Ohh, Betsy!

The Princess and the Frog July 31, 2009

Filed under: Photography — Anna @ 3:50 pm

While my friend Casey was off to a conference in Chicago, her daughter, also known as the Moosh stayed with us.  I was nervous for two reasons, 1) having to do girl hair and 2) how the Moosh and G would find common ground.  G is fully submersed in boy land.  He only cares about dinosaurs, whales, cars and trains.  He likes to play rough.  He is known to ferociously roar without advance warning. He has girl friends but this was to be an extended stay and I wasn’t sure if the Moosh would really want to pretend to be a brontosaurus while G played the angry T-Rex.

But all was well in the end. I combed curly locks without making it too frizzy.  I dug out the one book I knew the Moosh would love, “The Paper Bag Princess” and she was indeed dazzled by the princess who called the prince a bum.  I made sure she had a pink plate or bowl.  Brandon even made her a princess out of play-dough. And how did the two find common ground? When we went swimming, G was a whale while the Moosh was a mermaid. When G was playing with his whales, G let the Moosh play with his Narwhal whale, the closest thing to a unicorn. When the Moosh played dress-up as a butterfly princess…


G dug out his frog costume and put it right on.



Split Personality July 30, 2009

Filed under: Photography — Anna @ 2:41 am

It’s not a big secret to those who know me that I am devoted to film photography.  I love my Instax so, so much. It gives me the instant gratification that film usually denies me.  I’m still shooting on my Holga but it will be months before I ever get the film developed. Before we had the digital SLR, I still pulled out my film SLR for any special occasion.  There is something about film that just makes me happy.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all the advantages of digital. I love my digital SLR more than I can say. I love experimenting without having to worry about a bad print.  I love that it doesn’t cost nearly as much as film.  But I don’t even know how to edit digital pictures, which is one of the biggest advantages of digital.  If I don’t get a good shot, I won’t (can’t) edit it.  I don’t know the first thing about Photoshop. And even though it may be holding me back as far as my photography skills, I still have no plans to learn.  I’m like a curmudgeonly old woman who refuses to learn how to set the clock on her microwave.  Just don’t offer to teach me Photoshop otherwise I might shake my cane at you.