The Eclipse and Those Big Blue Eyes

When I first started blogging, instead of writing about makeup or tackling a single subject at a time, I’d write about my life. Technically, I started doing that in 2003 when I built my first website on Geocities in 8th grade. How exciting could the life of a thirteen year old be? Who knows–but I do miss writing about my day-to-day life, in general.

Sometime recently, I deleted all of those casual posts because they weren’t getting enough views. As if the views even matter; I completely forgot how therapeutic writing is for me. I completely forgot about the people trying to connect with me on a personal level, and I didn’t realize how many friends and family members read my blog to see what the heck I’ve been up to. 🌈

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a fool. I’m an absolute mess this year… 2017 is a roller coaster and I’m learning as I go. Bear with me, and feel free to call me out on the things I do that don’t make any sense.

Are You Sick Of Hearing About That Darn Eclipse Yet?

This post is littered with pictures that were taken on August 21st, the day of the solar eclipse. I’m in Corpus Christi, Texas and I wasn’t in the path of totality, nor was I prepared at all. However, I fiddled with the settings on my camera and used the clouds as a filter to get these nearly identical pictures in the middle of the afternoon:

Satisfaction. Who needs eclipse glasses? Who needs special camera equipment? I’m not the type of girl to play it safe, anyhow. I prefer to get stuff done, after procrastinating for several hours, of course. 😎

Turnaround, Bright Eyes

See what I did there? I’m so sorry. Blame my father. I cringed, too.

After I got bored of risking my eyesight, I turned around to get pictures of my favorite girl who was sunbathing behind me. Her eyes are so brilliant blue, these photos need no special editing. I really can’t handle her sometimes. 😻

This picture was the most intense. You’ve cat to be kitten me right meow. 

Hurricane Harvey: I’m Sorry For Not Taking It Seriously

A few days later, hurricane Harvey aimed right for us. We boarded up our windows, but decided to stay. We realize now that this was a terrible idea.  When they announced it had turned into a category 4, I got pretty dizzy. That was almost a panic attack, but I was running the show that day. Mama didn’t raise no punk, but I did almost cry because the sounds coming from outside were scary. Luckily, our city had very little damage and no flooding.

The smaller cities across the bay from us were almost completely destroyed, along with my favorite book store in Rockport. I blogged about it, but it’s one of the posts I deleted and I can’t get those photos back. I don’t think I can forgive myself for that one. That place was magical, I’ll never forgive myself. 💔

Houston. They got all the rain, it seems. Houston and the surrounding little towns, I feel for those people. There are a lot of things that were lost that can’t be replaced. A lot of things were also discovered, though. 

Most of my local friends and family were without power for a week. Summertime in Texas without air conditioning is absolute hell. I’m really not exaggerating when I say “most”, I’m forever feeling guilty that our power never went out.

Rockport, Ingleside, Port Aransas, Houston, and all of the towns that suffered catastrophic damage are going to be recovering for a very long time. Texas is an emotional place right now.

Because I want to end this post on a hopeful note, instead of a sad one:

Things I’m Looking Forward To

  • The new It movie is coming out soon. September 8th, baby. 🤡 I hope it doesn’t disappoint, or else you’ll probably catch me ranting on twitter.
  • All of the Halloween snowglobes I can get my paws on this season! 🔮
  • I’m going to see my grandparents, and I haven’t seen them since I was 7.  I’m hoping I can snag some family photos or baby photos of my mother. Family history type things, it’s an interest.
  • A friend that’s been struggling with fertility issues is getting closer and closer to having a child. I’m her silent cheerleader, she doesn’t even know. That’s going to be a good day. Shhhh.
  • This month’s cheat day is coming up. I need some pumpkin empanadas, some Froot Loops and possibly Chipotle. Not all at once, of course.

I’m also looking forward to more posts like these, because I miss them. And quiet time. And books. And doing physical things like painting or sculpting, it’s been far too long.

August 23, 2017
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  • We had 90% coverage where I live and yet I still didn’t get to see it because the fog was too bad in the city. I was really disappointed. I love your kitty, so beautiful!

    • Oh no, that’s such a bummer 🙁 Luckily the next total solar eclipse will be in 2024, but the path of totality will change!

  • I’ve been going through older posts on my blog and either sprucing them up if they’re good or deleting them if they’re just not relevant/good enough anymore. It’s something you need to do sometimes, but it’s a tough call on some of those old posts that were once meaningful.

    • That’s what I’ve been doing here and there, too! Yesterday, I deleted some posts that haven’t gotten many views this year. Somewhat painful, but… we gotta do what we gotta do!

  • Your eclipse photos turned out excellent! Pumpkin empanadas sounds pretty good right about now. :]

    // itsCarmen.com

    • Thanks, I was super excited about them! I didn’t think my eclipse experience was going to be very substantial since I didn’t prepare, lol.

  • Your cat is sososo gorgeous! Those eyes!! 😻😻 Loved your photos of the eclipse, too.