Saturday, October 11, 2008

New Temporary Banner

Ok I just made this really quickly so at least it would be cute:)

Friday, October 10, 2008

YAY!! Genuine Enthusiasm

Title says everything!! No actually, nothing at all! I haven't been on here, again, in a while. But I won the jackpot at the local Bingo game that I sometimes volunteer at sometimes play. I won a lot of money, and went out and bought myself a new camera. It;s the Canon Rebel XT. I am really excited, because I have wanted a DSLR forever it seems, but have been waiting patiently for the price to come down. I got it at Target on CLEARANCE!!! WHAT?!?!? I know right? So I have taken a few pictures since then but there are a couple that are my most favorite of them.
Let me explain this. No I did not put my kid in the dryer. You see, I was in the kitchen washing out her cup. She wanted some milk, also known as gook. I hear her in the back room making ruckus and whatnot and I keep saying, E, you need to come in here. E could you please come here? Oh E....(in a singsongy voice mind you) come here, I have your gook....NOTHING. SO I go in, she has completely unloaded the dryer. No small feat. All over the floor. And happily climb in there and was clanging around with a ceramic teapot lid.


So I of course HAD to get pictures. I wonder what it is like inside a dryer. Probably nice and round, slightly dark, and loud I bet with a ceramic teapot lid. She was having a blast in there, and I did not at all look forward to making her get out, when she just...poof! Decided she was done. What a relief to me that was! But wouldn't it be wonderful if as adults, we thought it was ok to crawl into slightly dark small spaces and just be for a little while? Take a few minutes and roll around and maybe make a little noise?

I also took this picture which I love and love that my camera shoots in RAW format if I want. This picture is straight from the camera. The second is that picture adjusted. I like the first because it looks so natural. But I like this second one for it's color and clarity.The third, well I just was having so much fun I couldn't stop!



Now that I have a camera again I need to get this blog up and going. Right now there is no color, it is bland etc. I need a banner but am not sure how to go about doing it because I cannot really decide what I want my site to show visually. I do not lack for words, it is finding the visual to express those words. So anyway that's all for now. Any ideas, comments, or thoughts I appreciate comments from bloggers and non-bloggers alike. Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 15, 2008

No camera but NEW JOB!!

Well I have been absent for a loooong time because I have been major busy. Since the last time I posted, my camera was stolen. My camera that when bought new cost me almost $600 was stolen at my Aunt's house on the 4th of July. Right before we went on vacation to Oak Island, NC. SO I have no camera right now and it is breaking my heart!!!

But, I got a job in mid-August at the Community College Daycare! So I can bring my youngest daughter with me, and my older one can come when she has school. I work a little in the morning, take a 2 hour break during which time I can work on some of my schoolwork for my 16 credit hours, and then work 1-5. It is sooo much fun. Everyday is different and delightful. I get to play with play-dog, blocks, paint, crafts, and gak every single day. Since I started there I have been making a list of all the fun things I could do with my girls and I am excited to get started. With my new job I will be able to buy myself a new camera!! Yahoo.

I was in Barnes and Noble yesterday and came across the new Artful Blogging magazine. I cannot wait to buy this!!! I wish I could buy it now. It is by far the most inspirational magazine I have ever come across. It's pages are enchanting and addictive. The cover is so smooth and the pages thick. I just love this magazine. I am constantly reading and rereading it. Then that leads me to more and more blogs and I start thinking in a blog. Now from here, I haven't had the time to actually do the blogging part of my thinking, but I am going to try really hard to do it.

I am beginning to make a mind movie which I am excited about. I cannot wait to use it to aid in my allowing and attracting things and greatness in to my life. If you do not know what they are truly exciting. There are a bunch on Youtube right now. I have been gathering pictures and quotes and thinking about music. Hopefully I will get that up and running soon, but in the mean time here is one of the really good ones on Youtube right now!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A job perhaps??

Is this not absolutely disgusting??? There are tons of them in the trees around here. Thought I'd share.
This is really blurry but I love the color. Night was falling but I just didn't want to give in and stop shooting!!


I think there is a lot of joy to be found in photographing children. They move so much and just have so much fun.


So I have applied at several places that felt very upstream for me. Today I had to mail a letter out and get some stamps so I stopped at Joann's naturally, because I am planning on teaching myself to sew. I wanted to check out the pattern books and find something really simple. They happen to be hiring for full time positions. I naturally applied right then and there. I am giddy with possibility. It is near my house, it is a store with creativity abounding, I would not be sitting down all day, and it would bring in some important extra income. Second thing great about today, there are severe storm warnings. I LOVE storms. I love the cooling air that blows through the house, that sense of something coming. I love the darkening sky, the crackling of thunder and the lightening. I have been reading a lot of stuff on The Abe Forum, as I am very much into Abraham-Hicks and I have been reading things that really speak to me. I am so happy to have be introduced to Abe, now if I could get out of my own way!! It has been really really hot and humid here, in the mid 90's and the stickiness has prevented me from wanting to do anything creative. The thought of having to clean my spot off, then drag my stuff out, use it, then put it all back just hasn't appealed to me when the room I would be playing in has no air conditioning. I know, a baby. Tonight I just might get stuff out, then again, I may just watch Project Runway Canada on a website I have found. Either way, it will be fun and wonderful.


