- I am simply heartbroken over the loss of the OSU’s women’s basketball coach and assistant coach. I remember when the plane went down with some of the men’s team 10 years ago – and this seems to rip the scars open for everyone. It’s hard not to be deeply affected. Today is the memorial service and everyone is wearing orange in support. Also, the Westboro Baptist Church is protesting here today. Ugh. I’m not linking to them, because they don’t deserve the attention. There’s a lot more I could say about them, but this is not the day.
- The holidays are upon us. I know this is not news – but I wanted to share a little encouragement and a little confession. I called my grandmother yesterday to ask her what she wanted us to bring for Thanksgiving. All the bases have been covered and there’s nothing we need to bring. This brought on two very different emotions. Part of me felt relieved because I didn’t have to do anything but bring my family. The other part of me felt hurt. (Ridiculous, right?) It made me feel like my cooking and abilities aren’t good enough to contribute. While that’s not true at all, (and it’s just a result of being a part of a family where all the women feel like they have to do everything themselves) it still felt like, “I don’t need your help. My results alone are more important than your contribution.” Again, I know that’s not a true statement – but I want to use this moment to encourage you. Don’t let little things diminish your ability to enjoy the holidays. Embrace the season.
- Sometimes crafts go wrong. I had this idea to make an old-fashioned holiday dress for B and I couldn’t find anything like what I wanted online. So, I took bits and pieces from other tutorials to make a dress. Well, I had made a lot of mistakes along the way, but it was still serviceable – until I finished gathering the fabric. I had made the dress too wide. It was a baby muumuu. 🙁 So, today I will attempt to re-do the dress and I hope to make it my Tutorial Tuesday tomorrow. You live and you learn, right?
- I have a new obsession: photography. I’ve always loved taking pictures, but I never knew what to do beyond point-and-shoot. When I got my Canon Rebel T3i for my birthday, I thought that now I had a “fancy” camera I would take better pictures. Sure, they’re better quality, but it didn’t do the “miracles” I had hoped for. So, I started researching. I started “stalking” natural light photographers, reading how to shoot in manual, studying how to edit photos, and taking a million pictures, adjusting perspective and learning the “rules” of photography (and how to break them). The more I look at my photos, the more mistakes I see. I still don’t know QUITE how to do what I want yet. I want to take a few classes and learn more. Still, I am absolutely in love with taking pictures. It’s becoming an obsession. My brother and sister-in-law have allowed me to take maternity photos and it was nice having a subject that stays still for the camera. 🙂 I had a blast. I took a million photos and now I am editing. Now, the editing is a whole new area of difficulty. I can’t stop. I have to keep taking pictures.
Do you have any photography tips? Links? Websites? Stuff I need to know?