Ohh, Betsy!

Three Amigos August 12, 2009

Filed under: Good Times,Photography,Travel — Anna @ 7:38 am
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Spending the weekend with some old friends brought some good laughs and late-night conversation. And it was remarkably relaxing (apart from the fact that Chicago never fails to chew me up and spit me out). Three young kids running around an apartment does not usually equate relaxing.  But G and his two new buddies got along splendidly. So splendidly that they required little to no adult intervention supervision. They seldom quarreled, resolved their disputes internally and happily played games together. The friendship pact was sealed when  each partook of the smuggled Andes mints stolen from the pantry. Dare I say, they behaved better together than when apart?  Oh, content little friends they were.  If an outsider saw them playing, I doubt they would guess that this was their first meeting.  By all appearances, it was as if these three kids were old friends just as their parents were. Only (thankfully) the kid’s friendship began without the habit of exploding random items in microwaves, throwing flaming bowling balls down hills or other random acts of destruction that accompanied their fathers’ friendship throughout high school.

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The Princess and the Frog July 31, 2009

Filed under: Photography — Anna @ 3:50 pm
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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…

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

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Split Personality July 30, 2009

Filed under: Photography — Anna @ 2:41 am
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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.

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