Shameless, absolutely shameless

January 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

I should have linked to this marvelous blog the minute it started – but I am the strange kind that doesn’t like to share what  I know a lot of times.

But now they are having a wonderful give-away and I am feeling much more giving 🙂

So check out Rachel Divine and Peta Mazey helping moms learn photography.

http://www.beyond-snapshots.com/blog

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I should be paying attention

January 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

Ahhh, college. It’s amazing what the birth of your own child can make you do. For me, I decided to go back to college. Because I want to be a photographer and this is the best way to learn is to have someone teach  me. And YAY! I’m doing it. Granted in the last quarter or so my GPA has been flushed down the toilet, but raising a child and attending college isn’t exactly the easiest thing in the world to do.

But now, sitting here in my Digital Imaging Class, I am  bored. I can’t believe that the teacher is going through exactly how to do the midterm. We took it last week. Why is he wasting class time with this? And honestly, why haven’t we gone over masking yet??? Masking could be one of the most useful thing in Photoshop and here we are six weeks in and he has yet to go over it. It’s ridiculous. The last time I took this class, the prof went over it in the second week!

I’m so glad I took this class with Jodi because she knows how to teach this stuff where you feel like you’re learning useful stuff. I just can’t stand to look at the same picture of a duck while the teacher does everything he thinks he can to it.

You know when I’m down to my socks it’s time for business…that’s why they’re called business socks!

September 12, 2009 § Leave a comment

So I am “frumpy.”
And I am lazy.
And I am uninspired.
And it all needs to stop. Right now.
On this rainy, dreary, PMS-filled Saturday afternoon I am deciding to finish what I start and start what I need to finish.

special k

August 29, 2009 § Leave a comment

today micah and i decided to take a yoga class together.

i think it will be great. the two of us working out, getting flexible and back in shape. i’ve never done yoga before, so hopefully all goes well and we don’t kill ourselves. but how hard can yoga down at the community center be? i mean, it’s “all ages” so it’ll probably “all senior citizens.”

i don’t know. i’m just feeling very optimistic about things. marley now sleeps with a teddy which is sooo cute because it’s the birthday bear that her uncle andrew gave her before he left for iraq (which he’s back now by the way which is wonderful!)

life seems to be working out quite nicely. it’s friday night and i’m thinking of retiring for the night to the comfort of money in the bank and food in the cupboards and a baby sleeping soundly in the next room. can’t ask for much more than that.

To Go Green?

August 28, 2009 § Leave a comment

Ugh. So I absolutely HATE how trendy that phrase is. “Going Green” … just the sound of it makes me shudder and puts my gag reflex up.

However, I am becoming obsessed with the healthy things for my kid and my planet.

I really, really, really want to cloth diaper Marley. I just really, really, really don’t have the money to invest in it.

I will be switching to homemade cleaning products and natural home cleaning methods with our next trip to the grocery store – because it’s cheaper and safer for my oh so sensitive toddler.

I contemplate organic toys. And if they weren’t so ridiculously over-priced, I would buy them.

I am already a proponent of thrift store recycling of everything from clothes to toys to furniture. In fact, pretty much everything I buy for the punkin head comes from a thrift store.

I want to buy organic food and promote a healthier lifestyle, but I loathe cooking and again, we barely scrape by month-to-month with the grocery bill.

I just think that we can treat this planet better than we do. I think we have to keep moving forward and keep educating kids in how to make this place we live better. That’s how the next generation progresses. It wasn’t all that long ago, that I was sitting on the gym floor learning about water-efficient shower heads and CFL bulbs, concepts that were in a complete foreign language to me. And as my generation came of age to purchase such things, they were all the rage. We couldn’t convince our parents at the time, but we remembered. We made it matter. And I’m proud of that and proud of the adults that sat us down and drilled it into our heads. And now everyone knows how much better it is to watch water levels and what kind of light bulbs we use.

Now, to make it work in my own financially strained life. Baby steps for me, but I’ll get there eventually. And some day I’ll hopefully look back and say “I can’t believe I used to do that!”

So let’s try to reverse some of the waste that this planet produces! Let’s hug a friggin tree every now and again! Let’s pay attention to how much energy we’re wasting!

That’s all for me. Hopefully I’ll keep this blog a little more updated and I’ll be able to track exactly where I came from and how far I go.

Round 2 of Shots

May 28, 2009 § Leave a comment

FINALLY! Marley is asleep. Whether it is for the night or not has yet to be determined.
So we decided on a delayed vaccination schedule (despite the subtle and not so subtle hints from friends and families that babies without vaccines die before they reach the age of two). And Marley went for the second time in her whole entire life for shots.
The shots themselves weren’t so bad. She took them like a real trooper – just a minute of crying and she was all better with kisses. It was the rest of the day that had me pulling my hair out. Crying, not napping, napping, crying some more, yelling, crying, napping, yelling, clapping, laughing, SCREAMING, crying, fussing, clapping, crawling away, throwing body into the couch, crying, fussing, yelling, napping…and so on and so forth until finally she passed out with much rocking, a pacifier and CNBC’s Marijuana Inc special playing in the background.
No school work was accomplished today despite the fact that I NEEDED to go to the Hare Krishna temple and photograph a class with my documentary photography subject and I NEEDED to write a biography about Mary Ellen Mark and find a photograph of hers that I liked and I NEEDED to shoot a photograph in the same style as Mary Ellen Mark (who my teacher had confused with Diane Arbus)…
But Micah just brought me a glass of wine and we toasted to the best baby in the world, so who am I to complain?
The baby’s sleeping, I’ve got a glass of Chardonnay, Micah is home – can life get any better?
So, I guess I should go write my biography on the fabulous Mary Ellen Mark and worry about the rest of it tomorrow. No sense stressing today what can be fixed tomorrow.

Another Day, another…day?

April 21, 2009 § Leave a comment

SSDD – right?
I supposed. Marley is feeling under the weather and has been napping off and on all day and I just feel terrible about it. I finally ordered photoshop CS4, so a huge chunk of change just came out of my bank account (insert panic here). I hate making huge purchases like that even though I know that I NEED the programs.
I’ve just been messing around on the computer like I do almost every day and thought that I might give this blog just one more chance.