Monday, February 08, 2016

If At First

You don’t succeed, try again.

Just deleted a whole entire blog vent. I’m a little grouchy tonight but decided just writing it out was enough to make me feel better. So I started over and you won’t be subjected to my ranting. You’re welcome. =)

Now I shall try to go back to my normally positive self.

One of my school assignments was to shadow a local photographer, so I did that this past weekend. That was so amazing! I have great teachers at school, and I’ve been in some inspiring classes, but it’s always incredible to get unique perspectives and learn new things. We went down to a local lake (not more than a pond, really), and shot at sunset. It rocked.

I posted my favorites on the photo blog, but here are the other ones I really liked.


It’s SO cool how much the sky and light changes in such a short amount of time.

Anyway, it was a totally cool experience…both in coolness factor AND temperature. LOL, my hands were numb when we finished, but I’m a total wuss when it comes to cold weather. It was 47 degrees which was totally not bad. Haha. But still. Incredible.

And now it is time to call it a night. Till next time…

Friday, February 05, 2016

Work In Progress

Wow. This semester is taking up major time! Between class time and working on all this other side stuff as part of classes….well, let’s just say everything that isn’t school is falling by the wayside.

Our house is a fantastic example. We just had a major bathroom overhaul of our guest bath, and not only have I not taken pictures of the finished project, I have also not cleaned up our poor house from all the construction mess. It’s still a work in progress.

Ironing. We won’t even go there. It’s just work…no progress. LOL.

Website…now there is a bit of progress. I’m working on creating actual galleries on my photography page…it’s still in progress, but at least something is happening. =) Now I need to do some work on this one. It’s not 2015 anymore…time to update.

But HEY…I’ve blogged, like, more than once this week…talk about PROGRESS! 

Thursday, February 04, 2016

“Don’t Show Me Dogs”

But. What if I really. REALLY. like dogs?


Did you know that dog’s feet smell like fritos? Well, not if they’ve stepped in a chocolate surprise, but any other time.

Find a dog and smell a paw. I dare you.

Double DOG dare you.

Just make sure it’s not a paw that has recently been dipped in chocolate surprises.

Friday, January 29, 2016


Apparently Windows Live Writer is no longer an up to date program so I’m trying out another program called Open Live Writer, which is pretty similar in looks and use. I’m just testing out how this does for posting images.

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I have noticed there is no spell check in this one. LOL. Rut-roh. On the bright side, it doesn’t give me those angry, red, ziggy lines underneath my made-up words like “rut-roh.” LOL.

Guess what…I showed that picture up there on the big screen in class as one of my photographic style examples for my homework. And I got a “I don’t want to see dog pictures” from the teacher. LOL…Rut-roh again…I have a non-dog-lover teacher. This is bad. Bad.

I LOVE dog photography.

What if my business is dog photography?

Arm Twisting Time

So I’ve been extremely busy….blogging has been the last thing on my mind. And honestly, it still is. I got through Christmas and every busy part of that, then I got through break, which I crammed as full as I could before school started back. Then school started back, five days a week this semester (which is why I crammed as much as I could into my break, because I knew I would have literally no time the rest of the semester).

Anyhow, I got through all that. Now I just have to get through this semester. One of my classes is requiring active social media presence so I’ve had to start back on my photography page and by extension, here I am again on the blog.

It helps that I have a few hours to look like I’m taking notes and work on my social media presence instead. LOL.

As a side note, not only is my arm being twisted in the social media department, I’m also sorta halfway in the kids taikwando classes as of the last two months and last night we were learning wrist grabs and take-downs, so the arm twisting has also been quite literal. LOL. I really like that kind of arm twisting though.

Back to the figurative arm twisting aspect of social media for school, I had entrepreneurship last semester and this year I have to have business of photography, which is a lot of the same stuff (and I dislike it just as much as last semester), but this semester I have to work more in detail on branding and advertising, etc. So I’ll probably be around quite a bit more out of sheer necessity. Sometimes it’s great to have my arm twisted a bit….gets my rear in gear.

