22 December 2011

2011 in Music

Alex

Colin
Maren
Mayhaw

So my bffs from way back, Alex and Nick (aka Mayhaw) have a new band (with 2 other cool kids, Colin & Maren). They are called the Spookies (pictured above) and they are totally awesomesauce. Check out their demos on bandcamp by clicking here. They played a super awesome show at the Know last weekend, with the Woolen Men and Paper Brain (who both were also good! click the links to their facebook pages). I had the privilege of taking photos for the Spookies at the show, which was really fun! I'll hopefully be uploading them all to flickr here at some point.

Other than that I haven't listened to all that much new music this year, so my top 5 list is more like a top 3. Woops. Is this what happens when you turn 30? You stop listening to new music, and forever listen to what you listened to in your 20s? Maybe, but whatevs. :) Here are the three albums that came out in 2011 that I managed to get into. No new bands here, just some old favorites with new albums. Pretty good stuff. Click on the links to go to the bands websites. :)

22 November 2011

Oh my goodness!

Sea Foam at the Oregon Coast, October 2011.

It has been sooooooooooooooooooooo long since I blogged, what is wrong with me?


Nothing really, I've just been a bit busy doing other things. :)

I went to the Oregon Coast, it was fun! I took lots of photos and video, which I may get around to posting here someday, no promises. :)


I started a facebook page for my photography, you can visit it here if you would like.


I've been watching a little bit of sitcoms on Hulu, The New Girl, The Office and Parks & Rec, they are good! :)


I went and saw Wil Wheaton vs Paul and Storm, that was super geeky funtimes. This cute geeky girl band opened for them, the Double Clicks, they are superduper, you have to check them out! 


I've also been watching Wings on Netflix. Do you remember Wings? It's pretty great. There are a few Cheers crossovers for you Cheers fans.


I've been running! Well, walking/running with my buddy Rachael. We're doing that good old C25K program, and we're on week 4! Amazing! 


I've also been trying to be super healthy eating lots of veggies and not eating lots of processed foods, which is something I usually try to do but I'm trying EVEN harder lately because it just feels good, you know?


Sooooooooooooo, what have you been up to?



14 September 2011

I believe it all



I've been busy! Trying not to stress. I can do it! Posted a new pic to http://camillelorainephotography.wordpress.com/ go there to see it. I'll be posting another one next week, for realz, it's already in the pipeline! :) So how cute is this Regina Spektor video? Animated by a fan I believe. Birds are pretty cute. I know it's the cool thing to say, but it's true. :)


Cute plant.


Someone was watering this plant in the "lunch room" today. I put "lunch room" in quotes because it's really not a room, its very tiny, and you can't lunch in there. You can store your lunch in there though. Fridge. Anyway, back to this cute plant. It is cute, isn't it? I totally wanted to steal it. But obviously I didn't. I don't steal. This picture does not even show you how cute it is, it looks like a mini tree, and the trunk is like, braided. Very cute.


Cute mug.

Also cute, this snowman mug. It's so silly, but I like that snowman smile. I keep thinking of bringing in my own super duper mug into the office, because I have so many, I love a good mug. The ones here in the office are so random! I really like the idea of drinking out of a snowman mug in the summer. It probably gets neglected by most people except for during the month of December. Sad snowman.

I've got some really great photos I want to share here soon, from a trip out into the country a few weeks back. I need to get a roll of film developed first. That could take a while, knowing my track record with film development... but I will try to do it soon!

Hope you all are having a good week!

23 August 2011

And the days blur into one

And the backs of my eyes hum with things I've never done


Listening to this song on repeat today. What are you listing to?

07 August 2011

Lost Lake, 2008


Got a set of prints developed from my lomo fisheye camera. This film had obviously been sitting around for a while, I believe this shot is from 2008.

14 June 2011

Daisy Path

There is this little path that lives just on the other side of my apartment building, pictured below. Can you even handle how beautiful it is? I look out my living room sliding door at this cute little spot and take my pup for walks out there. It definitely makes living away from my home a tiny bit more bearable when I can look at this everyday!







