In The Works: Travel in Late 2015

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We don’t travel much in the late spring and summer. The fact that a giant part of our business relies on the nice weather and weddings that spring and summer bring may have something to do with it. We mostly try to stay in town for all of that. Portraits and weddings wait for no (wo)man. Fall and early winter are the best possible times for us to get the hell out of dodge. This month has seen an exponential increase in making plans. I am so ready for cooler weather and adventures.

We’ve had a couple of changes, too. Originally, we had planned to go to Iceland and maybe a stargazing cruise this year. Instead, we nixed that idea in favor of the opportunity for lots of little trips. It was a worthwhile exchange, in my opinion.

The following is what I have on the agenda for Fall and Winter 2015:

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Weddings and Portrait Sessions: Sept and Oct. You didn’t think these just stopped at the end of August, right? Nope. Just fewer dates. Bonus: One of the October dates involves kilts. Maybe I can convince them to let me wear my Renaissance dress. It kinda fits the theme.

Volunteering at the Joel Lane House: Ongoing. I get to dress up like I live in the 1700’s. I stopped volunteering for a while, but am restarting in September. Can’t keep me away from that kind of gig.

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Howl-O-Scream: Date TBA. The annual Busch Gardens outing with Mike, Traci, Tony, and Paulette (and whoever else wants to come). I don’t ride the coasters, so Paulette and I usually have a beer for every time that everyone else boards a ride. It’s a fair drinking game and a good time. The main attraction here is in the knowledge that the actors that come out to haunt the park after 6 p.m. always seem to target me. If you want to see me squeal and knock people over in an attempt to escape pirates, come with us! Yes, that exact instance has happened before.

Renaissance Fest: Date TBA. We need to figure out a weekend to squeeze this in without upsetting other plans. I also have to alter my dress so it won’t fall off and result in me being burnt at the stake for magicking my clothes away.

Color Run: Oct 3. This depends on how my lungs feel. I plan on wearing a Darth Vader mask of the caliber I used whilst gutting houses in New Orleans re: Katrina. The corn starch is awful on your lungs when you’re trying to run.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Lecture at DPAC: Oct 8. This is local and not to be missed.

Halloween Night Debaucheries: Oct 31. We go out with our regular crew (Traci, Tony, Mike, Paulette, Jim, et. al.) to hit O’Malleys and various other spots around town. I will try to hold my liquor and wear a costume that doesn’t have a risk of exposing all of my various and sundry parts. It’s how I roll. This year, I think I am going to cosplay as a female Arno from Assassin’s Creed Unity. Mike got me a phantom blade and I need an excuse to wear it in real life. This is going to mean some serious sewing and I may have to make a dress form out of duct tape after all. Eek! But if it means I can avoid heels and wear pants in cold weather, I am down for such challenges.

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Steve and Amy Visit: Nov 12-16. Steve and Amy are coming! We know them through our visit to LOST 2014 last year in Hawaii and our trip to Orlando for more LOST related activities in June. We are planning on going to Wilmington to visit Kelley (also of LOST 2014 fame) and maybe west into the mountains of NC for another visit to the Land of Oz

Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Dec. 11-14. We are going for my birthday!!! I cannot wait. Jenny sent me a gift card because she is the best ever. It will probably be spent on butterbeer and tissues to soak up the tears that result from all of my dreams coming true. We will be meeting up with Amy and Steve again, since they are local-ish to the park and have season passes.

Needless to say, I’m super pumped and am squirreling away all the extra cash I can in order to fund all of these adventures. Turkey legs don’t buy themselves, after all.

What are your travel plans for the rest of 2015? Let me know in the comments!

Freelance Diaries: A Typical Day

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Sometimes I look at this blog as a whole and think, “Hm, I don’t think I tell my readers enough about myself.” I’m working on trying to remedy that. Promise.

I always think it’s cool to see what people do with their day, especially if they have cool jobs or lead super busy lives. Since I freelance, my days tend to vary. One day, I’ll be taking wedding pictures, on another I’ll be doing mostly technical writing, then the next day I’ll devote several hours to crafting. The side hustle is real.

Here’s what my typical day looks like:

8:00 — Wake up. I can admit that I’ll never be an early riser, so it’s just easier to have three snoozes go off and catch up on social media before I commit to real life.

8:30-9:00…ish — Did I mention that waking up is flexible?

9:00 — Email check. This is also when I chug coffee and pray for quick caffeine metabolization.

9:15-12:00 — Social media management and content creation. This is my main source of income. I can’t complain. I get to be on Pinterest for other people. Win. This is the least flexible part of my work day.

12:00-3:00 — This is the most flexible part of my work day. Things that fall into this section: overflow content creation, cat-sitting, crafts, technical writing, transcribing audio, Etsy related things, gardening, big personal writing projects. Or whatever else happens to fall into my lap.  I also try to fit some yoga at the beginning of this time slot to keep from getting fidgety.

3:00-5:00 — Running! This is marvelous for someone who sits all day. Sometimes, I get sensory overload (since I’ve been staring at a computer screen all day) and scare hikers with my over-enthusiasm, but most of the time I come out of the woods unscathed and unembarrassed. Bonus points if I don’t trip over roots.

5:00-11:00 — This is the most flexible part of the day. Dinner moves around, depending on what tickles our fancy that day. Then we play video games, watch things I should have seen in the 80’s and 90’s, or meet up with friends. I have a pretty solid “turning into a pumpkin” time of around 11 p.m. You’d think that sleeping in would give me some staying power, but nay. I’m usually in bed by 11.

What does your typical day look like? What do you do for work?  Let me know in the comments!