Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2014: Photo Project, Week 4

I'm in a black and white kind of mood this week. ;)

I have no idea what that means exactly, other than I'm not feeling the love from any of my pictures edited in color. Maybe I'm moody. I don't know.

I did have (another!) moment of panic last night when I thought: this week's blog is going to be difficult. I don't remember photographing anything good. When I downloaded my photos this morning there were some decent ones. Once again surprised and happy.

Perhaps next week I'll be able to concentrate on some photos. We'll see. I would like to attempt a self-portrait and maybe a family shot.

That seems like a big attempt. Maybe too big.

Not a whole lot of anything interesting happened this week. Trust me, I wish something had happened.

I finished an edit I'm working on which meant staying in PJs. I did manage to shower and switch to new ones throughout the week. So I wasn't a total slob. And yesterday I left the house to go to the library and Trader Joe's.

You know you're living in a bubble when the highlight of your week is Trader Joe's. You guys! They have a cilantro jalapeƱo hummus that is TO. DIE. FOR. It burns. SO good. Also pick up their cilantro dressing. I crave it.

I went shopping while hungry (not good). So now my fridge is stocked full of perishable items. I feel as if I must eat (it's my duty!) so that I'm not wasteful.

Hopefully life will get back on track soon. After I reread this edit, I'm done with that. So at least there will be a new writing project next week. Well, new OLD writing project. I still need to get my manuscript from last year in shape.

Annnnd that about sums up my week. I need to go out, or something. Hit the strip for some street photography. Maybe that will pull me out of my slump.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2014: Photo Project, Week 3

I've been extraordinarily busy this week. The flip side (and this always happens): the busier I am, the more creative I become. There were numerous pictures I was in love with this week. The reason simply boiled down to:

1. I was busy, so I made a point to pick up my camera whenever I saw something I thought was interesting.

2. I'd take the photo and move on with what I had to do. Not lingering to over-contemplate.

3. It became a priority because if it didn't, it wouldn't have gotten done.

So I guess it was a life lesson relearned this week. Because I knew this. If I can prioritize my life, and stick to a schedule, I get so much done!

Also "creativity" means: schedule and DOING.

Yeah. So, internet, you need to stop being so soul-sucking. Especially YouTube. I've become fascinated with YouTube lately. I've nearly convinced myself that I need a channel.

Then I smack myself around and wake up from my insanity.

I would like, when my life gets a little less crazy, to start trying my hand at shooting video and video editing. It looks crazy hard.

On a photography note:

Four out of the five pictures this week were taken with my 100mm lens (the one with the helmets was with the 24-70mm).

I LOVE my 100mm lens. I think it's surpassed all my other lenses to be my favorite. Especially in this house where I can get far enough away to set up a decent shot without letting the kids know I'm there.


It's a macro (1:1) and I do use it quite often for macro images. Saying that: I have Christmas money I can't decide what to buy with it. I'm tempted to get some macro extension tubes and use them in conjunction with the 100mm. Would it be overkill? Hum… don't know.

I'm also debating purchasing a neutral density filter. But then, for which lens would it be most practical (because I'm only buying one)? And would I use it more than once a year?

Decisions. Decisions.

You can see why I never spend my money. haha. Way too much effort goes into deciding The. Right. Thing.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2014: Photo Project, Week 2

I had the moment of panic this week when I remembered it was time to do my weekly picture post. I thought, "Did I take pictures?!" Turns out I did! I guess I'm well trained. ha.

My parents were in town this last week(end).

My dad had to attend CES for work. Steven and I got to go with him. Woot Woot. Which was fun. I drooled a lot at the Cannon booth. Mama wants a new lens.

Selfie at CES:

I should try to get better at taking selfies. LOL I kind of blow. ;) The one I took with my iPhone was better, I think.

But… is it good to have the ability to take selfies? I shall have to think upon that. One one hand, if I don't take selfies, I'll never be in the picture. On the other… well… THEY'RE SELFIES.

Also, my computer wants to autocorrect "selfies" to "selfless." OH, SO VERY DIFFERENT.

*bite lip*


Big happenings around here: The BOY had a birthday! He turned eleven.

