Bad timing

Last night proved to be especially chaotic in our house.

We were eating dinner when the phone rang. We rarely answer our phone, especially in the evening, afraid that it’s a poll for this, that or the other thing or Qwest asking us to upgrade our service, etc. So we let it roll over to the answering machine and it turned out to be a friend of Jody’s (he was an usher in our wedding) that he hadn’t talked to in over a year. So Jody ran upstairs and got the phone and proceeded to have a loooong ol’ conversation with his buddy.

In the meantime, Ava smeared food all over the back of the chair (we just use a booster seat on top of a chair and I’d forgotten to put another towel – to protect it – on it), got ahold of a crayon and drew on the wall (thank goodness for washable crayons), dumped her water all over the paper and table where she was drawing (after I discovered the colored wall), and then fell off the bottom step where she bonked her head and started crying.

While all of this was going on, I was trying to finish eating my dinner, then do the dishes and clean the kitchen, tend to the dogs and wash crayon off the wall, and then calm an upset child. In my efforts to clean up, I dropped Ava’s booster seat tray into the sink and it shattered a glass. Oy! (Thankfully the glass stayed in the sink and Ava was in the diningroom.) It was one of those “Calgon, take me away” moments.

Where was Jody while all mayhem broke lose? Upstairs, chatting it up. ;oP
I got pretty frustrated with the whole situation for a while. I understand he hadn’t talked to his friend in over a year, but couldn’t he have called him back at a better time? I know he didn’t do it to spite me, but I was definitely feeling overwhelmed.

Anyway, after he got off the phone and my frustration hadn’t subsided, I decided to take a couple hours to get out of the house and chill. I drove up to Borders and read almost an entire book on (what else?) photography. It was nice to get out alone, and I learned a great deal too.

Lesson learned? Hmmm. Don’t sweat the small stuff, I guess. Funny thing is I haven’t gotten really worked up over something in quite a while.

And then I wonder where Ava gets her temper from. ;oP

Blah, blah, blah (just random stuff)

I had another maternity photoshoot this weekend. It was my friend’s daughter who was in town visiting from Montana. She was 29 weeks along and had her two older children (7 and 8) in some of the photos with her. (Their dog was in a few shots as well.) All in all it went well. They were very nice and easy to work with. I learned a lot of things (after the fact, when I looked at the pictures of course), like even though the room we were in seemed bright, they should’ve all faced the windows. And that I should’ve shot at a higher aperture because there were three of them and I wanted all of them in focus. I’m used to shooting just one person (namely Ava), so I’m not used to that. But despite my rookie mistakes (live and learn and then learn some more), I still got some good pictures out of the deal and I’m very happy about that.

Here are a few from the session that I particularly like:

The three of us (Jody, Ava and I) went out to dinner Friday night, then stopped at Borders so I could read up on some photography tidbits. But we ran into a woman I used to work with (used to supervise her actually) and she had lots to talk about. She filled me in on the goings-on at the newspaper over the past few months and about her life and that of her family as well. In the meantime, Ava ran around the store and Jody chased after her. hehe.

The rest of the weekend was spent with me proofing the photos, so we didn’t do much else. Though I did sneak out for a bit Sunday evening and went to the “Grand Re-opening” at our neighborhood Safeway. You would’ve thought they were giving food away based on how crowded it was. :oP

This week looks to be a somewhat busy one. I’m taking pics of my friend’s son tomorrow (he turns 2 next week). More practice, practice, practice for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ On Wednesday we have another Attachment Parenting meeting. This month’s topic is prenatal parenting.

I still have lots of stuff to sell/give away. I tried listing Ava’s crib on Craig’s list last week and thought I had a taker, but they decided they wanted a white one instead. Bugger.

Ava’s vocabulary is increasing every day. It’s amazing to hear her pick up more and more words. Oh, and she’s been doing somersaults (totally unassisted) for the past couple weeks. She must have done about 15 on the bed last night while Jody and I laid in there with her. It’s pretty adorable. She claps her hands and says “Yay!” after each one. Her other new thing is shaking hands and saying “How do.” Cracked us up at dinner on Friday when she reached for my hand and said it for the first time. LOL!

That’s all for now. I think Ava and I are going to go run some errands now. Looks to be a nice day out. ๐Ÿ™‚

The setting sun

Here are a couple pictures I scrambled to capture as the sun set tonight. (I pulled off the road into a parking lot and literally ran out of my car to get them in time.) I wish I’d had my tripod with me so the sunset one was less blurred.

The first one is a tree with a cloud behind it reflecting the sunset. That cloud was awesome. It looked like the sky was on fire. The second one is the sun setting behind the mountains. No manipulation was done to either photo other than cropping and sharpening.

More blogging to come later. ๐Ÿ™‚

Writerโ€™s block?

Oh my gosh. I think I have writer’s block.

Here I am with some time to spare so I sat down to write an entry and have nothing good to write about. Doesn’t that just figure?

I sort of felt like ranting, but then that seems so unproductive and unhealthy. So I won’t.

Tomorrow (or today depending on what time it is where you live) is Half-Nekkid Thursday. I bowed out of it last week and don’t think I’ll be posting anything this week either. I don’t feel motivated. Imagine that, I get a new camera where I could take some killer shot, and I don’t feel motivated. I’m just not into photographing myself lately. (Not that I’m not hella cute. ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

I could go do a meme to get the juices flowing, but blah, I don’t feel like hunting one down.

It’s been a long day – started off with a migraine, had an advisory committee meeting for an Attachment Parenting group, and went to the grocery store twice, so I guess I’ll end this very boring, unproductive post and go catch some Zzzzzz. Perhaps I’ll be enlightened tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cheers.