Awkward and Awesome Thursday: New Do and Doin’ What’s New

Christmas tradition of dressing up and heading to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra


  • Joshy was gone on a business trip from Sunday morning until last night. I was all alone without a car and pretty gosh darn miserable 😦
  • We didn’t make it to the Rochester Philharmonic Christmas concert last night until the intermission. Boo. 
  • Finding an internship for next semester. None of the places where I really wanted to work have responded to my query letters.
  • Josh bought me a whole crate of clementines because he knows I love them, and by today they were completely devoured by mold!
  • He also bought me two Christmas presents today and literally could not keep them a secret. He told me within hours of buying them, hahaha!
  • The Thurston’s childhood kitty cat is very sick. Prayer’s appreciated! Mom is really upset.


  • New look! Or should I say, old look back again! This was my hair circa 12th grade. Mid-length, dark brown, and bouncy. Josh is a big fan.
  • Having hubby back! I came in to work today, and Stryker said, “Is Josh home? I thought so. You look super extra happy today.” Well, I am!
  • My honey made a lot of big sales while he was gone. Save up that moolah!
  • A ragtime version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” written for an orchestra and a xylophone soloist. That happened at the Christmas concert!
  • Josh’s parents are having their bathroom remodeled by a guy from Birmingham. The one in England.
  • Making super-cool personalized Christmas presents for the family. It’s a secret! But I’ll tell later 😉
  • Off to spend Christmas with my side of the family in PA by enjoying a matinee of Les Miserables on Christmas Day.

Awkward and Awesome Thursday: Familia Feliz

Neme, Kristen, and Kaci (Kacita)

Yesterday I photographed the intimate wedding of two very dear friends surrounded by their family in a candlelit living room in the Finger Lakes--a wedding that I’ve known about since last weekend, lol.  I guess it’s a long story.

Kristen studied abroad with Josh and I in Spain and met Nemesio while there. She already had a boyfriend at the time, and he was sure that he would never fall in love. He was wrong. After months of wooing the beautiful girl that had come into his life, Neme and Kristen became a couple–unfortunately just in time for Kristen to return to the United States.

In a move that surprised even those of us who knew him well, Neme made a trip to the US this fall on a tourist visa. While here, the two fell even more in love and decided that they wanted to be together forever. They couldn’t let Neme’s soon-to-expire visa keep them apart. Neme gave up everything that he knew and asked Kristen to marry him–which she did yesterday, the day that his visa expired 🙂

How awesomely awkward can you get?


  • US immigration laws. Not sure where I stand on those after having an experience with them that was so close to my heart.
  • Trying to take artistic photos in the dark with a flash. It’s a losing battle.
  • Josh couldn’t come because he was a) taking the Spanish lit final exam that Kristen missed to get married and b) studying for the GRE he has to take this Saturday.
  • Driving an hour and a half to watch my friends get married instead of studying for my two hardest finals.
  • Said finals. Two essay exams back-to-back. I think I have carpal tunnel.

Equally Awkward and Awesome:

  • Kristen’s wedding was officiated by her high school driver’s ed teacher and interpreted by her high school Spanish teacher! So sweet and funny 🙂


  • Their wedding date is 12-12-12!
  • Such a small and intimate wedding. It was absolutely beautiful.
  • Finally seeing these two start a life together. I’ve been waiting for this for months 🙂
  • Ferrero rochet cheesecake for a wedding cake.
  • Being done with final exams.
  • Getting to see The Hobbit soon!
  • The brand new Garcia family–Neme, Kristen, and little Kaci the yorkie-poo.

Final Scene from "The Chains"

This is the stage interpretation of “Let My People Go,”a spoken word poem that concluded Muse Creative Arts Ministry‘s production of “The Chains” a couple of weeks ago.

The combination of this piece and the monologue right before was incredibly powerful. The man on his knees as the piece starts is portraying Spartacus, the former gladiator turned slave revolt leader who delivers his speech to us from the cold shores of the river Styx–from death.

Originally, we were planning on ending on a somewhat positive note, saying “even if you fail to break free from the chains that bind you, all that matters is that you try.” My co-director (also the actor playing Spartacus) suggested a better idea:

“If you try alone, you will fail. And failure sucks.”

That’s a direct quote.

Flashback: First High-Fashion Shoot Part 4

Guys, I’ve made the decision to go back to my natural brown hair for this winter! Of course, this could just be an excuse for my redonkulously long, dark roots, but I promise! I’ve finally made up my mind.

Josh and I recently spent a night de-stressing by watching old webcam videos on my laptop that go back as far as high school. Josh was ogling my medium length, dark, bouncy curls and practically begged me to switch back . . . so I guess brown it is!

More of these bygone high fashion pics after the jump!

I kind of wanted to commemorate the hair change with some nostalgic photos of my ginger locks in all of their glory. Imagine my surprise when I found that these pictures from a January 2011 photo shoot with Kelly Sullivan hadn’t yet been posted!

I love my hair color here, and the dramatic makeup is so different for me. The grungy chair is also glorious 🙂


Making the Most of December

This isn’t really a to-do list, because almost none of these things are necessary for any reason. They’re just a bunch of things that I think will help Josh and I make the most of this Christmas season. It’s sort of like a Christmas bucket list . . . but not really because many of the items reappear on the list every year despite the fact that they’ve been “crossed off” every year prior.

Okay, I don’t know what it is . . . but it will be fun!

There are enough items both traditional and unique for you to choose one everyday, if you want. Whatever you do, be sure to make the most of your December.

  1. Go ice skating.
  2. Make eggnog or mulled cider.
  3. Buy children’s gifts for Operation Angel Tree.
  4. Drive around and look at Christmas lights.
  5. Splurge on a professional performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker ballet.
  6. Cuddle up in front of a fireplace.
  7. If you haven’t yet, decorate a tree. If you already have, decorate someone else’s
  8. Watch the movie White Christmas with a cup of white hot chocolate.
  9. Chop wood for a family that relies on a wood stove.
  10. Tired of Christmas music? Try traditional Celtic music.
  11. Go caroling with friends.
  12. Make chili for chilly carolers to come home to.
  13. See how many film versions of A Christmas Carol you can watch in a day 😉
  14. String popcorn and cranberries.
  15. Go to Wegmans and Sam’s Club on a weekend for holiday samples.
  16. Learn to knit or crochet.
  17. Send Christmas cards or letters updating family and friends on your year.
  18. Get invited to a Christmas party. This could be tricky . . .
  19. Make a snowman, snow angels, etc.
  20. Go to midnight showings of The Hobbit(December 14) and Les Miserables(Christmas Day).
  21. Go to a candlelit service.
  22. Kiss someone under the mistletoe. Warn them first.
  23. Shop a holiday craft bizarre.
  24. Help young relatives make a wreath or ornament.
  25. Help your family with Christmas dinner.
  26. Take a super late walk in the snow on Christmas Eve and see if anything magical happens.
  27. Make homemade soaps with personalized scents for gifts.
  28. Read A Child’s Christmas in Wales.
  29. Declare a snowball war.
  30. Watch at least one terrible Christmas movie. Try Kiss Saves Christmas.
  31. Go for a sleigh ride