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2012 Photo Challenge: Week 42

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Oct 212012
 

Week 42 of our 365 Photo Challenge.

I spent most of the past week in an allergy med-inuduced fog. So, I’m afraid it wasn’t a very interesting week photo-wise, but I took ’em!

What you see below are links to my flickr set for the photos I’m posting for this photo challenge. Click on any photo below to go to flickr and then you can navigate through the set with the “Previous” and “Next” arrows at the top.

Photo Challenge: 288/366 Garage
Sun: Oct 14, 2012
  Photo Challenge: 289/366 Fallen Berries
Mon: Oct 15, 2012
Photo Challenge: 290/366 Dewey Clover
Tue: Oct 16, 2012
Photo Challenge: 291/366 Lantana
Wed: Oct 17, 2012
Photo Challenge: 292/366 Succulents
Thu: Oct 18, 2012
Photo Challenge: 293/366 Woodpecker Evidence
Fri: Oct 19, 2012
  Photo Challenge: 294/366 Another Succulent
Sat: Oct 20, 2012

2012 Photo Challenge: Week 41

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Oct 142012
 

Week 41 of our 365 Photo Challenge.

It’s been hard getting back in the habit this past week. I’ve had to resort to using pictures from my phone and have a VERY wide variety in subjects this week. But hey, I’m hanging in there!

What you see below are links to my flickr set for the photos I’m posting for this photo challenge. Click on any photo below to go to flickr and then you can navigate through the set with the “Previous” and “Next” arrows at the top.

Photo Challenge: 281/366 Thor! For your Marvelous Fish Tank
Sun: Oct 7, 2012
  Photo Challenge: 282/366 Callistemon
Mon: Oct 8, 2012
Photo Challenge: 283/366 Lion's Tail (Leonotis menthifolia)
Tue: Oct 9, 2012
Photo Challenge: 284/366 Autumn
Wed: Oct 10, 2012
Photo Challenge: 285/366 Marrow Bone
Thu: Oct 11, 2012
Photo Challenge: 286/366 Waiting For the Kids
Fri: Oct 12, 2012
  Photo Challenge: 287/366 Door Medallion
Sat: Oct 13, 2012

2012 Photo Challenge: Week 40

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Oct 062012
 

Week 40 of our 365 Photo Challenge.

I fell off the wagon in a big way during September. Everyone here was sick at the end of August, just in time for the school year to begin. It took about 3 weeks to fully recover from the plague that descended upon our house, and even then it took a while longer to get back into the swing of things emotionally. A shortage of sleep certainly didn’t help matters and the dog makes sneaking in those middle of the day naps difficult to time.

I did take photos for week 35 (End of August) also, but they’re over in the flickr set, not posted here. Similarly, I’ve posted one of the 184 or so pictures I took during September that is going to count for that month and placed it here for the 30th’s slot. See, I took lots of pictures last month, just not spread out over the course of the month. Looking back, you can see how she’s losing her puppy looks (she’ll be 8 months next week!) and posing in what our son calls her “Majestic Golden Retriever” look.

One quarter left, only 12 more weeks really. I can do this! Stay tuned to see what the rest of the year holds!

What you see below are links to my flickr set for the photos I’m posting for this challenge. Click on any photo below to go to flickr and then you can navigate through the set with the “Previous” and “Next” arrows at the top.

256/366 Olivia
Wed: Sep 12, 2012
  275/366 Silk Floss Tree (Chorisia speciosa)
Mon: Oct 1, 2012
276/366 Silk Floss Tree (Chorisia speciosa)
Tue: Oct 2, 2012
277/366 "Fall" Foliage
Wed: Oct 3, 2012
278/366 Callistemon
Thu: Oct 4, 2012
279/366 Hummingbird
Fri: Oct 5, 2012
  280/366 Sunrise, Mt. Woodson
Sat: Oct 6, 2012

2012 Photo Challenge: Week 34

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Aug 262012
 

Week 34 of our 365 Photo Challenge.

Back to school, a plague upon our house, what else could go wrong? Kind of a variety of subjects this week. Some with the dSLR, some with the iPhone. Even played with Photoshop a little with one of them. Can’t believe this week will be September already!

What you see below are links to my flickr set for the photos I’m posting for this photo challenge. Click on any photo below to go to flickr and then you can navigate through the set with the “Previous” and “Next” arrows at the top.

