Thursday, July 26, 2012

Time to Upgrade

A lot has happened since I last blogged. Cooper turned one. Shoot, now he's almost 18 months. I still can barely believe he's walking and he's starting to spit out new words every day. After 4.5 years of misery, I finally left the boat yard and found a new job, with a great (and fun) company. I was excited when I started, but now I realize it's pretty much the perfect job for me. I am not only learning a lot about the industry, I am able to use all of the skills I've been collecting to make things more efficient in the business and it feels damn good. And I get to take photos of our jobs sites, which is effing awesome. I finally got a bike. When I'm not in a ton of pain, I try to get out and ride a loop out on Bay Farm Island. It feels so good and I get to listen to my new music during this time. I'm seriously looking for riding buddies and am having a hard time finding them. I lost 22 lbs! The Paleo diet works, and now that I've lost the weight, I'm back to eating whatever I want, in moderation, of course. I'm at pre-pregnancy weight and it's staying off (give or take a pound or two that fluctuates back and forth)!

And now, I am enjoying the little bit of Summer that I have free. I just finished another Summer semester yesterday and have a little free time, about a month of no homework or lectures. I'd like to say that I'm going to be doing a lot during this time, but honesty, I'm probably going to sit on my ass. I have been in a lot of pain patly and haven't been feeling like doing much when I have free time. I am going to try to get a couple hikes in, a baseball game or two (GO A's!) and spend some more time with Bucko. My poor dog has been completely neglected since I found out we were breeding. Bucko has been utterly amazing and patient, and we are lucky to have such a sweet doggie.

The awesome thing about having photography be a part of my job is that I get to use my camera more and practice shooting. It's actually motivating me to shoot on my free time. I got a few shots in this weekend of my Dad's house, and I was really excited about editing them. I know they're just house shots, but I am really stoked about them. More HERE

I have decided to upgrade to a full-frame camera soon. It's an exciting thing, even if it's a little scary to spend so much on something. I feel like an idiot spending over $3,000 on a camera body (thats not including lenses, people), but I am trying to justify it as well. My current camera has paid for itself with the jobs I've gotten with it and if I actually put more effort into booking shoots, I can pay off the new camera quickly. And dammit, I'm good. I enjoy taking photos and it's the only hobby that I've actually stuck with, for years and years. I have to remember to allow myself to buy things that make me happy, if it's something that I will actually use. Isn't it beautiful? It's really a dream, and it feels good to finally have gotten to a place where I can afford to buy myself something so amazing.

Alright. Time for bed. Hopefully I will dream about the Nikon D800.

Saturday, July 21, 2012


After ten hours at work and two in the books, I am amazed that I am up this late. I gave this blog it's much needed face-lift and have just enough energy left to put on my pajamas.

With my current Summer inter-session ending in 5 days, I am looking forward to the time I will have to write more. It's amazing how little time I have, and I wish so badly that I had more time to enjoy things I used to enjoy. I miss photo walks, editing photos (that aren't work related), reading, cross stitching and crocheting, and blogging. Hopefully I will find a way to balance it all out soon enough. I started a new job last month (which I will touch upon when I am not falling asleep. This is a big deal.) and am finally starting to catch up. Hopefully, that will mean less time in the office and more time at home doing things I love. Eventually I would like to work four days a week. We'll see how that goes.

Tomorrow we leave for Cloverdale to visit my Dad and Step-mom.

Pictures to follow!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I found it! I found it!

After an involuntary hiatus, I am back. When I set this blog up I had the password auto-stored in my computer and never had to sign in.

Without thinking, I accidentally cleared all of the browser history and cookies and stored passwords. Needless to say, I was no longer signed in. This creates a problem when you've never written down your username and password. After a couple months of searching for the login email address, I found it. And here I am, ready to write and share my most interesting encounters.

But first, I think this blog needs a face-lift. The dark red is a little depressing, don't you think?

I will work on that tomorrow.

It's good to be back.