Last weekend, I headed down to San Diego with my family to attend my cousin Gina’s (very) small wedding ceremony/reception. There were only 24 attendees, the majority of whom were my own family members. As the youngest in my generation on my mom’s side of the family, I’m used to being babied, but this time might have been the first time I really felt as if I was taken seriously by my aunts, uncles, and cousins. It was good seeing everyone together again, as the last time we were all in the same place was probably the summer before I started college (almost two years ago), when my other cousin Sara got married.
Even though I don’t have any experience with event photography, I was enlisted (rather than hired, haha) as a photographer for my cousin’s wedding. It was good practice, and a good excuse to bust out the ol’ D40, but seeing how the majority of my photos turned out was a bit disappointing. I’m proud of only a few of them, so I figured I might as well share. The wedding took place at Trattoria Acqua in San Diego. It was set to begin at 5 o’clock, but was delayed due to a few important family members being stuck in traffic. While we waited for them to arrive, my dad (as wine connoisseur) perused the restaurant’s wine collection to choose which white and red wines would be served during the reception.
I wandered around shooting portraits and candids. Here’s my uncle (the father-in-law) and my dad. Both of them legitimately tied their own bowties. Note: I hate the internet for tinting my photos cold.
Of glass-clinking there was a-plenty, and hence so too were photo opportunities. This was my favorite shot of the many. Congratulations, G&G!
And onto other things in my life… I was looking at my WordPress dashboard today, and realized that a third of the blogs that I post on Thyme are private. I blog much more rarely now than I used to, but whether that’s because of how busy I am or lack of things to say, I’m not sure. I guess things have fallen to such a pattern that don’t feel the dire need to share my experiences, or maybe, I just don’t deem them important enough to be archived. But there are a few thoughts I’d like to write down and save for a less rainy day.
I’m not one to really think about my future, when it comes to career, education, or family. The only permanent goal that has stuck with me throughout the years has been to find happiness, and of course, I’m constantly taking steps towards it, or towards finding out how to reach such a dreamy goal. At each moment in my life, what I’m doing is who I am, and the future? Well, it’ll get here inevitably and eventually, so I don’t trip.
School and academics are, of course, at the front of my mind day-in and day-out. Classes at UCLA have consistently kicked my butt, and I often end up questioning my major. Today, I talked to my friend Anna, a third year Electrical Engineer major. Curious, I asked her why she chose to study EE. She answered exactly how I’ve heard myself respond to others, with a “Why not?” We talked about it for a few minutes, and well, I realized that even if it’s difficult, and even if the best I can do is a C in each of my classes, it’s worth it because I’m doing it. Anticlimactic reason, maybe, but well, it’s true. I’m getting through it, barely, but I am. The Mechanical Engineering department hasn’t scared me off yet with failure, just a handful of “average” grades. And in all honesty, I should try to do better to keep in mind how well “average” is, when one is studying a really, really difficult subject at a really, really good university.
The second major thing that comes to mind when I look at my life right now is what I do for BruinLife yearbook. Because of the Pledge Referendum that recently passed, a helpful sum of money is going to be added to our (ASUCLA Student Media‘s) monies. I’ve been meeting with the Communications Board alongside the Editor-in-Chiefs of the Daily Bruin, other newsmags and General Manager of UCLA Radio to discuss our strategies to most effectively utilize this new income, and well, I’m surprised to learn about how the other publications run. The few meetings we’ve had so far have taught me to really appreciate the organization and structure that BruinLife retains as a serious publication of UCLA. I’m proud to be the head honcho of BruinLife again for next year, and I’m excited for the challenges I know I’ll get through. No doubt I’m afraid of how much it’ll hurt me, but by now, it’s become so big a part of me that my responsibility to see things through is nothing short of the moral thing to do. But I think this is a topic for another blog, for some other time.
For now, it’s time for a nap. After that, EE100 homework and my last Physics4AL lab. Rejuvenation, here I come!