05 June 2011

Frittata!



I made the most delish frittata today. I followed the basic frittata recipe from How to Cook Everything, but I had to flair it up a bit. If you don't have that cook book you should totally get it. I'll give you a rundown of what I did though.

First, I preheated the oven to 350, and then I chopped up some peeled sweet potato and a head of broccoli (like a cup of each roughly, I didn't measure) and steamed that for about 8 minutes. While that was steaming I browned half a chopped onion for about 5 minutes in my cast iron skillet, added one minced garlic clove, and let that cook for about another minute before turning off the heat. While both of those things were going on I shredded up some parmesan and chopped up some bits of bree and some fresh rosemary. When the veggies were done steaming I let them cool a bit and then chopped them even more, and then threw ALL of that in with the egg mixture (6 eggs, salt & pepper to taste whisked together). Next, you add the whole dang mess to a big cast iron skillet (which has been preheated on the stovetop over medium heat, with about a tablespoon of butter melted in it). You turn that down to medium low and let it cook for 10 minutes, and then you move it to the oven to cook for 10 more minutes.

I'm telling you, so easy and so delicious. I should make frittatas every weekend! They're good for breakfast or brunch or dinner and make excellent leftovers for your lunch the next day. I totally recommend you make one soon!

27 May 2011

Links and such



I've been trying to get caught up on my blog reader lately, and deleting feeds that I never read. It's been like spring cleaning for your inbox! Very fun. Anyway here are some of my favorite bits from around the web this week:

Photography DIY: how to make your own bokeh shapes

Crochet a tea cosy

Spring Minestrone Soup Recipe

Happy Friday everyone!

25 May 2011


I went to Canon Beach on my day off last week, and it was super fun! I've been super duper busy with work lately, and it looks like I'm getting busier all the time! On one hand, this is good, because busy with work = more money to pay bills, but on the other hand it means less lounge about time, and you all know how I love to lounge about! It's when I get my creative work done!

Anyway this week I have two blogs I want to share with you guys that I'm digging lately, I don't think I've shared them before but if I have well then check them out again!

1. Tomboy Style This blog is all about tomboys! It's really rad. Full of cool photos of tomboy style icons and cool ideas for hip things in the tomboy way. Check it out!

2. Rides A Bike This blog, it's actually a tumblr, what's the diff between that and a blog? Not much? Anyway this is all pictures of movie stars riding bikes! Mostly movie stars form the past. It is very cool! Check it out!

Also, you might notice a few random blog posts show up if you subscribe to this blog in a feedreader. I've decided to just combine my food blog with this blog, since I don't regularly enough post there, at least not at this time. This way I can just have the one blog to upkeep, should be fun and awesome! Good times!

04 May 2011

thirtysomething


Yup. That's right. I'm thirty, have been for like, almost two weeks now. Thirtysomething. Just like the hit tv show. I vaguely remember my mom watched this show when I was a kid. It was on from 87-91. They have it now on netflix instant view, and I gotta say, it's pretty good. I've only watched the season so far, but I totes recommend it. Especially to all you thirtysomethings out there.

Back to turning thirty. So basically I had a lot of anxiety about it. I mean, I feel really behind in life, there's a lot I wanted to have accomplished by this point in my life that I haven't. Big major life things. Financial stability. Career. Babies. I've not got those things. But you know what I do have? A wonderful husband. Fabulous friends. A cute dog. Those things help make the fact that I don't have the other things figured out yet seem not so bad. And frankly, what's the rush, right? I mean, if you spend your whole life working on the next big thing, are you really enjoying the moment? But it's still good to have goals, especially for us list maker type folks.

With that in mind, I'd like to revisit my new years goals, and add a few new ones, what I like to call my 30th year of life goals.

