Film Fun

A couple of days ago Will got a Nishika N8000 camera.  It is a fancy little stereo camera that allows you to make 3-D pictures! The way it works is that it has four lens equal distance apart that all take a picture at the same time, giving you a set of two pictures on each 35mm frame. Then you take the four photos into Photoshop and make an animated gif, the slightly different persecutive moving makes the picture seem 3-D.  It is pretty nifty and we have been having lots of fun messing around with it, trying to figure out what makes the best looking 3-D picture.

The first roll of film we used was one we found in my dad's freezer and probably had been there for about 10 years so our first batch came out looking very vintage.  They look pretty nifty, but I am excited to see how a new roll of film will come out!

So without further adue or 3-D photos!
I absolutely love how my whole family is always down for an impromptu silly photo shoot, they are the best! Hopefully we will finish off and get the next roll developed soon so I can share more of these fun photos with you, and trust me there will be more.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thursday! 

x's and o's

PS If you follow me on twitter you have already know this, but I just had to share this again! Chunky kitty came back and this time I got to hold all 30lbs of him! Eeee!

Eeeee!

This is just going to be a quick post, but I really just had to share this picture with you all!  
The other day I walked by my dad's front door and out on the door step I saw this handsome little chunky guy! I am pretty sure I let out an audible squeal! I yelled for Will and ran out to say hello and he greeted us with the quietest and meekest little meow, I seriously wanted to eat him up.  I think I would have kept him forever if my dad hadn't come out and told us that it was the neighbors cat, hehe! Oh well one day I will get a chunky little kitty or my own.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Tuesday! 
x's and o's

Christmas Fun

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, ours was pretty fun. This year Will and I headed back to Phoenix to spend the holiday with my family, which I have to say I was pretty excited about! Last year we spent Christmas with Will's family and I had my very first white Christmas.  Growing up in Phoenix, AZ snow never seemed to show up on Christmas, hehe. This year Will got to enjoy his first 70 degree weather Christmas. It was a nice little switch-a-roo.

Since this was the first time Will and my sister-in-law celebrated Christmas with my family I decided it would be fun to add a couple new traditions, one of which was a gingerbread house! Now, I don't think my brother and I have tried to put  one together since we were very little, and I remember that one ending disastrously.  I honestly didn't have much hope for this one, but it ended up actually standing.  And even though it isn't the prettiest looking gingerbread house it sure was a lot of fun to build! 

This is Brooklyn, my brother and sister-in-law's dog, and pretty much the best dog ever!

And now for the best part of Christmas: this absolutely amazing painting Will made for me!!! Ahhh I love it so much.  Maybe a little back story is need, hehe. I really love the show Psych, and while I edit I usually watch Netflix, so a couple of weeks ago I watched every episode of Psych back to back, thus Will had to watch it as well, hehe. Naturally he thought it would probably be an amazing idea to make me this absolutely wonderful painting as one of my Christmas gifts, and I could not agree more!! 


Hope everyone is having a wonderful Post-Christmas day!

PS I almost can't believe it but this is my hundredth post! Wow, I'm actually pretty impressed with myself that I have made it this far :)

Edit: I Tweeted the picture to Dule Hill and I can now say it is also Dule Hill approved! 

Sunday Snapshot #12

June 2010
This is from one of our trips back to Phoenix.  We were at our friends DJing show when we saw this mural across the street, and we had to run over to grab a photo. We actually came back a couple of days later and shot one of our videos in front of it because it is just so wonderful looking!  After we uploaded our video the artist of the mural contacted us thanking us for using it in the video. 

If you are ever in Phoenix I highly recommend checking it out, because it really is amazing.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday! 

x's and o's

Christmas Cards!

We made it to Arizona! Eeeee! I am so excited to be back here for Christmas with my family! I am not too happy about having work tell me I have a rush edit the day before we left, but I such is the life of a freelancer.  Luckily I am almost done, and then will be able to enjoy at least a couple days off before having to start the next edit.

But I have a minute so I wanted to share this years Christmas Card with you.  
We decided we wanted to do something with Santa, and then to our luck while we were traveling back to Arizona there was a Santa at one of our layovers.  The original idea was to cry on his lap, but when I saw how good of a Santa he was I just couldn't bring myself to do it, I reverted back into being a little kid and just became so happy when I saw him!  He was such a great Santa, he even asked us what we wanted for Christmas.  It was wonderful, and definitely helped make my flying anxiety go down a couple of notches.

