Friday, December 12, 2014

Home Stretch

Ohhhhh….I’m so close. I know I haven’t been back for a couple of weeks, but the end of the semester is killing me. I am wrapping up the last photo session I did, and I’ll get it burned to a cd so I can relax….for about 18 hours. Then I’ll have ANOTHER photo session to work up. Thankfully, this is my last one before Christmas, and this one isn’t wanting the pictures for Christmas cards, so it’s not a super rush job. But wow. I have been SO busy.

Half of MY Christmas cards are mailed, but I still have to address and mail the second half plus the church ones. I have one final exam on Tuesday and one final exam on Wednesday, but all my project assignments are in. (YIPPEEEE) Next semester is registered, but I get a nice nice nice break in between. Like…22 days. WOW! Hahaha. I might be a little bit excited. I only have three days left of this semester and one of them is the class Christmas party so it’s really high up on the easy day scale. I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Only thing is, by the time I get to the end of the tunnel, it’s going to be Christmas and I’m NOT ready for that. I still have two gifts to make, several gifts to purchase, and cooking….um. yeah.

I think my slow little computer is finished with the exporting of pictures in Lightroom, so I’m going to go finish up that photo session now.

Hopefully over Christmas break, I can talk KC into wiping my computer clean and starting over from scratch so it will work at a reasonable 21st century rate of speed again. We’ll see. I’m sure by the time I get back around to posting again, I’ll know one way the other. LOL.

Later.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

When It Rains

Well, if you’re in New York, you might have a whole lot of snow when it rains. Around here though, it’s right above the snow point. I don’t see the point of cold weather if there’s no white stuff. So around here, when it rains, it just pours.

I actually was talking about the old saying, not so much actual weather but it made me think of the NY snowpocalypse when I typed it so there I went.

I don’t have ADHD…much. LOL.

I’m trying to do 5000 things at one time right now so I’m failing miserably at all of them. But I got one of my homework assignments done at school today and I am so proud of my work that I just wanted to pop on and share. I loved this project.

This is the assignment

OBJECTIVE:
Using the text from a poem or song, create an image that illustrates and interprets as well as includes the text. The image that you create should be a personal reflection of you and what this particular text means to you. The image will be a constructed image and must contain and utilize:

o At least 7 different sources and layers. The sources can include, but are not limited to: photos, digital imagery, drawings, sketches, paintings, etc. The different sources should be combined in such a way as to create a cohesive, single image. The source images must be yours and cannot be copyrighted material. Layers must be labeled.

o At least two layer mask

o At least one adjustment layer

o layer blending modes

o layer styles

o filters – labeled in the layers palette

o text layers- minimum of 3

And this is my project:
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Ooh I just like it. Fun, fun, fun.

Anyways. It would help my miserable multi-tasking if this poor overloaded computer would work faster. It’s like a dinosaur at the moment because I have clogged up all the free space. *sigh* 

So now I have quit blogging and get back to editing (not to mention cooking supper and laundry). I’m behind on two sessions of editing. One was a mini-session of Aunt C and one was a family session. I don’t know what it is about photography, but it seems to be all or nothing. I had nothing in October. This month, there’s eight on the calendar. Four down, four to go. And that’s not counting homework projects. Whew.

Okay….enough talking, time to get back to it. Later. =)

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Oops…I Did It Again

That coming back to post some Sexy Seven D pictures just didn’t happen, did it. I just keep getting busy and busy again. LOL It doesn’t look like it’s going to get at all better until Christmas vacation…and then I’ll just be busy with different stuff. Haha.

So we took off on our yearly cruise this month…that was part of the reason for my absence. I’ve also had more homework than I can think about, which is the other reason for my absences.

For my facebook friends, these photos are old news, but I’ll post a few here anyways.

Right now I’m working on (or trying to work on) my composite project for Digital I, but photoshop just crashed on me and my computer seems to be running at the speed of molasses. My last project was retouching and handcoloring an old, pretty much trashed photograph and that was really fun…a lot of work, but impressive results. I made an A. Woohoo. I love A’s. I hope I do as well on this next one.

Here’s that last project…I just like looking at the before and after. LOL. I guess that makes me a little bit of a nerd. Oh well.

beforeafter

Talk about a ton of time with the Clone Tool in Photoshop. LOL. Now I just have to create an illusion in Photoshop for my next project using all my own images….talk about zapping my creative juices. And then after that, I’ll get to design a movie poster. And this is just one of my classes. I still have work due in my other two as well.

