few that I focused on the most. Taking a photo that focuses on the background rather than the foreground like of my knitting and the lighting on my snake plant was interesting that it provided a new view on an object I see every day. I loved playing with the different angles and intensity of lighting on an object, whether I adjusted a curtain or moved the item itself to highlight key points or shadows was fun also. It shows that just because something exists that it doesn’t have just one look or one purpose. Overall, I love the new ways I can take a photo to make it extraordinary.

Check out too my other Daily Creations and artwork for this unit.

Daily Creations, ongoing works

Daily Creates have been a lot of fun to get engaged online. This one challenged to create a secret name using the last thing that you ate or drank. As I just had a tasty drink of peach flavored water, this seemed like a really good spy name, now I have to think of a new one for my real secret name.

Just over two years ago now I started my current day career. In my role, I fell in love with the snipping tool app and I use it all the time now! It’s so perfect for capturing just the right piece of something or a snippet of an email to forward to my coworkers. It’s the best tool I’ve found and I discovered my personal PC has it installed to which made it even better!

As a child, I read this book maybe a dozen times or so, the imagery is spectacular in the words I would read every time. I did also learn how to pronounce the word “Abalone” and have not forgotten it since. I recommend this book to everyone young and old for a story of finding yourself and your place to know that everything will always end up OK.

Sweet 16 Pixels

I am falling in love with editing images and making them something really unique! So just like my baby boy, I made a 16×16 pixel of one of his photos and of course had fun doing it. I will admit, capturing all the important details in the right places in so little space was interesting but I think I pulled it off pretty well. I chose this photo specifically because I thought it was going to be easy, it really was not that easy but I did add back some color to the black and white photo. I was going to import the photo into my image editor but I found it was much easier to create an empty new file that was 16 pixels big and “paint” it myself.

16 x 16 pixel art
Hey Baby Boy!

Playing with Colors

Playstation in this house! (2 stars)

In DS106 Visual Assignments, I saw this one that instructed to take an ordinary everyday item and play with the colors and tones. I chose my Playstation controller as the item, as we use it every day in our home, and I turned it bright purple while leaving the background it’s on the way it was. It took some work but I got it to stick. I really enjoyed this assignment because of how I was able to pull the image together the way I did. Thank you paint programs!

Rebuild Your Brand, Resume

We’ve all read how to write a resume, how to make your resume stand out and how to land the job articles. But a lot of those articles don’t include the most important aspect that is You and what You stand for. Your Brand.

I’m still going to go over how to really create a quality resume that will help get you in the door and beyond but we focus on You, not just what you’ve done.

So, who are you?

Do you like to have fun? What are your hobbies? Do you volunteer? Do you spend time in your community even if you don’t take credit for it? Have you donated your time or money to a cause or to a person? Do you know what your attributes are?

These are some of the things you should think about when putting all of your information on an 8.5×11.75″ piece of paper. But don’t let those boundaries be the defining border of where your experiences end and you begin. Be a cohesive You in all that you say and do.

Your Name big and bold. Stand out and personalize it. Now don’t choose Comic Sans, we’re not in high school and you are way more valuable than that. There is a way to find a font that in a way represents your personality if you like staring at a list of fonts and trying each one out to find you find the one you like best. Most professional typefaces are in the Serif family of fonts. Let’s move on, you can choose your font on your own valuable time.

All About You section. If you refer back to our previous post of creating the perfect personal biography, we will use those key points here.

This speaks more to online bios but we can use the key details for paper items also.
  • What is your Purpose in life?
  • What have you accomplished and what do you hope to accomplish?
  • Are there other details you want to share right away? A hobby or activity?
  • Use keywords that describe you, attributes that fit how you work. Compassionate, empathetic, adaptable, passionate, hardworking, etc.
  • Avoid filler words at all costs. No one is “really” empathetic or “very” hardworking. Really and very are filler, space holders taking up the precious space on your hardworking resume! (See what I did there?)

Your About section should be concise and human. You are not a robot and no one expects you to only work. You have a life that you live for and you can share it. Just don’t go overboard on the details. Stick to a few great statements. This is your brand as a person.

current and past employment history list. By “list” I mean to describe. Your title shows what you were with that employer, but you should describe the characteristics of the role you filled and the attributes you gained from it. Those experiences showcase who you were in that position.

Now there are several ways you can go about filling in your work history. You can do the last 3-5 positions in descending chronological order OR you can list the most relevant work history to the role in which you are applying for… even if there is some “time” between those positions.

When listing your past work experience, don’t call them “jobs”. Those roles you held are more valuable described as positions or roles and career changes. A high schooler has jobs, an adult has a career.

If you choose the latter option to list the most relevant work experience, still place them on your resume in chronological order and highlight the experiences you had in those roles that really fit with the company you hope to be employed with.

Include with your work experience the title you held and the dates you were with the employer, month and year.

Your Keywords! These are the words to your theme song; your skills that stand out above and beyond the competition, what your experiences speak volumes too. This is your work brand.

Are you charismatic? Can you speak in front of groups and lead the discussions? Have you been able to do that all along and just now realize that you’re pretty awesome at it? Use it, highlight it and build upon it. Do you plan to achieve goals or do you plan goals that are achievable? Do you wake up each morning motivated to “DO WORK”? Do you excel in Excel? Maybe Google Docs is your thing. Whatever you are good at those are your keywords, sometimes those keywords are more like a phrase but as long as it’s you, true and bold, use it. Stick to 5-7 great keywords.

