Thursday, July 31, 2014

Snippets + Snapshots | July 2014

Snippets + Snapshots from the past month...
kitty tower | monsoon mess | stocked fridge | party prep | ladder ball lessons | tough game | hi from the pool | hanging with friends | yum | crashed kids | look up | perfection and a book | a new friend | sweet peas | little day-day | that kind of week | breakfast treat | handsome hubby | still working on that garage | ahhh | its raining, its pouring | noooooo! | overflow alert | crazy kitties | double trouble | i need balance | beginning baby steps of trying to get my life together | selfie | reverting to first grade | diamondbacks game | silly kitty | crazy lightening | gatsby and her bff | yay for new workout shirts | face off with my arch enemy

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Michele Whitacre is a portrait photographer serving Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Self-Portrait | July 2014

I can't even believe I am saying this, but this month brings with it the 3 year mark since Kevin and I packed up and said goodbye to Indiana and relocated to Arizona. In so many ways the past 3 years have gone by in the blink of an eye! Yet, in so many other ways it feels like they have lasted for an eternity. We have been through so many huge changes - which have been mostly good, but they've also been insanely stressful. And we have finally reach THE END! We are completely unpacked and starting to settle into our new house and our new area of the valley.  Kevin is finally 100% done with everything involved in completing law school and is now working a job that he is really enjoying and we are hoping will turn into a full-time position. Fingers-crossed.

After spending 3 years working like an insane person while just trying to keep my head above water, I finally have time to refocus my attention on all of the things I have been neglecting. Number one on the list is my health and fitness. So, I joined a gym! And the majority of this month has been spent trying to develop a new habit of working out.


This month's photo was all about capturing the memory, as opposed to quality photography. It was a last minute decision to grab this picture with my cell phone (via my hubby taking it) post workout. I was dressed in the most horrific neon green tank top, which makes my skin tone a lovely shade of "are you ill?". And let's not even talk about the atrocious lighting. Hence the black and white edit!

Did you miss some of my past self-portraits?  Clicking here will take you to all of my self-portrait blog posts. Clicking here will take you to my self-portrait Facebook album.

Michele Whitacre is a portrait photographer serving Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area.
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

BBL 2013-2014 | Join a Gym


#17 JOIN A GYM

Why did I include this on my Bucket List?

My original bucket list item was to join a group or club, but when we decided to buy our house a little sooner than anticipated I decided a new gym closer to home was a top priority instead. It is often difficult to stay motivated to go, but I really do enjoy using the machines at the gym, not to mention I just like the overall gym environment.

Was the experience what I had hoped it would be?

Kevin and I found a gym that is right around the corner from our house for a very reasonable price.  It doesn't have 100% of the equipment that I would like, but for the cost it is impossible to complain.

The details...

When we moved, we had friends tell us that they were members of the gym right near our house and told us they really liked it.  It took us a while, but we finally made the time to check it out and decided to join on the spot!

Do you want to see my entire 2013-2014 Birthday Bucket List?  You can find it here. Did you miss my 2012-2013 List? You can find it here.  Or my 2011-2012 List? You can find it here.

Michele Whitacre is a portrait photographer serving Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BBL 2013-2014 | Read 40 New Books


#11 READ 40 NEW BOOKS

Why did I include this on my Bucket List?

I love reading and always have, but sadly it is one of the first things to go when I get busy and/or overwhelmed, which seems to be my state a lot lately.  I put this on my list to remind myself to take some time out for one of my favorite things.

Was the experience what I had hoped it would be?

My reading wasn't quite as consistent as I might have hoped, with me reading a ton some months and not at all others, but overall knowing I need to get my 40 books in during the year kept me reading more than I would have otherwise.

The details...