And all that, ladies and gents, is why I’ve fallen off the face of this blog this month. Only four semesters to go. I can do this. =)

Sunday, October 05, 2014

In Love Again

OH MY STARS! I have a new romance brewing…his name is Seven D. He’s not taller than me, but oh my, he is SEXY.

No, I’m not cheating on KC….KC actually bought him for me. He’s my new camera!!! *GRIN* I know. I’m not right. LOL.

I just went with a friend on a girls trip down to the beach and took lots of fun pics that were totally not for school. And now I have homework that I’m gonna be late for if I don’t get moving, but I wanted to run by and post a quick little bit while I’m waiting on that school work file to transfer into my lightroom catalog. My poor overloaded computer is getting full, so it takes a while to manage simple tasks such as file transfer.

Has nothing at all to do with the fact that I took lots of pictures with the new camera and they’re slightly larger size files and not just a few. HAHAH.

Okay thirty seconds left, I’ll come back as soon as I get a chance and post some gorgeousness from Mr. Sexy Seven D. =)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Once Upon A Time

I used to be a semi-interesting blogger. I’m not sure what happened. I was just scrolling through some ancient archives yesterday and thought…sheesh…I might need to get a real job again. Evidently my brain has turned to mush in the last few years…or else I’ve just suffered a shortage of crazy events happening to me that I can write about…or else I’m just too nice to say what I really think these days. Or maybe I’m too mean now to say what I really think…because back then, I must have been nicer since I think I said what I thought back then and it didn’t seem that bad. ROFL. Maybe nicer/meaner isn’t the word…I think I was just really innocent and naïve back then, so when I said what I really thought, it was all good because I had no idea. Now I know too much and if I said what was really on my mind, I realize it would hurt people or might be inappropriate, so I refrain; therefore blog content gets a lot skimpier because it takes way too much creative energy to figure out interesting non-controversial topics. =)

These days, all my creative energy is tied up in homework and writing endless essay answers, I guess. Hopefully one day this will all be finished, I can get a real job again, and my brain will go back to normal (or as normal as it ever can be) functioning.

As long as I don’t turn into a villain, I should eventually get my happy ending. LOL. In case you don’t watch “Once Upon A Time,” I’ve been catching up on last season before the next season starts, so all these references are due to all the mixed up fairy tales I’ve been watching while doing the ENDLESS MOUNTAIN of ironing. It makes ironing slightly more tolerable.

Speaking of intolerable things, my computer is slowly grinding to a halt. I got on this morning and thought I’d clean a few things off and start with emptying the recycle bin. When it said it was deleting 7.2 gigs of trash, I almost panicked, but I resisted and crossed my fingers that there wasn’t anything in there that shouldn’t have been deleted. I have obviously gotta get in the habit of taking out the trash more often.

Anyway, school is going okay this semester…I think I mentioned already that I’m taking 3 classes which is still considered part time. I do NOT know how the rest of the people taking full time classes manage to have jobs and lives and get all their homework done. Part time homework is enough to bog me down. Between that, working on our house (Oy-vey…it never ends), taking care of kids (and THEIR homework, which is no easy task in 3rd and 5th grades), TaiKwanDo two nights a week, being really involved with church…the list goes on…

Whew. Anyway. I’m off for now. It’s about time to head to school and I’m thinking there is something I’m forgetting to do, so I better get moving.

And she lived happily ever after. =) LOL

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Do You Have Joy, REAL Joy?

So, I’ve been contemplating this topic as of a few days ago but haven’t really felt like putting it into words. I still don’t, actually, but I know if I don’t, I’ll forget.

Maybe it’s better if I forget, but I’m gonna go with not forgetting and let it fly. LOL. Fair warning, hopefully this blog won’t offend anyone but if it does, it’s not intentional, just me and my opinions.

First, when I’m referring to joy, I’m thinking of the kind of joy David talks about in Psalm 16:11 (NIV)

11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

There’s good people in lots of different churches. And when I say good, I mean: sweet, kind, fruit-of-the-spirit-exhibiting, Christ-followers. However, after going to many different places of worship, noting what seemed to me to be a collective spirit of heaviness and lack of real joy in one place of worship and seeing the contrast of the general feeling of joyful praise and worship in another, I totally don’t get how good people could stay stuck in the former. I’m not sure if I admire or pity their gumption for sticking out such misery. Churches are so much alike in many ways, in most cases, it’s not the style of worship or the message that is so different, it’s just the overall atmosphere. And as one who grew up in the system of beliefs (not calling out any specific church, just the general way of thinking) of the former, and now gratefully experience the freedom and joyful spirit of the latter, I feel like I see much more clearly BOTH sides. There’s good and bad, right and wrong on both sides, and there are good Christians, bad Christians, and sinners on both sides. But the one thing I love is being happy serving Jesus (and working to be more like Him…yes, I’m still working…I’m totally not there yet), and being around others who feel the same way. I think there’s people who are happy, and they love and serve Jesus, but they don’t seem happy serving Jesus. Obviously, many people DON’T fall in that category, but I think when the general population of a body of people falls into that, maybe that’s a little part of what creates that lack of joy in service (worship service or general serving).