Do you make Holiday Cards? If so link to them in the comments below, I would love to see them! 

x's and o's

PS Click here to check out past years cards, they are pretty goofy! 

Sunday Snapshot #11

This snapshot comes from Julyish of 2007.  
This clock was something Will made for a short film while in film school. Because it was a prop it was hollow, allowing me to hop inside it for some wonderful photo taking.  We weren't dating yet but I have feeling when he saw this picture he knew I was the little lady for him, hehe!   When we moved back east we had to leave the clock with friends, and unfortunately I think it ended up getting trashed or something. It was really such a bummer because it was pretty amazing, but maybe once we finish the house Will will recreate this wonderful clock and I can hope back inside for some more silly pictures. 


x's and o's

Cookies Galore!

Today is the second anual Friendsmas! It is this wonderfully silly little tradition we started with our friend Shaye last year, where we all bake waaaay to many goodies and play board games.  Last year I think I made two different kinds of cookies and chocolate bread pudding, and Shaye made banana bread! Oh and of course there was some egg-nog, it's not Friendsmas without egg-nog! 

While I was making cookies for the party yesterday I also made a batch of sugar cookies so we could have a decorating-off with Will's mom later that night.  Unfortunately I only had enough ingredients to make three colors (green, orange, and white) so we had to do a lot of improvising, and a lot of use of some gel food writers, hahaha!  But we still had lots of fun! 
My wonderful creations! 
Will made sure everyone knew which plate was his by writing his name on one of the cookies, hehe!

I am not too sure how it happened but my plate won, haha! And my prize is I get first pick for my partner in tonights Cranium tournament! 
Now I must be off to make a couple more things before Shaye gets here, I think we are going to have enough food for 30 people, haha!  But hey leftovers are always wonderful! 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday!
x's and o's

Quicky

I am currently slammed with trying to finish up a couple of edits before Will and I head off to Phoenix for Christmas, but I wanted to say thank you for all your sweet and wonderful comments on my previous post.  It's really nice to know that other people feel the same way I do sometimes.

I also wanted to share my new hair color! It's nothing fancy but I really like it and it's a lot easier to take care of than the blonde (which I really loved too!)

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

x's and o's

Can We Be Friends?

I wish someone would have told me just how ridiculously hard it is to make friends in the real world. You spend 16 years in school, an environment where you see the same people day after day that it seems like you spend no time or effort making friends.  Then when you get out you just have no clue that out of a school setting making friends drops exponentially, and if you work from home the friend making is pretty much nonexistent.

Will and I live in a pretty small city and will be moving to an even smaller town, once we finish building the house, and I don't see making friends being very easy once that happens.  I think that's really one of the reasons why I started blogging.  I love the idea of being able to meet new people through blogs, and getting to connect with all sorts of new people that you might have not otherwise have gotten to meet. And I absolutely love hearing about how other people have made such great friends with people over the internet.  I also get a little jealous that I am just so horribly awkward at anything that involves trying to make friends, or even meeting new people, that I just completely mess up any chance I might have had to make friends in person or through blogs.  

It's kind of embarrassing to say I have tried to start up a conversation with a couple of bloggers who seem to have similar tastes to my own, but I'm pretty sure I just came off even more awkward in written form that I do in person.  And who am I kidding that won't ever change, I don't think any amount of practice I could do could save me from myself.  Oh well, such is life I guess.

At least I do have some of those wonderful friends that I met in high school and college still, even if they do live all over the place, le boo.  And thankfully Will and I do travel back to Phoenix enough that I am able to fill up on some wonderful quality in person friend time.  I guess I should just quit my bitchin and be happy that I do have some friends, and that they are really some of the best people I know.

Hope everyone is having a good Monday.

x's and o's 

Sunday Snapshot #10

Ever since we got back from the mountain I have been slammed with work and have been a little neglecting on my blog, but I have a little free time today so I wanted to make sure I didn't miss Sunday Snapshot.  So here we go.
I think I was around 3 or 4 in the photo. I am not completely sure but I think this was taken during a family Christmas party, and I believe this was one of the last pictures taken before my grandmother passed away.  I actually don't remember  much about my grandmother because she did pass away when I was so little, so it is always nice seeing old pictures of her.  I do remember those pink overalls like the back of my hand though.  I loved those things as a kind and pretty much wanted to wear them EVERYWHERE, to my mothers dismay.  Being the only girl she was super excited with the idea of dressing me up and wonderfully fancy dresses, but instead got a overall loving little girl, hehe! 