Business class is blah though. I'm so not into this side of things....but I will do what must be done. So on we go.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

That Feeling

like a busy little beeI feel like I’m really on top of things right now. Like I’m getting everything done, and oh, so productive. Like that busy little bee over there -->

But then I get that feeling.

You know the one. The one that says maybe you’re not that awesome. The one that says you’re probably forgetting something REALLLLLLLY important and you won’t remember it until it’s too late--and THEN you’re not only going to feel NOT awesome, you’re gonna feel like that squishy stuff that the dogs leave in the yard.

THAT feeling. 

I don’t know what to do about that feeling. I’ve made lists. I’ve checked them twice (even though they’re not naughty lists and I’m not Santa). I’ve even checked my calendar.

Hi, I’m Dory! What’s your name?

Okay, anyway. I finished my Entrepreneurship class today (a week early…hallelujah!). I now know how to spell “entrepreneurship.” I also know I hate writing business plans. And I’m 95% sure I will be finishing that dreadful class with a beautiful A. All’s well that ends well. I’m pretty sure I’ll be getting an A in Commercial Photography also, but Photojournalism has thrown me for a loop. I have my fingers crossed for an A in that class. I’m hovering just inside the A field right now, but there are a couple of upcoming assignments left that might kick my rear and that would make me really sad. I’ve learned from photojournalism class that I admire photojournalists greatly and I don’t think I is one. lol

Hi, I’m Perfectionist Dory. *goofy face*

I have so many things still on my to-do list, but I’m making great progress on---

Poo. I just accidently keystroke deleted a whole piece of post. And I don’t feel like rewriting. Also, I don’t remember exactly what I was blabbering about when I accidentally hit the wrong button.

Hi, I’m Dory.

Otay….so I’m going to get back to work on that list now. I have exactly one hour before church and I need to get about 5 hours worth of work done in that hour so…..I’ll probably open Facebook and forget that I was working on that list.


Dory…over and out.   

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Going Grey

Yikes. I found more grey hair the other day. I wasn’t really surprised. Life is whooping my behind lately. If you didn’t miss me, I’ll just not point out my absence from the blog again. LOL. I cannot believe how fast this year has passed. It’s almost impossible to imagine, but Christmas is right on top of us again. ARGH!

*pause for a moment while I sit in the corner and weep*

Okay, I’m back. Current first world problems I’m sorting through at the moment include re-organizing my phone and setting everything back up (the microphone died and I had to get a replacement phone), trying to figure out how I’m going to get all my class assignments done before the end of the semester, working up the creative juices to turn a pile of fabric scraps into a lovely hairpiece for one of those aforementioned assignments, *gag* laundry, wondering what I shall do for a Christmas card this year, and having a meltdown because all these things are right on top of me and I don’t feel like doing any of them.

In better news, I now can talk on the phone without requiring the use of speakerphone. I am also signed up for my final semester of school. If I can make it till next Wednesday, I’ll get a few days off. One day at a time.

Also, I haven’t had a Dr. Pepper since August. I miss my doctor. But I’m really tired of quitting five times a year so I’m trying to make this “quit” stick. lol.

I can’t think of anything else right at the moment and I have piles of fabric sitting here demanding my attention. I’m ready for them to stop bugging me so I guess I’ll try to get them knocked out and ready for Monday. Joy. See ya in another month or so…lol.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Oh My Gourd!

Here I am getting ready to do it again. I don’t know how the month disappears like this. Okay, well I sorta do. It’s cuz I’m so stinkin busy. I wasn’t kidding, the third class that started up online is kicking my hiney. I despise that class. The other ones aren’t so bad, but they’re still keeping me crazy busy, too. Also, KC and I went on a cruise again. Then I had a girls weekend to the beach. I haven’t really been home much in October.

I know. I do it to myself.

I’m so ready to graduate… more semester…I can do this!

I’ve got to get back to work, projects don’t get done by themselves…but before I go…here’s some pictures I love from one of my last assignments when we were sent to a pumpkin patch/corn maze. Yes, my kids are in the pictures….they were out of school on a teacher workday and KC was out of town so I couldn’t leave them at home. LOL

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

How In The World

How is it possible that a month has already passed again since I blogged last? Whoa.

How is it possible that tomorrow my littlest kid hits the double digits?

