02 December 2013
New Laptop is nice and shiny and pretty. Sometimes the keys stick though - which may be because it's new so I'm not going to be mad at New Laptop yet.
New Laptop came pre-loaded with Windows 8. Robert HATES Windows 8. When I'm playing on New Laptop and Robert notices, he starts mumbling about Windows 8 and how horrible it is. It's a little amusing. He is very insistent that he can replace it with Windows 7 in no time, but I'm being stubborn in insisting trying out Windows 8 first. I'm trying out/hanging onto Windows 8 because I really didn't think I would mind it (and so far I don't really mind it) and partly because I didn't want to wait for sweet beautiful full internet usage again.
And now mostly I'm hanging onto it (because I don't care either way) because it annoys him and guarantees he doesn't try to take my shiny New Laptop. Not that he really would as he loves His Computer, but I'm feeling possessive of New Laptop.
But enough with amusing myself. Well, at the end of this week. I don't NEED Windows 8, and a few software programs I have might not be compatible with it anyways (haven't checked yet) and I'll let Robert switch it this weekend.
30 November 2013
My laptop died about 2ish weeks ago. I'm very sad about it. If you follow me on Facebook you will see my hilarious posts lamenting its demise. Well, they're hilarious to me.
I'm doing this update from my phone and am finding it rather annoying (autocorrect doesnt think I mean what I think I mean) so I probably won't be doing it again soon.
I asked the kids to clean their bathroom today to make it presentable to the guests we will be having this evening (cooking a turkey dinner cause we like leftovers)(our neighbor/friends are coming cause they like turkey dinners) and it reminded me of a couple weeks ago when I asked them to clean it last time for company. After making my request, Carus asked me who was coming over. "Gramma and Grandpa are for Daddy's birthday."
"Oh, well then we're okay. We don't have to clean it. They don't mind."
Gotta love her reasoning. Ha!
07 November 2013
I'm officially quitting the 365 this year. It's been more stressful than inspiring for awhile now. I've often found myself in the evenings grabbing the camera or my phone and glancing around looking for something to inspire me to take a photo of. Or, I would magically claim one of the photos I took with my cell phone that day was the 365.
Not to mention the guilt and anxiety I've been feeling about not getting the photos caught up with labeling, uploaded, and shared. I have some that I want to share, but not all of them, and I don't have to share them all the time. I don't need to be making myself feel like a failure or a loser, that's not inspiring - and it leads to further procrastinating and guilt and feelings of failure. (A guilt spiral. <---you click="" gonna="" i="" link.="" nbsp="" on="" re="" that="" to="" want="">---you>
The point of the 365 project was to help me learn my camera better and inspire me to take photos. It's not doing that.
I want to focus on photography projects. I have an idea in mind for a Little Red Riding Hood shoot with Carus that I'd like to focus on and the beginnings of a Robin Hood or something shoot with Adam. (He's been wearing his cloak almost daily - around the house, to school, to a football game - everywhere and how it moves and swirls is idea forming.) I also have a few projects in discussion with a friend that I need to be more excited about to be able to focus on - she's been patient with me and I'd like to come through and get this thing done.
I'm not done taking photos, nor sharing them, so don't worry. I'm just taking some pressure off me.
31 October 2013
Well, I made Carus's costume and Adam's cloak. I'm not sure you can count his as a costume - we are though.
I finished it this morning just in time for him to wear it to school, which he did. And apparently he received tons of compliments and many people asked where they could get one like it. I'm very happy with the fabric. I'd like to go get some more while it's on sale for 50% off ($6.49 versus normal $12.99/yard). It's a black velour and it's soft and heavy and I bet it will keep him warm. He and Robert have plans to coat it with some waterproofing spray because he wants to wear it all the time.
Adam and Robert stayed home to play video games and hand out candy to the few trick-or-treaters we get (less than 10) and Carus and I went out. The weather was great for Halloween. Cool, but not very cold, and dry.
As for my 365s, I have the photos and I will update them soon...hopefully.
15 October 2013
After work I went outside to soak up any remaining sun as it quickly set behind the not too distant hills, and took pictures of how the backyard is adjusting to fall.
Of the freshly fallen leaves and Leia playing.
Of the brightly colored leaves still on the tree.
Of the one of the final sunflowers in my garden.
Of the last rays of sun.
And then I paused and tossed the ball for Leia once or twice, when I heard them. The hummingbirds in the tree in the neighbors yard directly behind ours.
They were buzzing around, speeding from tree to tree and chirping to each other. I think there are only two but there could be more. I believe they've been around all year too.
They are shy little guys that always run from the hummingbird feeder the moment they see me (and my camera). I do love my zoom lens; I stood close to the back fence hoping they would continue to frequent that branch.
Hummingbirds always make me smile. They make me think of my Granny and watching the visitors to her feeders, and that makes me smile too.
14 October 2013
Saturday I took a nap because my throat was feeling scratchy (again) and I had a headache, and then I spent the evening sewing a tulle skirt for Carus - most likely for Halloween. I don't think we're aiming for something in particular, just a pretty foofy dress for dressing up because if it's for Halloween then you don't have to be all self conscious about dressing up.
Sunday I was feeling better, and it was still gorgeous outside so we did yard work. We trimmed one of the three rose of Sharon bushes and that
I had planned on snapping a quick photo of the garlic bed shortly after planting, but got distracted with other stuff and didn't remember until sunset. Specifically, the end of sunset and now we have a rather dark photo... Meh, you get the gist.
12 October 2013
280/365 Feeling cute - work bathroom selfie.
281/365 A favorite evening - watching shows with Robert and editing pics.
282/365 View while grilling dinner. The door was open for the dogs playing revolving door.
283/365 Becca does a sleep study: My room for the night. I did it because Robert thinks I snore and that I have sleep apnea.
The sleep study went well, I guess. I slept. I didn't sleep better than usual; possibly a bit worse since I kept getting tangled up in the wires. I do not like having wires and breathing monitors on my face. It was also very weird to think that I was being taped while I slept. My legs, for some odd reason, feel like I walked a few miles which is weird and I have no idea what to make of it. Also, I might be getting sick and I'm feeling grumpy and bitchy and the whining may or may not be related to that or the sleep study. Basically, I was taken out of my comfort zone with the study and I'm not too happy about it. Moving on...
284/365 Are you comfy, Yoda?
I'll try to pull my actual camera out next week - and I'll probably be finishing the year in weekly posts or not at all - I don't know. Whatever I end up doing. I have the desire to be more creative...now to find the inspiration...
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