25 March 2011

Are you a doctor?


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


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?? :)


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


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.