Volunteerism and Certifications. Pick your top 3-4 of each for what you have and detail them here. Use the title of certificates as they appear and if it is available, how long they are good for. For volunteerism, list the project, location, and date you volunteered. If the act of volunteering is part of a larger collaboration, list the organization or non-profit the volunteer opportunity was for as well. These items build upon your brand as a person (that the happy recruiter was enjoying reading).

Now looking at all of this information together, you should stick to one page. Being concise and straightforward should help you to achieve that. Leave out extraneous details that do not flow with the rest of the pieces. Use a font that is easy on the eyes for reading and doesn’t distract from the words. Your headings for each section should be slightly larger and bold but again not distracting from the important details that are you in words.

Professional references should be listed on a separate page, or even the back side of your resume. Choose individuals that build you up or your buddy who lives down the street you hang out with… unless they are also an awesome build you up person!

Here is my example of an awesome resume. Pardon the missing personal identifiable information, that info is not quite that public. As you can imagine, your contact information, position title, and name are very important. So have fun with your resume and let You shine!

A Story for Your Eyes

Every day I am always thinking about what I can accomplish, what am I still working on and what do I have to get done today. Thinking about these things also gives me the spare moment to really cherish the things I am in love with the most. My family, my craft and my time. I put these things above all the rest because they are the things I actually want to spend my little bit of time on. The dishes can wait, the laundry doesn’t have to be folded right now. These photos of them that I took really capture what I see every day, the awe and the wonder. Enjoy.

Some of My Favorite Things

All Around the Camera, “Photoblitz”

It took less than 15 minutes and I had fun taking a bunch of seemingly random photos. Each picture means something. Each object has its own character and the camera can capture its different lights. I didn’t put a ton of thought into what I took pictures of but I did make sure to focus and explore the how of each I took a photo of. Keep in mind none of these photos are edited. Straight from the camera to your eyes.

I loved working on the focus/blur of pictures, capturing certain elements with clarity and leaving the rest to remain out of focus. I choose this item as I thought I captured my work in progress knitting project in a neat focus. Most photos you see the focus on what’s directly in front, this picture focuses on what’s beyond and hidden inside. This work just happens to be folded up in my basket.

I chose this object for its shadow, not only fitting for today as it’s Valentine’s Day but also the way the clear red plastic’s shadow fades into the grain of the wood of my kitchen window. It could be overthinking, but it’s also pretty interesting.

I chose the legs of these bar stools as my converging lines. One was out of sync with the others but it is not totally distracting. But, I liked that the width of these chairs lines up almost exactly with the linoleum pattern on the floor. I also enjoyed getting the distance to blur ever so slightly towards the back.

I chose to take a photo of my backyard to signify openness. It Minnesota, today was overcast with snow drizzle. I live in a culdesac that curves in a loop so it appears as if all our backyards lead you down a path. The snow, however, makes it look very empty. What you don’t see is the new garden my neighbor built nor the torn up backyard that the other neighbor still has yet to fix his sprinkler system.

Lastly, I chose my ever growing Snake Plant for perspective. It’s really only about 6″ tall and the pot maybe 5″ round. But I love how it appears huge like this and the stand it sits upon is a blur of a solid object here in the front. Then you have my everlasting ficus in the background peeking through to say hello, almost like it is waving.

You can find my entire Valentine’s Day photoblitz here on Flickr.

There are a lot of interesting photos for the DS106 Photoblitz, however, it appears that there are not a lot of newer posts. So I did take some time to meander around the past years’ compilations and enjoyed the other works that were submitted then.

I plan on doing more Photoblitz’s when it becomes much warmer here in Minnesota, then I’ll be able to go outside and really enjoy the view.

Not What is Typed is all the Hype

I’ve already said it before, that anxiety wall of recording my own voice was spectacular! I mean that once I finally did the radio bump, it was done and now its all gone. I definitely have a life motto that’s grown over the years: Just get it done with because all the fuss is for nothing, and “Awesome” but that’s a whole different story.

So I learned a lot about audio storytelling, how radio broadcasts work, I created a couple of short assignments for Unit 4 and I genuinely had fun! If it wasn’t for nerves, a lot more people should do this kind of stuff, it’s a great way to put yourself out there and really show off who you really are. I, however, did not join a radio broadcast group, I will be looking for “accomplices” for that here in the future to collaborate with and have more fun doing audio projects.

Speaking of which, just being honest as I am, I was not a true fan of Ira Glass’s audio clips. Just wasn’t what I could really engage in nor actually finish listening to. I got good lessons from them, such as really really proof your work, equalize and edit. It’s no fun to listen to two people talk that one is too loud and the other is too soft.

Moving on, This Unit had fun #DailyCreates that I really enjoyed. My Squeaky Pickles creation was my favorite, as are pickles. And being #prosaic was new, I liked this one for its subtly more than anything. I chose the photo of the Berlin wall that had a man standing atop of it with his arms up. In the plainest thing, I could think of, and I would likely do from a higher elevation myself, he was waving at his friends. A happy thought.

All in all, this was fun in a way I broke out of my shell fun. What was more fun was keeping my two-year-old away from the microphone… he enjoyed my radio bump too.

A lot of my ideas are more on the spot, it does take me some time to implement them and learn a couple of thing about the programs I am using to accomplish the assignments. I love using my imagination and hope that I can inspire others too.

I want to do more of this audio work, I will make sure of it.