I really wish I knew whose house this was taken at so I could ask them whats up with the beaver statue on the table is all about.  It just seems like such an odd thing to have in your house, even though the more I look at it the more I kind of want in my house, hehe!

x's and o's 

Exploring Fun

If you follow me on twitter then you know that Will and I went exploring the other day up here on the mountain.  I absolutely love walking around up here because, you honestly never know what you are going to find or run into.  There are so many different types of animals that live up here it seems like every time we come up we find a new critter that we didn't realize lived around this area.

Last year we found a rafter of turkeys (I actually just looked it up, what a silly name for a group of turkeys hehe!)  I have never seen a wild turkey in my life so it was kind of wonderfully amazing!  Then it got even more amazing when Will caught one of the babies who was too busy gobbling down black berries to notice him sneaking up on him, so I got to pet a wild turkey! Eeeeee!!
I mean look at this guy how cute is he, and the turkey is pretty adorable too, hehe!

Then the other day we went on a walk and came across an abandoned mailbox. Now I had no clue that there could be such a thing as an abandoned mailbox, but as there were no houses in sight I guess this little guy got left behind.
I really have a ridiculously strong urge to write some letters and place them inside for the next person who wanders across it, but at the same time I can see myself wandering back to it every other day to check to see if my letters have gone unnoticed and being slightly disappointed if they have been, but then being completely elated if they were gone!   Silly I know, but I really hope there are other people who come would across this lonely mailbox and kind of see how magically special it could be, just so I know I'm not the only weirdo out here on this mountain. 

But now it's time for this little lady to pick back up her hammer and put on her safety googles and get back to this house building work.

Hope everyone is having a splendid Monday! 

x's and o's

No Rest for the Weary

So I have been a little M.I.A these last couple of days, but I swear it is for a good reason, we have been working on our house in West Virginia again! 
We still have a ways to go on the house, but it is so shocking when we drive up to the house and to see just how far we have actually come! The roof was just put on not that long ago (just a month or two), we have been so used to seeing just a foundation and walls, so it is still wonderfully silly looking to both Will and myself.  The three previous years we had been working on the house we felt like it was never going to get to the point of having a roof on and then bam, we got the roof on.  It was such a monumental moment for us, and really kind of was that moment that you realize we might actually get this thing done!

And now we are back up here trying to finish buttoning it up for winter.  It has been surprisingly warm the last couple of days which is pretty darn lucky for us, because honestly who would want to work in 35 degree weather?!

I am beyond happy that we have come this far on this house, but it does get me a little down knowing that we still probably won't be able to move into it for another 6 or 8 months.  We have spent three long years putting our blood and sweat into this place, and even though we are so close, there is still so much more to do! Ugh who knew building a house yourself would be so hard, hehe!

I cannot wait until the day when I get to put up pictures of us moving into the house, and lots of wonderful decorated room shots! I have boxes and boxes of wonderful knick-knacks just waiting to brush the dust off themselves and start making this house feel like our home.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

x's and o's

Little Things

The last couple of days haven't been the best with work.  Little silly mistakes like a misspelling (that is very easy to fix) but becomes a much larger mistakes when the quality control people don't actually look at the edit before handing it off to a client, and then I look like the dummy for some reason. And it's not like I am just willy nilly misspelling everything, but it happens sometimes and you just don't catch it because you've watched the edit about 1000 times already that day.

What I think makes it worse is that instead of just brushing it off, I get what I call the stress tummy.  Where my stomach gets all tied into knots and I just feel all gross, and it takes me forever to stop feeling that way.  The sad thing is even if I did nothing that would justify feeling this way I still get the stress tummy.  I have been trying my best not to let things drive me to the stress stomach and I think I am getting slightly better at it, but it still lasts at least for a couple of hours.