Here is a list of the books I have read since my last birthday:

1. Ladies Night by Mary Kay Andrews
2. River's End by Nora Roberts
3. W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
4. Inferno by Dan Brown
5. Troublemaker by Janet Evanovich
6. Troublemaker 2 by Janet Evanovich
7. My Husband's Sweethearts by Bridget Asher
8. The Forever Marriage by Ann Bauer
9. The Sister by Poppy Adams
10. A Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walsh
11. Small Change by Sheila Roberts
12. Revive by Frank Lipman
13. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
14. Photographing Families by Michele Celentano
15. Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
16. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
17. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
18. Dare Me by Megan Abbott
19. Bookends by Jane Green
20. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
21. Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie
22. The Other Woman by Jane Green
23. Strange Bedpersons by Jennifer Crusie
24. Cover the Butter by Carrie Kabak
25. The Christmas Quilt by Jenniver Chiaverini
26. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
27. Babyville by Jane Green
28. Charlie All Night by Jennifer Crusie
29. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
30. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
31. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
32. Cruel Intent by J.A. Jance
33. Justice for Sara by Erica Spindler
34. Fly a Little Higher by Laura Sobiech
35. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
36. Deadly Fear by Cynthia Eden
37. Year of No Sugar by Eve Schaub
38. The Trouble With Paradise by Jill Shalvis
39. Vision in White by Nora Roberts
40. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen

Do you want to see my entire 2013-2014 Birthday Bucket List?  You can find it here. Did you miss my 2012-2013 List? You can find it here.  Or my 2011-2012 List? You can find it here.

Michele Whitacre is a portrait photographer serving Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area.
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Monday, July 7, 2014

BBL 2013-2014 | Watch 40 New Movies


#12 WATCH 40 NEW MOVIES

Why did I include this on my Bucket List?

Watching movies is one of my favorite past times, so I really didn't need any extra encouragement to watch more of them. However, I put this on my list with the hope that it would inspire me to watch the movies that Kevin contributed to our joint collection that I still haven't watched after 6 years.

Was the experience what I had hoped it would be?

I did watch a ton of movies this year - many more than the 40 I intended to watch (and counting!) as you can clearly see from my list.  However not many of those movies were the ones we have at home that I still haven't seen. As it turns out there's a reason I haven't seem them after all this time.

The details...

Here is a list of the movies I have watched since my last birthday (I'm going to keep updating it until my next birthday):

1. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
2. Don Jon
3. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
4. After Earth
5. Red 2
6. Grown Ups 2
7. White House Down
8. Charlie Bartlett
9. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
10. Running Scared
11. Now You See Me
12. Zoolander
13. Broken City
14. This is the End
15. A Thousand Words
16. Life of Pi
17. Everybody's Fine
18. Rango
19. I am Legend
20. Pain & Gain
21. Girl Most Likely
22. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
23. Jobs
24. Friends With Kids
25. Spanglish
26. Happy Accidents
27. A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song
28. Lol
29. Bachelorette
30. Greenberg
31. American Hustle
32. Nowhere Boy
33. Prisoners
34. The Sitter
35. Peeples
36. Carrie
37. Thanks for Sharing
38. City Lights
39. Dallas Buyer's Club
40. Bad Grandpa
41. Shaun of the Dead
42. The Color Purple
43. My Sister's Keeper
44. Auntie Mame
45. The Other Woman
46. Rear Window
47. Amelie
48. Taken 2
49. Closed Circuit
50. World War Z
51. Mama
52. Man of Steel
53. Gravity
54. Pacific Rim
55. Godzilla
56. The Wolf of Wall Street
57. The Amazing Spider Man
58. Last Vegas
59. 22 Jump Street
60. Anchorman 2
61. Sex Tape
62. Thor 2
63. Adult Children of Divorce
64. Let's Be Cops
65. House of 1000 Corpses
66. Ride Along
67. That Awkward Moment
68. Save the Date
69. Love Is All You Need
70. Her
71. Labor Day
72. About Time
73. Dear John
74. Room With a View
75. Swimming with Sharks
76. Divergent
77. The Bling Ring
78. Four Rooms
79. The Devil's Rejects
80. This Is Where I Leave You

Do you want to see my entire 2013-2014 Birthday Bucket List?  You can find it here. Did you miss my 2012-2013 List? You can find it here.  Or my 2011-2012 List? You can find it here.

Michele Whitacre is a portrait photographer serving Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area.
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