New years goals:
1. Try to get rid of some books. Before I become a hoarder and die in a pile of my own making. In fact just try to get rid of a lot of stuff. Too much stuff!
This one we've done pretty good on, but there are still a lot of things to get rid of, especially if we get a roommate, which we are considering because it would be a lot more financially prudent. 

2. Read more. I only FINISHED 9 books this year, according to Good Reads. And one of them was a comic book. Shameful! Of course I started and put down like, at least 10 books. Which leads me to number 3...
Well, I haven't been as good on this one so far, I mean, I've only read 5 books so far this year, and 2 of those are cookbooks, so they almost don't even count. Must continue to read more!!

3. FINISH WHAT YOU START! I have a problem.
Haven't really started too many new things, but still something that needs work.

4. Write more, blog more. In 2008 I wrote 333 blog posts on this here blog. That is amazing, that's like, almost one per day! I want to beat that record.
Also something that still needs work. Although I've been pretty constant about posting roughly once a week, which is something.

5. Go to social gatherings. I have a weird problem with social anxiety. I will skip going to events, even when I know it will just be a group of good friends and people I really like! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? I've got to work on this, or I will have no friends left. 
This one I have definately been better about, but like everything I could still do better. I skipped out on a dinner party last night, but for good reason, I've been super sick! Although I still felt super bad about missing it.

6. Yoga run workout loose weight, take my dog for lots of hikes and walks, the usual get fit stuff.
I have not been doing good at this yet, but now that the weather is nicer, and since I'm participating in Jasmine's Couch to 5k club I should be jumping right in to the get fit stuff. Especially since Eli has agreed to run with me! :) We are planning on doing our first run tonight.

7. Paint more. My grandma gave me some painting tools for Christmas, which reminded me that hey! I used to paint. I need to do that again. 
Well, fail on this one. I've done 3 pieces of art all year, but actually, that's something, right? I participated in Trisha's March Postcard art exchange (which you can see here), but I majorly failed to finish (or even start) the one for April. Must work more on that.
8. Get more photography work. Which means finish website, work on a flyer, new business card, take free photos to build portfolio, etc.
Another fail, but really, I don't feel so bad about this one. Photography has always been something fun for me, and if I make it more of a job I don't know that I will enjoy it as much, which to me is just not worth it.

9. Save money, make more money, don't get more debt, etc. I am going to be 30 soon. When do I start bringin' home the big bucks y'all?

Well, no big bucks yet, but we are always trying on this one. Going to have to try even harder though, I really want to get a nice amount of savings saved up for the times when we really need it.

10. Don't waste so much time doing NOTHING on the computer, ie wasting time on the Internet or playing the Sims 3 and/or Lord of the Rings Online too much. Don't get me wrong, I don't want to stop doing these things. Just don't do them as much. Especially just sitting on the Internet, doing nothing but checking facebook, googling pictures of Ryan Gosling, looking up weird things on Wikipedia and checking Oregonlive.com for Kyron Horman updates. I really need to stop doing that. Such a time sink. Or sync?
I definitely feel I've been better about this, but like everything else, always room for more improvement. 

Ok so now for my 30th year of life goals.
  • Eat breakfast everyday, plan weekly meals better
  • Shop more at farmers markets this season
  • Keep a cleaner house
  • Spend more time in the outdoors
  • Visit family more
  • Work on creative projects
  • Travel
  • Read more
So as you can see, some of these are similar to my new years goals, but they are more focused on doing things that make me happy, cuz really, what I've been thinking about lately is mainly to try and be more positive and focused on the good things and not what I don't have yet, because it's all about perspective!

Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.
- Groucho Marx

19 April 2011

Good week

Eli being eclipsed by the sun.

Scully looking into the sun.

Scully doing what she does best, chew!
The sun is back!

We had a lovely day yesterday after getting off of work. Opened all the blinds in the house so the sun was streaming in. We also enjoyed hanging out on the porch with the pup. I got some nice pictures in the light of Eli and Scully. Even took some with my konica, hopefully I'll get that roll developed soon!

