There’s so many things that I could list for which I am thankful. But this post isn’t about any of those things. This blog post is to offer my thanks for the many wonderful friends I have found.

First off, I have to start with how thankful I am for those of you that donated to my dSLR fund. I honestly didn’t expect anyone to and I’m so appreciative of those of you that did. I also appreciate everyone’s support in my decision to get a dSLR, no matter which form it comes in… all your fantastic advice and helpful words mean so much to me.

But not only that, I think more importantly I’m just so thankful for the amazing friends I have met, both on flickr and twitter. In such a short time I’ve found so many fantastic people… that make me laugh, that challenge me, that encourage me… At nights, before I fall asleep, I’ve found myself thinking lately about how lucky I am. Really. Oh and sidebar, I guess I have to be thankful for the technology, that brought us all together!

Anyway, I’m rambling and probably not expressing myself eloquently at all but I hope you get the gist of what I’m saying. Thank you so much.


I was driving to work this morning and it must have rained over night, because there were puddles everywhere. Every time I passed a puddle, I’d catch a glimpse of a reflection inside it – a building, or the sky – and I just wished I wasn’t running late so that I could stop and take a picture of it. Well, that and I wished the puddle wasn’t in the middle of the road so that I could take a picture of it, lol.

There’s just so many pictures waiting to be taken on the drive to work. This neighborhood I drive through has a house with the most beautiful purple flowers, and another house has a gorgeous magnolia tree… I’d love to take pictures of both of them but I’d feel embarassed to explain what I was doing if someone asked me about it. Not to mention, there’s never time to stop.

Anyway, after work I was driving home, trying to think of what to take a picture of and reflections popped into my head again. I drove around, looking for a nice, shiny building with lots of windows but I didn’t find any that reflected anything great. I took some default flower pictures in my apartment complex, nothing exciting and then, as I was walking away from the car I caught sight of this…

Maybe it’s nothing special. In fact, I’m sure it’s not. But I kind of just love how the sky looks in the window. I don’t know… it just struck me as a picture. So I made it one.

Oh and P.S. in dSLR news.. I’ve decided yes, I’m going for it. After making 2 donations to my dSLR fund yesterday (because I found myself wishing I had one) and 1 today, I’ve decided I should get one. I was talking to my co-workers today (who aren’t photography people at all, but they are sweet and like my pictures) and they think that I should totally go for it… and not to settle for a camera that I’m going to want to upgrade rather quickly. They think I should save up and get the camera that I want, that I’m not going to want to upgrade, even if it takes me that much longer. So… here goes!

Oh and if anyone wants to donate or knows anyone who wants to donate (yeah I’m not holding my breath), I’ve added a donate button to the right side of the side. :o)

One last thing – I’ve made the decision today to elimate sodas from my diet. I’ve been drinking too many and I bet they’re a good chunk of my recent tummy “issue” so starting today, I’m going to wean myself off them (and hopefully off Starbucks too)… my goal is to be done before I move.

Sigh. Thanks for your thoughts on my blog and flickr page yesterday, I appreciate all of them. I’m still thinking about it and I’m not sure what conclusions, if any, I’ve come to. Some comments have made me more reluctant to get a dSLR… and some comments have made me more determined!

Someone suggested that I just get a better point and shoot camera, with more manual options. Mmm, nah. I think that while the point and shoot camera that I have right now is limiting, I don’t want to “upgrade” to another point and shoot. If I’m going to spend money on another camera, I’m going all out. I mean, not ALL out, but dSLR or bust.

On the other hand, some comments mentioned that since a dSLR isn’t as portable as a point and shoot, it doesn’t get taken out as much. That’s another concern I have… that I’d be too lazy or “embarassed” (for lack of a better word?) to take it out.

And btw, yup, I know that a camera doesn’t make one take better pictures. But for me, it’s the *possibilities*. The different lenses out there and the potential pictures I could achieve with them.

I liked the idea a few people had on my flickr page about starting a separate account and every time I wish I had a dSLR, make a donation to that account. Well, right now my savings account is my dSLR fund but I think it’s a good idea. Every time something about my camera irks me or I see a fantastic picture and I think “man I want a dSLR” I’m going to donate some money to my savings account. Probably only like $2 because it might add up fast and I still need to afford to live, lol…

Anyway, in non-dSLR news… I told my mom this weekend I was going to maybe join a gym when I moved and my mom’s reaction? “Good, I think that’s an excellent idea. You could lose a few pounds.” Lol, thanks mom. I mean, yes she has a point (actually I think my weight is probably alright, it’s just where it has accumulated that is the problem… I need to figure out the right exercise to target the tummy area).

Gotta love parental support, no?