But my day did a total 180 when I got an unexpected gift in the mail from my wonderful friend Lex!
She sent me this absolutely adorable friendship necklace from this wonderfully cute shop, Leftover Charm. She told me that she got one for herself so we could be twinzies, we've actually been mistaken for twins quite a few times, so it was pretty fitting, hehe! But this surprise little gift absolutely made my day so much brighter.  Unexpected snail mail is one of my favorite things in the world.

I hope everyone is having a great start to their week.

x's and o's

PS Did you notice Will giving the thumbs up in the background, I actually didn't notice until after I emailed this picture to Lex thanking her, and it made me laugh so hard! 

Sunday Snapshot #9

May 2, 2010
This weeks Sunday Snapshot comes from one of my favorite roadside stops in the US.  You might recognize the fella behind me from the movie Pee Wee's Big Adventure! When I lived in LA anytime I drove back to Phoenix for a visit I would always stop here fill up the gas tank and take a picture with Mr. Rex.  Usually I would be by myself so the picture wouldn't be quite as awesome as this one, but I had Will with me on this trip and I couldn't ask for a better photo outcome!

They now have a little museum you can go in, it hadn't opened up yet when I happened to stop by sadly, but the gift shop inside the other dinosaur (a brontosaurus) was open, and it is just a bizarre as you would think a roadside gift shop would be, hehe!  
Here's Will's picture just for good measure :)
x's and o's

What I Wore (Gone Awry)

Well I had planned on doing a 'What I Wore' post today but as you read in the title it didn't go as planned. It was just one of those days that it seemed like no matter how many pictures I took I just didn't like what I saw.  Every so once in a while I get in one of those moods with no rhyme or reason really, that I am sure everyone can relate to.

But I still wanted to share my early Christmas gift from Will, these adorable boots!
They are so comfy and the coloring is pretty much perfect! 
This is pretty much the only picture I liked out of the whole lot, so I thought I would share.  And it is also the last picture with my blonde hair, because I am saying 'bye, bye' to blonde tonight.  I absolutely loved my blonde hair but it was just a hassle to maintain.
This has to be one of my favorite pictures of Will, it's just so goofy and wonderful just like him!

sweater/shirt: Forever 21
shoes: Bass Shoe Outlet
Tomorrow is another day and hopefully this little funk will be gone.  Hope everyone is having a good Friday.

x's and o's

Bless My Stars

As most of you know I edit videos for a living.  Sometimes it's a really fun job, and other times it is a very boring and frustrating job, especially when you don't like the material you are editing or you are dealing with people who don't know much about editing.  

Final Cut has always been my go to editing software, and we have always had a bit of a love hate relationship.  On days that I needed a little bit of a break the 5 hour render times were wonderful, but on days I desperately need to get the video done, those 5 hour render times made me want to pick up my computer and throw it out the window.  I never understood why renders would take so long with Final Cut, especially when (here's a little tech talk for you) my computer has 16 gigs of ram! That's a whole lotta ram, and you would think make things run a lot more quickly, but no.  I've had many a conversation with Will about how horrible Final Cut was, and we would recount render time horror stories, always trying to one up each other.  

Then about a two weeks ago I kept getting this 'Out of Memory' error, and thought there is no way I could be out of memory, there are 16 gigs in there for goodness sakes. I did a little research and found out something that I am ashamed I didn't know a lot sooner.  Final Cut is a 32 bit program, which means it will never use more than 4 gigs of memory! What the what?! My mind was blown when I found that out, and it completely explains why I had such ridiculous render times.

Once I found that out I knew it was time to make a full jump over to Adobe Premiere Pro, a 64 bit program and utilizes all my memory, thus making the render time so much shorter. The other day I had a 20 minutes video with effects and it took 40 minutes to render and export out, Final Cut usually would take 4-6 hours! My jaw almost hit the floor, I was completely shocked and elated! And because it is an Adobe product it works seamlessly with After Effects, I am pretty sure I heard the angels singing from the heavens at this moment!

So goodbye Final Cut, can't say I will miss you.

Hope everyone is having an amazing Wednesday!

x's and o's


Postcard Fun!