Photo Challenge: 232/366 Again? Really? Okay...
Sun: Aug 19, 2012
  Photo Challenge: 233/366 New Solar Panels
Mon: Aug 20, 2012
Photo Challenge: 234/366 Morning Sun Behind Clouds
Tue: Aug 21, 2012
Photo Challenge: 235/366 Rose
Wed: Aug 22, 2012
Photo Challenge: 236/366 I Can Haz Nanner 2?
Thu: Aug 23, 2012
Photo Challenge: 237/366 Time Lapse Pup
Fri: Aug 24, 2012
  Photo Challenge: 238/366 Morning Dew
Sat: Aug 25, 2012

2012 Photo Challenge: Weeks 32 & 33

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Aug 192012
 

What you see below are links to my flickr set for the photos I’m posting for this photo challenge. Click on any photo below to go to flickr and then you can navigate through the set with the “Previous” and “Next” arrows at the top.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks here as we try to get ready for going back to school. It’s hard to believe both kids will be in high school this year. The dog is still stealing my time as well as the show. I’ve found it very difficult to remember to pick up my camera most of the time, so I haven’t had much choice in what I have managed to shoot each day. It’s pretty bad when my mother had to remind me that I haven’t remembered to post these recently either.

Week 32 of our 365 Photo Challenge.

Photo Challenge: 218/366 Shake!
Sun: Jul 08, 2012
  Photo Challenge: 219/366 But Mom, it was open!
Mon: Jul 09, 2012
Photo Challenge: 220/366 Dog Rescue Casualty
Tue: Jul 10, 2012
Photo Challenge: 221/366 Duck!
Wed: Jul 11, 2012
Photo Challenge: 222/366 Lobster Roll
Thu: Jul 12, 2012
Photo Challenge: 223/366 3 days later
Fri: Jul 13, 2012
  Photo Challenge: 224/366 Relaxing in the Shade
Sat: Jul 14, 2012

Week 33

Photo Challenge: 225/366 Disturbing Spiderballs
Sun: Jul 08, 2012
  Photo Challenge: 226/366 Tree in Light & Shadow
Mon: Jul 09, 2012
Photo Challenge: 227/366 Oleander
Tue: Jul 10, 2012
Photo Challenge: 228/366 Roses
Wed: Jul 11, 2012
Photo Challenge: 229/366 Soccer Foul?
Thu: Jul 12, 2012
Photo Challenge: 230/366 Pool Deck
Fri: Jul 13, 2012
  Photo Challenge: 231/366 Reflection
Sat: Jul 14, 2012

2012 Photo Challenge: Weeks 29-31

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Aug 042012
 

What you see below are links to my flickr set for the photos I’m posting for this challenge. Click on any photo below to go to flickr and then you can navigate through the set with the “Previous” and “Next” arrows at the top.

Apologies for not posting in such a long time, but we’ll combine the last three weeks of photos into one post. I’ve been taking them, just haven’t had time to post.

Week 29 of our 365 Photo Challenge

Olivia loves the pool as you’ll see. Lots of pictures of her being goofy. It’s difficult to keep her out of it once she’s got her mind made up. She got stuck on the slide once, but hasn’t accidentally or purposefully gown down it yet. That will be a huge surprise for her when she does.

197/366 Red Leaf in Grass
Sun: Jul 15, 2012
  198/366 Red Dragonfly
Mon: Jul 16, 2012
199/366 Olivia
Tue: Jul 17, 2012
200/366 C'mere Ball!
Wed: Jul 18, 2012
201/366 White Blossom
Thu: Jul 19, 2012
202/366 Hydrangea
Fri: Jul 20, 2012
  203/366 Alice & Poesy
Sat: Jul 21, 2012

Week 30 of our 365 Photo Challenge

I spent the majority of this week in Anaheim, CA at the Romance Writers of America’s National Conference. This was the hardest week to remember to take photos. I don’t like most pictures of myself, so I don’t think to take them with other people either. I should have. I’m kicking myself. The ones I did take came out crappy on the iphone, but that just means I need to practice with it more. As you see the one day, the only photos I took were of presentation slides. Oops. I also found out that DH’s camera is a month ahead for the date, so that made for weirdness when I tried to upload everything.

204/366 Tarantula
Sun: Jul 22, 2012
  205/366 Hydrangea
Mon: Jul 23, 2012
206/366 Oleander
Tue: Jul 24, 2012
207/366 Beau Monde Workshop - How Clothes Worked
Wed: Jul 25, 2012
208/366 Lunch at RWA12 (Thursday)
Thu: Jul 26, 2012
209/366 Workshop Slide
Fri: Jul 27, 2012
  210/366 Victoria Alexander MC'ing the Rita & GH Awards Ceremony
Sat: Jul 28, 2012

Week 31 of our 365 Photo Challenge

Recovering from RWA12 and starting to gear back up for school starting in 3 weeks. Lots of stuff to do and plan and organize. So yes, lots more puppy pictures since she’s taking over my life and takes up huge chunks of my day.

