Happy New Year’s Eve! Enjoy some of our favorite pictures and memories from 2017!
Happy New Year!
And the behind-the-scenes of the chicken photo shoot:
In school news, I recently gained approval from my university’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) for my doctoral research project. It was a very rigorous process that involved fun steps such as writing a 45 page paper, completing a 37 page IRB application and making multiple revisions over several months; all of that while keeping up with regular coursework, clinical hours and my regular day job. Like I said, fun! My project is going to be very simple; seeing if the addition of exercise (walking 20 minutes, 5 times a week) helps to improve symptoms of depression. I will begin collecting data soon, just as soon as I get final approval from my hospital (where I work). The actual approval should be no problem, it just involves scheduling/assembling like every member of the senior management team and several physicians in one place at one time; which as it turns out, is also a very fun process. I usually don’t share tedious details of my life like this, but am asking for a few prayers for me in the final stages of this process; they would be much appreciated!
Back to the potpourri of pics from the past month or so!
Sports photography isn’t my strong suit but I did get this one amazing shot (of another kid on the team; not the Spy):
Cheerleading fan may be more accurate for ‘Zilla!
Due February 2nd :)
Thanks for visiting and have a happy thanksgiving!!
Fall festival fun!
And I haven’t mentioned it but we are getting lots of eggs (2-4 a day!) from our four chickens (for the past month or more). The Spy asked “Have you even taken a picture of our eggs?” Me, “No, not yet.” The Spy, (looking shocked) “Whats wrong with you??!!!” Hahahah so I guess an egg and chicken photo shoot needs to go on the to-do list! hA!
The most recent art show at my school’s art gallery was very photogenic and (I think) very October. Paper sculptures by Jiangmei Wu:
Love these! From the artists statement:
I grew up in China in the Seventies when resources were extremely scarce. Most of the Chinese children at that time didn’t have toys – we played with simple things we made with our hands. We played games with shuttlecocks made of feathers and bottle caps, slingshots made of rubber bands and wooden sticks, and of course, airplanes and balloons made of paper. Indeed, we made all sorts of objects from paper: balls, baskets, dollhouses, bird figurines, and other objects. Paper was a common commodity, but it was not abundant and cheap during that time. We would fold and make objects using all kinds of paper from old newspapers, old magazines and used notebooks. Since I was a child, I have always been fascinated by the art and the science of the folding paper. Paper folding seems to always start from a simple geometric pattern and then it evolves into a complex piece of art through the hands of an artist/designer. (source)
I love the possibilities of paper. Indeed, I once did a little blog series entitled “The possibilities of paper.” where I waxed poetic on plain white paper as my favorite inspiration for a quick/simple creative activity. (Click here to learn how to make a seven sided star, snowflakes and a scroll (one of my most popular posts!)
Happy Friday! Hope you are all enjoying October in your neck of the woods!