This is another photo for the assignment this week. It hasn’t been the warmest this week and of course it’s always colder at night. But there are still photos to be made. Hannah has the same assignment and while we were out I got this one of her. There is this weird door on the side of the Evans center that I have shot before, but I found it boring. So Hannah modeled for me and it made for a much better photo.
Because Hannah had to take it easy this weekend and her medicine made her tired we just relaxed at home. It was a lazy weekend but we got to see our cats, MJ is the one in the photo, and she baked some pretty great cookies. It’s never been hard for me to relax and be lazy but for some it can be. It was a good thing that she was forced to just relax and take things slow. Everyone needs that. Time to rest and take a break from things.
So today was interesting to say the least. It started off nice as some of my classes were canceled. I took one of the easiest Survey tests I have taken and then I got to go on a great date with Hannah. We went to the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit at the IMA which was very nice and then we went out to dinner. I got to relax for a while and then I went to help a friend with a photography assignment. We had to practically move the studio to another building to set up her shot. In the middle of it though things took a different direction. I got a text saying Hannah was going to hospital with her parents. Which scared me to death. So I ran across campus and went to the hospital with her. It was an issue with her bleeding disorder and we had to go to the ER. For an emergency room they were quite slow and we didn’t leave until almost 3 a.m. In the middle of it all there were also shooter on the loose running around in the area of the hospital. It was a crazy day. It was scary too. I know it’s cliché, but you really find out how much you love someone in situations like this. Getting that text was one of the scariest things I got. I immediately started shaking. It luckily ended up not being anything all that serious, but still it was scary. You realize how important that person is. It was awful waiting and wondering what was going on. It was great to get out of there, knowing she was safe and okay.
Today has been a little hectic to say the least. We have a print assignment for photography that requires us to print 1-3 photos inspired by Vivian Maier, Sally Mann, or Diane Arbus, none of which did I find that inspiring. Printing the photos adds a whole new challenge and a short time frame does not help. On top of this I spent two hours today helping Hannah with her camera which decided to stop working. So tonight I was in a rush to get photos. I walked all over downtown and came across this. This open Chinese restaurant devoid of life except the two employees, like the rest of the town tonight. Tomorrow will be interesting when I turn my work in.
Tonight I got to go see Abbie’s showcase. She and the rest of her class performed the beginning scene from a play they have been working on. She played the part of a very dramatic and snobby actor and she did it perfectly. I love watching her get up on stage and become a whole new person. She is always so quiet and then when she gets up there she plays her parts perfectly. Great job Abbie, I can’t wait to see more!
I really love cities. I have loved them for a very long time. I remember how amazing it was to go downtown when I was little. I never got to go very often and when I did, I was fascinated with everything. I loved the buildings, the lights, the people. They still fascinate me today. I love walking this cities streets. I love the contradictions, dangers, stories and life of this city. How quickly it changes. One minute there are crowds, the next it is deserted. It changes as quickly as the setting sun.
For Halloween I didn’t go out, or party or drink or whatever you do on Halloween now. I just stayed in with Hannah and we gave out candy to the kids that came to her house, which wasn’t many, because of the cold and snow. Yeah, it was kind of crazy that it snowed on Halloween this year. But it was still a fun night with ghost stories and a Halloween story.
So tonight I got a sweet surprise from Hannah. A while back we had watched a video from Neil Gaiman (great author) who wanted to start something called All Hallow’s Read, which is where you give a person a scary book to read for Halloween. So we thought we would do this for each other and we went and bought scary books. Tonight we kind of got into an argument that I don’t ever remember was about. It was all over text and she sounded upset and told me to meet her at the Dogwalk, which is a haunted part of the campus. I walked there and she wasn’t there, which worried me, but then I saw a pumpkin sitting on the steps with this little owl and two books in it. Then she came over and surprised me. Most of the argument was completely made up so she could do this surprise. It was very cute and I absolutely loved what she got me.
Last night we carved pumpkins for Abbie’s birthday and this year we took a different approach. Hannah found some really cool patterns for us to use and then we started carving. It included a lot of drilling and intense knife work but they turned out really cool. They are probably some of the better pumpkins we have done over the years.