Archive | October, 2010

More to come!

26 Oct

Hey everyone! I know we haven’t updated in a while, and we are terrible bloggers when it comes to posting regularly. Sorry!!

But I wanted to let you know we have posts coming soon! We are putting the finishing touches on some of our video projects, so we’ll have that to share with you in the near future and we also have some cool multimedia stuff we’ve been looking at in class that we can show you. Oh! And we have some web projects we can share as well! So just hang in there!

In the meantime, here’s a quick photo from our super exciting day today! We got to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama! He was speaking on campus and we managed to snag some seats in the fourth row. So exciting! Sorry the photo is tiny, I was taking it with my phone…

So anyways, just bear with us, feel free to leave us a comment telling us to stop being blog slackers, and we’ll be posting some things shortly!

Love,
Megan

Meet Roy!

10 Oct

Ahhh, what a week!

I’ve been so incredibly busy this week! Things are really picking up with school (as though they weren’t already…) and I think I’ve been juggling about five projects at all times.  However, I did get to start a new video project last weekend that’s been a lot of fun.  Our newest assignment was in partnership with Special Olympics of Miami-Dade County.  There were a variety of directions that we could all take our individual projects and I decided to do a profile of one specific athlete and his family for mine.

Meet Roy!

Roy & A friend from school

Roy is a 17-year-old with down syndrome.  He and his family were so great! They were willing to open their home to me and put up with my camera and all of my questions.  Right now, Roy is on his high school bowling team as well as a community league that he bowls in with his younger brother.  He’s also competed in basketball, cycling and soccer over the years.  In addition to bowling, Roy attends public high school, has a tutor that comes over once a week and works twice a week at the grocery store near his home. He’s a busy boy!

Roy & his mom, Julie

Showing their UM pride!

I had so much fun getting to know Roy.  He’s got such a great sense of humor and is just a joy to be around!  Hopefully my video project will turn out well and you’ll get to see Roy and his family’s story here soon.

Until then, it’s back to work!

-Shannon

A Day in Dania Beach

3 Oct

Hello again Internet! Look! We’re posting again, and it’s only been a few days since our last one! Aren’t you proud?

This weekend Shannon and I took a day trip to Dania Beach, which is about 25 miles north of where we live. We went to visit our friend Dr. Montgomery, who was my thesis advisor and is the reason we are even at the University of Miami in the first place. She was the one who encouraged us to apply and told us about the program and how great it was. And now here we are!

So we drove up to her place in Dania Beach and visited a while and played in the ocean. She lives RIGHT ON THE BEACH. So cool. And we had a lovely lunch on the water, with gulls and local birds swooping over and onto abandoned plates all the while. I was a little afraid they were going to come peck at me and steal my food.

We also did some interviews while there for our research class. Dr. M set us up with some folks she knew who fit the description of what we were looking for. I spoke with a man named Claude who was from Cameroon and was absolutely fascinating. I’m hoping I can talk to him again for a video project at some point.

And we ended our visit with ice cream on the beach (red velvet and coffee fudge, yum!) Then we had to return home and try to get some work done. Bummer.

Here’s a few photos from our time in Dania Beach. I also threw in a couple pics of our festive new Halloween decorations, courtesy of Ms. Shannon Sanders. She brought them home this evening after filming all day. And she brought candy. Oh Shannon. You know me too well.

Shannon

Shannon navigating our way to Dania Beach

sleeping puppy

Dr. Montgomery's baby, Mr. Puppy.

puppy's nose

Aww, sleepy pup!

waterfront

The view from our table at lunch. Nice!

Lights

Obligatory artsy shot. I bet this place is pretty at night...

shannon at lunch

Shannon at lunch. She caught me snapping pics of her.

spooky skull

Whoa, look at that scary skull pumpkin!

Glowing pumpkin

Spoooooooookkyy!

Megan and Dr. Montgomery

Megan & Dr. Montgomery at lunch

On the water

Lunch on the water