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.
Thank you for letting me talk to you last week. I have no idea if you follow anything I do anymore, let alone this silly blog, but it meant more to me than I thought it would just to know you had an update on what’s been going on in my life [and for me to have an update on yours]. You were always so supportive of all my endeavors, no matter how small. You were the person I wanted to call every time something promising or exciting happened this year. It made everything feel real once I’d had the opportunity to share it with you.
Thank you. For all of it. Every single thing. I don’t tell people how much I appreciate them often enough, most of all people like you. Thank you, Tiger. For the duration.
Leave someone a thank you note
Teach someone something
For day 16, I strayed from the rules a bit and decided to just mail a thank you note to someone who always does things I appreciate. I sent it to my friend Mary Lou who lives in Kentucky. Mary Lou has known me since I was 14, and I wanted to thank her for helping me grow up to be who I am today. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized just how much of an impact a person can have on your life, regardless of how much time you get to spend with them. I’ve spent at least one week per year with Mary Lou since a fateful summer when I first attended camp over 10 years ago. My life has been shaped in many ways by the experiences I’ve had at camp and the people with whom I’ve shared those experiences.
So, she deserved hearing that I appreciate it on a random day in September. Mary Lou is pretty tech savy, so she just might end up seeing this somehow. I hope not before she gets my card though, because I just know she loves surprises.
On Day 17, I’ll be honest, I completely forgot to check the website to see the new challenge. I’d started feeling pretty sick and wasn’t really my normal self. By the time I did see it, I was so upset that I’d likely be sitting at home for the rest of the evening and hadn’t taught anyone a thing. Later in the evening I was texting back and forth with a friend from back in Ohio who kept sending me happy faces like this - :D
I know this friend has an iPhone and asked her if she had the emoticon keyboard for the iPhone and sent her back a little blushing happy face and a shooting star. She said “WUT??!” and I immediately pulled up the Emoji app in the app store and sent it to her. After about 15 minutes I got a giant text featuring hearts and fireworks surrounded by a multitude of little yellow happy faces followed by “YOU’RE THE BEST!”
I don’t know if I really taught her anything, but I shared something with someone. Does that count?
If you’re interested in participating in this challenge from #30DaysOfGood, find more information here.