Before my parents left they took him for his birthday dinner, anywhere he wanted to go. He chose M's buffet.

Gag. I hate buffets.

I should back up to say: before last week my kids didn't even know what a buffet was. When my brother was here it was his birthday, and he chose M's buffet. He loves buffet. If you've seen that boy pack away food, you'd know why.

At that time my kids were like: WHAT IS THIS THING YOU CALL A BUFFET?

That quickly morphed into: You mean I can eat twenty million deserts? BUFFETS ARE THE COOLEST EVER!!!



I fully blame my brother. Make no mistake, I will repay him for this treachery.

Oh, and they don't just say buffet. They do it with flair, a la my niece.

(He's too cool to button his shirt.)

His actual birthday was pretty low-key. He asked for cash. I kept saying, "Are you SURE?" He'd say yes. All the way up until the night before his birthday (at, like, 11pm). Then he changed his mind and told me what gift he wanted.

I looked at him like he was crazy. Then told him it wasn't going to happen and that he could take his cash out to buy it himself.

So he did. 

His dad took him for a birthday shopping spree. He came back with several bags of things. Honestly, I have no idea what he bought, and I'm pretty sure I don't want to. He had fun, that's all that matters. In the end he told me that he was so glad he got cash.

*eye roll*

And finally, Yuki cracks me up. This has become her normal spot, on the first landing watching the door, when everyone is gone but me. She can't stand it when the other peeps aren't home.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2014: Photo Project, Week 1

Something fun that I started doing by accident (and I really should say, "I totally meant to do that") is to take a picture of the kids together every January 1st. I've loved seeing how big they get! It's shocking.

Funny, considering I live with them. But I don't see the changes.

The braces make me chuckle every time she smiles.

Last days of Winter Break, peeking through doorways:

Okay, yes, I cheated with that picture. It's technically three. *wink* But. You have to see all three to get a clear picture of how these last days were spent.

At least when the kids are in separate rooms they're not arguing. Which has become all too common lately. Ugh. Something they need to learn STAT is that it's okay to have different opinions and even more valuable: to keep the opinion to yourself.

Steven needed a headshot this week. I took exactly three minutes to snap one for him. Not too bad considering I didn't put much thought into it.

I have decided that photographing headshots is horribly boring. Even lighting? Professional? Where's the drama in that? Nowhere, I tell you.

Still, he's cute.

Back to school.
Winter Break is over!

The second half of the year better go quick. Mama needs summer. ;)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year!

It is so quiet today, I don't know what to do with myself.

We celebrated a low key New Years in Las Vegas with my parents and my brother's family.

My brother and SIL and their two kids (pictured in this blog) left for CA last night. And my parents left early this morning (I got up and they were GONE!).  This is the first time I've had a moment to myself in weeks. And what do I do? Work? NAH! I edited pictures.

Didn't think I'd change my stripes in the new year, did you? LOL.

I've given a lot of thought to my photo project this year. I missed doing one last year. I decided that I don't want to post a 365 again. Though, the personal goal is to take a picture every day.

One thing I noticed when I posted the 365 is that (besides being a pain in the ass to keep up with) there were days where I had utter drivel and then there were days where we did some neat things and I had any number of cool shots I could share. I don't want to post those horrible days this year.

When I looked at that project as a whole, it was within the range of doable that I could pick five pictures a week that I really liked. Whether they were all the same day, or five different days, there were at least that many that I could get excited about. Five is a really achievable number for me to reach.

So that's the plan: Five pictures that represent my life per week.

I'm not going to do anything crazy like say: I'd like a family picture once a month, because we all know how well that worked out last year (read: I don't think I made it two months. LOL!). But I WOULD like more family pictures this year. I've got to get better at taking them. And I also would like more of Steven and I together.

The only other thing on the agenda is to finish my manuscript, the one that languished all last year. I'm going to chalk 2013 up to a lot of transitionary moments that sucked my time. As of now, 2014, I'm going to get back to my writing schedule. I know that it doesn't take me this long to finish a manuscript, and that I'm quite capable of kicking some ass. So. Commence that ass kicking STAT.


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