That’s just my take on it. And everyone experiences gloomy days from time to time but if you’re a constant Eeyore, well…

And something else that seems to have a direct correlation to joy: I’ve found His yoke is easy and His burden is light. And when I took up HIS yoke instead of MAN’S yoke….

Well, I found joy, real joy, wonderful joy.

Now I just have to get the rest of the fruit of the spirit growing up in my life.

Love ya, mean it. =)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back To School

Another semester for me, another school year for the kids. I feel like I’m treading water already. Today I worked on homework. And then homework. And then….homework. LOL. Thankfully, this is only the first week for the kids, so they don’t have any real homework that they need help with yet. Good thing, too, since I’m a perfectionist and spent way too much time on my own today. LOL. I’ve got three classes this semester because I had to pick up one I missed from last semester, so I’m just 2 hours shy of full time. I don’t know how people do full time and have a life, but I might get to try that next semester, just because I’m falling behind being part time. Whew.

Today was the kiddos’ first day back. I took them to the bus stop, but after waiting 20 minutes I just figured I’d missed it and so I went back home and got the car and took them to school myself. Come to find out, it was 30 minutes late. Traffic or something. Ah well. This was while we were waiting.

They’re all big now. The is the Munchkin’s last year of elementary. Hard to believe it, but it’s true! One of these days I’ll have to cease calling her the Munchkin and give her some nickname like Teenage Drama Queen…lol. She’s almost there already. Right now it’d be PRE-TDQ. LOL.

Anyway, I have to pop in every so often (although I’m not sure anymore why I bother) but if I can just keep the ol’ blog alive until I have free time again, I guess that’ll be alright. =)

And I’m ready to call it a night. The kids are tucked in, the homework is caught up, time to walk the dogs and chill for a bit before sleepytown.

Laterz.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mid July Already

I can’t believe how fast this year is going. I just can’t keep up at all! The kids are little fishies this year and on the swim team so between meets and practice, I haven’t had time to do much else since we’ve been back home from all our travels!

I did some senior pics a few weeks ago in the middle of all my traveling, so they kinda got lost in the shuffle, but they’re over on my photography page (image is linked).
Taylor-web-19
I like this one because I had fun adding the bubbles during the editing. LOL. They look pretty natural (I think). =)

On the topic of photography, I was reminded last week that next semester in school, we’ll have to narrow down our focus to what part of photography we’re going to be shooting for (pardon the puns lol). I’m not sure what my main interest is going to be, but I really have fun with senior photos. Of course, I’d love to do travel photog (any excuse to travel, right?) but I don’t see that being something that would pay the bills. LOL. I still have a few weeks left to think about it though…I hate deciding. I feel like if I pick one thing, I’m putting myself in a box. =/ But we’ll see how it goes. I’m registered and pretty much ready for the next go around, although I do need to get my camera serviced before another semester gets started.

Fun stuff.

I’m sure there’s other stuff I could blog about, but I was in Walmart the other day and all the school supplies were out, and it got me to thinking about school. So that’s what’s on my brain today.

That’s it for now. Laterz.

Monday, June 30, 2014

San Diego Pics

Wellllllll….I finally made it back to post these. I didn’t take a terrible lot of pictures…but here’s one from instagram, one from my phone, and then an album of scenery from my big camera. 

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An absolutely awesome trip. =) Can’t wait to go back someday. More to blog about but will leave this post alone so it will stay on topic. LOL. Later!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Unpacking Time Again

Whew. Suitcase is going to be worn out by the end of this year. I took my first solo flight (solo, as in, flying with 150 strangers but no one I knew) last week. Yeah, I did it in spite of all the nerves. I drove myself to the airport in the big city, parked, rode the shuttle to the terminal, went through security, found my gate, boarded the plane, and rode five hours non-stop to San Diego. All by my lonesome self. Last Thursday. Go me.

Had an AWESOME trip. My bag is still awaiting my unpacking efforts, but at the moment I’m working on unloading all my pictures to my computer. Here’s one of my ride home. That was my lovely ride. Only the slightest bit bumpy. =)

I got back last night about 9:30 and got the kids and dogs and settled everybody back in. Nice to be back in business.

