Songs for Christmas

A few years ago my brother sent me these albums as an early Christmas gift. (Thanks David!) Ever since, it’s the only Christmas music I’ve really enjoyed. If you haven’t listened to Sufjan Steven’s Christmas album, you should:) 

November 29, 2010 - 2:26 pm

gretchen - we should listen to this sometime soon and talk about our feelings or just eat some snacks.

November 29, 2010 - 6:55 pm

Dan - Cool player thingy…how do you do that on blogger?Check out Future of Forestry's Advent Christmas EPs…volumes 1 and 2. That, along with Sufjan, are about all I listen in the way of Christmas music (aside from Kenny G Christmas, clearly…)

November 29, 2010 - 9:20 pm

Dave Haller - Yes! Time to bust out the Christmas music again. I just saw today that Paul Simon is putting out a Christmas album, so I may have to give that a shot too.

November 30, 2010 - 9:36 am

Barb - Speaking from the older generation, YES, I like Sufjan, too! Bing Crosby's White Christmas is just too sad.

I’m ready for you, Tuesday!

Taken for one of my photography classes.
I am in the library trying not to go crazy. I’ve been working on a book review for most of the day. Yes, on a Saturday! There are several other projects I have to do by Tuesday and I’ll be extra thankful for Thanksgiving this year! 

It’s fall!

The college I go to is surrounded by cornfields. There is a small town, and not much else so we make our own fun. One tradition we have is pick-a-dates. It’s basically a non-romantic date. Previous pick-a-dates have included: photo scavenger-hunt, drive-in movie, broomball, pumpkins and shot-guns, and going to the speedway. 

A few weekends ago we went to the Johnny Appleseed festival. It was quite fun. Here are some of the highlights:
– a historical village with re-enactors and campsites. 
– seeing Abe Lincoln (he disappeared before we could get a picture with him)
– sharing apple petals, a bag of apples, apple cider, cookies, honey sticks, and glass bottles   
  filled with lemonade and root beer. 
– walking around, laughing, people watching, and talking. 
– doing the typical midwest college (or high school) thing by going to Steak and Shake. 

This is me (blue shirt) and my friend Rachelle with our dates. We both went with guys who were with us in Ireland. It was one of my favorite pick-a-dates so far!

November 27, 2010 - 9:38 am

Dan - Is that moonshine? Nice work, you crazy Taylor kids…

Reading and rummaging

These past two weeks have been non-stop. Catching up with friends, classes, organizing, meeting people, reading for classes, rummage sale-ing, sweating, laughing, etc. It’s weird being here. A lot is different around campus and one of my best friends graduated last year and I miss her a lot. Last weekend was the annual town rummage sale. My wing went with our brother floor and had pancakes first. It was such a great day… wonderful weather, the best yard sale find I’ve ever had, and spending time with new and old friends. 

My favorite yard sale find ever. For $3.00 flash and flash bulbs included. I was so excited that I almost hugged the lady who sold it to me:)

A rough shot through the viewfinder. A macro lens would be so helpful. I’m in an experimental photography class this semester so this camera will most definitely be used. I plan on making something to fit over the viewfinder to block glare. 

September 19, 2010 - 5:56 pm

gretchen - haller, i love your camera. I don't think I could it make it do great things like you will.

On film

In an Irish accent the word ‘film’ is pronounced ‘fillum.’ It was one of my favorite words to hear in Ireland. Anyways, a while ago I came across an album of photographs I took when my love of photography was just beginning. They were taken on my mom’s old film camera. Looking through them, I remember taking pictures simply because I enjoyed it. It was a peaceful and calming break from everyday life. So here are a few…
August 25, 2010 - 9:29 am

Barb - I remember when you first took an interest in photography, Katie. You had – and still do, only better – a definite artistic eye!

June 9, 2011 - 7:18 pm

Creative Balorina - these a beautiful :]So I recently watched a Christan movie called 'Flywheel' and one of the quotes was 'it's a peaceful chaos' (as in even though it's chaotic, we are at peace for knowing God's in control)So I wanted to randomly try if there's a website called 'a peaceful chaos' and this is how I found yours! I love the playlist you have in your latest post and your photography and etc (I'm looking through more of your posts now :) ]I just thought i'd share with you how i found your website :]<3 Lorina Daiana