My little cousin Zoe is currently learning about the Gingerbread Man in school and her mother asked the family if we could mail in a postcard to her, saying how we saw the Gingerbread Man while we were doing something ordinary. Her class will then track where he has been, a pretty cute idea if you ask me. So of course I take it upon myself to take it a step further, as I usually do, and I convinced my dad to do it too, haha!
We both took pictures of ourselves doing ordinary things, and then I photoshopped a Gingerbread Man running away in them.  I figures since these are for 5 year olds who will be looking at them I would make the Gingerbread Men pretty obvious in the pictures, hehe!  I am super happy that my dad did it too, especially because both Zoe and her sister love 'Uncle Wandy'! 

I really hope the kids get a kick out of them, because I know I sure did, haha!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Tuesday! 

x's and o's 

Sunday Snapshot #8 (a day late)

If you follow me on twitter then you know yesterday started off as a pretty horrible day.  My phone of less than two years finally decided to just completely die, ughs.  So I had to go and get a new one, something I was not planning on especially after having to repair my car last month. I headed over to the Verizon store expecting to spend a fair amount of money on a new phone, but to my surprise at this store on Sundays have this truly bizarre discount game.  You stick your hand into a jar and pull out a ping pong ball with a number on it and whatever the number is, is how much you get off your phone.  I ended up getting $75 off! I was super excited, and it made me feel a whole lot better about having to get a new phone well before I was planning on getting one.

And now back to Sunday Snapshot (a day late)
Fall 2008
As you can see this isn't the normal Sunday Snapshot. This is a comic Will made for me, in the Fall of 2008 when we were both living in LA.  I was working this really boring day job, while I was trying to find work as an art teacher (which I had no luck with as the economy was in the crapper, and LA was laying off teachers left and right) and Will was working on his documentary (The Fish Belong to the People).  We were both extremely busy and weren't able to see each other quite as much as would like to, so Will made me this comic and sent it to me at work, to tell me how much he missed me.  It was probably the best day of work ever, hehe!  I absolutely love coming across this type of thing years later because it always makes me feel the same way I felt the first time I saw it!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday! x's and o's

Busy Little Lady

I have been such busy little lady this past week, I've completely neglected my little blog, but I am sure my couple of readers won't be too angry, hehe.

Work as been keeping me extremely busy, from tons of new edits, to fixing old edits, I haven't had much time to think about anything else.  I have so many projects going on currently that my 6 TB of hard drive space are almost all used up! I am still completely amazed that I could almost fill that amount of space.  If I could go back in time I would tell myself to buy more hard drives when they were on sale, hehe.

Thankfully today has been filled with renders, both my iMac and macbook are currently busy rendering and still have hours to go.  One of my least favorite things about editing are the darn render times, it is astonishing how long it can take to render out a 15 min video with effects, especially when you just want to get the project done!  But today I put my free time to some good use and baked a pie.  If you have been reading my blog lately you have probably noticed I have been on a bit of a pie baking kick, but I mean pies are wonderfully delicious so why not, hehe! And we had some frozen strawberries I wanted to use, so a strawberry pie it was made!  However I didn't let the strawberries defrost enough so it was slightly exploded with juice, haha!
Sorry for the crappy cell phone picture, our Canon is currently being fixed.
Hope everyone is having a happy Friday!

 x's and o's

Sunday Snapshot #7

Thanksgiving 2006
This is probably one of my favorite pictures, mainly because it is just a silly picture with my Nana (my dads mom).  She past away last year and this was one of the last times she was well enough to come out to a family outing.  Nana was a no nonsense tell you like it was regardless of whether or not it would hurt your feelings kind of lady.  I very luckily was one of her favorites so was only on the receiving end of her speaking her mind only once or twice.  My mom on the other hand was on that end quite often, and as you probably guessed they weren't the best of friends.  I remember growing up and thinking it was so silly why mom didn't get a long with her, because I thought she was the coolest.  But the last couple of years of her life she made a real effort to stop speaking her mind if she knew it wasn't the nicest thing, and if she did still say it she made sure to apologize later on. I think my mom and that Nana would have gotten a long much better.

I still have the last couple of voicemails she left me saved on my phone and will listen to them every couple of months.  I am so happy for all the time I got to spend with her, she was one wonderful lady. 

Little Thoughts

Today started off pretty horribly, well it actually started off late last night, which made for one restless night (I actually ended up hitting Will in the nose as I tossed and turned, oops).  I am an extremely caring person and some people take advantage of that and just walk all over me. It seems so unfair that I have to try and teach myself not to care as much, like it is a bad thing, just because there are people who can be so cruel and use it against you.

