Keeping up with the Longs

Hello, old friends. I know I’ve been somewhat absent these days. I was afraid that if I didn’t do a 365 challenge, I wouldn’t blog as much and it looks like I was right. Well, as my husband says, “It is what it is.” Let me tell you what I’ve been up to.

A few weeks ago my band, Friends of Giants, went into the studio to record a 5 song EP. This girl doesn’t like recording. I’m fine practicing and performing, but recording? Nope. Not my favorite thing. It was fun watching everyone else record their parts, though. I’m glad my parts are done and I’m really excited to hear the finished product.

There was lots of this (sitting around):

We had a practice room so we could tinker while others were recording.

We got creative when there was a strange buzz coming from the guitar:

And here are a few pictures from my iPhone…

(This is what makes me so nervous while recording. You’d be skeeered too, right?)

My aunt from Colorado has been in town this week so I’ll have some photos of that to share. And Ken & I had a neat opportunity to film some B roll for a commercial yesterday. More on that to come later.

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Welcome, 2012

New year, new blog post. The first one of the year was a challenge.
I wanted it to be amazing.
Inspiring.
Memorable.
In the end, I decided to go with what I’ve been doing: just telling you what we do ’round these parts.

From the fall to spring, our city has a Saturday Morning Market. After that, it’s too hot and humid and everyone hides inside. At least I do. Going to the market isn’t my favorite thing to do since it’s mostly food and only a little bit of crafts and other things, but they have live music and Ethan’s guitar teacher was playing this week so we decided to hop down there and pay him a visit. 

After enjoying the music, we hit Ethan’s favorite fruit stand. Truth be told, every fruit stand would be his favorite but this one just happens to be the first one we see each time we go. Although peppers aren’t my favorite food I think they make a good subject; so pretty, bright and colorful. 

I had some waffles with strawberries and whip cream but ate them up before a good picture could be taken.

When Ken & I were first married sunflowers were my favorite flower. I loved everything about them. They’re huge, they don’t grow here (which makes them seem exotic to me) and they just seem to bring sunshine with them. When I saw some at the market, I just had to snap a picture. 

Lots of people ride bikes to the market. I loved the little bow on this one. I wonder if the bike was a gift to the rider.

After the market we took a walk down to the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. I never really had a big desire to own a boat but I’d sure love to have a friend that owns one. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it?

It was a delightful day with my family. Good music, tasty fruit and the company of my family. Welcome, 2012, I think you and I are going to get along just fine.