(this is my post #2000. I just noticed on the dashboard...)
Friday, July 31, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Just a few more shots from the day of the photo walk. Here is a sidewalk "thing" that I liked but it wasn't actually IN the park so I didn't work on the image at all with my photo editor. It could use some darkening, and I don't know what else.
I like photographing small details like this, that people usually ignore as they go about their business.
This kid was running and I thought he was adorable. I panned badly and the shot is not well composed.. but I love that neither of his feet are touching the ground. I wonder if good cropping would help this? ::::resists urge to play with this photo for 1/2 an hour while I should be packing... yes, I am writing this as a future post, on Saturday afternoon...::::::
This one almost was entered in the contest. In the end I liked the car photograph better...and we were only allowed to submit two.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
~ Carly at 9:40 PM
Side note... My current pet peeve is people saying "tuh-day" instead of too-daym
Tuhday I took my son and his friend kayaking. They weren't into it at first and I had to wave snacks in the air and race away to get them to follow me.
The weather wasn't perfect but there was no rain, and there were some wonderful sunny patches.
I also got to listen in while they talked about upcoming Giants training camp (which lead to a rehash of "Plaxico shot himself...")
Also Lady Gaga's lifestyle choices came up. I had to laugh because R said "she's bisexual.... And you know what else? She likes girls AND boys...".
I had the pleasure of wearing a life jacket shared by countless sweaty men... And the guys at the boathouse dropping my fleece in the lake.... And leaving it there until I explained that Yes, I Do Still Want That.
But there were a few times when the boys were far enough away... I just enjoyed the trip. I won't be able to move tomorrow. My shoulders already ache. ;-)
~ Carly at 8:25 PM
Monday, July 20, 2009
My friend APB has always been a go-to guy for PC help (he talked me through installing new memory into my dust chamber, um, desktop), and photography is a common interest that we share. Along with cheesecake. Mmmm, cheesecake.
APB has been very kind to me, especially since I got job eliminated. When my last day was approaching he brought me Starbucks goodness and more or less convinced me to take a road trip with my free time this summer.
But now I am rambling... at any rate he passed me a link to the Kelby photowalk and I was all excited and replied with something mature like "DUDE, we have to do this!" Then I lost my password at the last minute and couldn't remember the time the walk started, so he gave me that info too. See? A good friend to have in your contacts list.
me, laughing at APB because I cracked him up with a "that's what she said" joke... ruining his concentration and all.... I'm known for being something of a distraction I think...
my friends put up with so much nonsense from me! You rock, Andy.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Yesterday at the local Scott Kelby photo walk site I took pictures, but based on what our walk leader said, I was trying hard not to do the standard "tree in a park" or "pretty flower" pictures for purposes of the contest... these were a few I liked...
Henry Johnson ...(wiki link) ... who was kinda cute if I do say so. That's inapropriate, but not as much as what I accidentally said to APB when I saw the statue. ("Huh, I never saw this before, ... I never came in this end before" - since we were doing "that's what she said" jokes all day, he doubled over laughing. Sorry A. I actually didn't INTEND to act like a 13 year old in that moment.)
While I was taking the above picture, the two poets besieged my companions, wanting to read to us and have their photo taken. I began hiding. I should have stayed hiding. One poet had a poem about a Girl, who was a godess, and he looked my way at key points in the poem and I wanted to sprout wings and fly away. :::hangs head in shame::::
this for some reason is one of my favorite shots of the old Dodge we saw. I know. Not much to it, but it really appeals to that quirk part of my brain that likes robin's egg blue, and tiny details of things (and tonal curves. Look, this post has NO WIERD PICTURES WITH FREAKY TONAL CURVES. Are you proud of me, internet? thank you. I will post a couple tomorrow from my hike today.)
technically, I suppose this is a flower and so I can not enter it in the Kelby contests because flowers are boring, yada yada.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Today I went on scott Kelby's Photo Walk
I went with a couple of friends and had a blast. It was interesting to see what they shot and the angles they used, vs. what I was seeing and wanted to shoot. Plus we made 1,000 "that's what she said" jokes. Awesome.
We saw (in no particular order)lots of scary stuff in the "lake", a classic old Dodge, a guy who had a crazy big dog AND a tiny yappy dog (midnight snack?) ...and a pair of discarded panties that I DARED my friends to photograph and submit as one of their two entries for the contest. Somehow I'm afraid I'll see a photo of those panties soon. Yecccchhhhh.
We also met some self proclaimed "real poets" who read us their work for a while. Interesting. Of course I missed the opportunity to snap them shaking my friend's hand. D'oh!
I also was afraiiiiiid to ask this guy in a flashy golf shirt carrying a guitar on his back if I could take his picture. Unclicked. Live and learn.
The group leader was cool and encouraged us to not shoot "just a flower picture" because that won't win the contests associated with Scott Kelby. His point was to be clever, creative, etc. Wouldn't you know, my best shot is a flower that apb insisted that I should shoot from underneath? The backlighting is awesome. Grrrrr.
