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Stages of life

August 28th, 2012 3 comments

Yesterday was the first day of school for most schools in Texas. (School started here in Tennessee a couple weeks ago.) Being from Texas, over half of my friends on Facebook are old friends and classmates there. Its the thing I love about Facebook: keeping up with old friends.

I was amazed how many of my classmates from high school had kids starting Kindergarten! Post after post after post of “first day of school” photos on my wall. I loved it, but it also made me sit back and really ponder stages of life.

Just last night, we had friends over for dinner and visiting. I had one of those moments that made me take stock of life. Sometimes, I wonder what its going to be like to “grow up.”

Despite being married over five years. Despite having a home of my own, paying my bills, going to work, etc. I still feel young! I AM young! I’m an adult making adult decisions, but I still feel young. But last night, hosting friends, I had a moment of, “This is my house. This is my life. I am an adult. Wow.”

Then I sat down at my laptop and saw so many classmates sending their kids off to school. And once again, I had to look at life. We’re the same age, but we are definitely at different stages of life. It doesn’t make them “older” or “more mature” than I am. They’re just on a different path, and I am SO happy for them.

The grass is not greener on their side. It’s not greener on my side. It’s all about living our own lives our own ways: and that right there is what make us all adults. To me, we are all still so young, but we are also all grown up taking each stage of life at our own paces.

County Fair Fun (Weekly Winners)

August 26th, 2012 3 comments

There’s an event that happens in Middle Tennessee that my husband and I look forward to all year long. Literally, we will mention it multiple times through the year. The Wilson County Fair. My husband plays county fairs all across the country throughout the year, and as he says, “This is only one I’ll happily pay to attend.” It’s just the most epic county fair!!

This year, my husband happened to be playing the fair, so we went twice. Once for the show. Once just for us. Of course, between the two nights, it gave me tons of photo fodder. So… here’s a crazy photo-laden post.

 Wilson County Fair 2012

Wilson County Fair 2012

Wilson County Fair 2012

Wilson County Fair 2012

Wilson County Fair 2012

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Wilson County Fair 2012

Wilson County Fair 2012

Wilson County Fair 2012

Wilson County Fair 2012

Wilson County Fair 2012

Wilson County Fair 2012

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Wilson County Fair 2012

Wilson County Fair 2012

Wilson County Fair 2012

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Started by the lovely Lotus, Weekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week.

Visit Lotus’ site and check out her various entries, and find other participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!

 

Photos taken using my  Sony DSLR A230.
View all of my photos on my Flickr stream.

Family-like friends

August 21st, 2012 1 comment

Living 800+ miles away from family, I rely on my friends here in Nashville heavily for a support system. Many have become like family to me… all of us to each other.

Last night, we all went on a little field trip to the Wilson County Fair. This has become a yearly tradition (Monday night of the fair), but this year was extra special because my husband’s artist was headlining the show that night. After the show, as many of us as was left after the show (some had to leave early) gathered to take a picture together. I love this shot… makes my heart so happy.

 

Many, many thanks to one of my husband’s band mates for offering to take the shot for us so I could be in it, too.

Categories: about-me, friends, husband, nashville, photos Tags:

Weekly Winners (August 11 – 17)

August 20th, 2012 2 comments

Started by the lovely Lotus, Weekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week.

Visit Lotus’ site and check out her various entries, and find other participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!

 

Photos taken using my Droid Razr, Nikon Coolpix L20 or Sony DSLR A230.
View all of my photos on my Flickr stream.

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My husband and I went on a road trip last weekend, and I always intended to do a “ride report” about it. I never got around to it, so those photos are included here.

Land Between the Lakes

Out on the open road… headed to Land Between the Lakes.

277: On the bike

Leaning into the curve.

On the bike

The road goes on forever…

Signs of fall

Signs of fall are starting to show.

Lighthouse Landing

Reflected

Lighthouse Landing

Flag in the wind.

Patti's 1880s Settlement

Patti’s 1880s Settlement is famous for their 2 inch thick pork chop. My husband are the whole thing!

See Rock City

Taken in misty rain from the back of the bike… but I love the Rock City barns.

Train tracks

Railroad switch.

Neon

Tequila!

Neon

River.

282: Mad Housewife

Yes, please.

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Random things about me

August 18th, 2012 3 comments

Today’s Daily Health challenge is to get to know things about someone you are already very close to… random little things you might not know but that will help you feel even closer to that person by knowing.

So it got me thinking… What are some random things people might not know about me. And off I went… random things you might not care anything about but find interesting nonetheless…

1. I was a photographer for my high school yearbook my senior year. I got a crash course in using the school cameras before being let loose with one.

2. That’s still the most photography training I’ve ever had.

128: I see through the lens

3. I have to at least wear foundation when I leave the house.  Even if its just to get gas, I’ll grab my makeup kit before leaving to freshen up.

4. I used to sneak food into class in school. Everything from power bars to pastries to candy to sandwiches. I only got busted once.

5. I hate driving cars. I’ve driven trucks so long that cars wig me out. (Thankfully, we really do legitimately need a pick-up truck to haul gear.)

6. I didn’t learn how to ride a bicycle until around junior high age.

7. I hate green peas alone, but I’ll eat them in foods like casseroles or cold salads.

8. Similarly,  I hate coconut, but recently I have been on a coconut rum kick.

9. I almost always have painted toenails. If they aren’t painted, they will be within 24 hours.

Red toenails

10. I hold myself more accountable than anyone else can. Example: if the books are off at work, I’ll lay awake stressing over it for days trying to figure out if its my fault.

11. I sleep in the middle of the bed in a cocoon of pillows when my husband is on the road.

12. I love silver jewelry. I only own a handful of pieces of what look “gold.”  Only two pair of earrings and a few necklaces.

13. My favorite piece of yellow gold jewelry is my Aggie ring.

14. My wedding set is white gold.

15. When someone asks me “what part of Texas are you from?” I say, “South of Waco.” Everyone has known of Waco since 1993.

Texas flag

16. I was once approached by a modeling company to come to an open call in San Antonio. I didn’t go (it didn’t fit my personality, though I was super flattered!), but now and then I wonder what would have happened if I had gone. It’s not a regret by any means! It’s simply a path not taken.

17. I like a clean house, but I don’t mind a cluttered office.  Much to my husband’s dismay.

18. I briefly considered majoring in psychology.

19. I love to cook but absolutely hate doing dishes.

20. I really love knowing more about others… won’t you share something random about yourself with me?

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Weekly Winners (August 6 – 10)

August 12th, 2012 3 comments

Started by the lovely Lotus, Weekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week.

Visit Lotus’ site and check out her various entries, and find other participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!

 

Photos taken using my Droid Razr, Nikon Coolpix L20 or Sony DSLR A230.
View all of my photos on my Flickr stream.

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This week, I purchased a domain name for my photography. Denise Mattox Photography is still searching for a site host, but the domain name has been purchased. As such, my watermark for photos is changing. Hopefully there will at least be a place-marker site up soon.

Bike race

Went to a bike race this week… it was a fun challenge to figure out my camera settings for that sort of event.

273: Biking

This guy is why I was there… a friend whose been on me to come take photos for at least six weeks.

From the backseat of a motorcycle

Beautiful skies.

From the backseat of a motorcycle

Tennessee countryside views.

Hello there...

Okay, I think I am finding my favorite “reflection shot” is in the rear-view mirror of our truck.

Bridgestone Arena

I love this part of Bridgestone Arena.

Merchants

Nashville Neon

National Underground

My favorite “new” neon in Nashville. I just love their logo.

275: Candy

Adults in a candy store.

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