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24 Aug

My greatest appreciation to znjavid (check out her blog HERE for more pics of her adorable son, and some good poetry, too!) for offering me a picture to edit 🙂  Thank you for letting me try my hand at editing the picture of your little fella!  The picture was a little blurry at full size, so I did the best I could… I hope you like at least one of them (but it’s okay if you don’t)!

Original

Original

Tried to make this a little whimsical... but afterward I though it was a little too blurry looking... but decided to put it in anyway.

Tried to make this a little whimsical… but afterward I though it was a little too blurry looking… but decided to put it in anyway.

This one I was going for a more 'retro' look

This one I was going for a more ‘retro’ look… it reminds me of those old pictures from backwhen I was a kid 🙂 …

Black & White, of course

Black & White, of course

Ended up being my favorite...

Ended up being my favorite…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you liked at least one of these, and THANK YOU AGAIN for giving me the chance to edit your picture, it really helped take my mind off of my doldrums! (If you’d like me to e-mail these to you, just let me know, but you may be able to right-click and get the full sized images.)

Free, Fun *AND* (Hopefully) Interesting! – I’m now on Pod-O-Matic

23 Aug
The logo used by Apple to represent Podcasting

The logo used by Apple to represent Podcasting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Image representing PodOmatic as depicted in Cr...

Image via CrunchBase

Hi there everybody!  I’d like to announce that I’ve started a podcast on Podomatic.com called ‘A Better Me’.  You can go listen (and subscribe!) to it here.  If you have it, you can subscribe to my podcast through iTunes by using the link on the bottom right of the page.  If you’ve got a minute (or seven) to check it out, I’d love to know what you think about it.  I’m a little rusty, so please be gentle.  Love it?  Hate it?  Sorry in advance for the slightly hollow sound, and the slight whine of the computer fan in the background; I’m not at all sure how to fix that.

The fact that I got anything recorded at all is amazing.  Having to figure out this software all on my own wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve had to do.  I don’t know why, I don’t recall having this much trouble the first time I did it.  Yes, that’s right, this is my second go at a podcast.  The first was also done on Podomatic and it’s still there.  It was called ‘Master Your Mountains’ and it can be found here, if you really want to listen.  I did a whole FOUR episodes.  I’m a little embarrassed to share these for some reason, so while I welcome criticism, please be kind.  Also please note that I’m not able to log in to respond to comments on my old podcast and the email and blog are defunct, so please, if you have any comments, post them on this blog. 🙂 Continue reading

AoK, Wal-Mart, Amusement Parks & Photography

15 Aug

So, I decided that I wanted to Commit some Kindness myself, and I have an idea of what I’m going to do, but I don’t want to say what it is, yet.  I got the supplies today though, so I’m hoping that tomorrow I’ll be able to post (with pictures) about what it is I am considering.

I did, however, manage to sneak in an Act of Kindness tonight.  We had to go shopping for a few things, and since we’re on night shift hours, the only place to go was Wal-Mart.  Now, if any of you have ever been to Wal-Mart at 1:30 a.m., you know that there’s not a real cash register open, just the self check-out lines (which I hate, because they cost people jobs, which we sorely need in this country right now).  We managed to get checked out without having to utilize the assistance of the woman who stands there and helps those of us who are losing the battle with the machine, but she needed to go help someone else, and I happened to glance up when she walked past, and she had the most sour look on her face.  She looked like one UN-happy person.

I had brought a pen and some sticky notes with me in my purse because before we left the house, I’d had half a mind to write notes and randomly leave them around the store, but I never actually did it.  So, I decided that for my act of kindness, I would write her a note on my pink, heart-shaped sticky note and leave it on her monitor while she was away.

I wrote, “Have a nice evening!” and as we walked past her little podium, I reached over and quickly slapped it on the screen (I heard some beeps when I did this, I really hope I didn’t cause too much havoc!) and continued walking.  I sincerely hope that this bit of mystery might brighten her night.

Before this, we had decided to take a trip to the local amusement park (to which we have season passes).  I had wanted to bring my camera so that I could take some photos in the park, but I was afraid that I might have to leave it sitting somewhere if we wanted to ride a ride, so I thought it best to leave it behind.  I was pretty disappointed about this, but I decided I’d try to take some decent pics with my cell phone.  Here are a few (you can make them bigger by clicking on them):

Ground Level

Ground Level

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Bring Random Acts of Kindness Home

12 Aug
The Great Kindness Challenge Logo

The Great Kindness Challenge Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We often forget that Random Acts of Kindness are not limited to strangers. While yes, it is always a good feeling (as the giver or recipient) for one stranger to help another, we should not forget that those we know are often the ones most in need of AoK from us, specifically.

The old saying ‘Familiarity breeds contempt’ is true in the fact that we often tend to take for granted those that are closest to us.  We come to expect to be treated a certain way, or have things done for us, or begin to forget to go the extra mile because we don’t need to ‘make nice’ to those who are around us all the time.

Sometimes it means the most to those we’ve personally neglected, or those who have always taken care of us.  These people can include our parents, our children, our spouses, and our closest friends.

A perfect example of this is the A.o.K. that my Love committed that I shared in this post.  If anyone else had done this for me, yes, I would have appreciated it.  I would have been grateful, said thank you, and had a smile on my face all day, but it wouldn’t have been able to compare to the joy and happiness I felt by that unexpected and yes, random, act of thoughtfulness coming from the man I adore.  Nothing could have compared. Continue reading

Extraordinary Tuesday (Photography Challenge Photos)

23 Jul

So, earlier today, I challenged you guys, and myself, to go out and take pictures of everyday things, and different angles.  I’m not sure how well I did with the challenge, I guess I’ll let you all be the judge of that.  Be sure to click the ‘Continue Reading’ link to see all the photos!

Falling Upstairs

Falling Upstairs

Journey

Journey

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Photography Challenge For Everyone (and me)!

23 Jul
Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of ph...

Category:Wikipedia requested photographs of photography (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We didn’t actually make it over to my parent’s house the other day for me to take some pictures.  This blog post reminded me that we don’t always need great scenery or spectacular events to see beauty, and that the challenge of photography isn’t in capturing the extraordinary, but in capturing the ordinary, in an extraordinary way.

I’ve challenged myself to take my camera out today and take pictures
of ‘ordinary’ things, that I either don’t usually ‘see’, or things I see
all the time, but viewed in a different way, and I offer the same challenge to whoever reads this post… pull out your camera and look at the world differently, post your image(s), and leave me a comment with the link or a pingback.  I will do my best to comment on all of them, and will post links for as many as I can.

I hope you all take me up on it! I’ll be posting my pictures later today!

Fun – Grapes and Games

2 Jun
wine babes

wine babes (Photo credit: brendaj)

First off, I have to confess this isn’t my idea.  Some dear friends have been practicing this night of fun and intoxication since before I knew them, and, being a generally quiet and reserved soul, I wasn’t expecting to have a particularly good time the first time I attended, but I was wrong.  When you gather 20 or more people into a two-bedroom apartment living-room, uncork 15 bottles of wine and break out some obnoxiously silly game, the good times just can’t help but roll!

Personally, I’m not a big wine drinker, I’ve got an abysmally unsophisticated palette, and anything other than the cheapest dessert wine tastes like garbage to me.   (Blackberry Arbor Mist, you’ve got my name written all over you!)  But when you add together a group of friends, flowing wine, a bit of cheese and crackers, and games of
your choice, I promise you, you’ve got the recipe for a really good time. Continue reading

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