ABOUT

Hi there! I'm Steve and welcome to my blog, Hi Steve. I'm so happy you're here!

That's me over there to the right and just to clarify, yes... I'm a girl who goes by the name Steve. It's just a nickname, though. One I happen to share with my best friend of many [many] years. She calls me Steve, I call her Steve, 99% of all our conversations start with "Hi Steve!" and there ya have it.

A little bit about myself...
The first thing you should know about me is that I live and breathe snark, sarcasm, and utter goofiness. I try to keep things down to a socially acceptable minimum, but most of what I say and do is said and done with very little seriousness. And an overuse of puns. I'm basically a walking Dad Joke, slowly driving my husband insane and insulting his intelligence by constantly asking him, "Get it? Did'ja get it?" as he shakes his head and tries to ignore me. [Don't feel bad for him, he picked me. In spite of all the warnings my mother repeatedly gave him.][Not a joke.]

The next thing you should know is that I am dreadfully long winded. I try to keep this down to a socially acceptable minimum as well, but I also have decent-sized lack of self-control especially when it comes to being overly meticulous about certain things. Like, for one, making sure people fully understand what I mean. Ya' know what I mean? I hope so, because we are two lengthy paragraphs into this already and all I've done is given you a bunch of disclosures about myself.

I also tend to ramble. In case you didn't pick up on that.

Now that all that's out of the way, here's a little basic info. I'm a child of the 80s and 90s who was raised on the Northeast coast of Florida. I currently live with my husband and our gaggle of furry monsters somehwere in what I call the "Atlanta Triangle" which is the [mostly] underwhelming spot of land between Atlanta, Athens, and Macon, Georgia. Lots of pine trees, lots of orange dirt, and lots of bugs. It's not a terrible place to live, but I don't love it. I do, however, love B [that's my husband] so I'm working on it. It's growing on me. Sort of.
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Oh, and if you're wondering what the heck a "gaggle" is- technically, it's a group of geese. We have no geese, geese are terrifying. We do, however, have two ornery Chihuahuas and a bunch of cats. Four, last time I counted. You'll see quite a bit of them on Instagram if you follow me over there because we are as of yet childless and I'm one of those weirdos who treats my pets as if I did, in fact, birth them. Also, because photos of pine trees, orange dirt, and bugs gets a little repetitive after a while.

And a little bit about the blog...
To be honest, I'm not sure yet! I know having a "focus" is important, but I'm not too good with the focusing thing. Unless it's focusing on hyper-organizing a junk drawer in an effort to avoid more important responsibilities. I'm also really good at focusing on the insides of my eyelids [naps]. But I like a bunch of random things such as books, local adventures, travel, music, photography, and fun stuff I find on the internets so I'll probably write about those and see where it takes me.

Why I started a blog...
Because why not? I'm a big fan of stories and I believe every thing, every person has a story and a unique opportunity to share it. And that we should! I'm sure I'll get into this one more someday. Plus, I really enjoy writing. I may not be great at it and my posts may not be the most exciting or interesting ones out there, but that's okay. If just one reader out there can relate to me and my story and if I can make just one person feel less alone, then I've accomplished what I set out to do. Also, I am bad at people-ing and blogging is one way I keep my husband off my back about "being social" and "making friends" and all that nonsense.

["That's not really what I had in mind...", he says. Too late.]

A quick FAQ...

Where else can I find you?
At home, usually. But, I don't suggest showing up unannounced. I have an aversion to the doorbell which causes me to respond by hiding in the closet. Around the interwebs you can find me on TwitterInstagramPinterestBloglovinGoodreadsSoundcloud, and Tumblr [although I don't really get theTumblr unless one is looking for pictures of Tom Hiddleston as one might or might not do... More like, "TOMblr", amirite?]. I think that covers them all? I don't know, it takes us old people a while to catch up on all the new-fangled social media outlets the kids are using these days.

You do realize it's internet, not "internets" or "interwebs"?
Yes. This is intentional, like most misspellings, grammatic errors, and made-up words around here. See paragraph one.

Your grainy, unfocused photos are amazing. What kind of camera and editing gear do you use?
[I know this question is inevitable for any blog with photos so I'm just gonna go ahead and leave this here for future reference, not to be pretentious as I have a love/hate relationship with photography and honestly think 99% of my photos are generally crap.]
I typically use the built-in camera on my iPhone 5 and edit in Afterlight and/or PicTapGo. If I'm feeling super-ambitious, I bust out the Canon EOS Rebel T1i [reppin' 2009, baby] with either the 50mm f/1.8 lens or the 18-55mm kit lens if I need to zoom out a bit. I don't love the lens set up, but I also don't love the idea of forking out $2k for my dream lens, so I work with what I got for now. I am however, saving up for some new gear, although I haven't yet decided on exactly what [suggestions welcomed]. I shoot mostly in RAW and do most of my post processing in Lightoom 5 with occasional tweaks using the RadLab plug-in. Sometimes, I send the images to my phone via an Eye-Fi memory card and edit in Afterlight and/or PicTapGo because I'm lazy and impatient.

I suppose that's about it! Thanks again for stopping by, if you'd like to contact me directly please CLICK HERE to be directed to a fancy-schmancy contact form that sends your message straight to my inbox. Now, I'm off to accept my award for Longest Drawn Out About Me Page in the History of Blogging.

xo, Steve