Last night I finally said enough is enough, I can only take so much of feeling miserable and just completely disrespected.  It probably took me way longer to get to this point than it really should, but I never want to believe that someone is just using me, maybe that is just incredibly naive of me, I just can't help it.

But thank goodness for Will, after a long talk about what I should do and some breakfast in bed I am feeling much better. I have spent most of the day messing around with After Effects learning all sorts of new techniques, which will hopefully help me land some new freelance jobs, so fingers crossed.  Also I have been watch episodes of Psych on Netflix so that has definitely helped too.

x's and o's

Edit: I wrote this a couple of days ago and was unsure if I would actually post it, so it just sat on my computer.  But after a lot of thinking I thought this is my blog and I can post about whatever I want! Silly that I just now had the realization, but better late than never right.

2nd Annual Birthday Adventure Time

Last year we started this wonderful tradition for Will's birthday, along with our friend Shaye we go out and get some yummy mexican food at La Tolteca and then go and see a scary movie. Last year we went and saw Paranormal Activity 2 and then this year they came out with Paranormal Activity 3 so we had to go see it.  It was pretty scary fun.
At the restaurant they do a song and a little dance, put a hat on your head (new this year) and then give you some wonderfully yummy fried ice cream.  
We all had to take turns wearing the hat for pictures.
I think we all looked super dashing, too bad we weren't allowed to keep it, oh well.

Good times were had by all, that is for sure!

Happy Sunday!

x's and o's

Warm Yummies

One of my absolute favorite things about the fall is that it gets chilly enough in our work room for me to go get some yummy Abuelita, and sip on it while editing videos.  It's probably a good thing it's not cold all year long because then I would be drinking even more than I drink now, hehe! 
Happy Friday everyone!

x's and o's

New York, New York

On Tuesday Will and I headed up to Manhattan for a job; one of my favorite things about doing freelance work, you never know when you are going to get to go.  We got put up in a hotel in midtown which worked out pretty wonderful because it was two blocks away from where the job was.  I only wish we had a more than one night up there, but even with only one night we made sure to pack in as much as we possibly could! 
We spent a couple of hours walking around Broadway, all the while shooting footage for our new video that should be up in the next couple of days. Then met up with some friends and went out to dinner at one of the yummiest vegan/vegetarian restaurants I have ever been to, the Red Bamboo.  If you ever happen to be in New York I highly recommend it, it's so wonderfully delicious, and totally reasonably priced (which makes this kid super happy!)

After our wonderfully fun evening and late evening we got up early the next morning to get ready for the shoot.  We made our way over to the location hauling all of our stuff because we had to check out of the hotel, which I think looked pretty silly.  After making it to the shoot and got everything we needed, and they had a pretty darm amazing lunch waiting for us (an added bonus!).  We finished up around 3 packed up and picked up the car and headed back home, a 4 hour drive, which we were not looking forward too.  But we made it home safe and sound a little after 7PM and warmed up some lasagna I had made the other day then crawled into bed.  I don't think our bed has even felt so absolutely wonderful hehe.
And an extremely frumpy daily style haha, but after 4.5 hours in the car I just wanted to get out and walk around and didn't care to much what I looked like.

jacket, sweater, and shoes: Forever 21
shoes: Roxy
bag: fred flare (gift from my brother years ago)


Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!


x's and o's

Silliness

I completely forgot to post this in my post about Will's birthday so I thought I would share it now. I make these super goofy pictures loosely based on our real life, and call them the WA Adventures (Will and Amanda Adventures, hehe!) But this was his birthday one, and I put as his computer desktop while he slept so he had a nice little surprise in the morning. Hehe I know it is super goofy but I enjoy making them, I just wish I got to make them more often, lack of time or ideas can be quite a hindrance.
Just incase you want to check out more of them here is my tumblr :)
x's and o's

New Layout!

Will and I spent the better half of today redesigning my blog and I am absolutely in love with it! I've been wanting to change it up for awhile but didn't have a clue were to start, that is where my wonderful sir stepped in to lend a hand.  
before
after
Not only did we do all this (and when I say we I mean Will really hehe) but all along the way Will taught me a whole bunch of things about html so hopefully I will be able to do a lot more, if not all of it, the next time I get an itch to change my layout! 

What do you all think? A big improvement right!

x's and o's