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Upgrade. [Dec. 14th, 2009|10:39 am]
So I have some news. I am now a proud owner of a Nikon D40x, meaning that I have now entered the digital age, and am no longer soley shooting on film (shush, I know it took me a while to make the switch)

My dad upgraded to the D90, thus my most excellent christmas present of the Nikon D40x. I was able to practice with it on Sunday, taking some pregnancy photos for a wonderful friend of mine. Thanks for being my guinea pig. I've almost finished post processing, but here are a couple sneak peak photos.

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happy thanksgiving [Nov. 29th, 2009|06:00 pm]
Happy Post Thanksgiving, all.

The Christmas tree is sitting in its box, ready to be put up. Its migrated from the storage room to the living room. Hopefully I will get to it this week. Who knows though really, I like to think of my self as someone abitious, but I know, deep down, that I'm a lazy person. That's the truth, friends. Except I did manage to put together a nice table runner today. I did do that.

i also took photos at the sculpture park.

Thanksgiving was good. We had the classic meal at My step grandmas. I walke\d it and saw that mom had a band aid on her cheek. 2 years after undergoing treatment for breast cancer, the dr thinks that the bump on her cheek is pre cancerous. Seriously, if there is a god he is pissing me off. This cannot be cancer, Please.
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the art center - snow. [Oct. 10th, 2009|02:30 pm]
Today was beautiful.

This morning  we woke up to find that snow was falling. Its a bit early for the snow, and at first I was a bit dissapointed by its appearance so early in the fall. It ushers in the cold.

But what we found was also that though the snow was falling, all the plan life was still poking out in places, in its green and lively state. Its was such a interesting thing to see, so we  got up early and took 4 rolls of film. Well, I took 4 rolls of film. Justin was along for the ride. Such a beautiful morning, spent in such a beautiful place. The place where Justin asked me to marry him 2 years ago.

The ones above are from my Holga 135bc.. Below are the Minolta Maxxum Film SLR

and of course, gratuitous husband shot

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(no subject) [Sep. 6th, 2009|08:44 am]
This morning I woke up, and did a couple loads of laundry in my pjs which resulted in a dirty look from a neighbor who obviously thinks that doing laundry in your pjs is a sin. After doing a bit of laundry, where I cursed the fact that we didn't stick to 1 and only 1 brand/style of white socks, because who likes the THINK while doing laundry?  I decided to go to the grocery store.

We're having some friends over for dinner, we drove to a farm yesterday to pick up some local buffalo meat, so I picked up compliments to our bison burgers. Heirloom tomatoes, a fresh head of lettuce, and buffalo mozzerella (heh. buffalo on buffalo) . What would be a more tasty compliment to our burgers other than a nice big bottle of cabernet? After finding  a jumbo cheap bottle, I made my way to the check out where.... They told me I couldn't buy the wine.  At first I was a bit indignant, and  taken aback. I've bought booze on a sunday before.. then I realized.

Its 7am.  Only lunitics and drunks try to buy booze this early.  When did I get so old that I'm up too early  to buy booze? 

In other news, only 3 more weeks until Honeycrisp apple season. My god, Its going to be glorious. Honeycrips are my very favorite, Genetically Modified food. Its worth it. So damn delicious.

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baby sister [Sep. 5th, 2009|12:48 pm]
last weekend we spent some time with my dad , step mom, 11 year old sister Nicole, and  youngest sister, Miss Abigail, the newest addition to our family.

My youngest nephew, Devon

Abigail says, more cowbell

sister love

The allure of baby feet.

and my oh my, how I love my husband.

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well, I'll be darned. [Aug. 28th, 2009|07:27 am]

Color me stupid, but I had no idea that there was such a thing as a combination washer/dryer... 1 machine to do both? Genius. Some day I will buy one and marvel at its tiny-ness. 


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state fair - holga 135bc [Aug. 23rd, 2009|08:20 pm]
went to the state fair this weekend. Free tickets from the sister. All in all a good time


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Minolta Roll 2 [Jul. 26th, 2009|03:35 pm]
I wish these were better.

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Minolta Roll 1 - Birthday film. [Jul. 22nd, 2009|07:54 pm]
So, Minolta roll 1 was developed today. Not a huge success, but tolerable. I have a lot to learn. Not sure how to improve though, other than practice and learn more of the basics.. anyone that is reading this, any sort of recommendations? anywho, here are a few pics from the roll that ushered in year 26.

that's all I've got.

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b-day of ellis [Jul. 21st, 2009|10:57 am]

Yesterday I turned 26. I'm officially in my early-late twenties, folks. Yes indeed.

This was my first birthday as a married woman, and an exciting and memorable one. The Husband took the day off, as did I, and we spent time doing the things we love best. Sleeping in, making breakfast together, wandering off to the local coffee shop to wake up over a froofy birthday appropriate confection of ice, coffee, and untold amounts of sugar. It was glorious.

We also spent a fair amount of time playing house at my dad's. You see, were are the designated house sitters, cat watchers, and Plant water-ers until the return of the Miller clan who are currently in an RV traveling across the south west united states. Much time was spent enjoying their plush couches and impressive cable television. (we lack such things in our home.. well, that's not completely true. We have couches. They're just a little bit more... loved)

Justin gave me a fabulous gift. 18 rolls of film to continue my photography hobby. That's right, I shoot with film. About 10 years ago, my dad gave me a Minolta Maxxum 400si, a niceish (for an amateur) camera in its day. He had a 500si. We were matchy matchy. I took a photography class, I went through the highschool phase of wanting to be a photographer. But really? I wasn't any good, and I didn't really absorb the information.

So imagine my wonder last year when I decided to buy a Holga 135bc, and the pictures.. weren't half bad. I have some examples a few posts back, not to toot my own horn, of course. but, with lomography you can kind of hide behind the fact that the intrigue of these pictures come from their imperfections and the spontaneity of the picture taking process. Point shoot, repeat and hope for the best. Sometimes good things come of it. black corners, over exposure, just add to the charm.

but now, here i am, having just inhereted my dads SLR. He's graduated to better things, fancy DSLR with bells, wistles and filters galore, along with an amazing knowledge of both photography itself and photoshop. I have neither of these things. and think, i can't hide behind those black corners, over exposure, extreme contrast anymore.  i need to focus on composition, f-stops etc,

But what I do have, is a desire to learn, 2 film cameras, (my beloved Holga, and my upgraded Minolta.. Minolta Jr. is going to be gifted to the little brother here in a few short months) 3 good lenses, and some film. So here I go, as an experiment. To see if I really can be any good, or I just get lucky sometimes.I really know very, very little. I hope that I can make this happen. Who knows, in a few years, I may be able to graduate to one of those fancy DSLRs yet. I hope to post pictures from my photography growth in the time to come.

Back to the birthday.

History lesson: My family is awesome. Awesome in the fact that they really celebrate birthdays. Its not about the presents, but about getting together as a family. I love it. This year, things were a bit different. Mom didn't want to get together until another week or so, and dad went out of town. So I was mopey. Yep, just like a 10 year old.

Yesterday Justin (the husband) puts me into the car at 6:30, with a blindfold, carrying a birthday cake. He drive me around to disorient me, then we arrive at Ban Thai, one of my favorite restaraunts, where several of our friends are waiting as a surprise.

My husband gave me a surprise party. and it was wonderful. I am thank for him, and always will be. Not sure how I got so lucky to have such an amazing man in my life.

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