211/366 Wisdom of Dove Chocolates
Sun: Jul 29, 2012
  212/366 I grew SO much!Mon: Jul 30, 2012
213/366 Pineapple Guava
Tue: Jul 31, 2012
214/366 Natural Crimping
Wed: Aug 01, 2012
215/366 Get that tail!
Thu: Aug 02, 2012
216/366 Ball!
Fri: Aug 03, 2012
  217/366 Olivia: Search & Rescue
Sat: Aug 04, 2012

Jul 152012
 

Week 28 of our 365 Photo Challenge.

Please excuse the excess of puppy exuberance this week. It was Olivia’s first week home, so naturally she was our focus this week. She’s such a sweetie and definitely spoiled rotten already. She is sleeping in her crate at night, not with us, although she does demand cuddle time before getting in her crate for the night.

What you see below are links to my flickr set for the photos I’m posting for this challenge. Click on any photo below to go to flickr and then you can navigate through the set with the “Previous” and “Next” arrows at the top.

190/366 The Crate
Sun: Jul 08, 2012
  191/366 Already at Home on the Couch
Mon: Jul 09, 2012
192/366 Nap Phase I
Tue: Jul 10, 2012
193/366 Joyful Dog
Wed: Jul 11, 2012
194/366 Kisses!
Thu: Jul 12, 2012
195/366 Indecision
Fri: Jul 13, 2012
  196/366 Still Unsure
Sat: Jul 14, 2012

Jul 132012
 

This week for our How I Write series, my accountability group is talking about guilty pleasures, both in our regular lives and in our writing.

Guilty pleasures shouldn’t be ignored. Indulge in them, because there’s a good reason that you like them. It doesn’t matter that no one else gets why you like it. They don’t have to. What matters is that this activity feeds your soul, your muse or your happiness. Ignoring them means cutting off a part of what makes you, well, you.

Guilty Pleasures: Photo of several different dark chocolate bars. Notably from Chuao and Ghirardelli.

It may be cliché, but chocolate is ALWAYS a winner! The Maya bar has been there a while. Obviously not a favorite compared to the others, but it’s almost time to restock!

Everyday Life: Good Quality Dark Chocolate

I’ve always liked dark chocolate. But since my DH and I started following the Paleo Diet and gave up grains, potatoes, legumes and most sugar, we needed to find a treat that was indulgent, yet also had some benefits associated with it. One of the suggestions made was an ounce or so of dark chocolate for dessert. Preferably above 70% cacao to get the antioxidant benefits.

Most times we stretch this a bit and will go as low as 60% cacao for our favorite chocolate bars from Chuao (pronouced Chew-wow!). It’s a fairly local chocolatier with several shops in the local malls, but they are also stocked in our local grocery stores for slightly less. The first time we went in one of the stores they were trying out new flavors. One of those was a chocolate bar with potato chips in it. Oh, did I forget to mention that they’re a very artisan type chocolatier? They’ve got some really cool flavors: Honeycomb, Caracas (a pistachio/almond/hazelnut mix), and Firecracker (one with cinnamon and cayenne in it). Our favorite is the Caracas even though it’s Guilty because it has closer to 60% cacao, but Pleasure because it’s the flavor we like best and it’s not the worst thing we could be eating.

Our other standbys are Ghirardelli bars. They have an Intense Dark chocolate line that’s wonderful. This line ranges from Midnight (86% which is a tad TOO intense for us. It’s more of a gritty than a smooth feeling.), Twilight (72% – not too gritty and above 70%!), Evening (60% – below the threshhold for us except for special treats and we prefer the Caracas from Chuao if we’re going to go below 70%. However, our favorite Ghirardelli bar from the Intense Dark line has to be the Sea Salt Soiree. It has sea salt and almond bits in it, but I had to check the label a couple of times because it tastes just like pretzel bits. Perfect blend of sweet & savory.

There are a few other brands we like… one of them has a wolf on the wrapper and is very environmentally conscious that has cranberries and almonds—Yep, I’m being too lazy to go look it up, sorry!—but the Chuao and the Ghirardelli are our favorites. Our kids can’t stand dark chocolate, but that’s ok… just means we don’t have to share!

