Sunday, July 6, 2008

pictures and stuff

So as I was sitting here putting together my application for some Art Scholarship/Grant thingys, I figured it might be kind of cool to throw some of my work up on here for you fine people to check out. If all goes well, I am looking at anywhere from $1000 to $3000 in free money to help me finish school. My main focus has been 2D imagery (photography, block prints, etching etc...) I have a bunch of color slides I have yet to get added, but that a whole different story. Basically, I go to the only university that, when it shifted from film to digital photography THREW OUT OR GAVE AWAY all of it's 35mm equipment! SO I have no way of reproducing my photos without going all the way down to Honolulu (grrrrrr....the is a frustrating/sensitive topic for me) Anyway, here's what I cobbled together so far! Enjoy! -Mike

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Mangoes and Sunburns

Hey folks, Mike here. We've had a pretty hectic past few weeks, full of both fun and work. Sherrilyn started school and I quit one of my jobs to concentrate on school and media production training. However, we still manage to log enough time at the beach to get horribly sunburned. Observe:

Poor Sherrilyn got the worst of it, I spent that weekend applying multiple layers of aloe to her lobster red shoulders. I took a swimming class the previous term and spent lots of time in the sun, so I didn't really get too toasty. The lesson learned here is....the sun warm, and deadly!

It's mango season! There are mango trees EVERYWHERE here! and they are just dripping with these little beautys! There are so many mangoes lying around that you can practically pick them up off the ground just about anywhere you go. (and yet, oddly enough, they are still $1.69 a pound in the grocery store).

Thursday, May 29, 2008

We Demand to be Taken Seriously!

Ridiculously Good Looking

It's been a while since anything was put up here. So I, Michael, sensing the vacuum of content, have stepped in to provide you, the reader, with some entertaining news and visual stimuli. We'll begin with our recent move: We moved. Away from our beautiful ocean and mountain view apartment to the barracks of married students here at BYUH known as TVA (or Temple View Apartments).
Our sad little empty studio.....

Now while we miss our old place, I must say that living closer to both work and school, not to mention our good friends here; James and Elizabeth and Nate and Camille, is very nice! We have had get togethers almost every other day since moving in, and the social interaction has all but killed the reclusivity that set in while we were living at the edge of civilization.

We do save almost $400 a month in rent now so it's hard to complain about much.....however, i do have one major issue with TVA. Just about every night around 3 a.m. our neighbors small child starts a screaming frenzy that would send chills up even Mother Theresa's spine. The kid usually quiets down again about two hours later, but by that point I am wide awake....not to mention a little disturbed at the prospect of having a few of my own screaming dynamo's. And if there is any justice in the universe, after what I put my parents through, my children will be able to generate the kinds of decibels that shatter glass.

So we've spent the last few weekends on various projects. Sherrilyn expressed an interest in learning to play the Glockenspiel. So I sprang into action and ordered the first affordable one I could find. She is getting pretty dang good at it and I am SO PROUD of her! We've played music together a few times, we even wrote a song together. I can honestly say that singing and playing music with my lovely companion is my favorite thing to do.....ever.
The sexiest woman alive, rockin' the glock.

The walls in our new diggs are almost entirely bare white brick, which is the same stuff they make mental hospitals out of. So we went a bit nuts and decked the walls to match our flava'. Here's a shot of our handi work: I call it "art punches you in the face, right in the face!"

In addition to bare walls, we also have pretty poor circulation due to the fact that our windows are rusted shut. Not to be done in by the summer island heat, I found some plans for a cheap air conditioning unit online. It's a pretty simple idea really, but brilliant! A copper tube attached to a fan is filled with cold water and as the fan blows warm air across the cool pipes, the air cools down and so do you! I made a few modifications to the design by adding an aquarium pump. James came over to help me assemble it and before long we had a self contained, self circulating air conditioner. Observe:Building...


Yeah, it works well. If ice is added to the coolant reservoir than the room gets chilly pretty quick. Sherrilyn actually got too cold sitting next to it. Yes, I am very pleased with myself!

