Thursday, July 8, 2010

Here She Goes Again...

Photo by Hunter Freeman; found via Kitsune Noir.

(This image has nothing to do with this blog post. I guess the only thing they have in common is that they are both awesome...naturally.)

This blog officially turned one on June 22nd, but it seemed silly to celebrate considering the last 6 months have consisted of a mere 23 posts (wow, that's embarrassing to say out loud!).

I had a moment last night where I thought that maybe I should just close the doors to this here ol' blog. Maybe that constant nagging sense of "you should probably post something" just isn't worth it. I blog daily, twice a day actually (and three times today over there if you want to get technical), just not here. And for the past month, I was also working two "part-time" jobs while doing A TON of photography work for the Arts Commission. So I essentially gave myself a free pass on personal blogging...and working out...and being social...and calling my mom (essentially everything I had resolved to do. whoops!).

But this month is different. This week I officially started to work from home. And as fantastic as that sounds in theory (it does sound pretty fantastic, doesn't it?), it's a bit harder than I thought. And not in the "how am I going to make myself get shit done with a TV there and the internet here and no boss around" way. I'm pretty self-motivated so that's not an issue. It's more in the "wow...I've had no human contact that isn't digital in 3 days and I'm still in my pajama pants" way.

See, I'm the type of person that could easily be a recluse. It's not because I don't like people and it's not because I don't like being outside. Just sometimes, I can get lazy in that sense. Like I physically have to make myself leave the house every. single. day. or else I wouldn't leave the apartment for months. I'm sure part of it stems from my depression and maybe some of it is deeper than that. But regardless, I'm only three days in and it's hard. And then I had my a ha! moment.

Sure, it's hard to go hang out with people and be social during the day when the rest of the world is at work. But know what can happen? I can interact with my favorite fellow bloggers and read all of your wonderful comments! I mean, I seriously LOVE that part of writing here...especially that it is snarky comment free.

So, I will try to be here more frequently. And don't take this personally, but me being here is way more for me than it is for you. Until September...when school starts and I just don't even know how that's gonna go.

Photo by Michele Kraus; postcard design by moi.

P.S. If you live in San Francisco, I have my first photography show tonight! It's not crazy exciting, but it's still kind of exciting.

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 8 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Exhibition Run: July 1-31, 2010
Flax art & design
1699 Market Street at Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Store Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

This photographic exhibition documents the StreetSmARTS program, an innovative collaboration initiated by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Department of Public Works to transform graffiti-stained walls into beautiful works of art. During the 2010 pilot year, local urban artists created sixteen murals throughout San Francisco including five public school sites. The San Francisco Arts Commission was fortunate to have a group of exceptional photographers volunteer their skills over the past six months. In documenting the creation of the murals and the community’s response, Michele Kraus, Diana S├ínchez, and Jessica Watson have created their own works of art.


  1. Ah! First off, good luck with your show!
    Second, hi! We did miss you, but we definitely understand your absence! Don't fret!

    And now, welcome to my world. Working at home is a wondrous thing, and yes - you can (and probably will at some point) become a recluse. I've known to be one many times now.

    Oddly enough, I found this guide today that seems like it will help:

    Anyway, everyone's different, but here's what works for me: first off, keep clean. I can never actually work if I know there are dirty dishes on the counter. Second, move around at least for a few minutes every hour. As a photoshopper almost 40 hours a week, I've noticed my bum has become a bit less than magnificent. Third, get dressed.
    That last one is only done maybe 50% of the time with me.

    Oh, and also: since the house is quiet while i'm working, and since i always get caught up in looking up new bands and switching albums and flipping the record over while listening to music, I watch movies. This sounds super unproductive, but I always pop in a movie I've seen at least a dozen times; this way I don't have any reason to watch the screen (and trust me, 3rd time in one day watching Love Actually, you're not going to want to watch, anyway), AND it sounds like people are in the room keeping me company :)

  2. well...the photo is very now! please refer to thom browne's latest show on i've yet to see the short suit on the street. kind of want one. can't use see it with only a bra underneath and otk boots?
    i just gave you another reason to stay attached to the computer. now go outside for some vitamin D!

  3. So you just summed up what my life has been for the past six months. Working from home is wonderous (especially during bitter Chicago winters), but I do start to feel totally cut off and weird but somehow comfortable with it so that the idea of even going out to the grocery store is this huge ordeal where I'll have to --gasp-- see people.

    I'm starting to get into the swing of it and put together a good balance of working from home and working from...not home. A coffee shop, the library, our showroom. Anywhere really. Do you know anybody else who has a similar schedule who could meet up once a week? Even if you're not talking or really interacting, it's kind of nice to work near someone. It keeps me on task too.

    I also find that getting up and immediately taking a shower like I'm going into the office helps get my mind into work mode.

    Sorry this comment turned into it's own post! Clearly you're not the only one who needs to get back to blogging. :)

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  5. Seriously. You hit the nail on the head. No. other. humans. around. Sounds nice on paper to 'work from home'.. that translates to "you will never put on make up, or giggle with a co-worker or have long lunch break in the city or wear any other shoes besides slippers".. It is delightful to write my own shcedule and be my own boss, yes, but oh how I miss- what are they called?- People!

    glad I'm not alone :) (oh but wait, I am alone! Oh the irony is endless! haha)

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