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Christmas Cookies

I used up all my creativity decorating these cookies, so you only get a sub-par photograph of them.

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Spontaneous Christmas Shot

We were walking out of a resturant tonight and I couldn’t resist taking a spontaneous Christmas Shot in the ornaments on the tree they had up by the door. This is why they say “the best camera is the one you always have with you” (aka- my phone…haha)

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Seaside Boardwalk- South End

At the other end of the Seaside boardwalk sits Lucky Leo’s- my favorite casino that I’ve been going to since I was a baby. Despite the sand right outside their door, they were open and ready for business!

Further down the boardwalk sits the ferris wheel that you’ve seen in oh so many pictures on this blog

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

What’s Left of the Seaside Boardwalk

Moving on from yesterday’s post about getting over to Seaside post-Sandy, here’s two pictures from the north end of the boardwalk. This area was made famous by MTV’s show “Jersey Shore”, but even their steroid-filled muscles couldn’t save their beloved “Shore Store” (can you tell I’m not a fan of the show? lol). Sandy mangled the storm doors to their shop like they were pieces of tissue paper…. and a few doors down at George’s Pizza, the door was ripped right out of the tracks, exposing the interior to the elements. (Although, from where I was standing, the inside looks relatively unscathed).

Between the Shore Store and the MTV house on the left there used to be a boardwalk– that’s how much Sandy destroyed our beach town and eroded the sand!

Can I get a slice of Jersey pizza, lemonaid and a fried oreo please?

 
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Posted by on December 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

The Iconic Image From Hurricane Sandy

The day after Hurricane Sandy blew through our state, the media started reporting on the damage that had been left in her wake. One of the most iconic images was the Jet Star roller coaster in Seaside Heights which was knocked off it’s pier and pilings and sat in the ocean.
Ever since I saw a picture of that roller coaster, I have been scheming of a way to get over to the island to get a picture of it. Unfortunately, the bridge has been closed since the hurricane, and only recently re-opened, but to residents only.
Finally, yesterday, I had gotten word that the bridge would be open to all to come back over to the island to start repopulating the local businesses and resturants.
I texted phriend the night before to see if she wanted to go and was thrilled when her response was “what time shall I pick you up?” We were out the door and on our way by 8am.
As we neared the bridge, we noticed there was no cop cars like there has been for nearly two months, and we both gasped. As we began the ascent over the bridge, we both squealed with delight and were literally bouncing in our seats trying to breathe in the salt air that we’ve missed for the past two months.
We got successfully over the bridge, and made our way ocean side. We were stopped by only one State Trooper, but thankfully he let us through. After finding the one street that wasn’t being patrolled by a cop, we parked, grabbed our camera and ran toward the ocean…literally. A 15 foot pile of sand blocked our path to the beach, but we scaled it like ninjas. When I reached the summet of the dune, I actually screamed when I saw the Jet Star roller coaster just sitting there in the ocean. I stared at it for a moment, then began snapping away like a madman. We took a bunch of pictures, then inched forward, took a bunch more, then finally got our bravery when we noticed no one was stopping us and stood at the waters edge and gazed at this bohemith roller coaster being battered by the ocean waves.
I’ve got a bunch of pictures from the boardwalk that I want to share, but today, I’m leaving you with my favorite thus far (I’m not even halfway done editing, but I am in love with this shot!)

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

A “Glowing” Nap

I just have to share this picture too– yesterday when I was taking pictures of the gingerbread house, I set up my own little backdrop– a white blanket set up on the couch, draped with white Christmas lights. About halfway through my photo shoot my cat decided it was time to jump up and settle into the lights. He just loves Christmas lights, and sleeps under the tree all day. Thankfully, he curled up into a little ball and was blocked by the house in most of the shots, but I had to take a few pictures of him when I was done.
Interestingly enough, I was using a 50mm f/1.8 lens I had bought at a garage sale this past summer– it is an older model, so there’s no auto focus, and I had to set the camera manually– it was kind of fun going “old school”, but I don’t know how photographers took pictures without autofocus! Especially at f/1.8, which this picture was taken at.

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Gingerbread House 2012

For those that don’t know me– we have been making gingerbread houses in our family for almost the past 30 years. Here’s this year’s house– a red/green/white theme!
To see more pictures of it, click here

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Palm Trees in my Dreams

I know we still have months to go until summer but is it sad that I’m looking at my Christmas lights and dreaming of palm trees?

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Cat-In-A-Sink

“I don’t always lay down and relax, but when I do, it’s in a sink”

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Inappropriate Elf on the Shelf

When I saw that the hysterical blog Baby Rabies was having an “Inappropriate Elf on the Shelf” contest, the gears started turning in my head– if anyone can come up with something inappropriate, it’s myself and my fiance! When I saw the prizes for first second and third (a Nikon 4/3 camera– that I’ve had my eye on!, an iPad mini and Nintendo 3DS), I practically begged my fiance to come up with something for us to enter. Over the course of the week, I’d get random texts from him with various ideas– which ranged from funny to “50 Shades of Grey” levels of inappropriate. The rules specifically state that you can’t have anything above a PG-13 level, so we went with one of his ideas….a spoof on the song “Call Me Maybe”.
My sister even got in on the fun and came up with these lyrics:
“Hey, I just met you; and oh mylanta; here’s my number; so call me, santa!”

Without further adu, my Elf on the Shelf, sitting in a bathroom stall with some “for a good time, call….” graffiti that he wrote
Call me, maybe?

And onto the important thing– VOTING!!
Click the link here, scroll down until you see my picture (number 114), and click the little “Like?” button below it.
Thanks in advance!!

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When I saw that the hysterical blog Baby Rabies was having an “Inappropriate Elf on the Shelf” contest, the gears started turning in my head– if anyone can come up with something inappropriate, it’s myself and my fiance! When I saw the prizes for first second and third (a Nikon 4/3 camera– that I’ve had my eye on!, an iPad mini and Nintendo 3DS), I practically begged my fiance to come up with something for us to enter. Over the course of the week, I’d get random texts from him with various ideas– which ranged from funny to “50 Shades of Grey” levels of inappropriate. The rules specifically state that you can’t have anything above a PG-13 level, so we went with one of his ideas….a spoof on the song “Call Me Maybe”.
My sister even got in on the fun and came up with these lyrics:
“Hey, I just…

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Posted by on December 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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