Thursday, December 2, 2010

Um, yeaaaa

So, yea, it's been FOREVER since I've blogged. Life gets in the way sometimes I guess :)

I've been busy working lots, going to the gym, and just enjoying life.

Let's see...what's new....



Abe surprised me and took me on a trip to Guam, where these photos pretty much sum up our trip:

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We got an adorable little puppy (her name is Miso) !!!


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And one of our friends got a kitty so Ninja and Miso now have a friend.

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Abe and his team have been on a break for the past month, so I only have a few photos which I plan to post soon.


Hope those who still read my blog are having a great week! :)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday

Just wanted to share a few pictures from Saturday's game...



I don't know what's neater: Randy about to dunk, or the expression that Kenji is making as he watches in the background :D


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I love it when the Brex play Panasonic. It usually makes for some exciting basketball but I look forward to watching Panasonic's big guy (#31) Aono play. He's just so dang huge 210 cm / 120 kg to be exact.... and just blocks the crap out of the ball whenever it gets anywhere near him.


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Abe used to play on the same team as him and said he's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. Always happy and a has good sense of humor. He's just so scary on the court!


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I love the shot below for a couple of reasons but mainly being the raw emotion. When I started getting into sports photography, I wanted to get cool action shots (dunks, jumpers, etc.) but I absolutely love it when players display their emotions on the court or the field. Coolness.



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Go Brex

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Experimenting with some pictures...



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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hiroshima

After 5+ years of living in Japan, I can honestly say that it continues to surprise and amaze me. I've been to lots of cities (both the famous and the hidden) for leisure and Abe's away games and often times appoint each location as my "new" favorite place.

Last weekend, I discovered a new favorite place in Japan I hadn't visited before: Hiroshima. It was a lovely city sprinkled with quaint coffee shops, artsy-looking botiques, restaurants galore, and of course, history.

Unfortunately, it rained the whole first two days we were there, so I didn't get lots of pictures.



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On the second day, despite the rain, I rented a bicycle and went around the city exploring and taking everything in. I went to the Peace Museum, Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome. Although I'd already researched the history of the tragic events that ocurred there, it was still a different experience to see photos and remains of the victims.


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While in Hiroshima, I was able to do some local shopping and eat what they are famous for: Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes). What makes Hiroshima style so different, you ask? They are filled with yummy noodles. (Taken with my iPhone) Mmmmm. They were wonderful!

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Hiroshima, three days was certainly not enough for me to fully embrace you. I'll be back! :)


Hope everyone is having a great week!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Did you know???

It has been pointed out by several people that I have not fully announced that I have a proper (yet very simple) website for my photography services.


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( http://JulieAnnPhoto.com )


AND, I have also started a Facebook Page for anyone who reads this blog and wants to keep up with me on Facebook :)

( http://facebook.com/JulieAnnPhoto )



If you haven't already, stop by my site and take a look around or "like" me on Facebook! As always, thank you to those who leave comments, or just keep coming back for more. I'm working on posting more frequently in the future :)




xoxo,
juldog

Monday, October 4, 2010

Another weekend in the books

Aaaand just like that, it's already October. I had a productive week that led straight into an exciting weekend that included shopping for shoes that require socks (I wish I could wear my Reefs year-long), playing virtual golf, and going to the Brex games against the always difficult Aisin.


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Now, that's not very sportsmanlike! :P

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Awww, I just love my little giant. He looks so much smaller than other players on the court, yet at home, he manages to hit his head on doorways.


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The games were very exciting. The Brex almost won on Saturday but Aisin managed to take the game over at the end. Tochigi did manage to win on Sunday though. Woohoo!



This weekend, I go to Hiroshima. I haven't been there yet so I'm looking into what places I should visit and what foods I have to try (besides the obvious ones).
Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Sunglasses

A couple of weeks ago I went to Tokyo. It was a usual trip (traveling for Abe's basketball games) which included shopping, coffee and meeting friends. I almost always meet up with my friend Anna and her daughter Hanna and we always have fun catching up and doing a little shopping.

That last trip was no different. However, looking at the pictures of little Hanna makes me remember exactly how happy I was that day. The sun shining but the weather was not unbearable, children laughing in the background, meeting Alex (another basketball wife) for the first time, sipping refreshing beverages and eating yummy sandwiches.


Oh, and there were sunglasses.




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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

on the mend

Our poor Ninja is recovering from surgery and he has to wear a cone around his head for the next week. He is miserable. But we are doing our best to spoil him with his favorite gourmet food and lots of massages.


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So far he is doing just fine.

Fall is here!

