New Years Eve

It’s almost 6PM on New Years Eve and we still aren’t sure what we are doing for tonight.  Ha.  This is typical for us.  Last year no one was really doing anything and we tossed around doing a few different things but me and the hubs weren’t feeling so hot (I’d find out on the 2nd I had bronchitis) so we decided to stay home and do nothing and it actually wasn’t bad.  If I recall I spent a good part of NYE celebrating virtually with a few friends and it wasn’t too bad.  I think we are heading to my brother in law’s house but like anything involving my in laws it’s vague and not for sure.  Most people would be so upset about this, I have friends that plan their NYE bashes for weeks – months even – in advance but I’ve never been really big into it, who knows why.

My most memorable NYE was spent at a friends house in 8th grade.  My Mom had just died the week prior and the funeral was over, the family had gone back home and I just needed a crazy night with friends.  No, not drinking crazy but the fun crazy you have when you are in middle school.  I remember at midnight me and my friend Maria’s brother went outside and banged pots and pans and screamed and screamed and screamed.  I’m sure the neighbors wanted to kill us but it was good times.  I believe there always was a flaming poo bag that night .  *coughs*  BTW?  Poo doesn’t catch on fire, even with gasoline poured on it.  However it WILL make a HUGE fire if you pour a lot of gasoline on the bag.  Just in case you were wondering…

I hope that whatever you do (ha ha, no one reads this yet but the future you that will be reading and going back all the way to the beginning) that NYE is what you want of it and you are with the ones you love, whether they be furry, human or imaginary!

Happy New Years!

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Reading Like a Fiend

I am a *huge* reader, have been since I was a child.  I honestly can’t remember the last time that I was not beginning, in the middle of or ending a book.  Even before I could read words I remember carrying around picture books and even some non picture books and leafing through them before I fell asleep.  I remember a whole world opening to me though when I learned to read and I found out what the words were in “The Monster at the End of This Book” (no, no one read to be before bed, that’s another story for another day).  It’s a rare night that I don’t at least read ONE page of a book prior to falling asleep.  I think it has a lot to do with the fact that both of my parents read a lot so I grew up thinking reading was essential to life.

Two years ago, I decided for my 30th birthday to buy myself a Kindle.  I had been kicking around the idea but I just did not like the design of the original release.  However after seeing a friend’s Kindle while on vacation, I decided that I would LOVE the new one and preordered it immediately upon returning home.  I really was worried that I would not like it compared to my real books and that I would find it lacking but the idea of being able to download the next book in a series on a whim rather than waiting around for a) it to be delivered or b) it to be in stock at the local bookstore is what sold me in.  I like instant gratification and too often I would think of a book I’d love to read but have to wait days or weeks to get my hands on it.

It was love at first read.

Now I am proud to be a Kindle owner (I now have the Kindle Keyboard which I purchased last year) and I have been known to rebuy books that I own already in paperback because I love reading on the Kindle that much.  It’s SO easy to hold.  I toss the sucker in a Ziplock bag and can take it to the beach, pool or read it in my tub.  I have a cover that has a light attached to it for easy night reading.

My newest found love that has to do with reading is Goodreads.  Are you a member? if so, we should be friends.  I have a problem sometimes remembering if I’ve read a book or sometimes I forget details from a book and it’s driving me crazy.  I’ve been keeping track of books I’ve read since 2008 on here and it’s been fun to not only see how much I read in a year (130 or so, give or take) but to also read reviews and see what my friends are reading.  It’s kind of like Facebook for readers.

I doubt that I’ll ever have any sort of theme here but I think I’d like to share books and book reviews here from time to time.  I read just about everything depending on my mood.  I do tend to stay away from fantasy and sci-fi though (I’m one of those that have not read Harry Potter yet) but it doesn’t mean that I won’t rule it out.  Of course I’m always game for a recommendation so hit me up if you’ve got one!

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I’ve been a blogger since 1999 or so when I first started blogging on Live Journal.  I’ve meant to move to a more public platform (outside of my business blog) for a while now but I kept putting it off.  I doubt I’ll see much visitors here but you never know.


Hi!  I’m Corey.  I use the Ann online so people know I am a girl.  I am a full time wedding photographer which means that my blogging here will probably be in fits and spurts as sometimes I’m swamped with work and sometimes (like now) it’s a bit lighter (but rarely dead!).  I am lucky to be so busy though in a time when things are tough in the world.

I live in Ohio with my husband in the house I grew up in, which is kind of cool but somewhat stinks.  I’ve never LOVED my house – the first house we lived in was my favorite.  Two stories and lots of nooks and crannies.  I miss it.  However this house is one my Mom grew up in too so it has that sentimental thing going for it.  My husband completely gutted and remodeled it before we got married in 2007 and we moved in a month after we got married.

No kids, not even quite sure that’s going to be in our future.  It’s not easy to plan babies around weddings – especially when they are booked over a year in advance.  Then there’s that whole carrying 50 lbs + of gear thing.  I know plenty of people do it but I’m not sure I want to be one of them.  We shall see.  I like the idea of children but I still like it when they go home to their parents when visiting!  I travel a lot for work (and fun) and I know babies would bring that to a quick stop and I’m not sure I am ready to give that up quite yet.

I’m hoping to blog here about all the randomness of my life partnered with pretty pictures (being a photographer and all).  I really don’t have a goal so I’m sure that is the death knell of me as a blogger but I wanted another outlet that isn’t outdated (yes Live Journal, I’m talking to you) but isn’t part of my business.  I’m not worried about clients finding me here but I don’t want to be the annoying photographer that’s constantly posting pictures and talking about my cat (however you should know I have one and she is pretty awesome).


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