How in the world did I ever manage to work a paying job and get everything done?

How do food bloggers not gain a thousand pounds from eating the delicious food they photograph?

Cause, dude…this is what I’m getting ready to eat:

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My semester project in two of my classes is this bakery down the street from my house. If I don’t gain back every last pound I’ve managed to work off this summer by the end of this semester, it will be a complete miracle! Eek.

Must go do some ab workouts now. *sigh*

Wednesday, September 02, 2015


So I love a good cup of coffee…most of the time I love it best when it’s drowned in sweetness and chocolate, but I was thinking about how the longer it brews, the stronger it gets. I’ve got a couple of blog posts brewing in my head and I’m a little worried that the longer they percolate, the stronger they’re going to be. I guess I’ll just have to throw lots of sweetness in there when I get around to blogging it. Hahaha.

In the meantime, I’m still slowly (very slowly) cleaning out my mess of an office. I’ve gone through a bunch of stuff and organized it, and got rid of a tub full of stuff I’m never going to get around to using. I’ve nearly broken my neck a couple of time from using this office this last week, thanks to the obstacle course I’ve created for myself. Step over this box, step across to that one little empty spot on the floor, hop twice, fall into the chair….that’s the idea. Anyway…I’m getting there. Hopefully I’ll get there before I break anything vitally necessary to living. 11947443_10207295335604302_5358032287500261046_n

I had to take a break from cleaning and paint a canvas set for a baby nursery that a friend from church ordered Sunday and needed by today, so that was a fun little distraction. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t get it done in time, but I sketched it out Monday, painted the main parts of it yesterday, and finished the final touches today….in little moments here and there between everything else I have going on. 

I think it turned out pretty good. The nursery is superhero themed and primary colors so I hope these will be close to matching. It was quite a challenge finding a surface to paint on since every flat space in my room (including the floor) is pretty much covered…I used the computer keyboard at one point….thankfully I didn’t drip anything or make a mess…lol. KC would have killed me.

Anyway, that’s pretty much all that’s shakin’ around here these days. School is keeping me busy. My third class hasn’t even started yet…when that happens I’m REALLY gonna be busy. Yikes.

Time to get everybody moving for church now, so off I go…

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

No Excuses

Okay, I am not even going to comment on my utter failure as a blogger over the summer. Except…I kinda just did. LOL. I have been extremely busy, but that is a lousy excuse and I admit it. I’ve just not been in the mood to write anything that might be remotely readable.

Feel very sorry for my English teacher who had to grade a paper that I wrote while not in the mood to write anything remotely readable, you should. *faith makes a silly face here*

However, I still ended the summer semester with my 4.0 GPA firmly intact. Go self. Only two more semesters, both will probably be a lot more work to keep that lovely GPA, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. FINALLY. This semester is Commercial Photography, Photojournalism, and Entrepreneurship and next semester will be Business, Multimedia, and Portfolio II….then I’ll get to be FREE! YAY! *fingers crossed* that nothing goes wrong with the schedule to mess things up.

Kids went back to school yesterday. The PTDQ is in middle school now. YIKES. I hate it….the school, that is. I could rant for hours about their lack of communication and simple organization, but I won’t. I have too many other things to do today.

20150825_081055THIS……….. ^^^ ………is what I’m avoiding at the moment. I am sitting right now in the middle of that mess wishing it would organize itself. Actually, this picture was taken this morning before I removed everything from the closet to go through and weed out all my craft stuff….so when I say I’m in the middle of a mess, this picture is a slight understatement. I’m so not in the mood. I have too much junk. But it will be better when I finish so I really need to get back to it.

First though, my project yesterday…I have been meaning to make my own padded insert to convert a purse to a camera bag. I’ve seen all kinds of cute pins on this, and thought it looked simple enough….

Well. I did it. I am an awfully horrific seamstress so don’t look closely at the stitching but the foam is closed up in there and the camera is protected. And if you don’t look closely, it’s pretty cute, too. HAHAHA.
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I was a bit bummed though because the purse seemed a lot bigger before I put the insert in….I may have to revisit this project with a larger purse because I was really hoping to be able to carry an extra lens AND a flash…along with a few other necessary objects. And as it is, I can carry one extra lens and the charger with the camera…nothing else. It will work for now, but I’ll have to keep looking for a better arrangement.