The weather is finally cooling down! Today there was rain and lots of sunshine. I walked to the store today for the first time since I've moved back to Tochigi. And today there was a small but momentarily scary earthquake. Gotta love Japan weather.


In other news, here are some photos from last weekend's game against Mitsubishi (the Brex won both games).



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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pretty Portraits: Amanda

Yay for meeting another photographer and doing headshots! :)


I reached out to Amanda to see if she wanted to meet up and exchange headshot photos since I hadn't seen any on her website. I was so excited that she was willing to meet up and talk about photography and have some fun shooting. After just a little while, I felt like we'd known each other for years. She was super friendly, extremely knowledgable and very generous...she let me try out her super cool (and verrrry expensive lenses that I'd been drooling over for months).




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Taking photos is easy when you have a pretty face as your subject!


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Amanda, I had so much fun chatting, being laughed at by school staff and dodging traffic while trying out new angles. I reeeeally hope we get to meet up again before you head out of Japan. Pretty please?!

xoxo,
julie



p.s. I'll post some of the shots she did of me later!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

It's that time of year again...

The Brex basketball season commences next weekend (the 17th). Games usually help make the season fly by and I hope that is the case this year!


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In other news, I am happy to report the weather has cooled considerably. That makes me happy. VERY happy. :)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Is it really still summer???

It is now the first week of September and today was a scorching 95 degrees in Tochigi. The dry heat felt like Vegas in July. Luckily though, Abe had the day off so we found refuge in our local Coco's restaurant. All you can drink iced coffee? Yes please!

Aside from drinking all the ice coffee my stomach will allow, I have started working again. Lots of happy little children to sing and dance with!
Oh yea, I also sleep. A LOT. This weather really drains me.

Here's a picture of my cat Ninja (taken on my iPhone) doing what he does best:


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Looks like he hates this heat too! Oh autumn, hurry up and get here already!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Mystery Box

This post needs a little bit of an explanation.

So if you read my blog regularly you know that Abe and I went home as we usually do at the end of last season. We had lots to take back to LA with us so we decided to ship some of our belongings a couple weeks before we left Japan knowing that it would take about a month to arrive in Cali.

So a few weeks pass and we get one package full of our stuff. Then a few more days go by and our packages continue to arrive one at a time.

We thought we had received them all but one more came. As I opened it, I was thinking "Man, Abe has lots of photographs, and I've never seen these baby pics of him before...hmmmm". Abe looked in the box a bit later and started freaking out. THAT BOX WASN'T OURS. It was full of random stuff belonging to someone else. Mixed in this box, however, was a few of our things. A jersey of Abe's, some of my old costume jewelry. But more importantly, there were things that belonged to another Japanese family. A college diploma, old DVDs, a walkman!

Perhaps the most unfortunate of things to get mixed up in this package was a photo album overflowing with the most precious, beautiful images. There were photos of a baby being taken home from the hospital, crawling for presumably the first time, growing up, etc.


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Also in the package was a note from the post office (on the other side of the US) that said our package may have gotten mixed up with another one. But there was no way to get a hold of the post office that handles these sorts of things. Abe wrote a long letter to the post office (there was no phone number or email address...seriously?!) and explained the mix-up but we have yet to hear back from anyone.

And so we have their belongings, and they possibly have ours. I'm not even exactly sure what is in our box, but it can't be as valuable as what we got in theirs.

I can't help but stare at the images I've posted in this blog post. There were about 100 photographs, but I just scanned a few to save. I trip out on what beautiful images they are. The photographer obviously was wonderful with the camera. Each shot so beautifully focused and composed. {sigh}

Anyway, I'm glad that the box was sent to my house as opposed to someone who might not appreciate the sentimental value of these photos. I (with the help of Abe's mother) am determined to find out where these pictures came from and can hopefully return them to their rightful owners.

Monday, August 23, 2010

A wonderful day at the park

Just looking through these pictures really makes me miss Whittier. I had so much fun spending the afternoon with this sweet mommy-son pair. Tyisha wanted some photos to capture herself and her adorable son, Jayden...boy did we have fun!


We conquered the slide:

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Jayden mastered the monkey bars:

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Collected pine cones:

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And he and his pretty mommy got to relax...

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This one makes me laugh. Look at Jayden's biiig grin when Tyisha told him he'd get ice cream if he smiled nicely for the photos:

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And mommy kept her promise.


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And ice cream is what he got.

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Love this shot.

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Tyisha, thank you for inviting me to relax with you and Jayden at the park. I had a wonderful time catching up and hanging out with you guys. You are a wonderful mommy and have such a sweet, adorable son! Hope you like your photos :)

xoxo,
juldog