Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Big E...so delicious!

Yesterday I went on an adventure with my friend Michelle and her mom. Her family has a tradition of going to the Big E every year. I went with them a few times and always had a blast. But I hadn't gone back in a long time! So the three of us got there in the AM and wandered around for the day. We really had no planned agenda, other than to eat anything we wanted and go with the flow. I literally spent all my money on food, with the exception of a dollar spent on a pumpkin windsock I bought to hang outside the house!

Michelle and I Michelle's Mom



This stand literally gave out a salad of fried vegetables. Mushrooms, onions, cauliflower, broccoli, sweet potato, and zucchini. And they give you ranch for dipping sauce. I'd never even heard of such a thing. Obviously I won't be eating those everyday, but they were soooo good!


Everyone always raves about Maine's baked potatoes. The line was out of control..it went out the side of the building and literally had tents set up to shade people from the sun while they waited. I didn't have the patience for a line like that, but I found another baked potato stand and figured I'd try it out. I wasn't disappointed with my broccoli and cheddar tater!


In the New Hampshire building they were selling corn on the cob for $3. They dipped it in melted butter! I actually didn't try it out, but it smelled awesome!So I've never tried funnel cake before! I knew it was similar to fried dough, but that's about it. We found a stand selling beignets, fried dough, and funnel cakes. Michelle and her mom tried out some of the funnel cake.

Michelle wanted to bring home donuts for her brothers and dad. This stand made mini ones right in front of you!

We watched Kriyss Grant perform. I think he was supposed to tour on Michael Jackson's last tour but never got the chance too. He did a tribute to him and it was actually pretty good/entertaining!


The aqua massage! It looked pretty cool! You climb in the creepy looking machine and it uses water jets to massage you, but you stay completely dry. I wanted to try it but there was a lotttt of people gathered around watching..not too relaxing. And it was basically a $1 a minute plus an extra $5. I want one in my house!

There was a random horse show going on. I saw a bit of it. I don't get the scoring and all that..so yea I was like "ooo a horse!!"
This guy was in the craft common. He was making aluminum sculpture kinda things. It was pretty interesting! He was concentrating pretty hard and being extremely meticulous!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tattoo Itch

I'm getting the itch for a new tattoo! I need to make an appointment with Hartford County Tattoo to touch up my anchor tattoo..which I'm still mega happy with! While I'm there I want to run a few ideas by the artist for my next tattoo. I want it to compliment the anchor and be on the opposite ankle. I really love the idea of a compass. I was thinking of getting similar green vine around it like in my anchor. And then coming up with some sort of charm to put in the middle of the compass, sort of like my anchor has the clover as a charm. I'm still unsure what that's going to be, but I want it to be symbolic of something in my life.

I've been searching google images for photos of compass tattoos. I have a folder dedicated to these pictures on my computer too! I'll post some of the pics I've saved. Unfortunately I have no info on who did the following tattoos or where they came from. Sorry!

I absolutely love this! Not sure why I'm so drawn to it, but this picture is what initially got me thinking about a compass tattoo.


This one I love the detailing of the leaves and the shading.



I'm liking the rope details and colors!


I like the design of the compass on this one.

Also like the design of the compass on this one too.

I'll probably print all these out and figure out what I like best on each and try and combine it into my own tattoo somehow. All the while having it kinda match my current tattoo.

Any ideas out there?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

JPG Magazine

I'm laying in bed right now with my laptop trying to make myself sleepy so I can get up for work at 6:30am tomorrow. So far I'm still pretty awake! So while I wait to get tired, I'll post!

One of my favorite sites I love to browse around on is www.jpgmag.com. I originally discovered it when I was looking around Borders one day (long before I started working there). And I happened to pick up a photography magazine called JPG. I loved how all the images were from mostly unknown or amateur photographers. I joined the site and started uploading my own photos. All photos have the chance to become published. The site is almost like a myspace for photographers. You can post a small bio and up to 10 photos a day. You can submit them to themes and many of the themes end up getting published in the magazine.

Unfortunately the magazine can't be found in bookstores anymore. It's primarily digital and you can purchase a subscription. You can also request to have the magazine printed for you for around $21. I believe it's a more cost effective and eco friendly choice for the site. But I really did love going and picking up a copy so conveniently at a bookstore!

If you join the site you can also vote, comment, and "favorite" other's work. My own personal page is www.jpgmag.com/people/ericanicole. Check it out! There are some really amazing photographers on there with some great work and interesting stories!

This is one of my photos posted. It was taken at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.



Here's just a few images out of my favorites list on my page..

"The Mask" by Greg Carrick


"Bogue Inlet Pier" by Michael Dunn




By Sarah Dudley



"It's a Big World Out There" by Jenny Tanedo

Monday, September 6, 2010

Engagement Photos and more..

My brother Matt and his girlfriend Colleen got engaged back in December. They asked me to take their engagement photos for them. I nervously said yes. I was happy for the experience, but nervous my photos wouldn't be up to par. We had a blast taking the photos during sunset on a Saturday night at Harkness Park in Waterford, CT. They loved the photos which is all that matters. And my aunt let me borrow her Olympus SLR camera. I've never really had the chance to use one, but I really loved it!

In fact, I made a huge impulse buy the following day and went to Best Buy, filled out an application for a credit card there and got one. It's a Canon EOS Rebel. So far I love it! it's easy enough to figure out and use for me, being a newbie to SLR cameras! I've been looking for places to go and excuses to take break out the new camera, but life's been a little bit crazy with my new job.

Here are some of the photos I took of Matt and Col!