So what am I doing? I am going through my folders, trying to find all of my absolute favourite photos, and polishing them up while I still can.
But when I bid a sobbing goodbye to PW's Seventies Action, I'm going to have already used it for all it's worth.
(Do you think if I emailed her incessantly she could tell us how to do the same thing in Elements? I'll let you know.)
Speaking of Elements, I think that's the direction I'm leaning. I just can't justify the expense of the full version of Photoshop for home use. If in a year or so I decide to start trying to make money off of my photography then I can purchase it and have it be a reasonable (and NECESSARY) business expense. Now, when I'm still learning and portfolio building? Well, I just can't tak myself into it. Especially since we're still having water problems and don't know how much it's going to ultimately cost by the time we get everything sorted out.
As much as I love photography, bathing wins. Marginally. Besides, how many clients would I get if I had to always stand downwind?
PS I almost posted without photos. You did want to see some right? Let me see if I can find some you haven't already looked at 6 times...
I know I promised to pop up a peek at some of my ward (local church) photos when I finished with the edits last week, but by the time I finished I just dragged myself off to bed. So I'm still owing you a little peek and I thought I'd use this fun new tool to provide it.
Wacky, huh? You may have already seen this, it's catching on fast in the blog world. It's free software that will make a collage of your photos in any shape you can think of. And it's free!
Yesterday we'd had enough. Enough being trapped at home on Spring Break. Enough sick, whiny kids. Enough movies, enough internet, enough looking at the same walls.
We went out.
We headed to Kingswood (where else?) to play on the giant playstructure and even indulge in a few arcade games.
The Boy was having none of it. He's still not feeling well (neither is Sweetpea, but she just coughs and hacks and carries on without complaint) and he makes sure we're ALLLLLL aware of how miserable he is.
The whining, will it never end?
He didn't want to leave, he didn't want to stay. He didn't want to walk, only be carried. The play structure was too scary, too tall, too busy. It was too loud. There were too many kids, not enough games. The games were TOO HARD and he didn't want to spend his tokens. He was a trial.
The girls ignored him and had a BLAST. They rocked that playstructure, they tried all the games, they mulled over how to cash in their tickets, and they went back to the playstructure to climb some more. Eventually they even spotted friends from school and partnered up to double their fun. They ran, they hopped, they skipped and jumped. They laughed, they giggled, they celebrated and commiserated.
Sometimes I'm not sure if it's because they've got each other and he's usually the odd man out, or if it's just their personalities. Regardless, I had some errands to run and took him with me, leaving the girls to play and Hubby to watch them. He fell asleep and I made sure to drive the long way around before stopping the car and waking him. He got about 40 minutes of sleep, and when he woke he was my sidekick again--happy, chatty, silly and fun. Blue Teddy also woke up and started talking, and I was highly entertained by both of them and their funny conversation.
He helped me spend a gift card and then asked when we'd be eating. This was big, as he's had no appetite most of the week. I told him we'd go get Hubby and the girls and eat. He and Blue Teddy were fine with that, as long as we "go home after to watch Jeopardy". Funny little boy!
We ended up at Dairy Queen, where the girls were fascinated by the fact that they do their grilled-cheese sandwiches in a waffle iron. They're full of ideas now that have me hoping to spot a waffle iron once yard sale season starts up. They gobbled up their meals with gusto and appreciation. The Boy informed me that this was "the best supper EVER! Better than you ever make Mama!".
My ego, it doesn't stand a chance.
They all fell asleep in the car on the way home and yes--they did get to watch Jeopardy before heading to bed, no doubt to dream of squishing things in waffle irons.
Did I mention that it's March Break here in New Brunswick? Yup, it is! Besides having my kids home and getting to play with them and entertain them and feed them, I am extra lucky to have Hubby home too, as he took vacation time to be with us.
This means we get to hang out together. This means we can think of fun stuff to do!
This means we have to SHARE the computer.
I know. But it's good for me. Really. Like vitamins.
I have less blogging time this week, and that's ok. It's ok because I'm making memories and will have that much more to blog about next week. It's also ok because we still don't have water. I'm told now that it may be a build up of iron bacteria and that we'll probably need our well scrubbed...but it can't be done until spring. So. Yeah. I'm actually staying away from the blog lest I over vent on that. Thanks to both Shandee and Cari, we have clean clothes for a few more days. And bottled water. And I'm so unbelievably thankful for that and for them. I tried to write up a nice mushy post about how thank-full I am for them, for their friendship and generosity, but I get all choked up and can't find the words. Just know that we're surviving, and it's because of good friends.
And I'm still playing HSMSHS over at my other blog too...but yesterday's prompt was 'bathe'. The irony, it was too cruel. I thought of photographing my pots of snow or my bottles of water, but decided that I'd really just rather not. And today's prompt is 'medication'. We're more believers of prevention than medication, so I'm not sure what I'd photograph there either. Maybe the Advil. It's that or the Gravol (which I think has expired). I'm not sure. I'm not feeling inspired.
You know what does inspire me though? These guys:
And yes, I realize that there are only two of them, but these were just random snapshots snapped today when some little people got in my face when I was trying to take photos of other things. Except they did it in the morning when the light was incredible and the photos are like a gift. I'm going to see if I can catch up with the third one, who like her dad tends to stay away when she sees me with a camera, and finish out my collection.
It'll give me something to focus on instead of our lack of water.
Here was my plan: download free trial of PS4, take PS course, apply knowledge to the GIMP and edit for free.
Here's what really happened: downloaded free trial of PS4, started taking PS course, fell in love with PS. I was dazed and confused by the GIMP before and now I'm annoyed and frustrated by it. My desire is to shun it evermore.
That's right GIMP, you may be free but YOU DON'T MAKE ANY SENSE!
Furthermore? I'm so completely addicted to Photoshop actions I'm going to need a 12-step program. I'm not even kidding.
Oh sure, GIMP has "scripts" but they're not anywhere near as delicious as actions. You want to take away my heroin and give me tylenol and tell me it's the same thing? MOM-MY!
So good job Adobe. Nice "free" trial. Way to sucker me in. Now how the heck am I supposed to afford you?
The title of this blog comes from my best friend's mom; who critiqued my high school English journal as "full of superfluous fluff". This is where I embrace all that fluff and share it with you in its pure, unedited, rambling glory.