PHOTOS: This one via my phone, pretty much the only way I ever take pictures anymore. I’m saving up for a new DSLR but life always gets in the way. You can find my photos here: Flickr, Findery, Instagram.
BLOG: It kept getting infected. After three times of going in and removing the offending code from each page I gave up and switched to a different theme. I am unhappy because it is not customized and doesn’t feel personal at all. However, I don’t have time to do anything. It may be ugly, but at least it’s not broken. Any suggestions for an awesome (clean,simple) WordPress theme welcome!
KIDS: They are growing up too fast. Mikal just turned 18 and is graduating next month. Bleu turns 16 next week and starts his college classes this summer. Butterfly is taller than I am. Jon and Echo are still my little boys, athough I have a feeling Jon is going to start another growth spurt soon.
WORK: I love my job and work with some amazing people.
SCHOOL: Graduate school is tough, mainly because of the time investment. I’m taking four classes this semester: Advanced Quantitative Statistics, Women and Work, Assessing and Evaluating Online Learning and Emerging Technology Tools.
HEALTH: Going downhill fast. I pretty much feel like crap from the moment I wake up until I go to sleep: hypothyroid (cannot seem to find the right dose, gaining weight like crazy and tired all the time), fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, liver problems (NAFLD), IBS, arthritis, depression. I am going to try a gluten-free diet and see if that helps. Celiac disease runs in my family so this could be a contributing factor to all my other issues.
LOVE: Unconditional love is just that – unconditional. People that withhold love in order to punish you or control your actions don’t really love you.
TIME: Is precious. I miss this crazy community that I’ve created over the years blogging but there is just NO TIME to keep up with it. Until I get back to blogging on a regular basis, catch up with me on Facebook, Instagram, Vine (Kristal Armendariz), Twitter, Flickr, Findery or Skype (kristal.armendariz).
Kristal Armendariz (°1972, New Mexico, United States) is an artist who mainly works with photography. By experimenting with aleatoric processes, Armendariz formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works. The thought processes, which are supposedly private, highly subjective and unfiltered in their references to dream worlds, are frequently revealed as assemblages.
Her photos feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections which make it possible to revise art history and, even better, to complement it. Combining unrelated aspects lead to surprising analogies. By parodying mass media and exaggerating certain formal aspects inherent to our contemporary society, she often creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.
Her works are saturated with obviousness, mental inertia, clichés and bad jokes. They question the coerciveness that is derived from the more profound meaning and the superficial aesthetic appearance of an image. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, she makes works that can be seen as self-portraits. Sometimes they appear idiosyncratic and quirky, at other times, they seem typical by-products of American superabundance and marketing.
Her works are characterised by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middleclass mentality in which recognition plays an important role. Kristal Armendariz currently lives and works in Las Cruces.
We get a lot of hot air balloons in the sky over Las Cruces, but it never gets old when one lands close by. Whenever one touches down in town, it always attracts attention. This time, we had a couple of extra observers… snowmen left over from our first snow!
I’ve been trying to coupon more. My kids go through food like nobody’s business. Even though Mike and I are both working, it is still tough to make ends meet. Today I’m getting a box of items ready to donate to the women’s shelter… stuff I got couponing but don’t need/use. I hate to pass up a deal, especially if it is free. I might as well give it to someone who will appreciate it, right? This year I really want to work on building a stockpile. Nothing major, just enough to last us a few months if something were to happen. In the process, I plan on donating more as well. We’ll see how it goes!
Today I needed milk so I made an early run to CVS. No sense wasting the trip:
Milk on sale for $1.99
2 Dawn on sale for $.99 each + (2) $.50/1 coupons
Trial size Clear shampoo $2.49 (free with coupon from cvs.com)
Clear shampoo and conditioner on sale for $4.99, BOGO + (2) $2.00/1 coupons
Used $.75 reward from my last shopping trip.
Including tax, I paid $3.93 out of pocket and received a reward for $2.00 off my next purchase. Not bad.
It’s the end of another year… time for a little self reflection.
I turned 40 this year… but not before earning my BA! This was something I have been working on for over twenty years, so it was a huge personal accomplishment. After finishing up this summer, I started graduate school. I am working on my MA in Sociology as well as a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning. I also started working in May. A part time job has grown into a full time position. It is hard to juggle everything sometimes, but it is also rewarding.
Over Thanksgiving, we went to visit my brother and his family in Texas. It was probably the best vacation we’ve ever taken…
The year ended on a high note, with a new addition to the family. Mica gave birth to Sophie Jolie on December 13. She is absolutely beautiful. The only bad thing is that they live three hours away and I haven’t gotten to see her outside of the hospital. Spending some time with my new granddaughter is high on my priority list for the new year!
Overall, it was a good year. I’m not making any resolutions or predictions for 2013. I’m going to go with the flow, take it one day at a time and be grateful for the blessings in my life.
Here are some inspirational quotes for the new year:
Appreciate what you have, before time teaches you to appreciate what you had.
When you choose to see the good in others, you end up finding the good in yourself.
No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.
If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay.
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.
There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.
Choose to be happy.
I hope the new year is a wonderful one for each and every one of you!
Anyone that knows me knows that I love to take pictures. Last year, Echo dropped my good camera and it no longer focuses. I’ve been making do with my camera phone and the odd disposable, but Mikal Jade is a SENIOR. That means SENIOR PICS! Yikes… For the first time in my life I had to hire someone else to take pictures of my kids! *gulp* (School portraits don’t count!) Luckily, I have connections.
Ana has been an online friend for years. She started a photography business and I love her style. It also fits Mikal Jade well… very sweet and girly! We met her at White Sands on Saturday and had such an awesome time. I took this picture after Ana finished doing her thing. (Thanks a lot for using all the good light!) I can’t wait to see the shots that she took!
As usual, I made all of my kids jump. Ana was a great sport and jumped for me as well. Naturally, Echo had to get in the action and it ended up looking like he was holding her be the hair.
The best shot I got was probably of AB. Man that kid can jump!