Monday, March 31, 2008

Serves me right!

So, I guess I shouldn't have talked about the nice weather here. I should have thanked my lucky stars and kept my big mouth shut! Guess what happened this weekend...cold and rainy. Ick! Ick! Just thought I'd let you know so that those of you in colder environs can enjoy my come-uppance! And if misery truly loves company, you shall be even more pleased to know that I stood out in that cold rain to watch my 17 year old son participate in his first ever criterion bike races on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Do you know how hard it is to get good photos of someone bike racing?? Sheesh! Those fellows are FAST! Here are some examples of my failures:

This one isn't too bad, just a bit blurry.

I got several like this one, where I snapped either too early or too late and so he is just entering the photo or leaving the photo.

Oh, and this one was GREAT...except that an important part seems to be missing!

And here are a few better ones:

At the starting line.

Oh, and I like this one because he is in focus, but the scenery is a bit of a blur. To me it shows movement.

You can't see it as well in this smaller format, but this photo captured how hard he was working. His head was down not only to avoid the rain, but because he was really pushing himself to the max. It just shows his grit and determination.

And for the icing on the cake??? I now have a miserable head cold! Blech!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

When did "normal" become the exception??

My daughter asked me what we had to do today? Do? Do??? I found myself irritated by the question. As if the day is not complete unless we do something other than the ordinary, mundane things that get done in a day.

How did it happen? When did a "normal" day become the exception rather than the rule around here?

You may ask, "What is a normal day?" Well, for me, a normal day would be a day when we get up, have breakfast, home school, do housework, cook meals, eat, play, etc. It would be a day with no outside obligations, appointments, lessons, etc. No running around. No major interruptions.

Right now, a week of "normal" days almost sounds nicer to me than a week's vacation!!

Some shots with my new toy...

I hate to do this to all you folks still stuck in the snow, but yesterday was gorgeous here in the South! My kids sunned themselves on a blanket in the yard and I played around with my zoom. These were taken from about 30-40 feet away. Don't be blinded by the pale, winter skin!

Meanwhile, exhausted 17 year old tried to nap inside.

I call these "Rumpled Laundry on Table."

I am working on cataloging all my stash at are some yarn goodies:

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Finally!! A new camera!

Well, I did it. I dug deep and spent the $$$ on a new camera!

May I introduce to you my new Canon PowerShot SX100 IS?

You can read about it here:

Once I learn how to use this baby, I hope to post some photos and do a bit more blogging. Keep your fingers crossed!!


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