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Sunday, February 27, 2011

What little girls are made of.

I didn't eat all the cookies - scout's honor!


Seriously.Not so seriously.


Thank heaven for little girls.

and everything nice.

I'm disappointed that I didn't have more updates for February. Part of the problem is that Mark and I have been sick all week. One of my symptoms is conjunctivitis, and I didn't want to spread bacteria all over the eye cup of my camera which would ultimately result in re-infecting myself (And would also be all around gross - eww.). So I unfortunately haven't been taking any photos as of late.

Also, as you can see above, I've been pretty busy managing the cookie sale for our troop. Everything has been going fairly smoothly thus far, although there was a minor hiccup with our Do-si-do count which was quickly resolved with a little creative reallocation from our surplus, or what I like to call "fuzzy math." Our troop sold 71 cases, and believe it or not, we were able to fit the majority of them in just the Sebring.

As I've mentioned in previous years, for some reason March is usually a challenging month for me, and if this week is any indication, I can tell that this year will be no different. Yippee. :P

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The end.

Busy week photography wise, although I didn't take a whole lot of photos. I did however teach myself a few new skills, did a lot of reading and a little purchasing.

This is the end, my beautiful friend.

Here's a demonstration of one of my new acquired skills - vignetting. It's kind of addictive, so now I'm going to be vignetting everything.

Hamster ends.

And here's one just for fun. Lauren and I had all her Zhu Zhu pets running around all at once in the family room. Man, can those little things go!

End game.

Lastly, here's one that I'm particularly proud of. I find that I take my best photos when I have no expectations on myself. What usually happens is that I have an idea, a vision in my mind of what kind of photo I want to take. When I try to go about doing it, I end up getting so frustrated because I can't execute it for various reasons - lack of resources, knowledge, time, talent. The list goes on and on.

Then there are those moments when I don't even plan on taking photos. The idea hits me. I pick up my camera. I shoot. Done. That's what happened here. In recent weeks I've been getting frustrated because I don't think I've been stretching myself enough and as a result, I'm not showing the improvement that I want to see in my photos.

While this one isn't high art, a breathtaking landscape or a beautiful portrait, it demonstrates to me that I am making progress. I set out to get every one of those pieces airborne and frozen in time, and I accomplished it through deliberate actions and not by accident. My only regret is that I wish that all the pieces could have been in focus, but because of low light I had to shoot at wide aperture to get a high enough shutter speed to freeze the action. Hopefully some of my recent purchases will assist with some of my lighting challenges so I can let my creativity flag fly.

Edited to add: After I re-read this post, I thought that the title maybe misleading, so just to be clear, the blog is not ending. So y'all come back now, y'hear? - lol!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day preparations.

Kitten and puppy valentines.

Valentine's Day is a holiday that usually gets only cursory acknowledgment here at our house, but now that Lauren is in school, we're required to be more participatory.

Making out her valentines.

This is the first year that she will be participating in the time honored tradition of exchanging valentines to her classmates.

Valentine Box

We even made a valentine box. It all reminds me too well of Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown."

Writing her name.

I thought for sure that she was going to tire of writing her name 20+ times, but she completed them without complaint.

Ready to be sealed.

Lastly, I'd like to thank our cousin Noreen for sending us a Valentine's Day care package that contained a box of candy hearts that served as last minute inspiration for the new blog banner. I don't think I've ever done black before, but I like how it turned out. Thanks, Noreen!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

In the car.

The car has become... an article of dress without which we feel uncertain, unclad, and incomplete.

It's the story of my life. I had so many good ideas for this challenge (A few of which involved the backseat - hee.), but neither the time nor resources to execute them. Here's how it goes:

1.) Leave five minutes early from work (and speed down the highway) in the hope that I can get home in time to take advantage of what's left of the golden hour of sunset.

2.) Make necessary stop at Target. Had awesome plan to have fish sticks for dinner (Lauren has been wanting to try them), but forgot that the nearest Target did not have a frozen food section. Now I have no plan for dinner, and it's already almost 5 p.m.

3.) Finish shopping, race to my parents house to pick up Lauren.

4.) Arrive home. Let Daisy out, and run inside to get camera (Sorry, Marcus - you have to wait just a couple more minutes...) and preheat oven for the meatloaf that I just decided to make.

5.) Spend ten minutes snapping photos while Lauren and Daisy play outside. Lauren eventually asks, "Mom, when are you going to put the car away?"

6.) Settle for what few photos I could manage, run inside to get Marcus out of his crate before his bladder bursts.

7.) Take Marcus outside. Go back inside house, and, without removing coat or boots, prepare meatloaf.

8.) Round-up child and dogs, then finally remove coat and boots. Start preparing the remainder of dinner (parmesan couscous and peas).

Self portrait in car.

Both the meatloaf and the photos turned out satifactory, so I guess we can call this challenge a success.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011