Thats about all i have for you at the moment. Be sure to check back later for my full and detailed report on life in Laie. There will be snacks. yes, there WILL be snacks!

Also! If any of you are interested, my album is still available on iTunes, Rhapsody AND Napster. Just type in Sir Anthonys Ghost in the search bar and you should find it no problem. All proceeds go to me! (which I then give to BYUH in exhange for a Fine Arts degree....huzzah!)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

oh how i miss this beautiful place. Oregon is certainly one of a kind. not to say Hawaii isn't beautiful but Oregon just has something that i desire and love. it's my real home.

this picture is dedicated to you Lisa
#1 it's your favorite
#2 its Oregon

sweet babies. this little baby is so wonderful, just look at those stunning eyes. she really has a way about her. im so glad i got to see her. im now the proud aunt of lots of cute kids
my mom!!!!! she's super swell. thanks for everything. i look kind of funny in this picture but doesn't Judy dearest look especially vibrant. i think so too.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

tide pools and caves

just a lovely day at the beach with good friends and mother nature; we couldn't ask for more. life is good the and sun is shining. Next we're off to Oregon for our next big adventure. we'll keep you all posted. much love. ta ta for now.

Monday, March 24, 2008

what a view

This is the view that we have from our window. it's such a beautiful view that it almost makes me feel like the price we pay to live here is fair enough. (at least until rent's due) we have officially been here for 6 months now and we've adjusted quite well to living in such a confined space. i'll post pictures of our lovely living area as soon as i take pictures... or just a picture, seems how everything will fit quite nicely in just one picture due to our tiny living space. but the outside view make up for the insides lack of space.
sending much love and good wishes your way.
ta ta for now

Friday, March 21, 2008

sweet butterfly

My class just recently learned about metamorphosis and we got to watch some local monarch butterflies change from tiny little caterpillars to these beautiful butterflies. it was a fun couple of weeks to watch them grow. this is the first one that broke free of its chrysalis and we got to set her free.
"if there were no change, then there wouldn't be any butterflies."

pinapple delight

before.... its a lot of delicious pineapple ice cream thats for sure

After... but why waist?

I don't know how to turn this picture so you'll just have to turn your head. but who would have thought this was how pineapple's grew. i had no idea.

Oh Christmas Tree

This is our lovely Christmas tree. seems how we live in the land of only palm trees they have to ship the pine trees in and it costs a lot of money. average is about $75 per tree. so while Ludene, Michaels mother, was visiting she asked if they had any branches and they gave us a couple of those instead. but look at what a nice tree that makes. Christmas was perfect.

Christmas in Hawaii

hiking to the falls. if you can call it hiking. nice paved road the entire way and we all wore sandals. it was more like taking a nice walk rather than hiking.

This is Waimea Falls and if any of you watch the show Lost then you've seen this before. When Debra came for Christmas we decided to take the journey back to this area; initially we were going to try the whole swimming thing, but swimming in "pea soup" colored water looked less appealing the closer we got.

yep... that's us

We sure do miss this cute little guy. we have so many wonderful memories with him and its hard to think that he's gone from our lives forever. But knowing he's in a better place makes me feel happy for him. And even though we have 14 rats and a couple of gecko's it still doesn't make up for not having Charlie.

right now im mostly posting pictures to get my foundation set for this whole blog thing. then i'll do a bit more chatting but until then, hope you like the pictures.

pictures of love

Shelli, Cassin, and Devyn... coming soon is baby Kate. (no pressure but thats my favorite name) aren't they the sweetest family. love you all so much.

fun memories... i know that some of these pictures9or all of them) are i a few months old but I'm posting them anyways. so i hope you all enjoy.


this is my sweet sweet honey bun face. and one evening we were a bit on the bored side of life and this wonderful man decided to make us some masks. I'm not entirely sure why, but the word poop still makes me giggle. he he he.

sweet mornings

this is the lovely view that i get to wake up to every morning. And in the evenings we can go watch the hump back whales as they migrate to Maui. i wish i had a picture of that but i guess you'll just have to take my word for it. its really a beautiful place to be. i love it!!!

Sunday, February 17, 2008