Buckle up, it's going to be a bumpy ride cheres!

Calla Lilies to Cala Cakes - Buckle Up, Chere - It's Gonna Be A Bumpy (but fun) Ride!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Well, So Close...And Yet So Far

Last weekend I was in a flurry, no: FRENZY of mental gymnastics and spreadsheet creation - a job was LITERALLY dropped in.my.lap!??!! The brainbending and budget hashing were due to a great opportunity that was below my estimated minimum salary.
A slight miscommunication saw them thinking I was available right away and there was no way I could up and leave. That did get straightened out, but I am waiting to speak with the main guy to see if there is any flexibility on the salary. They've had a heck of a busy week...but I hope to hear soon. Another place said they were going to get back to me, but so far, nothing.
I am purging items and packing the keeper items - it's a process I should have started a while back! But it's in progress, so there's that.
No firm info so that I can make some announcements to family and friends knowing I have ironed out the details. Sooner is better, I have to give 30 days notice at my apartment and at least 2 weeks at work. Moving at the end of April would be optimum.
I hope I hear some good stuff soon.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


For my dedicated and new readers - I'll be getting my photo editing software soon so that I can actually cycle out images I have captured. I take rather hi-res images and they are currently 'too big' to work.

And my approach to taking pictures is very 'on the spot' - I'm not into true manipulation of the photo - other than cropping. Photoshopping in things, changing the images is not my 'thing'.

I love to shoot my Canon Rebel dSLR as well as my trippy little Sony Cyber-shot point & shoot. Other than a college course in b/w photography, just seeing something that calls out to me is my 'field experience'. Unexpected items sometimes just seem to say "Hey...snap me!?" Each trip to New Orleans usually sees me finding a 'focus'. One time it was cracking/foxed paint on shutters, another trip it was doorknobs. Usually a gorgeous plant/flower finds its way into my memory stick.

Thank you all for your support.

Hmmm...how about a different tack?

So, I get a wild hair this afternoon and looked on Craigslist at the jobs. There was a listing for a 'second shooter' for a photography agency. Shooting weddings from alternate angles and such. I'm thinking of going for it. At least as a part time gig, that would rock.

There's also a p/t job at the 'drink wine & paint' place - hey, I can work on my ability to paint and I know I can get the enthusiasm level of the group up.

One that made me LOL and sneer at the $ was a realty agency that was wanting a p/t photographer to shoot 15-40 houses a week...get this...for a paltry PALTRY $7.00 (yep, SEVEN dollars) a house!??! The listing didn't even say they'd pay mileage... Heaven knows many of the realtors out there seriously do NOT know how to take photos of homes they are (supposedly) trying to sell. I mean, really, a pic showing off the (not included) weight set in the master bedroom, a close-up of the (run of the mill) ceiling fan.

So, here's hoping I can get the attention of the wedding photographer and maybe the sip & paint place. :)

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Road to NOLA is Paved w/Hangups - Lundi Gras edition

Since I wasn't even getting the most basic response and Mardi Gras was drawing nigh, I have suspended my job search for a bit. I'll let the detritus of Fat Tuesday be swept away before assaulting the job postings anew.
Having mostly a divine time during my current week-long Mardi Gras visit. The feet staged a Tahrir Square-type rebellion yesterday due to the un-Houston-like amount of walking I relish in New Orleans. Mostly the protest of my tootsies was down to walking about 3 miles in heels and then waiting about three more hours 99% on my feet for the Box of Wine parade to finally get the clearance to roll. Seriously - I about just sat down and bawled it was so bad. And yeah, I had cushioned insoles but they were not up to the challenge. Next year, I'm proposing Pedi-Cabs to tote us "Drunken Whores" around - I mean how perfect? We can swill our brew of choice and throw goodies w/o watching out for beads/trash, wearing out our feet...and have transport back to where we need post-parade. :)
Anyhoo - Lundi Gras (today) is for me to take it easy, rest the pieds and finalize my Shockey's Football Widow outfit for the Krewe of St. Ann tomorrow.
Happy Lundi Gras!