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Awesome Sale- Awful Vacation

I came back from my vacation with a notice that I made a sale: that’s always nice! Somebody bought a framed print of:

 The Longest Dream

flat,800x800,070,f.u3 It’s a nice feeling that somebody would pay almost $200 for one of my prints. So, to whoever the mystery buyer is, thank you deeply! That made my day.

Unfortunately, our vacation was like a bad SNL skit. It really was the vacation from hell. I blame both of us being overworked-like two highly pressurized pots that have been on the stove for far too long. The best part was sleeping in the car on the first night. We read books on our Androids on an air mattress- priceless! But then we got semi-lost the next day and all hell broke loose. I can’t go into detail, because I don’t want to paint anybody black. There was yelling and cussing and that’s all before we even got to the cabin!

The location was absolutely stunning. But then it all went downhill very quickly, starting with the two large dogs (the size of small horses) which jumped all over us as soon as we got out of the car. The owner, Fred (who took a liking to hanging over his front porch), failed to mention that he and his wife actually lived on the premises too. We weren’t going to be alone as the website indicated; their cabin was only feet away from ours. Strike one.

And then there was the whole no-WiFi thing. The website said there was Wifi- nope! Fred told us that the teens who had stayed there prior to our arriving had used it all up. (Fred conveniently neglected to tell us that part on the phone while booking with him just days before.) Strike two. But the worst part of all was those damn acorns. Not the dry kind that bounces off the roof quietly- no no- these were the heavy, green kind that hit the tin roof with an ear-shattering CRACK. CRACK. CRACK. Every 25-45 seconds- just like clock work, without fail. Strike three.

Kiss your sanity (and any hope of a good night sleep goodbye). I couldn’t go out on my front porch without seeing Fred on his. The entire time, Fred let his dogs roam free, up onto our deck when we were grilling ribs- it didn’t matter. Between the dogs, the lack of internet, and the blasted acorns, I really couldn’t wait to get back home. I did manage to get 10 gigs of beautiful shots. I was only able to edit a few, as it’s back to the grind! Josh is working 12 hours days and I’m back to my 5-7 page research papers. It’s intense, but at least it’s predictable!

Post trip- still sane!


   Josh on the boat
Josh on boatMJ



Reflections of trees


Josh, rocking out on the suspension bridge at Red River Gorge

Pics taken with Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35/3.5 film lens + Canon Rebel XSI/natural lighting/manual

14 responses

  1. sorry to hear about the trip.
    nice photos.

    October 1, 2014 at 12:25 am

  2. urgh… I’d have been furious with the close/neighbours/dogs/acorn thing, too

    October 1, 2014 at 7:04 am

  3. Congratulations on selling that beautiful print!! I’m sorry to hear about your crazy trip. It DOES sound like an SNL skit. I think I would lose my sanity in that situation, too. Hope you are able to get some of your sanity back…but just some 😉

    It looks like you did get some great photos, though!

    October 1, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    • Oh Amy, it was absolute hell. I think it’s safe to say that I’m done with cabins for a while- ha. It was pretty shady of the owner to neglect to tell us about the lack of internet- not cool! But yeah, I got some good shots out of the deal. That counts for something. 😉

      October 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm

  4. yvo

    Jeez . . you looking flipping 18!!! wowo. you are an amazing beauty B. Sorry to hear about these major pains. I would have been tempted to start pelting Fred with large green acorns! Well you took some great shots here anyway! And big CONGRATS on your sale!! Love that pic and the format rockz!! xx

    October 1, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    • Hey, I didn’t think of pelting ole Fred with the acorns! And you’re WAY too generous. I feel every bit of my 45 years, Y. Ugh. They have a way of creeping up on you, eh? I’m going to keep you in my prayers, GF, and I hope you feel better soon. Love you! xoxo

      October 2, 2014 at 12:57 am

  5. I think I might have to tell Fred that he owes you a discount for the cabin not being what was advertised. Congrats on the sale…it’s a super picture.

    October 2, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    • Thanks, Al. And yeah, I haven’t contacted the owner yet but it’s at the top of my list. (Mouth is numb from the dentist- not a good time…heheh.) Can’t wait to see your turtle/s!

      October 2, 2014 at 5:37 pm

  6. I laughed and laughed at this post. I’m sorry because the vacation really does sound rough. It was one of those stories that you can’t help but identify with. When it rains, it hurricanes (forget pours). I could just see that entire scenario being a comedy movie about a families vacation from hell. On bright side, beautiful pics! Fav one is Josh on the bridge! LOVE. I saw you sold one of your pictures! Congrats! Where is it that you sell them?

    October 6, 2014 at 12:07 am

    • Thanks, Jen! If you click on the pic it’ll take you to the site ( And yes, it was the VACAY FROM HELL- pure insanity. I couldn’t wait to get back to my regular ole hum drum life (which is a constant ordeal of research papers and other psych. projects) but at least it’s “doable”. (Compared to that vacation. Ha.)

      October 6, 2014 at 12:33 am

  7. Excellent pictures.

    October 9, 2014 at 6:02 pm


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