Then we had a really yummy dinner, Spaghetti with homemade Tuna Puttanesca Sauce (recipe from How to Cook Everything), sooo yummy! While we were cooking we watched a bit of Rick Steve's Europe. It was the best of Northern Ireland episode, gave me the travel bug for sure! It was a good start to the week, which will hopefully go by really fast since Friday is my birthday! Yay! :)

14 April 2011

Tea time.

Tea!

Still reading Anne of Green Gables. It's such a fun read. Maybe it's the foodie in me, but I've really been noticing all the food references, which include cakes, biscuits, pies and so on. Also often mentioned is Tea, as in the meal, not the beverage (although the beverage tea is part of the meal). If you want to read more about Tea the meal, check out the wikipedia page on it.

On a side note, I haven't had coffee in like, 5 days. It's been all tea all the time. I've always liked tea and coffee, but lately, and maybe it's just because I'm surrounded by bad coffee all the time, but I just haven't been in the mood for coffee, so I finally just decided to stop drinking it. Unless I go out to a place I know makes great coffee, like here or here.

I really want to have a Tea party sometime, wouldn't that be fab? With little cucumber sandwiches and scones and clotted cream and whatnot. I think it would be lovely. I also want to go to a tea shop, and this one in Beaverton, Tea Thyme and Lavender, has always been on my list, antique shop and tea house, love it! Not quite the traditional Tea house but I still think it looks like fun.

Anywho that's all I got on tea for now. Do you like tea? Are you a tea, coffee or both person?

12 April 2011

I made a sweater!

Baby sweater and mittens.

I made my first sweater! It's a crochet baby sweater, made for my dear friend Shawna's baby, who will be appearing sometime near the beginning of May. Isn't it the cutest thing ever? Everything is cuter when it's tiny. I found the pattern through Ravelry, it's called Kelly's Sweater, from Bella Bambina, here's a link to the pattern. Pretty simple pattern but oh so cute. I have always been afraid of making a sweater because I thought it would be too hard, but this was a good intro to sweater making, especially since it's crochet, which I think I'm a stronger crocheter than a knitter anyway. So, if you are like me and you haven't branched out much from hats and scarves, try this one out!

08 April 2011

stream of consciousness and a scully pic

Scully.
The weekend is almost here! I'm ecstatic because last weekend was only one day. This weekend is gonna be busy though! I have a lot to prepare for my friend Shawna's Baby Shower on Sunday. I got this idea to have a photobooth, and I need to have a bunch of fun silly props for funtime photos, and batteries charged and cards emptied, then I still need to finish crocheting a certain baby item I should have finished a long time ago then I gotta make a casserole and I still haven't decided on a recipe from one of my million old cookbooks. BUT the good news is that I'm super excited about all this stuff, especially the shower itself! So despite my continual desire to always do nothing on the weekends, I figure it's cool to be busy when you have cool stuff to be busy with, right? Although I also need to do a lot of housekeeping, our place has gone to the dogs, or a dog rather. But it's not entirely her fault, she has two lazy pet owners who can barely manage to clean the place up once a week. I mean, who is she learning it from, right? :)

07 April 2011

Movie Time! This week: The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans, 1992.
Image found here.

It's been a while since I talked movies on this here blog and I have to rectify this! Last night I watched The Last of the Mohicans, and since I can't seem to get it out of my head, I'm gonna blog all about it!

I've probably seen that movie at least 30 times, and that is a conservative estimate. It made me realize why I've been so down lately, it's because I haven't watched that movie in AGES! What was I thinking going so long between viewings? All joking aside, it's really put me in a good mood ever since I watched it, I think I might even watch it again tonight.

Epic fighting going on in this flick, squeamish folk be warned..
Image found here.

