Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I Spy - Under

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It's that time again! Yes it is! It's time for Dazee, of Crazy Daze and Night Dreams, and I to co-host the oh-so-chic photo hop that is I Spy. Okay, so it isn't so chic, but it's a lot of fun!

We had to put a presentation and paper together for the final at school. Although everyone did their part, we are doing this online. It can be difficult linking up at the same time but we pushed through and finished it.

Next weeks categories are fun. They are What Is It? and Your Choice.

So what do you all have to share with me and my buddy Dazee at Crazy Daze and Night Dreams? I can't wait to see your visions!

Under

These were taken while we still had snow on the ground. This winter has been much warmer than usual. Needless to say, allergies don't like me much. It did mean I couldn't take as many photos as I would have liked. Oh well, that's life for you.

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Your Choice

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

People, Pettiness, and Celebrity Apprentice

Yes, I watch The Apprentice. Sue me! I love the Celebrity edition of the show and this year they have some rather interesting characters. I mean, how do you get Paul Sr. and George Takai on the same show? And that’s just the men. The women have a whole other problem. THEY CAN’T WORK TOGETHER!!! PETTINESS RUNS AMOK!!! And let’s just say I’m not a fan of Lisa Lampanelli.

Okay, now that’s out of my system, I can tell you the real reason for this post. I have something against most people. And I’m going to tell you why.

They are petty. They nitpick the daylights out of others. And they are just downright mean about it. They make fun of other people and talk to them in a very demeaning way that is meant to hurt and humiliate. This is why I don’t have many friends.

Some people have said it’s because I’m antisocial. That is actually untrue. I love talking to others and spending time with others. The problem is that I find they end up doing the exact same things that drive me crazy and disgusted.

I am not a petty person. I don’t think that picking someone apart is a good thing. Even if they are not a nice person, I’m not going to be calling them names or making fun of them. That is not me. I didn’t do that as a child and I still don’t. To this day, I think that stooping to name calling is a way to show how low a person can be. The same can be said for making fun of someone.

I’m not talking about family and friends who tease each other. That is actually a normal thing to do. It’s our human side that lets them know we care about them. That’s not to say that all family members understand it. It’s very important to know the difference between meanness and love.

There are people I’ve known in my life that would rather demean others than examine themselves and realize they are human too. You see, I had to examine myself…….hard. And for someone with low self esteem, it was a difficult journey.

Part of coming out of deep depression is changing your outlook on daily life. Every day is a search of yourself to find what needs to change and what kind of person you will be when you find it. I discovered a lot about myself through this.

I found out that I’ve never been a bad person although there are some who want me to stay in the “worthless” category they have put me in. I’ve been called names like lazy and cheater while never having done anything like that. I’ve been accused of things I’ve never done. I’ve even apologized for things I never did just to keep the peace. The only thing that ever did was make my self esteem worse.

I've been struggling with finding a job. The older I get the less my shoulder will take. Which means housecleaning jobs are not good for me anymore. Since I keep getting rejection letters, if anything at all, I haven't found anything. And I've been told that I don't do anything...ever. I'm tired of hearing that.

So there are some things I won't take any more. Anyone who thinks I don't do anything needs to readjust their thought processes. I may not be working now, but I have worked my butt off most of my life. Not always in a job, but I had four kids and one of them was handicapped.

Last year, I worked mandatory overtime, had an internship, and two classes. I got through all of that, passed my classes, and completed the internship. Can anyone say 90 hour weeks? Right now it's a problem with finding a job. But it isn't the norm for me anymore.

It wasn’t until I went back to school that I truly realized how much I’m worth. I can do things for myself and I am worth more than I used to think I was. I am not perfect and I accept that. I also accept I never will be. But I do know this.

I deserve to be appreciated not torn down.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Trains!

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I finally finished the Project Management class. And I survived the guy who couldn't seem to link up with his part. Yes, I fired him. And the rest of my team and I forged ahead and did more work than we were supposed to have to do. But we did really well and actually finished early on our final project. I love it when a plan comes together.

So how about we get things started? Are you ready for some blog hopping fun? I know I am. My co-conductor, The Survival Mama, and I are ready to get the train rolling down the rails. All aboard!

If you are in for a little more hopping fun, you should join me and my buddy, Dazee Dreamer, on the I Spy hop on Thursday. We love to share photos with each other and thought we would share with all of you. The rules are actually few. There is always one category we choose and one that is yours. You can take photos with your phone, pull them from your archives, or alter them in any way.