I’ll be honest… working with a point & shoot camera is really limiting in a lot of ways… my most recent example being my trouble shooting the wedding on Saturday. I mean, it gets the job done, the size makes it convenient to throw in my purse and take everywhere… but there’s so much I think I could do, if I had a better camera.

Anyway, at said wedding, my mother said she wanted to get me a piece of jewelry for me to treasure forever and I told her that I really just wanted a new camera, a dSLR.. I told her that I had been saving up all year and was really hoping to be able to afford it by the end of the summer. She was hesitant at first, saying that “I’d just throw it away” (thinking it was any old camera)… and then she said she’d try to help me out financially with it, when she could.

As soon as she said that, I got nervous. I mean, looking at my pictures lately (or rather, overall) they’re not anything to write home about. My mom acts impressed… but that’s my mom, lol… she’s always going to be supportive. Maybe it’s not worth spending all that money on a camera when I can’t even do that great with the camera I have now… Plus I tend to get bored with hobbies, what if my mom is right and eventually I just get tired of taking pictures and my camera ends up at the back of my closet, along with my ice skates, collecting dust?

I don’t know what I’m going on about. I really think that taking pictures has become a fun hobby for me and I’m really enjoying it, and I don’t foresee myself losing interest… but you never know, ya know?

I’m rambling, aren’t I?

144/365 – randomness

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Ha ha, not intentional but it appears I watch a movie every Sunday lately. Well this Sunday was no exception, I went with my family to see Star Trek. Now I’m not really a Star Trek fan, but I grew up with it, my dad and brother were fans and I have memories of sitting on the living room floor with it on. The little communicator buttons they had on their shirts fascinated me, as did the way they transported themselves.

Anyway, I figured my dad would want to see it so on we went… I was hesitant but plenty of friends had told me that it was good so I was hoping to like it. And I did! I thought it was a good storyline, and an intriguing one at that… had a bit of comedy, which I always find almost necessary in movies. Plus I think my dad probably liked getting the back story of the characters he had known for years, while I was able to enjoy the story, even though I went in knowing very little about the characters or premise from the beginning. My only complaint was when the camera started shaking – I can’t stand movies that do that, as it makes me a bit motion-sick… luckily it wasn’t for a lot of the movie, but just small portions.

Oh and if you were wondering about the picture that accompanies this post… this is one of those pictures that stems from realizing it’s gone 9pm, I haven’t used the camera all day and I need to take my 365 picture within the next few hours. While I often find project 365 enjoyable, there are moments, like today, where I just find myself needing to take a picture for the sake of taking a picture… and obviously it’s not going to be good. I wish even my random pictures could be good but alas, I’m not there yet. Maybe one day.

143/365 – John & Sarah

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Maybe it’s my age but this year I’ve been invited to more weddings than years past. I’ve been invited to 3 weddings this year, I can only attend 2 (I’d love to attend the 3rd in England but finances… ).

Anyway, I was really hoping to take some good pictures at this wedding… I had already ideas in my mind of how fabulous they would look. Wow, I just could not live up to my expectations. At all. At both the ceremony and reception the lighting was poor so the flash was pretty much mandatory… and then the subject looks completely fake and wrong, in my opinion. Not to mention the seats I had made it impossible to see, much less take pictures… sigh.

Anyway, I’m sure part of it might be due to the limitations of my point & shoot camera (I was drooling over another wedding guest’s dSLR for the better part of the ceremony) and the rest might be the fact that I need to figure out how to take pictures under those circumstances.  I’m hoping to try to practice or something, wedding #2 is my cousin’s in August and I’d like to at least get some good shots of her this time!

Holy Rosary Church
Holy Rosary Church

I loved these arches

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Mini update because I’m about to head out and even though I haven’t taken any pictures yet (pic to the left was taken a few weeks ago), I’m heading to a wedding so I’m hoping to get my 365 shot there.  I probably won’t be able to post it til tomorrow though, hence the mini update post now.

I was making the 3 hour drive to Houston this morning and was thinking… this is the last time that this drive will be round-trip. The next time I make the drive to Houston, it will be with everything I own, as it will be me moving to Houston. Wow.

After the drive, I got my hair cut – just a trim and some bangs (and seriously, hairdressers never listen to what I say and *always* screw up my bangs). The main problem I had was the hairdresser next to me. This was at the salon my mom frequents and the hairdresser recognized me in relation to my mom, states a few facts about me and then goes, “you’re 15 right?”. Really? Really I look 15? The hairdresser on the other side decides to guess… I told her to guess older so she guesses 20. Well, I’d rather take 20 than 15… but seriously, 15?? That’s 12 years off from my real age!

Ugh. There better be champagne at this wedding. Although I bet they won’t think I’m old enough for it.

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