Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sometimes Life Isn't Very Fair


But I still have you baby girl. Thank you for being my rock, my companion, and above all, my daughter. I'm glad I get to love you everyday and know that at least, you still love me back. And yes, I will read Horton Hears a Who one more time with you.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Things I'm Obsessed With: Part Two

Vintage Film Cameras
This weeks TIOW is all about film cameras. (Ahem, pay no attention to the Nikon bag lurking in the corner.) And no, this is not a testament to being trendy, so put your hipster glasses down and step away from the vegan shoe wear. 

 You may recognize the instagram above from my January Photo-A-Day challenge, but this is my actual collection, minus the recent additions of two Olympus 35mms and a Polaroid 300. There's a Holga 120 mm, 1982 Polaroid 600, a handmade pinhole camera from high school, my late grandfather's early 1950s Kodak Brownie, 80s era Kodak 600, and a LoFi 800 box camera (the chocolate milk carton). I plan to add much, much more.

I started getting into photography in middle school because of my dad. He's been pretty big into the craft for a while and has always been the family photographer. I was always wandering around with a disposable Kodak camera, snapping random pictures of friends, flowers, trash, pretending I was some great photographer like Ansel Adams or O. Winston Link. (Funny story about him, I should tell you one day.) Then, around 7th grade, I got one of those Polaroid Izone cameras for my birthday and got hooked on instant film. Since then, I have gone into studying photography for a BFA degree and have slowly started collecting along the way, be it for school or old family treasures. As much as I love my Nikon DSLR, digital work never held the same allure for me that film does. And the surprise of the film camera is an added bonus. The surprise image you don't see until it is developed. The fuzzy vignettes. The light leaks. Each is their own character and gives you different results. Film just looks and feels real to me compared to digital. 

So, I think if you want to get curious, look into getting a film camera, nothing digital. I'll bet your parents or grandparents might still have one gathering dust somewhere. Or if all else fails and you feel very brave, go get a disposable one (they still exist) or a pinhole camera kit. Surprise yourself with what film has to offer!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Sweet, Comic Valentine

Yesterday was of course Valentine's Day. I've never been a huge fan of the day, but I must admit yesterday was pretty special. Daniel and I celebrated not only the holiday, but our (early) 14 months together. Woke up to a handwritten Valentine from my sweetheart and a big happy squeal from Abbie. We three cooked breakfast together, delivered Valentines, and then celebrated the day at the Georgia Aquarium, which was blessedly less crowded than normal thanks to it being a weekday. It was a big step for Abbie, because this was her first major outing without the stroller. She did pretty well, except for a few times where she either got tired of walking or was trying to toddle off. She's been in a pretty foul state due to cutting molars, which leads to her being a sassy ass. But the day ended well too, with a home cooked Valentine dinner, moscato, and seeing Perks of Being a Wallflower on DVD afterward. (see my review here). So I have no complaints. :) Here, have a few instas!

That insta of Daniel and Abbie in the penguin hole...my new favorite. I love these two so much.

Also, since today is the official day, Happy 14 Months to my amazing man. I love you so much and can't wait for many more months and years together! Thank you for all you do for me and Owlfish! Picture from one of our adventures at the aquarium last year.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

In the Jungle of Nool

So recently, Owlfish received a great gift from her grandparents. She got a Nook eReader! Normally, I'm against giving technology to kids under certain ages just because I think they can survive without them. But this has made Abbie's world having this, because all of her Dr. Seuss book talk to her! The children's books via Nook have a choice of auto-play, so it will read her the story out loud and turn the pages All the while, she can tap the screen and if she taps a wall, the word WALL pops up. If she taps water, WATER pops up. So she is learning the words as well. It is a joy to watch her get so into the stories and chatter on and on while watching. Her nook has not left her side in days until last night, when I put my foot down and put it away for a night so she could maybe go back to looking at a physical book before bed. No dice. Oh well. So maybe this little tablet was a godsend. Thank you , Grandma and Grandpa!

In other news, went bridal dress shopping for my friend Becky on Monday to help her look for wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses. Owlfish came with and got to try on flower girl dresses. It was a rewarding trip, albeit a little disappointing because I still unfortunately cannot fit into most of those dresses yet. (I need to get my lazy ass in gear, for serious.) The staff at Anya's Bridal in Atlanta were fantastic and I definitely recommend going there if you are looking for dresses!

Well, Owlfish is in bed, Daniel is at work, so it's back to finishing Valentine's Day gifts and avoiding this constant rain here in the south. Hope your week has begun well!

Friday, February 08, 2013

Things I'm Obsessed With

So, I've decided to do something about my constant silence that happens on this blog. To help spur some more posts, I'm going to add some random features on certain days. Some of the blogs I favorite and follow do posts like these, so I figured I would give it a go. So, for a kick starter, I'm going to start 'Things I Am Obsessed With" on the weekends (this may become a Saturday post eventually). And today, I am obsessed with...

Striped Stockings

Striped stockings/socks/OTK/etc have always been a favorite item of clothing. Call it the witch in me. Beyond their stereotypical use for any Halloween picture or costume, these babies have had a long history of use by carnies, party-goers, burlesque dancers, and more. I've had a fair few striped stockings over the years and in different color variations. But I always come back to the infamous black and white pattern. Whether I wear them with skirts or under jeans, they add a little bit of sauciness and magic to my outfit (in my opinion anyway :D). What's more, buy the right pair, extra warmth on those legs! Especially right now with how cold it is...or how snowed in you are up there in the Northeast! So I suggest to anyone who like me is a little on the quirky side to snag a few striped leg things. Get your carnie on!

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Hello February

Hope you have had a splendid weekend. We have over here! Spent Thursday in Atlanta with my best friend Katie for a play date with her two boys and Owlfish. As they day came to and end and the kiddos started to get on the grumpy side, we (being the crazy single mommies we are!) kinda figured, "Well, let's just make it a weekend thing?" It had been a while since Katie and I hadn't had a good period of hangout time.  We both met and lived out in Carrollton while I was attending West Georgia. So when I moved away in 2011 after discovering I was pregnant, periods of seeing each other became few and far between, purely because of distance. So now that she is living up this way with her boy, we took full advantage of the weekend together. Daniel, Owlfish, and I came over Friday afternoon and stayed until this morning. It was mostly the three of us, Katie, and her bunch, although her youngest kiddo left us to spend time with his grandparents overnight!.(We missed you, boo-booski!) It was a good weekend for catching up, letting our kids be kids, getting in some girl time at the gym, and such. Highlight of the weekend was a family day at Piedmont Park downtown Saturday afternoon, before Daniel and I left to attend a birthday party for a friend while Owlfish stayed with her "Auntie Kay". It was a great weekend that ended too soon! Here are a few photos and instas from that day.

Have a great week!