My D.S. Assignment #2: The Healthy Vine Challenge

The inspiration behind this assignment can be attributed to my eclectic mother. As I begin my last week of summer classes (and college, for that matter!), she lovingly brought me down a random assortment of ingredients. She told me it may be cathartic to cook a nice, healthy meal for myself in order to to refuel my brain and restore my energy. The meal I prepared for my Healthy Vine Challenge included a salmon filet, corn on the cob, and cucumbers.


1. For the salmon, I marinated it with a mango salsa. Right before placing the filet into the pan, I rubbed both sides with ground peppercorn to make the outside crispy and delicious. Lastly, I let it cook for approximately 8 minutes.

2. For the corn, I boiled a large pot of water and simply boiled the full cobs. Once tender enough to eat, after about 4 minutes, I lightly salted and spread a tiny amount of organic margarine along the sides.

3. For the cucumber, I began by quartering it and covering the strips in olive oil. Then, I placed them on my electric grill. I flipped them several times, but let them grill for the majority of 5 minutes. Then, I drizzled balsamic vinaigrette and a pinch of kosher sea salt on them.

And my mother was right, it felt (and tasted) great! I had forgotten how much I love the process of cooking. It’s a truly calming and rewarding act.

Daily Create #16: Metaphorical Stairs

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Wearin’ my Jesus sandals, exploring paths unknown. The exquisite nature of this mosaic is unforgettable. Each piece of stone strategically placed, an inspiration for my life. Glad I could share it with my fellow Daily Creators :)

Today’s Daily Create assignment is: “Show your mood today by taking a picture of stairs. Show your feet too. Stairs can be many things. They can be a path to enlightenment, a helper or an obstacle to getting up, or other things, too. Plus, a metaphor. Are you looking from the top or bottom of them? Show us some stairs!”
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Daily Create #13: From Atop the Great Wall

TDC #13

This picture embodies the idea of immortality from my perspective. Few things will beat what it felt like to get to one of the highest checkpoints on the Great Wall.

Today’s Daily Create assignment is: Create a photo that represents the idea of immortality. This is my mental montage. At the end of yours ask yourself, which of your options seems the most appealing, which ones seem like they’re within the realm of reason?” This blog post that gave me the idea. Can you create a photo that shows us your inner landscape?
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Weekly Summary: Week Three

This week brought about some trouble for me. Per usual, the daily creates were a delight. However, the audio assignments gave me a little bit of trouble. I’ve been experiencing some shotty internet connection recently and that prohibited me from doing some of the more complex audio assignments. However, I really enjoyed doing the voicemail assignment. I chose Elle Woods because I thought she would be a great character for me to impersonate. I was trying to decide between her and Joey from Friends. I decided on Elle because I feel like I encompass a lot more of her character than Joey.

I loved discovering SoundCloud. What a neat site! Not only does it make embedding the audio easier, it is a very manageable and navigable site! It did not take me too long to get the hang of recording my own audio and uploading MP3s I wanted to use in my assignments.

The Daily Creates

The Daily Create #9- Eckhardt

TDC #10


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TDC #9

TDC #10

TDC #11

TDC #12

Audio Assignments

Audio Assignment #1

Audio Assignment #2

First SoundCloud Recording

7 Best Comments on Classmates’ Blogs

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Daily Create #11: Cheer Up the Lonely Day


How To Make Any Day Better:
Eat a homemade bagel sandwich, play with a puppy, enjoy the beautiful summer weather with your best friends, and munch on the Thai Chicken Pizza from California Pizza Kitchen.

Today’s Daily Create assignment is: Cheer Up the Lonely Day
“Can you do that in one photo? It’s a real holiday for July 11 because we found it on the internet. Now do it.”

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Design Assignment #3: Six-Word Memoir


My Six-Word Memoir

It reflects back on a life experience I had with grief. Recently, I lost a friend who, with his age, had a variety of health problems. I symbolized this by the different colored cancer ribbons. He was an incredible man and neighbor that I had the pleasure of knowing for the past two years. What began as a neighborly friendship quickly developed into a valuable friendship. Despite our 75 year age difference, we talked almost every day about a variety of political, social, and daily conversational topics. He gave me invaluable life advice, and as a man who has seen and lived through so much, he was often right.

He passed away this past May. I miss him every day :(

My Process:

I used acrylic paint for this assignment. Then photographed my illustration and uploaded it to Flickr. Then I embedded the image into this post to fulfill the assignment.

Design Assignment #2: Motivational Poster

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My Motivational Poster

This photograph was taken by me on the best trip of my entire life: Australia! For almost three weeks, I backpacked with my best friend all over the southern part of the beautiful country. Our trip took up the large majority of my past winter break, in between the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters. I have never felt more at peace and relaxed than I did while I was relaxing on the picturesque beaches of Sydney. Bondi Beach is something I will never forget. Simply looking at this picture gives me an aura of tranquility.

My Process:

I used a photograph that I took while I was in Sydney, Australia as the inspiration for my motivational poster. To insert the text onto the image, I used Fotor Photo Text, then cropped it into the size I desired. Lastly, I uploaded it to Flickr and embedded it into this post.