Writing Life: Dialogue, Introspection and Character Vignettes

If I can just get my characters talking to each other, I’m usually in good shape. I can always go back around and fill in what things look like, what they’re doing or what’s going on around them later. But once I get them talking, everything else drops to the background and I’m lucky if I get to put in minimal stage directions and blocking as I go. It’s similar to people watching, but more like taking transcription as you eavesdrop on the characters. Guilty because I tend to ignore everything else to run with this, but Pleasure because it’s fun, allows my sense of humor to play, and it feels like the word count racks up quickly.

The flip side of this is when the characters start thinking and want to hash everything out in their heads with long, rambling bouts of internal monologues. Any action stops dead in its tracks and all forward momentum comes to a screeching halt. However, this is where I learn the most about my characters and it seems to be a process I have to go through in order to work things out in my own head. The problem is when I can’t jolt them out of their heads and into their world and into conversations with the other characters. Guilty because it helps me in the long run, but Pleasure because once I get going, it’s hard to stop and redirect, especially if I don’t know where the story should be going next.

I love little set pieces. I’m currently doing a 100 words/day challenge to just get back into the joy of writing for writing’s sake. Of course, what did I naturally slip into? Yup, little character vignettes that may or may not see the light of day. I like playing with character and seeing what I can draw out in that limited space to give you a sense of the person from so little. Guilty because I should be focusing on my WIPs (works in progress) and the characters in them, Pleasure because it’s been fun! It’s different and there are no restrictions other than getting at least 100 words down on a page.

Guilty Pleasures: Black and White photo of a dandelion gone to seed.

Yes, this was taken blind. The exposure was way off and the original image is mostly black. It’s amazing the hidden gems you can find. Did I mention I LOVE digital photography?

Photography: Flowers & Intuitive Shots

With the 2012 365 Photo Challenge, I figured this would be a good section to include since I’ve definitely been indulging in a couple of guilty pleasures. I have such a wide variety of flowers in my yard here that it’s very easy to get good looking pictures without much planning or effort. One of the things I love to do is to shoot blind. By this I mean, I don’t always look through the view finder or at the screen when I set up a shot. The Guilty part here is that I know I should be stretching my eye and sense of composition beyond the easy stuff and the Pleasure comes in finding hidden little gems like a stray insect or bird I hadn’t noticed in the shot when I clicked the shutter and being surprised by what appears and works.


YOUR TURN: What are your guilty pleasures? In general or in your creative endeavors. What do you do just for the joy of it?

And if you’d like to read what the rest of my accountability group considers their guilty pleasures, you can find their blogs here:

* Alexia Reed * Kimberly Farris * Danie Ford * Emma G. Delaney

2012 Photo Challenge: Week 27

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Jul 082012
 

Week 27 of our 365 Photo Challenge.

I suspect this will be a very boring week visually for most of you as I documented the preparations we’ve been doing to get ready to turn the Impending Dog into Our Dog. We were expecting to go up to the breeders for a play/training date today, but instead, they asked if we wanted to bring Olivia home. Since we were mostly ready, we said, SURE!!! But you’ll have to wait until next week for picture proof.

What you see below are links to my flickr set for the photos I’m posting for this challenge. Click on any photo below to go to flickr and then you can navigate through the set with the “Previous” and “Next” arrows at the top.

183/366 Puppy Love
Sun: Jul 01, 2012
  184/366 Puppy Proofing the Loft
Mon: Jul 02, 2012
185/366 Puppy Proofed Staircase
Tue: Jul 03, 2012
186/366 Broccoli Salad for the 4th
Wed: Jul 04, 2012
187/366 High-Tech Water Bowl
Thu: Jul 05, 2012
188/366 The Dog Shelf
Fri: Jul 06, 2012
  189/366 Costco's $20 Dog Bed
Sat: Jul 07, 2012

2012 Photo Challenge: Week 26

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Jul 022012
 

Week 26 of our 365 Photo Challenge. Halfway point!

I can’t believe we’re halfway done with 2012 and this project. I can tell that I’ve slacked off again lately and I need to push myself on a lot of fronts. Only 180-some more to go!

What you see below are links to my flickr set for the photos I’m posting for this challenge. Click on any photo below to go to flickr and then you can navigate through the set with the “Previous” and “Next” arrows at the top.

176/366 Lion's Tail (Leonotis menthifolia)
Sun: Jun 24, 2012
  177/366 Rosebud
Mon: Jun 25, 2012
178/366 Rose
Tue: Jun 26, 2012
179/366 Martha Washington Geraniums
Wed: Jun 27, 2012
180/366 Anigozanthos or Bush Nugget Kangaroo Paws
Thu: Jun 28, 2012
181/366 Lantana
Fri: Jun 29, 2012
  182/366 Chameleon Plant
Sat: Jun 30, 2012