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Tuesday, September 18, 2007


So much has happened in the last few months that i do not know where to begin! i need to do a serious update as well as a new layout since i feel like my life has changed and therefore my blog needs a change.

the biggest change of all is my new family. on 09.08.07 i married mr. joseph brook. i am now rachel sarah brook (offically!!) and will do a proper update about one of the most amazing days of my life. here is a picture from my wedding day that i absolutely love.

more to come soon. the fall will turn to winter and blogging and crafting will become second nature again.

i'm back :)

Sunday, June 03, 2007

euro trekking: an update

i usually hate rainbows. i saw this one the other day and there was something about it that was real beautiful. joe and were walking though downtown halifax, getting drinks and saw this above the buildings. it was just too perfect. i took all these pictures with my moms little cybershot point and shoot and i couldnt be happier with the quality. okay so i know... rainbows are cheesy... but i liked this one. a lot.

in barcelona we stumbled upon this amazing yet horrifically expensive tattoo parlor. we each got bird tattoos on our wrists. mines the one with just the outline. i love it sooo much. ive wanted my wrist done for a long long time and this just was the perfect thing.

this is joe and i. we took this picture in a club in halifax. i really love it. he's my new boyfriend. yes thats right, boyfriend! he's english and he's amazing. hes moving to newburyport as soon as he can afford it. i couldn't be happier. now... who wants to help me plan a wedding? no... really!

Monday, May 21, 2007

yeah, another update

things have been crazy. i have not had a chance to update or even blog!! so here in an update...

+ jw and i broke up for good. i moved out of tewksbury

+ i'm living in newburyport. at my parents! ahhhhhh. its actually not that bad...

+ i am happy for the first time in a lonnnnng time

+ on tuesday, i am leaving for europe for 16 days. cameras in hand... ready to rule the world.

+ i have a new new bff. his name is joseph. he lives in the u.k. and hes the best person i have met in a long time.

+ i'm getting my wrist tattooed while i'm europe. i've wanted to for a very long time. its finally happening! its the outline of a bird. its too cute for words.

+ when i get home, i get to set up my own studio in the room across from my bedroom. i will have all of my things organized and i have tons of space. its awesome!!!

+ i get to go to barcelona on thursday. i'm thrillllllllled!!! i love barcelona. duh.

i'm sure there is a ton more i could add. i just don't know where to begin!

i'll be back on june 7th. i'll have my computer and sidekick too.. just so i can do photo blogs as i travel around europe. i can't wait!!!!!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Spring has finally sprung!

It is actually suppose to be 80 degrees on Monday. I am thrilled. The warm(er) weather is such a nice change. I found this picture in my iPhoto library. I took it back in the summer of 2005 while I was home visiting my parents house from Manhattan. It was the first picture I took with my Canon 10D. There isn't anything incredibly amazing about this picture but it makes me think of the days yet to come. Running around the yard with the dogs and sitting on the patio and drinking wine. My parent's backyard is a true oasis and I just can't wait for it to be warm enough for me to enjoy it. Azim and Mateo love to use the circle in the sunken part of the garden as a race track and chasing each other til they drop from exhaustion. But soon enough it will be warm enough for those days and I can go visit the koi fish and feed them food. I love summer.

obsession: customized google

It isn't often that something on the web excites me but recently google introduced a theme for the top of your google homepage. I chose one that has a little fox on it. He apparently lives in Japan somewhere and the screen changes as the time of day changes according to where you live by simply putting in your zip code. The little fox is so cute. He even goes to sleep in a sleeping bag on the dock. And maybe the customizable google homepage isn't new but I recently just started using it. If you haven't already, you should too. It allows you to add searchable fields for site that you use often including youtube, wikipedia, mapquest and information like your gmail inbox, bbcnews, and your weather forecast.

I also recently updated my firefox browser and the thing has spell check now!! I cannot spell to save my life so having this little option when I post on newsgroups or send someone a myspace message is invaluable. I used to hate firefox but now I use it all the time instead of safari. Now I know none of this is news but I love that fox so much! He even looks like Azim a tiny bit.

Friday, April 06, 2007


Originally uploaded by rah rah!.
i updated my flickr account. its been months. take a look. its not all that exciting, but it's something. the snow is making my hands hurt worse than ever and for the first time, i really do feel like i have arthritis and not just back pain. ughhhhhhhh

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

about body image.

For the first time since I believe 10th grade, I am under 130 lbs. I think for most people this issue would be inconsequential but it's a big deal to me. Why? well, if you don't know me or haven't seen me in a long time I will explain. I was what I would consider thin until the age of 19 when my obsession with terrible fatty foods caught up with me and I spent half of my twenties round and chubby. For the most part I wasn't completely bothered by my extra weight. I actually kind of enjoyed it. But with my back pain it really made sense to get rid of the extra weight that could possibly be making my back pain worse. This time last year I was at my heaviest, 164 lbs. Since August I have lost about 35lbs. I never imagined that just eating well would cause me to lose this much. I still eat everything that I loved before but just in smaller amounts. It's an odd thing to go from wearing an large/size 12 to a small/size 4-6. I do really feel good about myself again and it isnt just because of my weight loss. As a teenager, I never thought I was skinny enough. I was often told I was fat or that I needed to lose weight when I was tiny (see photo of me at age 15 with my bff at that time, ariana) For me this is a do over. I want to enjoy the work I have done and I want to love my body because it is mine. Even when I was this size before, I was so self conscience that I never enjoyed it. I was so concerned with being thinner that my size and my looks were never good enough. These days, I am just glad that I can leave the house in jeans and a t-shirt and feel totally comfortable. I no longer look in the mirror and see millions of flaws. I do not care if 10 lbs comes back on or if I never lose another pound. I am just happy to be me.

thank god its spring, right?

Enough already!!! I am ready for spring. I can't deal with the damn snow any longer! My birthday is in two weeks and I would love to not wear a winter coat that day. It is weather like this that makes me wish I lived someplace where the weather wasn't so unpredictable that its 60 degrees one day and a major snow storm the next. California is looking better and better everyday...

Sunday, March 18, 2007

new website! ooooooooooh!

A new Macbook Pro, a new website! My friend teri told me that my lovely new machine had a program on it called iWeb and a few hours later, a new site! My other site ( was build all in dreamweaver and while i love that site so much, i lost all the files, don't have the password for my account on the server and i REALLY needed to update. This new site isn't at all about my personal work (just a heads up) but all about my business. Yes, I have a job! I needed a site just for my virtual tour business. It has become really lucrative but as always, I could use more clients. I mean, who couldn't. For now, the web address is which, is a bit long and only redirects you to the .mac server its on. i am in love with the ease of iWeb, i would just like to have my own url at the top. its a start for now and the site name may change to who knows! So take a look and let me know what you think. really... any and all critiques welcome!

next on the list, business cards. thats right, i don't have any!!