Just grab the button and have some fun. This week's categories are "Under" and "Your Choice." The link goes live at 8pm Central time each Wednesday and runs through at least Monday. Come on! What do you see through your lens?

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Tuesday Train





….and NOW you can link up your Twitter to the newest car on the train!
Be sure to add your TWITTER link, and same “rules” apply
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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday



I know you are all waiting to get going for Ashley's Scavenger Hunt Sunday. I got lucky and managed to get all the shots in one day. Until that day, I had no idea what to do.

Crossed

Yes, that's my car. And, yes, at the ripe old age of 49, I still climb over trees so I can get the shots. So you can say I crossed the tree.

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A Glimpse

It is so hard to get a good shot of these guys you are lucky to get a glimpse before they are gone.

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Handwritten

You can see "Paige" in there right? Well she IS only 3.

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Bliss

Outside of family, my bliss is photographing trains at any angle. Even from the ground.

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Gray

This one could qualify for SOOC. I didn't touch it so you could see the real color. Do you see how gray it is in the background? When it warms up here in the winter, we get nothing but gray.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

It's Frackin' Friday!



She's doing it again. Yes, Dazee from Crazy Daze and Night Dreams. wants us to rant and rave and share all over the web. (If you ask me that's all she does. Oh dear, she may read this.) Anydazee, you should give this a try. It's very refreshing to let out your frustrations in a controlled environment. Well, semi-controlled.......well......not very controlled.....well, not controlled at all. Just link up!

Have we had enough of the Whitney Houston saga yet? Apparently, the media thinks we haven't. Get over it for crying out loud! Let her and her family rest in peace!

For other drivers out there, you just need to get out of my way! Driving 10mph under the speed limit on major roads is not my cup of tea. That only happens when I'm in a park. Then it's ok to drive slower. I can take in the sights and find possible photographic opportunities. That is not allowed on major roads!!!

I'm really tired of people talking about the weather. It's been too warm for me. I mean really! How am I supposed to have a break from these allergies when NOTHING DIES!!!

Okay it's your turn! Link up and let's hear what's bugging you.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I Spy - Frozen

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All I can say is this. I'm glad I took these a month or so ago because we've been having spring weather not winter. I have green in the front garden area and it should be completed cover in snow. Oh yeah!

So what do you all have to share with me and my buddy Dazee at Crazy Daze and Night Dreams? I can't wait to see your visions!

Frozen

The ice crystals were so cool I had to shoot them.

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This one looks like an ice waterfall to me. What do you think?

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Your Choice

I wasn't sure what to use for this one so you get some "around town" shots. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Update

Some of my loyal readers may have noticed I made a HUGE MISTAKE on yesterday's Train post. The categories for I Spy are supposed to be Frozen and Your Choice. So before you post your I Spy post, remember it isn't Shadow(s) this week.

Sorry for any confusion. I'm sliding on the updating apparently. Hey! I'm just getting old.

So link up at 8pm tonight for more photo hopping fun!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Tuesday and Twitter Trains!

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That's right! We have both going on the same day! How fun is that? That's the way we roll around here. This week has been fairly busy. I have been playing marathon sessions of Words With Friends this week. It's almost becoming an obsession thanks to my buddy Dazee. We have about 8 games going at any given time. I will say it is quite fun. Then my daughter plays and she beats the crap out of me! Maybe I'm getting old. And maybe she's just getting all the right letters. Can you make that happen? If you can, let me in on the secret.

So how about we get things started? Are you ready for some blog hopping fun? I know I am. My co-conductor, The Survival Mama, and I are ready to get the train rolling down the rails. All aboard!

If you are in for a little more hopping fun, you should join me and my buddy, Dazee Dreamer, on the I Spy hop on Thursday. We love to share photos with each other and thought we would share with all of you. The rules are actually few. There is always one category we choose and one that is yours. You can take photos with your phone, pull them from your archives, or alter them in any way.

Just grab the button and have some fun. This week's categories are "Frozen" and "Your Choice." The link goes live at 8pm Central time each Wednesday and runs through at least Monday. Come on! What do you see through your lens?

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Tuesday Train Linky





….and NOW you can link up your Twitter to the newest car on the train!
Be sure to add your TWITTER link, and same “rules” apply.

Twitter Train Linky



Saturday, February 18, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday



I know you are all waiting to get going for Ashley's Scavenger Hunt Sunday. This is the second week I've blanked. What you see is what you get I guess.