I got to see my aunt while I was out there, but unfortunately, I didn’t remember to get any good pictures of us, just this one of us on the tour bus with my phone. =(

I think I look a lot like this aunt…we both look very italian. My mom always said I looked more like her sister (I’m not sure what all origins but with a bit of indian ancestry) and my dad’s sister (italian) than I look like my mom and dad. LOL. Maybe someday I’ll find some pictures that show why she thought that. lol. Anyway, it was so fun to visit with her and tour San Diego. What a beautiful city! I’ve got lots of pics once I get them all sorted out.

Tomorrow I have Jury Duty, which is SO not nice business, but I’m hoping it’s short and sweet and I get dismissed. HOPEFULLY. I went to the library and got a big fat book, just in case—since I can’t have my electronics in the courtroom. BOO.

Anyway, after my beautiful relaxing weekend in San Diego, I’m feeling much more relaxed and back to my normal self (in case anyone picked up on my slight case of the blues in the last few posts), although physically, I’m still a little tired from the time change stuff and the long flight days.

Oh, and I finished re-doing my headphone cord with the awesome teal thread. They look so awesome…AND they match my sunglasses. Happy coincidences! =)

For anyone who wants a pair, I have tons of leftover thread, and I can fix you right up. For only a minimal fee. LOL. Actually, KC suggested I make a few sets and sell them…I should…for all the compliments/interest I get when I wear them. =) Hahaha.

Anyway, I’m off for tonight. Will hopefully return with pictures in a day or two. =)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Lonesome

Well, I’ve puttered around today and not done a whole bunch of anything. I’m kinda lost without the family home. I forgot to mention yesterday that Munchkin is off with Mawmaw in the far off land of Ohio at a campmeeting all this week, and the boy has science camp all day every day this week, so I’ve had a little too much time to think, since life doesn’t speed up and get crazy for me again until Thursday. I don’t know how other people do it.

I don’t know if I mentioned that the Munchkin left before I got home from the mission trip, so all together, I won’t see her for two solid weeks! I kinda miss the little booger. ;) lol.

I keep thinking I can’t wait till they grow up and go to college but now I think I might just be sad about that. hahaha.

I really should go do laundry or ironing but first I think I’ll see if I can redo my headphone décor since the yarn I did the original knotting with has gotten pretty frayed. =) Mine sorta looks like the picture over there right now, only with a different type of knot and gray yarn. It works great, no tangles, but now I’ve got some awesome teal nylon thread I’m going to redo them in. =) And maybe I’ll listen to some music while I’m working…get some chill time in before everything kicks back into high gear again. LOL. =)

Well, that's it for now. Later!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Persevering

I don’t even know when I last posted. But I think I’ve been swamped ever since the last post. No joke.

I mentioned that my suitcase is getting a workout, I just got back from a week in Oklahoma (just outside OKC) on a mission trip with a team from church to help in the rebuilding effort after the tornado. It was an incredible trip. Parts of it I wouldn’t want to repeat, but overall, it was wonderful! Our team rebuilt several fences (or parts of fences), laid tile, installed lighting/fans, did some yard work, and other things I can’t recall right at the moment. I got to know a few people just a little bit better, we got stranded on the way out when our van’s transmission died, some of us played a few card games in the evenings, there were some sunburns and lots of sweat, and overall, just an interesting trip.

June has been insane just like I thought it was going to be though. So far, I’ve spent a week preparing for our yard sale, then had a yard sale, then went on a mission trip, then took some senior pictures, and it’s only half over. Whew. I’m exhausted. Exhausted isn’t such a good thing either. The other day I was so tired, it was like I was drunk and I lost all the filters on my brain and said something I totally shouldn’t have said. Nothing exactly bad, just repeated in the wrong company. I’m still praying that no one heard me or caught that. That’s the last thing I need right now.

One of the good things about not posting very frequently is that a lot of people don’t drop by to read me anymore, so I can feel free to say more of what I’m thinking. LOL. Obviously, I’ll still keep most of my mental filters on since it is still a public blog, but it might take just a bit more of a turn toward being a personal journal. LOL.

So on a personal note, I’ve been a bit down for the last couple of days…just events and junk that’s really bothered me and got me down, but today was really nice. I’ve stayed busy so I wouldn’t think too much, and it seemed like every song on the radio was so appropriately encouraging. That’s just awesome. I don’t know yet if all the situations have worked themselves out completely, but at least for the moment, I’ve got a little more peace about it. 

Well, I think the kid is back home from science camp, so I’ll chat more later I guess. =)