Wednesday, May 19, 2010

my adventurous transition from "student" to "unemployed"

It's official. I'm a College Graduate.

It's official. I'm unemployed.

Wowie! What a whirlwind the whole thing was. I had to curate and install my senior show, take finals, write papers, finish my portfolio, business cards and resume, welcome all of my amazing friends and family, and finally say hello to the end of what has turned into a 6 year long college experience. Then, I had to pack up my life in Los Angeles, say goodbye to my beautiful supportive friends out there, and move back with my Dad in under 4 days.
It feels good to be done. But as I sit here with a beer in hand at 2 in the afternoon, I must admit I have serious mixed emotions.
Here is a small selection of the many photographs taken that weekend. They begin with my senior show.

It all began with this: a big ol empty room!

The minute I finished! Made and installed by yours truly (with lots of help from my friends!)

My best friend since Kindergarten!

Sweet Addison just got out of the car from his 6+hour drive

One of my dearest friends, Joey Wolf had a party going on through the back of this refrigerator. Complete with a DJ and beer, boxed wine and margaritas! You had to climb through the fridge to get there. It offered a great deal of solace on a busy, stressful night!

My amazing friends from Arizona in the fridge party. Scott, Paco, and Kirsten! Love you guys <3
My great friend Amber was able to make it that night, and hung out with us at my favorite bar for Karaoke. I'll never forget Foagie, Star, and Handsome Clyde!!

SO happy! On my way to get that piece of paper :)

SO, SO, SO happy! I'm there, second row back with my hands in da air!
YES! I did it!

My first friend at Otis, and creator of the party kitchen, Joey Wolf...he rocked his graduation robe, didn't he?
My best friend at Otis, Cathy. I love this girl, and I miss her already!

I HAD to put this one in for a number of reasons. #1: MY DAD! #2: My brother brought his girlfriend who I met for the first time! #3: LOOK AT MOLLY in the background! I love her so so much. She was my best friend when I went to college the first time around up in Oregon. THIS is why I love her
My Brother, My Sister, Me (I don't look annoyed AT ALL, huh? too too too many pictures!!!), My Aunt all the way from Pennsylvania!

OK! There are lots and lots more pictures, but that's the major gist right there! I'm bummed I only have that one picture of My Dad in this batch, but there are more of us together on other people's cameras. To all of my fellow graduates out there, WE DID IT! And to future graduates out there, HELL YES! ALMOST THERE!

I'm looking forward to the upcoming adventures my life has in store. I'm also looking forward to updating more frequently, and to having more posts about my galavanting around in my hometown.

Friday, April 9, 2010

A love note I've been meaning to write for a looonnnnggg time

Tonight, I met a girl named Adria Gail Smith. I call her Adie.

She is quite pretty, smart and creative. Tonight, we got lost in eBay land together, crocheted with strips of cheesy old sweatshirts and handkerchiefs. We cleaned her fucking messy room together, we took an important survey together, and I rubbed her tired feet.

She's about ready to go outside and puff on a cigarette for the damn hell of it and, yeah, I will probably go with her. She was talking about riding her bike and puffing on those silly sticks of cancer...and I'll probably go ahead and do that with her too.

When we get back, we're going to dance around in our underwear to Bruce Springsteen and read our horoscope.

I told her I really like hanging out with her...she really is something else. Honestly, I think I love her.

Tomorrow or maybe this weekend I'm going to take her to the beach or maybe we'll hang out on her roof in the sun together. I think when we're there I want to learn about gem stones with her.

You know, I kind of love it when she forgets to smile. I kind of love it when she sits in bed all day thinking and doing nothing. I kind of love it all.

I think when I get done writing this note, I'm going to tell her I love her. I'm going to tell her that she is a beautiful, magical universe and that her hair looks pretty today. I'm going to tell her I never want to be away from her again. Because, I tell you what, she has this weird sort of magnetism I can't ignore. I'm going to tell her this stuff everyday. From tonight for our whole lives, she deserves to know this. She deserves to know she always has me. She deserves it.

To all of my beautiful, supportive friends: I think we should all write ourselves a love note. We all deserve it!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

rain, rain, rain, RAIN!!!!

Today's adventure: rain romping!

I woke up this morning with a lot of goals. I was going to work on fixing my portfolio (since I just found a job I want in Austin) and my resume....and work on homework, and clean my room....but instead, I took a look outside and said fuck it! I'm going out there!

Puddle romping from Adria Smith on Vimeo.

When I lived in Oregon, I was genuinely depressed most days and never wanted to leave my little room. I would have to FORCE myself to take walks by myself, and although I take walks a lot down here, those walks were ALWAYS the best. So often when I feel the most down, if I force myself to get out and adventure, those journeys are the ones that stick with me. So, I decided to capture that spirit in film here, and I am so happy I did!

Apparently I made the credits go by too fast in the video! So, incase you are wondering, I used Neon Indian for the music.

Letting my umbrella fly in the wind

I've always wanted a picture of this rippled asphalt

One thing I love about Venice: discarded furniture!

Hot damn, isn't LA beautiful?

I ripped my tights big time!

As always, I'm glad you guys stopped by for a read! I hope you all get the chance to romp around like this- -it's sure to make you smile!