I recently purchased a new tripod. This is very exciting because it was a long process of deliberating back and forth between something that is light and something that is functional. In the end, I opted for functional, and have been happy with it.
The other night, I was down in the basement with the lights off using the tripod for some light painting. 7 seconds into a 15 second exposure in which I was attempting to trace my snowboard with an LED flashlight, I heard Tara on the stairs coming to see what I was up to. I immediately knew I’d be receiving crap for this one. I guess I could have scrapped the shot, and assumed a less compromising position by the time she entered the room, but I didn’t feel like it. It was exactly as predicted. Although she nearly assumed I was not in the basement when she rounded the landing and saw the lights off, it was not long before she noticed me, snowboard in one hand, waving a flashlight with the other. Her laughter was loud and immediate. Were we not married, I may have been thoroughly embarrassed.
Today is Saturday, but I have to go to work. This is the very first time in my career that I have had to mandatorily go in on a weekend, so I won’t complain too much. I don’t have to be in until 1, so I had grand intentions of churning out a quality post this morning. However, I managed to run out of time. I blame Gavin, in part, as he posted the most awesome bike trials video on my facebook wall.
With more and more snow blanketing the mountains each week, soon Tara and I will be dawning our snowshoes for our Sunday afternoon hikes. This early November stroll was likely our last snowless hike of the season.
50mm F11 1/250 sec ISO-100
This past week, I’m excited to announce that I have taken one step closer to celebrity blogger status. Family friend, Kara, and proud member of the Absolutely Andrew Blogroll is doing a series of guest posts on Thanksgiving and asked me to contribute. It was a lot of fun. If you haven’t yet, you should check it out.
I’m going to transition now to our latest progress on the house. The previous owners remodeled back in the ‘70s when ceiling lights were totally not in style. Lamps were all the rage. This is all well and good, but at least make the light switches control a few outlets then! Instead, they buried the old light fixtures in the ceiling, and did nothing to the switches, so at least 40% of the switches in our house do absolutely nothing. Nothing!!
Anyway, we took a trip to IKEA on Saturday. I had never been before, and found it quite the experience. The maps, the pencil and paper to write down what you want—it’s intense! I greatly enjoyed that the route was marked for me, and I left the store feeling confident that I had not missed a single section. We came away with 2 hanging lamps for our dining area, which is already outfitted with hooks, no doubt originally for macramé lamps.
So here’s a few pictures. Let me know what you think! I wasn’t sure at first, but they’ve grown on me. Notice also, the rope lights I put up behind the trim.
1. How we spent a few cold nights huddled close to a space heater because the landlords indicated that they had to come over and do something to our heater before we could turn it on, when in fact it all they really wanted to do was explain to us how a thermostat works.
2. How my weekend project was washing all the windows, and how they look a million times better now.
3. Our latest library adventure in which we checked out a bunch of Sinatra CDs.
4. How her entire office got to leave at 3 to go vote.
5. How I did not get to leave work early.
6. How pumpkin beer is delicious but Gives us both terrible burps.
7. A list of all the things she thinks I should blog about.