HUMMM…I just had a stroke of genius…my old camera bag that is falling apart at the seams has padding in it I could possibly reuse as a padded liner if I disassemble it completely and sew it into a new liner…..AHA! I won’t trash it just yet after all! LOL

Great. Now I have one more item that has to stay in this already overcrowded office until I can put it to good use.

Okay back to work. Now anyone who still reads this knows I’m still alive. And still a procrastinator. All is right with the world. HAHAH.

Have a lovely day.

Monday, June 08, 2015

In Which She Apologizes

Oh my word…have I ever been absent….

Absent minded as usual, but also absent from posting here for awhile. I got online to blog like 5 different times and then got totally distracted and got busy doing other things on the computer.

Things like…dreaming of vacations and googling crazy things I found on pinterest that will likely never happen in reality….



Like for instance, getting a $900-$2100 rooftop tent to put on our truck to go camping in….never gonna happen.


I never even knew such a thing existed!!! Crazy, right?

Wanna see something even funnier? It’s a double never gonna happen….a mini cooper with a rooftop tent….but how funny!


In my adventurous other life, I’d totally do something like this and road-trip all summer long.

That would be so fun! But ah well…dreaming is fun, too. It just makes it difficult to get blogs posted. Hahah.

Other things keeping me busy:

English: Terribly disgusting business, that grammar stuff. On the bright side though, the teacher is allowing us to work at our own pace, which means I’ve already finished all but the last unit plus the final exam…and the class isn’t supposed to end until July 20-something. I wanted to get the entire thing including the last unit (which is a horrible research paper) finished before the kids get out of school this week, but I’m going to have to settle because I’m not going to have the time to finish that unit this week. It requires some pretty heavy thought and research (How does globalization affect photography?), and I can’t do any more this week. Some people are brilliant at this stuff, but even these comparatively lightweight assignments just kill me!

Summer planning: OH my word…the kids are swimming again this year, plus taikwando, plus band camp for my rising middle schooler (GASP…MIDDLE SCHOOLER!), plus basketball camp for my rising 4th grader, plus hopefully a vacation somewhere in there, plus mission team work week, plus photographing an event, plus….well, there’s the idea anyway.

Home maintenance and gardening: Well, that pretty much says it all, but to be more specific, we finally finished the destruction, cleaning, painting, and re-screening of the screen porch. Besides that, the basement clean-out, while slower than before, has still continued. We tore down the old mailbox (a job and a half) and replaced that, and added a nice little flower bed around it. It’s adorable. Then there’s the garden…it’s growing splendiforously, but has yet to produce anything major. Just a bit of lettuce so far, and a small crop of basil. The stinkin’ cuke plant has climbed its stick teepee and is almost taller than the house now, but still only has flower blooms…no cukes. Is there such a thing as too much fertilizer?

Back to the basil, the most wonderful herb ever invented. I have a little food processor now. I found it at TJ Maxx on clearance for $10. Best $10 I’ve ever spent. I’ve made homemade pesto 3 or 4 times now I think. It’s fantastico! I adore homemade pesto. Did I say ADORE? YES. SOOOOO good. Not even kidding. I got the general recipe from pinterest (of course) but I always add or leave out stuff, so it’s never exactly the same…but always brilliantly yummy!

Also in the subject of brilliant inventions: CONTACTS! YES! I finally have eye insurance, so I went back to get the contact fitting. Three samples and lots of trying again and again to put in and remove said contacts without stabbing my eyes out…I am a happy contact wearer! I love seeing without having to wear glasses!

So yeah. I’ve been a busy little beaver. Because you see, everything above is just the tiny tip of a huge Titanic sized iceberg.

That’s just a few little things. I haven’t even gone into half the stuff that goes on in my poor little absent minded brain.

I would apologize for that, but I think that deserves a “you’re welcome” instead! LOL

So I’m sorry for being gone so long, but you’re welcome for not un-loading all my crazy. ;-)

Have a lovely day…night…daynightdaynight….or however long it is until I make another appearance. =)