There is a bit of water in the pot, my older daughter was trying to wash her toys of in the pot, when this one climbed right in and sat down!!
Well I am off to clean something. I will turn on some music and joyfully clean my kitchen...I need a place to scrapbook!! Happy Tuesday people!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Gypsies



This will sound very bizarre but I always wonder what people do for fun. I am sitting watching the wind blow the red leaves on the tree across the street, knowing it is a gorgeous day outside, around 75 degrees. I am inside looking at the computer screen. I have waited all winter for this weather, and it is finally here, and I don't know what to do about it. To step outside makes me feel almost naked, without the house to protect me. I am not sure what I am needing protection from. What is truly ironic about this problem, is that more and more I feel a tug to go out among the trees, in the forest and just walk. Look at the ants, watch the bugs, move branches. But I have no forest in my home, and my home is not in the forest, so I am not sure how to solve this vexing problem. I want to camp, and hike, and fish and trail blaze. I want to canoe and play at the edge of the water. I have never camped, outside of one time at Girls Scouts which was a miserable disaster. I don't know really anything about actual hiking. I don't know anything about fishing. Yet, there it is. This desire, this very strong desire. I also watched Into the Wild last night, and I was so jealous of him, for just dropping all responsibilities and just going. I understood how he felt when he made it back into the city for the first time, the overwhelming sounds and lights and people. Before I got married I lived in a few different places, everywhere I lived was in about a 5 hour radius from my birthplace. I felt like a gypsy, feeling the urge to move every year or so. Now I have a house and children, a husband. How does a gypsy sit tight? Hold still, not move, grow roots into a ground that doesn't feel right? I suppose you just do and know that the time will come when the roots can be cut and you can burst forth from the imaginary cell you have been in.


These feelings get heightened whenever I return from my sister's house who lives out in the middle of the hills, on many many acres of forested land. The air is so clean, and human created time doesn't seem to pass at all. Just laying in the grass is enough to satisfy me for hours there, whereas here, I am always wondering what more there is. The sound of the highway always jars me out of my thoughts, or the sound of the neighbors door banging shut. There, the only sound is the sound of birds, the breeze and the stream. I took a few photographs while I was at my sisters, some of my children, some of life in general.

These photos haven't been retouched, and some of them could use it. The colors are a little muted, and there is not a lot of contrast. It's very likely I had it on the wrong setting, which is what happened over the weekend. I would like to submit photos to contests, but I know I have a long way to go before I can do that!!
I think what it boils down to, is that in every aspect of my life I feel something tugging me back. I feel like I have an elastic band connecting me to some unseen point. I can go forward and back and all around, but only to a certain point and then I get yanked back. I will have to find some scissors, and cut myself free somehow.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Foray into Digital Scrapbooking

Well I've done it. I have been lurking on a forum for about 2 years now, seriously, 2 years. About 2 years ago I started collecting(that's not normally a good thing) digital scrapbooking freebies from various digital sites. I did a little thing for my Grandma's birthday gift and nothing since. Well, I finally decided to just freaking do it! SO I did. I bought 2 kits from Scrap Girls (also the board I have been lurking on coincidentally) and did my first layout. I was using really bad software called Scrapbook Plus. Wretched really. I finished that in about 15 minutes and decided to join in on a challenge. Neither are super stellar, and they look digital, rather than looking traditional but being digital. Partly because I couldn't use any cool brushes and exciting things because of the program issue. But anyway, I thought I would post them on here just for kicks, and to motivate myself to do more. Now I am finished with school for the semester and I am excited to get down with some artsy goodness!! I also have my first comment, which was soooo exciting! Be sure to visit her blog for some digital scrapbooking goodness. She also happens to be a member of Scrap Girls. Woohooo anyway. So without further ado, my first 2 digital layouts.









Sunday, April 13, 2008

In the beginning of my blog





I was trying out my new camera today, while I was FREEZING I might add, and playing around with my super macro setting. I haven't got much chance to really play with my camera since I got it, so I am AMPED that it is getting warm out. I love the close up, because it looks like the ball has a little lip that pokes out. It reminds me of my mom always telling me not to pout, cause a birdie might come along and poop on my lip!!



Anyway I am trying to change the way I photograph, because for a long time I have just been photographing for the sake of having pictures. I was centering people right in the middle, ignoring the fact pictures are more interesting when the person is of to the side or shot at a different angle. I am challenging myself to take more visually interesting pictures. So, be prepared. I hope you will be delighted and amazed as I do this:)



I am trying to reconnect with myself, my sense of play, my sense of adventure...well, it seems like I am just trying to reconnect with my senses. I hope I will meet lots of friends on my journey.