Friday, February 28, 2014

January & February: Things I Learned

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I announced the week of giveaways, and then promptly didn’t post again. They are coming---just haven’t had time to post. Tomorrow is the last day to enter the $25 Amazon giveaway in the Oscar Contest!

I’m making the time to post today, even though there still isn’t time. Emily Freeman is hosting her Let’s Share What We Learned series, and I’ve learned I have to make time---because it is never gonna just show up. I’ve already made my image above with the number 5, so I’ll have to limit myself to that. Self-imposed limits are a good thing.

1. Did you know you can go online to Sam’s Club and fill your cart and they will have it waiting for you the next day? It’s called their Click n’ Pull service.

I did not know this. When the very nice clerk told me this, I almost cried. I’m not a fan of Sam’s in general (there’s no Costco in Grand Junction). Still, every three or four months we restock our house with paper goods and toiletries. It involves a two hour drive each way, and normally Brian is the one who takes on the Sam’s Club list while I take the boys somewhere fun, like Target. This time I went solo, which is lovely in terms of the time alone in the car but horrible in that I have no time to run into Michael’s or the children’s resale shop, as I had hoped, because Sam’s Club sucks the life out of me (and because Sean had to be picked up from violin at 5 while Brian was coaching Nolie’s soccer team).

I really wish I had learned this two days ago. When I told Brian about my amazing discovery last night, he nodded nonchalantly and said, “Yeah, I knew that but I kinda enjoy walking the store.” This man suffers from NON-DISTRACTION. He is capable of going in and out of Sam’s club in less than 40 minutes. He is capable of going into Target and coming out with only the one thing that was on his list, and doing it in less than 5 minutes. Very strange.

2. “Nacho Libre” has a 40% score on Rotten Tomatoes, but a 100% score in our house. If loving this is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.


3. Instagram=InstaLOVE


I’ve been wrestling with a lack of camera-mojo for a while. Every day photos, especially of my own kids, has always been my passion, but since I started taking photos for clients, I’ve found myself reluctant to pick up the camera in our own house. The idea of getting even further behind in editing---or spending more time in front of the computer---killed my mojo. Enter the iPad and Instagram.

The photos aren’t great, though VSCO and other apps do allow you to separate your focus from your light meter. But that’s part of the joy. I am not going to take any of these photos into Photoshop or Lightroom, so I don’t equate them with more time. And even if I am 4 yrs late to the Instagram party, I’m madly in love. It’s just social enough…no political pronouncements or NYT article links like Facebook (I find those article links hard to resist!). Just pretty photos to inspire.

4. “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” was one of the first poems I ever memorized, and I was shocked to learn that lines of it came from Woodsworth’s sister Dorothy’s journal. Based on her writings, it appears she would have been pleased that he used them, so I’m not sure why this shocked me so…or leaves me with so many more questions.

But it has.


5. It’s time to get serious about getting healthy.

My beautiful cousin, Mary Ellen, passed away last week at age 48. She’s in the center of the photo above, along with my cousins Geralyn, Patricia, and Nancy. That’s me in pink in the corner, and possibly my brother John at the bottom.

Mary Ellen had Type 1 diabetes since she was a young girl.

My heart breaks for her daughter, Eileen, losing her mother at such a young age.

I want to be around a long time, and to be healthy while I’m here.

And that’s five lessons so far for 2014.


  1. Bravo.

    Thanks for linking up - and I'm not a professional photographer by any stretch of anyone's imagination, but I totally get your new-found love of the simplicity of instagram. Sometimes taking photos with my "big camera" feels like work. But instagram photos feel like joy. Amen.

    1. So thrilled you dropped by here, Emily. Yay for Instagram joy!


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