I already have one favorite shot, will pick my other one asap.
My friend brought a spare memory card and let me use his camera for a while. It was kind of like going from a fairly nice four door sedan with automatic transmission, to a convertible sports car with stickshift... sweet. I have to wait to see how those pictures turned out. But I will post some of mine from my 'sedan' tomorrow.
Great day.... ;-)
~ Carly at 9:20 PM
Friday, July 17, 2009
No fresh bread or wine at the farmer's market - boooo!
(Stupid rain!!! The guy I got the fresh mozzarella from said "that's what we get for living in Seattle..." Heh. )
Decisions, decisions. The steak or the pasta?
But if I cook all of this now there will be leftovers - yum!
~ Carly at 5:52 PM
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
We walked around and I took some photos while they tossed a baseball back and forth. I wished aloud for a kayak several times. Amazingly, one did not materialize out of thin air.
Of course being the age they are, they got bored after a while. It was nothing but excitement after that. Groceries! Dinner, dishes, and laundry!
My life is nothing but adventure.
(more pictures on my flickr feed... )
~ Carly at 9:37 PM
Monday, July 13, 2009
I get by with a little help from my friends...
So I got this for Mia Porcha after lunch...kind of a "yay I made it through this day".
Here's a song in rotation on my ipod these days....
(Kate Voegele/Silver Lining)
Most days I try
My best to put on a brave face
My bones are cold and my heart breaks
But all the while
Something's keeping me safe and alive
But so many people are looking to me
To be strong and to fight
But I'm just surviving
And I may be weak but i'm never defeated
And I'll keep believing
In clouds with that sweet silver lining
~ Carly at 7:20 PM
Sunday, July 12, 2009
...too much to ask, for it to NOT RAIN for two days in a row here in upstate NY this summer.
But we planned that it would rain, and everyone fit in my house (thanks to last summer's addition) and we had this...
so who cares about rain? Suzy and I teamed up to decorate it Friday after dinner when we were both exhausted; I had baked the cake earlier in the day but hadn't frosted it. So I did the basketweave, which really made The Boyfriend confused until I showed him the way it's done. Suzy did the writing and the awesome diploma (rolled fondant) and we slapped on some gum paste daisies left over from the 50th anniversary party (saved for this cake, actually).
We looked at it and said "I'm fine with that. You fine with that? Let's go to sleep."
The party itself was awesome. One of the highlights was my mother showing up with four tiny goldfish for my mini fake-rock pond that I break out for family gatherings. Glug. I have THE most adorable picture of my almost-2 nephew looking at the pond and laughing at the fish.
The Boyfriend helped with fetching cold cut platters and making beans and just generally was my assistant caterer/dishwasher for the day. I need to bring him lots of beer next time that I go visit. His assistance allowed me to a) enjoy the party b) have time to TALK to my guests and c) drink lots of wine.
We ended the evening with a few favorite people on the porch wherein I had more wine. Speaking of the wine... I do not actually remember taking my contact lenses out. ::::blink:::: I'm pretty sure I did though. Hmmm.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
:::looks around:: Hmmm. this place is a mess.
Hey, did you guys know that today was 07/08/09 ? at 10:11 I made my kids stand in front of the microwave for a photograph. They know I'm crazy... it's easier just to give in to my wild demands. (You know you want to do it too... there's always P.M. people! )
I rewarded them with an introduction to the Village People. I started singing "In the Navy" for some reason I can't recall right now... then found the video for it, plus this one too....
Ymca - The most popular videos are here
So yes, we are goofing off. The party is Saturday. Somehow I'll pull it together, but I always do this for some reason.
~ Carly at 10:42 AM
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Friday, July 03, 2009
I don't usually buy much lipgloss because anything petroleum based makes me blister almost immediately.
But it's summer, hiking, boating, etc... And I fell for some good product placement last night.
Badger Balm is great. It's all natual stuff but has no SPF. I first discovered it in Bath & Body works years ago and I regularly shop their website.. Www.Badgerbalm.com
Last night I was charmed by mini Yankee Candle lip balms. Whata sucker I am! But the ingredients look safe, and they were only $3 so I grabbed one, and I like it. Nice and soft, and a few flavors like Vanilla Cupcake to pick from. Plus, SPF of 15.
The Gap product is actually the same quantity (0.14 oz) but looks bigger and has higher SPF, so they got me for another dollar. But in looking at my receipt, the Yankee was on sale. Badger kills them at 0.75 oz for $5.50 plus s/h. But it has the ick factor of being a big tub of goo you have to put a finger or brush into, so it grosses my sister out. ;-)
I'm sure this is the most exciting post you've read in a long time, but THE SUN IS APPARENTLY GONE FOREVER. So I have nothing better to do. My pain is now yours.
Happy 4th of July everyone! Kiss a soldier!!
~ Carly at 9:01 AM