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’m thinking of writing a weekly essay about something I experience in my new home of California. Having grown up in Ohio, this state has a reputation [albeit a wildly exaggerated and mostly glamorized reputation] and I’m already expereincing things that are pretty different from what I would have expected in my homes of yesteryear. Anyway, the reason I’m even saying these things is to see if there would be any interest in these short essays and if I should even pursue them… Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be writing these anyway… But if all [read: a few] of you are interested in reading them as well, I’d be happy to share.
So my proposition is simple: I’ve moved to California’s central valley all the way from the hometown of Devo, Luigi’s Pizza, Chrissie Hinde, Swenson’s, and some basketball player — oh, what’s his name…. and I’m planning to record my experiences here. Now, would you like to read these overwhelmingly earth shattering accounts of real life, Tumblr?
… I’m literally weeks away from living here. I have a lot of decisions to make, but I can’t be worried that I will make the wrong one, because I am thankful that I have options. Things may not be working out in the ways I had expected, but rather in a more positive and wonderful way than I could have ever planned.
I guess I knew things would be alright, but it felt right to have anxiety about such a swift, all-encompassing life change. It felt more stressful to not be anxious.
Today is June 18th. I should be in Fresno with my car, my record collection, my books, my bike, my computer and my cat by July 18th. At the very least I’ll be less than an 8-hour drive away.
That’s 30 days and counting, you guys. This is really happening.