Jun 26, 2012

Playing around with manual mode

 Last year, I tried using manual mode on our camera and got completely discouraged. Nothing was turning out how I wanted it to. Frustrated, I gave up and went back to auto.  I'm determined to give manual another go and this time I'm actually doing a bit of reading online about it so that I can hopefully learn a few things.

I played around with the ISO and decided that I liked what I'm getting at 400 with these shots.  I'm reading different things about what ISO setting is best depending on the situation. For now, I'll just keep experimenting and having fun with it.

Jun 18, 2012

Home for the summer

smedley Collage
Another day, another park.  This time we ventured out to Smedley, a park I hadn't visited in many years.

Just beyond that bridge, a trail begins.  Somewhere along the trail is a tree with my initials carved into it, although the letters must be well worn now, smooth and flattened, since it was ten years ago since I last walked it.  We didn't venture out to find my tree though, it was too muddy for us to attempt in our flip flops.

smedley Collage2
It was kind of a bust as far as parks go, no baby swings and many huge puddles of standing water swarming with gnats and mosquitoes.  We'll have to cross this one off the list.

We've been going out so much during the day, really enjoying open spaces and sunshine.  It's hard to believe that we've been back in Pennsylvania for almost 10 weeks now.  I am loving it, loving every minute of it just like I knew that I would.  The days are for fun, the nights are for me.  I am a night owl by nature so I find myself staying up late, alone with my thoughts and music in my ears.  It's so nice.

I realized last week that I have been keeping this blog for a whole year.  I started it as a way to share with family since we were moving overseas and I'm so glad I did.  I love looking back over Francie's first year and seeing how much she's grown.  This blog definitely became a form of entertainment for me as well and at some points I got caught up in thinking that I needed to do certain things with it.  At the end of the day, it's just for fun and it's for us.

I love that I have "met" people through this space, and I'm glad for that.  It's a nice little plus.  For those who are reading- family, friends, and anyone else- thank you :)

Jun 14, 2012

Life lately with a delightful person

Homemade tacos


I have issues with Netflix, basically because I could search for 10 different titles and they might have 1 that I actually want to watch. (first world problems, I know)  But last night- a pleasant surprise!  They recently added Lost in Translation, so I had to stay up late watching it.
I love this movie and have seen it many times, but one bit of dialogue really stuck with me this time.  Bob and Charlotte are discussing marriage and he tells her it gets complicated once you have kids.

"The most terrifying day of your life is the day the first one is born.  Your life, as you know it, is gone- never to return.  But they learn how to walk and they learn how to talk, and you want to be with them. And they turn out to be the most delightful people you will ever meet in your life."

Jun 10, 2012

Hiking at Pendle Hill

Oh how I love a good hike! My Mom found this trail which is part of Pendle Hill, a Quaker study center, and it's open to the public, so we went to check it out. It was great for hiking with a toddler because it's flat, no steep inclines, no inclines at all actually.

The path is clearly laid out and wood-chipped, so that was nice. My only real concern was the potential for ticks, and this is a concern no matter where you're out and about here in Pennsylvania, really. You really have to be cautious about ticks if you live in a place with a large deer population like PA.

There was plenty for me to photograph, and overall, it was a good place for a walk through the woods. The little lady seemed to enjoy herself, so I think we'll be going back there sometime.

Jun 8, 2012

Heavy Rotation

I'm really loving Spotify for finding and listening to music these days.  My ipod selection gets a little stale from time to time and I can't afford to buy new albums too often so it's nice being able to listen to things for free (legally) right on my laptop.  I thought it would be fun to compile a list every so often of what it is that I'm really into at the moment.  Here's what has been on heavy rotation on my playlist for the past week or so:

The Walkmen, Heaven
I have no idea how I have never listened to the Walkmen before because they are right up my alley.  I saw this on the new release section on Spotify, gave it a listen, and I am hooked!  Songs that you can really get into and dance and sing along to, reminds me a bit of Tapes n' Tapes.

Jack White, Blunderbuss
Once upon a time, I listened to the White Stripes quite a bit.  I almost didn't give this album a chance because that was so long ago, but I'm glad I did.  Very upbeat tracks, same sound as the White Stripes.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Here
So their debut album came out a few years ago and apparently a few of the tracks have been on commercials but I had never heard of them.  Started listening a couple weeks ago and just this week they released a new album.  It's taking me a bit to warm up to the new tracks, but they are growing on me.

Have any music suggestions for me?  I'm always up for recommendations!

Jun 4, 2012

Oh, how the days go...

 Scott Arboretum

Some birds worked very hard on their nest, unfortunately it was atop my mother's porch light.  Sorry little fellas!


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