I'm Melissa. This is where I write things down and share new things. Sometimes I even post cute pictures of cats...
if you're looking for my portfolio,
it can be found here, or by clicking any of the links across the top of this page.
I just moved back to Ohio after living in the central valley of California for almost three years. People still mention that I'm all grown up and keep asking how being an adult is going, but I really don't know what they're referring to.
I'm officially a (self-proclaimed) curator -- OF GIFS. GIF CONNOISSEUR. Check it out. My GIF blog even made it to buzzfeed once.
ONE MORE CHECK OFF MY LIFELONG INTERNET TO-DO LIST.
Albums of note UPCOMING/2011/2010/2009
A list of albums from the year that had staying power. Not a top album list, because I haven't heard every album, so that just seems a bit silly to me -- the whole "of the year" thing... although I suppose in my own mind that's what they are...
a place where I keep things that are already memories and store things that are currently in my life that will inevitably become memories. Vague enough?
Vestiges of a Life Soon Forgotten
A photographic series devoted to images taken in and around my apartment where I lived for 3 years in college. I moved out for good in December 2009.
photobooth documentation of sketches i have done and/or found.
Monthly Self Portrait Series
This was a short-lived project that sometimes shows up without warning again on my feed, but definately cannot be considered an "on-going" thing.
My New California Life
What started as an essay series about my experiences living on the left coast turned into a general account of my life here -- through words, photos and other ephemera.
jef etters tips of the day
Jef Etters was a colleague of mine who gave me life tips on a daily basis via a telephone call from a rotary phone. I would then transcribe the tips and post them here for the benefit of all mankind. He didn't know what tumblr was (nor does he now), but he did want to share all his wisdom with the world. enjoy.
PLEASE NOTE: Jef did finally get free long-distance after 7pm EST and will occasionally call to give me tips to transcribe. Be on the look out, it'll change your life.
Funny and or poignant things I feel the need to share with the world via screen capture. This project carries on with the luck that the internet will continue to bring the lulz. I think the odds are in our favor.
When there is no other sound to cancel, noise cancelling headphones turn your head into a cathedral of sound. I’m sure it’s awful for my long-term hearing, but how can I not listen to music this loud with an amazing cup of coffee in my hand? It’s one of the only ways to try and escape these days. Until I can drive the coast again, these are the ways in which I make it to a place where I can get real work done.
My head is a church and James Blake is singing all the hymns.
Top 5 one-on-one human interaction moments:
Top 10 meals:
Top 10 epiphanies occurring as a result of coffee:
Coordinate a Group Event
Get Coffee with a co-worker
I tried to set up a group event on Monday night, but instead accidentally ended up setting up a coffee date with Suzanne, the woman I work with now. I initially tried to make the event a tweet up, but when that wasn’t working out I resorted to a facebook invite.
I set up an impromtu coffee meeting for 7pm with some of the women around town that I want to get to know better. As the hour for the event grew closer, I became aware that it would just be a meeting with my only (official) co-worker. At this point in the day, I was already aware that I was meeting the challenge that was meant for the next day, while simultaneously attempting to complete the task at hand.
We had a really good talk, and it was nice to just get to know more about Suzanne. She’s a really nice person and I’ve really enjoyed working with her so far. She’s very honest and upfront. She knows what she wants and how she wants it. In those ways it’s made it a really good experience for me as a job. I don’t always get everything exactly right the first time, but she lets me know how I can improve and I appreciate that. I’m excited to continue working with her and learning more about her and her life. She’s had a lot of experience and is a good story teller, so I love hearing about all the good (and not so good) experiences she’s had working different jobs over the years. She also is a great listener who is very good at sensing what people are feeling, which I appreciate very much. I’m glad that we were able to spend that time together to just relax for a bit and have a good conversation, I look forward to when it can happen again.