Sunday, March 9, 2014
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...
This week, we said goodbye to Lauren's goldfish, Julie. Lauren has had Julie since we moved her into her "big girl" room, so it's been about three years. I thought she was just the prettiest fish. I would often go into Lauren's room just to watch her swim in her bowl. She actually had gotten some fungus earlier this year but Mark, the fish expert that he is, gave her some medicine that made her good as new. However it wasn't meant to last because she suddenly fell ill again this week, but only this time, it was like she had a stroke or an aneurysm (if that's even possible). She was just floating suspended in the middle of bowl, staring wide eyed into space and wouldn't respond to any stimulus. She was gone the next day.
Here's the memorial that Lauren made for Julie.
At the same, another fish was in the need of help. Our pond has been completely ravaged this winter. Last weekend, Mark tried to break up some of the ice and add water to the pond in hopes that there would be some sign of life. Shortly after, he found our biggest fish, Mommy Fish (Lauren thinks she's the one who has all the babies.) floating on her side. I thought she was already dead, but Mark saw that her gills were still moving. So he put her into a bucket and brought her into the house. Then he began the process of nursing her back to health by setting up a small air pump and coaxing her to eat peas (Apparently this is a well known fish treatment).
At first, her condition didn't seem to improve, but by mid-week she wasn't lying on her side anymore and started swimming more and more. She's now residing inside a large plastic storage container in our dining room until the pond thaws once and for all.
Of course, the dogs can't help themselves and insist on visiting the patient.
Why so grumpy? You are one lucky fish!
I'm in a terrible creative funk again. I have little motivation to do anything right now except sit around and play Candy Crush. Hopefully I snap out of it soon!
Thankfully we turned the clocks ahead this weekend, so I can start shooting on weeknights again and not just weekends. I also need to catch up on my sketch journal which is also being impacted by the creative funk.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
One of my 2014 resolutions was to take more photos with my iPhone, and I've really been owning up to it. Getty Images launched a new mobile app at the end of last year, so most of what I've been shooting hasn't been making it to Flickr because I can submit my work directly from my phone. I've also been getting a hang of editing photos on my phone. It's such a nicer workflow than sitting for hours at my computer downloading, editing, uploading and keywording. I especially love using Hipstamatic, which is a photo app where you change your "film" and "lens" to create different effects. It's really fun!
We were supposed a huge snowstorm today, but it ended up being a big nothing. I think we barely got two inches, when at one point up to a foot was predicted! I used the time at home today to get caught up on my sketchbook journal. If you scroll back, you'll see that they've been back filled up to this past week.
This week's theme is Carnival, not only because they are celebrating it in Venice, but also because our Girl Scout troop represented Italy at last Sunday's International Day. So Italy was really on my mind! I think this year was our best effort yet. The girl's wore chef's hats and mustaches and served wedding soup, pepperoni rolls and pasta our "trattoria." For our skit, they put on a puppet show with puppets that they made from duct tape, and had them sing a long with Dean Martin to "That's Amore." The crowd got a kick out of it. We also made Carnival masks to decorate our booth, and I absolutely loved drawing these for my journal. So fun!
Monday, February 24, 2014
Naturally, this week had to have a Valentine's Day theme, but why the skunks? Well, I was inspired by a cute poem that Lauren wrote for a school assignment about skunks. It's written in the journal, but I'll share it here in case you can't read it:
Skunks are mammals,
Skunks eat bugs,
Just like grubs.
Skunks do no want to make you stink,
They just want to make you think,
"Stay away or I will spray!"
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Finally Marcus gets his turn. We call this his "Archie Bunker chair."
I hate to post and run, but between work and Girl Scouts, this has been a very stressful, busy week. I'm also behind on my sketchbook journal, but I hope to catch up this week when things should be much calmer.
Monday, February 17, 2014
I was originally going to do an Olympic theme this week, but since February 9th was the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, I thought it would be fun to commemorate that even instead. I've loved The Beatles since I was eight years old. Paul is my favorite, so I decided to draw his violin bass guitar in his honor.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
A couple of weeks ago, Getty sent out a call for love themed photos, so I spent last Saturday cranking out as many as I could. Of course, all the photography groups that I participate in had love / Valentine's Day topics this week, so I had to come up with yet another one. Now I'm all out of love (Nods to Air Supply).
I have last week's sketch journal pages done, but I'm too lazy right now to download the photo from my camera. We spent the morning out in the cold and snow unloading and sorting Girl Scout cookies, so that took up most of my motivation for the day. Tomorrow I'm off of work for President's Day, so I should have time to post it then, and maybe even finish this past week's too. Aside from the cookie delivery, significant events from the week included Lauren bringing home another straight A report card and my toaster photo was featured in Photography Week.
They had contacted me about it way back at the beginning of January, and I actually didn't even see it until the day after they posted.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Just a quick one - it was poor Cookie's turn to be tortured this week. This is another topic that I'm not crazy about, and one that I've had to do a couple of times before. For the record, I also don't like silhouettes or back lighting either. Hopefully those won't be a future topics - lol.
I'm still working on this week's sketch journal pages. Once they're complete, I'll try to get a photo if there's enough light after work this week.
Monday, February 3, 2014
As I mentioned before, this week's theme was actually candid / street photo, but I decided to skip it on the grounds that shooting strangers is just not my thing. In fact, I didn't even take this photo until today, which means it's also late - lol. I just didn't want to blow it completely, especially given that it's only the fifth week of this project! However, the whole point of this is to remind myself to pick up my camera and point it at something once a week. Since I did so much forced shooting last year, I'm now of the mindset that I'd much rather point it at something or someone that I want to photograph. Like Kitty Coconut.
Today was an in service day for our school district (One of only three remaining days off for the rest of the year. The students lost President's Day and spring break due to teacher strike and weather related cancellations.), so I took a vacation day in order to hang out with Lauren. I asked her what she wanted to do today, and she chose just to stay home and watch movies. After a pretty gloomy weekend, we actually had a little bit of sun today, and given that the light was so ideal, I took the opportunity to get some shots in between movies.
Hopefully I can stick with the themes for the rest of the year, but if I keep getting shots like this, maybe not so much.