Now, I'm not saying it's pick me up kind of movie, because it really isn't, but there is something really powerful about, and I'm not just talking about my love of Daniel Day-Lewis. Have I mentioned before how much I love Daniel Day-Lewis or discussed him at length? Oh, yeah, I have. Doing a quick search I see that I mentioned him here and here and here oh, and here, just to name a few, but I can see that it has been a while.  Did you hear that he's gonna play Lincoln in a bio pic directed by Spielberg (read about it here)? I mean, genius casting right? He already kinda looks like Lincoln, just click through the image source on the pic below to see a side by side comparison.


Daniel Day-Lewis.
Image found here.


Anyway back to LotM, The movie is really good. In the strange case that you haven't seen it, I mean, it was released in 1992 so I'm guessing most people, especially movie lovers, have some familiarity with the film, but if you don't, I'll give you a rundown of why I love it.

First of all, it's beautiful to watch in HD, let me tell you from experience of having seen it many times on VHS, in HD it's truly awesome. The vibrant sweeping shots of the landscape make my heart ache to be out in the country. We are so lucky to live is such a beautiful place, aren't we? It makes me think of the song, America the Beautiful, which for some reason always chokes me up when I hear people singing it, but that's a topic for another day, isn't it?

"You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you.
No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you."
Image found here.

The movie is based on the book of the same name (I haven't read the book, but Eli tells me it's good, and a bit different from the film, but aren't they always), and the story is an epic period piece, set during the times of the French and Indian war, full of good guys versus bad guys, damsels in distress, heroic and romantic gestures, I mean, all the great epic tropes that we know and love.

This is the younger sister, she has a beautifully tragic scene that will bring you to tears.
I hope I haven't said too much! I just had to mention it though,
because it's one of my favorite parts of the film. Bring tissues girls!
Image found here.

Another thing about this movie that rules is the soundtrack. Epic and perfect for the film. You watch this movie and the score is stuck in your head for days, but unlike the latest Katie Perry song, you're not gonna hate having it stuck in your head. It's gonna make you smile. Below you will find a youtube video of the main song from the score. Listen and enjoy!

So basically that's about all I got on LotM for today. I just might watch it again tonight, supposing Eli doesn't mind watching it again, haha! And if you haven't seen it, I totes recommend. :) Good times!

25 March 2011

Are you a doctor?

Mckinzie

There are a couple of things I like about this pic of my niece.

For one, she is making a hilarious face. It's look, oops, I got caught doing something, or maybe it's an I don't know who broke that, it wasn't me kind of face.

At the time it was taken she and I were running up and down the hallway at the hospital after her brother was born. She kept trying to go through this door that said "Authorized Personnel Only" and I was trying to explain to her what that meant. I said, are you a doctor? and she basically made this face in reply. Lol!

Also note the chocolate milk on her face. It's good to be a kid. :)

23 March 2011

All I want now is happiness for you and me

Carnations


I sort of have two modes.

Happy carefree girl, and negative depressed downer.
(Or good-brain bad-brain, for those of you who remember that comedic revelation from college. :P)

I mean, obviously a lot of the time I'm somewhere in between, but often I tend to go to one extreme or the other. Does that make me a manic depressive? Maybe. I'm no doctor or anything.

But the point is, when I get in the negative downer stage, I can go from being really down to straight up sobbing and loosing my shiz, which ain't good for me, my poor hubby, I mean, that ain't good for nobody.

I can fall into that pit of dispair, or I can try to find something inspirational, pick myself up out of it, and be the happy carefree girl I wish I was 24/7.

Today I found inspiration in a blog post, and in hearing a Coldplay song pop up on the radio. Yeah, I like Coldplay. And I'm not sorry about it! :P

Basically my point is, you gotta focus on the good things. I mean, as far as I can tell in my near 30 years on this planet, there's always gonna be the bad, stressful stuff that makes you feel like garbage, nothing is ever gonna be perfect, the difference is how you react to it. Right?

I've made posts like this before. And I probably will again. Because I think it's important to not focus on the negative, but on the uplifting things.

So spread the love. What are some things that make and keep your happy? Cheer you up when you're down?

