Friday, September 26, 2008

Politicians should take a Dave Ramsey course

Why? This is why. I wonder if congressman, senators, and all those nice rule making people in Washington and running our states, had half the mind that he does for money, that we'd be in the economic mess we're in right now?

Monday, September 22, 2008

And people iron sheets why??

I ironed my first sheet ever today. Actually I didn't even finish - just got maybe 1/8 of the way done. I don't understand WHY people would actually choose to do this chore. Doesn't make sense at all! I wasn't even doing it for my bed - that would make even less sense.

For my photography class, I need to take a roll of portraits. Figured I would practice on my kids, plus I was dying to try developing at home. Had all the chemicals and stuff mixed up and ready to go, and then realized I didn't have a can opener to open the film roll with. Ugh.

Where does the sheet come in? For a backdrop of course! We just put windows in our screen room (and A/C and heat!!) and the light in there is wonderful. So I figured I'd just hang a sheet from the curtain rod and have at it. Then I realized I can't photoshop all the wrinkles out in film. Oops. I ended up going with a velveteen fabric I had that wasn't as wide as I'd like, but didn't need the amount of ironing the sheet did.

I took 30 pictures of the kids, all except Chrissy. I grabbed these 2 with the digital to test it out before hand. Of course, the film is all in black and white. Hopefully I'll get it in the tank to develop sometime tomorrow, I'm very excited, and was mad I didn't have enough time after class this evening to do it!

I promise I do take pictures of the other kids, but the younger ones are so much more willing victims...

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Energy

Anyone know where to buy any? Appartley with the gas shortages some areas are dealing with, I'm dealing with energy shortages. I don't want to get up and do ANYTHING. Even my favorite pastime, sitting at the computer wasting time and people watching, is too much. Blah. That pretty much sums up how I feel.

I'm hoping, really really hoping, it's just because I'm not drinking any soda. I had 1 at the movies the other night (don't go see Stepbrothers, I promise you won't miss out on anything by not seeing it!), and that's it since last Wed. I'm shocked that besides being exhausted after doing nothing, I'm not in pain with a caffeine withdrawal headache. Shocked actually! I'll take exhaustion over pain, thank you.

If you go click on my flickr album over there ------> you'll see some pictures I've taken recently. Hopefully there will be a lot of new ones soon, I've got lots of pictures to take for school!

Speaking of school. It's going well. Math stinks - I barely (like a 66.7%) passed my first test, and now making sure I get a 100 on all the homework/classwork (it's all online) to try to bring that up a bit. Stupid mistakes. I will be using a calculator from now on. It's been pretty laid back and easy, but the next few weeks it will pick up drastically.

Just wanted to poke my head in and post a quick update. Before I go take another nap ;)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Photography class

I'm working on my first assignment. I'm probably over thinking it, but it's got me stumped a bit. After my first class, when I realized how "easy" it was going to be, I told myself I would work above and beyond what was expected so it would be challenging to me, and help me learn and grow as a photographer more. Someone actually called me a photographer the other day, and it shocked me. I don't think I am - yet. Some day though! I have a LOT to learn.

So, our first assignment is to shoot a roll (yes, film!!! And only black and white at that!) with shadow and/or reflection as our subject. I could easily go shoot 36 pictures of just about anything, but I wouldn't be happy. I don't want to "waste" the film, and the time developing and processing, just to come away with something that I would never use.

This is what I came up with today. Getting Eric to sit was a pain in the butt. He's been sick, and whiny, and totally like a typical sick baby, er, guy. But since he loves me, and I threatened him a bit, he did what I wanted, and angled his head the way I told him so his precious motorcycle reflected in his glasses.

I'm cheating a little, and taking the pictures I want first with my digital, getting everything the way I want it, and then with the film camera. This was my first (and so far only) picture for shadow and reflection.

Monday, September 8, 2008

I wonder

If as humans, there always has to be a disaster that we "look forward to". I ran across this site today, and it reminds me of all the Y2K hubbub.

Yes, things are changing as prices for things go up, and the value of our dollar goes down. Do I think there won't be groceries in the store tomorrow? No, not unless a category 4 hurricane is headed straight towards us, and then it will only be for a few days.

It makes me wonder if we have a ingrained tendency to over think, and over plan things. And it's not limited to just a few people, obviously it's more than just that or there wouldn't be websites devoted to preparing for it (or Y2K). There is some religious/cultural influences for some people as well, but I think that's a separate issue than "the world running out of food".

Even if we DO start having shortages of food, I don't think it's going to be an all at once thing. There will be slow changes, and people will adapt to those changes. Look how we've adapted to the HUGE price increase in gas! People drive less, use their car and run errands more efficiently. Gas consumption is DOWN. Yes, the prices hurt some people. There will always be people that can't afford things. It's just the way life is unfortunately, and sometimes I'm one of them!

So, I won't be digging a basement (that would flood anyways) to store all my cans of freeze dried food (where else would I put enough food for 9+ - no, not pregnant yet - people?), or figure out if where I'm living will sustain us completely and go off grid and become completely self dependent. People NEED other people. It's just the way life is. And if I do become self sustaining on our own property, it's going to because I think it would be cool, not because I think the world is coming to an end!