Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Second Wave

Here we go again...

We had a training meeting at the local baptist church for our camp, and one of the large rooms in the building was all set up for a graduation party:

I tried to be all artsy and take abstract-ish photos of tissue paper... didn't work.

This one's a little better... still nothing to write home about.

Emily is so crafty! She spent the last few days of school constantly impressing me by coming up with new cute things to make or do, including this Hello Kitty nail art (a nail on a finger which is resting on her final physics assignment of the year):

And holy muffins, y'all, look at these earrings she was wearing. A teacup AND a spoon! *dies*

When was this? Last Wednesday, I guess. I'm always drawn to the incredibly blue skies of early summer in Alabama. (And by early summer I of course mean late spring. It's 93 degrees today.)

Me and my pinecones... *tsk tsk*

Here, now this is what I'm talking about! I think I'll upload this one to the project site, actually...

Similar to one of my favorites from this month - the pink daisies strike again!

Rose petals in the grass sort of put me in mind of a wedding...

Our confused oak tree seems to have lost some leaves:

Okay, that's all from the random desktop folder. Now let's get to the memory card.

On Friday afternoon I hung out with Benjamin and met his BFF Dakota. We were at a local park (swimming in the creek, actually - a new experience for me), and the sky was just TO DIE FOR.

Ah, I just took this a couple of hours ago! We were at the airport waiting on Aunt Sherie's plane to land, and I snapped this shot of mom's ring.

I love these little things - lucky stars. The only origami I can make.

Betsy made this for me a while ago, on some vacation, I think. I use it as a bookmark:

Random clover!

Here's a (really terrible) shot of that creek I mentioned. It was actually pretty fun!

Okay, I think that'll do it for me! Thank you for sticking around. I love you guys!

Holy Muffins!

I don't know why, but all of a sudden it's decided to work. Praise Jesus.

Okay. All right, let's get a handle on things here. Um... when did I last post? May 9th?? Okay... I don't want to flood you guys with that many pics. Let's just do a sort of... "Greatest Hits," eh?

This is mum's ring, which I don't think she actually knew I was wearing that day. The spectacular lighting (also featured in my 12 May photo) is provided by my desk lamp:

Any time a student gets at least a 90 on one of his tests, Mr. Jackson draws these cute stick figures. I was lucky enough to get two of them on our Sound and Waves test!

Part of Betsy's Mothers Day present to mom; see more below...

...cute, eh? She made all different kinds of origami flowers.

I called this one "Two Roads Diverge" in my files. Because I'm a nerd like that.

Honeysuckle! It was super-difficult to get this in focus, if I recall correctly.

My long-awaited freedom from the 30 Day Challenge seems to have sparked some creativity!

Aaaand... back to the flowers. I just love daisies, though!

Here are a couple of pink ones, which we now have in the pots where the famous purple daisies used to reside:

Major editing here; I'm sure you can tell. Benjamin got bored in art class one day and made me a tiny little TARDIS! So cute!

Must've been that same day that he played this game of Solitaire after school:

I think this was Friday the 13th, when we spent the evening with a couple of our friends:


Mom has these pattern blocks in all kinds of colors in her classroom:

These sort of look like petunias, but not really... this was taken outside the elementary school.

Saturday the 14th was the Band Banquet (I'm not in the band, but Betsy is - she's section leader for this upcoming year!). The candles seemed unwise to me:

We have some pink hydrangeas at last! These are in the backyard; the ones up front are all blue.

When was this...? The 14th, my computer says, around 2 in the afternoon. I love it when the sky looks like that - a wonderful storm is soon to roll in.

We went out to our Girl Scout campsite a couple of weeks ago to check on some things for the day camp we're running this summer, and I took this shot of the lake:

Taken in the front yard of some friends of mine:

It's hard to tell, but this TARDIS is actually a bit bigger than the previous one. Benjamin kept this one, and we decided he'd use it to make a Doctor Who mobile for our children. :D

*smiles* I just love this...

Ah, here are the blue ones. Not the greatest shot, but there you are.

This is... actually kinda blurry. Crap. Like I've said, it's really hard to focus on something so small.

Man, do I love Pop-Tarts. We had a ROOF (Random Occurrence of Food) at our final NEHS meeting of the year.

My English class read this memoir as our final unit of the year. It's a fairly good story.

At last, I've reached the top of the folder with these. I took them on the way home one night using the Fireworks setting - FOUR SECONDS of exposure, y'all! Makes for some pretty trippy light painting.

Okay, that makes 30 for this post (assuming I can still count). I'll go get my camera and pull the more recent ones from the memory card. Ooh wait, here's another PHOTOS folder. Geez, do I need to consolidate or what?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

I'm Still Here, I Promise

Hi. It's been a while.

At first I just couldn't be bothered to update here, but finally it was weighing on me enough that I decided to bite the bullet. So I navigated to my blog and went to click "New Post" on the toolbar at the top.

But it wasn't there. Eventually I did get SOMETHING to show up there, but it was just some weirdly formatted thingy that seemed incapable of doing anything except asking me repeatedly for my password.

I have yet to figure out a different way to get to the normal "make a new post" page, so if anyone knows, please either advise me in comments or email me at proudrhrshipper@gmail.com. I'm writing this one from the Blogger app on my phone (which obviously isn't a long-term solution since my photos are on my computer).

Thanks for sticking around - I'll do some searching tomorrow and try to get this all figured out.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Hello, Monday

Day of the AP Physics exam, I was surprised to learn upon my arrival at school this morning. Good thing I wasn't taking it. Not this year. Not yet.

Anyway! Today is the last day of the 30 Day Challenge that I have come to hate with a passion. Really, though, there have been some fun days in there with the not-so-fun. I got to try out some brand-new editing techniques that I learned in Photoshop but had to implement in Paint Shop Pro - that was a fun translation. The one thing I really do like about this project is that it got me out of my comfort zone and made me photograph things that I normally wouldn't have looked twice at. And really, that's what the 365 Project is all about: learning to look at the world in a new way. So I'll call it a success.

The last time I posted was... let's see, Wednesday. So I have five days' worth of photos here for you (although I haven't actually taken any today... and I'm supposed to upload a selfie! Gasp!). Let's see what we've got, eh?

This one was taken Thursday night at about 11 o'clock... I realized I hadn't gotten a picture yet that day (I uploaded a filler from prom to the project site), so I just grabbed my earbuds and snapped. It actually turned out pretty well!

Crappy random in-class photo FTW.

Suddenly we have these pretty white daisies growing by the driveway! Daisies are my favorite flowers.

I had to photograph something purple on Saturday, and it appears that plum leaves don't quite fit the bill.

Pansies will do quite nicely, though!

This was... Saturday, probably. Nope, Sunday. I figured out how to make these "lucky stars" and used some to make my mom a pair of earrings for Mothers' Day. Awesome lighting provided by my desk lamp!

I think that'll about do it. I still need to take that selfie, though... that's going to have to include mirrors. And my natural light is quickly fading... adios!