We can all help each other to be happiness!

All I want now 
is happiness 
for you and me
     - lyrics from the Elliot Smith song Happiness.

Today's motto: Be happiness.

18 March 2011

blog words blog, eat food eat, drink tea drink

Wow, just realized I passed 600 blog posts recently on this blog. That's something I guess. I went back over and read some posts from a long time ago (ha, like 2005 was so long ago!). Man, I used to swear a lot, lol! What a foulmouthed One-hour-TV-Drama watcher I was. Not that I'm all done with the swearing (sorry Mom!) but I've definitely curbed it on the internets. It's like, hey, my grandmother is on face book now man, I don't need her seeing me swear in print. I know Alex Arrowsmith still has some of our old blog posts from the geocities days. I figure, we started that in 2003 maybe? What do you say Alex? At any rate I figure I've been blogging for around eight years. Eight years! That's nuts.

In other blog news I keep thinking about how to handle all these different factions of my life in the blog world, I've got the wordpress one I started just for my photography, but let it be know I kinda hate wordpress, so clunky and annoying! Blogger is so much more user friendly, and I think you can really accomplish the same things in either one (especially lately, blogger has really stepped it up!), so yeah, I might as well stay here with this blog. And then there's my food blog, which I don't update as often as I would like even though I photograph almost everything Eli & I cook/eat, but I like that that blog has a focus, where as this blog has been and will probably always been random and completely lacking in direction.

Meh, what can you do? Should I just have one blog/site where everything, personal and professional collide? Or should I keep things in their own little corners, like how I sort of have it now? Who knows. I like posting photography here, day to day type stuff, and I want to just keep that wordpress one for like, showing to perspective clients, when and if I actually get it profess enough looking where it would actually get me a client as apposed to turning them away at my lack of webmastery.

IN OTHER NEWS... I got the latest Chelsea Cain novel today, the Night Season, Eli picked it up at Powells for me. I can't friggin' wait to read it! I love Chelsea Cain. I want to be her (or like her rather) when I grow up. Is it too late? NO! 'It's never too late to be what you might have been.' as George Elliot said. Anyway the Night Season is the forth installment in the Archy Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series of serial-killer fiction set in Portland. If you like mystery/scary/dark humor stuff you will like these books. Especially the first one, it's dynamite! You'll read it in like one day, I swear. Gonna have to put all my other books on the shelf for now (according to goodreads I'm currently reading 6! Woops!).

Ok, so if I was casting a movie for these books, here's who I want. Charlize Theron for Gretchen, Jena Malone for Susan, and Michael Chiklis for Henry, and maybe Ed Norton for Archy. Still not 100% on that one though, I mean, it's Archy. It's hard to find someone that would be perfect for that roll. I think Ed could do it, but I maybe want someone a little more, I don't know, different? Maybe Christian Bale could pull it off too, he seems to be so method with his acting, I mean did you see the Machinist? The dude looked like a skeleton! I don't know, I still am not sure. I almost kinda want John Cuscak for it, although I don't know that he could go that real, ya know?

Anyway that's about as far as I've gotten in the casting, other roles in my imaginary adaptation are still up for grabs. Although I did hear a rumor somewhere that they were thinking of doing a movie with January Jones as Gretchen. I could get behind that too, although I think Charlize would be perfect.

Ok, so that's about it from me for now. I would have photos in this post except that there is something going on with flickr, it won't let me log in! Grr! I need pretty pictures! Oh well. Do some reading. It'll be good for ya. :)

15 March 2011

Baked Lemon Pasta

The Pioneer Woman knows how to make a delish dish. I mean, every recipe I have tried from her website has been spectacular, no foolin'!

Baked Lemon Pasta


Her recipe for Baked Lemon Pasta is really great. Lately I've been very much into recipes that have lemon in them. I love that tart citrus lightness that lemon gives to a dish and this dish inparticular, it feels clean and healthy (even with all that butter, lol!). If you actually wanted to make a healthier, lower calorie/fat version you could use your butter replacement of choice and low fat sour cream, I'm sure it would still be delish. I followed the directions pretty much to a T (except I used whole wheat noodles) and I served it with a side salad (mixed greens tossed with home made mustard vinaigrette).

