Vital facts to help you gain deeper insights into my blog…or not

I seem to be doing things out of order – I probably should have started with an “about” page. Better late than never. Here goes:

I am the oldest of three siblings – I’m the only girl.

The Carter Clan circa 1967

I hate paper plates – I would rather run the dishwasher and have my friends eat off of real plates – no matter how casual the occasion. Even if I pick up take out for dinner I put it on a real plate. People are always bringing paper plates to help me out when we have a BBQ or any gathering – I have a whole cabinet full – anyone want them?

I love kayaking – especially all day paddling trips. There’s something awesome about traveling so many miles by the power of your arms – rivers are awesome – a real thrill. But I love going distance on flat water – I feel more accomplishment. I also love that I can load a boat on top of my Jeep by myself – no assistance required – I’m independent like that.

My Kayak on top of my Jeep – ready to paddle into the sunset.

I never wave at people while I’m driving – not because I’m focused on the road or because I’m a snob – I just don’t pay attention to the cars on the road – I’m in the zone – sorry for not waving. I’m the same way at the supermarket – I rarely notice friends before they notice me – I’m on a mission and just don’t look at people. The exception to this are Jeeps. If you are in a Jeep it’s an unspoken code that I must wave to you. It matters not that I have no idea who you are.

When I was a kid it was my dream to be an astronaut – I met Buzz Aldrin when they were touring the moon rocks around the country. Watching the moon landing with my Grandma was one of the most inspirational moments of my childhood. I was in awe and my Grandma told me that girls could grow up to be anything – it was very empowering.

I was voted “class clown” in my graduating class in High School.

My High School pals – I’m driving in my silver Mickey Mouse ears.

I listen to audio books on my drive to work – I get through 25-30 a year. I especially like books read by the author.

I am a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers. I’ve been to Green Bay once – but the reason I started rooting for them was because my Grandpa and I were watching the first Superbowl and he asked me to pick the team I thought would win. Green is my favorite color so I picked the Packers.

My tiny Green Bay helmet on my desk at work

I love trains – my Grandpa worked for the Union Pacific for 40 years. Until this year I had never been on one. I am already planning my next cross-country trip.

I can throw a tomahawk, and I’m pretty good at it. As a kid of about 12 I competed against my pop and some other men who may or may not have been able to beat me when they were sober. I creamed them. The next competition the group increased the minimum throwing distance making it impossible for me to compete with the men. Spoiled sports.


I collect BB Guns. I have never fired one – when we were kids my pop told us they were more dangerous that a real gun because kids treat them like toys. I just think they are cool – I bought some BB’s – so maybe one day soon I’ll shoot one.

I have always been fascinated by rocks. As a kid I picked them up in the schoolyard and anywhere i found them and brought them home. My house is made of rocks and I still bring home a pocket or sack full of rocks every time I go for a hike or paddle. I shipped my pop 80 pounds of rocks a few years back. 

The Stone House of my dreams

My brother Max is one of my favorite people on the planet – we don’t alway see eye to eye but we have fun together – he’s a deep thinker and I love having those kinds of conversations that challenge your thinking. He’s probably the smartest and most earnest person I know.

Max and Cherokee

I love cheese cake. I don’t know how to make it – my mom and my friend Debbie made the best ones I’ve ever tasted.

When I finished college I couldn’t wait to leave Las Vegas. I don’t miss the busyness of the city but I miss my family and the desert everyday.

Mormon Wells Road – 20 miles north of Vegas

I had a pet skunk when I was in high school and college. When I got my first apartment I couldn’t bring her with me since I couldn’t find anyplace that allowed skunks.

Faux Pas walking on a leash

I’m not a cat person – I love my dogs. They are so happy to see me – It gives me a lift to come home to them – I’ve never seen a sad terrier:)

I lost my mom when she was only 53. It was sudden and unexpected. It changed my view on life – I know that this life is temporary and my mother’s death made me even more focused on the things that are not temporary.

My mom, Barbi

I am a technology junkie – I like gadgets like iPads and digital cameras – I can’t imagine like without my iPhone.

I love t-shirts as social commentary. I sold my first t-shirt design when I was 12 and I am so fortunate to have found a career designing and developing t-shirt graphics.

A snowy day outside my office

Waterfalls are awesome – I have always loved them. I will take a hike in almost any weather to see one.

I miss my Grandpa – he was closer to me than anyone I’ve ever known – we got each other. I was blessed to have him until I was almost 40. I miss having someone who gets me, it’s a rare thing indeed.

Me and my Grandpa

I take my camera every where. I take it to work, on business trips, and even to the grocery store. I have seen some amazing things on the way home from the store.

I can’t decide whether I should continue the charade of being a red-head – I let my natural color grow in – it’s mighty grey.

107 thoughts on “About

  1. Oh My God. I have been looking at your photos and they amazing. I am a young person very interested in photography and horses. To me a perfect combination. I am so glad that I found your blog and hope that it will help me with my photography in the future.

  2. Hi Lorrie,
    Would you care to join with me and participate in the 5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge? The goal is to post a black and white photo each day for 5 days and to nominate someone else to join the challenge each day.

    I hope that you dust off your camera and join the fun. My first photo is already posted to my blog.


  3. Love the family pics. The stone house is dreamy. If you ever come to Michigan, go to Charlevoix, and Boulder Park. There are numerous stone homes on the waterfront of Lake Michigan! Will enjoy coming back to your site and seeing your beautiful illustrations.

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