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.
I live in a tiny room.
We took Sabrina to the airport in Pittsburgh on Monday night immediately after watching The Perks of Being a Wallflower. She cried on the drive, and it almost immediately made me tear up. We drove through the tunnel that was just in the film we’d seen together. I realized how long it might be before I see half of my best friends.
I took John to the airport Thursday morning just after I’d woken up. I didn’t brush my hair, I didn’t wash my face, I didn’t put on clean clothes. I put on my glasses, threw on a dirty sweatshirt and grabbed my keys. We talked on the drive to Cleveland like nothing was different, like we’d see each other tomorrow, like everything wasn’t about to change. When I pulled up to the United departures lane, it all hit me: Fresno was leaving Ohio. I got out and walked around to hug one of my best friends. I was immediately sad and overwhelmingly grateful. I couldn’t believe I’d been lucky enough to make such legitimately amazing friends in a town that didn’t even know me three years ago.
I’m never all in one place anymore. I just don’t know how to exist that way, when there is so much out there and so many people whom I desperately love. I don’t feel remorse, nor do I feel regret. I just feel so much all the time, and I can’t be anything but thankful for those feelings.
We just passed the town where Abraham Lincoln was born. We thought he was from Illinois. Maybe he grew up there. Does that make sense? Can you be born one place then be from another?
I guess so. I was born in State College, Pennsylvania. I grew up outside Akron, Ohio then continued growing up in Fresno, California. Weird.
This trip has gone quickly. I already miss my friends back west, but I’m also eager to catch up with friends here. I saw a few friends on the road and just missed others. I’m stoked to see my brother and start playing music again.
We took the morning to go to Sun Studio in Memphis. All three of us were so overwhelmed and inspired. We almost passed on the tour, but knew it would be worth it. We made friends with our guide Marla, and she gave us a special tour with extra info because we were a small group. Such a good pit stop.
We will get in really late, but my life back in Akron starts early tomorrow getting ready for my dear friend Amy’s wedding. I can’t think of a better celebration to be happening upon my return home. Amy’s happiness brings me hope for my own future and so much joy to see her so delighted.
Things might be vague for me now, but I’m kind of loving it. I am so blessed to have this life, and I couldn’t imagine it any other way…