Sunday Self # 5

I'm not a "group craft" kinda gal; but I came home with this mirror from a MOP's (Moms of Preschoolers)session one day. I'm still not sure what to do with it, although it worked well for a couple self portraits.

what I DO know about my car and then some

We pulled up to the curb and stopped in front of the small crowd gathered at our house for lunch after Big Brother's graduation, when - POP - the knob flew off the gear shift of my car. [the aftermarket, phallic, need-for-speed-wannabe gear shift that was installed in my very conservative Toyota by the previous owner's 19-year-old son - and after all that he didn't want the car - he joined the Marines. The later being of sound judgment, BTW.]

Now I can't get it into reverse or park.  Gah!

Let's just go in and party with the graduate!

Cut to this morning. There's a little rectangle piece of plastic that if popped off  evidently reveals a button [or something] inside allowing me to override the gearshift and put the car into reverse - or park...or not. Nope.

I call Triple A - thank goodness for AAA. When he arrives, the driver says, "I can show you a trick..." [the little rectangle tab - been there, done that...] He tried it - didn't work. [I told you so!]

I may be a woman but, really, I'm not an idiot. I once had to teach a friend how to change his car battery... and use jumper cables.

Cut to the garage. It's after Noon. Can't get new parts, can't get a rental car. My mechanic fiddles around inside for a moment then calls me over and shows me a screwdriver.

"You're going to need this" he says.

In the mean time his assistant comes over, "Hey there's a...", "Rectangle tab that allows me to get it into gear, yeah, tried that."

He tries anyway.
No luck.

Told you so! [seriously people]

So what do I do with that screwdriver?

Fun, huh?

Get out the lawn chairs, Pabst Blue Ribbon and muscle shirts - I'm feeling SO Trailer Trash!

I'm all SOOC today! Join in or check it out.

5/31/09 edited to say: "Publishing your post always works when blogging."

Did'ya Not Read That Written Drivers Test Ya Took?

Seriously, three times in the last couple of weeks I've had the displeasure of watching *stupid* lame-brain drivers play chicken with emergency vehicles. I can't tell you how much it irks me! Is this a Southern California thing? Got to get past that ambulance driving toward you, god forbid you have to stop for Ah-moment.

 This occasion I had the camera in hand. (well, in the seat next to me and I grabbed it as I sat at the red light). what you don't see just out of the frame to the left is the crunched small pickup truck loaded on a flatbed.

Note to the lame-brains, while taking your next drivers test, when you read the question,
"When you hear the scream of an emergency vehicle what does the law require you to do?"
a. Speed up and get out of the way
b. Signal the driver to pass
c. Make a quick left-hand turn in front of oncoming emergency vehicle
d. Pull to the right and far as possible and STOP
Please, Please remember that the answer is D.
D for DUH! Doh! Doot-dee-doo.

And don't even get me started on stop signs.

...this has been a public service announcement for Photo Story Friday - don't make me come find you.

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek


I love the 365 project because it makes me see things in my life from a different perspective. 

This sweet little statue that sits on a sunlight shelf under a window made me think of this quote.

It is so true.

catching up

So. I rented a lens over the weekend.

The highly-coveted Canon 24-70mm f2.8L. That is one sweet lens! And heavy! I put my 50mm fixed lens back on and practically threw the camera overcompensating for the weight change! [Okay not really, but you know what I'm getting at.]
It was fun to play with, I used it on Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening to shoot a friend's event, Monday for Memorial Day and today for a new baby shoot.

Then it was time to take it back...


"Someday it will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine!"

In the meantime, here are some pictures from Saturday's play date. It was an invasion of the blondes! My one friend, whom I've known since the 6th grade, has triplets, my other friend has a daughter with a little boy on the THIS WEEK!

This template is a free sample from MCP Actions, check her out for a lot of great stuff.  I LOVE this, it's so quick and easy to use and perfect for a night like tonight when I want to get on and off so I can get some much needed REST. MCP Actions are definitely on my wish list!

In the mean time I'll just have to settle with trying out the gorillapod that I WON from MCP [weeks ago] which finally arrived in the mail today! Whoopee!

Thank you MCP and Photojojo!

I'm behind on my Goggle Reader and won't get much time this week, as I have a son graduating from High School on Friday.

Wowzer! Crazy.

Taking Steps

One of my favorite movies is "Strickly Ballroom" it's also the first film in Baz Luhrmann's Red Curtain Trilogy

It's a quirky little Australian film with a big positive message...

A life lived in fear is a life half lived

I have chewed on that quote for many years. Vowing to live by it and not let fear rule my life; but I have found that fear can disquise itself in so many ways. Stepping out of my comfort zone has always been a challenge; there occasions where I have fallen on my face, been dismissed, or failed - miserably.

Yes, failure make us stronger because we learn from it, but I believe you can only learn from your failure if you have a support system in place to help you process the failure and encourage you to get back up. Honestly, that didn't always happen for me. So after a couple failures, I walked away shamefully.

But I have a support system in place now, a big loud support system; and I have, as one person today put it, "a dream job" to aspire after.

Only I never thought of  it as a dream job.  I never thought of it as a job at all. Or even a career possibility. But lately, it keeps rearing it's dreamy little head.

Then I was reminded of a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. that I've truly pondered all day.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

The thing is, like in the picture above, I don't see the whole staircase.

I've stepped down...

But like I said, the support system is Loud. and Strong.

[Knock, knock, um, supporters... I'm requesting a safety net at the bottom... I'm just saying.]

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Some Fairy Sweetness

Last Sunday I attended and photographed the Fashion Show fundraiser for Harrison's preschool.

At the end of the fashion show the little girls came out for a fairy parade in cute little outfits that were donated as a gift to them for participating.

Happy Thursday!

365 April Style

April presented a few eggs and a few more challenges for me personally when it came time for daily pictures; in fact, sadly, I missed Saturday, April 25. Bummer. (And i thought I got through March by the skin of my teeth!)

But I will push forward with this project.

Here are the inspired [and uninspired] images of April.

365 April

Last to Know

That's me. I'm always the last to find out or to discover. In this case though, I still had to share.

Twilight ran rampid last year, it was all the rage. I hit the tail end of that one, too; but I wasn't really interested in reading the book or seeing the movie [insert gasp here]. To date, I still haven't.

But...I really liked the processing of the images in the movie posters.

I guess I'm attracted to the gritty moodiness of the images.

What I found amazing about this series is that it was taken by a 19 year old professional named Joey Lawrence or Joey L. And his work is phenomenal!

This kid has a long and successful career ahead of him; if you haven't heard of him or seen his work, check him out on his blog or his website.  He may not be your style but his talent, vision and passion for what he does can not be denied.

If you have heard of him, well I told you straight up, I'm always the last to know.

Do I want to see the movie yet? Nah, not really. I'm sure I'll get around to seeing it eventually. Unfortunately, the whole thing was just a little too hyped for me. 

Redondo Beach Child Photographer | hello, is anyone in there? [tap tap] hello?

That's about how I've been feeling lately.
Is anyone in here.

I promise, I will get back in gear with blogging and visiting blogs, etc.
In the mean time, I've been stretching a bit [and not stretching enough at other times...]

I got this fun canvas fabric on clearance; I love the print so before my camera battery died, I popped off five [not so good] test shots of Harrison. He has been a crack up lately with posing. He's willing to pose and then gives me a string of goofy faces.

The thing is, I love the goofy faces.

...and then the battery died.

With the exception of a little vignette on a couple of them, these are SOOC using the existing light as twilight was beginning it's approach.

Have a good weekend!
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