Baked Lemon Pasta with side salad.
The only thing I think I would do differently the next time I make it is maybe up the amount of sour cream, it was a teeny bit on the dry side, maybe it's because I used whole wheat noodles (I always and only use whole wheat noodles, so much better for you), they seem to require more moisture than regular noodles do.

Anyway I totally recommend you try this, it's not your average pasta, you will the uniqueness of this! Clearly tasty!

13 March 2011

Our numbers have grown by one.

I had a wonderful weekend spent in the hometown. There was lots of time spent with relatives, including my brand spankin' new nephew Clinton. Isn't he precious?? :)

Clinton

Mckinzie was being the cutest big sister ever, it was so adorable.

Mckinzie and Clinton

But then, she's always being adorable, isn't she? :)

Mckinzie with Magnifying Glass

09 March 2011

Noise? I hate noise!

I just discovered Topaz DeNoise from an ad on a photography site I was reading. Anybody use this product or one like it? It's a photoshop plug in that is supposed to clean up noise. I'm wondering how it works and if it's worth the price tag. I have noise problems. Especially if I have to shoot on ISO* 800 or heaven forbid 1600. My lil xti just can't handle it. And I can't handle it.

I'm just trying to come up with solutions for some problems, particularly noise and lighting. I want to be able to do more than my current equipment can handle. I've definitely hit the ceiling with it.

When outdoors in low light, or when indoors and nothing near enough to bounce light off of I really struggle with the ability to get the photo that I want. Getting a nice flash has been a partial solution, but I just don't have the money to throw at getting new gear right now, i.e. a new camera or more flashes/light equipment.

I know there must be some good diy tips out there. I've checked out some of the Strobist's stuff, which is creative, but even some of his ideas are expensive, for me right now anyway. What can I do that is dirt cheap? Any ideas folks?

*woops, typo. fixed it. :)

06 March 2011

Cute overload

Crocheted hat for Baby Lewallen

Went to my dear friend Leah's baby shower today. Basically picked up baby fever. Must have baby asap!

I made this cute baby hat. I was up til after 1 am finishing it last night. Yup. That's what you get for procrastinating. I can't help it though. I hate to sew in my ends!!

I also went to my cousin's wedding today. My cousin was so beautiful I nearly (ok, definitely) burst into tears the second I saw her walk down the isle. I am such a dang softy! She was so pretty though. Like a movie star. :)

Now I'm trying to fall asleep but I can hear the neighbor downstairs snoring. Kinda weird. I should turn on some Magnum PI asap to drowned out the annoying noise!

Busy weekend!!

03 March 2011

sotc

March 1st. SOTC

I think I'm going to try and do more straight out of the camera shots (sotc), really try and improve my shot before it even goes to the computer. It will be more of a challenge, can't rely on auto white balance and auto iso, etc. but I think it will be fun, and plus, quicker to post things for you all to enjoy! :)

01 March 2011

I'm homesick.

I wish I was home. I miss my places.

My idea of home is one that includes a vast spot of land, including my parent's house, my grandparent's house, the land behind and adjacent that my uncle owns, my brother's house... this place is my home. Land my great grandparent's farmed. Where my grandmother grew up. Where my father grew up. Where my sister and brother and I grew up. Where my niece is now growing up.

It's a magical place. I'm sure I've waxed poetical about it before. 
 
My idea of home also includes the Hood River Valley in general. The roads between town and the upper valley. The mountains and hills. My best friend's houses. My favorite coffee shop. The Columbia and the Hood rivers. The orchards. The trees.

I'm just really missing my place right now.
I think it's time for a trek east.

in the fields.
on the trail.
in the yard.
at the wood shed.
on the porch.