Love

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Duplicated

Do you see the goofballs acting like bookends? Yes, they are mine. In fact, they will be 26 this year. Oh my!My mom always calls them Pete and Repete.

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Trend or Trending

I don't pay a lot of attention to what's trending. I watch the news but it's mainly news, not entertainment. That means I knew about this but it seems like my usual news people want to talk about her. I don't intend to sound mean, but she died because she chose to mix things she shouldn't. I know, I know. Don't blast me. I'm just being honest.

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Paper

What words are for. Outside of school I'm reading, (when I can), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

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Plastic

Ah, Legos, the best friend of every mom and grandma out there who wants to keep a 2 year old occupied.

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And next week's categories can be found here...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

It's Frackin' Friday Again!



Once again it is time for that little bit of Friday fun we get to have with Dazee from Crazy Daze and Night Dreams. Yeah, she loves to rant about all things that just aren't right. She gives us a place to share those with others. Now how awesome is that?

I have to say that not much has really irritated me this week except for one thing. The coverage of Whitney Houston's death. I know, I know! I sound like a horrible person. Here's my problem.

She didn't get "it". "It" being the fact that she got to do something that others never get the chance to do. She had a gift that she threw away. I feel so much empathy for her daughter and her mother. I know, I've lost a child and it is horrible. But mine was taken by a disease she did not seek out.

Whitney didn't care what happened to those around her. It is what happens to addicts. They only think of how much they want that drug. The change had to come from within and she didn't get there. Although I'm sad she is gone because of the voice that is lost, it was her own doing.

Okay, now you can blast me.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I Spy - Shadows

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So who is ready for I Spy? I know I am! It is co-hosted by my fabulous partner in crime, Dazee, of Crazy Daze and Night Dreams. Did someone say it was illegal? Okay, maybe it isn't. I'll have to check that. In the meantime, get your camera out, snap, and link up.

There are no real rules. You can pull your photos from your archives, take them with your phone, or wherever you have photos. We just want them to be your photos. Now sit back and enjoy the browsing. Next week's categories are Frozen) and Your Choice.

So what has everyone been doing this week? I've been pretty much not taking photos. Why? Because everything else seems to get in the way. And we've had a lot of gray. I'm tired of taking photos that are nothing but gray. What about you?

Here are my interpretations for the week. What do you have for us?

Shadows

I love shadows in photography. They give such texture, and sometimes mystery, to a shot. What do you think about shadows?

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And just for fun, the nightlight in the bathroom.

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Your Choice

Does anyone see the irony here? Our temps have been so far above normal we have green plants that are not pine trees! And it snowed on them!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Tuesday Train

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Remember when I told you I could fire someone in my group at school? I did it on Saturday. No more babysitting him. In the real world we are all responsible for our own work and he would not participate with us. All week the rest of our group was contributing in the discussion but he never chimed in. This is after the first two weeks of chasing him down to get his part of the project submitted. We will see what happens and if there is any fallout.

So how about we get things started? Are you ready for some blog hopping fun? I know I am. My co-conductor, The Survival Mama, and I are ready to get the train rolling down the rails. All aboard!

If you are in for a little more hopping fun, you should join me and my buddy, Dazee Dreamer, on the I Spy hop on Thursday. We love to share photos with each other and thought we would share with all of you. The rules are actually few. There is always one category we choose and one that is yours. You can take photos with your phone, pull them from your archives, or alter them in any way.

Just grab the button and have some fun. This week's categories are "Shadow(s)" and "Your Choice." The link goes live at 8pm Central time each Wednesday and runs through at least Monday. Come on! What do you see through your lens?

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….and NOW you can link up your Twitter to the newest car on the train!
Be sure to add your TWITTER link, and same “rules” apply.



Sunday, February 12, 2012

How Blue is the Sky?

After days and days of gray, gray, gray we finally had a day with full sun. I just wanted to share.

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And what is wrong with this picture? That's right! Lines and buildings blocking the beautiful blue sky!

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And now let's go back to beautiful blue.....

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday



I know you are all waiting to get going for Ashley's Scavenger Hunt Sunday. I had a complete brain vacation this week for the categories. Why? I don't know.

Facial Feature

I do not do self portraits so you'll just have to take in this little guy's facial feature. He has the prettiest eyes.

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Shadow

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Spicy

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Gold

These are my two favorite rings. Don't know why but it's the only thing I could come up with for gold.

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Fabric

I've been working on my project windows, some of which can be found here, and I have some that I've used burlap as the background. To find one that I used the burlap in, go here.

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And next week's categories can be found here...